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Featured attraction: London Feminist Film Festival (16 to 19 AUG) begins with OPENING NIGHT – FATMA 75 + drinks reception (16 AUG 18:40, Genesis Cinema): “Newly restored and digitised African feminist film from 1975. University student Fatma goes on a historical, feminist voyage and gathers interviews with iconic women from history.”
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ELVIS PRESLEY’S ’68 COMEBACK SPECIAL at Peckhamplex (16 AUG 20:30).
- It’s been 50 years since Elvis Presley – the undisputed king of rock – performs in this legendary concert recorded on December 3, 1968. Originally airing as a TV special, having not appeared on stage in front of a live audience for more than seven years, this spectacular performance is seen by many as the Memphis icon’s most substantial achievement as a stage performer.
- Also at Genesis Cinema (16 AUG 18:30) and Phoenix Cinema (16 AUG 18:30).
QUEERCORE: A CELEBRATION OF OUTSIDER PRIDE at Genesis Cinema (16 AUG 20:45):
- The People’s Film Club, The Outside Project and Fringe! Festival are teaming up to bring a night of queer celebration. We will be celebrating the ‘outsider’ subcultures that queer communities have pioneered – creating their own cultural spaces on the fringes of a homophobic and heteronormative society.
STEP at CentrE17 (16 AUG 19:30):
- Last Frame Club presents: The true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR at Backyard Cinema (16 AUG 20:30).
- CHRISTOPHER ROBIN raising funds for MediCinema at Picturehouse Central (16 AUG 18:15 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- Double Bill: HEREDITARY + A QUIET PLACE at Regent Street Cinema (16 AUG 18:30 & 21:00).
- EAGLE VS SHARK 35mm at Prince Charles (16 AUG 18:45).
- GREGORY’S GIRL at BFI (16 AUG 18:40).
- HOTEL ARTEMIS at Prince Charles (16 AUG 20:45).
- LEON at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (16 AUG 20:15).
- MCQUEEN at Prince Charles (16 AUG 15:30).
- PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN at BFI (16 AUG 20:40).
- PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE at DocHouse (16 AUG 20:30).
- THE ROOMwithout Tommy Wiseau at Prince Charles (16 AUG 21:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS various venues (AUG to SEP):
- ICA: CLÉO FROM 5 to 7 (16 AUG 20:45).
CLOSE-UP ON ÉRIC ROHMER at Close-Up Centre (15 AUG to 03 SEP):
- MY NIGHT AT MAUD’S (16 AUG 19:30).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (AUG to OCT):
- STRANGE CARGO 35mm (16 AUG 18:20).
PINTER ON SCREEN: POWER, SEX & POLITICS at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- THE LAST TYCOON (16 AUG 20:35).
REBEL WITH A CAUSE at Bertha DocHouse (until 12 AUG):
- ¡LAS SANDINISTAS! (16 AUG 14:30 & 18:30).
REBELS WITH A CAUSE at the Korean Cultural Centre (until 23 AUG – Free!):
- MANDALA (16 AUG 19:00).
SUMMER FILMS at House of Vans (until 26 AUG – Free! / No booking required):
- STEALING BEAUTY (16 AUG 17:00 & 19:15).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
London Feminist Film Festival (16 to 19 AUG):
- OPENING NIGHT – FATMA 75 + drinks reception (16 AUG 18:40, Genesis Cinema).
- GENDER & POWER: Women Against Patriarchal Structures (16 AUG 18:40, Rio Cinema).
- CARRY GREENHAM HOME: Revolt, She Said: Women and Film After ’68 (16 AUG 19:00, Rio Cinema).
HEATHERS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY at The Prince Charles (16 AUG 13:00):
- In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, intelligent teen Veronica (Winona Ryder) teams up with a dark sociopath, J.D. (Christian Slater) in a plot to kill the cool kids in what is one of the decade’s defining cult classics of 1980s cinema.
LEANING INTO THE WIND – ANDY GOLDSWORTHY at ArtHouse Crouch End (16 AUG 14:45 & 21:25):
- Sixteen years after their first collaboration on the groundbreaking RIVERS AND TIDES, filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer returns with an absorbing documentary portrait of the influential British sculptor and environmentalist.
More films in London this week (A – Z): THE APPARITION at Lexi Cinema (11 to 16 AUG). A SICILIAN GHOST STORY at The Castle Cinema (11 to 16 AUG). THE HEIRESS at The Institute Of Light (10 to 16 AUG). ISLE OF DOGS at Whirled Cinema (13 to 19 AUG). MAURICE at BFI (11 to 16 AUG). MCQUEEN at Rio Cinema (10 to 16 AUG). OF FATHERS AND SONS at ICA (10 to 16 AUG). POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD at Phoenix Cinema (10 to 16 AUG). THROUGH LOTTE’S LENS at JW3 (12 to 16 AUG). UNDER THE TREE at Barbican (10 to 16 AUG).
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