SCREEN GUIDE: Films in London this week [25 to 31 MAY 2018]

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FRI 25 // SAT 26 // SUN 27 // MON 28 // TUE 29 // WED 30 // THU 31


Welcome to our weekly digest of films in London this week.

Two British heroes get good screen on Saturday with DEREK JARMAN NOW at The Whitechapel Gallery and KEN RUSSELL DAY at Deptford Cinema. A shame they are both on the same day… (26 MAY).

Another RADIANT CIRCUS favourite – indeed, the very inspiration for this blog – Bruce Yonemoto gets a rare London screening in support of Karen Finley’s book launch, GRABBING PUSSY (28 MAY). Part of Femmetopia , the event screens FAR EAST OF EDEN, Finley and Yonemoto’s juicy collab which places President Trump’s rhetoric in the context of historic racism (with added voice over from George Takei).

Elsewhere, there are some excellent sounding off-screen activities, including:

It’s the end of the month and a lot of seasons and festivals are coming to a natural conclusion. Get booking to take advantage of excellent seasons at BFI, Close-Up, ICA and Barbican. Of course, as one door closes, so Sundance London arrives to open another (31 May to 03 JUN, Picturehouse Central). Tickets are already selling out fast… we advise you to click quickly.

Our featured attraction of the week is LE MYSTÈRE DE LA CHAMBRE JAUNE and its sequel LE PARFUM DE LA DAME EN NOIR as part of Ciné Lumière’s Tribute to Gaston Leroux (27 MAY 14:00 & 16:15). Because we love a double.

What are you going to see?


Find films in London this week by: SINGLE-O EXHIBITS (one-off attractions), MUSEUM SHOWS (several attractions under one roof – seasons & festivals) and GRIND SHOWS (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: ONCE THERE WAS BRASILIA at ICA (25 MAY).
Films in London this week: ONCE THERE WAS BRASILIA at ICA (25 MAY).

CinemaAttic: HASTA LA VISTA, BABY! at Hackney Attic (25 MAY 19:30):

  • CinemaAttic’s adventure at Hackney Attic is coming to an end and it’s time to say ‘hasta la vista’ to the Attic! They’re marking the moment with a selection of their favourite Spanish, Iberian and Latin-American short films.

Latin America Monthly: ONCE THERE WAS BRASILIA + Skype Q&A with director Adirley Queirós at ICA (25 MAY 18:20):

  • This politically charged, Afrofuturist sci-fi begins in 1959 and travels through time to present day Brasil, parodying the shortcomings of Brazilian politics while throwing a sharp jab at the country’s entrenched structural racism.
  • Also 26, 27 & 29 MAY without Q&A.

SCOTT STARK. THE BODY: INSIDE OUT at The Horse Hospital (25 MAY 19:00):

  • Curated by Kamila Kuc, this show explores Stark’s preoccupation with the human form through a variety of formats, from animated 3D stereoscopic photographs, Super8 and 16mm film, to digital video.

More films in London today (A – Z): BILL & TED DOUBLE BILL at Deptford Cinema (25 MAY 19:00). BLADE RUNNER: DOUBLE FEATURE two films, one ticket at The Prince Charles (25 MAY 18:45). COLD TANGO + Q&A with director Pavel Chukhray presented by Russian Film Week at Regent Street Cinema (25 MAY 19:30). MAD MAX at BFI (25 MAY 21:10).


SAT 26

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: DEREK JARMAN NOW at The Whitechapel Gallery (26 MAY).
Films in London this week: DEREK JARMAN NOW at The Whitechapel Gallery (26 MAY).

DEREK JARMAN NOW at The Whitechapel Gallery (26 MAY 13:00):

  • To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Film London Jarman Award, a special day of screenings by this “singular, inspired and constantly relevant artist, writer and cultural activist”. The event focuses on Jarman’s final film works and includes producer Tariq Ali in conversation.

GEORGIA 100: FILM/FEST/FEAST at Close-Up (26 MAY 18:00 & 20:30):

  • Marking the centenary of the founding of the first Georgian Republic and the centenary of the death of the outsider artist Niko Pirosmani, Life Through Cinema and cARTveli foundation present a programme of young Georgian filmmakers, video-artists and curators.

KEN RUSSELL DAY at Deptford Cinema (26 MAY 13:00):

  • A celebration of one of the UK’s most visionary and maverick directors. Includes two of Russell’s most daring, drug fuelled and hallucinatory films: the mind-bending cult sci-fi classic ALTERED STATES (1980) and the nightmarish take on the origins of Frankenstein, GOTHIC (1986).

LA LA LAND + Skype SCREENTALK with Justin Hurwitz + GUY & MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH + INTRO at Barbican (26 MAY 15:30 & 18:40):

  • A double bill with a rare opportunity to hear composer Justin Hurwitz talk about his Academy Award winning score for Damien Chazelle’s LA LA LAND. Followed by a recorded introduction from Hurwitz to GUY & MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, his first collab with Damien Chazelle.
  • There’s a discount for doing the double.

More films in London today (A – Z): 8 BORDERS, 8 DAYS + Q&A at ArtHouse Crouch End (26 MAY 16:00). BLACK DYNAMITE 35mm at The Prince Charles (26 MAY 21:00). CASABLANCA 35mm at The Prince Charles (26 MAY 14:45). DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE + Recorded Q&A to celebrate the announcement of Oz Film Festival at Regent Street (26 MAY 18:00). EXPLODING CINEMA at The Horse Hospital (26 MAY 19:00). THE RECKLESS MOMENT 35mm + TALK + BOOK LAUNCH at Birkbeck Cinema (26 MAY 13:00 – Free!). SCARFACE (1932) at BFI (26 MAY 17:20). SPIRITED AWAY at BFI (26 MAY 12:30). THERE WILL BE BLOOD 35mm (26 MAY 17:00).


SUN 27

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: VIRTUE at The Cinema Museum (27 MAY).
Films in London this week: VIRTUE at The Cinema Museum (27 MAY).

MAKE MORE NOISE! SUFFRAGETTES IN SILENT FILM + Q&A with Helen Pankhurst at ArtHouse Crouch End (27 MAY 16:00):

  • A boisterous archive anthology showing how the Suffragettes were portrayed on the cinema screen, at the same time as their battles were still raging on the streets outside. Accompanied by an exclusive preview of new doc Emmeline Pankhurst: The Making of a Militant (to be shown on the BBC in June).

VIRTUE at The Cinema Museum (27 MAY 14:30):

  • Directed by Edward Buzzell, this 1932 comedy-drama follows the romance of a New York streetwalker (Carole Lombard) and a cab driver (Pat O’Brien), who has a dislike for women. Genuinely warm chemistry between the two stars and snappy pre-Code patter spark this likeable film. Presented by Kennington Talkies with full supporting programme.

More films in London today (A – Z): THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD at Curzon Soho (27 MAY 14:30). BLACK PETER in memory of Milos Forman at Deptford Cinema (27 MAY 18:00). Double Bill: THE MAGIC FLUTE + SUMMER WITH MONIKA at Regent Street Cinema (27 MAY 14:00 & 16:45). GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995) at The Prince Charles (27 MAY 18:30). THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY at Regent Street Cinema (27 MAY 19:00). I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO at ICA (27 MAY 12:30). NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN 35mm at BFI (27 MAY 15:15). SCI-FI in ’82 six films, one ticket at The Prince Charles (27 MAY 21:15). STANLEY KUBRICK 35mm MARATHON six films, one ticket at The Prince Charles (27 MAY 20:30). STILL ALICE at Phoenix Cinema as part of Dementia Action Week (27 MAY 12:00). THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI at Whirled Cinema (27 MAY 18:00). THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI at Catford Film Club (27 MAY 19:30). THE WIND RISES at The Prince Charles (27 MAY 15:35).


MON 28

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: FAR EAST OF EDEN at Rio Cinema (28 MAY).
Films in London this week: FAR EAST OF EDEN at Rio Cinema (28 MAY).

THE CAMERAMAN + LIVE ORGAN ACCOMPANIMENT by Donald Mackenzie at Regent Street Cinema (28 MAY 19:30):

  • Buster Keaton stars as a hapless fool who attempts to become a motion picture cameraman in order to get closer to the woman he desires. Plus short ONE WEEK.

GRABBING PUSSY: BANK HOL BRUNCH WITH KAREN FINLEY at Rio Cinema (28 MAY 12:00):

  • Book launch, film screening and conversation with Karen Finley. The film FAR EAST OF EDEN, a short film created by Karen Finley and director Bruce Yonemoto, overlaps the historical white-supremacist anti-immigration politician James D. Phelan with the contemporary vitriol of Donald Trump. Part of Femmetopia.

HALF WAY + PANEL with director Daisy-May Hudson at The Institute Of Light (28 MAY 19:45):

  • A moving portrait of the UK housing crisis, told through the experience of one family. Filmed over a year, Daisy-May Hudson (BAFTA Breakthrough Brit) is both director and daughter as her family fights to retain their dignity whilst they wait to be rehoused. All proceeds to Streets Kitchen.

More films in London today (A – Z): ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS at BFI (28 MAY 13:15). THE ILLUSIONIST 35mm at The Prince Charles (28 MAY 18:15 – £1 PCC Members’ Screening). PHANTOM THREAD 70mm at The Prince Charles (28 MAY 20:15). POINT BLANK 35mm at BFI (28 MAY 20:30). THE RED COLLAR at Ciné Lumière (28 MAY 18:15). SIMPSONS BANK HOLIDAY ALL-DAYER VOL. 2 at Genesis Cinema (28 MAY 12:00 – Free!).


TUE 29

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME at The David Lean Cinema (29 MAY).
Films in London this week: DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME at The David Lean Cinema (29 MAY).

AMANT DOUBLE + Q&A with director François Ozon at Curzon Soho (29 MAY 18:20):

  • A whirlwind of heightened senses and amped-up drama, François Ozon’s AMANT DOUBLE is a filthy and flamboyant thriller.
  • See AMANT DOUBLE + Q&A with director François Ozon a little later at Ciné Lumière (29 MAY 20:40) where the film also enjoys a grind show run (29 MAY to 14 JUN).

DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME at The David Lean Cinema (29 MAY 19:30):

  • In 1978, a treasure trove of silent film reels was discovered in the Yukon permafrost. Explaining how it got there, director Bill Morrison weaves together the fascinating tales of Dawson City – born in the chaotic Gold Rush of the 1890s – the birth of the movie industry and the wider history of the early 20th century.

THAT SUMMER + Q&A with director Göran Hugo Olsson at DocHouse (29 MAY 18:30):

  • Directed by acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson, THAT SUMMER centres on the film project artist Peter Beard initiated together with the incandescent Lee Radziwill about her relatives: the Beales of Grey Gardens. Lost for decades, this extraordinary footage re-emerges in Olsson’s documentary.

More films in London today (A – Z): AGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD at BFI (29 MAY 21:10). ALL ABOUT EVE at The Prince Charles (29 MAY 20:45). A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS + INTRO by Joe Dempsie at BFI (29 MAY 20:45). BAR SHORTS FILM CLUB short film programme at The Book Club (29 MAY 20:00). FIRE AND ICE 35mm at The Prince Charles (29 MAY 18:30). THE HAPPY PRINCE at Picturehouse Central (29 MAY 18:30 – Other Picturehouses available!).


WED 30

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: KISS ME DEADLY at Close-Up (30 MAY).
Films in London this week: KISS ME DEADLY at Close-Up (30 MAY).

Artists’ Film Club: Shen Xin: WARM SPELL at ICA (30 MAY 18:45):

  • Shen Xin’s recently completed video WARM SPELL is a complex exploration of bodies and cultures, set amidst the environmental change caused by global warming. WARM SPELL is shown alongside the earlier work COUNTING BLESSINGS, a record of her artist father’s photography collection focused on representations of Tibetans and Tibetan culture in Chinese ink painting.

CLASSE TOUS RISQUES + INTRO by Geoff Andrews at BFI Southbank (30 MAY 18:10):

  • Written by José Giovanni (Le Trou, Le Deuxième souffle), Sautet’s superb crime drama follows a fugitive gangster (Ventura), sentenced to death in Italy, who heads to France to settle some scores and carry out one last job that will enable him to retire.

MA VIE EN ROSE + DISCUSSION at The Cinema Museum (30 MAY 19:00 – Free but donation requested!):

  • Alain Berliner’s 1997 Belgian film about a family struggling to accept young Ludovic’s transgressive gender expression. Presented by the Vito Project, a series of monthly screenings bringing generations of LGBT folk together to provide an alternative space to watch films and share ideas.

More films in London today (A – Z): CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at The Prince Charles (30 MAY 18:20). A FANTASTIC WOMAN + TALK by activist & artist Annie Brown presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (30 MAY 19:45). THE GREATEST SHOWMAN + Welcome Kitchen Iftar supper club at Amnesty UK (30 MAY 18:00). THE MARTIAN presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Millennium Halls (30 MAY 20:15). MULHOLLAND DRIVE presented by Deeper Into Movies at The Five Bells (30 MAY 19:30). PAINT YOUR WAGON at Regent Street Cinema (30 MAY 12:00 & 15:30). PERSEPOLIS at Deptford Cinema (30 MAY 19:30). SOCIETY at The Prince Charles (30 MAY 21:00). Take Two: KISS ME DEADLY + REPO MAN at Close-Up (30 & 31 MAY 19:30). VALMONT in tribute to Milos Forman at Ciné Lumière (30 MAY 20:30).


THU 31

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: THAT SUMMER at Dochouse (31 MAY).
Films in London this week: THAT SUMMER at Dochouse (31 MAY).

MY LIFE AND TIMES WITH ANTONIN ARTAUD at The Whitechapel Gallery (31 MAY 19:00):

  • This screening event and book launch marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Antonin Artaud, the immensely influential artist, Surrealist writer and film theorist.

THAT SUMMER + Q&A with director Göran Hugo Olsson at DocHouse (31 MAY 18:30):

  • Directed by acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson, THAT SUMMER centres on the film project artist Peter Beard initiated together with the incandescent Lee Radziwill about her relatives: the Beales of Grey Gardens. Lost for decades, this extraordinary footage re-emerges in Olsson’s documentary.

UNDER THE SKIN + LIVE SCORE by Covent Garden Sinfonia at Everyman Muswell Hill (31 MAY 19:00):

  • A screening of cult sci-fi drama UNDER THE SKIN, with Oscar nominated Mica Levi‘s score performed live by Covent Garden Sinfonia. Disguising herself as a human, an extraterrestrial (Scarlett Johansson) drives around Scotland and tries to lure unsuspecting men into her grasp.

More films in London today (A – Z): BOBBY ROBSON: MORE THAN A MANAGER + Q&A with Stuart Pearce, Gabriel Clarke & Clive Tyldesley at Curzon Soho (31 MAY 18:25). FREESTYLE: THE ART OF RHYME – DIRECTOR’S CUT + Q&A presented by Commune Cinema at House Of Vans (31 MAY 19:00 – Free!). HEAVEN’S GATE at BFI (31 MAY 18:50). KINO VAN at Guidhall Yard: archive footage about women worker’s rights and the suffragette movement loops as part of London History Day (11:00 until 17:00 – Free!). THE ROOM at The Prince Charles (31 MAY 21:00). SINK + Q&A with director Mark Gillis at Peckhamplex (31 MAY 20:30). SUBMERGENCE previews at Ciné Lumière (31 MAY 18:30). Take Two: KISS ME DEADLY + REPO MAN at Close-Up (30 & 31 MAY 19:30). THE TRUMAN SHOW presented by Sydenham Film Club at the Sydenham Centre (31 MAY 19:30).


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1

SEASONS (by event/venue)

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: SCOUTING FOR PALESTINE at Close-Up (27 MAY).
Films in London this week: SCOUTING FOR PALESTINE at Close-Up (27 MAY).

BLACK EUROPE ON FILM at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (until 07 JUN):

CHALLENGING PERCEPTIONS at Deptford Cinema (starts 24 APR):

CLOSE-UP ON JEAN-LUC GODARD at Close-Up (04 to 25 MAY):

  • “A pioneer of the French new wave, Jean-Luc Godard has had an incalculable effect on modern cinema that refuses to wane.” Concludes with: PIERROT LE FOU (25 MAY 19:30).

CLOSE-UP ON PIER PAOLO PASOLINI at Close-Up (03 to 29 MAY):

CREATURE FEATURES at The Prince Charles (01 MAY to 23 JUL):

  • “From creepy crawlies and beasts from the deep to extra-terrestrials and towering goliaths…” Continues with: XTRO (25 MAY 20:45).

CYBERPUNK ANIME at House Of Vans (06 to 25 MAY):

  • A series showing “the best of the best in CyberPunk Anime”. Free entry – no booking required. Concludes with: MEMORIES (27 MAY 14:00 & 16:00).

JACQUES TATI Selectrospective at The Prince Charles (07 to 28 MAY):

  • A selection of films from the genius of legendary French filmmaker Jacques Tati concludes with: THE ILLUSIONIST 35mm (28 MAY 18:15).

JUST THE TWO OF US? at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (04 MAY to 29 JUN):

  • “Couples, love triangles, friends, doppelgängers”: THE LADY EVE (25 MAY 19:30).

LET LOVE IN: NICK CAVE ON SCREEN at Genesis Cinema (until 01 JUN):

  • To mark his headline performance as part of All Points East festival Genesis is taking a closer look at the famed renaissance man’s contribution to the silver screen: Trumans Presents: 20.000 DAYS ON EARTH film & a pint (31 MAY 21:00).

LOST IN AMERICA: THE OTHER SIDE OF REAGAN’S 80s at BFI Southbank (MAY):

LUCRECIA MARTEL RETROSPECTIVE at ICA & BFI Southbank (20 to 27 MAY):

RETURNING THE COLONIAL GAZE at Barbican (02 to 30 MAY):

  • After decades of being represented and ‘spoken for’ by Western directors, these films burst with the creativity of filmmakers reclaiming the right to take control of the camera for the first time. Concludes with: AN ADVENTURER’S HOMECOMING + TOUKI-BOUKI (30 MAY 20:45).

TRIBUTE TO GASTON LEROUX at Ciné Lumière (15 to 27 MAY):

UPRISING: THE SPIRIT OF ’68 at BFI Southbank (until 29 MAY):

WE <3 GRETA GERWIG at The Prince Charles (until 09 JUN):

  • A selection of some of Gerwig’s best roles continues with: 20TH CENTURY WOMEN (31 MAY 18:20).

YOUTH ON THE MARCH! at Regent Street Cinema (02 MAY to 27 JUN):

  • Kino Klassika Foundation’s season dedicated to the rise of the Soviet New Wave continues with: COURIER (30 MAY 19:30).


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2

FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: THE TALE at Sundance London (31 MAY).
Films in London this week: THE TALE at Sundance London (31 MAY).

Festivals projecting this week include:


GRIND SHOWS

REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE at DocHouse.
Films in London this week: LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE at DocHouse.

IN THE INTENSE NOW + BRITISH MOVIETONE NEWS REVIEW OF 1968 at Rio Cinema (29 to 31 MAY):

  • IN THE INTENSE NOW blends a cornucopia of archive materials documenting the uprisings of 1968 as they unfolded across four different countries. It captures all the euphoria, heady idealism and sadness of tumultuous times.

KOUDELKA: SHOOTING HOLY LAND at DocHouse (27 to 30 MAY):

  • Forty years after capturing iconic images of the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968, Czech Photographer Josef Koudelka arrived in Israel and Palestine. On first seeing the nine-meter-high wall built by Israel in the West Bank, Koudelka is deeply shaken and embarks on a four-year project.

ZAMA at ICA (25 to 31 MAY):

  • Nine years after the critically acclaimed THE HEADLESS WOMAN, director Lucrecia Martel returns with ZAMA, a colonial-era satire based on the 1956 existential novel by Argentinian writer Antonio Di Benedetto.

More films in London this week (A – Z): 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm at Picturehouse Central (until 31 MAY). AMANT DOUBLE at Ciné Lumière (29 MAY to 14 JUN). THE BREADWINNER at Rich Mix (25 to 31 MAY). LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE at DocHouse (25 to 31 MAY). ONCE THERE WAS BRASILIA at ICA (26 to 29 MAY). THE OUTSIDER at DocHouse (25 to 31 MAY). THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR at ArtHouse Crouch End (25 to 31 MAY). REVENGE at Ciné Lumière (until 31 MAY). SWEET COUNTRY at Whirled Cinema (28 MAY to 03 JUN). THIS IS CONGO at ICA (25 to 31 MAY). THE WILD BOYS at ICA (until 30 MAY).


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*THE SMALL PRINT: As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Apologies if we have missed your event. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version. Event dates/times are subject to change by the venue/organiser. We check box office for all films in London this week before posting: some events may still be sold out. Please click quickly! We don’t filter by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should be 18+.

Featured image: LE PARFUM DE LA DAME EN NOIR (2005).

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