NOW BOOKING: Films in London this month [DECEMBER 2018]

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


Welcome to our monthly roundup.

Each month we look ahead to London’s MUSEUM SHOWS where you can find several attractions under one roof. Our listings are divided into repertory seasons and film festivals. We’ll 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: With so much Christmas spirit coursing through this month’s listings, we’ve gone against the grain and picked three short seasons programmed by new curatorial talent from the National Film & Television School: UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND at Close-Up (03 to 04 DEC); A CINEMA OF FORKING PATHS – FILMS INSPIRED BY BORGES! at The Horse Hospital & Curzon Bloomsbury (05 to 11 DEC); and, THE PURSUIT OF WHOLENESS also at Close-Up (07 to 09 DEC – featured image, THE ILLIAC PASSION).


New at RADIANT CIRCUS: In the first of a new series of guest articles at RADIANT CIRCUS, Manila-based film writer & critic Richard Bolisay introduces John Torres’ debut feature TODO TODO TEROS (2006), Filikino’s next screening at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC 18:15) > HERE.


FILMS IN LONDON THIS MONTH

REPERTORY SEASONS (A–Z)

Films in London this month: GREMLINS 70mm at The Prince Charles (02 DEC).
Films in London this month: GREMLINS 70mm at The Prince Charles (02 DEC).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

2018 FAVOURITES at The Prince Charles (27 DEC to 17 FEB):

A CINEMA OF FORKING PATHS – FILMS INSPIRED BY BORGES! at The Horse Hospital & Curzon Bloomsbury (05 to 11 DEC):

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

ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this month: BETTER WATCH OUT at Deptford Cinema (21 DEC).
Films in London this month: BETTER WATCH OUT at Deptford Cinema (21 DEC).

ANTI-CHRISTMAS at Deptford Cinema (13 to 21 DEC):

CLOSE-UP ON INGMAR BERGMAN at Close-Up (02 NOV to 30 DEC):

CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (30 NOV to 24 DEC):

THE CHRISTMAS LABYRINTH at Backyard Cinema (until 22 DEC):

CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHTS at the Rivoli Ballroom (13 to 14 DEC):

Films in London this month: CHRISTMAS & CO. aka Santa & Cie at Ciné Lumière (20 DEC).
Films in London this month: CHRISTMAS & CO. at Ciné Lumière (20 DEC).

COMEDIES MADE IN FRANCE at Ciné Lumière (02 DEC to 16 JAN):

COMEDY COUPLES at Barbican (05 to 13 DEC):

COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this month: A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS at Deptford Cinema (13 DEC).
Films in London this month: A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS at Deptford Cinema (13 DEC).

HAROLD & KUMAR at Deptford Cinema (22 NOV to 06 DEC):

HOUSE OF VANS DOES XMAS: 90S DOUBLE BILLS at House Of Vans (09 to 16 DEC – Free! / No booking required):

JANE FONDA: COMING OF AGE at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):

KICK-ASS 80S COMEDIES at House of Vans (09 NOV to 02 DEC – Free! / No booking required):

  • Celebrating the 80s, a golden era that shaped a generation by delivering the most incredible cult-comedies. Includes: GHOSTBUSTERS (02 DEC 14:00 & 16:00).

Limina VR Weekender at Picturehouse Central (01 to 02 DEC):

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (NOV to DEC):

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this month: AIRPORT at The Cinema Museum (20 DEC).
Films in London this month: AIRPORT at The Cinema Museum (20 DEC).

MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: THE FILMS OF ROSS HUNTER at The Cinema Museum (08 NOV to 20 DEC):

  • Seán McGovern presents: Ross Hunter, at one time, was a force in Hollywood. “A Ross Hunter Production” had certain hallmarks: a campy, sometimes manic sensibility, overwrought emotion and high-octane melodrama. But Ross Hunter has largely been forgotten. Until now… Includes: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (06 DEC 19:30); MADAME X (13 DEC 19:30); and, AIRPORT (20 DEC 19:30).

THE PURSUIT OF WHOLENESS at Close-Up (07 to 09 DEC):

  • A tribute to seminal avant-garde filmmaker Gregory Markopoulos, with rare 16mm screenings of two acclaimed films and an exclusive preview of film critic Georgia Korossi’s documentary, DEVOTION. Includes: TWICE A MAN 16mm + DEVOTION (07 DEC 20:15); and THE ILLIAC PASSION 16mm (09 DEC 20:00).

SCI-FI SUNDAYS at Deptford Cinema (28 OCT 2018 to 24 FEB 2019):

UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND at Close-Up (03 to 04 DEC):

  • A season of films highlighting the underground Canadian cinema of the 90s and introducing rarely-screened titles to London audiences, celebrating the weird underbelly of Toronto and beyond. Includes: ARCHANGEL 35mm + INTRO by Andrew Gutman (03 DEC 20:15); and CALENDAR + INTRO by Jonathan Romney (04 DEC 20:15).
  • Read our RADIANT CIRCUS interview with guest curator Andrew Gutman HERE.

#WOMENINFILM2018 at Genesis Cinema (2018):

  • Films that have: a female director/co-director, a female writer/co-writer, or a strong/iconic female lead. Includes: A TASTE OF HONEY Young Women’s Trust Fundraiser (06 DEC 21:00); FREE SOLO + Satellite Q&A with with Alex Honnold & directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin (11 DEC 18:15); TOUCH ME NOT (13 DEC 18:20); and 9 TO 5 (27 DEC 18:00).


FILM FESTIVALS (A–Z)

Films in London this month: VAZANTE at Rich Mix, part of Cinema of Brazil (11 DEC).
Films in London this month: VAZANTE at Rich Mix, part of Cinema of Brazil (11 DEC).

Film festivals in London this month include:


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