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*.
HORROR NOIR: A HISTORY OF BLACK HORROR d. Xavier Burgin, 2019 at BFI Southbank (29 AUG 18:20):
- “Inspired by Robin Means Coleman’s definitive book, and featuring a host of interviews with academics and creators such as Tananarive Due and Tony Todd, Burgin’s documentary charts the history of black representation in horror cinema. Covering films such as Blacula, Candyman and Get Out, Horror Noire is a fascinating, and essential, exploration of the complicated relationship between the horror genre and the African-American experience.”
- Joint ticket available with DEF BY TEMPTATION 35mm d. James Bond III, 1990 presented by Terror Vision at BFI Southbank (29 AUG 20:50). (Only available by phone or in person at the box office).
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
APOCALYPSE CHILD d. Mario Cornejo, 2016 + Intro at Genesis Cinema (29 AUG 20:40):
- Filikino presents: Myth and unrealised dreams run as dark undercurrents in this sun-drenched film set on the infamous beaches of Baler. The surfing scenes of Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW were filmed here, birthing Baler’s surfing culture and a string of illegitimate children. Come satiate your summer cravings with this beach caper, offering sun, surf & drama.”
Cinema and Poetry inc. THE PILLOW BOOK d. Peter Greenaway, 1996 at The Cinema Museum (29 AUG 19:00):
- “Celebrating the potential of literary and avant-garde poetry to explore and refract popular or arthouse cinema, this unique event will see performances and readings by some of London’s most interesting writers followed by a screening of Peter Greenaway’s remarkable 1996 feature film THE PILLOW BOOK.”
CITIES OF SLEEP d. Shaunak Sen, 2015 + Panel at Genesis Cinema (29 AUG 18:40):
- The People’s Film Club presents: “CITIES OF SLEEP is set in a world where just being able to secure a good night’s sleep often becomes a matter of life and death. Trailing the lives of two individuals, we enter a heady world of night-shelters, improvised sleeping spots and the infamous ‘sleep mafia’ of Delhi to look at the enormous influence the otherwise banal activity of sleeping is able to exert on a large number of people.”
KILL BILL 16mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2003 + Intro at The Castle Cinema (29 AUG 19:30 – Repeats 01 SEP 14:00):
- Ciné-Real 16mm presents: “Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin (Uma Thurman) wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A GENTLE WOMAN aka Une femme douce d. Robert Bresson at Ciné Lumière (29 AUG 18:00).
- APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2018 at The Prince Charles (29 AUG 13:15 & 20:30).
- ASK DR. RUTH d. Ryan White, 2019 at Picturehouse Central (29 AUG 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Central (29 AUG 18:30).
- THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at The Prince Charles (29 AUG 15:45).
- ONLY YOU d. Harry Wootliff, 2018 at The David Lean (29 AUG 14:30 & 19:30).
- SEAHORSE d. Jeanie Finlay, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (29 AUG 18:30).
- STONES HAVE LAWS d. Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan & Tolin Erwin Alexander, 2018 at ICA (29 AUG 14:25).
- UNBRANDED d. Philip Baribeau, 2016 presented by Stow Film Lounge at Oasis City Farm, SE1 (29 AUG 19:00).
- UPSTAIRS PLANET: Cleaners From Venus & The Universe of Martin Newell d. Graham Bendel, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (29 AUG 20:00).
- WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 35mm d. Rob Reiner, 1989 at The Prince Charles (29 AUG 16:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- THE TERMINATOR 35mm + TERMINATOR II: JUDGMENT DAY 70mm d. James Cameron, 1984 + 1991 2 Films, 1 Ticket (29 AUG 18:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- EAST OF EDEN d. Elia Kazan, 1955 (29 AUG 20:45).
HEAT OF THE MOMENT: TURNING POINTS ON FILM at Barbican Centre (01 to 29 AUG):
- LA CIÉNAGA 35mm d. Lucrecia Martel, 2001 (29 AUG 18:45).
THE INVISIBLES: THE WORK OF EUGENIO POLGOVSKY at ICA (25 AUG to 01 SEP):
- THE INHERITORS d. Eugenio Polgovsky, 2008 (29 AUG 18:30).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
- STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (29 AUG 20:00 – Peckham).
TEMPLE CINEMA at Andaz Liverpool Street (ongoing):
- THE ORPHANAGE d. J.A. Bayona, 2007 (29 AUG 19:30).
TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 01 SEP):
- David Lynch’s L.A.Trilogy – MULHOLLAND DRIVE d. David Lynch, 2001 (29 AUG 20:15).
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 (29 AUG 13:00).
#WOMENINFILM2019 at Genesis Cinema (ongoing):
- HOLIDAY d. Isabella Eklöf, 2018 (29 AUG 21:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
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HAIL SATAN? d. Penny Lane, 2019 at Rich Mix (29 AUG 15:15 & 17:30 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humour, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways.”
PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodovar, 2019 at Arthouse Crouch End (29 AUG 12:45, 15:30, 18:20 & 21:00):
- “Long-time Almodóvar leading man Antonio Banderas stars as Salvador Mallo, a director whose physical ailments have led into an almost hermit-like existence, before he is reunited with an actor from his past and embarks on a wild new chapter.”
SKIN d. Guy Nattiv, 2018 at JW3 (29 AUG 15:00 & 20:30 – LAST CHANCE!):
- “Jamie Bell shines in Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv’s first English language feature (Nattiv’s short film of the same name won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short this year). Bell is Bryon Widner, a young man raised by skinheads, who embarks on a near-impossible process of moving away from the community that shaped him.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A FAITHFULL MAN d. Louis Garrel, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (24 AUG to 05 SEP). AMERICAN FACTORY d. Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar, 2019 at ICA (21 to 28 AUG). ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 29 AUG). BLINDED BY THE LIGHT d. Gurinder Chadha, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 29 AUG). GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 at DocHouse (until 29 AUG). HOLIDAY d. Isabella Eklöf, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (23 to 29 AUG). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ICA (until 28 AUG). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 29 AUG – Selected screening times). TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (23 AUG to 04 SEP). US d. Jordan Peele, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (26 AUG to 01 SEP). WAITING FOR THE CARNIVAL d. Marcelo Gomes, 2019 at DocHouse (23 to 29 AUG).
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