RADIANT CIRCUS is your handcrafted guide to London’s DIY, indie & alternative movie nights, film events & gallery screenings. Our DAILY UPDATE helps you find great films in London today*.
MIDNIGHT EXCESS: THE STUD/THE BITCH d. Quentin Masters, 1978/d. Gerry O’Hara, 1979 at Rio Cinema (16 FEB 23:00+):
- SUPAKINO and Zodiac Film Club present: “A dirty disco double bill featuring the infamous Joan Collins films. A rousing alternative to Valentine’s Day, we invite you to put on your platforms, bring a date and prepare to dance.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- ZODIAC FILM CLUB: We asked Sarah Kathryn Cleaver & Jordan Storm Louise for an interview about Zodiac Film Club. In the spirit of their DIY cinema, the indie promoters chatted via email between work, life & setting up their next screening: THE STUD/THE BITCH (16 FEB).
- NOW BOOKING: MULTIPLE MANIACS (1970) kickstarts a new John Waters ‘selectrospective’ at The Prince Charles Cinema (04 MAR to 26 JUN 2019). Read our guide to every goddam thing.
- FEBRUARY 2019: Planning ahead? Find out what’s screening for the rest of the month with our epic repertory roundup.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Andrew Kötting: Earthworks + INTRO/Q&A by Andrew Kötting at Close-Up (16 FEB various times):
- :Andrew Kötting presents a rare opportunity to see his Earthworks trilogy in its entirety. Taking place on, above and below the earth, as a whole the trilogy offers an experimental mediation on human existence. Kötting will introduce all three films and will be in conversation with Gareth Evans prior to the final film.” Includes: THIS FILTHY EARTH d. Andrew Kötting, 2001 (14:00); IVUL d. Andrew Kötting, 2009 (17:00); and, LEK AND THE DOGS d. Andrew Kötting, 2017 (20:00).
CENTRAL BUS STATION d. Tomáš Elšík, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (16 FEB 15:30):
- “Most Israelis pass through the central bus station in south Tel Aviv as fast as they can. It is dirty and decaying, its maze of corridors a haven for drug addicts. The story of an ambitious vision and a flawed realisation is the focus of this award-winning documentary.”
French Impressions: ORPHÉE d. Jean Cocteau, 1950 + TALK by Jon Davis at Watermans (16 FEB 13:00):
- “This magical retelling of the Orpheus myth turns the lyre-playing singer of Greek legend into a famous left-bank poet in postwar Paris. Fallen out of favour and lost for poetic inspiration, Orphée becomes obsessed with a mysterious black-clad princess who first claims the life of a rival poet, and then Eurydice, his wife.”
WALK WITH ME d. Marc J. Francis, 2017 + Q&A with the director at Everyman Kings Cross (16 FEB 16:30):
- “An immersive cinematic journey into the world of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastic community that lives and practises the art of mindfulness he pioneered in the modern world. Optional pre-screening meditation walk from fire pits at Coal Drops Yard to the cinema. More info on the walk here.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BEAUTY & THE BEAST d. Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, 1991 presented by Film & Chill at Renaissance Studios (16 FEB 14:00).
- BLACKkKLANSMAN d. Spike Lee, 2018 at Rich Mix (16 FEB 20:40).
- BURNING d. Chang-Dong Lee, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (16 FEB 14:30, 17:15 & 20:15).
- CLIMAX d. Gaspar Noé, 2018 at ICA (16 FEB 18:20).
- DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND + Q&A with Tara Brown at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (16 FEB 19:00).
- E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL d. Steven Spielberg, 1982 presented by Collective Cinema at St Margaret’s Church, SE13 (16 FEB 20:00).
- FORREST GUMP at Everyman Screen On The Green (16 FEB 23:30).
- FREE SOLO d. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018 at ICA (16 FEB 12:45).
- HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING d. RaMell Ross, 2018 at DocHouse (16 FEB 20:30).
- LA LA LAND d. Damien Chazelle, 2016 presented by Film & Chill at Renaissance Studios (16 Feb 19:30).
- MEKTOUB, MY LOVE d. Abdellatif Kechiche, 2017 at Barbican (16 FEB 15:00).
- THE OLD MAN & THE GUN d. David Lowery, 2018 at The David Lean (16 FEB 14:30).
- PURPLE RAIN d. Albert Magnoli, 1984 at The Prince Charles (16 FEB 21:00).
- RBG d. Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018 at Rich Mix (16 FEB 12:50).
- RBG d. Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018 at DocHouse (16 FEB 14:20).
- Short Films from Field Of Vision at ICA (16 FEB 14:45).
- SPRINTER d. Storm Saulter, 2018 + Q&A with the director, actor Dale Elliott, producer Robert Maylor & musician Gaika at BFI Southbank (16 FEB 14:00).
- THE WIFE d. Bjorn Runge, 2017 at Picturehouse Central (16 FEB 13:40).
- Valentine’s Screening: LOVE IS STRANGE d. Ira Sachs, 2014 at The Geffrye Museum of the Home (16 FEB 15:00).
- Valentine’s Screening: SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE d. Leslye Headlund, 2015 at The Geffrye Museum of the Home (16 FEB 19:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- DUNE 70mm d. David Lynch, 1984 (16 FEB 20:45).
AND THE NOMINEES ARE… OSCARS 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 04 MAY):
- SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE d. Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018 (16 FEB 12:25).
- FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 (16 FEB 15:55).
- SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Koreeda, 2018 (16 FEB 18:15).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: AND THE ACADEMY AWARD DIDN’T GO TO… at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- RAGING BULL d. Martin Scorsese, 1980 (16 FEB 20:30).
EARLY KOREAN CINEMA: LOST FILMS FROM THE JAPANESE COLONIAL PERIOD at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- MILITARY TRAIN 35mm + VOLUNTEER 35mm + INTRO by Baek Moonim d. Suh Kwang-je, 1938 + Anh Seok-young, 1941 (16 FEB 17:50).
FEELGOOD FILMS at House Of Vans (25 JAN to 17 FEB – FREE! No booking required):
- FORREST GUMP (16 FEB 15:00 & 17:30).
LOVE IS IN THE AIR at The Prince Charles (08 to 17 FEB):
- AMELIE aka Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain 35mm d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001 (16 FEB 15:00).
MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI: CONFRONTING THE MODERN WORLD WITH STYLE at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):
- RED DESERT + INTRO by Enrica Fico Antonioni d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964 (16 FEB 18:00 – SOLD OUT!).
- Study Day: Landscape and Architecture in the Cinema of Michelangelo Antonioni talks & activities (16 FEB 12:00 – SOLD OUT!).
SOHO 60 at Curzon Soho (until 17 FEB):
- WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN d. Lynne Ramsay, 2011 (16 FEB 21:00).
STARRING BARBARA STANWYCK at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- THE LADY EVE d. Preston Sturges, 1941 (16 FEB 15:40, 18:30 & 20:45).
- DOUBLE INDEMNITY d. Billy Wilder, 1944 (16 FEB 20:40).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today… Tell us what we’ve missed in the comments below!
JELLYFISH d. James Gardner, 2018 at Rio Cinema (16 FEB 18:00):
- Between being bullied at school, put upon by her overbearing boss at the local amusement arcade and having to look after her younger brother, sister and manic-depressive mother, life isn’t easy for 15 year-old Sarah Taylor. However, when Sarah’s drama teacher channels her ferocious and volatile energies in to a stand-up comedy routine for the graduation showcase, Sarah discovers that she may have a hidden talent…
MEKTOUB MY LOVE: CANTO UNO d. Abdellatif Kechiche, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (16 FEB 16:30):
- Abdellatif Kechiche (winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2013 for BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR) casts a nostalgic glow on the wonders of youth in this coming-of-age saga set in 1994. Amin (Shaïn Boumedine), an aspiring screenwriter living in Paris, decides to reconnect with his family and his childhood friends in a fishing village in the South of France.
WHEN THE WAR COMES d. Jan Gebert, 2018 at DocHouse (16 FEB 16:30):
- There are few things as sinister as a young, arrogant man with a dictator-style hair-cut and a violent bully-boy attitude towards society. Peter Švrček lives with his mum in rural Slovakia and is angry about refugees. With various right-wing sympathies and neo-nazi ideals, Švrček proceeds to search for like-minded men to play army games in the woods with him, and gains confidence in his ideas by the election of Trump.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- BEAUTIFUL BOY d. Felix van Groeningen, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (16 to 21 FEB). BURNING d. Lee Chang-dong, 2018 at Arthouse (15 to 21 FEB). CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? d. Marielle Heller, 2018 at ArtHouse (15 to 21 FEB). THE FAVOURITE d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018 at Rich Mix (16 to 20 FEB). FORGOTTEN SOLDIER d. Lucile Smith, 2018 + 100 FACES d. Benjamin Till, 2018 at JW3 (17 to 21 FEB). FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 at The Prince Charles (15 to 21 FEB). GREEN BOOK d. Peter Farrelly, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (15 to 21 FEB). HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING d. RaMell Ross, 2018 at ICA (until 21 FEB). IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK d. Barry Jenkins, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 21 FEB). LOVELESS d. Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2017 at Whirled Cinema (18 to 24 FEB). MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS d. Josie Rourke, 2018 at Lexi Cinema (15 to 21 FEB). SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 at ICA (until 21 FEB). THE SILENCE OF OTHERS d. Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar, 2018 at DocHouse (15 to 21 FEB). VICE d. Adam McKay, 2018 at Watermans (15 to 21 FEB).
Join the hunt for adventurous moving pictures.
SIGN UP to our free eNEWS for regular updates about London’s indie cinema scene.
SUPPORT our work at RADIANT CIRCUS and help promote indie cinema in London. As a Patron, you will get our unique SCREEN GUIDES delivered directly to your inbox, exclusive discounts for screen events and much more!
*THE SMALL PRINT: As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Apologies if we have missed your event. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version. Event dates/times are subject to change by the venue/organiser. We try to only list events you can book for at the time of posting: however, some events may still be sold out. Please click quickly! We don’t filter by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should be 18+.