SCREEN GUIDE: Films in London this week [14 to 20 DEC 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 14 // SAT 15 // SUN 16 // MON 17 // TUE 18 // WED 19 // THU 20


Featured attraction: Seán McGovern presents AIRPORT (20 DEC 19:30), part of MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: THE FILMS OF ROSS HUNTER at The Cinema Museum (08 NOV to 20 DEC): “Single-handledly pioneering what we know today as the ‘disaster movie’, AIRPORT spawned a slew of sequels, parodies, knock-offs and created a whole subgenre that has been ramped up to apocalyptic-proportions.”


RADIANT CIRCUS plans for Christmas 2018: You know how it is… stuffing your stockings full of festive cheer can get pretty hectic. We will be posting one more weekly digest (due 21 DEC) to take us all into 2019. Our first full listings of the New Year will be for screen week 04 to 10 JAN. We’re also pausing daily updates due to predicted excessive levels of eggnog consumption (but will still check, correct and tweet each day). Thanks for all your support in 2018. You rock.


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 14

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London today: AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS at Rio Cinema (14 DEC).
Films in London today: AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS at Rio Cinema (14 DEC).

AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS + Q&A with producer Jack Tarling & director Johnny Kevorkian at Rio Cinema (14 DEC 18:30):

  • A unique twist on the meaning of Christmas comes courtesy of the internationally acclaimed (“Will leave you wobbly for days” The New York Times Critic’s Pick), and “rare and cutting” (Kim Newman) chiller AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.

LOST IN TRANSLATION + KARAOKE at Deptford Cinema (14 DEC 18:00):

  • Deptford Cinema is presenting its first Karaoke Night, following the screening of Sofia Coppola’s quirky Tokyo nostalgia LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003)! Classic film soundtracks, cheeky 80’s best hits, festive Christmas songs… what are your favourite karaoke songs? Put your pink wig on and show us what you got!

TULIP FEVER + Q&A with author Deborah Moggach at Phoenix Cinema (14 DEC 18:10):

  • Based on the novel by Deborah Moggach (author of These Foolish Things, which was made into the film THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL), and written for the screen by Moggach and Tom Stoppard, Tulip Fever is a lavish period drama set in the ‘Golden Age’ of seventeenth-century Amsterdam with rapturous costumes and all the beauty of a Vermeer painting.
  • TULIP FEVER then enjoys a grind show run (15 to 20 DEC).

More films in London today (A – Z):


SAT 15

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London today: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at The Castle Cinema (15 DEC).
Films in London today: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE at The Castle Cinema (15 DEC).

EXPLODING CINEMA at The Horse Hospital (15 DEC 19:00):

  • Exploding Cinema closes out an amazing year of shows with a last ride on the Horse Hospital pony. A collection of new, independent short films on every topic and in every style that is out there (and some are really out there).

The Greatest Variety Show Ever at The Cinema Museum (15 DEC 19:30):

  • Terry Sanderson introduces The Cinema Museum’s annual seasonal treat in a fabulous celebration of great classic entertainers from yesterday and today. Recorded on film at the height of their careers, these artists represent the very best that variety has to offer.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 16mm + INTRO at The Castle Cinema (15 DEC 21:00 & 16 DEC 14:15):

  • Ciné-Real presents: An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.

THE LAST MOVIE – DENNIS HOPPER DOUBLE BILL at Rio Cinema (15 DEC 13:30 & 15:20):

  • “THE LAST MOVIE Dennis Hopper’s misunderstood masterpiece deserves a second chance — and now, it’s getting one” – Eric Kohn, Indie Wire. Screens with ALONG FOR THE RIDE, exploring the highs, lows and phoenix-like ascension of Hollywood maverick Dennis Hopper as seen through the eyes of his mysterious longtime “right hand man” Satya de la Manitou.

More films in London today (A – Z):


SUN 16

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London today: THE RED SHOES at Curzon Mayfair (16 DEC).
Films in London today: THE RED SHOES at Curzon Mayfair (16 DEC).

BECOMING ANIMAL + Q&A with director Emma Davie/Peter Mettler at DocHouse (16 DEC 16:00):

  • BECOMING ANIMAL explores how disconnected we have become from our instinctive, sensory roots and suggests that technology is not only mimicking our ancient relationship with nature, but is also acting as a barrier between us. Could a film capture an act of transcendentalism?

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 16mm + INTRO at The Castle Cinema (15 DEC 21:00 & 16 DEC 14:15):

  • Ciné-Real presents: An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.

EDIBLE CINEMA: THE RED SHOES at Curzon Mayfair (16 DEC 15:00):

  • Powell And Pressburger’s classic is perfect seasonal fare for the return of Edible Cinema to Curzon. It focuses on Vicky, a young ballerina starring in a ballet The Red Shoes. Like her character, she is irresistibly drawn to dancing. Her life becomes split between her simple human passion and artistic devotion to her profession. Along with your ticket to the film, Edible Cinema offers an 8 item, bite sized menu of food & drink.

More films in London today (A – Z):


MON 17

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London today: REFLECTIONS OF EVIL at Close-Up (17 DEC).
Films in London today: REFLECTIONS OF EVIL at Close-Up (17 DEC).

Sick Monday: REFLECTIONS OF EVIL at Close-Up (17 DEC 19:00):

  • Sick Monday presents six newly commissioned short video works followed by Damon Packard’s underground masterpiece REFLECTIONS OF EVIL (2002). Responding to this feature, artists showing new works include Liam Scully, Ada Wesolowska, Jason File, Laure Prouvost, Ben Rivers and Paul McCarthy.

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD + Q&A with Dr. Toby Haggith (Imperial War Musuem) at Deptford Cinema (17 DEC 19:00):

  • Deptford Cinema marks the centenary of the guns falling silent at the end of the First World War with a screening of the incredible new exploration of the battlefields of the Western Front, as overseen by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. This new collection of archive footage from the war premiered to critical acclaim at the London Film Festival on 16 OCT 2018.

More films in London today (A – Z):


TUE 18

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London today: 1985 at Genesis Cinema (18 DEC).
Films in London today: 1985 at Genesis Cinema (18 DEC).

1985 + SHORT: THREE CENTIMETRES + INTRO by director Lara Zeidan at Genesis Cinema (18 DEC 21:10):

  • 1985: Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, GOTHAM) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. THREE CENTIMETRES: In the oldest fun park of Beirut, four young female friends go on a Ferris Wheel ride.

JANE AND LOUISE WILSON: UNDEAD SUN/WE PUT THE WORLD BEFORE YOU at Regent Street Cinema (18 DEC 20:30):

  • Film and Video Umbrella and the University of Westminster’s Centre for Research in Art and Media (CREAM) presents a special screening of two videos by the acclaimed artists Jane and Louise Wilson.

LOVE, SIMON + INTRO at Deptford Cinema (18 DEC 19:30):

  • Forever Young Film Club presents a special festive screening of one of the most talked about films of the year. This American comedy-drama centres around seventeen year old Simon Spier and the “totally perfectly normal life” he shares with his amazing friends and loving family. But Simon is hiding a big secret he’s not quite ready to share, he’s gay.

More films in London today (A – Z):


WED 19

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: THE CONFORMIST at Italian Cultural Institute (19 DEC).
Films in London this week: THE CONFORMIST at Italian Cultural Institute (19 DEC).

THE CONFORMIST aka Il Conformista + SALON by Nick Walker, Rochester Kino at Italian Cultural Institute (19 DEC 18:30 – Free!):

  • A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. The screenplay was written by Bertolucci based on the 1951 novel The Conformist by Alberto Moravia. Join the discussion afterwards with a free glass of wine.

MAGIC MEDICINE + Q&A with director Monty Wates & contributor Professor David Nutt at Regent Street Cinema (19 DEC 19:30):

  • Can magic mushrooms cure depression? Over 4 years, 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.

MORE EARTH WILL FALL + Q&A with filmmakers at DIY Space For London (19 DEC 19:00):

  • Films For Food presents: Given extraordinary access over six years, this doc offers a rare immersive insight into the lives of some of those caught in the middle of Brazil’s poverty and violence. Instead of paying for a ticket, just bring a full bag of non-perishable food for Pecan Food Bank in Peckham. #FilmsForFood.

More films in London today (A – Z):


THU 20

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: WINGS at Deptford Cinema (20 DEC).
Films in London this week: WINGS at Deptford Cinema (20 DEC).

ANTICHRIST 35mm + INTRO/SALON by Nick Walker at Genesis Cinema (20 DEC 18:35):

  • Genesis’ monthly Cult Classic Collective screening with Nick Walker of Rochester Kino returns with a 35mm presentation of provocateur, Lars Von Trier’s ANTICHRIST. The screening will be introduced by Nick and will be followed by a salon discussion upstairs at the bar.

MAGIC MEDICINE + Q&A with director Monty Wates at The Castle Cinema (20 DEC 19:00):

  • Can magic mushrooms cure depression? Over 4 years, 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.

WINGS: WW1 Centenary Screening + INTRO by Kevin Brownlow at Deptford Cinema (20 DEC 19:00):

  • To mark 100 years since the guns fell silent at the close of the First World War, Deptford Cinema is proud to present this American classic in its beautiful new restoration edition for the first time: WINGS. Film historian, director, programmer and silent film expert Kevin Brownlow will introduce this screening.

More films in London today (A – Z):


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1

SEASONS (by event/venue)

Films in London this week: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS at Deptford Cinema, part of SCI-FI SUNDAYS (16 DEC).
Films in London this week: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS at Deptford Cinema, part of SCI-FI SUNDAYS (16 DEC).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

  • Bringing regular 70mm presentations back to the West End with: DIE HARD 70mm (14 DEC 18:10 / 17 DEC 21:00 / 20 DEC 21:00).

ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):

ANTI-CHRISTMAS at Deptford Cinema (13 to 21 DEC):

  • The holidays are coming and we’ve the perfect antidote to the usual fare. Includes: GREMLINS (15 DEC 20:00).

CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (30 NOV to 24 DEC):

THE CHRISTMAS LABYRINTH at Backyard Cinema (until 22 DEC):

CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHTS at the Rivoli Ballroom (13 to 14 DEC):

  • Presented by Crofton Park Pictures: ELF (14 DEC 17:30); and, DIE HARD (14 DEC 20:30).

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: THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY (18 DEC 20:30); and, SHAME (20 DEC 20:15).

COMEDIES MADE IN FRANCE at Ciné Lumière (02 DEC to 16 JAN):

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

HOUSE OF VANS DOES XMAS: 90S DOUBLE BILLS at House Of Vans (09 to 16 DEC – Free! / No booking required):

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

  • This two-month season spotlight’s Fonda’s finest screen moments, from camp space adventures to tense thrillers and moving drama. Includes: COMING HOME (14 DEC 20:35); THE CHINA SYNDROME (16 DEC 17:25); and, ON GOLDEN POND (17 DEC 20:45).

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: AIRPORT (20 DEC 19:30).

SCI-FI SUNDAYS at Deptford Cinema (28 OCT 2018 to 24 FEB 2019):


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2

FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)

Films in London this week: OUVRIR LA VOIX at Close-Up, part of Women Of The Lens (16 DEC).
Films in London this week: SPEAK UP aka OUVRIR LA VOIX at Close-Up, part of Women Of The Lens (16 DEC).

Film festivals in London this week include:


GRIND SHOWS

REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)

Films in London this week: AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL at ICA (14 to 20 DEC).
Films in London this week: AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL at ICA (14 to 20 DEC).

306 HOLLYWOOD at DocHouse (14 to 20 DEC):

  • With an incredible wealth of home movie footage, a dose of Wes Anderson whimsy, and a score evocative of Danny Elfman’s EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, brother-sister filmmaking duo Elan & Jonathan Bogarín playfully bring their childhood dreams and memories of their beloved grandmother to life.

AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL at ICA (14 to 20 DEC):

  • An elephant that sits and ignores the world becomes an obsession for the protagonists of the late writer and filmmaker Hu Bo’s four-hour epic, for whom it represents the possibility of escape from the stagnation and violence of their daily lives.

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT at Rio Cinema (14 to 20 DEC):

  • Lars von Trier endorses his reputation as contemporary cinema’s bold and provocative enfant terrible with a disturbing yet illuminating shocker about violence and art, violence as art, and the power of evil, not forgetting a few musings on everything from history to architecture to cinema along the way.

KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR! at Barbican (14 to 20 DEC):

  • Arguably Alexei German’s most visually stunning and wildly provocative work, this is fever-dream meditation on the crazed final days of Stalin’s regime. Originally released in 1998, when it provoked a mass walkout at the Cannes Film Festival, KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR! is regarded as the inspiration behind Armando Ianucci’s THE DEATH OF STALIN.

More films in London this week (A – Z):


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