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 great films in London this week*.
Featured attraction: 4K Restoration Premiere: HEATHERS + Q&A with director Michael Lehmann & actor Lisanne Falk at BFI Southbank (08 AUG 20:10): “An endlessly quotable black comedy that subverted expectations of teen movies forever, and its dreamlike, soft-focus cinematography shines in this new 4K restoration.” – BFI.
FILMS IN LONDON THIS WEEK
ONE-OFF MOVIE NIGHTS, FILM EVENTS & GALLERY SCREENINGS (by date/event)
THE NUN at ICA (03 AUG 14:10):
- A breathtaking work of French cinema, Jacques Rivette’s exquisite 1966 drama returns in a new digital restoration. New Wave icon Anna Karina stars as Suzanne, a young woman forced to take vows as a nun, in a film that was highly controversial at the time of its initial release due to its portrayal of the church.
SUMMER 1993 at Regent Street Cinema (03 AUG 18:30 & 20:30):
- In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, six years old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan province to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her new legal guardians. The country life is a challenge for Frida.
More films in London today (A – Z): LA VÉRITÉ at BFI (03 AUG 18:10). LOVE ACTUALLY at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (03 AUG 20:45). MAURICE at Picturehouse Central (03 AUG 13:45). MCQUEEN at the Prince Charles (03 AUG 13:15). NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION at the Prince Charles (03 AUG 18:25). PIN CUSHION at The Castle Cinema (03 AUG 21:00). THE RECEPTIONIST at ICA (03 AUG 16:45).
Double Bill: THE LIVING DEAD GIRL + THE IRON ROSE + Q&A with star Francoise Pascal at The King & Queen (04 AUG 17:00 – Free!/Donation requested):
- World Wide Weird! presents: A very exciting double bill of films by the unique French fantasy director Jean Rollin with a very rare opportunity to listen to star Francoise Pascal discussing her experinces on the film and her impressions of Jean Rollin.
IN THE INTENSE NOW at ArtHouse Crouch End (04 AUG 15:00):
- Made following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, IN THE INTENSE NOW speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of China are set alongside archival images of the events of 1968 in France, Czechoslovakia, and, to a lesser extent, Brazil.
RAWHEAD REX at Genesis Cinema (04 AUG 21:30 – Free!):
- Presented by Arrow Video: Join Genesis and Arrow Video for the Clive Barker penned fantasy horror RAWHEAD REX. “A U.S. historian (David Dukes) takes his wife (Kelly Piper) and son to an Irish town where the oozing devil incarnate dwells.”
straight 8 2018 at BFI Southbank (04 AUG 15:45):
- The best 28 short films of the 2018 global competition – each made on one cartridge of super 8mm film, with only in-camera editing. Eight of these are fresh from the 13th annual Cannes Film Festival premiere, and 20 more will be seen for the very first time – even by the people who made them.
More films in London today (A – Z): African Odysseys presents: New Wave at BFI Southbank (04 AUG 12:00). EXTINCTION at ICA (04 AUG 14:25). GREGORY’S GIRL at BFI (04 AUG 20:45). LABYRINTH at Backyard Cinema (04 AUG 12:30). MAURICE at Picturehouse Central (04 AUG 14:00). ROBOCOP at Everyman Screen On The Green (04 AUG 23:30). SUMMER 1993 at Regent Street Cinema (04 AUG 14:00, 16:00, 18:00 & 20:00). VELVET GOLDMINE 35mm at the Prince Charles (04 AUG 18:00). WAYNE’S WORLD + WAYNE’S WORLD 2 35mm + a cold beer at the Prince Charles (04 AUG 18:00). YELLOW SUBMARINE at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (04 AUG 20:45).
CARRY GREENHAM HOME + INTRO by Selina Robertson at JW3 (05 AUG 16:10):
- A rare screening of this doc, filmed during the Greenham Common feminist protests in the early 1980s. Its depiction of the courage, creativity and humour of the Greenham women contrasted greatly at the time with mainstream media portraits, giving greater insight into their motivations, and remains a seminal work of British feminism on film.
THE PRODUCERS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION at ArtHouse Church End (05 AUG 15:40):
- Mel Brooks’ outrageous comedy classic will be returning to cinemas nationwide for one day only following a glorious 4K restoration to mark the film’s 50th anniversary. The Oscar-winning feature will also include a very special Mel Brooks introduction from Turner Classic Movies.
- Also at JW3 (05 AUG 14:00), Phoenix Cinema (17:00), Rich Mix (05 AUG 14:45) and Rio Cinema (05 AUG 16:15).
SLEEP HAS HER HOUSE at Deptford Cinema (05 AUG 18:30):
- If a tree falls? Lightning illuminates a pine forest, horses wait in the darkness, an owl watches. Shapes shift in a woodland clearing, lit by the bluish hue of the moon. This could be an X-Files crime scene, or the forest that lives while Twin Peaks sleeps. Painterly visions of fantastic beauty capture a disorientating sense of the unreal.
More films in London today (A – Z): BLADE RUNNER 2049 at Backyard Cinema (05 AUG 20:30). Double Bill: THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH + ACE IN THE HOLE at Regent Street Cinema (05 AUG 17:30 & 20:00). THE GOONIES at Backyard Cinema (05 AUG 12:30). THE KARATE KID (1984) 35mm at the Prince Charles (05 AUG 14:45). LOOPER at Backyard Cinema (05 AUG 16:30). MODEL SHOP at BFI (05 AUG 20:10). PANDORA’S BOX at Regent Street Cinema (05 AUG 15:00). PSYCHO at Picturehouse Central (05 AUG 13:00 – Other Picturehouses available!). THE RECEPTIONIST at ICA (05 AUG 12:15). SCOTT PILGRIM vs. THE WORLD 35mm at the Prince Charles (05 AUG 20:45). SUMMER 1993 at The Castle Cinema (05 AUG 17:30). THAT SUMMER at Curzon Goldsmiths (05 AUG 12:00). WHITNEY at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (05 AUG 20:45).
JAWBREAKER at The Institute Of Light (06 AUG 20:15):
- Zodiac Film Club presents: When a high school clique accidentally murder their best friend in a birthday prank gone horribly wrong, the three remaining girls – Courtney (Rose McGowan), Julie (Rebecca Gayheart) and Marcie (Julie Benz) – conspire to conceal the truth, silence a witness and throw a crack Police Detective (Pam Grier) off the scent.
TV Preview: BODYGUARD + Q&A with actors Richard Madden & Keeley Hawes, & writer Jed Mercurio at BFI Southbank (06 AUG 18:30):
- From the makers of LINE OF DUTY, new six-part series BODYGUARD tells the fictional story of David Budd (Madden), a heroic but volatile war veteran now working for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service.
More films in London today (A – Z): BETTY: THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT + PRERECORDED Q&A at Stratford Picturehouse (06 AUG 20:30 – Other Picturehouses available!). CLUELESS at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (06 AUG 20:45). Double Bill: THAT SUMMER + GREY GARDENS at Regent Street Cinema (06 AUG 18:30 & 20:15). GENERATION WEALTH at Barbican (06 AUG 20:50). ISLE OF DOGS presented by Deeper Into Movies at The Five Bells (06 AUG 19:30). LA VÉRITÉ at BFI (06 AUG 20:45). MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD 35mm at the Prince Charles (06 AUG 20:45). MCQUEEN at the Prince Charles (06 AUG 13:00). MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO at Hackney Picturehouse (06 AUG 20:30). PIN CUSHION at The Castle Cinema (06 AUG 19:00). THE SHAPE OF WATER at Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch (06 AUG 21:00). SUMMER 1993 at The Castle Cinema (06 AUG 20:45).
THE CAT HAS NINE LIVES aka Neun Leben hat die Katze + INTRO by Dr Annie Ring at BFI Southbank (07 AUG 18:10):
- A dazzling conversation between five different women, from anti-Vietnam protests to pigtailed picnics. Shot in Techniscope, and lovingly restored by Deutsche Kinemathek, the first post-war German feminist film is as relevant now as it was in 1968.
A PERFECT WORLD 35mm at the Prince Charles (07 AUG 20:45):
- Misc. Films & Badlands Collective present: After a botched prison escape, convict Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner) finds himself on the run with a seven-year-old hostage (T.J. Lowther), pursued by Clint Eastwood’s grizzled Texas Ranger and a young criminologist played by Laura Dern.
SHERLOCK JR. + COMEDY SHORTS + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT at Wilton’s Music Hall (07 AUG 19:30):
- This summer The Lucky Dog Picturehouse is back at Wilton’s Music Hall for a week of iconic silent comedies with live original score. Frequently voted favourite silent film of all time, SHERLOCK JR. sees Buster Keaton star as a young, unlucky-in-love cinema projectionist who dreams of a more heroic role in life. That chance soon beckons, and Keaton’s skills as an amateur sleuth are put to the test.
More films in London today (A – Z): A QUIET PLACE at Backyard Cinema (07 AUG 20:30). THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN at BFI (07 AUG 20:45). CASABLANCA at Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch (07 AUG 21:00). DEATH BECOMES HER at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (07 AUG 20:30). LEGALLY BLONDE 35mm at the Prince Charles (07 AUG 18:25 – £1 PCC Members’ Screening). MAURICE at Picturehouse Central (07 AUG 12:55). PIN CUSHION at The Castle Cinema (07 AUG 11:00 P&B). THE RECEPTIONIST at Picturehouse Central (07 AUG 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!). THE RECEPTIONIST at Barbican (07 AUG 20:50). RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA at Regent Street Cinema (07 AUG 18:30 & 20:35). THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (07 AUG 20:30). THRONE OF BLOOD presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (07 AUG 20:00).
4K Restoration Premiere: HEATHERS + Q&A with director Michael Lehmann & actor Lisanne Falk at BFI Southbank (08 AUG 20:10):
- Veronica Sawyer is the odd-one out in The Heathers, the colour-coordinated, shoulder-padded bitch squad at her high school. A certifiable genius and former good girl, she catches the eye of fellow high-school outsider and silver-tongued Lothario JD. Together, they fantasise about ridding the world of main mean girl Heather Chandler, and the rest of the preppy bullies that dominate the school – but their fantasies start getting out of hand…
CHARLIE CHAPLAIN SHORTS + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT at Wilton’s Music Hall (08 AUG 19:30):
- This summer The Lucky Dog Picturehouse is back at Wilton’s Music Hall for a week of iconic silent comedies with live original score. The Little Tramp comes to Wilton’s for one night only! Lucky Dog have chosen their favourite short films from Chaplin’s early career which demonstrate not only his wonderful physical comedy, but also the depth of emotion as an actor.
L’AGE D’OR + INTRO by Professor Jo Evans at BFI Southbank (08 AUG 18:10):
- Co-written with Salvador Dali, Buñuel’s acerbically funny first feature sees a couple desperate to consummate their passion for one another but repeatedly frustrated in their efforts by the combined forces of the church, the law and bourgeois convention.
GREY GARDENS – Night of a 1000 Edies + PANEL at Rio Cinema (08 AUG 21:00):
- Fringe! presents: You are about the enter GREY GARDENS… be careful where you step because of the cats! Activities include DIY costume workshops from 20:30, a catwalk show of the “best looks for today”, performances, mass “flag dance” (bring a flag!) and discussion of fashion on film with Amber Butchart.
SUNSET BOULEVARD 16mm at The Castle Cinema (08 AUG 19:30):
- Ciné-Real presents: In this dark film-noir tale, aging silent film queen, Norma Desmond, refuses to accept that her time in the limelight has finished – she lives as a recluse with the deranged beliefs that her stardom is as strong as ever. After meeting Joe Gillis, a young, hack screenwriter, she hires him to write a screenplay starring her as an effort to set up her comeback in film.
More films in London today (A – Z): Artists’ Film Club: THE EDGE OF THE EARTH at ICA (08 AUG 18:45). HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE at Stratford Picturehouse (08 AUG 18:10). IDA at The Gate (08 AUG 18:30). INDEPENDENCE DAY at Backyard Cinema (08 AUG 20:30). LADY BIRD at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (08 AUG 20:30). MOULIN ROUGE at Regent Street Cinema (08 AUG 12:00 & 15:30). THE NUN at ICA (08 AUG 13:30). THE RECEPTIONIST at ICA (08 AUG 14:15).
COCOTE at Genesis Cinema (09 AUG 21:00):
- MUBI presents: A sensory portrait of the syncretic landscape in the Dominican Republic, Cocote takes ethical expectations and family feuds as its focus. The film follows evangelical Christian Alberto as he returns home to attend the funeral of his murdered father and finds that he is expected to take part in rituals that are in conflict with his beliefs.
- All ticket holders will get a free month of MUBI.
HAROLD LLOYD: SAFETY LAST! + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT at Wilton’s Music Hall (09 AUG 19:30):
- This summer The Lucky Dog Picturehouse is back at Wilton’s Music Hall for a week of iconic silent comedies with live original score. A publicity stunt gets out of hand and leads to a death-defying police chase as hapless hero Harold Lloyd attempts to simultaneously impress his girlfriend and save his job.
SUICIDE ON FILM at Moth Club (09 AUG 19:00):
- Deeper Into Movies presents ON FILM: a feature-length portrait of iconic and singular artists in music. For this one, the team have dug through the Vega / Rev archives: Interviews, documentaries, live performances, behind the scenes, old VHS tapes, Youtube, fan footage, short films and notorious live shows to bring a perfectly curated 90 min collage of one of the most fascinating figures in experimental music.
More films in London today (A – Z): BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (09 AUG 20:30). EXTINCTION at ICA (09 AUG 14:45). HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE at Hackney Picturehouse (09 AUG 20:30). THE HUNGRY at Regent Street Cinema (09 AUG 19:30). IN THE CUT at BFI (09 AUG 20:40). POINT BREAK at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford (09 AUG 20:30). SUMMER 1993 at The Castle Cinema (09 AUG 19:00). TIME TRIAL at Picturehouse Central (09 AUG 18:45 – Other Picturehouses available!). TV Preview: BOLLYWOOD: THE WORLD BIGGEST FILM INDUSTRY + Q&A with presenter Anita Rani plus guests at BFI Southbank (09 AUG 18:15).
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: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY new ‘unrestored’ 70mm print (04 AUG 14:15 / 08 AUG 20:01).
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS various venues (AUG to SEP):
- A national touring programme celebrating the incomparable Agnès Varda. Includes:
- DocHouse: THE GLEANERS & I (05 AUG 16:00); and BEACHES OF AGNÈS (09 AUG 18:20).
- ICA: LA POINTE COURTE (09 AUG 20:30).
- JW3: VAGABOND (08 AUG 18:30).
ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):
- Celebrating animation in all its guises, from puppetry and stop-motion to anime and CGI. Includes: Studio AKA: The home of HEY DUGGEE and LOST AND FOUND + Q&Awith producer Sue Goffe and directors Grant Orchard and Philip Hunt (05 AUG 13:00).
AS IF… at The Prince Charles (until 28 SEP):
- A season of teen movies. Includes: DAZED AND CONFUSED (09 AUG 21:00).
DIRECTED BY WOMEN at Deptford Cinema (ongoing):
- Includes: POLYLAND + Q&A with Dáša Raimanová & Zofia Brom (03 AUG 19:30).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (AUG to OCT):
- A two-month season revelling in the formidable and versatile Hollywood star. Includes: THE UNKNOWN 35mm (06 AUG 18:30); A WOMAN’S FACE 16mm (08 AUG 18:05); and, THE BRIDE WORE RED 35mm (09 AUG 18:30).
- An Afternoon with Joan Crawford illustrated talks (04 AUG 12:00).
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: ARMY OF SHADOWS aka L’armée des ombres35mm (08 AUG 20:45).
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: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU + FIGHTMILK (03 AUG 19:45).
PINTER ON SCREEN: POWER, SEX & POLITICS at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- Marking the 10th anniversary of his death, a celebration of the influential writer. Includes: OLD TIMES + MONOLOGUE (03 AUG 20:45); and, LANGRISHE GO DOWN (04 AUG 18:30).
(PRE-) SUMMER EXPLORERS various locations (04 to 18 AUG – Free!):
- Japan Foundation London’s popular free summer film season returns, now in two parts! We’ve listed the events that you can still book for…
- PRE-SUMMER EXPLORERS (04, 05 & 11 AUG) includes: HOUSE (1977) (04 AUG 19:20, Soho Hotel); and, NHK WORLD-JAPAN Double Bill Part 2 (05 AUG 16:30, Courthouse Hotel).
REBEL WITH A CAUSE at Bertha DocHouse (until 12 AUG):
- Five revolutionary stories of women over the last century, from secret agents and soldiers to trailblazing artists. Includes: TRACKING EDITH (until 07 AUG); and, LAILA AT THE BRIDGE (03 to 09 AUG).
REBELS WITH A CAUSE at the Korean Cultural Centre (until 23 AUG – Free!):
- Focusing on determined individuals who have defied the cultural norms of their time, foreshadowing a new direction for Korean society. Includes: THE BAREFOOTED YOUNG (09 AUG 19:00).
REVOLT, SHE SAID: WOMEN AND FILM AFTER ’68 at Regent Street Cinema (01 to 29 AUG):
- Club Des Femmes & ICO present a season of films and happenings focused on women filmmakers post ’68, who took up cameras as they took to the streets. Includes: DAISIES + RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX (08 AUG 18:30 & 20:30).
- There are discounts for doing the double.
SPAGHETTI WESTERNS at Deptford Cinema (until 14 AUG):
- A celebration of spaghetti westerns. Includes: DAY OF ANGER (07 AUG 19:00).
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (until 06 JAN 2019):
- Legendary films from the greatest animation house on the planet. Includes: POM POKO (05 AUG 12:15).
- The English Dubs are also screening if you need them (tickets only £4).
SUMMER FILMS at House of Vans (until 26 AUG – 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: THE ENDLESS SUMMER (04 AUG 15:00 & 17:30); and, VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA (05 AUG 14:00 & 16:00).
SUMMER IN THE CITY at Genesis Cinema (06 to 30 AUG – tickets £5!):
- Includes: DAZED & CONFUSED (06 AUG 21:00); GIMME THE LOOT (07 AUG 21:00); and, PLEIN SOLEIL (09 AUG 18:30).
WIM WENDERS at The Prince Charles (until 30 AUG):
- A season of brilliant films from legendary German director Wim Wenders. Includes: PARIS, TEXAS 35mm (05 AUG 17:30 / 09 AUG 15:15); and, THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK (06 AUG 18:25).
MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2
FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)
REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)
EL MAR LA MAR at ICA (03 to 09 AUG):
- Influenced by the Sensory Ethnography Lab’s advocacy of innovative combinations of aesthetics and ethnography, EL MAR LA MAR sits between experimental anthropological essay and imagistic film poem. The 16mm footage deliberately overwhelms with open space, massive skies and landscapes shimmering in deathly heat.
PUNK VOYAGE at DocHouse (03 to 09 AUG):
- This invigorating new documentary follows Finnish Punk rock band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) as they face the glory and struggle that comes with fame. After becoming celebrities in Finland, the radical four continue to dominate worldwide, playing nearly 300 gigs in 16 countries.
SICILIAN GHOST STORY at ArtHouse Couch End (03 to 09 AUG):
- Set in a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, this is the story of adolescent innocence and painful reality. Giuseppe (Fernandez) is the son of a man with mafia connections who has turned informer. One day, this 13 year-old boy vanishes, kidnapped by those his father crossed. Luna (Jedlikowska), his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance.
More films in London this week (A – Z): APOSTASY at BFI (03 to 09 AUG). THE APPARITION at Phoenix Cinema (03 to 09 AUG). COCOTE at ICA (03 to 09 AUG). DAMASCUS COVER at Rio Cinema (03 to 09 AUG). GENERATION WEALTH at JW3 (05 to 09 AUG). IN THE FADE at Whirled Cinema (06 to 12 AUG). MADAME at JW3 (06 to 09 AUG). MAURICE at BFI (03 to 09 AUG). PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE at DocHouse (03 to 08 AUG). TRACKING EDITH at ArtHouse Crouch End (03 to 09 AUG).
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