NOW BOOKING: Films in London this month [AUGUST 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


UPDATED 02 AUG: New seasons & festivals added!


Welcome to our monthly roundup.

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 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.


FEATURED ATTRACTION

TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 01 SEP):

  • “A month long programme of trilogies and triptychs, featuring films by: Kenji Mizoguchi, Federico Fellini, Satyajit Ray, Michelangelo Antonioni, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Krzysztof Kieślowski, David Lynch, and Miguel Gomes.”

and…

NO DIRECT FLIGHT at BFI Southbank (AUG):

  • “Through film, art, VR and music, we explore how the digital world is helping to create a new generation of African global influencers.”

FILMS IN LONDON THIS MONTH

REPERTORY SEASONS (A–Z)

Films in London this month: TERMINATOR II: JUDGMENT DAY 70mm at The Prince Charles (various).
Films in London this month: TERMINATOR II: JUDGMENT DAY 70mm at The Prince Charles (various dates).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

A FEW FROM DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles (31 AUG to 28 SEP):

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

ALMODÓVAR: KING OF SPAIN at Genesis Cinema (02 to 22 AUG):


We update listings for BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS each week in our screen digests.


BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (AUG):

  • “Films that focus on emotional and psychological turmoil.” Includes: EYES WITHOUT A FACE d. Georges Franju, 1959 (01 AUG 20:45 / 27 AUG 20:30); GLORIA d. John Cassavetes, 1980 (02 AUG 18:15 / 21 AUG 20:30); REPULSION d. Roman Polanski, 1965 (03 AUG 20:45 / 16 AUG 18:10 / 19 AUG 20:30); EAST OF EDEN d. Elia Kazan, 1955 (04 AUG 15:30 / 18 AUG 17:50 / 29 AUG 20:45); LE JOUR SE LÈVE d. Marcel Carné, 1939 (05 AUG 18:40 / 15 AUG 18:15 / 17 AUG 16:00 / 30 AUG 20:45); UNRELATED 35mm d. Joanna Hogg, 2007 (06 AUG 20:30); GLORIA d. John Cassavetes, 1980 + Intro by Geoff Andrew (07 AUG 18:05); MILDRED PIERCE d. Michael Curtiz, 1945 (08 AUG 20:50 / 16 AUG 20:40 / 22 AUG 20:40 / 24 AUG 15:50); ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER d. Pedro Almodóvar, 1999 (09 AUG 21:00 / 20 AUG 18:30 / 25 AUG 20:15 / 28 AUG 20:50); DAY OF WRATH 35mm d. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1943 (10 AUG 15:50); CAMILLE d. George Cukor, 1936 (11 AUG 17:20 / 26 AUG 15:30); L’AGE D’OR 35mm d. Luis Buñuel, 1930 + Short: PORKY’S ROMANCE d. Frank Tashlin, 1937 (12 AUG 18:15 / 31 AUG 20:30); WHITE DOG d. Samuel Fuller, 1982 (13 AUG 20:30 / 19 AUG 18:20 / 23 AUG 20:40); DAY OF WRATH 35mm d. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1943 + Intro by Dr Claire Thomson (14 AUG 18:10); UNRELATED 35mm d. Joanna Hogg, 2007 + Intro by Dr Davina Quinlivan (21 AUG 18:10); and, CAMILLE d. George Cukor, 1936 + Intro by Cathy Lomax (28 AUG 18:10).
Films in London this month: CAMILLE 2000 at Deptford Cinema (08 AUG).
Films in London this month: CAMILLE 2000 at Deptford Cinema (08 AUG).

BUILT UPON BODIES at Deptford Cinema (05 JUL to 13 OCT):

  • “A season of films that explore the relationship between the human body and the built environment.” Includes: CAMILLE 2000 d. Radley Metzger, 1969 (08 AUG 20:00).

CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):

  • “A two-month season devoted to ‘our man in Hollywood’, an actor oozing charm, charisma and impressive range.” Includes: BLONDE VENUS d. Josef von Sternberg, 1932 (01 AUG 18:10 / 04 AUG 18:00); I’M NO ANGEL d. Wesley Ruggles, 1933 (03 AUG 15:50 / 10 AUG 20:30 / 21 AUG 20:35); SYLVIA SCARLETT 35mm d. George Cukor, 1935 (03 AUG 18:25 / 11 AUG 15:30); TOPPER 35mm d. Norman Z McLeod, 1937 (04 AUG 15:50 / 08 AUG 20:40); THE PHILADELPHIA STORY d. George Cukor, 1940 (04 AUG 20:00 / 13 AUG 20:45 / 17 AUG 15:50 / 26 AUG 17:50); SUSPICION d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1941 (06 AUG 18:30 / 18 AUG 15:40 / 24 AUG 20:40); HOLIDAY d. George Cukor, 1938 (06 AUG 20:40 / 12 AUG 18:20 / 19 AUG 20:40 / 26 AUG 19:50); Cary Grant: From Knockabout to Knockout Talk (07 AUG 18:20); THE AWFUL TRUTH d. Leo McCarey, 1937 (07 AUG 20:30 / 11 AUG 20:00 / 17 AUG 20:40 / 19 AUG 18:30); HIS GIRL FRIDAY d. Howard Hawks, 1940 (10 AUG 18:30 / 14 AUG 20:45 / 25 AUG 15:45 / 27 AUG 20:40); ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS d. Howard Hawks, 1939 (12 AUG 20:30 / 14 AUG 18:20 / 31 AUG 15:20); MY FAVOURITE WIFE 35mm d. Garson Kanin, 1940 (15 AUG 18:30 / 23 AUG 18:30); and, PENNY SERENADE 35mm d. George Stevens, 1941 (17 AUG 18:15 / 20 AUG 20:30).
  • NOTORIOUS d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 enjoys a grind show run (09 AUG to 22 AUG).

CELEBRATING PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN at The Prince Charles (until 10 AUG):

THE CLASS OF ’94 at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

  • “A year-long rolling season celebrating the films released in 1994.” Includes: PULP FICTION d. Quentin Tarantino, 1994 (01 AUG 20:30 / 10 AUG 20:30); and, SPEED 35mm d. Jan De Bont, 1994 (12 AUG 20:45).

COME TOGETHER: A MUSIC FILM SERIES at Barbican (02 to 30 AUG):

Films in London this month: INNA DE YARD, part of FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN at Somerset House (21 AUG).
Films in London this month: INNA DE YARD, part of FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN at Somerset House (21 AUG).

FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN at Somerset House (08 to 21 AUG):

THE FILMS OF ANDREI TARKOVSKY at The Prince Charles (until 03 NOV):

THE FILMS OF DAVID FINCHER at The Prince Charles (15 AUG to 21 NOV):

THE FILMS OF SPIKE JONZE at The Prince Charles (until 03 AUG):

  • Includes: HER d. Spike Jonze, 2013 (03 AUG 15:10).

FOCUS ON AGNÈS VARDA at BFI Southbank (JUL):

  • “Three films for you to revisit – all of which feature prominently in her latest release VARDA BY AGNÈS.” Includes: VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 (01 AUG 18:20 & 20:40 / 03 AUG 15:45 / 04 AUG 17:45).

FRAMING QUEERS at Deptford Cinema (07 JUL to 01 SEP):

  • “A new series screening queer and LGBT cinema in all its disruptive glory, in particular radical, global, and neglected work from throughout its history.” Includes: SOMETHING MUST BREAK d. Ester Martin Bergsmark, 2014 (04 AUG 16:00).

HARRY POTTER SEASON at The Prince Charles (03 AUG to 16 NOV):

HEAT OF THE MOMENT: TURNING POINTS ON FILM at Barbican Centre (01 to 29 AUG):

  • “The boiling heat of summer is a catalyst for personal, political and social change in this selection of films, screening every Thursday in August.” Includes: DO THE RIGHT THING d. Spike Lee, 19889 + Live Poetry in partnership with We Are Parable (01 AUG 19:00); LE BONHEUR d. Agnès Varda, 1965 (08 AUG 18:30); I KNEW HER WELL d. Antonio Pietrangeli, 1965 (15 AUG 18:30); STONEWALL d. Nigel Finch, 1995 + Intro by Alex Davidson (22 AUG 18:30); and, LA CIÉNAGA 35mm d. Lucrecia Martel, 2001 (29 AUG 18:45).

INGMAR BERGMAN SEASON at Deptford Cinema (ongoing):

IN THE EYES OF THE LAW at Ciné Lumière (25 AUG to 02 OCT):

  • “A new series of films on justice, spreading out over several months, aims to provide a small panorama of the wide range of existing films on the theme, a central preoccupation of cinema ever since Georges Méliès’s seminal 1898 film THE DREYFUS AFFAIR.” Includes: LA VÉRITÉ d. Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1960 (25 AUG 14:00 / 28 AUG 18:40 + Intro by Prof. Ginette Vincendeau).
Films in London this month: TROPIC OF CANCER, part of THE INVISIBLES at ICA (25 AUG).
Films in London this month: TROPIC OF CANCER, part of THE INVISIBLES at ICA (25 AUG).

THE INVISIBLES: THE WORK OF EUGENIO POLGOVSKY at ICA (25 AUG to 01 SEP):

  • “The first UK retrospective dedicated to the work of Mexican documentary filmmaker Eugenio Polgovsky.” Includes: SUCCESS + TROPIC OF CANCER d. Eugenio Polgovsky, 2014 + 2004 + Panel Discussion (25 AUG 18:30); THE INHERITORS d. Eugenio Polgovsky, 2008 (29 AUG 18:30); LIGHTBYRINTH + MEXICAN RITUAL d. Eugenio Polgovsky, 2016 + 2012 (31 AUG 18:00); and, RESURRECTION d. Eugenio Polgovsky, 2016 (01 SEP 18:00).

KOREAN FILM NIGHTS: LOVE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES at Korean Cultural Centre (JUL to AUG):

  • “Take an even deeper look into the Korean psyche and open our hearts to love − the kind of love which thrives on the margins of society, that challenges our preconceptions, that shocks us with its intensity and amazes us with its capacity to forgive and transform.” Includes: WANEE & JUNAH d. Kim Yong Gyun, 2011 (01 AUG 19:00); and, OASIS d. Lee Chang-dong, 2002 (08 AUG 19:00).

KUBRICK: Back By Popular Demand at BFI IMAX & Southbank (JUL to AUG):

  • “A few extra screenings to thrill and delight you…” Includes: A CLOCKWORK ORANGEd. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 (01 AUG 20:30 / 12 AUG 20:20 / 18 AUG 19:50 / 25 AUG 20:10).

LIFT OFF! at Harris Academy South Norwood (10 JUL to 31 AUG):

  • “Screen25 presents a new season of lunar-themed cinema events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.” Includes: HIDDEN FIGURES d. Theodore Melfi, 2016 (21 AUG 19:45 – Use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save).

We update listings for Time Out’s MOVIES ON THE RIVER each week in our screen digests.


Films in London this week: YOUNG SOUL REBELS at BFI (14 AUG).
Films in London this week: YOUNG SOUL REBELS at BFI (14 AUG).

NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI Southbank (JUL to AUG):

NO DIRECT FLIGHT at BFI Southbank (AUG):

NOIRS at House Of Vans (07 JUL to 03 AUG):

  • “From the classics all the way through to the modern homage. If you like mystery and hard boiled crime, we’ve got a treat for you.” Includes: SIN CITY (01 AUG 17:00 & 19:15); OUT OF THE PAST (02 AUG 17:00 & 19:15); and, DRIVE (03 AUG 15:00 & 15:30).

ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (until 14 AUG):

PHILLIP MARLOWE ON SCREEN at The Prince Charles (UNTIL 03 SEP):

  • “We’re bringing a handful of films featuring Raymond Chandler’s detective creation; Phillip Marlowe!” Includes: THE LONG GOODBYE 35mm d. Robert Altman, 1973 (06 AUG 18:10); and, FAREWELL MY LOVELY 35mm d. Dick Richards, 1975 (20 AUG 18:25).

We update listings for ROOFTOP FILM CLUB each week in our screen digests.


SAY WHAT HAPPENED: NICK FRASER SELECTS at DocHouse (13 AUG to 20 SEP):

  • “BBC Storyville creator curates a series of films to coincide with the release of his new book.” Includes: THE ARBOR d. Clio Barnard, 2010 + Q&A with the director (13 AUG 18:30); DREAMS OF A LIFE d. Carol Morley, 2011 (20 AUG 18:30); and, BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS d. Brendan Byrne, 2016 + Q&A with the director (27 AUG 18:30).
Films in London this month: FRANKENSTEIN, part of SCI-FI SUNDAYS at Deptford Cinema (25 AUG).
Films in London this month: FRANKENSTEIN, part of SCI-FI SUNDAYS at Deptford Cinema (25 AUG).

SCI-FI SUNDAYS at Deptford Cinema (ongoing):

  • An afternoon movie and a little something extra on the last Sunday of the month. Includes: FRANKENSTEIN d. James Whale, 1931 + Short: THE ART OF SCI-FI BOOK COVERS (25 AUG 15:30).

SUMMER EXPLORERS! at The Soho Hotel (16 to 20 AUG – FREE!):

SUMMER FILM NIGHTS at The Italian Cultural Institute (AUG – FREE!):

SUMMER OUTDOOR CINEMA at Watermans (16 AUG to 13 SEP):

TAKE ME TO THE BALL GAME at The Prince Charles (12 AUG to 18 SEP):

TARANTINO ON SCREEN-O at Genesis Cinema (05 to 13 AUG):

  • “Marks the release of Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (2019) with some of his better contributions to the world of cinema.” Includes: NATURAL BORN KILLERS 35mm d. Oliver Stone, 1994 (05 AUG 21:10); RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 (06 AUG 21:00); FROM DUSK TIL DAWN d. Robert Rodriguez, 1996 + Intro/Salon with Nick Walker (08 AUG 18:15); PULP FICTION d. Quentin Tarantino, 1994 (08 AUG 20:45 – Includes a FREE pint of something Truman’s); TRUE ROMANCE d. Tony Scott, 1993 (09 AUG 21:10); JACKIE BROWN d. Quentin Tarantino, 1997 (12 AUG 20:30); and, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS d. Quentin Tarantino, 2009 (13 AUG 20:30).

TEMPLE CINEMA at Andaz Liverpool Street (ongoing):

  • East End Film Festival presents: THE ORPHANAGE d. J.A. Bayona, 2007 (29 AUG 19:30).

TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 01 SEP):

  • “A month long programme of trilogies and triptychs, featuring films by: Kenji Mizoguchi, Federico Fellini, Satyajit Ray, Michelangelo Antonioni, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Krzysztof Kieślowski, David Lynch, and Miguel Gomes.” Includes: Kenji Mizoguchi’s Great Triptych  THE LIFE OF OHARU d. Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952 (01 AUG 20:15 / 10 AUG 17:00); UGETSU d. Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953 (03 AUG 18:00 / 12 AUG 20:15); and, SANSHO THE BAILIFF d. Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954 (05 AUG 20:15 / 01 SEP 20:30). Federico Fellini’s Trilogy of Loneliness – LA STRADA d. Federico Fellini, 1954 (02 AUG 20:15); IL BIDONE d. Federico Fellini, 1955 (04 AUG 18:00); and, NIGHTS OF CABIRIA d. Federico Fellini, 1956 (18 AUG 18:00 / 27 AUG 20:15). Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy – PATHER PANCHALI d. Satyajit Ray, 1955 (03 AUG 20:00 / 30 AUG 20:15); APARAJITO d. Satyajit Ray, 1957 (17 AUG 20:30 / 31 AUG 20:30); and, APUR SANSAR d. Satyajit Ray, 1959 (23 AUG 20:15 / 01 SEP 18:00). Michelangelo Antonioni’s Alienation Trilogy – L’AVVENTURA d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960 (14 AUG 20:15 / 28 AUG 20:15); LA NOTTE d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961 (17 AUG 18:00); and, L’ECLISSE d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962 (22 AUG 20:15 / 31 AUG 18:00). Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BRD Trilogy – THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978 (21 AUG 20:15); VERONIKA VOSS Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982 (26 AUG 20:15); and, LOLA d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1981 (25 AUG 18:00). Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy – THREE COLOURS: BLUE d. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993 (04 AUG 20:30); THREE COLOURS: WHITE d. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1994 (18 AUG 20:30); THREE COLOURS: RED d. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993 (25 AUG 20:30). David Lynch’s L.A.Trilogy – LOST HIGHWAY d. David Lynch, 1997 (09 AUG 20:15); MULHOLLAND DRIVE d. David Lynch, 2001 (10 AUG 20:00); and, INLAND EMPIRE d. David Lynch, 2006 (11 AUG 19:00). Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights – ARABIAN NIGHTS: THE RESTLESS ONES d. Miguel Gomes, 2015 (06 AUG 20:15); ARABIAN NIGHTS: THE DESOLATE ONE d. Miguel Gomes, 2015 (13 AUG 20:15); and, ARABIAN NIGHTS: THE ENCHANTED ONE d. Miguel Gomes, 2015 (20 AUG 20:15).

WE’RE GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999! at The Prince Charles (02 MAY to 26 NOV):


FILM FESTIVALS (A–Z)

Films in London this month: THE BANANA SPLITS, part of FrightFest (26 AUG).
Films in London this month: THE BANANA SPLITS, part of FrightFest (26 AUG 15:45).

Film festivals in London this month include:


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