SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 17.10.19

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Find films in London today by: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off attractions) // MUSEUM SHOWS (several exhibits under one roof – seasons & festivals) // GRIND SHOWS (a selection of regular runs).


WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? d. Astra Taylor, 2018 + Intro by the director at The Whitechapel Gallery (17 OCT 19:00):

  • “Writer, activist and filmmaker Astra Taylor presents her latest acclaimed documentary essay, an exploration of the radical meanings of democracy, filmed internationally on location and featuring Silvia Federici and Cornel West among other key thinkers of our time.”


LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY - A new popup cinema by Radiant Circus at the Bridewell Theatre - 22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019

LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY is a brand new popup cinema screening daily programmes of bitesize films for busy City workers at the Bridewell Theatre in the City Of London (22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019).

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Films in London this week: LONG TIME NO SEA, part of Native Spirit Film Festival (12 to 20 OCT 2019).

Online at radiantcircus.com: The 13th Native Spirit Film Festival (12 to 20 OCT) continues this week. // Ranjit S. Ruprai aka SUPAKINO launched a new season of MIDNIGHT EXCESS at Rio Cinema last weekend. // Help Screen25 in South Norwood and The Horse Hospital stay open if you can.




Films in London today: Hammer’s VAMPIRELLA – A Live Script Reading at Regent Street Cinema (17 OCT).
Films in London today: Hammer’s VAMPIRELLA – A Live Script Reading at Regent Street Cinema (17 OCT).

Hammer’s VAMPIRELLA – A Live Script Reading at Regent Street Cinema (17 OCT 19:30):

  • De Montfort University’s Cinema & Television History Institute and Hammer Films present: “In 1975, Hammer Films mounted an expensive and ambitious adaptation of the hit comic book Vampirella. The film failed to make it into production, but for one night only, an incredible cast including Georgina Dugdale, Jonathan Rigby and Hammer legend Caroline Munro perform a live reading of the original Christopher Wicking script.”

VESSEL d. Diana Whitten, 2014 + Guest Speaker at Peckhamplex (17 OCT 20:30):

  • Dispatch FMI presents: “A documentary that follows Dutch doctor and activist Rebecca Gomperts as she organises Women on the Waves, a team who sail around the world providing free and safe abortions in international waters for women with no legal alternative. The team face immense scrutiny and backlash but ultimately thrive due to their solidarity and creative resourcefulness.”

More films in London today (A – Z):

  • THE BEACH BUM d. Harmony Korine, 2019 preview presented by VICE at Rio Cinema (17 OCT 18:30).
  • CORPUS CHRISTI aka Boże Ciało d. Jan Komasa, 2019 UK Premiere presented by POSK Cinema at Polish Social and Cultural Association (17 OCT 19:30).
  • EXTRA INNINGS d. Albert Dabah & Brian Dillinger, 2018 presented by UK Jewish Film at JW3 (17 OCT 11:30 & 16:20).
  • GAME FACE d. Michiel Thomas, 2015 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (17 OCT 19:00).
  • HOME d. Sarah Outen, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Hackney (17 OCT 18:30).
  • Kino’s Short Film Open-Mic at Candid Arts (17 OCT 19:00).
  • PAIN AND GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at The David Lean (17 OCT 14:30 & 19:30).
  • RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 presented by Das Kino at The Old Baths (17 OCT 21:00).
  • THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at at Ciné Lumière (17 OCT 19:00).
  • UNDER THE KNIFE d. Susan Steinberg, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (17 OCT 18:00 & 20:00).

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Films in London today: THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE part of LIVE CULTURES at Close-Up (15 to 25 OCT).
Films in London today: THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE part of LIVE CULTURES at Close-Up (17 OCT).



  • HERO d. Frances-Anne Solomon, 2018 + Panel presented by Black History Studies (17 OCT 20:40).

CARLOS ACOSTA’S CINE CLUB at Wimbledon Library (15 to 17 OCT – FREE!/No booking required):

THE FILMS OF DAVID FINCHER at The Prince Charles (15 AUG to 21 NOV):

HITCHCOCKTOBER at The Birds E11 (03 OCT to 01 NOV – FREE!/Paid reservations & packages available!):

KAZUHIRO SODA at Deptford Cinema (06 OCT to 10 NOV):

  • CAMPAIGN d. Kazuhiro Soda, 2007 (17 OCT 19:15).

LIVE CULTURES at Close-Up (15 to 25 OCT):


ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

THRILLERS & KILLERS & MONSTERS, OH MY! at The Prince Charles (27 SEP to 01 NOV):

TNB BHM2019 various venues (07 to 31 OCT):

  • AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 + Panel + Performance (17 OCT 20:30 – Stratford East Picturehouse).

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Films in London today: SURFER DAN part of Ocean Film Festival World Tour (14 to 19 OCT).
Films in London today: SURFER DAN part of Ocean Film Festival World Tour (14 to 19 OCT).

Film festivals in London today include:


Films in London today: BEANPOLE at ICA (until 24 OCT).
Films in London today: BEANPOLE at ICA (until 24 OCT).

BEANPOLE d. Kantemir Balagov, 2019 at ICA (17 OCT 21:00):

  • “Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov’s hypnotic and rigorous third feature confirms his impressive capacity to deliver strong, accurate and delicate portraits of individuals in past and contemporary Russia.”

FARMING d. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, 2019 at Catford Mews (17 OCT 14:00 & 18:15):

  • “Based on the writer/director’s childhood, FARMING tells story of a young Nigerian boy, ‘farmed out’ by his parents to a white British family in the hope of a better future. Instead, he becomes the feared leader of a white skinhead gang.”

YOUR TURN d. Eliza Capai, 2019 at DocHouse (17 OCT 16:30 – LAST CHANCE!):

  • “Following the student movement from the protests of 2013 until the election of the new president, Jair Bolsonaro, in 2018, YOUR TURN captures an urgent time in Brazilian politics. In the wake of the economic and social crisis, students protest and occupy hundreds of schools.”

More films in London this week (A – Z):

  • BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 23 OCT). THE DAY SHALL COME d. Christopher Morris, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (11 to 17 OCT). DOLEMITE IS MY NAME d. Craig Brewer, 2019 at The Prince Charles (11 to 22 OCT). THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Watermans (11 to 24 OCT). FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 17 OCT). GOOD POSTURE d. Dolly Wells, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 17 OCT). HUSTLERS d. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 17 OCT). JOKER d. Todd Phillips, 2019 at The Lexi (until 17 OCT). JUDY d. Rupert Goold, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (until 17 OCT). MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL d. Stanley Nelson, 2019 at DocHouse (13 to 17 OCT). ONLY YOU d. Harry Wootliff, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (14 to 20 OCT). PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at ICA (until 17 OCT). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at ICA (until 17 OCT). TEHRAN: CITY OF LOVE d. Ali Jaberansari, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (11 to 17 OCT).

LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY - Radiant Circus at the Bridewell Theatre - 22 Oct to 01 Nov 2019.

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