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Featured attraction: Nobody Ordered Wolves presents Rosa Von Praunheim’s CITY OF LOST SOULS + INTRO by Juliet Jacques at The Castle Cinema (21 NOV 18:45): “A rare screening of a hidden classic of queer cinema. All profits for this event for Trans Day of Remembrance will support the amazing work of Gendered Intelligence, helping trans youth.” – Nobody Ordered Wolves.
New at RADIANT CIRCUS: In our continuing series of interviews with London’s independent curators, Anna de Guia-Eriksson talks Filikino, a programme of classic and contemporary Philippine cinema, the Philippine film industry and recent audience responses to ALIPATO by Khavn De La Cruz at Genesis Cinema. Read our interview HERE.
COMING SOON: Documentary specialists Last Frame Club are hosting their first Smartphone Film Festval in Walthamstow this Friday (23 NOV 18:00). RADIANT CIRCUS chatted with co-director Vera Hems Anderson about new adventures in handheld movie making. Read our interview HERE.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
BEAU TRAVAIL 35mm + INTRO by Tara Judah at BFI Southbank (21 NOV 18:10):
- Imaginatively adapting Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Denis relocates the story of murky passion, jealous resentment and remorse to Africa, where a detachment of the Foreign Legion performs apparently pointless (but strangely balletic) exercises in the desert.
CITY OF LOST SOULS + INTRO by Juliet Jacques at The Castle Cinema (21 NOV 18:45):
- Nobody Ordered Wolves presents: an explosively fun musical set in West Germany’s only trans-owned burger bar, presided over by the incredible Leila, played by Jayne County. With the celebratory approach to deviance you find in John Waters’ work, the wonky cabaret of Rocky Horror and the inclusive, permeable underground of Derek Jarman, this is hilarious, raunchy, low budget delightful filmmaking.
ONE NOTE AT A TIME + QA with director Renee Edwards at Harris Academy South Norwood (21 NOV 19:45):
- Screen25 presents: A multi-award winning documentary set in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, where music stopped in 2005 when one of the most deadly and destructive hurricanes in American history struck. Many displaced musicians felt compelled to return to the chaos and bleak confusion to play again.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- The Big Blend short films + networking presented by Shorts On Tap & London Filmmaking Network at Cafe 1001 (21 NOV 19:00).
- COLD WAR at ICA (21 NOV 15:05).
- DOGMAN at ICA (21 NOV 18:50).
- HOBSON’S CHOICE at Regent Street Cinema (21 NOV 12:00 & 15:30).
- LA MORT EN DIRECT at Ciné Lumière (21 NOV 16:00).
- LES CHOSES DE LA VIE at Ciné Lumière (21 NOV 20:45).
- MULHOLLAND DR. 35mm at The Prince Charles (21 NOV 15:00).
- MURDER MY SWEET presented by Kennington Noir at The Cinema Museum (21 NOV 19:30).
- THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING at DocHouse (21 NOV 14:20).
- THE PERFECT STORM 35mm at The Prince Charles (21 NOV 20:45).
- THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING at Barbican (21 NOV 20:45).
- SEVEN SINNERS presented by Lobotomy Room at Fontaine’s Bar (21 NOV 20:00 – Free!).
- SOUTH PACIFIC presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St. Barnabas Millennium Halls (21 NOV 14:00).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON INGMAR BERGMAN at Close-Up (02 NOV to 30 DEC):
- CRIES & WHISPERS (21 NOV 20:15 – CANCELLED!).
COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):
- 9 TO 5 (21 NOV 14:30, 18:30 20:45).
Sight & Sound presents FANTASTIQUE: THE DREAM WORLDS OF FRENCH CINEMA at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):
- MALPERTUIS 35mm (21 NOV 20:40).
WORLD WAR ONE: REGENERATIONS II at BFI Southbank (NOV):
- A look at how each generation of filmmakers has interpreted the war. Includes: REGENERATION (21 NOV 18:15).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 09 DEC).
- GFEST (12 to 24 NOV).
- Irish Film Festival (21 to 25 NOV).
- London Palestine Film Festival (16 to 28 NOV).
- UK Jewish Film Festival (08 to 22 NOV).
- Underwire Film Festival (16 to 25 NOV).
- Utopia: 9th Portuguese Film Festival (30 OCT to 29 NOV).
- We The Peoples Film Festival (11 to 24 NOV).
9 TO 5 at BFI (21 NOV 14:30, 18:30 20:45):
- This gloriously feminist revenge comedy sees three put-upon office workers turn the tables on their sleazy boss. Judy (Jane Fonda), Violet (Lily Tomlin) and Doralee (Dolly Parton) bond over being mistreated by their boss: he yells at Judy on her first day, consistently takes credit for Violet’s ideas and sexually harasses Doralee. Fed up with him, and the sexist practices of their office, they dream of his removal.
SUSPIRIA (2018) at Rio Cinema (21 NOV 14:15, 17:20 & 20:15):
- A very original re-visit to Dario Argento’s 1977 cult horror classic by the director of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME features powerful performances from Tilda Swinton (x2), Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Mia Goth plus a haunting score from Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke.
THE WORKSHOP at ICA (21 NOV 20:55):
- Director Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or winning film THE CLASS (2008), used documentary style and improvisation by its teenage cast to trace a teacher’s interactions with his working-class high school students. Centring on a writing class comprising working-class Black, Arab and white students led by a celebrated Parisian novelist, THE WORKSHOP starts out looking similar but soon reveals its differences.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON at Ciné Lumière (16 to 30 NOV). ADRIFT IN SOHO at The Prince Charles (until 20 NOV). CHARM CITY at DocHouse (16 to 21 NOV). CLIMAX at ICA (until 22 NOV). MANDY at The Prince Charles (until 02 DEC). NAE PASARAN at ICA (until 22 NOV). THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING at DocHouse (16 to 22 NOV). SOME LIKE IT HOT at BFI (02 to 18 NOV). THIS IS HOME at DocHouse (16 to 22 NOV). WAJIB at Whirled Cinema (19 to 25 NOV). WIDOWS at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 22 NOV). WILDLIFE at BFI (16 to 21 NOV).
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