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INNOCENT SINNERS d. Philip Leacock, 1958 + Location Tour at Deptford Cinema (20 JUL 12:30 – FREE!/Booking required).
- “Based on Rumer Godden’s An Episode of Sparrow, the film raises questions about community, friendship, love and family growing up in a city. Post-screening, patrons are invited to take part in a critical excursion of Lovejoy Mason’s post-Blitz London. After a short tube journey this interactive tour of modern Pimlico will seek to further explore the film’s themes of renewal and gentrification.”
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Japan Foundation London returns with their annual series of summer film screenings. This year, the programme projects a weekend of live action Japanese films based on manga at The British Library (27 to 28 JUL 2019).
Following a screening of BLADE RUNNER earlier in the year, Gerry Maguire’s DAYS OF FUTURE PAST continues with two more sci-fi cult classics: THE RUNNING MAN (24 JUL) & THE ANIMATRIX (08 AUG) at Regent Street Cinema.
We’ve added some new attractions to our summer-long love affair with community cinema Screen25 in South Norwood. Check out our Special Attractions listings and then use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save!
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Nocturnal Creatures at The Whitechapel Gallery + various East End venues (20 JUL 18:00 – FREE!):
- “Whitechapel Gallery’s annual free late night contemporary art festival. For one night only, our galleries and a host of extraordinary east-end spaces are transformed by an exciting programme of installations, performances, music, film and culinary experiences. Includes: CHE SI PUÒ FARE d. Helen Cammock (part of Elaine Mitchener at The Whitechapel); LOST LIBRARIES d. Abigail Reynolds, 2018 (Wash House); IT’S A TRAGEDY d. Laure Prouvost, 2018 (The Golden Heart).”
OF FISH & FOE d. Andy Heathcote & Heike Bachelier, 2018 + Q&A with the directors at ICA (20 JUL 18:00):
- “Brothers Kevin and John Pullar are continuing their family’s tradition of net fishing wild Atlantic salmon along the Scottish coastline. Eco-activist groups Sea Shepherd and Hunt Saboteurs are opposed to the practice and doggedly pursue the brothers, forcefully urging them to discontinue.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ARMSTRONG d. David Fairhead, 2019 + Prerecorded Q&A at Curzon Richmond (20 JUL 14:30).
- ARMSTRONG d. David Fairhead, 2019 at DocHouse (20 JUL 18:20).
- BLADE RUNNER: DOUBLE FEATURE d. Ridley Scott & Denis Villeneuve, 1982 + 2017 at The Prince Charles (20 JUL 21:00).
- GLORIA BELL d. Sebastián Lelio, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (20 JUL 14:00, 16:10, 18:20 & 20:30).
- NAZ AND MAALIK d. Jay Dockendorf, 2015 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (20 JUL 19:00).
- THE RIGHT STUFF 35mm d. Philip Kaufman, 1983 at The Prince Charles (20 JUL 11:45).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 70mm d. David Lean, 1962 (20 JUL 12:45).
AFRICAN ODYSSEYS: HOW WE DREAM TO CHANGE THE WORLD at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- Bacchanal: the World of Horace Ové afternoon of talks & screenings (20 JUL 12:00).
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- JOHN WICK TRILOGY 3 Films, 1 Ticket (20 JUL 20:45).
BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: OBSESSIONS at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- THE BIG LEBOWSKI d. Joel Coen, 1998 (20 JUL 20:45).
CLOSE-UP ON CLAIRE DENIS at Close-Up (08 to 31 JUL):
- WHITE MATERIAL d. Claire Denis, 2009 (20 JUL 20:30).
- See also Jacques Rivette: Out 1 – Episodes 1 & 2 (199min), 3 & 4 (215min), 5 & 6 (190min), 7 & 8 (171min) (20 to 21 JUL – tickets for the full weekend only).
FOCUS ON AGNÈS VARDA at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- VAGABOND d. Agnès Varda, 1985 (20 JUL 18:35).
MOVIES ON THE RIVER departing from Tower Millennium Pier (until 03 AUG):
- THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (20 JUL 20:00 – Waiting List!).
NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI Southbank (JUL to AUG):
- TETSUO: THE IRON MAN d. Shin’ya Tsukamoto, 1989 (20 JUL 18:20).
- RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 (20 JUL 20:50).
NOIRS at House Of Vans (07 JUL to 03 AUG):
- THE THIRD MAN (20 JUL 15:00 & 17:30).
TRIBUTE TO AGNÈS VARDA at Ciné Lumière (until 26 JUL):
- CLÉO DE 5 À 7 d. Agnès Varda, 1961 (20 JUL 14:00).
- VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 (20 JUL 19:30).
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 (20 JUL 17:35).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- CASA Festival of Latin American Arts (16 to 27 JUL).
FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN d. Don Argott & Sheena M. Joyce, 2019 at The Prince Charles (20 JUL 15:25):
- “A story so shocking it reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. John DeLorean was a maverick who defied the industry to create the DeLorean Motor Company, and realise his vision of a futuristic car, which was plagued with disaster from the start. In an effort to keep his business and jet setting lifestyle afloat, he became embroiled in an FBI sting operation and appeared to be caught red handed, exchanging millions for the transportation of cocaine.”
GWEN d. William McGregor, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (20 JUL 15:45 & 17:10):
- “Gwen (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) lives on a farm in the beautiful hills of Snowdonia with her mother Elen (Peake) and little sister Mari. Like nearly all the local men, Gwen’s father is away at war. As she struggles to cope with her mother’s mysterious illness, her father’s absence and a ruthless mining company encroaching on their land, darkness begins to take a grip on Gwen’s home, and the suspicious local community turn on her.”
VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 at Rio Cinema (20 JUL 16:00):
- “Packed with moving stories, amusing anecdotes and illuminating wisdom VARDA BY AGNES is the final dazzling, witty and highly original film from a great director, uncompromising pioneer, photographer, installation artist, visual storyteller and institution of world cinema – but never a supporter of institutional thinking.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2019 at DocHouse (until 24 JUL). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 25 JUL). THE BRINK d. Alison Klayman, 2019 at DocHouse (until 25 JUL). THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 25 JUL). THE GREAT HACK d. Karim Amer & Jehane Noujaim, 2019 at ICA (25 to 31 JUL). LISBON BEAT d. Rita Maia & Vasco Viana, 2019 (20 to 25 JUL). THE MATRIXd. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 at The Prince Charles (until 25 JUL). MIDSOMMAR d. Ari Aster, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 24 JUL). MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL d. Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek at ICA (19 to 25 JUL). NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019 at ICA (until 25 JUL). ONLY YOU d. Harry Wootliff, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 25 JUL). PAVAROTTI d. Ron Howard, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (19 to 25 JUL). TAMPOPO d. Jûzô Itami, 1985 at Whirled Cinema (22 to 28 JUL). TEL AVIV ON FIRE d. Sameh Zoabi, 2018 at JW3 (21 to 28 JUL).
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