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*.
Featured attraction: ZAMA + Q&A with Lucrecia Martel (22 MAY 20:20, BFI).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Adrian Wootton’s Hollywood Legends: Audrey Hepburn + CHARADE + INTRO at Barbican (22 MAY 18:45 & 20:30):
- Adrian Wootton OBE, CEO of Film London, traces the life and career of Audrey Hepburn before a screening of “an appealing romantic suspense caper” with the dashing Cary Grant.
A PETAL at Deptford Cinema (22 MAY 20:00 – Free!):
- A film that attempts to address the trauma of the Gwangju Uprising on the psyche of the Korean people. Presented by The Korean Film Festival in partnership with Deptford Cinema.
- Read the RADIANT CIRCUS writeup.
FALLING FREETOWN + URBAN NOMADS – Cities, Tension and Urban Planning at Frontline Club (22 May 19:00):
- Sold out!
More films in London today (A – Z): THE BREADWINNER at Picturehouse Central (22 MAY 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!). CLASSE TOUS RISQUES at BFI (22 MAY 20:40). Egon Schiele: DEATH & THE MAIDEN at Austrian Cultural Forum (22 MAY 19:00 – Sold out!). GHOST STORIES at The David Lean Cinema (22 MAY 19:30). LADY BIRD presented by Wimbledon Film Club at HMV Curzon (22 MAY 20:30). LE HARVRE presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (22 MAY 20:00). SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING 16mm presented by Ciné-Real at The Castle Cinema (22 MAY 18:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON PIER PAOLO PASOLINI at Close-Up (03 to 29 MAY):
- THEOREM (22 MAY 20:00).
CREATURE FEATURES at The Prince Charles (01 MAY to 23 JUL):
- CLOVERFIELD 35mm (22 MAY 20:45).
LET LOVE IN: NICK CAVE ON SCREEN at Genesis Cinema (until 01 JUN):
- THE CAT PIANO + B-MOVIE: LUST & SOUND IN WEST BERLIN (22 MAY 21:00).
LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- STREETWISE (22 MAY 21:10).
LUCRECIA MARTEL RETROSPECTIVE at ICA & BFI Southbank (20 to 27 MAY):
- ZAMA + Q&A with Lucrecia Martel (22 MAY 20:20, BFI).
MAY ’68 AND ITS LEGACIES at Ciné Lumière (04 to 23 MAY):
- REDOUBTABLE (22 MAY 18:30).
UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (MAY):
- ONE PLUS ONE (aka Sympathy For The Devil) 35mm + INTRO (22 MAY 18:15).
WE <3 GRETA GERWIG at The Prince Charles (until 09 JUN):
- WIENER-DOG (22 MAY 18:35).
#WOMENINFILM2018 at Genesis Cinema (all year):
- REVENGE + PANEL #ReclaimTheFrame (22 May 18:30).
YOUTH ON THE MARCH! at Regent Street Cinema (02 MAY to 27 JUN):
- WOODPECKERS DON’T GET HEADACHES (22 MAY 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Herne Hill Free Film Festival (01 MAY to 01 JUN)
- Next screening: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD (23 MAY 21:00, Canopy Beer – Free!).
Everyman Music Film Festival (07 to 31 MAY)
- Next screening: UNDER THE SKIN + LIVE SCORE (31 MAY 19:00, Everyman Muswell Hill).
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm at Picturehouse Central (22 MAY 14:30 & 18:00):
- For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation, with no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits, that is showing exclusively at Picturehouse cinemas. This screening will have a 15 minute interval.
FILMWORKER at ICA (22 MAY 16:15):
- Director Tony Zierra puts filmworker Leon Vitali centerstage in this documentary about his staggering career and creative involvement with director Stanley Kubrick. Vitali, a budding actor, initially starred in Kubrick’s period drama BARRY LYNDON before becoming his muse and right-hand man.
- Also at Picturehouse Central (18 to 24 MAY) and Rio Cinema (18 to 24 MAY).
MAYSKAYA STREET at DocHouse (22 MAY 14:30 & 20:30):
- Belarus has been called ‘Europe’s last Dictatorship’, ruled by President Lukashenko since the collapse of the USSR. Young Kostia – 18 and about to vote for the first time – muses on the future for his country with his family and friends in his small village.
RECRUITING FOR JIHAD at DocHouse (22 MAY 18:20):
- Gaining unprecedented access to the lives of religious fundamentalists, RECRUITING FOR JIHAD is a powerful examination of extremism in Europe, which makes its UK Premiere at Bertha DocHouse.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC 70mm at BFI Southbank (22 MAY 14:00 & 17:45):
- This handsomely mounted film of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is an exemplary translation from stage to screen. Right from the aerial opening – presented in glorious 70mm for an exclusive two-week run at BFI – Robert Wise and screenwriter Ernest Lehman place passion, energy, movement and musical expression at the heart of their brisk, eloquent storytelling.
More films in London this week (A – Z): IN THE INTENSE NOW at ICA (19 to 22 MAY). THE POETESS at DocHouse (until 23 MAY). RECRUITING FOR JIHAD at DocHouse (18 to 24 MAY). REVENGE at Barbican (until 20 MAY), The Castle Cinema (19 to 23 MAY), Ciné Lumière (19 to 31 MAY). THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI at Whirled Cinema (21 to 27 MAY). THE WILD BOYS aka Les Garçons Sauvages at ICA (until 23 MAY). THE WOUND at Lexi Cinema (22 & 23 MAY). THE YOUNG KARL MARX at JW3 (18 to 24 MAY).
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