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
A CAMBODIAN SPRING + Q&A with director Chris Kelly & Venerable Sovath (featured in the film) at Curzon Soho (17 MAY 18:15):
- An intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot over 6 years, the film charts the growing wave of land-rights protests that led to the ‘Cambodian Spring’ and the tragic events that followed. Composer James Holden will play a DJ set in the bar after the screening.
DER ROSENKAVALIER + LIVE ORCHESTRAL ACCOMPANIMENT by the Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre (17 MAY 19:00):
- This painstakingly restored silent film version of Strauss’ opera captures the subtleties of the opera’s comedy, and is accompanied by a live orchestra playing the music Strauss himself wrote for the film, which he conducted at the Tivoli Theatre on The Strand at the film’s London premiere.
HIGH FIDELITY 35mm + Q&A with Nick Hornby at Genesis Cinema (17 MAY 18:10):
- Genesis & MATTERS OF VINYL IMPORTANCE present a special presentation of HIGH FIDELITY followed by a Q&A with award winning author NICK HORNBY to raise funds for local charity, the Ministry of Stories. There will be a pop up shop selling records, merchandise and monster supplies. Send questions to: email@example.com.
More films in London today (A – Z): THE BREADWINNER previews at BFI (17 MAY 18:10). GREEN DAYS BY THE RIVER + INTRO with exec producer Timothy Mooleedhar at Lexi Cinema (17 MAY 20:50). INTERSTELLAR 70mm at The Prince Charles (17 MAY 20:15). ON CHESIL BEACH + Q&A with director Dominic Cooke at Everyman Belsize Park (17 MAY 18:30). ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING at Genesis Cinema (17 MAY 21:00). POINT BLANK 35mm at BFI (17 MAY 18:15). SCARFACE (1932) at BFI (17 MAY 20:30). SINK + Q&A with director Mark Gillis at Deptford Cinema (17 MAY 20:00). WHITE HEAT (1949) 35mm at The Prince Charles (17 MAY 18:15 – £1 for PCC Members).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CYBERPUNK ANIME at House Of Vans (06 to 25 MAY):
- NINJA SCROLL (17 MAY 17:00 & 19:00 – Free!).
LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- CROSSING DELANCEY 35mm (17 MAY 20:45).
MAY ’68 AND ITS LEGACIES at Ciné Lumière (04 to 23 MAY):
- REDOUBTABLE (17 MAY 16:00 & 18:30).
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- REDOUBTABLE (17 MAY 14:30, 18:20 & 20:55).
YOUTH ON THE MARCH! at Regent Street Cinema (02 MAY to 27 JUN):
- LONG GOODBYE (17 MAY 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN):
- STRANGER IN PARADISE (17 MAY 20:00, Prince Regent Pub – Free!)
SERET: London Israeli Film & Television Festival (06 to 17 MAY – Last Chance!):
- BEN-GURION, EPILOGUE (17 MAY 14:00, JW3).
- THE ESSENTIAL LINK: THE STORY OF WILFRED ISRAEL (17 MAY 18:30, JW3).
- THE COUSIN (17 MAY 18:40, Picturehouse Central).
- MAKTUB (17 MAY 20:00, Phoenix Cinema).
- REMEMBER BAGHDAD + Q&A with Fiona Murphy (17 MAY 20:30, Picturehouse Central).
Cheap Cuts Documentary Film Festival (17 to 20 MAY):
- BEST OF BRITISH + Q&A (17 MAY 19:00, Hackney Attic).
- TRANSPARENT + Q&A (17 MAY 21:00, Hackney Attic).
THE CURED at The Prince Charles (17 MAY 15:30 – Last Chance!):
- 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 (17 MAY 16:30 & 18:30):
- 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 (17 MAY 16:00 & 21:30 – Last Chance!):
- 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 (17 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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*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 check box office each morning for films in London today and try to only list events you can book for at the time of posting: some events may still be sold out. Please click quickly! We don’t filter by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should be 18+.