SCREEN GUIDE: Films in London this Christmas [21 DEC 2018 to 03 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 Christmas and New Year*.


FRI 21 // SAT 22 // SUN 23 // MON 24 // TUE 25 // WED 26 // THU 27 

FRI 28 // SAT 29 // SUN 30 // MON 31 // TUE 01 // WED 02 // THU 03


Featured attraction: HAVE YOU SEEN MY MOVIE? at ICA (29 DEC to 09 JAN): “This debut feature by Paul Anton Smith is a sprawling collage of clips obtained from hundreds of films which cumulatively explore the ritual of film-going. Smith, who worked with Christian Marclay on THE CLOCK (2010), was determined to make ‘a montage from existing footage that could feel like something else, something mine.’”


RADIANT CIRCUS plans for 2018/2019: This bumper edition is our last major post of the year, and what a year it has been! We’ve wrapped things up by picking Paul Anton Smith’s 2016 collage as our featured attraction of the week – a film dedicated to shared experiences of seeking shelter from the storm in a dark room, full of complete strangers. RADIANT CIRCUS grew from audience activism, and we have made it our mission to make it easier to find the many adventurous moving pictures on London’s alternative cinema screens. We’ll be back in 2019 with more listings, more new writing and more collaborations with London’s indie promoters. Until then, thanks for all your support. We hope we’ve helped you find a screen or two.


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 21

Films in London this week: SHAFT at Regent Street Cinema (21 DEC).
Films in London this week: SHAFT at Regent Street Cinema (21 DEC).

SHAFT + DJs at Regent Street Cinema (21 DEC 19:30):

  • Soul Jazz Records continues its Blaxploitation classic film screenings at Regent Street Cinema with this rare screening of the classic SHAFT (1971) on a fantastic 35-mm print!

TRADING PLACES + JASON MCNIFF LIVE at Genesis Cinema (21 DEC 19:45 – Free!).

  • Music & Movies are back with John Landis’ Christmasy classic, introduced by a live performance from Jason McNiff. As always, tickets are FREE but we recommend booking your spot to avoid disappointment.

More films in London today (A – Z):


SAT 22

Films in London this week: STAN & OLLIE at Picturehouse Central (22 DEC).
Films in London this week: STAN & OLLIE at Picturehouse Central (22 DEC).

Films in London today (A – Z):


SUN 23

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: THE CFF STORY at Mirth, Marvel & Maud (23 DEC).
Films in London this week: THE CFF STORY at Mirth, Marvel & Maud (23 DEC).

THE TRICYCLE THIEF + THE CHILDREN’S FILM FOUNDATION STORY at Mirth, Marvel & Maud (23 DEC 14:15):

  • Stow Film lounge presents the world premiere of a new film made in Walthamstow over the summer and features a cast from the Borough. Also, a doc about the Children’s Film Foundation, a government-funded, non-profit-making organisation that made films for children in the UK from 1951 to the mid 1980s.

More films in London today (A – Z):


MON 24

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE various venues (24 DEC).
Films in London this week: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE various venues (24 DEC).

Films in London today (A – Z):


TUE 25

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: HAPPY FEET at JW3 (25 DEC).
Films in London this week: HAPPY FEET at JW3 (25 DEC).

Films in London today (A – Z):


WED 26

Films in London this week: THE DARK CRYSTAL at The Prince Charles (26 DEC).
Films in London this week: THE DARK CRYSTAL at The Prince Charles (26 DEC).

Films in London today (A – Z):


THU 27

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: MANIAC at BFI (27 DEC).
Films in London this week: MANIAC at BFI (27 DEC).

MANIAC (1980) at BFI (27 DEC 20:45):

  • Terror Vision presents: One of the grubbiest of all 80s slashers, William Lustig’s visceral shocker about a disturbed psychopath stalking the New York streets for unsuspecting female victims has lost none of its power to provoke and unsettle.

More films in London today (A – Z):


FRI 28

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION at Close-Up (28 DEC).
Films in London this week: INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION at Close-Up (28 DEC).

Films in London today (A – Z):


SAT 29

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: JACKIE BROWN at Everyman Screen On The Green (29 DEC).
Films in London this week: JACKIE BROWN at Everyman Screen On The Green (29 DEC).

Films in London today (A – Z):


SUN 30

Films in London this week: BARRY LYNDON at BFI (30 DEC).
Films in London this week: BARRY LYNDON at BFI (30 DEC).

Films in London today (A – Z):


MON 31

Films in London this week: THE LAST MOVIE at Close-Up (31 DEC).
Films in London this week: THE LAST MOVIE at Close-Up (31 DEC).

Close-Up New Year’s Eve: THE LAST MOVIE at Close-Up (31 DEC 20:30):

  • We’re thrilled to mark the last day of the year with Dennis Hopper’s radical, much-mythologised lost masterpiece The Last Movie – widely unseen for nearly 50 years. Join us in the bar to celebrate in the good company of film, drinks and music until late.

More films in London today (A – Z):


TUE 01

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: GASLIGHT at BFI (01 JAN).
Films in London this week: GASLIGHT at BFI (01 JAN).

Films in London today (A – Z):


WED 02

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD at Regent Street Cinema (02 JAN).
Films in London this week: THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD at Regent Street Cinema (02 JAN).

Films in London today (A – Z):


THU 03

Films in London this week: LA BELLE ET LA BETE at The Prince Charles (03 JAN).
Films in London this week: LA BELLE ET LA BETE at The Prince Charles (03 JAN).

Films in London today (A – Z):


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1

SEASONS (by event/venue)

Films in London this week: BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY at DocHouse.
Films in London this week: BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY, part of BEST OF 2018 at DocHouse.

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

  • Bringing regular 70mm presentations back to the West End with: DIE HARD 70mm (21 DEC 20:45 / 23 DEC 20:45 / 24 DEC 18:00 /27 DEC 20:45); and, PHANTOM THREAD 70mm (03 JAN 20:40).

2018 FAVOURITES at The Prince Charles (27 DEC to 17 FEB):

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: BETTER WATCH OUT (21 DEC 19:30).

BEST OF 2018 at DocHouse (until 03 JAN):

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

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

CLOSE-UP ON JASUJIRō OZU at Close-Up (01 to 13 JAN):

  • “Often considered the “most Japanese” of all Japanese directors, Ozu was proclaimed “one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century in any medium and in any country” by the British Film Institute. Includes: LATE SPRING (01 JAN 20:00); I WAS BORN, BUT… (02 JAN 20:15); and, EQUINOX FLOWER (03 JAN 20:15).

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

COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT to JAN):

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles (03 JAN to 24 JUN):

  • “The almost complete collection of PTA films returns to our screens in 2019… THERE WILL BE BLOOD and INHERENT VICE will pop up soon, so check back for updates.” Includes: PHANTOM THREAD 70mm (03 JAN 20:40).

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

INGMAR BERGMAN FOCUS at BFI Southbank (JAN):

  • “Don’t miss two of Bergman’s finest films in our January focus on the great auteur.” Includes: WILD STRAWBERRIES (01 JAN 15:40).

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

JOHN CARTER RETROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (02 JAN to 31 JUL):

  • [Almost] every john Carpenter film back to the big-screen in 2019… there are a couple films missing, but The PCC is working on it… Includes: DARK STAR (02 JAN 18:30).

LAUREL AND HARDY at BFI Southbank (JAN):

MARTIN SCORSESE SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (02 JAN to 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: MEAN STREETS 35mm (02 JAN 20:45).

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

#WOMENINFILM2018 at Genesis Cinema (2018):

  • Films that have: a female director/co-director, a female writer/co-writer, or a strong/iconic female lead. Includes: 9 TO 5 (27 DEC 18:00).


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2

FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)

Films in London this week: L'ANIMALE streams as part of ArteKino Festival (until 31 DEC).
Films in London this week: L’ANIMALE, part of ArteKino Festival (until 31 DEC).

Film festivals in London this week include:


GRIND SHOWS

REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)

Films in London this week: THE GREEN FOG at DocHouse.
Films in London this week: THE GREEN FOG at DocHouse (21 DEC to 01 JAN).

1985 at Rio Cinema (21 DEC to 03 JAN):

  • Christmas, Texas 1985. A pivotal moment in Queer history is brilliantly captured in a seasonal tale of empathy, love and family set against the background of the beginnings of the AIDS crisis.

THE FAVOURITE at Barbican (01 to 10 JAN):

  • Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER) returns with a sharp-tongued romp through 18th century England with Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone at their wicked best.

THE GREEN FOG at DocHouse (21 DEC to 01 JAN):

  • An emerald hue hangs over the city of San Francisco. Compiled exclusively from film and television shows shot in San Francisco, Guy Maddin and his co-directors Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, have constructed a film that enigmatically mirrors Hitchcock’s Vertigo, and its all-consuming male gaze.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS at The Lexi Cinema (21 DEC to 03 JAN):

  • It’s 25 years after Mary Poppins descended on the Banks’ household to dispense wisdom and wit leavened with magic and music. The children are now adults and grappling with problems of their own.

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


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