SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 18.08.19

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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).


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A MILLION LITTLE PIECES d. Sam Taylor-Johnson, 2018 + Q&A with the director & actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson at Picturehouse Hackney (18 AUG 19:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!):

  • “At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed or any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a drug addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing, where he discovers much more than detox and therapy. Based on the bestselling book.”

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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY

SINGLE-O EXHIBITS

Films in London today: THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE at The Prince Charles (18 AUG).
Films in London today: THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE at The Prince Charles (18 AUG).

Silent Cinema Comedy Special + Intro at BFI Southbank (18 AUG 13:30):

  • BFI Families presents: “Young Programmer Lyra Sweeney introduces her selection of silent films that delight in physical comedy. The programme includes: THE ADVENTURER (1917), with Charlie Chaplin as an escaped prisoner on the run; super bendy Lupino Lane in BENDING HUR (aka Roaming Romeo, 1928); and the excellent Florence Turner making silly faces in DAISY DOODAD’S DIAL (1914). It all ends with the fantastic final chase scene in Buster Keaton’s SEVEN CHANCES (1925).”

More films in London today (A – Z):


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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS

Films in London today: BHAJI ON THE BEACH at BFI (18 AUG).
Films in London today: BHAJI ON THE BEACH at BFI (18 AUG).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (AUG):

CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):

  • SUSPICION d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1941 (18 AUG 15:40).
  • NOTORIOUS d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 enjoys a grind show run (until 22 AUG).

FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN at Somerset House (08 to 21 AUG):

  • CLUELESS d. Amy Heckerling, 1995 (18 AUG 19:00).

FOCUS ON AGNÈS VARDA at BFI Southbank (JUL):

KUBRICK: Back By Popular Demand at BFI IMAX & Southbank (JUL to AUG):

NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI Southbank (JUL to AUG):

RE:DOX at DocHouse (ongoing):

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):

TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 01 SEP):

  • Federico Fellini’s Trilogy of Loneliness – LA STRADA d. Federico Fellini, 1954 (18 AUG 18:00).
  • Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy – THREE COLOURS: WHITE d. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1994 (18 AUG 20:30).

WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):

  • THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 (18 AUG 18:00).

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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS

We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today…


GRIND SHOWS

Films in London today: JT LEROY at JW3 (16 to 22 AUG).
Films in London today: JT LEROY at JW3 (16 to 22 AUG).

DJON AFRICA d. Filipa Reis & João Miller Guerra at ICA (18 AUG 12:35):

  • “The debut scripted feature by Portuguese documentarian duo Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra stars non-professional actor Miguel Moreira (who appeared in the pair’s 2010 DocLisboa winner LI KÉ TERRA) as 25-year-old Djon África, born in Portugal to Cape Verdean parents. Loosely episodic in structure, the film narrates Miguel’s journey to Cape Verde in search of his father.”
  • The screening on 16 AUG 18:30 includes a Q&A with the directors.

JT LEROY d. Justin Kelly, 2018 at JW3 (18 AUG 20:30):

  • “His first book Sarah, published in 1999, propelled young JT LeRoy to literary stardom. His semi-autobiographical account of a childhood blighted by drug and sexual abuse in America’s underbelly earned him a cult status. But more shocking than the topics LeRoy’s books explored was the truth behind them, finally exposed in 2006: LeRoy was a well-crafted persona created by Jewish Brooklynite Laura Albert and embodied by her boyfriend’s sister, the androgynous Savannah Knoop.”

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (18 AUG 16:35 & 20:00):

  • “1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore. We are so excited to be able to screen Quentin Tarantino’s latest masterpiece from a glorious 35mm print, the format on which it was shot.”

TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (18 AUG 12:40 & 17:40):

  • “Assuming the identity of a dead author Georg flees France after the Nazi invasion. With nowhere to turn, he is confounded to the corridors of a small hotel, the consulates, cafés and bars that line the harbour. Everything changes when Georg falls in love with the mysterious Marie. Based on the eponymous novel by Anna Seghers, award-winning director Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Barbara), tells the story of a nearly impossible love amid escape, exile and a longing for a place to call home.”

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

  • AMERICAN FACTORY d. Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar, 2019 at ICA (21 to 28 AUG). ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 22 AUG). APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2018 at Rich Mix (16 to 22 AUG). BLINDED BY THE LIGHT d. Gurinder Chadha, 2019 at Lexi Cinema (16 to 22 AUG). THE CHAMBERMAID d. Lila Avilés, 2018 at ICA (until 22 AUG). GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 at DocHouse (until 20 AUG). IN SEARCH… d. Beryl Magoko, 2018 at DocHouse (16 to 21 AUG). LETO d. Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018 at ICA (16 to 22 AUG). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVEd. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ICA (until 22 AUG). NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019 at ICA (until 22 AUG). PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 at Watermans (16 to 22 AUG). STONES HAVE LAWS d. Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan & Tolin Erwin Alexander, 2018 at ICA (until 22 AUG). WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 35mm d. Rob Reiner, 1989 at The Prince Charles (16 to 22 AUG)

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