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*.
THE HANDS OF ORLAC + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by John Sweeny at Austrian Cultural Forum (24 JAN 19:00 – Free!):
- An Austrian silent horror film from 1924 by Robert Wiene who made his name as a director of expressionist films such as THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. When pianist Paul Orlac loses his hands in a railway accident and receives a transplant from a recently executed murderer, he begins to believe that with them he has acquired the murderer’s predisposition to violence.
New at RADIANT CIRCUS:
- HOLD THE DATE: Working with our friends SUPAKINO and Zodiac Film Club, we are delighted to confirm the date for the first MIDNIGHT EXCESS screening (16 FEB 23:00, Rio Cinema).
- NEW SEASON guide: DRIFTING SHADOWS: MASTERPIECES OF FINNISH CINEMA at Close-Up (18 to 30 JAN).
- NEW SEASON guide: DEREK JARMAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles Cinema (23 JAN to 16 APR).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
EVELYN + Q&A with director Orlando von Einsiedel at Genesis Cinema (24 JAN 21:00):
- EVELYN documents the story of a family overcoming the unthinkable. On a walking odyssey across the United Kingdom, they confront a past they’ve been unable to talk about, whilst simultaneously repairing the fractures in their own relationships.
KING OF NEW YORK + SALON with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino at Genesis Cinema (24 JAN 18:40):
- A psychotic drug lord leaves prison bent on sharing his profits with the poor, but finds that the streets are tougher than when he left and that there is no way of washing the blood from his dirty money.
Reeps One: We Speak Music + LIVE PERFORMANCE & Q&A at BFI Southbank (24 JAN 20:50):
- Sonic Cinema presents: We Speak Music, an exploration into the unexpected evolution of the human voice and technology. A series of six short documentaries investigates the little-studied and emerging areas of voice and communication beyond speaking.
Turn Up The Archive + STANDUP at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (24 JAN 19:30):
- Celebrate black British sitcom legends from THE FOSTERS, DESMOND’S, THE REAL MCCOY and NO PROBLEM! with a playful evening of memories, film and stand-up comedy from FOC IT UP: (Femmes of Colour) Comedy Club.
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL at ICA (24 JAN 12:20).
- COLETTE at Genesis Cinema (24 JAN 15:25).
- DOWN TO EARTH + Q&A at Regent Street Cinema (24 JAN 20:50).
- DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY at Genesis Cinema (24 JAN 16:15).
- ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS at DocHouse (24 JAN 14:30).
- THE MUMMY (1999) 35mm at The Prince Charles (24 JAN 20:45).
- THE WITCH at The Prince Charles (24 JAN 18:30).
- WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? at The David Lean (24 JAN 14:30 & 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BEST OF 2018 at Ciné Lumière (03 to 26 JAN):
- PETERLOO (24 JAN 15:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT at BFI Southbank (03 to 31 JAN):
- VAMPYR: DER TRAUM DES ALLAN GRAY (24 JAN 18:20).
DRIFTING SHADOWS: MASTERPIECES OF FINNISH CINEMA at Close-Up (18 to 30 JAN):
- PEOPLE IN THE SUMMER NIGHT + ALVER AALTO (24 JAN 20:15).
THE GOLDEN AGE OF ALEXANDER KORDA: BRITAIN’S MOVIE MOGUL at BFI Southbank (JAN):
- THAT HAMILTON WOMAN aka Lady Hamilton (24 JAN 20:30).
LAUREL AND HARDY at BFI Southbank (JAN):
- SWISS MISS 35mm + COUNTY HOSPITAL 35mm (24 JAN 20:40).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today…
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING at ICA (24 JAN 16:30 & 19:00):
- “Dazzling and sun-drenched, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING is an innovative, impressionistic portrait of contemporary life in Hale County, Alabama.”
- Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup HERE.
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at ArtHouse (24 JAN 12:30, 15:15, 18:00 & 20:45):
- Explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).
THE RAFT at Rio Cinema (24 JAN 18:15):
- In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behavior.
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A STAR IS BORN at The Prince Charles (until 24 JAN). BEAUTIFUL BOY at Rio Cinema (18 to 24 JAN). BLACK’ 47 at Whirled Cinema (21 to 27 JAN). COLETTE at The Lexi (until 24 JAN). THE FAVOURITEat ICA (until 24 JAN). FREE SOLO at ICA (until 24 JAN). FYRE at The Prince Charles (18 to 24 JAN). THE HOUSE BY THE SEA at Ciné Lumière (until 24 JAN). ITZHAK presented by UKJF at JW3 (20 to 24 JAN). THE OLD MAN & THE GUN at The Prince Charles (18 to 24 JAN). ONE CUT OF THE DEAD at The Prince Charles (until 08 FEB). THE PASSENGER at BFI (until 24 FEB). SHOPLIFTERS at ICA (until 24 JAN). SORRY TO BOTHER YOU at The Prince Charles (until 24 JAN). STAN & OLLIE at The Castle Cinema (until 24 JAN). THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS at DocHouse (until 24 JAN).
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