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*.
HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH d. John Cameron Mitchell, 2001 + Exhibition/Stalls/DJs at Genesis Cinema (25 JUL 21:00):
- The People’s Film Club, The Outside Project & Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest present: “A night of queer celebration putting the political back in Pride month. We will be celebrating the ‘outsider’ subcultures that queer communities have pioneered, creating their own cultural spaces on the fringes of a homophobic and heteronormative society. Featuring an Outsider Pride exhibition, stalls, drinks & DJs, the evening will raise funds for The Outside Project.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
London’s favourite, Genesis Cinema (results of the recent Time Out 25 Best Cinemas where they polled first!) celebrates two modern auteurs with mini seasons wrapped around their latest releases: Tarantino x Almodóvar (AUG 2019).
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 this week with WILD ROSE (26 JUL 19:45) at Harris Academy South Norwood. Check out our Special Attractions for full listings and then use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save!
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ARE YOU PROUD? d. Ashley Joiner, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Hackney (25 JUL 18:30):
- “Combining rare archive footage with interviews from leading campaigners, ARE YOU PROUD? charts the LGBTQ+ movement’s momentous journey towards equality. Gay Pride, the Gay Liberation Front and Stonewall are among the organisations recognised in a film that doesn’t just look back, but asks tough questions about the future.”
BEATS d. Brian Walsh, 2019 + Q&A with the director at House Of Vans (25 JUL 19:30 – FREE!/Booking required):
- Commune Cinema presents: “Best mates Johnno and Spanner share a deep bond. Now on the cusp of adulthood, life is destined to take them in different directions – Johnno’s family are moving him to a new town and a better life, leaving Spanner behind to face a precarious future. But this summer is going to be different for them, and for the country. The explosion of the free party scene and the largest counter-cultural youth movement in recent history is happening across the UK.”
FIRE IN BABYLON d. Stevan Riley, 2010 + Q&A + Afterparty at Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records (25 JUL 19:00):
- We Are Parable presents: “A documentary that explores the intense rivalry between the West Indies and England in the 1960s and 1970s. Featuring interviews with cricket legend Viv Richards and musician Bunny Wailer, the film takes an in-depth look at the social context of cricket, from racism and discrimination to equal pay.”
PRIDE d. Matthew Warchus, 2014 + Food + Panel at Amnesty International (25 JUL 18:00):
- Welcome Cinema + Kitchen presents: “A monthly screening and supper club, uniting Londoners of different backgrounds through film, food and friendship. Inspired by an extraordinary true story, PRIDE will be accompanied by a vegan feast with food from five countries and panel discussion with Mike Jackson of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, Aloysius Ssali of the Say It Loud Club and other guests.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 at DocHouse (25 JUL 16:30).
- DEADLY IS THE FEMALE aka GUN CRAZY d. Joseph H. Lewis, 1950 presenting by Redmond Pictures at Redmond Community Centre (25 JUL 19:30 – FREE!/Booking required).
- IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK d. Barry Jenkins, 2018 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (25 JUL 19:00).
- LATE NIGHT d. Nisha Ganatra, 2019 at The David Lean (25 JUL 14:30 HOH & 19:30).
- LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE d. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, 2006 presented by Sydenham Film Club at Sydenham Centre (25 JUL 19:30).
- MEMOIR OF WAR d. Emmanuel Finkiel, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (25 JUL 19:00).
- TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD d. Amando de Ossorio, 1972 presented by Terror Vision at BFI (25 JUL 20:40).
- Without Fire short film programme by Change Incorporated presented by South Shorts at Whirled Cinema (25 JUL 19:25)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AFTER THE WAVE: YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA IN THE 1970S at Barbican (until 25 JUL):
- LOULOU d. Maurice Pialat, 1980 (25 JUL 18:45).
BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):
- GREASE SING-A-LONG PARTY (25 JUL 16:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: OBSESSIONS at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES 35mm d. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1950 (25 JUL 18:10).
- VERTGO d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1958 (25 JUL 20:30).
CLOSE-UP ON CLAIRE DENIS at Close-Up (08 to 31 JUL):
- DOWN BY LAW d. Jim Jarmusch, 1986 (25 JUL 20:15).
KOREAN FILM NIGHTS: LOVE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES at Korean Cultural Centre (JUL to AUG):
- Love Without Boundaries: Shorts Night (25 JUL 18:30 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
MOVIES ON THE RIVER departing from Tower Millennium Pier (until 03 AUG):
- A STAR IS BORN (25 JUL 20:00).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
TRIBUTE TO AGNÈS VARDA at Ciné Lumière (until 26 JUL):
- VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 (25 JUL 16:00).
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 (25 JUL 15:25 & 20:35).
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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 (25 JUL 13:00 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “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 (25 JUL 12:10, 15:00 & 16:45 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “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 (25 JUL 16:00):
- “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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