SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 20.05.19

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

IRENE’S GHOST d. Iain Cunningham, 2018 + Q&A with the director & author Laura Dockrill at Curzon Soho (20 MAY 18:30):

  • “The story of a son finding the truth of the mother he never knew. When Iain’s child is born, he is forced to confront his own early life; His mother Irene died when he was three, leaving only fragmentary memories and silence from his father. Now he must confront what has been hidden.”

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RADIANT CIRCUS presents MATINEE at Birkbeck Cinema (21 MAY 18:00 - FREE!).
RADIANT CIRCUS presents MATINEE at Birkbeck Cinema (21 MAY 18:00 – FREE!).
  • TOMORROW! 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!).
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY

SINGLE-O EXHIBITS

Films in London today: DEFAULT presented by Korean Film Festival at Regent Street Cinema (20 MAY).
Films in London today: DEFAULT presented by Korean Film Festival at Regent Street Cinema (20 MAY).

JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION d. Julien Faraut, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Wimbledon (20 MAY 18:30):

  • “Graceful, irascible and unique: in 1984, John McEnroe was unassailable, the world’s top ranked player as he approached the French Open. This documentary adapts uncovered 16mm footage of McEnroe’s incredible skill (and unholy temper) from the event, offering deeper insights into how he drove himself to be one of the all time great sportsmen.”

THUNDER ROAD d. Jim Cummings, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Ritzy (20 MAY 19:00):

  • “Jim Arnaud (Jim Cummings), a Texan police officer, struggles to raise his daughter as a love letter to his late Mom. A tragicomic portrait of a failing figure of authority in America. Won the Grand Jury Award at SXSW.”

More films in London today (A – Z):

  • BLADE RUNNER 2049 d. Denis Villeneuve, 2017 presented by Empire Magazine at Picturehouse Central (20 MAY 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
  • Charles Bukowski – BORN INTO THIS presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (20 MAY 19:00).
  • THE CRAFT d. Andrew Fleming, 1996 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (20 MAY 19:30 – FREE!).
  • CRIME + Q&A with filmmakers short film programme at Peckhamplex (20 MAY 18:30).
  • DEFAULT d. Choi Kook-hee, 2018 Teaser Screening presented by Korean Film Festival at Regent Street Cinema (20 MAY 19:00).
  • EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Moving Pictures (20 MAY 12:00).
  • POND LIFE d. Bill Buckhurst, 2018 at Lexi Cinema (20 MAY 15:00).
  • Smallfilms with Chris Pallant library talk at BFI (20 MAY 18:30


MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS

Films in London today: GALILEO, part of LILIANA CAVANI: 1966-1970 at Deptford Cinema (20 MAY).
Films in London today: GALILEO, part of LILIANA CAVANI: 1966-1970 at Deptford Cinema (20 MAY).

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

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).

CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY at Close-Up (MAY):

  • NOSTALGHIA d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983 (20 MAY 15:30).

INGMAR BERGMAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (20 MAY to 22 JUL):

LEXI FILM SCHOOL at The Lexi (29 APR to 24 JUN):

LILIANA CAVANI: 1966-1970 at Deptford Cinema (13 to 27 MAY):

  • GALILEO d. Liliana Cavani, 1968 (20 MAY 20:00 – FREE!).


MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS

Films in London today: AFTER WE LEAVE, part of Sci-Fi-London at Stratford Picturehouse (20 MAY 20:45).
Films in London today: AFTER WE LEAVE, part of Sci-Fi-London at Stratford Picturehouse (20 MAY 20:45).

Film festivals in London today include:


GRIND SHOWS

Films in London today: MARTY at Whirled Cinema (20 to 26 MAY).
Films in London today: MARTY at Whirled Cinema (20 to 26 MAY).

AMA-SAN d. Cláudia Varejão, 2016 at ICA (20 MAY – closed today, back tomorrow):

  • 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.

MARTY d. Delbert Mann, 1955 at Whirled Cinema (20 MAY 20:00):

  • “The Bronx, New York. While his extended family are all getting married, Marty (Ernest Borgnine) remains a stay-at-home bachelor in his mid 30’s. On the verge of accepting a quiet life with his mother, he heads out one evening to the Stardust Ballroom, and tries not to ruin what could be his last chance at finding love.”

TUCKED d. Jamie Patterson, 2018 at Rio Cinema (20 MAY 14:30 & 21:00):

  • “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.”

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