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THE STUFF + KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN d. Larry Cohen/ Steve Mitchell, 1985/ 2017 + Q&A at The Prince Charles (30 APR 18:40):
- “THE STUFF : A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the tasty treat rots more than teeth. KING COHEN: Witness the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen (BLACK CAESAR, IT’S ALIVE, Q: THE WINGED SERPENT, THE STUFF). Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons.”
NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS
- Chinese Visual Festival opens this week at BFI Southbank & King’s College London (02 to 09 MAY).
- Getting a film education needn’t be expensive… particularly when your local indie venue delivers one on your doorstep! Lexi Film School continues to 24 JUN.
- Thanks to our friends at Birkbeck University, RADIANT CIRCUS will be talking about our work, discussing “independent exhibition at a time of crisis” and screening Joe Dante’s MATINEE (21 MAY 18:00, Birkbeck Cinema – FREE!).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE BLUEBLACK HUSSAR d. Jack Bond, 2013 + Q&A with the director at Regent Street Cinema (30 APR 19:30):
- Heavenly Films presents: “An engrossing portrait of a true English original, THE BLUEBLACK HUSSAR is Jack Bond’s ride through the world of Adam Ant. The iconic pop star, who was perhaps the biggest music star on the planet during his halcyon days in the 1980s, disappeared completely from public life when he suffered a recurrence of the depression that has inflicted him since he was a young man.”
IRENE’S GHOST d. Iain Cunningham, 2018 + Q&A with the director at DocHouse (30 APR 18:30):
- “Irene died before Iain was old enough to form memories of her. The layers of silence surrounding her death were so tightly bound that it has taken him decades to broach the topic with his father. As Cunningham encounters long-lost relatives and Irene’s best friend, Lynn, he gets to know his mother through the stories they tell: life in Nuneaton in the 1970s; factory work and living for nights at the Co-op Hall and holidays.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BORDER d. Ali Abbasi, 2018 at ICA (30 APR 14:30).
- BORDER d. Ali Abbasi, 2018 at The David Lean (30 APR 19:30).
- THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL d. Wes Anderson, 2014 at TT Liquor (30 APR 19:00).
- LORDS OF CHAOS d. Jonas Åkerlund, 2018 at The Prince Charles (30 APR 13:40).
- TRUMAN d. Cesc Gay, 2015 presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (30 APR 20:00).
- WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY d. Roberta Grossman, 2018 presented by UKJF at JW3 (30 APR 15:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS at The Prince Charles (until 03 JUN):
- THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS 35mm d. Agnès Varda, 2008 (30 APR 18:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (APR):
- THE MIRACLE WORKER d. Arthur Penn, 1962 (30 APR 20:50).
CLOSE-UP ON SCOTT WALKER at Close-Up (24 APR to 31 MAY):
- SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN d. Stephen Kijak, 2006 (30 APR 20:15).
KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- BARRY LYNDON d. Stanley Kubrick, 1975 + INTRO by actor Dominic Savage (30 APR 19:00).
- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 enjoys a grind show run (05 to 30 APR).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):
- AIR DOLL 35mm d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2009 (30 APR 18:10).
- MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 enjoys a grind show run (26 APR to 09 MAY).
OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at The Prince Charles (27 APR to 12 MAY):
- MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 (30 APR 21:00).
RE:DOX at DocHouse (26 APR to 02 MAY):
- THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2008 (30 APR MAY 14:00).
- THE GLEANERS AND I d. Agnès Varda, 2000 (30 APR 20:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival (26 APR to 05 MAY).
- SERET International: The UK Israeli Film & Television Festival (29 APR to 12 MAY).
ASH IS PUREST WHITE d. Jia Zhangke, 2018 at Barbican (30 APR 20:30):
- “From modern master Jia Zhangke, an allegorical portrait of Chinese national malaise wrapped in the romantic tragedy of a jianghu epic.”
DONBASS d. Sergey Loznitsa, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 APR 13:00):
- “In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. This is not a tale of one region, one country or one political system. It is about a world, lost in post-truth and fake identities. It is about each and every one of us.”
HEARTBOUND d. Janus Metz & Sine Plambech, 2018 at DocHouse (30 APR 16:20):
- “In a small fishing community in Denmark, 926 Thai women are married to Danish men. It all began in 1992 when former sex worker Sommai moved to Thy, Denmark to marry Niels, whom she had met in the resort city of Pattaya, Thailand. With Sommai’s help, hundreds of Thai women from her village have since arrived to find security and love with Danish men.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- ART & MIND d. Amélie Ravalec, 2019 at ICA (27 APR to 02 MAY). AT ETERNITY’S GATE d. Julian Schnabel, 2018 at The Prince Charles (26 APR to 02 MAY). BEL CANTOd. Paul Weitz, 2018 at Phoenix Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE d. S. Craig Zahler, 2018 at Rio Cinema (until 02 MAY). EIGHTH GRADE d. Bo Burnham, 2018 at Rich Mix (26 APR to 02 MAY). HAPPY AS LAZZARO d. Alice Rohrwacher, 2018 at ICA (26 to 02 MAY). KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE d. Rachel Lears, 2019 at ICA (01 to 08 MAY). LORO d. Paolo Sorrentino, 2018 The Castle Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). MABOROSI d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1995 at Rio Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). MID90S d. Jonah Hill, 2018 at Moving Pictures (until 01 MAY). THE MIRACLE OF THE LITTLE PRINCE d. Marjoleine Boonstra, 2018 at DocHouse (until 01 MAY). PONDLIFE d. Bill Buckhurst, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (26 APR to 02 MAY). RAFIKId. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 at ICA (26 APR to 02 MAY). RED JOAN d. Trevor Nunn, 2018 + at Phoenix Cinema (26 APR to 02 MAY). THE SISTERS BROTHERS d. Jacques Audiard, 2018 at The Lexi (19 APR to 02 MAY). STYX d. Wolfgang Fischer, 2018 at ICA (26 APR to 02 MAY). US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 02 MAY). WILD ROSE d. Tom Harper, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 02 MAY). THE WORLD IS YOURS d. Romain Gavras, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (until 02 MAY). YULI: THE CARLOS ACOSTA STORY at Rio Cinema (until 02 MAY).
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