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Welcome to our weekly digest of films in London this week.
We start with Barbican’s weekend of 1970s feminist filmmakers, ARTISTS & ACTIVISTS (02 to 03 JUN). Continuing the venue’s tradition of outstanding seasons dedicated to social change – and following last month’s sold out RETURNING THE COLONIAL GAZE – it looks set to be popular… (see seasons).
Elsewhere, restored silent PANDORA’S BOX gets a grind show run, African Odysseys explores the representation of queer people of colour on screen at BFI (02 JUN), there’s a brand new restoration of THE ANCIENT LAW projecting at Phoenix (03 JUN), The Celluloid Sorceress continues to lead the #Schumachatak with COUSINS in 35mm at Regent Street Cinema (05 JUN), and local hero SUPERBOB takes flight at Screen25 (06 JUN).
We missed LEK AND THE DOGS at last year’s London Film Festival, so it’s great to see it turn up at ICA with a director Q&A (07 JUN). Deptford Cinema’s Hammer Film Festival (01 to 03 JUN) has been cancelled but that still leaves us with THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (02 JUN) and FRANKENSTEIN & THE MONSTER FROM HELL (03 JUN). Herne Hill Free Film Festival comes to an end (01 JUN), Sundance continues (until 03 JUN) and the British Urban Film Festival aka BUFF opens across town (04 to 10 JUN).
Our featured attraction of the week is the London premiere of MRS. HYDE at Ciné Lumière (07 JUN), part of Women Shaping The World (see seasons).
What are you going to see?
FILMS IN LONDON THIS WEEK
ONE-OFF MOVIE NIGHTS, FILM EVENTS & GALLERY SCREENINGS (by date/event)
THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL 35mm at Birkbeck Cinema (01 JUN 18:00 – Free!):
- In the early 1950s, as the big studio system breathed its last, Hollywood produced a succession of classic Tinseltown fables: SUNSET BOULEVARD, IN A LONELY PLACE, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA, A STAR IS BORN and, right in the middle, THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL, made in 1952 by Vincente Minelli
CONCRETE TV at Rio Cinema (01 JUN 23:30):
- Juice VCR proudly presents a special late night screening of the 90s analogue public access television show from New York featuring two b2b episodes + a video montage of pre-recorded Q&A clips with creator Ron Rocheleau.
NAMATJIRA PROJECT + Skype Q&A with producer Sophia Marinos & playwright Scott Ranking at DocHouse (01 JUNE 20:30):
- Expressionist painter Albert Namatjira was a pioneer for artistic freedom and Aboriginal rights. During his lifetime he became the first Aboriginal person to be granted Australian citizenship. However, following his untimely death, the copyright to his work was sold. The impoverished Namatjira family, 60 years on, fought a legal battle to gain rights to Namatjira’s legacy. And at the end of 2017, they won. Also screens without Q&A 02 JUN.
More films in London today (A – Z): CABARET 35mm at BFI (01 JUN 18:15). NAPOLEON DYNAMITE 35mm at The Prince Charles (01 JUN 21:00). PICCADILLY at BFI (01 JUN 20:40). REVENGE at Regent Street Cinema (01 JUN 18:30 & 20:45). YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE at The Prince Charles (01 JUN 13:25).
African Odysseys Presents: NEW WAVE at BFI Southbank (02 JUN 12:00):
- Investigating how a generation of queer people of colour (QTPOC) are represented on and off screen, and what challenges they might face. Chaired by Chardine Taylor-Stone, in conversation with Kartel Brown, director of OUT & BAD, and Seye Isikalu, director of YELOW IN BLUE.
Double Bill: FILMWORKER + BARRY LYNDON at Regent Street Cinema (02 JUN 14:00/19:30 + 16:00):
- It’s a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else’s creative vision. Yet, that’s exactly what Leon Vitali did after his acclaimed performance as ‘Lord Bullingdon” in Stanley Kubrick’s BARRY LYNDON. There’s a discount for doing the double with the doc and the film that got it all started. Repeats 03 JUN.
THE LIVE GHOST TENT – QUARTERLY MEETING OF THE LAUREL & HARDY SOCIETY at The Cinema Museum (02 JUN 15:00):
- The films are THAT’S MY WIFE (1929), short directed by Lloyd French; OUR WIFE (1931), short directed by James W. Horne; TWICE TWO (1933), short directed by James Parrott; and WAY OUT WEST (1937), directed by James W. Horne.
More films in London today (A – Z): THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN at Deptford Cinema (02 JUN 15:00). BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (02 JUN 21:00). GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) at Backyard Cinema (02 JUN 16:30). NAMATJIRA PROJECT at DocHouse (02 JUNE 20:30). PRECIOUS presented by Fruitvale Film Club at Birkbeck Cinema (02 Jun 14:00 – Free!). SIREN OF THE TROPICS aka La Sirène des Tropiques at BFI (02 JUN 18:15). Take Two: 3 WOMEN + PERSONA at Close-Up (02 JUN 20:15 & 07 JUN 20:30). THELMA & LOUISE at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (02 JUN 21:00).
THE ANCIENT LAW + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Meg Morley at Phoenix Cinema (03 JUN 15:45):
- In the mid 1800s in Galicia, Baruch Mayer (Ernst Deutsch), yearns to become an actor. Despite the expectation to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an orthodox rabbi, he breaks from tradition and leaves the shtetl in pursuit of his dream. UK premiere of a new restoration.
- To celebrate the release of THAT SUMMER, director Göran Hugo Olsson’s companion piece to GREY GARDENS, DocHouse brings the cult classic back to the big screen. THAT SUMMER also gets a grind show run 01 to 07 JUN.
MOTHERS OF MEN aka Every Woman’s Problem + INTRO by Bryony Dixon & LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by John Sweeney at BFI Southbank (03 JUN 13:00):
- Willis Robards’ MOTHERS OF MEN was re-released in 1921 after the passage of the 19th Amendment, as Every Woman’s Problem. It questions whether women were capable of taking the tough decisions required of high office – in this case a judge elected as state Governor faced with the dilemma of refusing a pardon to her husband who is facing a death sentence.
More films in London today (A – Z): 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY at Picturehouse Stratford (03 JUN 18:00 – Other Picturehouses available!). AMY presented by Deeper Into Movies at The Lock Tavern (03 JUN 19:00). BOMBSHELL 35mm at BFI (03 JUN 16:20). CUSTODY at Picturehouse Central (03 JUN 11:35). Double Bill: CENTRAL EUROPE IN SHORTS 1 + CENTRAL EUROPE IN SHORTS 2 animated + live action at Regent Street Cinema (03 JUN 13:00 + 15:00). Double Bill: FILMWORKER + BARRY LYNDON at Regent Street Cinema (03 JUN 17:30 + 19:30). FRANKENSTEIN & THE MONSTER FROM HELL at Deptford Cinema (03 JUN 15:00). I, TONYA at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (03 JUN 21:00). THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA at The Prince Charles (03 JUN 14:55). THIS IS SPINAL TAP 35mm at The Prince Charles (03 JUN 20:45).
LFS: CHOCOLAT + INTRO by Sophie Monks Kaufman at Lexi Cinema (04 JUN 18:30):
- French filmmaker Claire Denis’s debut follows a French family whose lives are thrown into disarray by the arrival of a mysterious African American drifter.
SHORTS NIGHT at Catford Film (04 JUN 20:00):
- An evening of cutting edge UK and international short films. A selection of creative shorts showcasing some of the latest top talents, mixed with some home grown creativity from local film makers. Part of Catford Fringe Festival 2018.
WELCOME TO CURIOSITY + Q&A with the cast at The Prince Charles (04 JUN 18:30):
- A heist followed by betrayal, a serial killer on the loose, a lunatic out of the asylum, a girl stepping out with a very bad man and a salesman with a vivid imagination: five people whose lives are interconnected without them knowing it but all sharing one thing in common: curiosity kills…
More films in London today (A – Z): BONJOUR TRISTESSE at BFI (04 JUN 20:40). CLUELESS at Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch (04 JUN 21:00). HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES at Regent Street Cinema (04 JUN 19:30). New Writings: Hitchcock & The Spy Film talk at BFI (04 JUN 18:30). PICCADILLY at BFI (04 JUN 18:20). SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER at The Prince Charles (04 JUN 20:45). STAND BY ME at The Prince Charles (04 JUN 18:25).
COUSINS 35mm + INTRO by Rebecca Nicole Williams at Regent Street Cinema (05 JUN 19:30):
- The Celluloid Sorceress cordially invites you to join her at the Regent Street Cinema where she continues her look at the work of director Joel Schumacher with his eclectic follow-up to THE LOST BOYS, screening here from a rare archival 35mm print.
FERMAT’S ROOM + PRESENTATION by Julia Gog at Barbican (05 JUN 18:15):
- This Spanish thriller has maths at its core. Four strangers must fight against the clock to work out how they are connected and why someone seems to be trying to kill them. Part of Science On Screen.
Welcome Sessions: LAMB at Rich Mix (05 JUN 18:30):
- The debut by filmmaker Yared Zeleke, and Ethiopia’s first entry into the Cannes Film Festival. When an Ethiopian boy moves in with distant relatives he takes his pet sheep with him but the upcoming holidays spell danger for his beloved friend. Presented by Welcome Cinema + Kitchen. Free to refugee & asylum seekers.
More films in London today (A – Z): BOMBSHELL 35mm at BFI (05 JUN 20:40). FILMWORKER presented by Dogwoof at Genesis Cinema (05 JUN 21:00). THE LAST DETAIL at The Prince Charles (05 JUN 18:20). THE PASSIONATE FRIENDS 35mm at The Prince Charles (05 JUN 16:05). ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION at Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch (05 JUN 21:00). SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (05 JUN 21:00). THIS IS CONGO at Picturehouse Central (05 JUN 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!). THE WILD BOYS at ICA (05 JUN 16:05). WRITTEN ON THE WIND + Q&A with Peter Evans presented by Wimbledon Film Club at HMV Curzon (05 JUN 20:30). YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE at The Prince Charles (05 JUN 13:30).
A CAMBODIAN SPRING + Q&A with director Chris Kelly & activist Venerable Luon Sovath (featured in the film) at DocHouse (06 JUN 18:20):
- An intimate portrait of three Cambodian citizens caught up in the chaotic and often violent political development that is currently shaping modern-day Cambodia. Filmed over 6 years, it charts the growing wave of land-rights protests that led to the ‘Cambodian Spring’ and the tragic events that followed.
MCQUEEN + Q&A with directors Peter Ettedgui & Ian Bonhôte at Curzon Mayfair (06 JUN 18:15):
- Fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s story is a gothic, rags-to-riches fairy tale. Set to a score by Michael Nyman.
SIREN OF THE TROPICS aka La Sirène des Tropiques + INTRO by Tega Okiti at BFI Southbank (06 JUN 18:15):
- The inimitable Josephine Baker plays a woman who discovers a hidden talent for dance while pursuing a crush. Originally released on the back of her European tour, the film further underlined Baker’s talents as an electrifying, world-class entertainer.
More films in London today (A – Z): A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Millennium Halls (06 JUN 20:15). BEST F(R)IENDS without Tommy Wiseau at The Prince Charles (06 JUN 21:00). EVEN MORE FABULOUS MUSICAL MOMENTS FROM THE MOVIES presented by George McGhee at JW3 (06 JUN 14:00). GET OUT presented by Twickenham Cinema Club at The Exchange (06 JUN 19:30). PRETTY WOMAN at Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch (06 JUN 21:00). REALITY CHECK short docs presented by Shorts On Tap at 93 Feet East (06 JUN 19:00). SISTER ACT at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (06 JUN 21:00). STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE at Deptford Cinema (06 JUN 20:00). SUPERBOB + Q&A with writer-director Jon Drever & writer-actor Brett Goldstein presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (06 JUN 19:45).
ALL THE WILD HORSES + Q&A with director Ivo Marloh at DocHouse (07 JUN 18:30):
- UK Premiere. A visually cinematic adventure documentary, All The Wild Horses submerges viewers in the Mongolian wilderness and throws them into the thrills of an adrenaline-fueled endurance test. Returns for a grind show run from 08 JUN.
LEK AND THE DOGS + Q&A with director Andrew Kötting at ICA (07 JUN 18:20):
- Combining archival footage with experimental and narrative sequences, artist and director Andrew Kötting reconstructs the true story of Ivan Mushukov, the Russian child found living with a pack of wild dogs on the streets of Moscow in the mid-1990s.
MCQUEEN + Q&A with directors Peter Ettedgui & Ian Bonhôte + Janet & Gary McQueen (sister & nephew of Alexander McQueen) at BFI Southbank (07 JUN 20:00):
- Fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s story is a gothic, rags-to-riches fairy tale. Set to a score by Michael Nyman.
More films in London today (A – Z): ALMOST HEAVEN at Whirled Cinema (07 JUN 20:00). A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES + Q&A with directors Jane Harris & Jimmy Edmonds at Phoenix Cinema (07 JUN 20:30). BACK TO THE FUTURE at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (07 JUN 21:00). BONJOUR TRISTESSE at BFI (07 JUN 18:05). GROUNDHOG DAY at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (07 JUN 21:00). LAND OF THE FREE UK premiere presented by Last Frame Club at CentrE17 (07 JUN 19:30). LEAN ON PETE at The David Lean Cinema (07 JUN 14:30 & 19:30). MCLIBEL at Phoenix Cinema (07 JUN 10:30). NERUDA presented by Talkies Community Cinema at The Dugdale Centre (07 JUN 19:45). THE PASSIONATE FRIENDS 35mm at The Prince Charles (07 JUN 18:30 – £1 PCC Members’ Screening). Take Two: 3 WOMEN + PERSONA at Close-Up (02 JUN 20:15 & 07 JUN 20:30). YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE at The Prince Charles (07 JUN 13:45).
MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1
SEASONS (by event/venue)
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing).
- Bringing regular 70mm presentations back to the West End with: PHANTOM THREAD 70mm (03 JUN 17:55 / 07 JUN 20:45).
AGNÈS VARDA: VISION OF AN ARTIST at BFI Southbank (JUN to JUL).
- Take a closer look at the work of this pioneering artist and visionary. Events include: LA POINTE COURTE (02 JUN 16:20); CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (02 JUN 18:20 / 04 JUN 20:45); LE BONHEUR (03 JUN 16:10 / 06 JUN 20:50); LIONS LOVE (… AND LIES) (03 JUN 18:10).
- The Many Faces Of Agnès Varda discusses Varda’s life, work and influence (02 JUN 12:00).
ANIMATION 2018: THE FEMALE PIONEERS at BFI Southbank (2018).
- BFI “celebrates the diverse, provocative films made by female animators” with two screenings and two talks: The View from the Café Bar: Remembering Alison De Vere (01 JUN 18:20); and, THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (03 JUN 14:30).
A ONE AND A TWO… THE FILMS OF EDWARD YANG at Close-Up (03 to 18 JUN).
- Three films from across the career of one of the leading figures of the New Taiwan Cinema, includes: TAIPEI STORY (03 JUN 17:00); and, YI YI (03 JUN 19:30).
ARTISTS & ACTIVISTS: Second Wave Feminist Filmmakers at Barbican (02 to 03 JUN).
- A weekend of conversation and films from feminist filmmakers in the 1970s includes: BEING A WOMAN + INTRO by Ann Deborah Levy & Sheila Rowbotham (02 JUN 12:00); WOMEN FINDING THEIR VOICES + INTRO by Stephanie Palewski (02 JUN 14:00); DESIRE, BEAUTY & THE GAZE + PANEL (02 JUN 16:00); DETERMINED WOMEN AT WORK + INTRO by Bonnie Greer (02 JUN 18:15); TAKING ACTION: ORDINARY WOMEN AT THE EPICENTRE… (03 JUN 14:00); and, THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL + INTRO by Susie Orbach & Amalie R Rothschild (03 JUN 16:00).
- There’s a Weekend Pass for all 6 events.
AS IF… A SEASON OF TEEN MOVIES at The Prince Charles (02 JUN to 11 AUG).
- “A handful of some of our favourite Teen Movies returning to the big screen!” Includes: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU 35mm (02 JUN 18:20); and, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF on the date he bunks off school! (05 JUN 20:45).
BLACK EUROPE ON FILM at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (until 07 JUN).
- Celebrating the history and contributions of African people in Europe: BLACK & GERMAN + GERMAN TOWN (01 JUN 19:00); and, TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH (07 JUN 19:00).
CHALLENGING PERCEPTIONS at Deptford Cinema (starts 24 APR).
- An 8 week film and discussion series curated by Eliza Stuart continues with: SYMBIOTIC EARTH (05 JUN 19:00).
CLOSE UP: AVA DUVERNAY at BFI Southbank (JUN).
- BFI’s short seasons dedicated to “compelling and urgent voices in contemporary cinema” continue with: THIS IS THE LIFE (02 JUN 20:15); and, I WILL FOLLOW (03 JUN 20:30).
CLOSE-UP ON MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI at Close-Up (01 to 30 JUN).
- Tremendously influential yet largely taken for granted, Michelangelo Antonioni made difficult, abstract cinema mainstream. Includes: L’AVVENTURA (01 JUN 19:30); LA NOTTE (05 JUN 19:30).
CREATURE FEATURES at The Prince Charles (until 23 JUL).
- “From creepy crawlies and beasts from the deep to extra-terrestrials and towering goliaths…” Films include: ALIEN Theatrical Version + ALIENS Director’s Cut two films, one ticket (02 JUN 20:45).
IDA LUPINO: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, STAR at BFI Southbank (JUN).
- “Marvel at the many talents of Ida Lupino; more than just a movie star.” Events include: THE GAY DESPERADO 35mm (01 JUN 20:50 / 04 JUN 18:15); THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT 35mm (02 JUN 15:30 / 06 JUN 20:40); OUTRAGE 35mm (02 JUN 20:40); NEVER FEAR aka The Young Lovers 35mm (03 JUN 18:20 / 05 JUN 20:50); HIGH SIERRA 35mm (03 JUN 20:20);
- Before & Behind The Camera: The Very Versatile Ida Lupino includes an introductory talk by Geoff Andrew and a screening of OUTRAGE (05 JUN 18:10).
JOAN JONAS: MYSTIC KNOTS + INTROs/Q&As with Joan Jonas at Tate Modern (02 to 03 JUN).
- A weekend-long survey of the inventive films of Joan Jonas. Includes: PLEIN AIR (02 JUN 16:00); VEILS (02 JUN 19:00); DRAWING (03 JUN 14:00); and, PUZZLES (03 JUN 17:00).
JUST THE TWO OF US? at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (until 29 JUN).
- “Couples, love triangles, friends, doppelgängers”: JULES ET JIM (01 JUN 19:30).
LET LOVE IN: NICK CAVE ON SCREEN at Genesis Cinema (until 01 JUN).
- To mark his headline performance as part of All Points East, Genesis takes a closer look at the famed renaissance man: THE ROAD TO GOD KNOWS WHERE + GABRIEL MORENO LIVE (01 JUN 19:00 – Free!).
TONY RICHARDSON: THE LONELINESS OF THE BRITISH NEW WAVE at Close-Up (02 to 30 JUN).
- Three masterpieces of the British New Wave. Includes: THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER (02 JUN 18:00).
TRIBUTE TO MARCEL CARNÉ at Ciné Lumière (03 JUN to 22 JUL).
- Paying tribute to Marcel Carné, a “monstre sacré of French cinema”. Includes: LE JOUR SE LÈVE (03 JUN 14:00).
WOMEN SHAPING THE WORLD at Ciné Lumière (until 26 JUN).
- A series of events, film screenings and discussions with and about women shaping the world. Includes: MRS. HYDE London premiere (07 JUN 18:30).
YOUTH ON THE MARCH! at Regent Street Cinema (until 27 JUN).
- Kino Klassika Foundation’s season dedicated to the rise of the Soviet New Wave concludes with: IS IT EASY TO BE YOUNG? (06 JUN 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2
FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)
Festivals projecting this week include:
- Herne Hill Free Film Festival (until 01 JUN)
- Sundance Film Festival London (until 03 JUN)
- British Urban Film Festival (04 to 10 JUN)
Hungry for more? Check out our Film Festivals In London A – Z
REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)
CONCEALED at The Castle Cinema (01 to 07 JUN):
- A thriller like no other. Set in the underbelly of Sydney’s inner city suburbs where Max (Simon Lyndon) and his mate Richard (Paul Tassone) are desperately trying to find Sallie, Max’s partner who’s disappeared. Their search takes them deep into the criminal heartland of the city and even deeper inside the secrets and lies of family.
ISMAEL’S GHOSTS at Ciné Lumière (01 to 14 JUN):
- Film director Ismaël Vuillard (Mathieu Amalric) still mourns the death of his wife Carlotta, twenty years earlier, even though he has started his life over again with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg). When Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) returns from the dead, their whole world is turned upside-down.
PANDORA’S BOX at Barbican (01 to 07 JUN):
- G.W. Pabst’s tragic portrait of sexual obsession, following the rise and fall of Lulu (Louise Brooks), a femme fatale who unleashes uncontrollable desires in the men and women she encounters.
- Also at BFI Southbank where the screening on 04 JUN 18:00 has a live accompaniment by Cyrus Gabrysch.
More films in London this week (A – Z): ENTEBBE at JW3 (01 JUN to 05 JUL). FILMWORKER at Watermans (01 to 07 JUN). MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART at Genesis (01 to 05 JUN). MARY & THE WITCH’S FLOWER at The Prince Charles (01 to 07 JUN). MY FRIEND DAHMER at The Institute Of Light (01 to 07 JUN). WESTERN at Whirled Cinema (04 to 10 JUN). ZAMA at ICA (01 to 07 JUN).
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Featured image: MRS. HYDE at Ciné Lumière (07 JUN 18:30).