RADIANT CIRCUS is your handcrafted guide to London’s DIY, indie & alternative movie nights, film events & gallery screenings. Our DAILY UPDATE helps you find films in London today [25 APR 2018]*.
We check ticket availability each morning & only list screens you can book for at the time of posting. Films in London today: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off attractions) // MUSEUM SHOWS (several exhibits under one roof, by seasons & festivals) // GRIND SHOWS (regular runs).
WED 25 // TODAY’S ATTRACTIONS
JEAN PAINLEVÉ: SILVER, PHOTONS AND LIQUID CRYSTALS at Tate Modern (25 APR 18.30):
Explore the captivating short films of Jean Painlevé, whose documentary work has inspired artists from Pablo Picasso, Philippe Parreno to Joan Jonas. Best known for his 1934 film THE SEAHORSE, Painlevé used the microscope and modern optics to reveal the natural world in intricate detail.
NIGHT ACCIDENT + INTRO by Birgit Beumers at Barbican (25 APR 18:30):
A minimalist and poetic piece of slow cinema, NIGHT ACCIDENT is a tale about an old man who finds love and purpose to live in a moment of complete despair. Based on the book The Old Man and the Angel by Talip Ibragimov. Presented by New East Cinema.
THE WOUND + Q&A with director John Trengove at BFI Southbank (25 APR 20:40):
The teenage boys of a Xhosa community in South Africa are initiated into manhood through an annual circumcision ritual. Xolani is tasked with caring for Kwanda, a petulant adolescent, who notices that Xolani has feelings for a fellow elder.
More films in London today (A–Z): THE ASSASSIN at Prince Charles (25 APR 18:25). FINDING CAMILLE + Q&A with director Bindu de Stoppani at Kino Bermondsey (25 APR 18:30). GIRLS TRIP at Screen25 (25 APR 19:45). HARD PAINT presented by Vito Project at Cinema Museum (25 APR 19:00). KEY LARGO 35mm at Regent Street (25 APR 12:00 & 15:30). THE LUSTY MEN 35mm + INTRO by Geoff Andrew at BFI (25 APR 18:15). RADICAL BROADCASTS: PSYCHIATRIC TV at the Horse Hospital (25 APR 19:00). STRAW DOGS at Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Millennium Halls (25 APR 20:15). THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT 35MM at Prince Charles (25 APR 20:45). WALTZ WITH BASHIR at Deptford (25 APR 19:30).
WED 25 // TODAY’S SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON KRZYSZTOF KIEŚLOWSKI screens at Close-Up (03 to 30 APR):
THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VÉRONIQUE (25 APR 17:30).
CLOSE-UP: VALESKA GRISEBACH screens at BFI Southbank (until 03 MAY):
WESTERN (25 APR 14:30, 18:30 & 20:45).
SERGIO LEONE screens at BFI Southbank (APR):
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (25 APR 18:20 & 20:50).
VIEW FROM UNDERGROUND screens at Regent Street Cinema (05 to 25 APR):
WOMEN OF THE COUNTERCULTURE + PANEL (25 APR 19:30).
WOODFALL: A REVOLUTION IN BRITISH CINEMA screens at BFI Southbank (APR):
THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE 35mm (25 APR 20:30).
WED 25 // TODAY’S FESTIVALS
East End Film Festival (11 to 29 APR)
KEEP THE FAMILY CLOSE short film programme (25 APR 18:15, Rich Mix).
DAHA (25 APR 18:30, Rio Cinema).
WOMEN OF WONDERS + PANEL short film programme (25 APR 18:30, Castle Cinema).
Frames Of Representation (20 to 28 APR)
IN CONVERSATION WITH XU BING (25 APR 18:00, ICA).
EXTINCTION aka Extinção + Q&A with director Salomé Lamas (25 APR 20:15, ICA).
Unrestricted View Film Festival inc. Vintage Mobile Cinema (23 to 29 APR)
ROBIN HOOD COMPLEX (25 APR 16:15, Hen & Chickens Theatre).
WANDER ABOUT ME (25 APR 18:00, Hen & Chickens Theatre).
BIKINI BLUE (25 APR 21:15, Hen & Chickens Theatre).
Edit Film Festival (25 to 26 APR)
BLADE RUNNER 2049 + Q&A with editor Joe Walker (25 APR 18:00, Curzon Goldsmiths)
N.B. The London Korean Film Festival preview screening BE WITH YOU (25 APR 21:00, Picturehouse Central) is sold out.
> Planning ahead? Try our comprehensive festivals A to Z.
WED 25 // TODAY’S GRIND SHOWS
HAVE A NICE DAY at Watermans (25 APR 18:30):
A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. News of a robbery spreads fast, and over the course of one night everyone starts looking for the stolen swag. A whirlwind neo-noir, and a pioneering slice of independent Chinese animation.
MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS at ArtHouse Crouch End (25 APR 16:35):
When a young widow is raped and and her cattle are stolen, she fights back and kills several of her attackers. She embarks on a journey of redemption and empowerment, but the ghost of one of the men she killed returns to haunt her.
SAFARI at DocHouse (25 APR 18:30):
Maverick Austrian director Ulrich Seidl returns with this look at the grotesque world of trophy hunting and the luxury tourist trade it attracts. To paraphrase Seidl, SAFARI is a vacation movie about killing; a killer movie about human nature.
ZUZANA: MUSIC IS LIFE at JW3 (25 APR 18:30):
90-year-old Zuzana Ruzickova survived three concentration camps, including Auschwitz, and decades-long oppression and harassment under the totalitarian regime in her native Czech Republic to become a world-famous harpsichordist and the only musician to ever record all the keyboard works of Bach.
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Featured attraction: JEAN PAINLEVÉ: SILVER, PHOTONS AND LIQUID CRYSTALS at Tate Modern (25 APR).