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Featured attraction: BLACKkKLANSMAN + LIVE SATELLITE Q&A with director Spike Lee, various venues (see below): “The word ‘powerful’ is thrown around a lot in film criticism, especially with big, important ‘issues movies’. But there really is no movie better suited to the accolade than Spike Lee’s BLACKkKLANSMAN, a terrifying, astounding true story which echoes loudly with the present day in the most worrying ways.” – Rosie Fletcher, Den Of Geek.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BLACKkKLANSMAN + LIVE SATELLITE Q&A with director Spike Lee at The Castle Cinema (20 AUG 18:20 – Sold Out!):
- From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee and producer Jordan Peele (GET OUT) comes the incredible true story of an American hero. This screening is followed by a live interview with Spike Lee broadcast via satellite from BFI Southbank.
- Selling out everywhere! Availability at, amongst others, Curzon Wimbledon (18:15), Genesis Cinema (18:30), Everyman Screen On The Green (18:15 – Other Everymans available!), Picturehouse Central (18:15 – Other Picturehouses available!), and Rio Cinema (18:20).
Double Bill: THE STONES IN THE PARK + MONTEREY POP at Regent Street Cinema (20 AUG 19:00 & 20:30):
- July 5th, 1969, two days after the death of guitarist Brian Jones, half a million people gathered to pay homage to the pop group described as the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.
- On a June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock ‘n’ roll.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BLACK PANTHER at Backyard Cinema (20 AUG 20:30).
- BRIEF ENCOUNTER at BFI (20 AUG 18:30).
- ENTER THE DRAGON at Prince Charles (20 AUG 21:00).
- GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES at Hackney Picturehouse (20 AUG 20:30).
- HOTEL ARTEMIS at Prince Charles (20 AUG 13:45).
- MCQUEEN at Prince Charles (20 AUG 16:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON ÉRIC ROHMER at Close-Up Centre (15 AUG to 03 SEP):
- A SUMMER’S TALE (20 AUG 19:30).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (AUG to OCT):
- JOHNNY GUITAR (20 AUG 20:45).
- MILDRED PIERCE enjoys a grind show run (20 AUG 14:30 & 20:40).
- THE WOMEN enjoys a grind show run (20 AUG 18:00).
PINTER ON SCREEN: POWER, SEX & POLITICS at BFI Southbank (AUG):
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any festivals projecting in London today… which probably means we’ve missed something!
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THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES at The Institute Of Light (20 AUG 17:45):
- Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush.
MILDRED PIERCE at BFI Southbank (20 AUG 14:30 & 20:40):
- Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford, in her only Oscar®-winning role) is brought in for questioning after her second husband is shot. Through a series of flashbacks we track Mildred’s extraordinary life.
More films in London this week (A – Z): DRAGONFLY EYES at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). THE ESCAPE at Lexi Cinema (17 to 20 AUG). THE GUARDIANS at Phoenix Cinema (17 to 23 AUG). LEANING INTO THE WIND at DocHouse (17 to 23 AUG). MAURICE at BFI (18 to 22 AUG). MCQUEEN at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE at ICA (17 to 23 AUG). RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA at ICA (18 to 22 AUG). SPITFIRE at Watermans (17 to 23 AUG). UNDER THE TREE at ICA (17 to 22 AUG). VITCH at JW3 (19 to 23 AUG). THE WOUND at Whirled Cinema (20 to 26 AUG).
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*THE SMALL PRINT: As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Apologies if we have missed your event. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version. Event dates/times are subject to change by the venue/organiser. We check box office each morning for films in London today and try to only list events you can book for at the time of posting: some events may still be sold out. Please click quickly! We don’t filter by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should be 18+.