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CRACKS d. Jordan Scott, 2009 + Intro at The Castle Cinema (24 SEP 18:45):
Zodiac Film Club presents: “We’re celebrating back to school in traditional Zodiac style with sapphic psychological thriller Cracks (2009). The first and so far only feature by Jordan Scott (daughter of Ridley) we love Cracks for its pressure-cooker tension, oestrogen-heavy aesthetics and the way it verges on the surreal.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY is a brand new popup cinema screening daily programmes of bitesize films for busy City workers at the Bridewell Theatre in the City Of London (22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019). Bring your own lunch, relax & refocus as you feast on a world of inspiring short film drama, documentary & animation.
> Now booking: sbf.org.uk/whats-on
Online radiantcircus.com: Raindance Film Festival 2019 is underway (18 to 29 SEP) & we’re blogging about it on a dedicated channel // CLOSE-UP ON DEREK JARMAN focuses on his more experimental works (18 to 30 SEP) // Top Dog Film Festival comes to Conway Hall (01 to 02 OCT) // Richmond Film Society continues their 57th season // We interview student curator Viknesh Kobinathan about ON THE EDGE OF THE FOLD.
Grab yourself a juicy discount…. for HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 presented by Back Room Cinema at The Montpelier (26 SEP 19:30). Show voucher code “RADIANT19” on your phone at the venue to save!
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE FLESH & THE FIENDS 35mm d. John Gilling, 1959 + Intro by Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic at BFI Southbank (24 SEP 18:20):
“To celebrate Donald Pleasence’s centenary, join us for one of the most striking performances of his early screen career. In this retelling of the Burke and Hare story, Pleasence is flesh-crawlingly unctuous as the shabby-genteel psychopath Hare; just as good are George Rose as his oafish confederate, Peter Cushing as the fastidious anatomist they supply with suspiciously fresh ‘subjects’, and Billie Whitelaw as the firebrand prostitute who comes between them.”
SHAKEDOWN d. Leilah Weinraub, 2018 + Panel Discussion at DocHouse (24 SEP 18:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!):
gal-dem Film Club presents: “The first event in a new series, the debut feature length documentary from Hood By Air cofounder Leilah Weinraub spotlighting the queer strip scene in LA. Through archive footage from Weinraub, the resident videographer for The Shakedown club night for over 15 years, the film gives us a peek into the community they created and the impact it had.”
THREE ON A MATCH 16mm d. Mervyn LeRoy, 1932 + Intro at The Cinema Museum (24 SEP 19:30):
Women & Cocaine presents: “This month we celebrate the Pre-Code Queens Bette Davis, Joan Blondell & Ann Dvorak in the nail biting crime drama THREE ON A MATCH from 1932. This raw, quintessential pre code drama has it all! Drugs, Adultery, powerful women, divorce, kidnapping, attempted child murder and a young Humphrey Bogart.”
UPDATE: We accidentally listed a MARGARET TAIT event at the Goethe-Institut in Glasgow rather than London in our weekly digest. Thanks to a beady-eyed subscriber for spotting it!
More films in London today (A – Z):
BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at The Prince Charles (24 SEP 12:30).
CHANTAL AKERMAN PAR CHANTAL AKERMAN d. Chantal Akerman, 1996 + Launch Event at Regent Street Cinema (24 SEP 18:30).
GOOD POSTURE d. Dolly Wells, 2019 + Intro by the director & Emily Mortimer at Curzon Soho (24 SEP 18:15).
JELLYFISH d. James Gardner, 2018 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Wimbledon (24 SEP 20:30).
THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT d. Alexander Mackendrick, 1951 + Intro by Stephen Mangan at BFI Southbank (24 SEP 20:30).
MILLER’S CROSSING d. Joel & Ethan Coen, 1990 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (24 SEP 20:00).
THE MUSTANG d. Laure De Clermont-Tonnere, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (24 SEP 20:50).
ON THE INSIDE OF A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP d. Karen Stokkendal Poulsen, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Frontline Club (24 SEP 19:00).
PRIMAL FEAR 35mm d. Gregory Hoblit, 1996 at The Prince Charles (24 SEP 20:55 – £1 PCC Members Screening).
SHOPLIFTERS d. Hirokazu Koreeda, 2018 presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (24 SEP 20:00).
Shorts On Tap at Samsung KX: A Selection Of London Shorts at Coal Drops Yard (24 SEP 20:00).
THE WATERMELON WOMAN d. Cheryl Dunye, 1996 + I AM MICRO d. Shumona Goel & Shai Heredia pressend by The Machine That Kills Bad People at ICA (24 SEP 18:45).
The Women’s Adventure Film Tour Short Film Programme at The Prince Charles (24 SEP 18:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
A FAREWELL TO ARMS d. Frank Borzage, 1932 (24 SEP 14:30).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
MONKEY BUSINESS d. Howard Hawks, 1952 (24 SEP 20:40).
DANCE ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière (SEP to NOV):
ONE DAY PINA ASKED d. Chantal Akerman, 1983 (24 SEP 19:00).
THE FILMS OF DAVID FINCHER at The Prince Charles (15 AUG to 21 NOV):
FIGHT CLUB d. David Fincher, 1999 enjoys a grind show run (20 to 26 SEP).
IN FOCUS: SERGEI LOZNITSA at ICA (until 18 SEP):
THE TRIAL d. Sergei Loznitsa, 2018 (24 SEP 13:40).
MARIANO LLINÁS PRESENTS LA FLOR at ICA (until 02 OCT):
LA FLOR: PART I d. Mariano Llinás, 2018 (24 SEP 14:30).
RINGROADS: PLAYFULNESS IN BRITISH PSYCHEOGRAPHY at Close-Up (16 to 25 SEP):
Ghosts of Landscapes Present 16mm Short Film Programme (24 SEP 20:15).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Raindance Film Festival (18 to 29 SEP).
- Scalarama (01 to 31 SEP).
- Streatham Free Film Festival (14 to 28 SEP).
AD ASTRA d. James Gray, 2019 at The Lexi (24 JAN 18:20 & 20:50):
“For those who need a bit more to go on, this is a quietly epic inversion of sci fi classics like 2001 and INTERSTELLAR, which perpetuated the myth of the square-jawed, heroic astronaut. True enough, Major Roy McBride (Pitt) is plenty heroic as he sails off into the limbo of outer space, tasked with finding the source of the radioactive energy surges paralysing Earth. There’s a suspicion back at command centre that the attacks might be connected to Roy’s father (Tommy Lee Jones), a legendary scientist who disappeared 10 years previously while on an experiment to harness energy in space.”
THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Barbican (24 SEP 20:45):
“Starring Awkwafina as Billi, a young woman living in New York who moved to America from China with her parents when she was a child. She is horrified to find out that her grandma, still living in China, has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and she and her parents but travel to China to say goodbye for the last time.”
SWARM SEASON d. Sarah J Christman, 2019 at DocHouse (24 SEP 14:00):
“On the remote volcanic island of Hawaii, 10-year-old Manu and her mother collect wild, endangered bees in order to breed disease-resistant colonies. Manu’s father is protesting on the sacred mountain Mauna Kea against the establishment of a gigantic telescope. On a neighbouring mountain, six NASA scientists practice living on Mars, and under the ground and the water, the Kilauea volcano quivers fatefully.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 26 SEP). FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 03 OCT). HAIL SATAN? d. Penny Lane, 2019 at Watermans (20 to 26 SEP). HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (20 to 26 SEP). HUSTLERS d. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 26 SEP). THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER d. Sara Colangelo, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (23 to 29 SEP). MOTHER d. Kristof Bilsen, 2019 (20 to 26 SEP). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 26 SEP). PAIN AND GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at The Prince Charles (20 to 26 SEP). ROJO d. Benjamín Naishtat, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 26 SEP). SAFE SPACES d. Daniel Schechter, 2019 at JW3 (23 to 26 SEP). THE SHINY SHRIMPS d. Maxime Govare & Cédric Le Gallo, 2019 at Watermans (20 to 26 SEP). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at The Prince Charles (20 to 26 SEP).
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