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THE RUNNING MAN d. Paul Michael Glaser, 1987 + Panel Discussion at Regent Street Cinema (24 JUL 19:30):
- “Bored of the same old reality TV? Settle down and enjoy Arnie and co fighting their way to freedom in Paul Michael Glaser’s dystopian vision of totalitarian power run amok, in a vision of the future which may have you questioning what you watch in the year it was set, 2019. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on reality TV, media power and fake news.”
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Our friends Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest have teamed up with The People’s Film Club and Genesis Cinema to support LGBTQ+ crisis shelter The Outside Project with a special fundraiser (25 JUL 21:00).
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).
Our summer-long love affair with community cinema Screen25 continues with BIRDS OF PASSAGE tonight at Harris Academy South Norwood (24 JUL 19:45). Check out our Special Attractions for full listings and then use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save!
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE GREAT HACK d. Karim Amer & Jehane Noujaim, 2019 + Q&A with data rights lawyer, Ravi Naik at ICA (24 JUL 18:15):
- “The impact of data exploitation is explored in this timely documentary centred on the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. With access to key players linked to the explosive controversy, Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim (The Square, Control Room, Startup.com) explore the sinister ramifications of widespread data mining.”
- Then enjoys a grind show run at the same venue: THE GREAT HACK d. Karim Amer & Jehane Noujaim, 2019 at ICA (25 to 31 JUL).
THE STING 16mm d. George Roy Hill, 1973 + Intro at The Castle Cinema (24 JUL 19:30 – also 28 JUL 13:30):
- Ciné-Real presents: “Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme, one so crafty that Lonnegan won’t even know he’s been swindled.”
Tales of the Silk Road – Chapter 3: Syria short film programme + Live Music + Panel Discussion at BFI Southbank (24 JUL 13:45 – FREE!/Booking required):
- Shorts On Tap & Bagri Foundation present: “Through an engaging programme of music, short films, activist videos, documentaries and discussion, we share the voices of Syria, its human stories and the country’s vision for the future.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego, 2018 presented by Screen25’s Odyssey Film Club at Harris Academy South Norwood (24 JUL 19:45 – Use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save).
- Double Bill: DUEL d. Steven Spielberg, 1971 + DRIVE d. Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011 presented by Cultish Events at TT Liquor (24 JUL 19:30).
- FORCE OF NATURE NATALIA d. Gerald Fox, 2019 at Picturehouse Central (24 JUL 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- IN FABRIC d. Peter Strickland, 2018 at The Prince Charles (24 JUL 13:00).
- LOVE ME OR LEAVE… d. Charles Vidor, 1955 at Regent Street Cinema (24 JUL 12:00 & 15:30).
- THE ROOM d. Tommy Wiseau, 2003 at The Prince Charles (24 JUL 21:00).
- WILD RELATIVES d. Jumana Manna, 2018 presented by Wavelength Docs at Deptford Cinema (24 JUL 19:30)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):
- CLUELESS (24 JUL 20:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: OBSESSIONS at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- PEEPING TOM d. Michael Powell, 1960 + Intro by Nathalie Morris (24 JUL 18:20).
CLOSE-UP ON CLAIRE DENIS at Close-Up (08 to 31 JUL):
- WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 (24 JUL 20:15).
FOCUS ON AGNÈS VARDA at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 d. Agnès Varda, 1962 (24 JUL 18:15).
MOVIES ON THE RIVER departing from Tower Millennium Pier (until 03 AUG):
- GREASE (24 JUL 20:00).
NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI Southbank (JUL to AUG):
- LA HAINE d. Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995 (24 JUL 20:20).
NOIRS at House Of Vans (07 JUL to 03 AUG):
- DOUBLE INDEMNITY (24 JUL 17:00).
ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (until 14 AUG):
- THE DRIVER 35mm d. Walter Hill, 1978 (24 JUL 18:35).
QUEER SQUEE at various venues (30 JUN to 27 JUL):
- TV Binge Watch Double Bill: UNITED WE FAN d. Michael Sparaga, 2018 + Queer Squee at Mirth, Marvel & Maud (24 JUL 19:00).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
SALON MEXICO: THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEXICAN CINEMA at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- AVENTUERERA d. Alberto Gout, 1950 (24 JUL 20:40).
TRIBUTE TO AGNÈS VARDA at Ciné Lumière (until 26 JUL):
- VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 (24 JUL 16:00 & 18:30).
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 (24 JUL 15:40).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN d. Don Argott & Sheena M. Joyce, 2019 at The Prince Charles (24 JUL 18:15):
- “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 (24 JUL 16:00, 18:10 & 21:00):
- “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 (24 JUL 18:25):
- “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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