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.
Welcome to our SEPTEMBER 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.
After a quiet summer – with several of our favourite venues taking well-earned August breaks – September sees things shifting back into top gear. Exciting new seasons include BLACK AND BANNED at BFI, STOLEN SUMMERS at various venues and a clutch of excellent auteur overviews including OLIVIER ASSAYAS at Deptford Cinema, AGNÈS VARDA at Ciné Lumière, ÉRIC ROHMER, KIJU YOSHIDA and PETER WATKINS all at Close-Up. Festivals are also starting to pitch their tents… Our pick of the bunch would be the always outstanding Open City Documentary Festival, Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival and the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival. Towards the end of the month Raindance returns to take us ever onwards.
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Featured attraction: GENERATIONS: RUSSIAN CINEMA OF CHANGE at Barbican (26 to 30 SEP): “Defiant, electric and subversive, this season of cult and landmark films charts an extraordinary century of change in Russia.” Presented in partnership with New East Cinema, the season includes Dinara Asanova’s TOUGH KIDS + INTRO (28 SEP 18:30).
FILMS IN LONDON THIS MONTH
REPERTORY SEASONS (A–Z)
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- Bringing regular 70mm presentations back to the West End with: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm new ‘unrestored’ print (02 SEP 20:15 / 09 SEP 18:15 / 16 SEP 16:30 / 20 SEP 15:00); INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM 70mm (18 SEP 20:45); INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE 70mm (22 SEP 17:50 / 27 SEP 20:45 / 29 SEP 15:00).
- We list The PCC’s anniversary & 35mm screenings in our weekly digests & daily updates.
AFRICAN SCIENCE FILM SERIES at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (06 to 20 SEP):
- An exploration of the untold stories of groundbreaking scientific developments by African people, created by Black History Studies in partnership with the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. Includes: MANUSCRIPTS OF TIMBUKTU (06 SEP 19:00); ANCIENT ASTRONOMERS OF TIMBUKTU (07 SEP 19:00); COSMIC AFRICA (14 SEP 19:00); and, HIDDEN FIGURES (20 SEP 19:00).
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS various venues (AUG to SEP):
- A national touring programme celebrating the incomparable Agnès Varda. Includes:
- Close-Up (until 29 SEP): THE GLEANERS AND I (01 SEP 18:00); THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS (02 SEP 18:00); JAQUOT DE NANTES (02 SEP 20:30); LE BONHEUR (19 SEP 20:15); VAGABOND (21 SEP 20:15); and, CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (29 SEP 18:00).
- Genesis Cinema: CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (03 SEP 18:50).
- ICA: VAGABOND (06 SEP 20:45).
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- “Butt-numbing marathons” (their words…ED.) of cult, horror, themed & film franchises include: Paul Verhoeven’s SCI-FI TRILOGY 3 films, 1 ticket (08 SEP 20:45); JOHN WICK + JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 2 films, 1 ticket (17 SEP 18:30); SERGIO LEONE’S ‘DOLLARS TRILOGY’ 3 films, 1 ticket (23 SEP 13:00); KILL BILL : VOL 1 & 2 35mm (26 SEP 18:30); STEPHEN KING MARATHON 6 films, 1 ticket (29 SEP 21:00).
- Just be sure to follow the rules…
ALWAYS SOMEWHERE ELSE – THE CINEMA OF ANGELA SCHANELEC IN DIALOGUE at Goethe-Institut (13 to 25 SEP):
- This first comprehensive retrospective in the UK dedicated to Angela Schanelec proposes a dialogue between the films of the German filmmaker and those by international directors. Includes: Humphrey Jennings: SPARE TIME & Angela Schanelec: AFTERNOON + conversation between season curator Patrick Holzapfel and Angela Schanelec (13 SEP 19:00); Matt Porterfield: TAKE WHAT YOU CAN CARRY & Angela Schanelec: I STAYED IN BERLIN OVER THE SUMMER + Q&A with Angela Schanelec (14 SEP 19:00); Angela Schanelec: THE DREAMED PATH (DER TRAUMHAFTE WEG) & Helena Wittman: DRIFT (15 SEP 16:30); Lisl Ponger: PASSAGES & Angela Schanelec: ORLY (18 SEP 19:00); Joanna Hogg: UNRELATED & Angela Schanelec: MARSEILLE (20 SEP 18:45); Surprise Film by Angela Schanelec & Claire Denis: 35 SHOTS OF RUM aka 35 RHUMS (21 SEP 18:30); Angela Schanelec: LOVELY YELLOW COLOUR & Chantal Akerman: NEWS FROM HOME (24 SEP 19:00); and, Angela Schanelec: PASSING SUMMER & Edward Yang: THE TERRORIZERS aka KONG BU FEN ZI (25 SEP 18:45).
ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):
- Celebrating animation in all its guises, from puppetry and stop-motion to anime and CGI. Includes: Black British Animators + Q&A with Osbert Parker & other filmmakers (11 SEP 18:20); Animate & Innovate: Animation Craft in the New World Of Stories (18 SEP 18:20); and, HAVE A NICE DAY! aka Hao ji le (21 SEP 18:30).
AS IF… at The Prince Charles (until 28 SEP):
- A season of teen movies. Includes: WEIRD SCIENCE 35mm (07 SEP 21:00); and FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (28 SEP 21:00).
BACK 2 SCHOOL at House Of Vans (06 to 23 SEP – Free!/No booking required):
- “Whether you’re heading back to class or just feeling nostalgic about the good old days, lock up your board and come enjoy a quality Back 2 School movie in our cinema space.” Includes: FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (06 SEP 17:00); NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (07 SEP 17:00); FOOTLOOSE (08 SEP 15:00); TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (09 SEP 14:00 & 16:00); MEAN GIRLS (15 SEP 15:00 & 17:30); BACK TO THE FUTURE (16 SEP 14:00 & 16:00); RUSHMORE (20 SEP 17:00); FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (22 SEP 15:00 & 17:30); and DEAD POET’S SOCIETY (23 SEP 14:00 & 16:00).
BLACK AND BANNED at BFI Southbank (SEP TO OCT):
- “The films you weren’t allowed to see: drama and documentaries that offer unique and challenging perspectives.” Includes: CHAMELEON STREET + INTRO by Kunle Olulode (04 SEP 20:35 / without intro 14 SEP 18:20); CAMP DE THIAROYE 35mm + INTRO + DISCUSSION by Tony Warner (09 SEP 15:15 / without intro 06 SEP 17:45); SAVE THE CHILDREN FUND FILM + DISCUSSION (10 SEP 18:10); BLACK, BRITISH, BANNED! (15 SEP 13:00); LUMUMBA 35mm + INTRO by Tony Warner (15 SEP 20:30); HOME AGAIN + Q&A with Kunle Olulode (16 SEP 17:15); COME BACK, AFRICA 35mm (17 SEP 20:40); RIGHT ON! 35mm (18 SEP 20:30 / 28 SEP 18:05); GOODBYE UNCLE TOM + INTRO by Tony Warner (21 SEP 18:00 / without intro 26 SEP 20:20); FABLE + INTRO by David Somerset (22 SEP 16:00); TWO GENTLEMEN SHARING 35mm (23 SEP 17:20); AVA & GABRIEL: A LOVE STORY + INTRO by Gaylene Gould (25 SEP 18:10); BODY CONTACT + INTRO by David Somerset + guests (29 SEP 15:00); and, THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR + INTRO by Tony Warner (29 SEP 19:30 / without intro 10 SEP 20:05).
- Black & Banned: Season Introduction with David Somerset & Kunle Olulode (04 SEP 18:20).
- Free Speech ‘Punch Up’! (06 SEP 19:00 – Free!/Booking required).
CLOSE-UP ON ÉRIC ROHMER at Close-Up Centre (until 14 SEP):
- “The most sublime, articulate, guarded and grounded filmmaker of the nouvelle vague”, this programme presents fifteen films from the filmmaker’s extensive oeuvre. Includes: THE GREEN RAY (01 SEP 20:00); and, LA COLLECTIONNEUSE (14 SEP 20:15).
- See also: ÉRIC ROHMER’S TALES OF THE FOUR SEASONS (below).
CLOSE-UP ON KIJU YOSHIDA at Close-Up (10 to 30 SEP):
- “A legendary figure of the postwar Japanese cinema, Kiju Yoshida is one of Japan’s most artistically ambitious, politically astute and influential filmmakers.” Includes: COUP D’ÉTAT (10 SEP 20:15); HEROIC PURGATORY (20 SEP 20:15); and, EROS + MASSACRE (30 SEP 18:00).
CLOSE-UP ON PETER WATKINS at Close-Up (05 to 28 SEP):
- Covering the breadth of Peter Watkins extraordinary body of work this programme presents the radical filmmaker’s most well known films. As the centrepiece to the programme, Watkins will introduce the rarely screened theatrical cut of LA COMMUNE. Includes: CULLODEN (05 SEP 20:45); PUNISHMENT PARK (07 SEP 20:15 / 18 SEP 20:15); PRIVILEGE (08 SEP 20:00 + INTRO by Gareth Evans + BOOK LAUNCH / 28 SEP 20:15); THE WAR GAME + SHORTS (09 SEP 20:00); EDVARD MUNCH (16 SEP 18:00); and, LA COMMUNE (Paris, 1871): Theatrical Cut + INTRO by Peter Watkins (23 SEP 18:00).
DIRECTED BY WOMEN at Deptford Cinema (ongoing):
DISTANT VOICES: TERENCE DAVIES at Close-Up (08 to 15 SEP):
- “A member of the distinctive generation of British Film Institute nurtured directors whose ranks notably included Derek Jarman, Sally Potter and Peter Greenaway: Includes: DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES (08 SEP 18:00); and, THE TERENCE DAVIES TRILOGY (09 SEP 18:00).
DRAMA SHE WROTE at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- A season showcasing pioneering female writers of the television play. Includes: CHOICE + PANEL (07 SEP 18:20); Fay Weldon and Edna O’Brien: A SPLINTER OF ICE + OVER (12 SEP 18:20); and, Bernice Rubens and Andrea Newman: LOVE STORY (29 SEP 18:20).
ÉRIC ROHMER’S TALES OF THE FOUR SEASONS at Close-Up (03 to 11 SEP):
- Between 1990 and 1998, a still-prolific Rohmer demonstrated the vitality of his exquisite, exceedingly-refined talents by producing a quartet of seasonally-set comedies that rivals his finest work. Includes: A TALE OF SPRINGTIME (03 SEP 20:15); A SUMMER’S TALE (04 SEP 20:15); AN AUTUMN TALE (06 SEP 20:15); and A TALE OF WINTER (15 AUG 18:00).
FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN TALENT: THE GERMAN FILM WEEKEND at Regent Street Cinema (21 to 23 SEP):
- The programme of five German festival favourites (including two UK premieres) is curated by The Daily Telegraph’s film critic Tim Robey. Includes: 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON + INTRO/Q&A with director Emily Atef (21 SEP 19:30); 24 WEEKS + Q&A with actress Julia Jentsch (22 SEP 18:00); WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG. + Q&A with director Burhan Qurbani (22 SEP 20:30); THE CAPTAIN + INTRO (23 SEP 18:00); and, OH BOY (23 SEP 20:30).
FASHION ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière (14 SEP to 03 OCT):
- Includes: MCQUEEN (14 SEP 18:30 / 19 SEP 16:00); and, WHAT MEN WEAR + DISCUSSION (16 SEP 16:00).
- THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ enjoys a grind show run (28 SEP to 03 OCT).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (until OCT):
- A two-month season revelling in the formidable and versatile Hollywood star. Includes: POSSESSED (1931) 35mm (01 SEP 18:15 / 06 SEP 20:40); POSSESSED (1947) 35mm (03 SEP 18:15 / 05 SEP 20:30 / 08 SEP 16:10); DAISY KENYON 35mm (15 SEP 18:30); SUDDEN FEAR (16 SEP 15:30); HARRIET CRAIG 35mm (16 SEP 18:10 / 19 SEP 20:40); I SAW WHAT YOU DID 35mm (20 SEP 20:40); and, AUTUMN LEAVES (27 SEP 18:30).
GENERATIONS: RUSSIAN CINEMA OF CHANGE at Barbican (26 to 30 SEP):
- Defiant, electric and subversive, this season of cult and landmark films charts an extraordinary century of change in Russia. Presented in partnership with New East Cinema. Includes: GOODBYE, BOYS + INTRO + LIVE MUSIC by Douglas Dare (26 SEP 18:30); THE STUDENT + INTRO (27 SEP 19:45); TOUGH KIDS + INTRO (28 SEP 18:30); A SEVERE YOUNG MAN + INTRO (29 SEP 15:00); BROTHER + SCREENTALK (29 SEP 18:00); and, LENIN’S GUARD + INTRO (30 SEP 15:00).
HARRY DEAN STANTON FOCUS at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- BFI celebrates the late, great Harry Dean Stanton. Includes: THE STRAIGHT STORY 35mm (05 SEP 20:35 / 07 SEP 20:40 / 20 SEP 18:10); and, PARIS, TEXAS (16 SEP 19:50).
- LUCKY enjoys a grind show run (14 to 20 SEP).
JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE 35mm Selectrospective at The Prince Charles (until 19 SEP):
- A selection of films from revolutionary French director Jean-Pierre Melville, all presented from 35mm. Includes: LEON MORIN, PRIEST aka Léon Morin, prêtre 35mm (19 SEP 20:45).
LATE NIGHTS at Everyman Screen on The Green (ongoing):
- Includes: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (15 SEP 23:30); ANNIE HALL (22 SEP 23:30); and, TRUE ROMANCE (29 SEP 23:30).
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! at Ealing Town Hall (07 SEP to 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: THAT SINKING FEELING (07 SEP 19:30); SCARFACE (14 SEP 19:30); DOUBLE INDEMNITY (21 SEP 19:30); STAGECOACH (28 SEP 19:30).
MUSIC & MOVIES: THE SUMMER SEASON at Genesis Cinema (until 14 SEP):
- A series of amazing FREE live music and movie events in the cinema’s Bar Paragon. Includes: TWO-LANE BLACKTOP + NATHAN PERSAD (07 SEP 19:45); and, REPO MAN (1984) + THE SLY PERSUADERS (14 SEP 19:45).
OLIVIER ASSAYAS at Deptford Cinema (07 to 14 SEP):
PAINFULLY FUNNY: THE COMPLETE DIRECTORIAL WORKS OF ELAINE MAY at ICA (21 to 23 SEP):
- The Badlands Collective presents a special weekend of 35mm screenings celebrating a filmmaker whose work has been neglected for too long. Includes: A NEW LEAF 35mm (21 SEP 18:30); THE HEARTBREAK KID 35mm (22 SEP 18:30); MIKEY & NICKY 35mm (23 SEP 16:00); and, ISHTAR 35mm (23 SEP 18:30).
STOLEN SUMMERS various venues (02 to 16 SEP):
- A film season celebrating the European summer holiday and the pleasure and trouble that travel invites. Curated by Taryn Joffe. Includes:
- LEXI Cinema: THE GREEN RAY + UNRELATED + Q&A with Joanna Hogg (02 SEP 14:00 & 16:00).
- Ciné Lumière: LA PISCINE + SHORT: A SUMMER DRESS + INTRO by Marion Hallet (09 SEP 16:00).
- Genesis Cinema: FAT GIRL + PANEL (16 SEP 15:00).
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (until 06 JAN 2019):
- Legendary films from the greatest animation house on the planet. Includes: MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS (02 SEP 12:45); SPIRITED AWAY (09 SEP 12:45); and, THE CAT RETURNS (30 SEP 13:00).
- The English Dubs are also screening if you need them (tickets only £4).
SUMMER FILMS at House of Vans (until 02 SEP – Free! / No booking required):
- “As we head right into summertime, feel the heat for some of the best films set during the summer months.” Includes: S.O.S. SUMMER OF SAM (01 SEP 15:00 & 17:30); and REAR WINDOW (02 SEP 14:00 & 16:00).
THE TELEVISION WILL BE REVOLUTIONISED: Channel 4 and the 1982 Workshop Declaration at Barbican (13 to 16 SEP):
- A season of oppositional films from Channel 4’s first decade: a radical, game-changing era that opened doors for diverse voices in cinemas and on British television. Includes: ACCEPTABLE LEVELS + PANEL (13 SEP 19:00); FAREWELL TO THE WELFARE STATE + WELCOME TO THE SPIV ECONOMY (15 SEP 16:00); and, HANDSWORTH SONGS + SHORTS (16 SEP 16:00).
VARDA BY AGNÈS at Ciné Lumière (until 30 SEP):
- A series of films by the incomparable Agnès Varda. Includes: L’UNE CHANTE, L’AUTRE PAS (02 SEP 14:00); LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE (07 SEP 18:30); LE BONHEUR (09 SEP 14:00); LES PLAGES D’AGNÈS (13 SEP 18:30); CLÉO DE 5 À 7 + SALON with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino (16 SEP 14:00 / without discussion 19 SEP 18:30); SANS TOIT NI LOI (23 SEP 14:00 / 25 SEP 18:30); and, JACQUOT DE NANTES (30 SEP 14:00).
WORKING CLASS HEROES at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- A season celebrating the charismatic working-class stars who light up our screens. Includes: BILLY LIAR (01 SEP 18:00); CHARLIE BUBBLES (08 SEP 18:20 / 16 SEP 20:10); EDUCATING RITA 35mm (09 SEP 14:30 / 15 SEP 18:15); NIGHT WATCH 35mm (09 SEP 17:40 / 15 SEP 20:40); THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY (14 SEP 20:30); THIS IS ENGLAND + Q&A with actors Thomas Turgoose & Jo Hartley & producer Mark Herbert (19 SEP 20:30); SHALLOW GRAVE (22 SEP 18:45); FACE 35mm (22 SEP 20:30); POOR COW + INTERVIEW with Lesley Sharp (23 SEP 13:30 / without interview 03 SEP 20:40); TRACK 29 35mm (24 SEP 20:50 / 29 SEP 17:30); MORVERN CALLAR + Q&A with with director Lynne Ramsay & actor Samantha Morton (28 SEP 18:00 / without intro 25 SEP 17:45); THE UNLOVED + Q&A with director Samantha Morton (28 SEP 20:45 – Joint ticket available with MORVERN CALLER + Q&A 28 SEP).
WORLD WAR ONE: REGENERATIONS at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- A look at how each generation of filmmakers has interpreted the war. Includes: Silent Cinema presents: BLIGHTY 35mm + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Costas Fotopoulos (16 SEP 13:20); WESTFRONT 1918 aka Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie (14 SEP 18:15); and LA GRANDE ILLUSION (29 SEP 15:40).
FILM FESTIVALS (A–Z)
Film festivals projecting this month include:
- Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival (15 to 30 SEP).
- Black Sound Film Festival (postponed from 07 to 09 SEP until early 2019).
- Catford Free Film Festival (09 to 16 SEP).
- Darkroom Festival (24 to 30 SEP).
- Feminista Film Festival (28 to 30 SEP).
- Fighting Spirit Film Festival (14 to 15 SEP).
- I Will Tell International Film Festival (30 AUG to 09 SEP).
- Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival (21 to 23 SEP).
- Kennington Bioscope Silent Fim Weekend (08 to 09 SEP).
- Little Wing Film Festival (31 AUG to 02 SEP).
- London Korean Film Festival Teaser Screening + Press Launch: A TIGER IN WINTER (17 SEP).
- London Spanish Film Festival (26 to 30 SEP).
- Open City Documentary Festival (04 to 09 SEP).
- Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival (31 AUG to 16 SEP).
- Raindance Film Festival (26 SEP to 07 OCT).
- Safar Film Festival (13 to 18 SEP).
- Scalarama (SEP).
- Sink The Pink: We Are Family Film Festival (02 SEP).
- The Smalls Film Festival (07 to 10 SEP).
- Women Over 50 Film Festival (04 SEP).
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