NOW BOOKING: Films in London this month [JULY 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


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

FLAME IN THE NIGHT at ICA (JUL):

  • “To coincide with the UK release of KNIFE + HEART, the ICA presents a season of three feature films and a programme of shorts celebrating new transgressive French cinema.”

FILMS IN LONDON THIS MONTH

REPERTORY SEASONS (A–Z)

Films in London this month: PRESSURE, part of AFRICAN ODYSSEYS at BFI (19 JUL).
Films in London this month: PRESSURE, part of AFRICAN ODYSSEYS at BFI (19 JUL).

007 SEASON at The Prince Charles (until 29 DEC):

  • “The anniversaries of Bond, James Bond.” Includes: LICENCE TO KILL d. John Glen, 1989 (14 JUL 20:50); and, GOLDFINGER d. Guy Hamilton, 1964 (17 JUL 20:45).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

  • Bringing regular 70mm presentations back to the West End with: LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 70mm d. David Lean, 1962 (01 JUL 18:30 / 07 JUL 13:00 / 16 JUL 18:30 / 20 JUL 12:45 / 29 JUL 18:30).

AFRICAN ODYSSEYS: HOW WE DREAM TO CHANGE THE WORLD at BFI Southbank (JUL):

  • “An exploration of the life, times and legacy of Horace Ové. In partnership with Somerset House’s exhibition Get up, Stand Up Now (12 Jun-15 Sep).” Includes: PRESSURE d. Horace Ové, 1975 + Intro by Dr Elizabeth M Williams (19 JUL 18:10); BABYLON d. Franco Rosso, 1980 (19 JUL 20:50); and, Bacchanal: the World of Horace Ové afternoon of talks & screenings (20 JUL 12:00).

AFTER THE WAVE: YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA IN THE 1970S at Barbican (until 25 JUL):

  • “After the French New Wave and the tumultuous political events of May 1968, a younger and more progressive generation of directors emerged. This season explores the work of these bold new directors.” Includes: LA SALAMANDRE d. Alain Tanner, 1971 (04 JUL 18:30); PEPPERMINT SODA d. Diane Kurys, 1977 (11 JUL 18:45); TOUCHED IN THE HEAD d. Jacques Doillon, 1974 (18 JUL 18:45); and, LOULOU d. Maurice Pialat, 1980 (25 JUL 18:45).

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


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


BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: OBSESSIONS at BFI Southbank (JUL):

  • “Movies examining how cinema has depicted obsession. Part of the national Film Feels project”. Includes: BLUEBEARD d. Catherine Breillat, 2009 (01 JUL 20:40 / 29 JUL 20:30); POINT BLANK 35mm d. John Boorman, 1967 (01 JUL 20:50 / 11 JUL 20:50 / 23 JUL 18:15 / 27 JUL 20:40); GUN CRAZY 35mm d. Joseph H Lewis, 1950 (02 JUL 20:50 / 07 JUL 15:40 / 29 JUL 18:20); BLUEBEARD d. Catherine Breillat, 2009 + Intro by Dr Catherine Wheatley (03 JUL 18:00); LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES 35mm d. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1950 (04 JUL 18:00 / 21 JUL 15:30 / 25 JUL 18:10); VERTGO d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1958 (05 JUL 18:00 / 12 JUL 20:30 / 25 JUL 20:30 / 28 JUL 17:10); THE PIANO d. Jane Campion, 1993 (05 JUL 20:30 / 15 JUL 18:15); PEEPING TOM d. Michael Powell, 1960 (06 JUL 20:30 / 19 JUL 20:40); THE PIANO TEACHER 35mm d. Michael Haneke, 2001 (08 JUL 20:30 / 30 JUL 18:20); KIND HEARTS & CORONETS d. Robert Hamer, 1949 (09 JUL 18:20 / 14 JUL 17:50 / 15 JUL 14:30); THE PIANO TEACHER 35mm d. Michael Haneke, 2001 + Intro by Geoff Andrew (10 JUL 18:00); THE CONVERSATION d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1974 (10 JUL 20:40 / 14 JUL 20:00 / 23 JUL 20:45); LAURA d. Otto Preminger, 1944 (13 JUL 16:15 / 18 JUL 20:40 / 22 JUL 20:45 / 26 JUL 18:20); THE BIG LEBOWSKI d. Joel Coen, 1998 (16 JUL 20:50 / 20 JUL 20:45 / 26 JUL 20:40); THE CONVERSATION d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1974 + Intro by Geoff Andrew (17 JUL 18:10); PEEPING TOM d. Michael Powell, 1960 + Intro by Nathalie Morris (24 JUL 18:20); THE BIG LEBOWSKI d. Joel Coen, 1998 + Intro by Geoff Andrew (31 JUL 18:15).

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: CONTEMPT d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1963 (05 JUL 20:00).

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

Films in London this month: THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, part of CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS at Deptford Cinema (23 JUL).
Films in London this month: THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, part of CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS at Deptford Cinema (23 JUL).

CINEMATIC OBSESSIONS at Deptford Cinema (11 JUN to 29 JUL):

  • “Those of us who are obsessive about cinema know full well that the medium allows us to delve into our deepest desires and obsessions; the joy and community to be found in pursuing your passion, as well as the cautionary tales that obsessive behaviour can bring.” Includes: MULHOLLAND DRIVE d. David Lynch, 2001 (02 JUL 19:00); MEMENTO d. Christopher Nolan, 2000 + Q&A with Professor Will Brooker (08 JUL 19:00); ZODIAC d. David Fincher, 2007 (16 JUL 19:00); THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY d. Peter Strickland, 2014 + Q&A with Anton Bitel (23 JUL 19:00); BURNING d. Chang-dong Lee, 2018 (29 JUL 19:00).

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

CLOSE-UP ON CLAIRE DENIS at Close-Up (08 to 31 JUL):

  • “A retrospective celebrating the work of one of our greatest artists, Claire Denis. This programme features eight films directed by Denis alongside three features she worked on as assistant director.” Includes: I CAN’T SLEEP 35mm d. Claire Denis, 1994 (08 JUL 20:15 / 27 JUL 20:00); THE INTRUDER 35mm d. Claire Denis, 2004 (10 JUL 20:15 / 30 JUL 20:15); HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2019 (12 JUL 20:15); NO FEAR, NO DIE d. Claire Denis, 1990 (13 JUL 20:30); BEAU TRAVAIL 35mm d. Claire Denis, 1999 (15 JUL 20:15 / 31 JUL 20:15); 35 SHOTS OF RUM 35mm d. Claire Denis, 2008 (16 JUL 20:30 / 29 JUL 20:15); JACQUES RIVETTE – LE VEILLEUR d. Claire Denis, 1990 (17 JUL 20:30); PARIS, TEXAS d. Wim Wenders, 1984 (19 JUL 19:30 / 28 JUL 19:30); WHITE MATERIAL d. Claire Denis, 2009 (20 JUL 20:30); WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 (21 JUL 20:00 / 24 JUL 20:15); and, DOWN BY LAW d. Jim Jarmusch, 1986 (25 JUL 20:15).
  • See also Jacques Rivette: Out 1 – Episodes 1 & 2 (199min), 3 & 4 (215min), 5 & 6 (190min), 7 & 8 (171min) (20 to 21 JUL – tickets for the full weekend only).

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

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

FLAME IN THE NIGHT at ICA (JUL):

  • “To coincide with the UK release of KNIFE + HEART, the ICA presents a season of three feature films and a programme of shorts celebrating new transgressive French cinema.” Includes: JESSICA FOREVER d. Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel, 2018 UK Premiere (04 JUL 18:30); KNIFE + HEART d. Yann Gonzalez, 2018 (05 to 11 JUL); JESSICA FOREVER d. Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel, 2018 (05 to 10 JUL); Ultra Rêve – UK Premiere shorts programme featuring AFTER SCHOOL KNIFE FIGHT d. Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel, 2017 + LES ÎLES d. Yann Gonzalez, 2017 + ULTRA PULPE d. Bertrand Mandico, 2018 (06 JUL 20:45 – repeats 07 JUL 20:45 / 09 JUL 16:40 / 10 JUL 14:20); and, THE WILD BOYS d. Bertrand Mandico, 2017 (06 JUL 12:30 / 07 JUL 12:30 & 09 JUL 14:20).

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: VAGABOND d. Agnès Varda, 1985 (20 JUL 18:35 / 28 JUL 20:10); CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 d. Agnès Varda, 1962 (21 JUL 20:45 / 24 JUL 18:15 / 30 JUL 18:10); and, DAGUERRÉOTYPES d. Agnès Varda, 1976 (27 JUL 16:10 / 31 JUL 20:35).
Films in London this month: BEFORE STONEWALL, part of FRAMING QUEERS at Deptford Cinema (07 JUL).
Films in London this month: BEFORE STONEWALL, part of FRAMING QUEERS at Deptford Cinema (07 JUL).

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: BEFORE STONEWALL d. Greta Schiller, 1984 (07 JUL 16:00).

FRANCO PIAVOLI: 1954 – 2016 at Deptford Cinema (07 to 28 JUL):

INGMAR BERGMAN SEASON at Deptford Cinema (ongoing):

INGMAR BERGMAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 21 JUL):

  • Includes: PERSONA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1966 (21 JUL 18:35).

IN THE MOOD FOR FOOD at Ciné Lumière (28 JUN to 04 JUL):

  • “This focus on food is part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival (28-30 June) and echoes the Food: Bigger than the Plate exhibition at the V&A throughout the summer. It also coincides with our very own Fête du Cinéma, with almost all tickets for £5, so there are plenty of reasons to celebrate!” Includes: MORE THAN HONEY d. Markus Imhoof, 2012 + Intro by Catherine Flood & May Rosenthal Sloan (01 JUL 18:30); OUR DAILY BREAD d. Nikolaus Geyrhalter, 2005 + Intro by Catherine Flood & May Rosenthal Sloan (02 JUL 18:30); BLOODY MILK d. Hubert Charuel, 2017 (04 JUL 16:00); and, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM d. John Chester, 2018 + Intro by Catherine Flood & May Rosenthal Sloan (04 JUL 18:30).

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

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: A GIRL AT MY DOOR d. July Jung, 2014 (04 JUL 19:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT! Check for returns); NO REGRET d. Lee Song Hee-il, 2006 (11 JUL 19:00); THE HAND OF FATE d. Han Hyeong-mo (18 JUL 19:00); and, Love Without Boundaries: Shorts Night (25 JUL 18:30).

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

  • “A few extra screenings to thrill and delight you…” Includes: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (01 JUL 14:00, 17:00 & 20:40 – IMAX); A CLOCKWORK ORANGE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1971 (07 JUL 19:45 / 08 JUL 20:20 / 21 JUL 19:45 / 29 JUL 20:20).
Films in London this month: HIGH LIFE, part of LIFT OFF! at Screen25 (31 JUL).
Films in London this month: HIGH LIFE, part of LIFT OFF! at Screen25 (31 JUL).

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: MOON d. Duncan Jones, 2009 (10 JUL 19:45); FIRST MAN d. Damien Chazelle, 2018 (19 JUN 19:45); and, HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 (31 JUL 19:45).

MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 23 JUL):


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


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

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

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

  • “In the lead up to the release of Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, we will be getting in the mood with all things Tarantino!” Includes: TRUE ROMANCE x NATURAL BORN KILLERS 35mm (06 JUL 20:45); THE DRIVER 35mm d. Walter Hill, 1978 (24 JUL 18:35); and, RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 (26 JUL to 01 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: MARLOWE 35mm d. Paul Bogart, 1969 (22 JUL 20:45).

QUEER SQUEE at various venues (30 JUN to 27 JUL):

  • “Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest presents a series of double bills celebrating LGBT Fandom. Expect insights into the hunt for Judy’s ruby slippers, celebration of the Beyhive and at least one in depth profile of Jodie Foster.” Includes: Beyhive Double Bill: WAITING FOR B d. Abigail Spindel, Paulo Cesar Toledo, 2016 + DREAMGIRLS d. Bill Condon, 2006 at Theatre Peckham (30 JUN 18:30); Jodie Foster: A Butch/Femme Appreciation + Zine Making at Rio Cinema (14 JUL 14:15); TV Binge Watch Double Bill: UNITED WE FAN d. Michael Sparaga, 2018 + Queer Squee at Mirth, Marvel & Maud (24 JUL 19:00); and, Judy Judy Judy Double Bill: THE SLIPPERS d. Morgan White, 2016 + THE HARVEY GIRLS d. George Sidney, 1946 at The Cinema Museum (27 JUL 16:00).
Films in London this month: SETO & UTSUMI, part of SUMMER EXPLORERS at British Library (27 JUL).
Films in London this month: SETO & UTSUMI, part of SUMMER EXPLORERS at British Library (27 JUL).

SUMMER EXPLORERS 2019: MANGA COMES TO LIFE at the British Library (27 to 28 JUL):

REVENGE at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (JUN to JUL):

  • “We launch into our next programme with a vengeance, looking at the theme that is the driving force behind many character motivations, narrative arches and a staple of genre films.” Includes: I MARRIED A WITCH d. René Clair, 1942 (05 JUL 19:30); THE AMERICAN FRIEND d. Wim Wenders, 1977 (12 JUL 19:30); MEDEA d. Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1969 (19 JUL 19:30); and, THEATRE OF BLOOD d. Douglas Hickox, 1973 (26 JUL 19:30).

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


SALON MEXICO: THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEXICAN CINEMA at BFI Southbank (JUL):

  • “With stars, directors and films to rival Hollywood, Mexican cinema of the 30s-50s saw a surge in production, from music-infused dramas to romance and thrillers.” Includes: VICTIMS OF SIN d. Emilio Fernández, 1951 (02 JUL 18:30 / 26 JUL 18:30 / 30 JUL 20:40); LA OTRA d. Roberto Gavaldón, 1946 (02 JUL 20:30 / 10 JUL 20:45 / 13 JUL 18:15); THE WOMAN OF THE PORT d. Arcady Boytler & Raphael J Sevilla, 1934 (03 JUL 20:20 / 16 JUL 18:10); Classical Mexican Cinema: Directors, Stars and Films talk (04 JUL 18:20 – FREE! with ticket for ENAMORADA); ENAMORADA d. Emilio Fernández, 1946 (04 JUL 20:40 / 14 JUL 20:40 / 22 JUL 18:30 / 27 JUL 16:00); TWO MONKS d. Juan Bustillo Oro, 1934 (05 JUL 20:45 / 10 JUL 18:30); ANOTHER DAWN d. Julio Bracho, 1943 (06 JUL 15:50 / 11 JUL 18:30); TWILIGHT d. Julio Bracho, 1945 (07 JUL 17:45 / 09 JUL 20:30); MACLOVIA 35mm d. Emilio Fernández, 1948 (15 JUL 20:30 / 19 JUL 18:15); SALÓN MÉXICO d. Emilio Fernández, 1949 (18 JUL 20:45); AVENTUERERA d. Alberto Gout, 1950 (21 JUL 17:45 / 24 JUL 20:40); IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND d. Roberto Gavaldón, 1951 (28 JUL 15:20 / 31 JUL 20:30); and, MACARIO d. Roberto Gavaldón, 1960 (28 JUL 17:45 / 31 JUL 18:20).

SCI-FI SUNDAYS at Deptford Cinema (ongoing):

  • An afternoon movie and a little something extra on the last Sunday of the month. Includes: BORN IN FLAMES d. Lizzie Borden, 1983 (28 JUL 15:30).

THE STAGE ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière (until 21 JUL):

  • “Exploring how theatre has inspired the greatest filmmakers, from Bergman and Almodóvar, to Truffaut and Cassavetes, this season of classics centres on the stage, performance and the screen.” Includes: LE DERNIER MÉTRO d. François Truffaut, 1980 (30 JUN 14:00); PERSONA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1966 (07 JUL 14:00); FRENCH CANCAN d. Jean Renoir, 1954 (14 JUL 14:00); and, OPENING NIGHT d. John Cassavetes, 1977 (21 JUL 14:00).
Films in London this month: THE TERRORIZERS, part of TAIPEI STORIES at Close-Up (11 JUL).
Films in London this month: THE TERRORIZERS, part of TAIPEI STORIES at Close-Up (11 JUL).

TAIPEI STORIES at Close-Up (JUN to JUL):

  • “A new programme of thirteen films, by three masters of Taiwanese New Cinema, set in & around Taipei throughout the 20th & 21st Century.” Includes: DUST IN THE WIND d. Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1986 (02 JUL 20:15); A CITY OF SADNESS 35mm d. Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1989 (03 JUL 20:15); THAT DAY ON THE BEACH d. Edward Yang, 1983 (05 JUL 19:30); A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY d. Edward Yang, 1991 (06 JUL 18:00); THE RIVER d. Tsai Ming-liang, 1997 (09 JUL 20:15); and, THE TERRORIZERS d. Edward Yang, 1986 (11 JUL 20:15).
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TRIBUTE TO AGNÈS VARDA at Ciné Lumière (until 26 JUL):

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

  • “1999 was an EPIC year for movies – so we’re bringing a whole heap of it back to the big-screen!” Includes: BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER d. Jamie Babbit, 1999 (02 JUL 20:45); THREE KINGS 35mm d. David O. Russel, 1999 (11 JUL 18:10); THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 (12 to 18 JUL); LIFE 35mm d. Ted Demme, 1999 (18 JUL 18:15); and, CRUEL INTENTIONS d. Roger Kumble, 1999 (19 JUL 20:45).


FILM FESTIVALS (A–Z)

Films in London this month: PANOPTIC, part of Shubbak Festival at Barbican (04 JUL).
Films in London this month: PANOPTIC, part of Shubbak Festival at Barbican (04 JUL).

Film festivals in London this month include:


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