SCREEN GUIDE: Films in London this week [18 to 24 JAN 2019]

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 18 // SAT 19 // SUN 20 // MON 21 // TUE 22 // WED 23 // THU 24


Featured attraction:

  • DRIFTING SHADOWS: MASTERPIECES OF FINNISH CINEMA at Close-Up (18 to 30 JAN): Part of the great joy of putting these listings together is discovering cinema we know very little about, and that pretty much includes everything in this amazing selection at Close-Up… Find out more in our seasons listings, below.
  • See also: Finland’s Enchanted Cinema an illustrated talk by Antti Alanen (Finnish Film Archive) at Birkbeck Cinema (18 JAN 18:00 – Free!).

Nuala O'Sullivan, WOFFF Festival Director.
Nuala O’Sullivan, WOFFF Festival Director.

New at RADIANT CIRCUS:

  • In the next in our series of interviews with London’s red hot indies, RADIANT CIRCUS chatted to Nuala O’Sullivan, director of the Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF). The BEST OF THE FEST UK TOUR pops-up at Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Walthamstow (03 FEB 16:00). Read more HERE.

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 18

Films in London this week: THE RAFT at Barbican (18 JAN).
Films in London this week: THE RAFT at Barbican (18 JAN).

THE FORGOTTEN GENERATION + PANEL with Penny Vera-Sanso at Birkbeck Cinema (18 JAN 13:00 – Free!):

  • The Forgotten Generation is based on research undertaken by Penny Vera-Sanso into old age poverty in urban Tamil Nadu, rural Rajasthan and tribal Maharashtra. The film reveals the realities of their lives, relationships and work as well as their expectations of the future.

GUERILLA ART: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING + PANEL at British Museum (18 JAN 18:30):

  • Join us on a journey back in time to revisit the booming underground street art scene circa 2008. Panel discussion hosted by Art On The Streets with director Sebastian Peiter, artist Ben Eine, and special guests.

LONDON UNPLUGGED + Q&A with filmmakers at Peckhamplex (18 JAN 18:00):

  • A portmanteau exploration of disparate characters scattered across London, many of whose lives intersect unpredictably. A refreshing take on the complexities, contradictions and compromises of modern living.

THE MAN BEHIND THE MICROPHONE at Draper Hall (18 JAN 19:00):

  • Maghreb Ciné presents: An amazing story of love and family, celebrity and music. A portrait of Hedi Jouini, the godfather of Tunisian music.

THE RAFT + SCREENTALK with director Marcus Lindeen at Barbican (18 JAN 18:15):

  • In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behavior.

More films in London today (A – Z):


SAT 19

Films in London this week: BALDWIN'S NIGGER at BFI (19 JAN).
Films in London this week: BALDWIN’S NIGGER at BFI (19 JAN).

Creepy Creatures: SQUIRM + THE NEST at the King & Queen (19 JAN 17:30):

  • World Wide Weird! presents: “A double bill of grotesque creature feature horror, not for the squeamish or faint-hearted!” £2 from each ticket sale will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Nurses.

French Impressions: THE WORKSHOP + TALK at Watermans (19 JAN 13:00).

  • From Laurent Cantet, writer-director of Palme d’Or-winner THE CLASS, and writer Robin Campillo (120 BPM) comes a riveting contemporary drama that blends social commentary with a complex study of the modern world.

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING + DISCUSSION with director RaMell Ross at ICA (19 JAN 20:45):

  • Dazzling and sun-drenched, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING is an innovative, impressionistic portrait of contemporary life in Hale County, Alabama.
  • Enjoys a grind show run at the same venue (18 to 24 JAN).
  • Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup HERE.

Horace Ové double-bill: BALDWIN’S NIGGER + INTRO by visual artist Zak Ové + THE BLACK SAFARI + Q&A at BFI Southbank (19 JAN 14:00):

  • African Odysseys presents: British filmmaker, writer and artist Horace Ové is celebrated in this special double-bill.

More films in London today (A – Z):


SUN 20

Films in London this week: LE BLÉ EN HERBE at Ciné Lumière (20 JAN).
Films in London this week: LE BLÉ EN HERBE at Ciné Lumière (20 JAN).

LE BLÉ EN HERBE aka The Game of Love 16mm + SALON with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino at Ciné Lumière (20 JAN 14:00):

  • Based on the eponymous novel by Colette, LE BLÉ EN HERBE recounts the story of Phil and Vinca, two childhood friends who spend all their holidays together by the sea.

METTI LA NONNA IN FREEZER + Q&A with Co-Director Giuseppe Stasi at Genesis Cinema (20 JAN 15:00):

  • CinemaItaliaUK presents: Claudia works as an art restorer living on her grandma’s retirement checks. When the old lady dies, Claudia hides the body in a freezer, and devises a scheme with the help of two of her colleges to avoid bankruptcy.

Woody Woodpecker: A Celebration + PANEL at BFI Southbank (20 JAN 13:30):

  • Created by Walter Lantz in 1940, Woody Woodpecker starred in hundreds of theatrical shorts until Lantz’s studio closed in 1972. Today, a guest panel discusses what made this loveable bird such a huge success on both film and TV.

More films in London today (A – Z):


MON 21

Films in London this week: SHOPLIFTERS at Regent Street Cinema (21 JAN).
Films in London this week: SHOPLIFTERS at Regent Street Cinema (21 JAN).

Films in London today (A – Z):


TUE 22

Films in London this week: ZAMA at The Exchange (22 JAN).
Films in London this week: ZAMA at The Exchange (22 JAN).

BABY FACE (1933) + DISCUSSION at The Cinema Museum (22 JAN 19:30):

  • Women & Cocaine Presents (a new film night celebrating the fierce & liberated women of Pre-Code cinema): Barbara Stanwyck plays Lily Powers, brought up by her sleazy single father in an even sleazier bar somewhere in the sticks. When he dies and she is left alone, her mentor advises her to use her feminine powers and go to the big city.

THE CALLER + INTRO at The Castle Cinema (22 JAN 21:00):

  • Science Fiction Theatre presents: Under the guise of using her phone to call a repair truck, a mysterious stranger (Malcolm McDowell) convinces a lone woman (Madolyn Smith) to let him in to her isolated cabin in the woods. But all is not what it seems, and when his cover story begins to fall apart, the pair engage in an increasingly tense and bizarre series of mind games…

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? + SCREENTALK with Richard E Grant at Barbican (22 JAN 20:15):

  • An endlessly entertaining character study with an Oscar®-worthy performance from Melissa McCarthy as celebrity biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel.

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK + Q&A with director Barry Jenkins, actors KiKi Layne & Stephen James at Picturehouse Ritzy (22 JAN 19:00):

  • Adapted from James Baldwin’s powerful novel by MOONLIGHT director Barry Jenkins, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is a lyrical celebration of love, both familial and romantic, told through the prism of a young African-American couple’s struggle for justice in 1970s Harlem.

ZAMA + INTRO by Dr Jon Hackett at The Exchange (22 JAN 20:00):

  • Richmond Film Society presents: In a remote Spanish colony we find ‘corregidor’ Zama who has seen better times. We observe as he seeks favours to regain prestige and be reunited with his family. Will the Fates let him succeed?

More films in London today (A – Z):


WED 23

Films in London this week: PERMANENT GREEN LIGHT at ICA (23 JAN).
Films in London this week: PERMANENT GREEN LIGHT at ICA (23 JAN).

THE LIBRARY MUSIC FILM + Q&A at Regent Street Cinema (23 JAN 19:30):

  • Heavenly Films presents: Some of the best music ever written was never made available to the public. THE LIBRARY MUSIC FILM is a brand new, definitive feature length documentary. The first to tell the story of the mysterious, cult and collectable world of yes, you guessed it, Library Music.

PERMANENT GREEN LIGHT + INTRO by directors Dennis Cooper & Zac Farley at ICA (23 JAN 18:30):

  • Artists’ Film Club presents: Roman, a French teenager isn’t interested in sports or drugs, girls or boys. He’s neither nihilistic, religious, or depressive, but what Roman wants is to explode, and his only interest is in ensuring the act’s spectacular effect.

STILL THE ENEMY WIHTIN + Q&A at The Cinema Museum (23 JAN 18:30):

  • In 1984, Margaret Thatcher called striking miners “the enemy within”. This award winning documentary tells the story of the year long strike in the miners’ own words.

More films in London today (A – Z):


THU 24

Films in London this week: THE HANDS OF ORLAC at Austrian Cultural Forum (24 JAN).
Films in London this week: THE HANDS OF ORLAC at Austrian Cultural Forum (24 JAN).

EVELYN + Q&A with director Orlando von Einsiedel at Genesis Cinema (24 JAN 21:00):

  • EVELYN documents the story of a family overcoming the unthinkable. On a walking odyssey across the United Kingdom, they confront a past they’ve been unable to talk about, whilst simultaneously repairing the fractures in their own relationships.

THE HANDS OF ORLAC + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by John Sweeny at Austrian Cultural Forum (24 JAN 19:00 – Free!):

  • An Austrian silent horror film from 1924 by Robert Wiene who made his name as a director of expressionist films such as THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. When pianist Paul Orlac loses his hands in a railway accident and receives a transplant from a recently executed murderer, he begins to believe that with them he has acquired the murderer’s predisposition to violence.

KING OF NEW YORK + SALON with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino at Genesis Cinema (24 JAN 18:40):

  • A psychotic drug lord leaves prison bent on sharing his profits with the poor, but finds that the streets are tougher than when he left and that there is no way of washing the blood from his dirty money.

Reeps One: We Speak Music + LIVE PERFORMANCE & Q&A at BFI Southbank (24 JAN 20:50):

  • Sonic Cinema presents: We Speak Music, an exploration into the unexpected evolution of the human voice and technology. A series of six short documentaries investigates the little-studied and emerging areas of voice and communication beyond speaking.

Turn Up The Archive + STANDUP at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (24 JAN 19:30):

  • Celebrate black British sitcom legends from THE FOSTERS, DESMOND’S, THE REAL MCCOY and NO PROBLEM! with a playful evening of memories, film and stand-up comedy from FOC IT UP: (Femmes of Colour) Comedy Club.

More films in London today (A – Z):


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1

SEASONS (by event/venue)

Films in London this week: CARAVAGGIO at The Prince Charles (23 JAN).
Films in London this week: CARAVAGGIO at The Prince Charles, part of DEREK JARMAN (23 JAN).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

AKIRA KUROSAWA: SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (05 JAN to 13 APR):

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

  • “Butt-numbing marathons” (their words…ED.) of cult, horror, themed & film franchises including: THE NAKED GUN TRILOGY 35mm (21 JAN 18:20).

BEFORE THE NIGHT at Ciné Lumière (22 JAN to 30 JAN):

BEST OF 2018 at Ciné Lumière (03 to 26 JAN):

  • “Wasn’t 2018 a great year for cinema? For those who missed some of the standout films or those who want to watch them again, a selection of 7 of the most acclaimed films of the year!” Includes: WIDOWS (18 JAN 18:20); BLACkKLANSMAN (19 JAN 18:20); PETERLOO (20 JAN 16:00 / 24 JAN 15:30); CLIMAX (21 JAN 20:40); and, JEUNE FEMME (23 JAN 18:30).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT at BFI Southbank (03 to 31 JAN):

CELEBRATING PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN + THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles (06 JAN to 15 JUL):

CHINESE NEW YEAR at BFI Southbank (21 to 31 JAN):

  • “On Tuesday 05 FEB it’s officially Year of the Pig, so join us to celebrate through cinema.” In collab with Chinese Visual Festival amongst others. Includes: TURTLE ROCK (21 JAN 18:30); and, A WAY OUT UK premiere (23 JAN 20:30).

DEREK JARMAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (23 JAN to 16 APR):

DRIFTING SHADOWS: MASTERPIECES OF FINNISH CINEMA at Close-Up (18 to 30 JAN):

THE GOLDEN AGE OF ALEXANDER KORDA: BRITAIN’S MOVIE MOGUL at BFI Southbank (JAN):

INGMAR BERGMAN FOCUS at BFI Southbank (JAN):

JOHN CARPENTER RETROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 31 JUL):

  • [Almost] every John Carpenter film back to the big-screen… there are a couple films missing, but The PCC is working on it… Includes: HALLOWEEN (1978) & HALLOWEEN (2018) (19 JAN 21:00).

KIM LONGINOTTO: VIXEN FILMS RETROSPECTIVE at Deptford Cinema (17 to 26 JAN):

LAUREL AND HARDY at BFI Southbank (JAN):

MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (until 18 JUL):

  • “A selection of our very favourite Martin Scorsese pictures – we may add a few more to this season so do check back for updates.” Includes: NEW YORK, NEW YORK 35mm (22 JAN 20:20).

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI: CONFRONTING THE MODERN WORLD WITH STYLE at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (06 JAN to 05 MAY):

  • “The legendary films from the greatest animation house on the planet”. Includes: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (20 JAN 12:40).

WALT DISNEY SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (05 JAN to 23 MAR):


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2

FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)

Films in London this week: GURDEEP SINGH BAINS by Beverly Shaffer in TURBANS THROUGH TIME at Regent Street Cinema, part of LSFF 2019 (19 JAN).
Films in London this week: GURDEEP SINGH BAINS by Beverly Shaffer in TURBANS THROUGH TIME at Regent Street Cinema, part of LSFF 2019 (19 JAN).

Film festivals in London this week include:

Have you booked for the 16th London Short Film Festival (11 to 20 JAN 2019) yet? Use our handy guide to find the best of the rest of the fest #LSFF2019 > HERE.


GRIND SHOWS

REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)

Films in London this week: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING at ICA (18 to 24 JAN).
Films in London this week: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING at ICA (18 to 24 JAN).

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING  at ICA (18 to 24 JAN):

  • “Dazzling and sun-drenched, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING is an innovative, impressionistic portrait of contemporary life in Hale County, Alabama.”
  • Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup HERE.

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at ArtHouse (18 to 24 JAN):

  • Explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).

THE RAFT at Rio Cinema (18 to 24 JAN):

  • In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behavior.

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


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