Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London today: CITY OF LOST SOULS at The Castle Cinema (21 NOV).

SCREEN GUIDE: Films in London this week [16 to 22 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 16 // SAT 17 // SUN 18 // MON 19 // TUE 20 // WED 21 // THU 22

Featured attraction: Nobody Ordered Wolves presents Rosa Von Praunheim’s CITY OF LOST SOULS + INTRO by Juliet Jacques at The Castle Cinema (21 NOV 18:45): “A rare screening of a hidden classic of queer cinema. All profits for this event for Trans Day of Remembrance will support the amazing work of Gendered Intelligence, helping trans youth.” – Nobody Ordered Wolves.

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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).




FRI 16

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: L’AMORE MOLESTO at Regent Street Cinema (16 NOV).
Films in London this week: L’AMORE MOLESTO at Regent Street Cinema (16 NOV).

L’AMORE MOLESTO + Q&A with Daniela Petracco at Regent Street Cinema (16 NOV 19:30):

  • CinemaItaliaUK presents: What happened to Amalia? Who was with her the night she died? Her daughter Delia is saddened by the news, but considers her mother to be a disgrace even before she hears of the sordid circumstances of her death. Delia travels home to Naples for the funeral and tries to piece together her mother’s recent life. By doing so, she starts to confront her childhood memories that shaped their family history.

BFI Screen Epiphany: Joe Thomas introduces THE BIG LEBOWSKI at BFI Southbank (16 NOV 20:30):

  • Actor Joe Thomas introduces the Coen Brothers’ cult comedy classic. When Jeff ‘The Dude’ Lebowski is mistaken for Jeffrey ‘The Big’ Lebowski, it results in some unwanted and violent attention from a group of criminals.

Victoria Price Celebrates the Vincent Price Legacy at The Cinema Museum (16 NOV 20:00):

  • Misty Moon presents: Speaker and author Victoria Price will give a presentation on her father, Vincent Price, the iconic horror actor, art lover, gourmet and self-confessed Anglophile, and his enduring legacy.

More films in London today (A – Z):

SAT 17

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: THE BIG PARADE, part of Silent Guns at The Cinema Museum (17 NOV).
Films in London this week: THE BIG PARADE, part of Silent Guns at The Cinema Museum (17 NOV).

IN2RUDERS + Q&A with director Naeem Mahmood at Deptford Cinema (17 NOV 19:30):

  • A brand-new mind-bending horror/thriller short film which follows a rising twin sister pop duo, whom after refusing to sign to a powerful record label, their lives take a dark turn.

Silent Guns: A Day Of Films Made During Or Featuring World War One at The Cinema Museum (17 NOV 10:00):

  • To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Kennington Bioscope presents a day of rarely seen silent films, curated in conjunction with the film historian Kevin Brownlow, made during or featuring World War One. Includes live accompaniment by John Sweeney, Costas Fotopoulos, Cyrus Gabyrusch, Lillian Henley and Meg Morley.

More films in London today (A – Z):

SUN 18

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: THE HARDER THEY COME at Lexi Cinema (18 NOV).
Films in London this week: THE HARDER THEY COME at Lexi Cinema (18 NOV).

amiina: FANTÔMAS at LSO St Luke’s (18 NOV 20:00):

  • The Icelandic neo-classical string group perform their latest project, a melancholic and haunting soundtrack, live to a screening of JUVE CONTRE FANTÔMAS, one of the 1913 FANTÔMAS silent series.

THE HARDER THEY COME Film ‘n Food Evening at Lexi Cinema (18 NOV 20:00):

  • Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village to make a name for himself. Robbed of his possessions on his first day in town, he finds work with a self-righteous, bullying preacher and an unscrupulous music mogul who exploits naïve hopefuls. Local restaurants will be providing Caribbean fare before the film, included in the £15 ticket.

More films in London today (A – Z):

MON 19

Films in London this week: CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 at Lexi Cinema (19 NOV).
Films in London this week: CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 at Lexi Cinema (19 NOV).

CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 + INTRO by Francine Stock at Lexi Cinema (19 NOV 18:30):

  • A masterpiece of the French New Wave, Agnes Varda’s tale of a woman confronting her own mortality has all the stylistic boldness and modernist flourish of BREATHLESS and THE 400 BLOWS, but with a whole lot more soul and sweetness.

More films in London today (A – Z):

TUE 20

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: ANGRY INUK at National Maritime Museum (20 NOV).
Films in London this week: ANGRY INUK at National Maritime Museum (20 NOV).

ANGRY INUK + Skype Q&A with director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril at National Maritime Museum (20 NOV 19:00):

  • Origins Festival presents: This film explores the role of seal hunting from an Inuit perspective set against a backdrop of external forces who are threatening their way of life. The film will be preceded by an optional gallery tour in the Museum’s new Polar Worlds gallery led by Claire Warrior, a Polar history researcher who has recently returned from the Arctic.

CRASH + PANEL at Regent Street Cinema (20 NOV 19:00):

  • Psychology At The Movies presents: A raw and unsettling morality piece on modern angst and urban disconnect, CRASH examines the dangers of bigotry and xenophobia in the lives of interconnected Los Angeles residents. Followed by an audience discussion with a panel of guest speakers to discuss issues and themes from the film.

POSSUM + Q&A with director Matthew Holness & Radiophonic Workshop at Rio Cinema (20 NOV 18:45):

  • A stylish, unique, dark and twisted debut feature from writer/director Matthew Holness follows the story of a disgraced children’s puppeteer who returns to his childhood home and is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured him his entire life.

POSTCARDS FROM LONDON + Q&A with director Steve McLean at Picturehouse Central (20 NOV 18:30):

  • Beautiful Essex boy Jim (British rising star Harris Dickinson) who, having traveled from the suburbs, finds himself in Soho searching for fame, fortune and cultural stimulation. Down on his luck, he meets with a gang of unusual high class male escorts “The Raconteurs” who specialize in post-coital conversation.

More films in London today (A – Z):

WED 21

Films in London this week: ONE NOTE AT A TIME at Harris Academy South Norwood (21 NOV).
Films in London this week: ONE NOTE AT A TIME at Harris Academy South Norwood (21 NOV).

BEAU TRAVAIL 35mm + INTRO by Tara Judah at BFI Southbank (21 NOV 18:10):

  • Imaginatively adapting Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Denis relocates the story of murky passion, jealous resentment and remorse to Africa, where a detachment of the Foreign Legion performs apparently pointless (but strangely balletic) exercises in the desert.

CITY OF LOST SOULS + INTRO by Juliet Jacques at The Castle Cinema (21 NOV 18:45):

  • Nobody Ordered Wolves presents: an explosively fun musical set in West Germany’s only trans-owned burger bar, presided over by the incredible Leila, played by Jayne County. With the celebratory approach to deviance you find in John Waters’ work, the wonky cabaret of Rocky Horror and the inclusive, permeable underground of Derek Jarman, this is hilarious, raunchy, low budget delightful filmmaking.

ONE NOTE AT A TIME + QA with director Renee Edwards at Harris Academy South Norwood (21 NOV 19:45):

  • Screen25 presents: A multi-award winning documentary set in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, where music stopped in 2005 when one of the most deadly and destructive hurricanes in American history struck. Many displaced musicians felt compelled to return to the chaos and bleak confusion to play again.

More films in London today (A – Z): 

THU 22

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: THEOREM at BFI (22 NOV).
Films in London this week: THEOREM at BFI (22 NOV).

COLD WAR + Q&A with director Paweł Pawlikowski at Curzon Soho (22 NOV 18:15):

  • Paweł Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning IDA with the stunning COLD WAR, an epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. Sumptuously shot in luminous black and white, it spans decades and nations to tell a love story that is as tragic as it is moving, and as transportive as it is honest.

THEOREM + Q&A with Terence Stamp at BFI Southbank (22 NOV 20:50):

  • An exhilarating mix of Pasolini’s political sentiments and poetic instincts, this measures the effects of a beautiful stranger’s unexpected arrival at – and later his equally sudden departure from – the mansion of a wealthy industrialist family.

THE VELVET REVOLUTION + PANEL with Pavel Seifter and Jiří Přibáň at Czech Centre London (22 NOV 19:00):

  • A testimony to the heady days following the 17 November 1989, this edited footage of interviews and news journals successfully evokes the atmosphere of the 30 days which paved the way to democracy in Czechoslovakia.

More films in London today (A – Z):


SEASONS (by event/venue)

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: INNOCENCE at BFI (19 NOV).
Films in London this week: INNOCENCE at BFI (19 NOV).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

  • Bringing regular 70mm presentations back to the West End with: GREMLINS 70mm (17 NOV 15:40 / 20 NOV 18:30).

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

  • “Butt-numbing marathons” of cult, horror, themed & film franchises including: ROBOCOP TRILOGY 3 films, 1 ticket (17 NOV 21:00).

ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):

BFI COMEDY GENIUS TOUR at The Prince Charles (18 to 23 NOV):

  • The BFI’s mammoth COMEDY GENIUS strand heads out on the road, with support from the Independent Cinema Office. Includes: MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL(18 NOV 15:30).

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: THE RED SHOES (18 NOV 14:00).
  • Discover more about the history of the Electric Cinema Club.


  • 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: WILD STRAWBERRIES (16 NOV 20:15); CRIES & WHISPERS (17 NOV 18:00 / 21 NOV 20:15); THE SEVENTH SEAL (17 NOV 20:30); AUTUMN SONATA (18 NOV 18:00); THE PIANO TEACHER (18 NOV 20:10); and, PERSONA (19 NOV 20:15).


  • “A compelling and urgent voice in contemporary cinema that we think you should hear.” Includes: THE YEAR OF THE TIGER aka El Año Del Tigre (18 NOV 20:10).

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

FILM LONDON JARMAN AWARD WEEKEND 2018 at The Whitechapel Gallery (17 to 18 NOV):

  • Bringing together the artists shortlisted for the 2018 Film London Jarman Award – Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Jasmina Cibic, Lawrence Lek, Daria Martin, Hardeep Pandhal and Margaret Salmon – this weekend of events explores their different practices through screenings, talks, and performances.

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: JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER (16 NOV 19:00).

HAROLD & KUMAR at Deptford Cinema (22 NOV to 06 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: SPACEBALLS (16 NOV 17:00 & 19:15); AIRPLANE! (17 NOV 15:00 & 17:30); and, BEETLEJUICE (18 NOV 14:00 & 16:00).

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

  • An eclectic mix of films that cover different points in recent history. Includes: KING OF HEARTS (16 NOV 19:30).


  • 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: MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (20 NOV 19:30).


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

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

  • Legendary films from the greatest animation house on the planet. Includes: FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (18 NOV 12:45).

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: LAST NIGHT 35mm (18 NOV 13:00).

WE LOVE JOHN HUGHES at The Prince Charles (22 to 26 NOV):


  • A look at how each generation of filmmakers has interpreted the war. Includes: REGENERATION (21 NOV 18:15).


FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)

Films in London this week: WOMEN & POWER at BFI, part of Underwire Film Festival (16 NOV).
Films in London this week: WOMEN & POWER at BFI, part of Underwire Film Festival (16 NOV).

Film festivals in London this week include:

NOW SHOWING: Read our RADIANT CIRCUS guide to this year’s Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest (various venues, 13 to 18 NOV).



Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: THE WORKSHOP at ICA (16 to 22 NOV).
Films in London this week: THE WORKSHOP at ICA (16 to 22 NOV).

9 TO 5 at BFI (16 to 29 NOV).

  • This gloriously feminist revenge comedy sees three put-upon office workers turn the tables on their sleazy boss. Judy (Jane Fonda), Violet (Lily Tomlin) and Doralee (Dolly Parton) bond over being mistreated by their boss: he yells at Judy on her first day, consistently takes credit for Violet’s ideas and sexually harasses Doralee. Fed up with him, and the sexist practices of their office, they dream of his removal.

SUSPIRIA (2018) at Rio Cinema (16 to 22 NOV):

  • A very original re-visit to Dario Argento’s 1977 cult horror classic by the director of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME features powerful performances from Tilda Swinton (x2), Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Mia Goth plus a haunting score from Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke.

THE WORKSHOP at ICA (16 to 22 NOV):

  • Director Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or winning film THE CLASS (2008), used documentary style and improvisation by its teenage cast to trace a teacher’s interactions with his working-class high school students. Centring on a writing class comprising working-class Black, Arab and white students led by a celebrated Parisian novelist, THE WORKSHOP starts out looking similar but soon reveals its differences.

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