NOW BOOKING: Films in London this month [APRIL 2019]

RADIANT CIRCUS is your handcrafted guide to London’s DIY, indie & alternative movie nights, film events & gallery screenings. Our latest SCREEN GUIDE helps you find repertory seasons & film festivals in London this month.


Find films in London this month by: REPERTORY SEASONS // FILM FESTIVALS


Each month we look ahead to what we call London’s MUSEUM SHOWS, the places where you can find several attractions under one roof. Our listings are divided into repertory seasons and film festivals.

We will keep you updated on all London’s one-off screenings including film clubs, meet the talent Q&As and other special events in our weekly digests and daily updates.


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BORN DIGITAL: RAISED BY THE INTERNET at BFI Southbank (APR):

  • “Digital boogeymen, hidden corners of the dark web, message-board etiquette and political manipulations are explored by filmmakers who have taken the visual and narrative language that has emerged from online media platforms and adapted it to the big screen, creating new genres and subverting existing ones in the process.” – BFI.

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LIVES UNWRITTEN: THE SECOND MOTHER at The Geffrye Museum (27 APR).
LIVES UNWRITTEN: THE SECOND MOTHER at The Geffrye Museum (27 APR).
  • LIVES UNWRITTEN season continues with Ousmane Sembène’s BLACK GIRL + TALK by Miranda Armstrong at The Geffrye Museum (06 APR). RADIANT CIRCUS subscribers get a 15% discount.
  • The yearlong investigation of genre cinema continues at Austrian Cultural Forum London, shifting focus from HORROR to HISTORICAL PERIOD DRAMAS (02 APR to 30 MAY).

FILMS IN LONDON THIS MONTH

REPERTORY SEASONS (A–Z)

Films in London this month: THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS part of AGNÈS VARDA at The Prince Charles (30 APR).
Films in London this month: THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS part of AGNÈS VARDA at The Prince Charles (30 APR).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

  • Bringing regular 70mm presentations back to the West End with: READY PLAYER ONE 70mm d. Steven Spielberg, 2018 (03 APR 20:35 / 15 APR 20:30); and, INTERSTELLAR 70mm d. Christopher Nolan, 2014 (17 APR 20:20 / 20 APR 17:10 / 28 APR 20:25).

AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS at The Prince Charles (until 03 JUN):

AKIRA KUROSAWA: SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 13 APR):

  • “A selection of films from one of Japan’s most legendary filmmakers.” Includes: RAN d. Akira Kurosawa, 1985 (08 APR 20:15); and, DREAMS d. Akira Kurosawa, 1990 (13 APR 15:00).

ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

  • “Butt-numbing marathons” (their words…ED.) of cult, horror, themed & film franchises including: ARNIE ALL-NIGHTER 6 Films 1 Ticket (21 APR 21:15); and, SIX FILMS BY WES ANDERSON 6 Films, 1 Ticket (27 APR 21:00).

AND THE NOMINEES ARE… OSCARS 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 04 MAY):

  • “Relive some of 2018’s best films on the big screen.” Includes: FREE SOLO d. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2018 (01 APR 13:15 / 03 APR 13:00 / 04 APR 21:00); READY PLAYER ONE 70mmd. Steven Spielberg, 2018 (03 APR 20:35 / 15 APR 20:30); and, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: SING ALONG d. Bryan Singer, 2018 (05 APR 20:45).

ANG LEE’S CHINESE CLASSICS at Deptford Cinema (26 APR to 14 JUN):

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE MEANINGS OF LIFE at BFI Southbank (APR):

  • Includes: ORDET d. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955 (01 APR 18:10 / 09 APR 17:50 / 22 APR 17:30); RASHOMON d. Akira Kurosawa, 1951 (01 APR 18:20 / 06 APR 18:45 / 09 APR 21:00 / 11 APR 20:55 / 15 APR 18:00); THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY d. Albert Lewin, 1945 (01 APR 20:30 / 17 APR 20:40 / 19 APR 15:40); THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER d. Werner Herzog, 1974 (02 APR 20:40 / 16 APR 18:10 / 23 APR 20:50 / 28 APR 20:15); ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS d. Howard Hawks, 1939 + INTRO by Geoff Andrew (03 APR 18:10); FARGO d. Joel Coen, 1996 (03 APR 21:00 / 15 APR 21:00 / 20 APR 20:50 / 26 APR 18:10); ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS d. Howard Hawks, 1939 (04 APR 14:30 / 28 APR 14:45 / 29 APR 18:20); THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN d. Jack Arnold, 1957 (04 APR 20:50 / 16 APR 21:00); ARMY OF SHADOWS 35mm d. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969 (05 APR 18:05 – SOLD OUT! / 06 APR 20:10 / 22 APR 14:15); NOTHING BUT A MAN d. Michael Roemer, 1964 (07 APR 20:30 / 16 APR 18:05 / 27 APR 16:30); THE RIVER 35mm d. Jean Renoir, 1951 (08 APR 18:15 / 11 APR 20:50); THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN d. Jack Arnold, 1957 + INTRO by Geoff Andrew (10 APR 18:10); THE RIVER 35mm d. Jean Renoir, 1951 + INTRO by Varsha Panjwani (17 APR 18:10); WOMAN OF THE DUNES 35mm d. Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964 (18 APR 18:05 / 21 APR 20:00 / 22 APR 19:50); THE MIRACLE WORKER d. Arthur Penn, 1962 (18 APR 18:15 / 25 APR 18:30 / 30 APR 20:50); and, FARGO d. Joel Coen, 1996 + INTRO by Geoff Andrew (24 APR 18:15).

BORN DIGITAL: RAISED BY THE INTERNET at BFI Southbank (APR):

CELEBRATING PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN at The Prince Charles (06 JAN to 15 JUL):

CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY at Close-Up (until 21 APR):

  • “Tarkovsky belongs to that handful of filmmakers who, with a small, concentrated body of work, created a universe.” Includes: IVAN’S CHILDHOOD d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962 (01 APR 20:30); MIRROR d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974 (02 APR 20:15 / 18 APR 20:15); NOSTALGHIA d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983 (03 APR 20:15 / 16 APR 20:15); THE SACRIFICE d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986 (04 APR 20:15 / 21 APR 19:30); SOLARIS d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972 (05 APR 19:30 / 10 APR 20:15); STALKER d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 (12 APR 19:30 / 17 APR 20:15 / 20 APR 16:30); ANDREI RUBLEV d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966 (14 APR 16:30 / 19 APR 19:30);  VOYAGE IN TIME d. Tonino Guerra & Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983 + ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENEVICH d. Chris Marker, 1999 (21 APR 18:00); and, HARD TO BE A GOOD d. Aleksei German, 2013 (21 APR 19:30).

CLOSE-UP ON SERGEI PARAJANOV at Close-Up (until 09 APR MAR):

  • “Parajanov studied cinema at the illustrious VGIK in Moscow under Aleksandr Dovzhenko. After he saw Tarkovsky’s IVAN’S CHILDHOOD, he disowned his earlier films and re-dedicated himself to cinema.” Includes: SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS d. Sergei Parajanov, 1964 (06 APR 17:30); and,
    THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES d. Sergei Parajanov, 1969 (09 APR 20:15).

DEREK JARMAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 16 APR):

  • Includes: SEBASTIANE d. Derek Jarman & Paul Humfress, 1976 (02 APR 18:35); and, WITTGENSTEIN d. Derek Jarman, 1993 (16 APR 18:45)

THE FILMS OF JEAN-MARIE STRAUB AND DANIÈLE HUILLET Goethe-Institut & partners’ epic season continues at Birkbeck Cinema, Goethe-Institut & ICA (MAR to JUN):

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles (until 08 JUL):

  • Includes: JUNUN d. Paul Thomas Anderson , 2015 + PTA DIRECTED MUSIC VIDEOS IN 35mm (18 APR 18:30).

FLASHBACKS at Ealing Town Hall (01 MAR to 26 APR):

  • Classic Cinema Club – Ealing presents: “Films that refuse to tell the story straight, with non-linear narratives, scenes out of sequence, and jumps in time.” Includes: THE BRIDE WORE BLACK d. Francois Truffaut, 1968 (05 APR 19:30); THE THIEF OF BAGDAD d. Alexander Korda, 1940 (12 APR 19:30); and, WILD STRAWBERRIES d. Ingmar Bergman, 1957 (26 APR 19:30).

GREETINGS FROM TROMAVILLE at Deptford Cinema (13 MAR to 19 APR):

  • “Deptford Cinema is hosting a tribute to Troma Entertainment, the longest-running independent film studio in North America.” Includes: POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD d. Lloyd Kaufman, 2006 (19 APR 17:00).
Films in London this month: ANGELO part of HISTORICAL PERIOD DRAMAS at Austrian Cultural Forum (11 APR).
Films in London this month: ANGELO part of HISTORICAL PERIOD DRAMAS at Austrian Cultural Forum (11 APR).

HISTORICAL PERIOD DRAMAS at Austrian Cultural Forum (02 APR to 30 MAY – FREE!):

  • “In 2019 our CineClub investigates the relationship of Austrian cinema and genre. We continue in the spring with a closer look at Austrian historical period dramas from the silent era to current festival highlights.” Includes: SODOM & GOMORRAH: THE LEGEND OF SIN & PUNISHMENT d. Michael Curtiz, 1922 (02 APR 19:00); ANGELO d. Michael Schleinzer, 2018 (11 APR 19:00); and, THE WHITE RIBBON d. Michael Haneke, 2009 (23 APR 19:00).

INGMAR BERGMAN SEASON at Deptford Cinema (until 02 MAY):

  • Includes: PERSONA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1966 (07 APR 15:00).

JOHN CARPENTER: A RESTORATION RETROSPECTIVE at Deptford Cinema (03 MAR to 02 APR):

JOHN CARPENTER RETROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 31 JUL):

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

KINOTEKA: WITOLD SOBOCIŃSKI at Close-Up (08 to 14 APR):

  • “Cinema is nothing without its cinematographers, those women and men who work at the magical intersection of art and technology. Late last year, Poland sadly lost one of its early, influential cinematographers, Witold Sobociński. In partnership with Kinoteka, we celebrate his life and legacy with a selection of screenings from some of his most iconic films.” Includes: FAMILY LIFE d. Krzysztof Zanussi, 1971 (08 APR 20:15); HANDS UP! d. Jerzy Skolimowski, 1981 (13 APR 18:00); THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM d. Wojciech Has, 1973 (13 APR 18:00); and, THE THIRD PART OF THE NIGHT d. Andrzej Żuławski, 1971 (14 APR 20:00).

KUBRICK at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):

LIVES UNWRITTEN: WOMEN AND DOMESTIC WORK ON FILM at The Geffrye Museum of the Home (23 MAR to 27 APR):

  • “A timely exploration of the complex cultural and socioeconomic tensions of domestic labour, and its continued impact on women around the world.” Includes: BLACK GIRL aka La noire de… d. Ousmane Sembène, 1966 + THE SLEEPER aka Die Schläferin d. Alex Gerbaulet, 2019 + TALK by Miranda Armstrong at The Geffrye Museum of the Home (06 APR 14:00); Family Screening: A LITTLE PRINCESS d. Alfonso Cuarón, 1995 at The Geffrye Museum of the Home (13 APR 11:30); and, THE SECOND MOTHER aka Que Horas Ela Volta? d. Anna Muylaert, 2015 at The Geffrye Museum of the Home (27 APR 19:00).

MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):

  • Includes: GOODFELLAS 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 1990 (04 APR 20:30); and, CAPE FEAR d. Martin Scorsese, 1991 (18 APR 20:45).

THE NASHVILLE SESSIONS at ArtHouse Crouch End (12 to 21 APR):

  • “Throw on your cowboy boots, stonewash jeans and “git awn down” to ArtHouse for some real-life country music film fun!” Includes: WILD ROSE (12 to 18 APR); A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON (13 APR 17:00); and, CHASE THE DEVIL (21 APR 16:00).

OF FLESH AND BLOOD: THE CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at BFI Southbank (APR to MAY):

  • “We celebrate a master of contemporary Japanese cinema with a two-month season of diverse, beautiful and human stories.” Includes: TALK: Family and Other Values: The Cinema of Hirokazu Kore-eda by Alexander Jacoby (02 APR 18:20); AFTER LIFE d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1998 (02 APR 20:30 / 05 APR 18:20 / 27 APR 18:00); NOBODY KNOWS d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2004 (04 APR 18:00 / 10 APR 20:20 / 28 APR 14:30); STILL WALKING d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2008 (07 APR 14:40 / 08 APR 17:50 / 29 APR 20:40); DISTANCE d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2001 (07 APR 17:10 / 27 APR 20:30); HANA 35mm d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2006 (18 APR 20:35 / 28 APR 17:30); and, AIR DOLL 35mm d. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2009 (23 APR 20:30 / 30 APR 18:10).

PLOT TWISTS at House Of Vans (06 to 28 APR – FREE!/No booking required):

Films in London this month: JANBAL part of POETRY IN MOTION at Barbican (17 APR).
Films in London this month: JANBAL part of POETRY IN MOTION at Barbican (17 APR).

POETRY IN MOTION: CONTEMPORARY IRANIAN CINEMA at Barbican (03 to 24 APR):

  • “A film season reflecting on how the tradition of storytelling, so deeply rooted in Persian culture, comes alive in cinema.” Includes: A DRAGON ARRIVES! d. Mani Haghighi, 2016 + Q&A with the director (03 APR 18:10); ATOMIC HEART d. Ali Ahmadzadeh, 2014 + Q&A with Dr Orkideh Behrouzan (07 APR 16:15); BRAVING THE WAVES d. Mina Keshavarz, 2016 + Q&A + LIVE POETRY (09 APR 18:30); TEHRAN: CITY OF LOVE d. Ali Jaberansari, 2018 + Q&A with the director (13 APR 18:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!); HENDI & HORMOZ d. Abbas Amini, 2018 + Q&A with The screening will be followed by a discussion with British-Iranian painter Hana (14 APR 16:00); JANBAL d. Mina Bozorgmehr & Hadi Kamali Moghadam, 2017 + Skype Q&A with the directors (17 APR 18:30); and, AVA d. Sadaf Foroughi, 2017 + LIVE POETRY (24 APR 18:15).
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SCENES at Deptford Cinema (17 FEB to 16 MAR):

  • “Inspired by a project by Caroline Jupp to interview local audiences about their personally significant movie scenes, this season is celebrating a selection of these films from the iconic to the obscure.” Includes: PERFORMANCE d. Nicolas Roeg & Donald Cammell, 1970 (05 APR 19:30); THE FALL d. Tarsem, 2006 (27 APR 14:30 – part of NXDFFF, FREE!).

SCI-FI SUNDAYS at Deptford Cinema (until 26 MAY):

  • An afternoon movie and a little something extra on the last Sunday of the month. Includes: CONTACT d. Robert Zemeckis, 1997 + TALK by Professor Ian Crawford (28 APR 15:30).

SECRETS, MYSTERY, ABSURDITY: THE WORLD OF DAVID LYNCH at Genesis Cinema (02 APR to 02 MAY):

  • Includes: BLUE VELVET d. David Lynch, 1986 (02 APR 18:20); DUNE d. David Lynch, 1984 presented by Trumans (02 APR 21:00 + a beverage for £5.50); DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE d. Rick Barnes & Olivia Neergaard-Holm, 2016 (04 APR 18:40); David Lynch In Music & In Short music video & short film bar screening (11 APR 18:00 – FREE!/Booking Recommended); MEDITATION, CREATIVITY, PEACE (2012) + Q&A with Transcendental Meditation expert Carla Barkers (16 APR 19:00 – FREE!/Booking Recommended); MULHOLLAND DRIVE d. David Lynch, 2001 (16 APR 21:00); INLAND EMPIRE d. David Lynch, 2006 (18 APR 21:00); LOST HIGHWAY d. David Lynch, 1997 (23 APR 21:00); WILD AT HEART d. David Lynch, 1990 (24 APR 18:20); and, THE ELEPHANT MAN d. David Lynch, 1980 presented by Cult Classic Collective including an INTRO + post-screening SALON with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino (02 MAY 18:25).

SECURE THE BAG WEEKENDER at Rio Cinema (05 to 07 APR):

  • We Are Parable presents: SET IT OFF d. F. Gary Gray, 1996 (05 APR 23:30); Double Bill DEAD PRESIDENTS d. Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes, 1995 + INSIDE MAN d. Spike Lee, 2006 (07 APR 15:15).

SMART ROBOTS, MORTAL ENGINES: STANISLAW LEM ON FILM at Barbican (11 to 16 APR):

  • “Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, nanotechnology, trans-humanism: Polish author Stanislaw Lem was thinking and writing about today’s hot topics many decades ago.” Part of Life Rewired. Includes: Lem Shorts Programme + PANEL (11 APR 18:45); SILENT STAR d. Kurt Maetzig, 1959 (13 APR 16:00); SOLYARIS d. Lidiya Ishimbaeva & Boris Nirenburg, 1968 + INTRO (14 APR 15:00); and, THE INTERROGATION OF PILOT PIRX d. Marek Piestrak, 1979 (16 APR 18:45 – SOLD OUT).

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (until 21 APR):

TSAI MING-LIANG: THE DESERTED at Tate Modern (05 to 07 APR):

WALT DISNEY SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 23 MAR):

ZUMBIS at Deptford Cinema (until 12 APR):

  • “A season of zombie films from around the world.” Includes: THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD d. Dominique Rocher, 2018 (12 APR 20:00).


FILM FESTIVALS (A–Z)

Films in London this month: TURKISH ICE CREAM, part of Turkish Film Week at Regent Street Cinema (28 APR).
Films in London this month: TURKISH ICE CREAM, part of London Turkish Film Week at Regent Street Cinema (28 APR).

Film festivals in London this month include:


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