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*.
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Start your weekend with a double-bill of irresponsible werewolf flicks as the venerable Gothique Film Society closes their 54th film season with I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF + THE NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF at The Cinema Museum (06 MAR). If you haven’t read Harry M. Benshoff’s seminal Monsters In The Closet, then you should:
“In I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957), teenager Michael Landon falls under the hypnotic sway of scientist Whit Bissell. True to generic imperatives, Bissel and his male assistant comprise a queer mad scientist couple, and together they work out their nefarious deeds through the body of the young protagonist.”
You’ll never watch LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE in the same way again… Heading into the weekend, we’d recommend the Prelude Screenings (06 & 07 MAR) for one of our favourite events of the screen year, the Essay Film Festival from Birkbeck and partners. This Friday’s screening looks sold out (although given it’s FREE!, you might get in on the door…) but bookings are still being taken for Saturday’s double bill starting with THE LAW OF THE LAND. If you want fascinating, un-familiar, non-fiction filmmaking, this is the place.
WOMEN’S DAY at Regent Street Cinema (08 MAR – which also gets a regular run at DocHouse 08 to 12 MAR) is our highlight of a packed International Women’s Day, filling London’s alternative screens with some great F-Rated film choices. After that, Monday gives you a chance to hear from Nick Rowland about his new feature, CALM WITH HORSES (09 MAR at BFI). For Tuesday, we’ve opted for the member’s choice screening of a Czech New Wave film CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS (10 MAR) with our friends at Wimbledon Film Club. We always love an exhibition gimmick, but 3D attains a genuine visceral power when projecting dance (previous case in point, Wim Wenders’ PINA). Barbican’s special screening of Alla Kovgan’s new doc, CUNNINGHAM (11 MAR), is therefore a natural choice for our Wednesday at Barbican, but the Charlotte Prodger: Triple Bill at Tate Modern would be another wonderfully F-Rated way to spend your evening.
Elsewhere, No Bollox Film Club returns to The Castle Cinema with THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES (11 MAR). Sergei Parajanov’s “celebrated masterpiece” sells out pretty much every time its shown (both Close-Up and Deeper Into Movies are fans…), so grab a ticket while you can. Whilst we’re in the former Soviet Union, we should make special mention of Kennington Bioscope’s 35mm presentation of TATJANA (11 MAR) and Pushkin House’s epic 15 hour 10th anniversary screening of PODSTROCHNIK (07 & 08 MAR – see Seasons for full details). We have an ambition to get more into long film events like this one… if you’ve got the glutes, give it a try and let us know how you got along!
In Seasons, our featured attraction of the month, HER LENS, HIS STORY, concludes at Barbican with GONE TOO FAR! (09 MAR) and THE ORPHANAGE (10 MAR), and there’s an exciting weekender of works by Taiwanese filmmaker CHEN CHIEH-JEN at Tate Modern (06 to 07 MAR). Film Festivals get busy with various mountain tours, feminist shorts and the annual ticketing frenzy of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival (12 to 20 MAR). Our pick of the bunch Cinema Made In Italy officially wraps on 09 MAR at Ciné Lumière but there’s a second chance to see Liliana Cavani’s THE NIGHT PORTER the day after (08 & 10 MAR).
Inspired by International Women’s Day, our Featured Attraction Of The Week isn’t so much a film, as a global movement, recognising the need for more films made by, with and about rockstar women. Given that she’s currently setting the Southbank on fire with her self-curated season at BFI (in collab with Isabel Stevens!), we’ve chosen Science Fiction Theatre’s rare screening of a little known Tilda Swinton title, FRIENDSHIP’S DEATH, to illustrate our theme (12 MAR at The Castle Cinema). If that doesn’t float your boat, or you’re the other side of town, we’d have no hesitation in sending you to First Film’s next showing in their unique event series: BHAJI ON THE BEACH + Short: BALCONY invites directors Gurinder Chadha and Toby Fell-Holden to talk about their inaugural works at The Ritzy (12 MAR).
See you in darkness…
Richard – Barker-In-Chief, RADIANT CIRCUS
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FILMS IN LONDON THIS WEEK
ONE-OFF MOVIE NIGHTS, FILM EVENTS & GALLERY SCREENINGS (by date/event)
Double-bill: I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF + THE NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF d. Gene Fowler Jr., 1957/Paul Naschy, 1981 + Intro at The Cinema Museum (06 MAR 18:45):
- The Gothique Film Society presents: “TEENAGE WEREWOLF: A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as a guinea pig for a serum. It doesn’t go well! NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF: An evil witch brings back to life the infamous Elizabeth Bathory, with predictably unfortunate results.”
EVERYTHING – THE REAL THING STORY d. Simon Sheridan, 2019 + Talk + Party at Genesis Cinema (06 MAR 21:00):
- Kush Film Boutique presents: “Against a backdrop of racism and political turmoil, The Real Thing were the first all-black British band to hit no.1 in the pop charts. Join the Kush Film Boutique for a special #BlackBritAndProud film party and talk, with special guests Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and host Victor Romeo Evans. Music by DJ Reggie Styles.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER d. Beniamino Barrese, 2019 at ICA (06 MAR 14:00). JUDY d. Rupert Goold, 2019 presented by Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (06 MAR 19:45). MIDNIGHT FAMILY d. Luke Lorentzen, 2019 at DocHouse (06 MAR 16:30). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (06 MAR 18:15 & 20:50). THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Soho (06 MAR 18:30). TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM d. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (06 MAR 19:00).
Essay Film Festival Prelude: THE LAW OF THE LAND aka A Lei da Terra d. Grupo Zero, 1977 + Discussion at Birkbeck Cinema (07 MAR 13:00 – FREE!):
- “Grupo Zero was one of the many film co-operatives founded right after the Portuguese Carnation Revolution, in 1974. The Law of the Land, one of the few productions by the group, follows the story of Land Reform in southern Portugal. Screening followed by discussion with Mari Paz Balibrea (Birkbeck College) and Luís Trindade (Universidade de Coimbra).”
- Followed by: GESTURES & FRAGMENTS aka Gestos & Fragmentos d. Alberto Seixas Santos, 1982 Screening followed by discussion with Luís Trindade (Universidade de Coimbra) and Pedro Ramos Pinto (Cambridge University) (07 MAR 15:30 – FREE!).
SOLIDARITY d. Lucy Parker, 2019 + Q&A with the director at The Green Nunhead (07 MAR 19:00 – FREE! but please bring a food donation for Southwark FoodBank):
- Films For Food presents: “A film about the secretive methods used against UK activists and trade unionists. In the film blacklisted construction workers and activists spied on by the police share their ongoing struggles. SOLIDARITY had its International Premiere at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in November 2019 and won the Competition for First Appearance for first time feature filmmakers.”
Tribute to Tony Conrad inc. THE FLICKER, STRAIGHT & NARROW + FILM FEEDBACK 1966-1974 16mm at Close-Up (07 MAR 18:00):
- LUX & Close-Up present: “A special screening in memory of the late-great Tony Conrad on what would have been his 80th Birthday, with a rare screening of three of his 16mm films – including his classic stroboscopic film THE FLICKER – alongside Jack Smith’s SCOTCH TAPE 16mm (1959-1962).”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AND THEN WE DANCED d. Levan Akin, 2019 Preview at The Castle Cinema (07 MAR 19:00). BIXA TRAVESTY d. Kiko Goifman & Claudia Priscilla, 2018 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (07 MAR 19:00). DIRTY DANCING d. Emile Ardolino, 1987 + Dance Class at The Fellowship & Star (07 MAR 20:00). MIDNIGHT FAMILY d. Luke Lorentzen, 2019 at DocHouse (07 MAR 14:00). MIDNIGHT FAMILY d. Luke Lorentzen, 2019 at ICA (07 MAR 14:50). MR. JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (07 MAR 13:00). Projections: Women Directors Representing Mental Illness Day Course taught by Mary Wild at Freud Museum (07 MAR 10:00). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (07 MAR 14:30, 17:15 & 20:00).
International Women’s Day Preview: THE PERFECT CANDIDATE d. Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2019 + Q&A with the director at BFI Southbank (08 MAR 17:45):
- Woman With A Movie Camera presents: “In a small Saudi town, Maryam, an overworked doctor at an under-resourced clinic, impulsively decides to run for a seat on the municipal council. She faces endless hurdles as the town’s first female candidate: she can’t directly address groups of male voters, and isn’t supposed to show her face in her campaign video. Despite this, a determined Maryam’s popularity grows…”
MISBEHAVIOUR d. Philippa Lowthorpe, 2020 + Panel Q&A with the director, Jennifer Hosten (the real-life Miss World 1970), Sue Finch, Jo Robinson, Sarah Wilson & Jane Grant from the Women’s Liberation Movement at Picturehouse Central (08 MAR 17:00):
- Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame presents: “In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend Bob Hope. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World.”
RADIOACTIVE d. Marjane Satrapi, 2019 + Satellite Q&A with the director & actor Rosamund Pike at Phoenix Cinema (08 MAR 13:30):
- “From the 1870s to the modern era, RADIOACTIVE is a journey through Marie Curie’s (Rosamund Pike) enduring legacies – her passionate relationships, scientific breakthroughs, and the consequences that followed for her and for the world. After meeting fellow scientist Pierre Curie (Sam Riley), the pair go on to marry and change the face of science forever by their discovery of radioactivity.”
- Also: Catford Mews (08 MAR 13:45); Curzon Victoria (08 MAR 13:30 – Other Curzons available!); Everyman King’s Cross (08 MAR 13:30 – Other Everymans available!); and, Olympic Studios (08 MAR 13:30).
WOMEN’S DAY d. Dolya Gavanski, 2019 + Q&A at Regent Street Cinema (08 MAR 19:00):
- “Women’s Day 1917 sparked off the first Russian Revolution, yet today it is a festival of flowers. This brilliant new documentary on Soviet women tells their story and that of the tumultuous history of Russia over the past century using extraordinary archive footage of the Soviet era and its pioneering heroines such as cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and revolutionary Alexandra Kollontai, combined with new interviews with remarkable women including Nobel Prize winning writer Svetlana Alexievich.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- Cindy Sherman Screenings presented by Deeper Into Movies at SET (08 MAR 14:00). CORPUS CHRISTI d. Jan Komasa, 2019 at Watermans (08 MAR 13:00). THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER d. Beniamino Barrese, 2019 at ICA (08 MAR 14:50). THE GOOD LIAR d. Bill Condon, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (08 MAR 18:00). International Women’s Day: THE ART OF LOVING: THE STORY OF MICHALINA WISŁOCKA d. Maria Sadowska, 2017 at Polish Social and Cultural Association (08 MAR 18:00). International Women’s Day: JULIETTE OF THE HERBS d. Juliette de Bairacli Levy, 1998 presented by Hackney Herbal at The Castle Cinema (08 MAR 11:00). International Women’s Day Preview: MISBEHAVIOUR d. Philippa Lowthorpe, 2020 + Intro with the director, producer Suzanne Mackie & special guests at BFI Southbank (08 MAR 20:30). International Women’s Day: ORANGE DAYS aka Rooz-haye Narenji d. Arash Lahooti, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (08 MAR 19:15). International Women’s Day: PAPUSZA d. Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze, 2013 at Deptford Cinema (08 MAR 19:00). International Women’s Day: SYSTEMS CRASHER d. Nora Fingscheidt, 2019 Preview at The Castle Cinema (08 MAR 16:30). I VITELLONI d. Federico Fellini, 1953 at Picturehouse Bromley (08 MAR 12:00 – Other Picturehouses available!). LITTLE WOMEN d. Great Gerwig, 2019 at Electric Cinema White City (08 MAR 14:00). RADIOACTIVE d. Marjane Satrapi, 2019 Preview at Ciné Lumière (08 MAR 16:45). THE REAL STORY OF WINNIE & NELSON MANDELA d. Kenneth Mdana, David Mesenbring, Stanley Nelson & Zwelakhe Sisulu 2016 + A WOMAN’S PLACE d. Sue Crockford, Tony Wickert & Ellen Adams, 1971 presented by London Socialist Film Co-op at Bolivar Hall (08 MAR 11:00).
CALM WITH HORSES d. Nick Rowland, 2019 + Intro by the director at BFI Southbank (09 MAR 20:40):
- “In rural Ireland, Arm, an ex-boxer, splits his time between being the hired muscle for the local drug-dealing Dever family, and trying to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son. The equilibrium of these two worlds is threatened when the Devers ask Arm to kill for the first time.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- THE APARTMENT d. Billy Wilder, 1960 presented by The Good Company Film Club at Redbridge Drama Centre (09 MAR 11:00). A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE d. Elia Kazan, 1951 at Olympic Studios (09 MAR 18:00). BACKBEAT 35mm d. Iain Softley, 1994 at The Prince Charles (09 MAR 20:45). CORPUS CHRISTI d. Jan Komasa, 2019 at Watermans (09 MAR 15:15). DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS aka Koirat Eivät Käytä Housuja d. JP Valkeapää, 2019 Preview at BFI (09 MAR 18:10). FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at DocHouse (09 MAR 18:30). THE HOST d. Bong Joon-ho, 2006 at Genesis Cinema (09 MAR 18:15). MR. JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (09 MAR 17:30). New Writings: Star Attractions: Twentieth-Century Movie Magazines and Global Fandom talk at BFI (09 MAR 18:30). NICK MASON’S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETES: LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE d. James Tonkin, 2020 + Intro by Nick Mason at Picturehouse Central (09 MAR 18:30). PLAY MISTY FOR ME d. Clint Eastwood, 1971 at Dulwich Picture Gallery (09 MAR 19:30).
CATHY COME HOME d. Ken Loach, 1966 + Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (10 MAR 18:30):
- Islington People’s Rights (IPR) presents: “To mark 50 years of tackling poverty, IPR is delighted to have organised a special screening of the BBC drama CATHY COME HOME, followed by Q&A with the film’s acclaimed director, Ken Loach. First broadcast on television in 1966, it was watched by 12 million people, and had a major impact on its audience. 54 years on, homelessness and poverty continue to be issues worthy of attention and discussion.”
CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS d. Jiri Menzel, 1966 + Q&A with Phillip Bergson at Curzon Wimbledon (10 MAR 20:30):
- Wimbledon Film Club presents: “Oscar-winning comedy-drama from Czech New Wave director and actor Jiri Menzel (LARKS ON A STRING). Set in German-occupied Czechoslovakia during WWII, a shy clerk at a village train station fails in his first attempt at making-love. Feeling inadequate and despondent, a local doctor gives him some advice and he tries again and finally succeeding with the most unlikely of candidates. This is a gentle film about innocence, sit back and be charmed.”
OLIVIA d. Jacqueline Audry, 1951 + Intro/Essay by Prof. Emma Wilson at Regent Street Cinema (10 MAR 19:30):
- Another Gaze presents: “Seventy years on, Jacqueline Audry’s romantic period piece remains a landmark of lesbian representation long overdue for rediscovery. Set in a 19th century French finishing school, new English boarder Olivia (Marie-Claire Olivia) quickly finds herself hot for her teacher—the migraine-prone Mademoiselle Clara (Simone Simon)—and her headmistress, Mademoiselle Julie (Edwige Feuillere). Lace and repressed lust abound.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD d. Marielle Heller, 2019 at Olympic Studios (10 MAR 17:40). ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR d. Xan Aranda, 2011 presented by Deeper Into Movies at The Empire Bar (10 MAR 19:30 – FREE!). BACURAU d. Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles, 2019 Preview at The Castle Cinema (10 MAR 21:00). CALM WITH HORSES d. Nick Rowland, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Bloomsbury (10 MAR 18:15). CORPUS CHRISTI d. Jan Komasa, 2019 at Watermans (10 MAR 20:45). FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at DocHouse (10 MAR 16:30). HIDDEN FIGURES d. Theodore Melfi, 2016 for International Women’s Day at Blackfriars Settlement (10 MAR 18:30 – FREE!). HIDDEN FIGURES d. Theodore Melfi, 2016 at TT Liquor (10 MAR 18:30). Klaus Lutz: Performances for Screens at BFI (10 MAR 18:20). MACHETE d. Ethan Maniquis & Robert Rodriguez, 2010 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Peckham Levels (10 MAR 19:30 – FREE!). MIDNIGHT FAMILY d. Luke Lorentzen, 2019 at DocHouse (10 MAR 20:50). MR DEEDS GOES TO TOWN d. Frank Capra, 1936 at Sands Films (10 MAR 20:00 – FREE!). NICK MASON’S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETES: LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE d. James Tonkin, 2020 + Q&A with Nick Mason & the band at Barbican (10 MAR 20:35). NICK MASON’S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETES: LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE d. James Tonkin, 2020 + Q&A with Nick Mason & the band at Olympic Studios (10 MAR 20:50). QUEZON’S GAME d. Matthew Rosen, 2020 at JW3 (10 MAR 20:00). ROME, OPEN CITY d. Roberto Rossellini, 1945 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (10 MAR 20:00). UNCUT GEMS d. Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, 2019 at The David Lean (10 MAR 19:30). WATERLOO BRIDGE 35mm d. James Whale, 1931 + Intro & Raffle at The Cinema Museum (10 MAR 19:30). WATERLOO BRIDGE 35mm d. James Whale, 1931 + Intro & Raffle at The Cinema Museum (10 MAR 19:30). YES MINISTER at 40: PARTY GAMES + Jonathan Lynn in Conversation at BFI (10 MAR 18:10).
Charlotte Prodger: Triple Bill + Intro by the artist & Erika Balsom at Tate Modern (11 MAR 18:30):
- “2018 Turner Prize winner Charlotte Prodger joins us to present, together for the first time, a trilogy of films that confront complex questions of identity and queerness. Includes: STONEYMOLLAN TRAIL (2015), BRIDGIT (2016), and SAF05 (2019). The screening is accompanied by an essay about the work, written by artist Helen Marten.”
CUNNINGHAM 3D d. Alla Kovgan, 2019 + Q&A with the director, Philip Selway (Radiohead), Siobhan Davies & Alastair Macaulay at Barbican (11 MAR 18:30):
- “A beautiful documentary about the legendary American choreographer, Merce Cunningham. Orchestrated through his iconic works and performed by the last generation of his dancers, the film traces Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972). 3D technology weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories.”
TATJANA 35mm d. Robert Dinesen, 1923 + Intro by Michelle Facey & Live Piano Accompaniment by John Sweeney at The Cinema Museum (11 MAR 19:30):
- Kennington Bioscope presents: “Another find from the BFI archive on 35mm film – Robert Dinesen’s 1923 UFA Super-Production TATJANA, produced by Erich Pommer. We will be showing the British release print of the film from 1927 which was retitled as He Who Covets. A tale of Russia, the Bolshevik uprising and revolution in a rural setting, entwined with a story of desire and deception. “
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE d. Elia Kazan, 1951 at Curzon Aldgate (11 MAR 18:20 – Other Curzons available!). THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES d. Sergei Parajanov, 1969 presented by No Bollox Film Club at The Castle Cinema (11 MAR 19:00). ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA d. Francis Annan, 2020 + Q&A with the director & actor Ian Hart at Genesis Cinema (11 MAR 18:15). FREAKED d. Tom Stern & Alex Winter, 1993 + Q&A with the directors (Alex Winter via Skype) presented by Mondo at The Prince Charles (11 MAR 20:45). Fringe! Shorts: I Know Places Short Film Programme at Colours Hoxton (11 MAR 19:00 – Pay-What-You-Decide). THE GREAT BUSTER d. Peter Bogdanovich, 2018 + Intro/Q&A with Paul Merton at Picturehouse Central (11 MAR 18:30). I COULD GO ON SINGING 35mm d. Ronald Neame, 1963 at Regent Street Cinema (11 MAR 12:00 & 15:30). JIHAD JANE d. Ciaran Cassidy, 2019 + Panel Discussion at Curzon Soho (11 MAR 18:30). JUDY d. Rupert Goold, 2019 presented by Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (11 MAR 19:45). MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION 35mm d. Douglas Sirk, 1954 + Intro by Prof. Dr Barbara Flueckiger at BFI Southbank (11 MAR 18:10). MONSIGNOR QUIXOTE d. Rodney Bennett, 1971 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church, Ealing (11 MAR 20:15). MR. JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (11 MAR 18:05). OUTSIDE THE CITY d. Nick Hamer, 2019 + Q&A at Phoenix Cinema (11 MAR 20:30). THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD d. Armando Iannucci, 2019 at The David Lean (11 MAR 14:30 HOH). THE ROOM d. Tommy Wiseau, 2003 at The Prince Charles (12 MAR 21:00). SHOW ME THE PICTURE: THE STORY OF JIM MARSHALL d. Alfred George Bailey, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (11 MAR 20:30). Tales Of The Silk Road – Chapter 4: Jordan Short Film Programme presented by Shorts On Tap & Bagri Foundation at Rich Mix (11 MAR 19:00). TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM d. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019 at JW3 (11 MAR 20:30).
BHAJI ON THE BEACH + Short: BALCONY d. Gurinder Chadha/Toby Fell-Holden, 1993/2015 + Q&A with the directors at The Ritzy (12 MAR 19:30):
- First Film Club presents: “Gurinder Chadha’s debut BHAJI ON THE BEACH, plus Toby Fell-Holden’s award-winning short film BALCONY. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors, who will discuss their creative process, the struggles and successes that come with the art of filmmaking, and what happens after the all-important debut.”
FRIENDSHIP’S DEATH d. Peter Wollen, 1987 + Talk: “Morbid Symptoms” by Prof Laleh Khalili at The Castle Cinema (12 MAR 19:00):
- Science Fiction Theatre presents: “When an extra-terrestrial peace envoy named Friendship (Tilda Swinton) is sent on a mission to Earth, she misses her intended destination of MIT and lands in Amman, Jordan, during a conflict between the Jordanian Armed Forces and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Trapped inside a hotel, Friendship meets British war correspondent Sullivan (Bill Paterson), and the pair begin a series of touching and insightful conversations on the human condition…”
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM d. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019 + Panel Q&A at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (12 MAR 19:30):
- gal-dem presents: “The film offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel Prize winner – from her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ’70s era book tours with Muhammad Ali – from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room. Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.”
- Also: TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM d. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019 + Panel Q&A presented by Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame at DocHouse (12 MAR 18:20).
More films in London today (A – Z):
- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE d. Elia Kazan, 1951 at Olympic Studios (12 MAR 14:30). CUNNINGHAM d. Alla Kovgan, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Mayfair (12 MAR 18:30). Golems, Dybbuks & other Movie Monsters: The Search for a Jewish Horror Film Talk by Mikel J Koven presented by Miskatonic Institute at the Swedenborg Society (12 MAR 19:00). HONEY BOY d. Alma Har’el, 2019 at The David Lean (12 MAR 14:30 & 19:30). JIHAD JANE d. Ciaran Cassidy, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (12 MAR 20:50). MIDNIGHT FAMILY d. Luke Lorentzen, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (12 MAR 17:40). THE ROOM d. Tommy Wiseau, 2003 at The Prince Charles (12 MAR 21:00). THIS IS SPINAL TAP d. Rob Reiner, 1984 presented by Stow Film Lounge at Signature Brew (12 MAR 19:30). TOURIST TRAP d. David Schmoeller, 1979 presented by Terror Vision at BFI (12 MAR 20:50). THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG d. Justin Kurzel, 2019 + Intro by actor George MacKay at Olympic Studios (12 MAR 20:30). WITHNAIL & I Bruce Robinson, 1987 presented by Truman’s at Genesis Cinema (12 MAR 21:00 – with a free pint of something Truman’s).
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MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1
SEASONS (by event/date)
1999 – 2019: EXPLORING 20 YEARS OF SCI-FI at The Prince Charles (2020):
- COLOR OUT OF SPACE d. Richard Stanley, 2019 (until 12 MAR/Check venue to details); ANNIHILATION d. Alex Garland, 2018 (08 MAR 18:05); and, THE HOST d. Bong Joon-ho, 2006 (10 MAR 20:45).
AFRICAN IDENTITIES REBORN at DocHouse (31 JAN to 06 MAR):
- MALI BLUES d. Lutz Gregor, 2017 (06 MAR 20:50).
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- JOHN WICK TRILOGY 3 Films, 1 Ticket (06 MAR 18:20).
AMAZING GRACE at Regent Street Cinema (MAR to APR):
- DIAL M FOR MURDER d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954 (08 MAR 14:00).
AMERICAN NEW WAVE at The Prince Charles (2020):
- COOL HAND LUKE d. Stuart Rosenberg, 1967 (07 MAR 15:00).
BÉLA TARR at Deptford Cinema (13 FEB to 30 MAR):
- WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES d. Béla Tarr, 2000 (12 MAR 19:30).
BEST OF 2019 at Ciné Lumière (FEB to MAR):
- AMAZING GRACE d. Allan Elliott and Sydney Pollack, 2019 (07 MAR 18:15); and, ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 (07 MAR 20:15).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: MAN VS NATURE at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- STROMBOLI aka Stromboli, terra di Dio d. Roberto Rossellini, 1950 (06 MAR 17:50); LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 4K d. David Lean, 1962 (07 MAR 18:30); JAWS d. Steven Spielberg, 1975 (09 MAR 18:00); THE SHINING 4K d. Stanley Kubrick, 1980 (10 MAR 20:15); A ZED & TWO NOUGHTS d. Peter Greenaway, 1985 + Intro by Justin Johnson (11 MAR 18:15); and, DELIVERANCE d. John Boorman, 1972 (12 MAR 20:45).
CHEN CHIEH-JEN: REVERBERATIONS at Tate Modern (02 to 07 MAR)
- FACTORY + THE ROUTE 35mm d. Chen Chieh-jen, 2003/2006 (06 MAR 19:00); Masterclass (07 MAR 14:00); and, REALM OF REVERBERATIONS + WIND SONGS d. Chen Chieh-jen, 2014/2015 (07 MAR 17:00).
THE CINEMA OF JESSICA HAUSNER at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- New Releases: LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 (06 MAR 20:50 / 10 MAR 18:15 / 11 MAR 20:40).
CLOSE UP: CÉLINE SCIAMMA at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- TOMBOY d. Céline Sciamma, 2011 (08 MAR 18:20); GIRLHOOD aka Bande de filles d. Céline Sciamma, 2014 (08 MAR 20:25); and, WATER LILLIES 35mm aka Naissance des Pieuvres d. Céline Sciamma, 2007 (11 MAR 20:50).
- New Releases: PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 (until 12 MAR).
- Talks: Critics’ Salon: PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (10 MAR 20:30).
DAVID LYNCH at Deptford Cinema (FEB to JUN):
- INLAND EMPIRE d. David Lynch, 2006 (07 MAR 19:00).
DIRECTED BY WOMEN at Deptford Cinema (2020):
- VAGABOND d. Agnès Varda, 1985 (08 MAR 14:30); and, PAPUSZA d. Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze, 2013 for International Women’s Day (08 MAR 19:00).
ELIA KAZAN: THE ACTORS’ DIRECTOR at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- THE VISITORS 35mm d. Elia Kazan, 1972 (06 MAR 21:00); THE ARRANGEMENT 35mm d. Elia Kazan, 1969 (09 MAR 20:30); WILD RIVER d. Elia Kazan, 1960 (10 MAR 20:45); and, SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS 35mm d. Elia Kazan, 1961 (11 MAR 20:30).
ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up (DEC to MAR):
- THEOREM d. Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968 (06 MAR 20:45); THE HOUSEMAID d. Kim Ki-young, 1960 (07 MAR 20:00); THE LEOPARD d. Luchino Visconti, 1963 (08 MAR 19:00); THE SERVANT d. Joseph Losey, 1963 (09 MAR 20:15); PLEIN SOLEIL d. René Clément, 1960 (10 MAR 20:15); THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES d. Sergei Parajanov, 1969 (11 MAR 21:00); and, FUNNY GAMES d. Michael Haneke, 1997 (12 MAR 20:15).
HER LENS, HIS STORY: FEMALE DIRECTORS & MASCULINITIES at Barbican (26 FEB to 10 MAR):
- GONE TOO FAR! d. Destiny Ekaragha, 2013 + Intro by the director (09 MAR 18:30); and, THE ORPHANAGE d. Shahrbanoo Sadat, 2019 + Intro by Elhum Shakerifar (10 MAR 18:30).
IN FOCUS: PEDRO COSTA at ICA (03 to 15 MAR):
- VITALINA VARELA d. Pedro Costa, 2019 + Intro by the director (06 MAR 18:30); BONES 35mm aka Ossos d. Pedro Costa, 1997 + Q&A with the director (07 MAR 16:30); and, IN VANDA’S ROOM aka No Quarto da Vanda d. Pedro Costa, 2000 (08 MAR 15:20).
IS THIS YESTERDAY? at Deptford Cinema (12 FEB to 08 APR):
- THEM! d. Gordon Douglas, 1954 (11 MAR 19:30).
JACK LEMMON IN… at Regent Street Cinema (MAR to APR):
- DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES d. Blake Edwards, 1962 (08 MAR 16:15).
JOHN CASSAVETES IN 35MM at The Prince Charles (JAN to MAR):
- OPENING NIGHT 35mm d. John Cassavetes, 1977 (08 MAR 20:45).
JOIN THE #BONGHIVE at The Prince Charles (JAN to MAR):
- THE HOST d. Bong Joon-ho, 2006 (10 MAR 20:45).
LATE NIGHTS SEASON – NICOLAS CAGE at Everyman Screen On The Green (FEB to MAR):
- FACE/OFF d. John Woo, 1997 (07 MAR 23:30).
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (06 MAR to 24 APR):
- UNDER MILK WOOD d. Andrew Sinclair, 1971 (06 MAR 19:30).
PODSTROCHNIK 10th Anniversary Screening, Discussion & Lecture at Pushkin House (07 to 08 MAR – Check venue for schedule):
- Pushkin House and Stage Russia HD present: “A marathon screening of the 15-part award-winning documentary series directed by Oleg Dorman, with an English translation and subtitles by noted translator, Anna Zakhayeva. The series will be shown over two days, with introductions and Q&As from the director Oleg Dorman and translator Anna Zakharyeva.”
RIGHTS AT RISK: YESTERDAY / TOMORROW at DocHouse (FEB to MAR):
- PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 (until 12 MAR/Check venue for details).
ROBERT EGGERS at The Prince Charles (FEB to MAR):
- THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 (until 12 MAR).
TILDA SWINTON at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- JULIA 35mm d. Eric Zonca, 2008 (06 MAR 20:15); MICHAEL CLAYTON d. Tony Gilroy, 2007 (07 MAR 18:00); I AM LOVE aka Io sono l’amore d. Luca Guadagnino, 2009 (07 MAR 20:40); CARAVAGGIO d. Derek Jarman, 1986 (07 MAR 21:00); ORLANDO d. Sally Potter, 1992 (08 MAR 20:20); MAN TO MAN d. John Maybury, 1992 + Short: CAPRICE d. Joanna Hogg, 1986 (09 MAR 20:50); The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger Screenings + Discussion (11 MAR 18:20); and, THE GARDEN d. Derek Jarman, 1990 + Intro by Tilda Swinton (12 MAR 18:15).
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH at DocHouse (MAR):
- TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM d. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019 (06 to 11 MAR); and, WOMEN’S DAY d. Dolya Gavanski, 2019 (08 MAR 15:55).
WOMEN IN FILM at House Of Vans (08 to 29 MAR – FREE!/No booking required):
- FRIDA d. Julie Taymor, 2002 (08 MAR 15:00 & 17:30 – FREE!); and, THE HELP d. Tate Taylor, 2011 (12 MAR 17:00 – FREE!).
> FULL SEASON DETAILS in our epic monthly roundup [MARCH].
MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2
FILM FESTIVALS (by event)
Film festivals in London this week include:
- Actors East Film Festival (06 MAR).
- Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) Festival (08 MAR).
- Banff Mountain Film Festival (10 to 23 MAR).
- Black Creators Matter: Short Movie Festival (12 MAR).
- Cinema Made In Italy (04 to 10 MAR).
- Crystal Palace International Film Festival (05 to 28 MAR).
- Deptford Cinema Film Festival (07 MAR).
- Feminista Film Festival UK Tour (various London dates).
- Human Rights Watch Film Festival (12 to 20 MAR).
- Kendal Mountain Festival UK Tour (11 MAR).
- London Independent Film Festival (13 to 22 MAR).
- The People’s Film Festival (06 to 07 MAR).
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REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM d. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (06 to 12 MAR):
- “An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel Prize winner – from her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ’70s era book tours with Muhammad Ali – from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room. Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.”
VITALINA VARELA d. Pedro Costa, 2019 at Barbican (06 to 11 MAR):
- “The latest film from Pedro Costa, which follows a Cape Verdean woman left behind when her husband leaves to find work in Portugal. Years later, the titular Vitalina finally makes the journey to Lisbon herself but arrives three days after her husband’s funeral.”
WOMEN’S DAY d. Dolya Gavanski, 2019 at DocHouse (08 to 12 MAR):
- “As an actress in London, director Dolya Gavanski has played a dizzying array of Russian stereotypes from spies to prostitutes and oligarchs’ wives. But the women she remembered from her Soviet days were different. Gavanski sets out to hear the stories of the women who shaped the narrative of 20th century USSR, including the Nobel Prize for Literature winning author Svetlana Alexievich, internet sensation Elena Krygina and exiled feminist dissident Natalya Malakhovskaya.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- COLOR OUT OF SPACE d. Richard Stanley, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 12 MAR). DARK WATERS d. Todd Haynes, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 12 MAR). EMMA d. Autumn de Wilde, 2020 at Catford Mews (until 12 MAR). ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA d. Francis Annan, 2020 at JW3 (06 to 12 MAR). THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (09 to 15 MAR). THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 12 MAR). LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 at ICA (06 to 12 MAR). PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 12 MAR). PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 12 MAR). PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 12 MAR). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 12 MAR). THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG d. Justin Kurzel, 2019 at Catford Mews (06 to 12 MAR). WAITING FOR ANYA d. Ben Cookson, 2019 presented by UKJF at JW3 (until 12 MAR).
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