SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 18.05.19

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*.

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).


FEATURED ATTRACTION

BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 + INTRO at Genesis Cinema (18 MAY 21:00):

  • Forever Young Film Club presents: “On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars (Beanie Feldstein & Kaitlyn Dever) realise they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.”

NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS

Films in London this week: RADIANT CIRCUS presents MATINEE at Birkbeck Cinema (21 MAY 18:00 - FREE!).
RADIANT CIRCUS presents MATINEE at Birkbeck Cinema (21 MAY 18:00 – FREE!).
  • Thanks to our friends at Birkbeck University, we’ll be discussing how indie exhibitors are “making movies matter at a time of crisis” and screening Joe Dante’s MATINEE (21 MAY Birkbeck Cinema – FREE!).
  • Announcing the next edition of MIDNIGHT EXCESS (15 JUN Rio Cinema): SUPAKINO and AMOS LEVIN celebrate American comedy trio THE LONELY ISLAND with a double-bill of unpredictable, jaw-dropping, idiosyncratic comedies.
  • South Social Film Festival is collaborating with Instituto Cervantes to celebrate Spain at Moving Pictures Cinema (08 JUN). RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers can unlock a juicy discount for this thrilling event.
  • RADIANT CIRCUS is partnering with Screen25 to celebrate their new Spring/Summer programme. All RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers, friends & followers get a juicy discount when booking for this exciting lineup. First up: RAFIKI (29 MAY).

FILMS IN LONDON TODAY

SINGLE-O EXHIBITS

Films in London today: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI at Deptford Cinema (18 MAY).
Films in London today: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI at Deptford Cinema (18 MAY).

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI d. Robert Wiene, 1920 + LIVE SCORE/INSTALLATION by Matt Harding at Deptford Cinema (18 MAY 18:00 INSTALLATION / 20:00 FILM):

  • “At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding… The seminal German expressionist film will be accompanied by a live contemporary soundtrack, performed by Matt Harding.”

Exploding Cinema at The Horse Hospital (18 MAY 19:00):

  • “Come to our rank screening in the dark pocket of Bloomsbury that is the wonderful Horse Hospital to be intrigued and inthralled by the myriad flickering images that make up one of our shows. Plus musical guests, raffle prizes, drink, a toilet and the finest psychedelic light show that ever blew a mind.”

More films in London today (A – Z):


MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS

Films in London today: SONG at BFI, part of BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS (18 MAY).
Films in London today: SONG at BFI, part of BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS (18 MAY).

BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS: WEIMAR CINEMA 1919-1933 at BFI Southbank (MAY to JUN):

  • SONG 35mm d. Richard Eichberg, 1928 + LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (18 MAY 15:20).
  • THE FIGHT FOR THE MATTERHORN d. Mario Bonnard & Nunzio Malsomma, 1928 + LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT (18 MAY 17:50).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (MAY):

CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF THE BATMAN! at The Prince Charles (06 to 27 MAY):

  • BATMAN d. Tim Burton, 1989 (17 to 27 MAY).

THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB & DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at Birkbeck Cinema, Ciné Lumière, Close-Up, Goethe-Institut, ICA & Whitechapel Gallery (MAR to JUN):

JOHN WATERS SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles  (04 MAR to 26 JUN 2019):

KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):

OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):

  • AFTER THE STORM d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2016 (18 MAY 18:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (until 21 APR):


MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS

Films in London today: A QUIET PLACE at Brockwell Lido, part of Herne Hill Film Festival (18 MAY 21:00).
Films in London today: A QUIET PLACE at Brockwell Lido, part of Herne Hill Free Film Festival (18 MAY 21:00).

Film festivals in London today include:


GRIND SHOWS

Films in London today: AMA-SAN at ICA (17 to 23 MAY).
Films in London today: AMA-SAN at ICA (17 to 23 MAY).

AMA-SAN d. Cláudia Varejão, 2016 at ICA (18 MAY 16:20):

  • For over 2,000 years, female shellfish divers, known as ama-san, have fished for abalone off the coast of Japan. Focusing on three women who have spent decades diving together near a small fishing village on the Shima peninsular, AMA-SAN is a unique portrait of an ancient custom which is at risk of disappearing.

TUCKED d. Jamie Patterson, 2018 at Rio Cinema (18 MAY 19:00):

  • “Gender non-conforming Jackie Collins is an 80+ years old drag queen with an acerbic nightclub comedy act. Diagnosed with cancer but determined to keep on performing and boozing, but between a surprising new friendship with young, non-binary newcomer Faith and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life.”

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


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