Films in London today: DER LACHENDE STERN at ICA (26 JUN).

SCREEN GUIDE DAILY: Films in London today 26.06.19

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Find films in London today by: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off attractions) // MUSEUM SHOWS (several exhibits under one roof – seasons & festivals) // GRIND SHOWS (a selection of regular runs).


Melodrama Against Dictatorship Part 1: DER LACHENDE STERN aka The Laughing Star d. Werner Schroeter, 1983 at ICA (26 JUN 18:30):

  • “This two-part programme features films produced in the Philippines during Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship. DER LACHENDE STERN interweaves news footage, interviews, and highly-stylised staged scenarios, providing kaleidoscopic fragments of the legacies of European and American colonialism while launching a scathing critique of the Marcos regime and its cultural policy.”


LIFT OFF!: HIDDEN FIGURES presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (21 AUG).
LIFT OFF!: HIDDEN FIGURES presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (21 AUG).
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Films in London today: SECRETARY at The Castle Cinema (26 JUN).
Films in London today: SECRETARY at The Castle Cinema (26 JUN).

BOUNCE CINEMA at Dalston Roofpark (26 JUN 19:00).

  • “Join Bounce Cinema for a summer rooftop special, with a showcase of the very best new independent short films from the UK and further afield. From award winning films to new talent, screenings are followed by open discussions and Q&As with featured directors, allowing audience members the opportunity to gain an exclusive insight into the world of filmmaking.”

SECRETARY d. Steven Shainberg, 2002 + Intro at The Castle Cinema (26 JUN 19:00):

  • Zodiac Film Club presents: “The story of a demanding boss and the woman who loves his demands. A dark erotic indie romance starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader, this is the movie responsible for a generation of sexual awakenings. Yeah it’s a spanking movie, but if you need to hear something more highbrow it’s also a smart, beautiful film about self acceptance with wonderful performances and the most evocative set design ever. We order you to come see it with us.”
  • Read Zodiac Film Club’s Guide to a Cinematic Sex Education.

More films in London today (A – Z):

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Films in London today: BONNIE & CLYDE at BFI (26 JUN).
Films in London today: BONNIE & CLYDE at BFI (26 JUN).


  • M d. Fritz Lang, 1931 (26 JUN 18:15).


  • BONNIE & CLYDE d. Arthur Penn, 1967 + Intro by Simran Hans (26 JUN 18:10).

JOHN WATERS SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles  (04 MAR to 26 JUN 2019):


MOVIES ON THE RIVER departing from Tower Millennium Pier (until 03 AUG):


RE:DOX at DocHouse (ongoing):

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):

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Films in London today: DO THE RIGHT THING at The Prince Charles (21 to 27 JUN).
Films in London today: DO THE RIGHT THING at The Prince Charles (21 to 27 JUN).

DO THE RIGHT THING d. Spike Lee, 1989 at The Prince Charles (26 JUN 12:30):

  • “Salvatore ‘Sal’ Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin’ Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.”

THE GARDEN d. Derek Jarman, 1990 at BFI Southbank (26 JUN 14:30 & 20:35):

  • “A new, dreamy-looking 4K scan of Jarman’s late feature makes its UK premiere. Close to a nuclear power station, inside his modest, sparsely-furnished home on the barren, windswept Dungeness coastline, Derek Jarman dreams… This intimate insight into Jarman’s inner world was beautifully crafted through the innovative manipulation of Super8 film, laid down on to tape and then 35mm.”

More films in London this week (A – Z):

  • AMIN d. Philippe Faucon, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (21 to 27 JUN). A SEASON IN FRANCE d. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2017 at Arthouse Crouch End (21 to 27 JUN). BEATS d. Brian Walsh, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (22 to 27 JUN). BIRDS OF PASSAGE d. Cristina Gallego, 2018 at ICA (until 27 JUN). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at The Prince Charles (21 to 27 JUN). DIEGO MARADONA d. Asif Kapadia, 2019 at DocHouse (until 27 JUN). THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY d. Petra Costa, 2019 at ICA (21 to 27 JUN). FIVE SEASONS: THE GARDENS OF PIET OUDOLF d. Thomas Piper, 2017 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 26 JUN). THE FLOOD d. Anthony Woodley, 2019 at Rio Cinema (21 to 27 JUN). GREEN BOOK d. Peter Farrelly, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (24 to 30 JUN). INSIDE THE MOSSAD d. Duki Dror, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (23 to 27 JUN). MARI d. Georgia Parris, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (21 to 27 JUN). ORDINARY TIME d. Susana Nobre, 2018 at ICA (21 to JUN 18:30). ROLLING THUNDER REVUE d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 20 JUN). SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER d. Carl Hunter, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (21 to 26 JUN). SUNSET d. László Nemes, 2018 at ICA (until 27 JUN). WE THE ANIMALS d. Jeremiah Zagar, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 27 JUN).

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