SCREEN GUIDE: Films in London this week [30 NOV to 06 DEC 2018]

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 30 // SAT 01 // SUN 02 // MON 03 // TUE 04 // WED 05 // THU 06


Featured attraction: World AIDS Day at 30 at BFI Southbank (01 DEC 13:40): BFI Flare supports World AIDS Day with a special event featuring rarely-seen archive extracts and an open discussion.


New at RADIANT CIRCUS: 

In the first of a new series of guest articles at RADIANT CIRCUS, Manila-based film writer & critic Richard Bolisay introduces John Torres’ debut feature TODO TODO TEROS (2006), Filikino’s next screening at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC 18:15).

> HERE.

In our continuing series with Close-Up Film Centre, RADIANT CIRCUS chats to curator Andrew Gutman about UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND, a programme of under-screened classics of the Canadian underground film scene (03 to 04 DEC).

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 30

Films in London this week: CEUTA, PRISON BY THE SEA at Root25 (30 NOV).
Films in London this week: CEUTA, PRISON BY THE SEA at Root25 (30 NOV).

CEUTA, PRISON BY THE SEA aka Ceuta, Douce Prison at Root25 (30 NOV 19:30).

  • Maghreb Ciné presents: With no voice-over or added commentary, Ceuta, Prison by the Sea is a powerful documentary that focuses on the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, in northern Morocco, which has become a hub for an increasing number of refugees from Africa and Asia.

NAE PASARAN! + Q&A with director/producer Felipe Bustos Sierra at The Cinema Museum (30 NOV 19:15):

  • BECTU presents: Felipe Bustos Sierra’s feature charts the incredible true story of the Scots who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force, from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship.

More films in London today (A – Z):


SAT 01

Films in London this week: NAE PASARAN! at The Green (01 DEC).
Films in London this week: NAE PASARAN! at The Green (01 DEC).

THE BOX OF DELIGHTS + INTRO by Renny Rye at Picturehouse Central (01 DEC 13:00):

  • Open THE BOX OF DELIGHTS and take a wondrous step back in time to Christmas 1984 with Kay Harker, the Punch & Judy Man, Herne the Hunter, Mouse, and co. for a vintage television marathon of the complete six-episode BBC children’s series. Splendiferous!

Jóhann Jóhannsson: LAST AND FIRST MEN + LIVE SCORE by the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican (01 DEC 20:00):

  • Based on the cult science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon, music, film and narration form a poetic meditation on memory and loss in a performance of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s breathtaking multimedia work.

The Live Ghost Tent – quarterly meeting of The Laurel and Hardy Society at The Cinema Museum (01 DEC 15:00):

  • The December programme is based on members’ requests: BIG BUSINESS (1929 – sound version), short directed by James W. Horne and Leo McCarey; THEM THAR HILLS (1934), short directed by Charley Rogers; TIT FOR TAT (1935), short directed by Charley Rogers; THE MIDNIGHT PATROL (1933), short directed by Lloyd French; and BONNIE SCOTLAND (1935), directed by James W. Horne.

Open Forms – The Films of Dane Komljen + INTRO by Dane Komljen & Kieron Corless at ICA (01 DEC 14:30):

  • This retrospective presents six works by Berlin-based director Dane Komljen. His films employ innovative approaches to cinema exploring hybridisation and deliberately open forms. Komljen’s cinema lingers between dreams and memories, creating a fluid space that moves freely between imaginaries and realities.

World AIDS Day at 30 at BFI Southbank (01 DEC 13:40):

  • BFI Flare supports World AIDS Day with a special event featuring rarely-seen archive extracts and an open discussion. Confirmed speakers include Ash Kotak (AIDS Memory UK campaign), Dr Hannah J. Elizabeth (cultural historian based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) & Jeffrey Hinton (DJ, filmmaker and archivist).

More films in London today (A – Z):


SUN 02

Films in London this week: LEEDS ANIMATION WORKSHOP AT 40 at Rio (02 DEC).
Films in London this week: LEEDS ANIMATION WORKSHOP AT 40! at Rio (02 DEC).

ARSENAL + LIVE SCORE by Grok at Genesis Cinema (02 DEC 18:25 – Free! / Booking recommended):

  • Grok will perform a live score to Alexander Dovzhenko’s ARSENAL (1929). A montage of images depicts the social upheaval in Russia following World War I leading to the Russian Revolution.

BANDE À PART + SALON by Nick Walker, Rochester Kino at Ciné Lumière (02 DEC 14:00):

  • Godard transposes an American B-movie-style film noir to the grey Parisian suburbs in his homage to Hollywood pulp fiction movies of the 1940s. Odile, a shy young girl falls in with two small-time crooks and is drawn into a plot to rob her aunt’s lodger.

THE IMAGE BOOK aka Le Livre d’image + Panel: A Short History of Jean-Luc Godard at Ciné Lumière (02 DEC 16:00):

  • Following his most recent full-length works, GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE, Jean-Luc Godard pushes his exploration of words, sounds and images to vivid new extremes in this complex, dizzying mosaic of film, essay and collage. This polyphonic discourse about the contemporary condition shows Godard, at 87, as intransigently and vitally confrontational as ever and won him a Special Palme d’Or in Cannes this year.

LFFF: LEEDS ANIMATION WORKSHOP AT 40! at Rio Cinema (02 DEC 15:30):

  • London Feminist Film Festival presents a one-off afternoon of feminist animation films by the amazing Leeds Animation Workshop, to celebrate their 40th birthday. A selection of their best feminist shorts from the last four decades, is followed by a panel discussion, and an exhibition of artwork and archive material.

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU + Skype Q&A with director Boots Riley at Curzon Soho (02 DEC 17:45):

  • Cash (Lakeith Stanfield) is a black call centre worker, who is asked to ‘sound white’ in order to drive sales. This brilliant absurdist film savages capitalism, low-paid labour and racism in a cutting, visually surprising trip that will leave you baffled, buoyed and bruised in equal parts.

More films in London today (A – Z):


MON 03

Films in London this week: RBG at BFI (03 DEC).
Films in London this week: RBG at BFI (03 DEC).

RBG + Q&A with directors Betsy West & Julie Cohen at BFI Southbank (03 DEC 18:10):

  • This new documentary follows the impressive life of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from her legal career to her becoming an unexpected pop-culture icon (nicknamed the ‘Notorious RBG’).

More films in London today (A – Z):


TUE 04

Films in London this week: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING at ICA (04 DEC).
Films in London this week: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING at ICA (04 DEC).

A FANTASTIC WOMAN + Skype Q&A with director Sebastián Leilo at Rich Mix (04 DEC 18:00):

  • Welcome Sessions presents: A groundbreaking, captivating and deeply humane story about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance, anchored by a powerhouse central performance from rising star Daniela Vega.

HAKOB HOVNATANYAN + CARNIVAL NIGHT + INTRO by
Peter Bradshaw
at ICA (04 DEC 18:45):

  • In association with Kino Klassika, the ICA presents the UK premiere of a new restoration of Sergei Parajanov’s influential short film HAKOB HOVNATANYAN, followed by Kino Klassika’s annual Christmas screening of Eldar Ryazanov’s 1950s musical comedy, CARNIVAL NIGHT.

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING + Q&A director RaMell Ross at ICA (04 DEC 20:30):

  • Dazzling and sun-drenched, Hale County This Morning, This Evening is an innovative, impressionistic portrait of contemporary life in Hale County, Alabama. Constructed from a series of fleeting, quotidian moments – church services, basketball practice and family gatherings – RaMell Ross’ careful, considered project was filmed over five years.

More films in London today (A – Z):


WED 05

Films in London this week: TODO TODO TEROS at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC).
Films in London this week: TODO TODO TEROS at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC).

MUG + INTRO with director Malgorzata Szumowska & actor Mateusz Kosciukiewicz at BFI Southbank (05 DEC 20:50):

  • Jacek (Kos´ciukiewicz) lives in a small, stuffy town. He loves his dog, his girlfriend Dagmara and heavy metal. After suffering a terrible accident that completely disfigures his face, Jacek gains unwilling national notoriety in Poland. While trying to deal with the trappings of fame, Jacek struggles with his identity as he can no longer recognise himself in the mirror.

RBG + PANEL at Picturehouse Central (05 DEC 18:45):

  • This new documentary follows the impressive life of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from her legal career to her becoming an unexpected pop-culture icon (nicknamed the ‘Notorious RBG’).

TODO TODO TEROS + INTRO at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC 18:15):

  • Filikino presents: Love and terror are the subjects of this intimate, videodiary-esque film. Using a mix of found footage and personal videos, documentation of his trip to Berlin and life as an adolescent in Manila, John Torres poetically spins narratives that fold in on themselves. An exercise in form, TODO TODO TEROS marked the arrival of a new, singular voice in Philippine independent cinema.
  • Read Richard Bolisay’s article about the film at RADIANT CIRCUS.

THE VIRGIN OF STAMBOUL 35mm + INTRO by Kevin Brownlow + LIVE SCORE by Cyrus Gabrysch at The Cinema Museum (05 DEC 19:30):

  • The main feature is directed by Tod Browning and stars Priscilla Dean, Wheeler Oakman and Wallace Beery. Also includes lost British feature MARIA MARTEN 16mm with intro by Michael Pointon and live score by John Sweeney.

More films in London today (A – Z): 


THU 06

Films in London this week: POSSESSION at Genesis Cinema (06 DEC).
Films in London this week: POSSESSION at Genesis Cinema (06 DEC).

AMÁ + INTRO by director Lorna Tucker, exec producer Colin Firth & Native American contributors to the film, Charon Asetoyer & Jean Whitehorse at Curzon Soho (06 DEC 19:00):

  • 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. In AMÁ, those ignored voices join together in a chorus demanding attention.

A TASTE OF HONEY at Genesis Cinema (06 DEC 21:00):

  • #WomenInFilm2018 and the Young Women’s Trust present a fundraiser screening of Tony Richardson’s kitchen sink classic. Part of the proceeds will go towards the Young Wonen’s Trust, however if you’d like to help them out more you can buy a solidarity ticket at £11.

POSSESSION + SALON with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino at Genesis Cinema (06 DEC 18:30):

  • Cult Classic Collective presents: Andrzej Zulawski’s POSSESSION. 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):


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 1

SEASONS (by event/venue)

Films in London this week: GREMLINS 70mm at The Prince Charles (02 DEC).
Films in London this week: GREMLINS 70mm at The Prince Charles (02 DEC).

70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):

A CINEMA OF FORKING PATHS – FILMS INSPIRED BY BORGES! at The Horse Hospital & Curzon Bloomsbury (05 to 11 DEC):

  • Whether you are familiar with Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges or not, this series of films influenced by his writings will draw you into his hypnotic world of endless labyrinths, meta-detective stories and dreams within dreams within dreams. Includes: YOU ARE HERE + Q&A with director Daniel Cockburn (05 DEC 19:00, The Horse Hospital).

ANIMATION 2018 at BFI Southbank (2018):

CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (30 NOV to 27 DEC):

THE CHRISTMAS LABYRINTH at Backyard Cinema (until 22 DEC):

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

  • One of the most revelatory voices to emerge from the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema, Ingmar Bergman was a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. Includes: HOUR OF THE WOLF (30 NOV 20:15); THE RITE (01 DEC 18:00); SHAME (01 DEC 20:00); WINTER LIGHT (02 DEC 18:00); THE PASSION OF ANNA (02 DEC 20:00); and, THE SILENCE (06 DEC 20:15).

CLOSE UP: SEBASTIÁN LELIO at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):

  • “A compelling and urgent voice in contemporary cinema that we think you should hear.” Includes: GLORIA (30 NOV 20:40).
  • DISOBEDIENCE enjoys a grind show run (30 NOV to 13 DEC).

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

COMEDY GENIUS at BFI Southbank (OCT 2018 to JAN 2019):

FRANKENSTEIN FOREVER at Deptford Cinema (02 to 30 NOV):

  • A celebration of the cinematic legacy of Mary Shelley’s novel featuring some of the weirdest, wackiest and most bizarre films inspired by Shelley’s imagination. Includes: BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR (30 NOV 19:00).

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

KICK-ASS 80S COMEDIES at House of Vans (09 NOV to 02 DEC – Free! / No booking required):

  • Celebrating the 80s, a golden era that shaped a generation by delivering the most incredible cult-comedies. Includes: GHOSTBUSTERS (02 DEC 14:00 & 16:00).

Limina VR Weekender at Picturehouse Central (01 to 02 DEC):

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (NOV to DEC):

  • An eclectic mix of films that cover different points in recent history. Includes: TAKING OFF (30 NOV 19:30).

MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: THE FILMS OF ROSS HUNTER at The Cinema Museum (08 NOV to 20 DEC):

  • Seán McGovern presents: Ross Hunter, at one time, was a force in Hollywood. “A Ross Hunter Production” had certain hallmarks: a campy, sometimes manic sensibility, overwrought emotion and high-octane melodrama. But Ross Hunter has largely been forgotten. Until now… Includes: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (06 DEC 19:30).

RHYTHM & POETRY: THE FILMS OF MARGARET TAIT at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):

  • “Unravel the beauty and magic of this distinct poet-filmmaker from Orkney.” Includes: Places of Work + INTRO by Peter Todd (30 NOV 18:10).

Sight & Sound presents FANTASTIQUE: THE DREAM WORLDS OF FRENCH CINEMA at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):

UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND at Close-Up (03 to 04 DEC):

  • A season of films highlighting the underground Canadian cinema of the 90s and introducing rarely-screened titles to London audiences, celebrating the weird underbelly of Toronto and beyond. Includes: ARCHANGEL 35mm + INTRO by Andrew Gutman (03 DEC 20:15); and CALENDAR + INTRO by Jonathan Romney (04 DEC 20:15).
  • Read our RADIANT CIRCUS interview with curator Andrew Gutman HERE.


MUSEUM SHOWS PART 2

FILM FESTIVALS (by date/duration)

Films in London this week: BIRD MILK screens at Barbican, part of LIAF (01 DEC).
Films in London this week: BIRD MILK screens at Barbican, part of LIAF (01 DEC).

Film festivals in London this week include:


GRIND SHOWS

REGULAR RUNS & MAINSTREAM MARVELS (by title)

Films in London this week: THE WILD PEAR TREE at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 NOV to 06 DEC).
Films in London this week: THE WILD PEAR TREE at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 NOV to 06 DEC).

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS at Phoenix Cinema (30 NOV to 06 DEC):

  • The astonishing story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret.

WARU at Rio Cinema (30 NOV to 06 DEC):

  • A groundbreaking production from eight female Māori filmmakers, WARU is the story of a small New Zealand town coming to terms with a bitter tragedy – the death of a small boy, Waru, at the hands of his carer.

THE WILD PEAR TREE at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 NOV to 06 DEC):

  • Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest feature is ingrained with literary references that touch on existential and philosophical questions, such as the place of religion in our lives, while also rendering a sensitive and distinctive portrait of young people in contemporary Turkey.

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


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