NOW BOOKING: Films in London this month [JANUARY 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.


Films in London this month: FEATURED ATTRACTIONS // REP SEASONS // FILM FESTIVALS


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 (divided into rep seasons and film fests). 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 season: 

Radiant Circus - Screen Guide: Films in London this month: THE WORTHLESS at Close-Up (30 JAN).
Films in London this month: THE WORTHLESS at Close-Up (30 JAN).

DRIFTING SHADOWS: MASTERPIECES OF FINNISH CINEMA at Close-Up (18 to 30 JAN):

  • RADIANT CIRCUS view: Part of the great joy of putting these listings together is discovering cinema we know very little about, and that pretty much includes everything in this amazing selection at Close-Up… Find out more in our seasons listings, below.

Featured festival:

Films in London this month: THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE! at ICA, part of LSFF (13 & 18 JAN).
Films in London this month: THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE! at ICA, part of LSFF (13 & 18 JAN).

London Short Film Festival various venues (11 to 20 JAN):

  • RADIANT CIRCUS view: We love indie film festivals with attitude almost as much as we love lone wolf programmers. For another year, LSFF brings you both with selections from Cigarette Burns Cinema**, Nobody Ordered Wolves, SUPAKINO and others. We’ll try to squeeze out a new guide just for this one…

FILMS IN LONDON THIS MONTH

REPERTORY SEASONS (A–Z)

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this month: LA POINTE COURTE at The Prince Charles, part of AGNÈS VARDA (27 JAN).
Films in London this month: LA POINTE COURTE at The Prince Charles, part of AGNÈS VARDA (27 JAN).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS at The Prince Charles (08 JAN to 06 MAY):

AKIRA KUROSAWA: SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (05 JAN to 13 APR):

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

BEFORE THE NIGHT at Ciné Lumière (22 JAN to 30 JAN):

Films in London this month: SHOPLIFTERS at Ciné Lumière, part of BEST OF 2018 (03 JAN).
Films in London this month: SHOPLIFTERS at Ciné Lumière, part of BEST OF 2018 (03 JAN).

BEST OF 2018 at Ciné Lumière (03 to 26 JAN):

  • “Wasn’t 2018 a great year for cinema? For those who missed some of the standout films or those who want to watch them again, a selection of 7 of the most acclaimed films of the year!” Includes: SHOPLIFTERS (03 JAN 18:30); WIDOWS (18 JAN 18:20); BLACkKLANSMAN (19 JAN 18:20); PETERLOO (20 JAN 16:00 / 24 JAN 15:30); CLIMAX (21 JAN 20:40); JEUNE FEMME (23 JAN 18:30); FACES PLACES (25 JAN 16:00); and, COLD WAR (26 JAN 18:30).

BEST OF 2018 at DocHouse (until 03 JAN):

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT at BFI Southbank (03 to 31 JAN):

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

  • The PCC says: “We are still working on adding SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK and HAPPINESS to this season! The companies who released these films either don’t exist anymore or no longer hold the rights, making them very tricky to book.” Includes: HARD EIGHT aka Sydney (06 JAN 20:30); TWISTER 35mm (07 JAN 20:45); BOOGIE NIGHTS 35mm (20 JAN 17:30); and, THE BIG LEBOWSKI (26 JAN 18:15).

CHINESE NEW YEAR at BFI Southbank (21 to 31 JAN):

CLOSE-UP ON JASUJIRō OZU at Close-Up (until 13 JAN):

COMEDIES MADE IN FRANCE at Ciné Lumière (until 16 JAN):

DEREK JARMAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (23 JAN to 16 APR):

Films in London this month: WOMEN OF NISKAVUORI at Close-Up, part of DRIFTING SHADOWS (28 JAN).
Films in London this month: WOMEN OF NISKAVUORI at Close-Up, part of DRIFTING SHADOWS (28 JAN).

DRIFTING SHADOWS: MASTERPIECES OF FINNISH CINEMA at Close-Up (18 to 30 JAN):

FEELGOOD FILMS at House Of Vans (25 JAN to 17 FEB – FREE! No booking required):

  • “Feeling the winter blues? We’re here to help with a season of great feel-good flicks.” Includes: BIG FISH (25 JAN 17:00 & 19:15); LA LA LAND (26 JAN 15:00 & 17:30); and, UP (27 JAN 14:00 & 16:00).

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles (03 JAN to 24 JUN):

  • “The almost complete collection of PTA films returns to our screens in 2019… THERE WILL BE BLOOD and INHERENT VICE will pop up soon, so check back for updates.” Includes: PHANTOM THREAD 70mm (03 JAN 20:40 / 08 JAN 20:40); HARD EIGHT aka Sydney (06 JAN 20:30); and, BOOGIE NIGHTS 35mm (20 JAN 17:30).

THE GOLDEN AGE OF ALEXANDER KORDA: BRITAIN’S MOVIE MOGUL at BFI Southbank (JAN):

INGMAR BERGMAN FOCUS at BFI Southbank (JAN):

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

Films in London this month: PINK SARIS, part of KIM LONGINOTTO at Deptford Cinema (26 JAN).
Films in London this month: PINK SARIS at Deptford Cinema, part of KIM LONGINOTTO (26 JAN).

KIM LONGINOTTO: VIXEN FILMS RETROSPECTIVE at Deptford Cinema (17 to 26 JAN):

LAUREL AND HARDY at BFI Southbank (JAN):

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

  • “A selection of our very favourite Martin Scorsese pictures – we may add a few more to this season so do check back for updates.” Includes: TAXI DRIVER 35mm (12 JAN 17:45); and, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 35mm (22 JAN 20:20).
Films in London this month: IL GRIDO at BFI, part of MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI (13, 16 & 20 JAN).
Films in London this month: IL GRIDO at BFI, part of MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI (13, 16 & 20 JAN).

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI: CONFRONTING THE MODERN WORLD WITH STYLE at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):

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

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (06 JAN to 05 MAY):

WALT DISNEY SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (05 JAN to 23 MAR):

Films in London this month: GILDA LIVE at Phoenix Cinema, part of WE LOVE GILDA! (06 JAN).
Films in London this month: GILDA LIVE at Phoenix Cinema, part of WE LOVE GILDA! (06 JAN).

WE LOVE GILDA! at Phoenix Cinema (06 JAN to 24 FEB):

  • Following last year’s UK premiere of LOVE, GILDA (09 DEC),The Celluloid Sorceress presents a season of Gilda Radner’s films. Includes: GILDA LIVE (06 JAN 14:00); and, HANKY PANKY 35mm (27 JAN 14:00). All screenings will be introduced by Rebecca Nicole Williams.

ZUMBIS at Deptford Cinema (11 JAN to 08 MAR):

  • “A season of zombie films from around the world.” Includes: ONE CUT OF THE DEAD (11 JAN 19:00).


FILM FESTIVALS (A–Z)

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this month: REAL at Genesis Cinema, part of Fringe! (12 JAN).
Films in London this month: REAL at Genesis Cinema, part of Fringe! (12 JAN).

Film festivals in London this month include:

Special mention: Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest (12 JAN 18:20, Genesis Cinema – FREE! Booking recommended). A repeat screening of shorts programme REWRITE THE ENDING following a power cut at last year’s fest…


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*THE SMALL PRINT: As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Apologies if we have missed your event. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version. Event dates/times are subject to change by the venue/organiser. We try to only list events you can book for at the time of posting: however, some events may already be sold out. Please click quickly! We don’t filter by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should be 18+.

**Featured image: Nasty Stuff: BASKET CASE curated by Prano Bailey-Bond, in association with Cigarette Burns Cinema at Regent Street Cinema, part of LSFF (18 JAN 20:30).

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