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 [28 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).
SAT 28 // TODAY’S ATTRACTIONS
BLINKING BUZZARDS – QUARTERLY MEETING OF THE UK BUSTER KEATON SOCIETYscreens at The Cinema Museum (28 APR 16:00):
After a selection of Keaton shorts, the second half will be a screening of THREE AGES (1923), Keaton’s first full-length film as writer, director and star. It intercuts three stories set in three different historical periods – the Stone Age, Ancient Rome and the Roaring Twenties. In each ‘age’, Buster plays The Boy, Margaret Leahy plays The Girl, and Wallace Beery plays The Villain.
EDGING screens at LUX Moving Image (28 APR 19:30):
Exploring the complex interaction between environment, duration and behaviour within cruising sites, EDGING reworks the LUX building and gardens in Waterlow Park for one evening, bringing together a range of contemporary perspectives and experiences of cruising through moving image, sound and performance.
JUICE + BEATS BATTLE screens at Deptford Cinema (28 APR 19:30):
A classic hip-hop soundtrack features heavily in this 90’s noir crime drama, centred on a group of friends- Bishop (Tupac Shakur), Q (Omar Epps), Steel (Jermaine Hopkins) and Raheem (Khalil Kain).
More films in London today (A–Z): THE BIG CITY at BFI (28 APR 20:00). GREEN DAYS BY THE RIVER at Rio Cinema (28 APR 12:30). SOLARIS at Prince Charles (28 APR 17:15). TALKIES’ SHORT FILM COMMISSIONS premiere at St John’s Hall (28 APR 19:30).
SAT 28 // TODAY’S SEASONS
CLOSE-UP ON ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV screens at Close-Up (until 28 APR):
THE RETURN (28 APR 18:00).
LOVELESS (28 APR 20:00).
CLOSE-UP: VALESKA GRISEBACH screens at BFI Southbank (until 03 MAY):
BE MY STAR 35mm (28 APR 18:10).
WESTERN (28 APR 18:15 & 20:30).
D.I.Y. screens at House of Vans (until 05 MAY):
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (28 APR 15:00 & 17:30 – Free!).
SERGIO LEONE screens at BFI Southbank (APR):
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (28 APR 17:50).
WE <3 GRETA GERWIG screens at The Prince Charles (until 09 JUN):
LADY BIRD (28 APR 12:50).
SAT 28 // TODAY’S FESTIVALS
Frames Of Representation (until 28 APR)
SYMPOSIUM: IMAGINARIES OF THE DESERT (28 APR 11:00, ICA).
FoR SHORTS #2 short film programme (28 APR 18:00, ICA)
COCOTE + Q&A with director Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias (28 APR 20:15, ICA).
East End Film Festival(until 29 APR)
STORIES OF A CITY short film programme (28 APR 12:30, Old Spitalfields Market – Free).
STANDING ON THE SHOULDER OF GIANTS + PANEL (28 APR 13:30, Rich Mix).
Films For Food: WIZARD OF OZ (28 APR 14:00, Old Spitalfields Market – Free admission with donation of non-perishable food).
THE ICARUS LINE MUST DIE (28 APR 16:00, Rio Cinema).
LONDON UNPLUGGED (28 APR 16:00, Rich Mix).
NEW QUEER VISIONS: THE 36TH PARALLEL short film programme (28 APR 16:00, Old Spitalfields Market – Free).
Films For Food: ALL EYES EAST (28 APR 18:30, Old Spitalfields Market – Free admission with donation of non-perishable food).
A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS (28 APR 21:00, The Castle Cinema).
Unrestricted View Film Festival inc. Vintage Mobile Cinema (until 29 APR)
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 2 (28 APR 12:15, Hen & Chickens Theatre).
F**K IT, IT’S OVER (28 APR 13:45, Hen & Chickens Theatre).
SHORTS 1 (28 APR 15:00, Hen & Chickens Theatre).
SHORTS 2 (28 APR 16:30, Hen & Chickens Theatre).
SHORTS 3 (28 APR 18:00, Hen & Chickens Theatre).
A SUBLIME LIFE (28 APR 19:30, Hen & Chickens Theatre).
LOOSE ENDS (28 APR 21:30, Hen & Chickens Theatre).
Vintage Mobile Cinema (28 APR, various times, check venue for details).
West Norwood Free Film Festival (until 29 APR)
PADDINGTON 2 (28 APR 14:00, The Portico Gallery – Free!).
New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival (until 06 MAY)
THE MEMORY OF THE 25TH HOUR (28 APR 14:30, Deptford Cinema – Free!)
PADDINGTON 2 (28 APR 16:00, The Bear Church – Free!).
ADMIRAL: COMMAND & CONQUER (28 APR 19:00, St Nicholas’ Church – Free!).
THE BATTLE OF LEWISHAM + WE ARE THE LAMBETH BOYS (28 APR 20:00, Green Onions Health Foods – Free!)
NACHO LIBRE (28 APR 20:00, Telegraph Hill Upper Park – outdoor, bike powered screening – Free!)
> Planning ahead? Try our comprehensive festivals A to Z.
SAT 28 // TODAY’S GRIND SHOWS
THE OLD DARK HOUSE screens at BFI Southbank (28 APR 18:30 & 20:45):
During a huge storm, five travellers find themselves stranded in the Welsh mountains and are drawn towards a deserted house run by a sinister brother and sister and their mute butler (played by legendary horror star Boris Karloff). Forced to stay overnight, our heroes discover that the old, dark house contains a number of secrets, and they must keep their wits about them if they’re going to survive.
WITHOUT THIS WORLD screens at DocHouse (28 APR 16:00 & 20:30):
In a forgotten region in the North of Argentina, a community of Mennonites live the same simple and pious lifestyle as their forefathers did in 18th Century Germany. There are no phones, TV or radio here, and there is certainly no internet. Speaking low German instead of Spanish and learning only the bible and the catechism in their school, the colony resist interference from the outside world, but is it really possible to refuse progress?
THE WOUND screens at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (28 APR 16:00):
In South Africa, Xolani, a disgruntled a factory worker, returns home every year to initiate a new group of Xhosa teenagers into manhood through ritual circumcision. Tradition and modernity clash when he encounters Kwanda, a city boy with nothing but contempt for the old ways, who quickly guesses at Xolani’s darkest secret.
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*THE SMALL PRINT: As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any mistakes. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version. We don’t filter by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should be 18+. We check box office availability for films in London today and only list films you can book for at the time of posting. Please click quickly!
Featured attraction: A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS presented by Cigarette Burns at East End Film Festival (28 APR, The Castle Cinema).