SCREEN GUIDE: Films in London this week [25 to 31 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 25 // SAT 26 // SUN 27 // MON 28 // TUE 29 // WED 30 // THU 31


Featured attraction:

SHOAH: Holocaust Memorial Day at Close-Up (27 JAN 11:00):

  • To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Close-Up presents a commemorative screening of Claude Lanzmann’s nine-hour opus SHOAH. Using no archival footage, Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies, employing a circular, free-associative method in assembling them.

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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).


FILMS IN LONDON THIS WEEK

SINGLE-O EXHIBITS

ONE-OFF MOVIE NIGHTS, FILM EVENTS & GALLERY SCREENINGS (by date/event)

FRI 25

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: THE DEVIL OUTSIDE at ICA (25 JAN).
Films in London this week: THE DEVIL OUTSIDE at ICA (25 JAN).

BERGMAN: A YEAR IN A LIFE + Q&A with director Jane Magnusson at BFI Southbank (25 JAN 18:10):

  • Jane Magnusson’s documentary centres on 1957, a turbulent but miraculously productive year when Bergman led a messily complicated domestic life that included a spell in hospital.
  • Enjoys a grind show run at the same venue (25 JAN to 07 FEB).

THE DEVIL OUTSIDE + Q&A with director Andrew Hulme at ICA (25 JAN 20:55):

  • Four years after his critically-acclaimed debut feature SNOW IN PARADISE, writer/director Andrew Hulme returns with a disquieting examination of faith, repression and madness.
  • Enjoys a grind show run at the same venue (26 to 31 JAN).

HIV Stigma: BLUE + TALK by Alexandra Parsons at Birkbeck Cinema (25 JAN 18:00 – Free!):

  • BIMI & BISR Guilt Group present: Derek Jarman’s last film, completed in 1993,  projects a blue screen accompanied by a multi-layered soundtrack consisting of prose and poetry, music by Coil amongst others, and sound- scapes by Simon Fisher-Turner.

NINA + Q&A with director Olga Chajdas at ICA (25 JAN 18:00):

  • A restless married woman embarks on a transformative affair in Olga Chajdas’ accomplished debut.
  • Also screens 27 JAN 16:00 at the same venue without Q&A.

More films in London today (A – Z):


SAT 26

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: BIG FISH AND BEGONIA at Birkbeck Cinema (26 JAN).
Films in London this week: BIG FISH AND BEGONIA at Birkbeck Cinema (26 JAN).

50th Anniversary Screening: WHERE EAGLES DARE + Q&A with filmmakers at BFI Southbank (26 JAN 19:00):

  • ‘Broadsword calling Danny Boy…’ With some great plot twists and outstanding stunts (including the classic cable car scene), WHERE EAGLES DARE is deservedly considered one of the greatest action films of all time.

Annual Pittsburgh Lecture: ‘From Animation to Martial Arts’ by Jinying Li + BIG FISH & BEGONIA at Birkbeck Cinema (26 JAN 14:00 – Free!):

  • The lecture will explore the historical and aesthetical connections between animation and martial arts cinema. Accompanying the talk will be a screening of BIG FISH & BEGONIA (2016), a film Jinying co-wrote and provides an engaging example of key concepts of her lecture.

BROS – AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS Sing-A-Long at Rio Cinema (26 JAN 23:30).

  • In a period of political uncertainty, economic gloom and a fairly joyless festive period, one nugget of comedy cultural gold stood out… See it on the big screen as a shared communal groan-a-long, laugh-a-long, sing-a-long, & wince-a-long for a fully immersive 80’s night.

NEW SALT at House Of Vans (26 JAN 13:00 – Free! No booking required):

  • A 60-minute doc written, directed and self-produced by South Korean street photographer Soomin Yim. It documents the journey and spirit of Soomin, a street artist turned sailor, who abandons her life in Seoul to buy a modest sailboat and set out to sail towards the Southern tip of Korea.

More films in London today (A – Z):


SUN 27

Films in London this week: SCHINDLER'S LIST, various venues (27 JAN).
Films in London this week: SCHINDLER’S LIST, various venues (27 JAN).

Australia Day Double Bill: THE FLIP SIDE + INTRO by Eddie Izzard + SHORTS at Regent Street Cinema (27 JAN 14:00):

  • The London Australian Film Society presents: European premiere of new feature THE FLIP SIDE supported by a programme of short films curated by the New York group, Australian Short Film Today. Complimentary drinks reception between the two screenings.

NEVER CEDED at Redon (27 JAN 18:00):

  • The People’s Film Club presents: A celebration of Indigenous resistance in Australia featuring Warwick Thornton’s incredible film WE DON’T NEED A MAP, a doc exploring the history of the Southern Cross constellation as a symbol of both indigenous culture and racist nationalism in Australia.

SHOAH: Holocaust Memorial Day at Close-Up (27 JAN 11:00):

  • To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Close-Up presents a commemorative screening of Claude Lanzmann’s nine-hour opus SHOAH. Using no archival footage, Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies, employing a circular, free-associative method in assembling them.

More films in London today (A – Z):


MON 28

Films in London this week: QUANTO BASTA at Regent Street Cinema (28 JAN).
Films in London this week: QUANTO BASTA at Regent Street Cinema (28 JAN).

QUANTO BASTA + INTRO by Ilona Roth at Regent Street Cinema (28 JAN 19:30):

  • CinemaItaliaUK presents: Arturo is a talented chef who was sent to prison for assault and sentenced to community service. While serving his sentence as a cookery teacher to young people with special needs, he meets Guido, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. They will team up for a culinary competition.

More films in London today (A – Z):


TUE 29

Films in London this week: CRAZY RICH ASIANS at Amnesty International (29 JAN).
Films in London this week: CRAZY RICH ASIANS at Amnesty International (29 JAN).

CRAZY RICH ASIANS + Q&A/SUPPER with JING LUSI at Amnesty International (29 JAN 18:00):

  • Welcome Cinema + Kitchen presents: Film screening and supper club, for each ticket bought, a refugee or asylum seekers attends for free. Writer, critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson will be interviewing actor Jing Lusi after the film.

LEON GREENMAN – SURVIVOR + Q&A with director Joshua Rocker (29 JAN 18:30):

  • Joshua Rocker presents his documentary on Auschwitz survivor Leon Greenman, a courageous campaigner against fascism right up until his death, and a committed speaker on the Holocaust.

RAY & LIZ + Q&A with director Richard Billingham at ICA (29 JAN 18:20):

  • The first feature film by Turner Prize-nominated and Deutsche Börse Prize-winning photographer Richard Billingham focuses on his chaotic upbringing in the West Midlands in the early 1980s.

TARGETING YEMEN + Q&A at Frontline Club (29 JAN 19:00):

  • Safa Al Ahmad travelled to Yemen to investigate the escalation of US strikes against Al Qaeda. This is a campaign that has largely been fought in secret, but in January 2017 it briefly became headline news when US Special Forces raided the village of Yakla.

More films in London today (A – Z):


WED 30

Films in London this week: MOTHER at Cinema Museum (30 JAN).
Films in London this week: MOTHER at Cinema Museum (30 JAN).

ANDREW NORMAN WILSON: KODAK & OTHER WORKS at Regent Street Cinema (30 JAN 19:00):

  • The Photographers’ Gallery presents: Los Angeles based artist Andrew Norman Wilson presents KODAK, his most recent video work, in dialogue with current exhibition All I Know Is What’s On The Internet.

Hervé Guibert: MODESTY, OR IMMODESTY + INTRO by Oscar Gaynor and Alex Bennett at The Horse Hospital (30 JAN 19:00):

  • Ingrid Film Club presents: Hervé Guibert’s final work and only film along with a public TV appearance on France’s TF1 literary programme, APOSTROPHES in 1990. All proceeds from this event will go to POSITIVELY UK, a peer-led support organisation for people living with HIV.

MOTHER (1926) 16mm + INTRO by Kevin Brownlow at Cinema Museum (30 JAN 19:30):

  • Kevin Brownlow will present his own 16mm copy of Pudovkin’s Mother (1926), based on Maxim Gorky’s novel about a family torn apart by a worker’s strike set during the 1905 Russian Revolution. At first, the mother wants to protect her family from the troublemakers, but eventually she realizes that her son is right and the workers should strike.

NOBODY’S FOOL + STANDUP by Gina Yashere at Curzon Soho (30 JAN 18:15):

  • The New Black Film Collective present: A screening of Tyler Perry’s 2018 hit comedy, a live comedy set from Gina Yashere, and a post-screening Q&A hosted by the much-loved comedian Donna Spence – talking about women, comedy and everything in between!

WHERE I AM IS HERE at ICA (30 JAN 19:00):

  • The Machine That Kills Bad People presents: Short films selected by Ben Rivers, which reflect on the ideas at play in Beatrice Gibson’s solo show Crone Music at Camden Arts Centre (18 January – 31 March 2019). The programme focuses on intimate portraits and explores ideas around filmic memories, family and community,

More films in London today (A – Z):


THU 31

Films in London this week: ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS at BFI (31 JAN).
Films in London this week: ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS at BFI (31 JAN).

AMÁ + Q&A with director Lorna Tucker at Curzon Soho (31 JAN 18:30):

  • Docdays presents: One of America’s darkest secrets: the officially sponsored destruction of Native American families. Children removed from their homes, women sterilised without consent. Citizens ignored when they spoke up in protest.

The Liberated Film Club at Close-Up (31 JAN 20:15):

  • Neither guests introducing, nor the audience, will know which film is screening in this new monthly fixture: special guest; short and feature film. “Because you’re sick of knowing exactly what you’re going to get and you’re sick when you get it.” Mania Akbari is the special guest for this first instalment.

ZOMBIE aka Zombi 2/Zombie Flesh Eaters 4K at BFI Southbank (31 JAN 20:40):

  • Terror Vision presents: Initially billed as a sequel to DAWN OF THE DEAD (despite no connection to Romero’s classic), Lucio Fulci’s film takes place on a Caribbean island, where a young woman stumbles upon an outbreak of the undead as she’s searching for her missing father.

More films in London today (A – Z):


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1

SEASONS (by event/venue)

Films in London this week: THE FRAGILE HOUSE at BFI, part of CHINESE NEW YEAR (31 JAN).
Films in London this week: THE FRAGILE HOUSE at BFI, part of CHINESE NEW YEAR (31 JAN).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

AGNÈS VARDA: GLEANING TRUTHS at The Prince Charles (08 JAN to 06 MAY):

  • Eight feature-length fiction and documentary films. Includes: LA POINTE COURTE (27 JAN 15:20).

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: DISNEY PYJAMA PARTY: 2 7 films, 1 ticket (26 JAN 21:00).

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: FACES PLACES (25 JAN 16:00); and, COLD WAR (26 JAN 18:30).

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

CELEBRATING PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN at The Prince Charles (06 JAN to 15 JUL):

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

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

FEELGOOD FILMS at House Of Vans (25 JAN to 17 FEB – FREE! No booking required):

  • “Feeling the winter blues? We’re here to help with a season of great feel-good flicks.” Includes: BIG FISH (25 JAN 17:00 & 19:15); LA LA LAND (26 JAN 15:00 & 17:30); and, UP (27 JAN 14:00 & 16:00).

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

INGMAR BERGMAN FOCUS at BFI Southbank (JAN):

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

LAUREL AND HARDY at BFI Southbank (JAN):

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

SCI-FI SUNDAYS at Deptford Cinema (until 26 MAY):

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

  • A selection of animated features. Includes: BAMBI (26 JAN 12:30).

WE LOVE GILDA! at Phoenix Cinema (06 JAN to 24 FEB):

  • Following last year’s UK premiere of LOVE, GILDA, The Celluloid Sorceress presents a season of Gilda Radner’s films. Includes: HANKY PANKY 35mm + INTRO by Rebecca Nicole Williams (27 JAN 14:00).


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2

FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)

We don’t think there are any film festivals in London this week…


GRIND SHOWS

REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)

Films in London this week: BERGMAN: A YEAR IN A LIFE at BFI (25 JAN to 07 FEB).
Films in London this week: BERGMAN: A YEAR IN A LIFE at BFI (25 JAN to 07 FEB).

BERGMAN: A YEAR IN A LIFE at BFI Southbank (25 JAN to 07 FEB):

  • Jane Magnusson’s documentary centres on 1957, a turbulent but miraculously productive year when Bergman, besides unveiling The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries and working extensively in theatre and TV, led a messily complicated domestic life that included a spell in hospital.

CAMORRA at DocHouse (25 to 31 JAN):

  • A frank and startling insight into the inner mechanics of organised crime in Naples and its rise to political influence. High velocity from start to finish, the film tells the story of how the poor classes of Naples found their own power systems, and how it was authorised by the ruling classes – as long as it benefitted them.

THE DEVIL OUTSIDE at ICA (26 to 31 JAN):

  • Four years after his critically-acclaimed debut feature SNOW IN PARADISE, writer/director Andrew Hulme returns with a disquieting examination of faith, repression and madness.

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


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