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*.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux: SALOMÉ at Barbican (16 MAY 20:45):
- Haley Fohr of experimental Folk project Circuit des Yeux performs an original soundtrack to the 1923’s Salomé, the sultry silent adaptation of Oscar Wilde – one of the first art films ever made.
IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY at Screen25 (16 MAY 19:45):
- Join Screen25 during Mental Health Awareness Week for a special screening of IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, in partnership with Off The Record and Young People Insight (YPI). “Poignant and life-affirming, this 2010 hit comedy confronts preconceptions about mental health and explores the reality of depression through the eyes of a 16-year-old.”
GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 + INTRO by Lucy Bolton at BFI Southbank (16 MAY 18:20):
- A musical from and for the Great Depression. The plot (such as it is) sees songwriter Brad Roberts (Powell) defy his rich family in courting chorine Polly (Keeler); meanwhile Al Dubin and Harry Warren’s songs and Busby Berkeley’s weird, wonderful and suggestive choreography boast a dollars-clad Rogers singing ‘We’re in the Money’ and a bleak parade of jobless ex-soldiers trudging through ‘My Forgotten Man.’
More films in London today (A – Z): 42ND STREET at Regent Street Cinema (16 MAY 12:00 & 15:30). 99 RIVER STREET presented by Kennington Noir at The Cinema Museum (16 MAY 19:30). FINDING CAMILLE + Q&A with director Bindu de Stoppani at Kino Bermondsey (16 MAY 20:30). MY FREIND DAHMER previews at BFI (16 MAY 18:30). MOONSTRUCK 35mm at The Prince Charles (16 MAY 20:45). NOTHING BUT A MAN at BFI (16 MAY 20:35). THE RED COLLAR at Ciné Lumière (16 MAY 20:40). TAMPOPO at The Prince Charles (16 MAY 18:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
MAY ’68 AND ITS LEGACIES at Ciné Lumière (04 to 23 MAY):
- REDOUBTABLE (16 MAY 16:00).
- ROLAND BARTHES: TELEVISION DEGREE ZERO + INTRO (16 MAY 18:30) is part of Radical Broadcasts: Theory On TV, curated by Matthew Harle and Colm McAuliffe, in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery and Verso Books.
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- Next screening 17 MAY.
SERET: London Israeli Film & Television Festival (06 to 17 MAY)
Everyman Music Film Festival (07 to 31 MAY)
- VICE PRESENT ‘NOISEY BIRMINGHAM’ WITH MIKE SKINNER + Q&A + DJs (16 MAY 20:00, Screen On The Green).
THE CURED at The Prince Charles (16 MAY 13:35):
- First time director David Freyne shows there’s plenty of life in the undead yet with a startling new horror film. THE CURED dares to ask: what would the return to normal life be like after a zombie outbreak has been tamed? What follows is a ruthless study of a society still in free fall as one terror is rapidly replaced by another. Human nature, it seems, is our own worst enemy.
- Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup from last year’s London Film Festival.
THE POETESS at DocHouse (16 MAY 18:40):
- In 2010, Saudi Arabian writer and activist Hissa Hilal did something unimaginable – she starred in the Arab World’s biggest televised live poetry competition. Storming through the rounds, and becoming progressively more political in her critique of religious extremism and her patriarchal society, Hilal became the first woman to reach the show’s final.
REVENGE at ArtHouse Crouch End (16 MAY 13:25 & 21:30):
- Left for dead by her boyfriend and his alpha-male friends in the remote desert, Jen rises like a phoenix to enact the bloodiest revenge possible. First-time director Coralie Fargeat has conjured a masterpiece so gruesome that paramedics had to attend to one audience member at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere.
- Also at Barbican (11 to 17 MAY) and Rio Cinema (11 to 17 MAY).
THE WILD BOYS aka Les garçons sauvages at ICA (16 MAY 18:30):
- The UK premiere of the debut feature film by French experimental filmmaker Bertrand Mandico. “Fantasy, eroticism, violence and mystery engulf a group of young, privileged teenage boys – all played by women – cast away from the island of La Réunion for committing a sadistic crime.”
More films in London this week (A to Z – click for dates/times): ANON at Rio Cinema (11 to 17 MAY). ENTEBBE at Phoenix Cinema (11 to 17 MAY). A FANTASTIC WOMAN at Whirled Cinema (14 to 20 MAY). HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES at Picturehouse Central (11 to 17 MAY – other Picturehouses available!). MANSFIELD 66/67 at ICA (11 to 17 MAY) and Rio Cinema (11 to 17 MAY). SHADOW WORLD at DocHouse (11 to 17 MAY).
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Featured attraction: GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 + INTRO by Lucy Bolton at BFI Southbank (16 MAY 18:20).