SCREEN GUIDE: Films in London this week [09 to 15 NOV 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 great films in London this week*.


FRI 09 // SAT 10 // SUN 11 // MON 12 // TUE 13 // WED 14 // THU 15


Featured attraction: THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St. Barnabas Millennium Halls (11 NOV 21:30 – Free! Supper available from 20:00 for £5): “The film is a triumph, both technically and emotionally. We may still not know exactly what it was like to fight in World War I (and hopefully we never will), but THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD gets us closer than ever before, and shows us how much these men sacrificed. One hundred years on, it’s a lesson well worth remembering.” – Jonathan Pile, Empire Magazine.


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Find films in London this week by: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off attractions) // MUSEUM SHOWS (several exhibits under one roof – seasons & festivals) // GRIND SHOWS (a selection of regular runs).


FILMS IN LONDON THIS WEEK

SINGLE-O EXHIBITS

ONE-OFF MOVIE NIGHTS, FILM EVENTS & GALLERY SCREENINGS (by date/event)

FRI 09

Films in London this week: JAILHOUSE ROCK at The Trades Hall (09 NOV).
Films in London this week: JAILHOUSE ROCK at The Trades Hall (09 NOV).

JAILHOUSE ROCK + 50/60s Karaoke + DJ Slick Nick at The Trades Hall (09 NOV 19:00):

  • Stow Film Lounge presents: a unique blend of film, vintage karaoke and dancing, all in one event. What better venue for this but the authentic Trades Hall in Walthamstow. So come along and be entertained as well as being part of the entertainment.

More films in London today (A – Z): CHINATOWN at BFI (09 NOV 20:40). STEP BROTHERS 35mm at The Prince Charles (09 NOV 18:40). THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD at ICA (09 NOV 13:00). THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD + RECORDED Q&A at Peckhamplex (09 NOV 18:00). TULLY presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (09 NOV 19:45). UNTOUCHABLE at Ink@84 (09 NOV 19:30).


SAT 10

Films in London this week: THE DOG ISN'T AFRAID OF FIREWORKS at ICA (10 NOV).
Films in London this week: THE DOG ISN’T AFRAID OF FIREWORKS at ICA (10 NOV).

Circus Life: Circus On Screen at Birkbeck Cinema (10 NOV 14:00 – Free!):

  • This special programme of circus-themed films includes a number of short “back stage” documentary pieces about circus life, followed by a 90th anniversary screening of Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 silent classic THE CIRCUS, for which he received a Special Academy Award.

THE DOG ISN’T AFRAID OF FIREWORKS + LAINDON at ICA (10 NOV 18:00):

  • Artists’ Film Club presents: Recent works commissioned by the ICA: Basildon-born artist Marianne Murray’s humorous comment on failed new-town ideals takes the now defunct Laindon Shopping Centre as its subject in LAINDON. Jaf Yusuf’s THE DOG ISN’T AFRAID OF FIREWORKS continues his investigation of place and architecture using 3D animation techniques.

MAGIC MEDICINE + Q&A with director Monty Wates & Dr Robin Carhart-Harris at Rio Cinema (10 NOV 15:30):

  • Over 4 years, filmmaker Monty Wates was given exclusive access to the first ever medical trial to give psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms) to a group of volunteers suffering from clinical depression.

NOSFERATU (1922) + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Aubrey Jackson-Blake & Dan Tye at Phoenix Cinema (10 NOV 22:30):

  • F W Murnau’s 1922 classic with live multi-instrumental score from Aubrey Jackson-Blake (sythesisers and sound manipulation) and Dan Tye (double bass).

More films in London today (A – Z): AKIRA at The Prince Charles (10 NOV 17:55). An Oceanic Feeling: Cinema and the Sea book launch + screening (10 NOV 18:00). EXPLODING CINEMA short film programme at The Cinema Museum (10 NOV 19:00). THE GUARDIANS at The David Lean (10 NOV 14:30). KISS ME DEADLY at BFI (10 NOV 18:30). THE MAN FROM MO’WAX + Q&A with James Lavelle & filmmakers Matthew Jones & M J McMahon at ArtHouse (10 NOV 19:00). MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (10 NOV 19:00).  PADDINGTON 2 presented by Stow Film Lounge at CentrE17 (10 NOV 10:30). THE POET WHO LOVED THE WAR: Ivor Gurney Film at Barbican (10 NOV 10:45). THE RED SHOES 35mm at The Prince Charles (10 NOV 15:20). THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD + RECORDED Q&A at Phoenix Cinema (10 NOV 14:45). THE WIPERS TIMES presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St. Barnabas Millennium Halls (10 NOV 20:00).


SUN 11

Films in London this week: THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED at ArtHouse (11 NOV).
Films in London this week: THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED at ArtHouse (11 NOV).

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED + LIVE SCORE by Sam Enthoven & Arkadiusz Potyka at ArtHouse (11 NOV 15:45):

  • The oldest surviving animated feature film. For three years, 1923 to 1926 – German director Lottie Reiniger and just a few other animators used cutouts and lightboxes painstakingly to produce a dreamlike silhouette-based look that works perfectly with the film’s fairytale 1001 Nights storytelling. The result is wildly inventive and enormous fun.

BRITTEN NOCTURNE + INTRO by Tony Palmer at Barbican (11 NOV 15:00):

  • Tony Palmer’s 2013 documentary explores Benjamin Britten’s life, music and commitment to pacifism against the backdrop of two world wars in the twentieth century – perhaps the bloodiest century in human history.

WHAT IS DEMOCRACY + DISCUSSION with director Astra Taylor and anthropologist David Graeber at ICA (11 NOV 16:00):

  • Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents to deliver an analysis of democracy on a collision course with capitalism.

WILDLIFE + Q&A with Carey Mulligan at Curzon Bloomsbury (11 NOV 14:45):

  • Paul Dano moves behind the camera for his directorial debut, starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. His nuanced adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel features outstanding performances by its leads.
  • Also with EXTENDED INTRO by Carey Mulligan at the same venue (11 NOV 17:45).

More films in London today (A – Z): BEAU TRAVAIL 35mm at BFI (11 NOV 20:20). THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD 35mm at The Prince Charles (11 NOV 17:45). CLOSING GAMBIT at The Prince Charles (11 NOV 18:30). DUNKIRK presented by Stow Film Lounge at CentrE17 (11 NOV 14:15). IO SONO TEMPESTA presented by CinemaItaliaUK at Genesis Cinema (11 NOV 15:30). MAGIC MEDICINE at The Castle Cinema (11 NOV 15:45). MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS at Stratford Picturehouse (11 NOV 13:00 – Other Picturehouses available). NUREYEV: ALL THE WORLD HIS STAGE at DocHouse (11 NOV 20:45). REINVENTING MARVIN at Whirled Cinema (11 NOV 18:00). THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St. Barnabas Millennium Halls (11 NOV 21:30 – Free! Supper available from 20:00 for £5). UTØYA – JULY 22 at ICA (11 NOV 16:30).


MON 12

Films in London this week: SPEED RACER at The Prince Charles (12 NOV).
Films in London this week: SPEED RACER at The Prince Charles (12 NOV).

BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA + INTRO by Josh Saco at The Lexi Cinema (12 NOV 18:30):

  • Francis Ford Coppola’s lurid, trangressive and achingly romantic take on the Dracula legend takes equal inspiration from Dario Argento and Gustav Klimt. The result is weird, wild and unforgettable.

SPEED RACER 35mm + INTRO by The Celluloid Sorceress at The Prince Charles (12 NOV 20:35):

  • Born into a family race car business, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is one of the track’s hottest stars. At the wheel of his Mach 5 he consistently deflates the competition. When Speed turns down an offer from the head of Royalton Industries he uncovers a secret: powerful moguls fix the races to boost profits.

More films in London today (A – Z): THE FOG (1980) at Picturehouse Central (12 NOV 21:10 – Other Picturehouses available). MAGIC MEDICINE at The Castle Cinema (12 NOV 19:00). THEOREM at BFI (12 NOV 18:30). WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT at The Prince Charles (12 NOV 18:15).


TUE 13

Films in London this week: MAGIC MEDICINE at The Castle Cinema (13 NOV).
Films in London this week: MAGIC MEDICINE at The Castle Cinema (13 NOV).

AN EVENING WITH THE SCALA CINEMA with Stephen Woolley & Jane Giles at The Cinema Museum (13 Nov 19:30):

  • Come and relive the glory days of the much-missed Scala Cinema, doyen of the 1980s London rep cinema circuit. It was London’s legendary repertory cinema, which specialised in daily changing double-bills of psychotronic movies; horror; Kung Fu; LGBT+; animations and experimental films alongside the usual classics.

MAGIC MEDICINE + Q&A with director Monty Wates & exec producer Lizzie Gillett at The Castle Cinema (13 NOV 19:00):

  • Over 4 years, filmmaker Monty Wates was given exclusive access to the first ever medical trial to give psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms) to a group of volunteers suffering from clinical depression.
  • MAGIC MEDICINE also screens 11 NOV 15:45 & 12 NOV 19:00 without Q&A.

More films in London today (A – Z): ACE IN THE HOLE at BFI (13 NOV 20:50). AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN + RECORDED Q&A with writer/director Jim Hosking & co-writer David Wike at Genesis Cinema (13 NOV 21:10). BEYOND THE MAT + LIVE WrestleRamble presented by WrestleTalk at The Prince Charles (13 NOV 20:30). THE FENCER presented by Richmond Film Club at The Exchange (13 NOV 20:00). FLIRTING WITH DISASTER presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (13 NOV 20:00). QUEEN OF THE DAMNED 35mm at The Prince Charles (13 NOV 18:35). SUSPIRIA (2018) at Picturehouse Central (13 NOV 18:15 – Other Picturehouses available). TEHRAN TABOO at The David Lean (13 NOV 19:30).


WED 14

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: BIGGER THAN LIFE at BFI (14 NOV).
Films in London this week: BIGGER THAN LIFE at BFI (14 NOV).

THE ASCENT + UMWEG at ICA (14 NOV 18:45):

  • The Machine That Kills Bad People presents: two rarely seen black and white, 35mm and 16mm films. Larisa Shepitko’s feature THE ASCENT, set in the Eastern front forests of Belorussia during the second world war, is paired with Ute Aurand and Ulrike Pfeiffer’s UMWEG, a travelogue through 1980s West Germany.

BIGGER THAN LIFE 35mm + INTRO by Geoff Andrew at BFI Southbank (14 NOV 18:10):

  • Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece boasts a superb performance by James Mason as the middle-aged, middle-class, mild-mannered teacher who is transformed, by the cortisone prescribed for a potentially fatal medical condition, into a domineering and arrogant egomaniac who tyrannises his family.

MELANCHOLIA + PRESENTATION by Valerio Lucarini at Barbican (13 NOV 18:30):

  • This edition of Science on Screen revisits Lars von Trier’s profound, visceral vision of depression and destruction. The presentation will focus on the challenges of prediction in the vicinity of critical transitions, and how this is reflected in the film.

THIS ACTION LIES + INTRO/Q&A with James N. Kienitz Wilkins at Tate Modern (14 NOV 18:30):

  • Artist and filmmaker James N. Kienitz Wilkins presents the UK premiere of his new short film THIS ACTION LIES, screened alongside his 2017 work, MEDIUMS. Both films explore themes of language, performance and media technologies.

THE WHISPERING CHORUS (1918) + INTRO & LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT at The Cinema Museum (14 NOV 19:30):

  • Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, the main feature is an intense film that really packs a wallop. The gorgeous, moody lighting, the dark, uncompromising view of humanity and the distinctly unsympathetic protagonist make this a sort of proto-proto-noir. The first half of the programme will include a surprise British short introduced by Kate Hay of the V&A.

More films in London today (A – Z): APOSTASY presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (14 NOV 19:45). Beyond the Body: Orlando Issue 03 Launch Party at The Horse Hospital (14 NOV 19:00). BLOOD FEAST presented by Crap Film Club at Queen Of Hoxton (14 NOV 19:00 – change of venue!). MAGIC MEDICINE + Q&A with director Monty Wates at DocHouse (14 NOV 18:30). WONDERMAN at Regent Street Cinema (14 NOV 12:00 & 15:30).


THU 15

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: STREET TRASH at Deptford Cinema (15 NOV).
Films in London this week: STREET TRASH at Deptford Cinema (15 NOV).

INSIDE THE MOSSAD + Q&A with Duki Dror & Ram Ben-Barak at Regent Street Cinema (15 NOV 20:30):

  • Like the CIA and MI6, Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, has spawned many myths since its foundation in 1950. The tales behind its top secret operations have been the basis for books and films that, in turn, have fed the imagination of fans of conspiracy theories the world over.

Nova Nights: EPISODE #15 – Cinematic HIGH Weirdness with Matthias Von Braun & Eliot Edge at The Horse Hospital (15 NOV 19:00):

  • Billy Chainsaw presents an Exclusive screening of 2 avant-garde horror films by Eliott Edge plus 3 dark surrealist films by Matthias Von Braun, followed by an interview between the director and Billy Chainsaw.

Sick Monday: STREET TRASH + Artists’ Short Films at Deptford Cinema (15 NOV 19:30):

  • Six short video works, followed by a screening of James M. Muro’s melt movie classic. Artists include: Antoine Catala, Sophie Carapetian, Dean Kenning, Beagles & Ramsay, Lee Holden & Josephine Wood and John Russell.

More films in London today (A – Z): IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER 35mm aka A Midwinter’s Tale at BFI (15 NOV 20:40). JOURNEY TO ITALY aka Viaggio in Italia at BFI (15 NOV 18:40). Open Screenings artists’ short films at The Whitechapel Gallery (15 NOV 17:00). THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE 35mm at The Prince Charles (15 NOV 18:10). STOP PLAY RECORD short films presented by Chisenhale Gallery at Genesis Cinema (15 NOV 18:20). SUSPIRIA (2018) at Rio Cinema (15 NOV 20:15). THE WIFE at The David Lean (15 NOV 14:30 – subtitled for those with hearing loss).


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1

SEASONS (by event/venue)

Films in London this week: SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM at Close-Up, part of NEVER FOUND (07 to 15 NOV).
Films in London this week: SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM at Close-Up, part of NEVER FOUND (15 NOV).

14-18 ARMISTICE CENTENARY at Ciné Lumière (10 to 23 NOV):

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

  • Bringing regular 70mm presentations back to the West End. Includes: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm new ‘unrestored’ print (15 NOV 20:15).

CINÉ LUMIÈRE 20TH ANNIVERSARY at Ciné Lumière (until 28 NOV):

  • Ciné Lumière celebrates its 20th anniversary in style with a series of festive screenings. Includes: SINK OR SWIM (09 NOV 18:20); and, CYRANO DE BERGERAC + Q&A with director Jean-Paul Rappeneau (14 NOV 19:30).

CINEMA CLUB SELECTION at Electric Cinema Portobello (until 25 NOV):

  • Bringing back some cinematic classics to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Electric Cinema Club. Includes: PERFORMANCE (11 NOV 14:00).
  • Discover more about the history of the Electric Cinema Club.

CLOSE-UP ON INGMAR BERGMAN at Close-Up (02 NOV to 30 DEC):

  • One of the most revelatory voices to emerge from the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema, Ingmar Bergman was a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. Includes: SUMMER WITH MONIKA (10 NOV 17:30); WILD STRAWBERRIES (11 NOV 17:30); and, PERSONA (12 NOV 20:15).

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: CHRISTMAS aka Navidad (12 NOV 20:45); and, A FANTASTIC WOMAN (14 NOV 20:40).

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

FRANKENSTEIN FOREVER at Deptford Cinema (02 to 30 NOV):

  • A celebration of the cinematic legacy of Mary Shelley’s novel featuring some of the weirdest, wackiest and most bizarre films inspired by Shelley’s imagination. Includes: FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND (09 NOV 19:00).
  • Also MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN with DC Book & Film Club (11 NOV 14:30).

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

JEAN COCTEAU RETROSPECTIVE at Ciné Lumière (until 18 NOV):

KICK-ASS 80S COMEDIES at House of Vans (09 NOV to 02 DEC – Free! / No booking required):

  • Celebrating the 80s, a golden era that shaped a generation by delivering the most incredible cult-comedies. Includes: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? (11 NOV 14:00 & 16:00).

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (NOV to DEC):

MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: THE FILMS OF ROSS HUNTER at The Cinema Museum (08 NOV to 20 DEC):

  • Seán McGovern presents: Ross Hunter, at one time, was a force in Hollywood. “A Ross Hunter Production” had certain hallmarks: a campy, sometimes manic sensibility, overwrought emotion and high-octane melodrama. But Ross Hunter has largely been forgotten. Until now… Includes: ALL I DESIRE (15 NOV 19:30).

NEVER FOUND: ALTERNATE HISTORIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY at Close-Up (07 to 15 NOV):

  • Francesco Maria Carreri presents a four-part programme of films that use the technique of found footage to retell the history of the 20th century. Includes: IMAGES OF THE WORLD (14 NOV 20:15); and, SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM (15 NOV 20:15).

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

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

THE STATE OF THE UNION at DocHouse (09 to 18 NOV):

  • Looking at life in America now. Includes: TIME FOR ILHAN (09 NOV 18:30 / 10 NOV 16:30 / 11 NOV 18:45).

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

  • Legendary films from the greatest animation house on the planet. Includes: ARRIETTY (11 NOV 13:30).
  • The English Dubs are also screening if you need them (tickets £4).

UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND at The Prince Charles (10 NOV to 18 NOV):

  • A season of films highlighting the underground Canadian cinema of the 90s and introducing rarely-screened titles to London audiences, celebrating the weird underbelly of Toronto and beyond. Includes: ZERO PATIENCE (10 NOV 13:00).

WORLD WAR ONE: REGENERATIONS II at BFI Southbank (NOV):


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2

FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)

Films in London this week: M/M at The Castle, part of Fringe! (15 NOV).
Films in London this week: M/M at The Castle, part of Fringe! (15 NOV).

Film festivals in London this week include:


GRIND SHOWS

REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)

Films in London this week: MAKE ME UP at ICA (09 to 14 NOV).
Films in London this week: MAKE ME UP at ICA (09 to 14 NOV).

MAKE ME UP at ICA (09 to 14 NOV):

  • Multimedia artist Rachel Maclean’s ambitious film unfurls in a seductive and dangerous world where surveillance, violence and submission are a normalised part of daily life. In saccharine pastels, this darkly comic film exposes the heteropatriarchal ideologies embedded in prevailing narratives of gender and beauty.

THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING at DocHouse (09 to 15 NOV):

  • In Belgrade, an apartment is divided in two by a door, which has been permanently locked for over 70 years. The apartment, which was divided on the order of Yugoslavia’s then communist government, is where director Mila Turajlic’s mother was born, and where Mila grew up herself.

WIDOWS at ArtHouse Crouch End (09 to 15 NOV):

  • The story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands.

More films in London this week (A – Z): ADRIFT IN SOHO at The Prince Charles (14 to 20 NOV). BISBEE ’17 at ICA (09 to 15 NOV). FACES PLACES at Whirled Cinema (12 to 18 NOV). JURASSIC PARK 35mm at The Prince Charles (09 to 15 NOV). MANDY at The Prince Charles (until 19 NOV). MIRAI + RECORDED INTRO by writer/director Mamoru Hosoda at Picturehouse Central (09 to 14 NOV). PETERLOO at The Lexi (09 to 15 NOV). PUTIN’S WITNESSES at DocHouse (08 to 13 NOV). TIME FOR ILHAN at DocHouse (09 to 15 NOV). SUSPIRIA (1977) at The Prince Charles (until 15 NOV). WILDLIFE at Genesis Cinema (09 to 15 NOV).


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