NOW BOOKING: Films in London this month [OCTOBER 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: SEASONS // FESTIVALS


Welcome to our OCTOBER 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: There’s a cavalcade of extraordinary celluloid coming to the BFI later this month and it’s not the one that’s garnering all the red carpet attention…. FANTASTIQUE: THE DREAM WORLDS OF FRENCH CINEMA (OCT to NOV) is one of those seasons where we would delight in seeing every title: “What pleases is what is terrible, gentle, and poetic” – Georges Franju.

Given the month, we’ll also save special mention for the epic chills of HORROROCTOBER at The Prince Charles – “A month of screams, chills, blood and guts!” – complete with several all-nighters, double bills, original format screenings and RADIANT CIRCUS childhood fave, THE GATE (29 OCT).

> What are you going to see?


FILMS IN LONDON THIS MONTH

REPERTORY SEASONS (A–Z)

Films in London this month: THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE at Prince Charles, part of Dario Argento All-Nighter (26 OCT).
Films in London this month: THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE at Prince Charles, part of Dario Argento All-Nighter (26 OCT).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

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

ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):

A SPIKE LEE MIXTAPE at Deptford Cinema (11 to 26 OCT):

Films in London this month: BLACK POWER SALUTE at BFI (09 OCT).
Films in London this month: BLACK POWER SALUTE at BFI (09 OCT).

BLACK AND BANNED at BFI Southbank (OCT):

CELEBRATING THE CINEMA OF SPIKE LEE at Genesis Cinema (01 to 29 OCT):

CINÉ LUMIÈRE 20TH ANNIVERSARY at Ciné Lumière (03 OCT to 28 NOV):

  • Ciné Lumière celebrates its 20th anniversary in style with a series of festive screenings. Includes: UK premiere PROMISE AT DAWN + Q&A with actor Pierre Niney (03 OCT 18:30).

CLOSE-UP ON NURI BILGE CEYLAN at Close-Up (08 to 27 OCT):

  • In anticipation of the UK premiere of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s new film, THE WILD PEAR TREE, at the London Film Festival, this programme presents the Turkish auteur’s three preceding features. Includes: WINTER SLEEP (08 OCT 19:30 / 27 OCT 19:00); ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (10 OCT 19:30 / 16 OCT 19:30); and, THREE MONKEYS (12 OCT 20:15 / 25 OCT 20:15).

CLOSE-UP ON THE TAVIANI BROTHERS at Close-Up (05 to 22 OCT):

  • The Tavianis are as concerned with corruption, abuse of power, poverty, and suffering as were the neorealists and their successors. This season focuses on three of the duo’s best known films. Includes: KAOS (05 OCT 19:30 / 22 OCT 19:30); PADRE PADRONE (13 OCT 20:00 / 20 OCT 18:00); and NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS (18 OCT 20:15).
Films in London this month: THE YEAR OF THE TIGER at BFI (30 OCT).
Films in London this month: THE YEAR OF THE TIGER at BFI (30 OCT).

CLOSE UP: SEBASTIÁN LELIO at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):

  • “A compelling and urgent voice in contemporary cinema that we think you should hear.” Includes: GLORIA (24 OCT 18:10); THE SACRED FAMILY aka La Sagrada Familia (26 OCT 20:40); CHRISTMAS aka Navidad (27 OCT 20:30); and, THE YEAR OF THE TIGER aka El Año Del Tigre (30 OCT 18:20).

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

DRAMA SHE WROTE at BFI Southbank (OCT):

FASHION ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière (until 03 OCT):

FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (OCT):

THE FILMS OF YASUJIRÔ OZU at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

GNARLY MOVIE NIGHTS at House of Vans (11 to 28 OCT – Free! / No booking required):

HARRY DEAN STANTON FOCUS at BFI Southbank (until 07 OCT):

  • BFI celebrates the late, great Harry Dean Stanton. Includes: PARIS, TEXAS (07 OCT 20:00).

HORROROCTOBER at Prince Charles (OCT):

HOT DOCS LONDON 2018 at DocHouse (26 to 28 OCT):

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

Films in London this month: LE TESTAMENT D’ORPHÉE (28 OCT).
Films in London this month: LE TESTAMENT D’ORPHÉE (28 OCT).

JEAN COCTEAU RETROSPECTIVE at Ciné Lumière (28 OCT to 18 NOV):

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! at Ealing Town Hall (until 26 OCT):

  • Classic Cinema Club – Ealing presents a series of films complete with action sequences, adventure and crime capers – with brains, brawn and machismo. Includes: BEAU TRAVAIL (05 OCT 19:30); SANJURO (12 OCT 19:30); THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE (19 OCT 19:30); and, ERIN BROKOVICH (26 OCT 19:30).
Films in London this month: THE SECOND AWAKENING OF CHRISTA KLAGES at Barbican (06 OCT).
Films in London this month: THE SECOND AWAKENING OF CHRISTA KLAGES at Barbican (06 OCT).

MARGARETHE VON TROTTA REVISITED at Barbican (02 to 06 OCT):

MASAKI KOBAYASHI: THE HUMAN CONDITION at Close-Up (06 OCT to 28 OCT):

MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF: THE POETIC TRILOGY at Close-Up (02 to 20 OCT):

  • One of the preeminent figures of Iranian cinema, Mohsen Makhmalbaf has written and directed an impressive array of acclaimed films. This programme presents three of Makhmalbaf’s most lyrical films which the director has termed his Poetic Trilogy. Includes: THE SILENCE (02 OCT 20:15 / 20 OCT 20:15); GABBEH (03 OCT 20:15 / 13 OCT 18:00); THE GARDENER (11 OCT 20:15 / 17 OCT 20:15).

RHYTHM & POETRY: THE FILMS OF MARGARET TAIT at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):

Films in London this month: TWELVE MONKEYS at Deptford Cinema (28 OCT).
Films in London this month: TWELVE MONKEYS at Deptford Cinema (28 OCT).

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

Sight & Sound presents FANTASTIQUE: THE DREAM WORLDS OF FRENCH CINEMA at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (until 06 JAN 2019):

VARDA BY AGNÈS at Ciné Lumière (until 04 OCT):

  • A series of films by the incomparable Agnès Varda. Includes: FACES PLACES (until 04 OCT).
Films in London this month: MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. at Genesis Cinema (18 OCT).
Films in London this month: MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. at Genesis Cinema (18 OCT).

#WOMENINFILM2018 at Genesis Cinema (ongoing):

WORKING CLASS HEROES at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):

WORLD WAR ONE: REGENERATIONS at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):


FILM FESTIVALS (A–Z)

Films in London this month: BEARER at Ciné Lumière, part of UK Iranian Film Festival (31 OCT).
Films in London this month: BEARER at Ciné Lumière, part of UK Iranian Film Festival (31 OCT).

Film festivals in London this month include:


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