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*.
Featured attraction: CAMERAPERSON at The Institute Of Light (26 SEP 20:30): The People’s Film Club presents their final event at IOL before the closure of the venue’s regular screenings under the arches. As befits such a special evening, Kirsten Johnson’s unique doc CAMERAPERSON screens as a one-off fundraiser for the most generous of film clubs.
FILMS IN LONDON THIS WEEK
ONE-OFF MOVIE NIGHTS, FILM EVENTS & GALLERY SCREENINGS (by date/event)
WE THINK THE WORLD OF YOU + Q&A with screenwriter Hugh Stoddart at The Cinema Museum (21 SEP 19:30):
- The Max Wall Society presents a screening of WE THINK THE WORLD OF YOU, the 1988 film based on the novel by J.R. Ackerley, in which he co-stars with Gary Oldman and Alan Bates.
More films in London today (A – Z): ADAPTATION at BFI (21 SEP 20:50). THE GOONIES at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (21 SEP 19:15). INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (21 SEP 20:30). IN PRAISE OF NOTHING at ICA (21 SEP 12:20). ISLE OF DOGS presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (21 SEP 19:45). SING presented outdoors by Stow Film Lounge at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church (21 SEP @ sunset).
Big Picture Talks with Ashley Walters at Genesis Cinema (22 SEP 18:00):
- Big Picture Film Club’s new series of Big Picture Talks launches with a special screening and Q&A with BULLETPROOF’s Ashley Walters where he’ll be discussing his career & influences.
DIAL M FOR MURDER in 3D + limited edition poster by Lola Beltrán at Rio Cinema (22 SEP 13:00):
- MUBI and LWLies present Hitchcock’s sublime chiller, DIAL M FOR MURDER in its newly restored 3D version. This screening is presented in tandem with MUBI’s Alfred Hitchcock: A Ticking Bomb Season, which offers a survey of some of the master of suspense’s slightly lesser-known later work.
Double Bill: PHANTASM & PHANTASM II at Genesis Cinema (22 SEP 20:00 – Free! / Booking recommended):
- Arrow Video presents a special Scalarama double-bill:
- PHANTASM: residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike (Michael Baldwin) to investigate.
- PHANTASM II: Years after surviving his encounter with the sinister Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), Mike Pearson (James LeGros), now a mental patient, still has nightmares about the evil gaunt mortician.
OF SKIN AND MEN aka L’amour des hommes + Q&A/LIVE MUSIC at Theatre Peckham (22 SEP 18:30):
- South Social presents: A close look at the war of sexes, gender relationship, men vs women, set in a now democratic country that still has to learn how to use freedom. The screening will be followed by Q&A and a live concert. As usual South Central be serving regional cuisine prior to the show.
TURKISH STAR WARS at Rio Cinema (22 SEP 23:30):
- Remakesploitation cinema presents: A late night fundraiser screening of the film informally known as TURKISH STAR WARS. Notorious for the ways in which director Çetin İnanç edited footage from STAR WARS into his own film, along with music from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and FLASH GORDON, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (1982) is the “holy grail” of remakesploitation cinema.
More films in London today (A – Z): AKIRA at Prince Charles (22 SEP 20:45). BRIGHT STAR 35mm at BFI (22 SEP 18:10). THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (1981) DVD Launch + Q&A with cast & crew at BFI (22 SEP 12:00 – Ticket includes Blu-ray edition). IN PRAISE OF NOTHING at ICA (22 SEP 12:20). ISLE OF DOGS at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (22 SEP 19:15). LGBTQ Film Day presented by forum+ at British Museum (22 SEP 14:30 – Free!/Booking required). LE PETIT NICOLAS at Ciné Lumière (22 SEP 14:00). SUPERGIRL at Prince Charles (22 SEP 21:00). UNDER THE WIRE at DocHouse (22 SEP 12:30). UNDER THE WIRE at Regent Street Cinema (22 SEP 15:00).
- Deeper Into Movies presents an F-Rated horror double:
- THE LOVE WITCH – Anna Biller directs this comedy horror starring Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise and Laura Waddell which pays homage to the Technicolor thrillers of the 1960s and 70s.
- A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT – Ana Lily Amirpour directs the first Iranian vampire film about a young boy who faces financial and family struggles in his small town and encounters a young vampire. She unknowingly assists the boy with his struggles but he has to make a potentially fatal choice.
Double Bill: A FACE IN THE CROWD + SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS at Regent Street Cinema (23 SEP 13:00 & 15:30):
- Two directed by Elia Kazan:
- A FACE IN THE CROWD – An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?
- SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS – A fragile Kansas girl’s love for a handsome young man from the town’s most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.
MOCNY CZLOWIEK aka STRONG MAN – RESCORED BY GROK at Genesis Cinema (23 SEP 18:00 – Free!/ Booking recommended):
- Grok will be performing a live score to Henryk Szaro’s MOCNY CZLOWIEK (1929). Grok are an improvisational group based in East London. Their sound incorporates post-rock guitars, melodic bass, responsive rhythms and atmospheric electronics.
More films in London today (A – Z): BEING THERE at Prince Charles (23 SEP 20:45). C’EST LA VIE! at Ciné Lumière (23 SEP 20:45). THE FOUNTAINHEAD 35mm at BFI (23 SEP 15:00). I, TONYA at Whirled Cinema (23 SEP 18:00). JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH 35mm at BFI (23 SEP 13:00). LES VACANCES DU PETIT NICOLAS at at Ciné Lumière (23 SEP 11:00). THE NUN (1965) at Ciné Lumière (23 SEP 16:10). THE PROFESSIONALS Revisited + Q&A with cast & crew presented by Misty Moon at The Cinema Museum (23 SEP 14:30). SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER presented indoors by Nomad Cinema at The Hoxton (23 SEP 19:30). THE SHINING at BFI (23 SEP 19:40). THE SQUARE part of Deptford X Fringe at Deptford Cinema (23 SEP 19:30). UP at Picturehouse Central (23 SEP 15:30 – Other Picturehouses available!). THE WOMEN at Genesis Cinema (23 SEP 20:30). UNDER THE WIRE at DocHouse (23 SEP 12:30). WHITNEY at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (23 SEP 19:15).
THE BIG LEBOWSKI 20TH Anniversary various venues/times (24 SEP):
- The hilariously twisted comedy-thriller – starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore – returns to the big screen for one night only! Join the “Dude” and his bowling buddies on their journey that blends unforgettable characters, kidnapping, a case of mistaken identity and White Russians.
- Venues include: ArtHouse Crouch End (19:20), Phoenix Cinema (20:00), Picturehouse Central (18:30), and Rich Mix (20:45).
BUTTERFLY + Q&A with writer Tony Marchant, exec producer Nicola Shindler & actor Alison Steadman at BFI Southbank (24 SEP 18:15):
- TV preview: From award-winning writer Tony Marchant, a heartfelt and sensitive drama about a complex family situation. When Max, their 11-year-old, experiences increasingly distressing feelings around gender, separated parents Vicky and Stephen attempt to work together.
DOWN TO EARTH + INTRO at Ritzy (24 SEP 18:30):
- Leaving behind their cosmopolitan London life, a couple and their three young children travel the ends of the earth searching for a new perspective on life. In their five-year journey across six continents, they live with some of the oldest indigenous communities on the planet.
More films in London today (A – Z): I CAN ONLY IMAGINE at Peckhamplex (24 SEP 18:30). PERSONA at BFI (24 SEP 20:40). STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT 35mm The Good Bad Movie Club at Prince Charles (24 SEP 21:00). SKATE KITCHEN preview presented by Fringe Flings! at Genesis Cinema (24 SEP 18:30).
HOTEL GAGARIN + Q&A with executive producer Valeria Licurgo at Regent Street Cinema (25 SEP 19:30):
- CinemaItaliaUK presents: A lovely comedy with a message about the cinema as a factory of dreams featuring Claudio Amendola, Luca Argentero and Giuseppe Battiston. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with executive producer Valeria Licurgo and some nibbles.
NUREYEV + Q&A with directors Jacqui Morris & David Morris at Curzon Mayfair (25 SEP 18:15):
- Rudolf Nureyev is regarded as the Lord of the Dance – the greatest male dancer the ballet world has ever known. His artistry was beyond reproach and he was adored by fans and peers alike. This documentary draws together interviews with those who knew and loved Nureyev, archive footage and recently filmed danced pieces.
More films in London today (A – Z): THE BIG LEBOWSKI: 20TH Anniversary at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (25 SEP 19:00). CLOCKWORK ORANGE presented by Truman’s at Genesis Cinema (25 SEP 21:00). FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE aka Per qualche dollaro in più 35mm at Prince Charles (25 SEP 15:35). THE GODFATHER at Picturehouse Central (25 SEP 18:00 – Other Picturehouses available!). IN PRAISE OF NOTHING at ICA (25 SEP 13:30). LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT 35mm at BFI (25 SEP 20:30). NUREYEV: LIFTING THE CURTAIN at Phoenix Cinema (25 SEP 18:15). NUREYEV: ALL THE WORLD HIS STAGE at DocHouse (25 SEP 18:30). RAINING STONES presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (25 SEP 20:00). SHAKES THE CLOWN at Prince Charles (25 SEP 18:25 – £1 PCC Members’ Screening).
CAMERAPERSON at The Institute Of Light (26 SEP 20:30):
- The People’s Film Club presents their final screening at IOL before the closure of the venue’s regular screenings under the arches. As befits such a special event, Kirsten Johnson’s unique documentary CAMERAPERSON screens as a one-off fundraiser for the most generous of film clubs.
F FOR FAKE + INTRO by Geoff Andrew at BFI Southbank (26 SEP 18:10):
- With its various interwoven strands centred on the historic case of Clifford Irving’s bogus biography of Elmyr de Hory, a forger who boasted of having paintings in the world’s greatest galleries, Welles’ essay film ponders questions of truth and illusion, creativity and charlatanism, and the value of art.
Jeremy Shaw: QUANTIFICATION TRILOGY + INTRO/Q&A with the artist at Tate Modern (26 SEP 18:30):
- Delve into extremes of subjective and hallucinatory experience with the UK premiere of this short film trilogy by Canadian-born, Berlin-based artist Jeremy Shaw. QUANTIFICATION TRILOGY, imagines countercultural behaviours at three different points in the future.
More films in London today (A – Z): ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (26 SEP 19:00). THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (26 SEP 19:00). COLUMBUS previews at BFI (26 SEP 20:30). CONTROL + COCKTAIL/FOOD options at Untitled Bar & Rio Cinema (26 SEP 21:00). FIRE IN THE BABYLON supper club presented by Welcome Cinema + Kitchen at Surrey County Cricket Club (26 SEP 18:00). GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 35mm at Regent Street Cinema (26 SEP 12:00 & 15:30). THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY aka Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo 35mm at Prince Charles (26 SEP 15:00). THE LAST WALTZ + BOOK READING by author John Niven at Regent Street Cinema (26 SEP 19:30). PARIS, TEXAS at Goethe-Institut (26 SEP 19:00). SICILIAN GHOST STORY presented by Screen25 as part of their Odyssey Film Club – “shining a light on cinema from around the world” – at Harris Academy South Norwood (26 SEP 19:45). THE WIFE previews at Phoenix Cinema (26 SEP 20:30).
Double Bill: Reber Dosky inc RADIO KOBANI + SHORT: MERYEM at CentrE17 (27 SEP 19:00):
- Last Frame Club presents two docs by acclaimed filmmaker Reber Dosky. RADIO KOBANI: Out of the smoke and dust of battle came Radio Kobanî, the brainchild of 20-year-old Dilovan. A young Kurdish woman, Dilovan took it upon herself to document the final days of IS control, and the stories of refugees returning to their flattened homes.
Kihlberg & Henry: Speaking Buildings + Q&A with the artists at Whitechapel Gallery (27 SEP 19:00):
- Featuring the London premiere of their provocative new commission Slow Violence, this presentation of five short works by the artist filmmaker duo Kihlberg & Henry explores their visually striking, intellectually rigorous, cross-disciplinary practice.
PINK FLAMINGOS 35mm + INTRO/SALON with Nick Walker at Genesis Cinema (27 SEP 18:40):
- Nick Walker of Rochester Kino returns with John Water’s irreverent PINK FLAMINGOS in a delicious 35mm presentation. The screening will be introduced by Nick and will be followed by a salon discussion upstairs at the bar where you will have a chance to discuss this great film with fellow fans and first-time viewers!
More films in London today (A – Z): COLD WAR at The David Lean (27 SEP 14:30 & 19:30). GRAVITY presented by Sydenham Film Club at The Sydenham Centre (27 SEP 19:30). MILES AHEAD presented by The Bigger Picture at The Ivyhouse (27 SEP 20:00). THE SHINING at BFI (27 SEP 18:10). THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 35mm at BFI (27 SEP 20:45). THIRTEEN 35mm at Prince Charles (27 SEP 18:40). THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (27 SEP 19:15). THE TRIBE presented by The Lighthouse at The White House (27 SEP 19:00 – Free!).
MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1
SEASONS (by event/venue)
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- Bringing regular 70mm presentations back to the West End with: INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE 70mm (22 SEP 17:50 / 27 SEP 20:45).
AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS various venues (AUG to SEP):
- A national touring programme celebrating the incomparable Agnès Varda. Includes:
- Close-Up (until 29 SEP): VAGABOND (21 SEP 20:15).
- The David Lean: VAGABOND (25 SEP 19:30).
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- “Butt-numbing marathons” (their words…ED.) of cult, horror, themed & film franchises include: SERGIO LEONE’S ‘DOLLARS TRILOGY’ 3 films, 1 ticket (23 SEP 13:00); KILL BILL : VOL 1 & 2 35mm (26 SEP 18:30).
ALWAYS SOMEWHERE ELSE – THE CINEMA OF ANGELA SCHANELEC IN DIALOGUE at Goethe-Institut (13 to 25 SEP):
- This first comprehensive retrospective in the UK dedicated to Angela Schanelec proposes a dialogue between the films of the German filmmaker and those by international directors. Includes: Surprise Film by Angela Schanelec & Claire Denis: 35 SHOTS OF RUM aka 35 RHUMS (21 SEP 18:30); Angela Schanelec: LOVELY YELLOW COLOUR & Chantal Akerman: NEWS FROM HOME (24 SEP 19:00); and, Angela Schanelec: PASSING SUMMER & Edward Yang: THE TERRORIZERS aka KONG BU FEN ZI (25 SEP 18:45).
ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):
- Celebrating animation in all its guises, from puppetry and stop-motion to anime and CGI. Includes: HAVE A NICE DAY! aka Hao ji le (21 SEP 18:30).
BACK 2 SCHOOL at House Of Vans (06 to 23 SEP – Free!/No booking required):
- “Whether you’re heading back to class or just feeling nostalgic about the good old days, lock up your board and come enjoy a quality Back 2 School movie in our cinema space.” Includes: FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (22 SEP 15:00 & 17:30); and DEAD POET’S SOCIETY (23 SEP 14:00 & 16:00).
BLACK AND BANNED at BFI Southbank (SEP TO OCT):
- “The films you weren’t allowed to see: drama and documentaries that offer unique and challenging perspectives.” Includes: GOODBYE UNCLE TOM + INTRO by Tony Warner (21 SEP 18:00 / without intro 26 SEP 20:20); FABLE + INTRO by David Somerset (22 SEP 16:00); TWO GENTLEMEN SHARING 35mm (23 SEP 17:20); and, AVA & GABRIEL: A LOVE STORY + INTRO by Gaylene Gould (25 SEP 18:10).
CLOSE-UP ON PETER WATKINS at Close-Up (05 to 28 SEP):
- Covering the breadth of Peter Watkins extraordinary body of work this programme presents the radical filmmaker’s most well known films. As the centrepiece to the programme, Watkins will introduce the rarely screened theatrical cut of LA COMMUNE. Includes: LA COMMUNE (Paris, 1871): Theatrical Cut + INTRO by Peter Watkins (23 SEP 18:00 – Sold Out!); and; A Discussion With Peter Watkins (26 SEP 19:00 – Sold Out!).
FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN TALENT: THE GERMAN FILM WEEKEND at Regent Street Cinema (21 to 23 SEP):
- The programme of five German festival favourites (including two UK premieres) is curated by The Daily Telegraph’s film critic Tim Robey. Includes: 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON + INTRO/Q&A with director Emily Atef (21 SEP 19:30); 24 WEEKS + Q&A with actress Julia Jentsch (22 SEP 18:00); WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG. + Q&A with director Burhan Qurbani (22 SEP 20:30); THE CAPTAIN + INTRO (23 SEP 18:00); and, OH BOY (23 SEP 20:30).
FIERCE: THE UNTAMEABLE JOAN CRAWFORD at BFI Southbank (until OCT):
- A two-month season revelling in the formidable and versatile Hollywood star. Includes: AUTUMN LEAVES (27 SEP 18:30).
GENERATIONS: RUSSIAN CINEMA OF CHANGE at Barbican (26 to 30 SEP):
- Defiant, electric and subversive, this season of cult and landmark films charts an extraordinary century of change in Russia. Presented in partnership with New East Cinema. Includes: GOODBYE, BOYS + INTRO + LIVE MUSIC by Douglas Dare (26 SEP 18:30); and, THE STUDENT + INTRO (27 SEP 19:45).
HARRY DEAN STANTON FOCUS at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- BFI celebrates the late, great Harry Dean Stanton. Includes: a grind show run of LUCKY (21 to 27 SEP).
LATE NIGHTS at Everyman Screen on The Green (ongoing):
- Includes: ANNIE HALL (22 SEP 23:30).
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! at Ealing Town Hall (07 SEP to 26 OCT):
- Classic Cinema Club – Ealing presents a series of films complete with action sequences, adventure and crime capers – with brains, brawn and machismo. Includes: DOUBLE INDEMNITY (21 SEP 19:30).
MUSIC & MOVIES: THE AUTUMN SEASON at Genesis Cinema (ongoing):
- A series of FREE live music and movie events in the cinema’s Bar Paragon. Includes: FRANCES HA! + CHEERBLEEDERZ – ME REX – TEA LEAF LIVE (24 SEP 19:00).
NORA GREGOR & ANTON WALBROOK SEASON at Austrian Cultural Forum (27 SEP to 23 OCT):
- In the context of the Memorial Year: 1938 Remembered, this season explores the very different fates of two of Austria’s pre-war giants of the silver screen. Includes: GASLIGHT + INTRO (27 SEP 19:00).
PAINFULLY FUNNY: THE COMPLETE DIRECTORIAL WORKS OF ELAINE MAY at ICA (21 to 23 SEP):
- The Badlands Collective presents a special weekend of 35mm screenings celebrating a filmmaker whose work has been neglected for too long. Includes: A NEW LEAF 35mm (21 SEP 18:30); THE HEARTBREAK KID 35mm (22 SEP 18:30); MIKEY & NICKY 35mm (23 SEP 16:00); and, ISHTAR 35mm (23 SEP 18:30).
VARDA BY AGNÈS at Ciné Lumière (until 30 SEP):
- A series of films by the incomparable Agnès Varda. Includes: SANS TOIT NI LOI (23 SEP 14:00 / 25 SEP 18:30).
WORKING CLASS HEROES at BFI Southbank (SEP to OCT):
- A season celebrating the charismatic working-class stars who light up our screens. Includes: SHALLOW GRAVE (22 SEP 18:45); FACE 35mm (22 SEP 20:30); POOR COW + INTERVIEW with Lesley Sharp (23 SEP 13:30); and, TRACK 29 35mm (24 SEP 20:50).
MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2
FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)
Film festivals in London this week include:
- Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival (15 to 30 SEP).
- Created Out Of Mind Short Film Festival (23 SEP)
- Darkroom Festival (24 to 30 SEP).
- Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival (21 to 23 SEP).
- London Spanish Film Festival (26 to 30 SEP).
- Raindance Film Festival (26 SEP to 07 OCT).
- Scalarama (SEP).
REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)
CLIMAX at Genesis Cinema (21 to 27 SEP):
- Following a successful and visually dazzling rehearsal, a dance troupe celebrates with a party. But when it becomes apparent that someone has spiked the Sangria, the dancers soon begin to turn on each other in an orgiastic frenzy.
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. at ArtHouse Crouch End (21 to 27 SEP):
- Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award-winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.
- Also at DocHouse (21 to 27 SEP).
FACES PLACES at Ciné Lumière (21 SEP to 04 OCT):
- What connects Agnès Varda, living legend of cinema and feminism, to JR, young photographer who stood out of the crowd with his open-air galleries? A common passion for images, and more particularly, the places where they are showed, shared, exposed.
More films in London this week (A – Z): BLACKkKLANSMAN at Barbican (21 to 26 SEP). COLD WAR at The Castle (21 to 26 SEP). GENERATION WEALTH at The Montpelier (16 to 26 SEP). THE GODFATHER at BFI (21 to 08 OCT). HEATHERS at Prince Charles (22 to 27 SEP). LET THE SUNSHINE IN at Whirled Cinema (24 to 30 SEP). THE LITTLE STRANGER at Barbican (21 to 27 SEP). LUCKY at ArtHouse (21 to 27 SEP). THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST at Prince Charles (21 to 27 SEP). PUZZLE at Watermans (21 to 27 SEP). QUINCY at ICA (21 to 27 SEP). REINVENTING MARVIN at Ciné Lumière (14 to 27 SEP). THE RIDER at Institute Of Light (21 to 27 SEP). WAJIB at ICA (21 to 27 SEP).
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