To help in your hunt for adventurous moving pictures, RADIANT CIRCUS has hand-picked some of London’s screen highlights for the week ahead*.
FRIDAY 27 JANUARY 2017, various times, ICA / DOCHOUSE / PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL
Starting its run at the ICA, DOCHOUSE and PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL (amongst others) is CAMERAPERSON, documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s memoir of images that have made a unique impact on her. Exploring the relationship between filmmakers, cameras and their subjects, CAMERAPERSON looks like a must-see.
Looking for an alternative? Head to REGENT STREET for Hungarian fantasy THE WHITE KING (19.30) complete with Director and Cast Q&A. Or, get all social at the PRINCE CHARLES with a slice of pizza, a beer and a movie for Brian De Palma’s BODY DOUBLE (21.00) in 35mm.
SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2017, 11.00, CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day (27 JANUARY), CLOSE-UP screens Claude Lanzman’s SHOAH, a nine-hour series of interviews with survivors, witnesses and perpetrators of the Holocaust. Unique for both its length and exhaustive production history, SHOAH combines “inquiry, rage, and mourning to create a monumental portrait of shame and grief”.
SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 2017, 17:40, BFI SOUTHBANK
We featured BFI’s SCORSESE DOUBLES (2 films for £17) last week. This week’s choices? MANILA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT is a study of Manila’s corrupt underbelly, meticulously restored (salvaged?) by the World Cinema Project and partners in 2013. Try pairing this with Monday’s screening of AMERICA, AMERICA (30 JANUARY, 20:10).
Looking for an alternative? UNICORN NIGHTS presents VICTIM (20:45) at the PRINCE CHARLES, a powerful study of British society before the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Elsewhere, CLOSE-UP hosts a double bill from Iranian filmmaker MANIA AKBARI (18:00 & 20:00) including panel Q&As with ANDREA LUKA ZIMMERMAN and SOPHIE MAYER.
MONDAY 30 JANUARY 2017, 19.30, ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL
THERE WILL BE BLOOD, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-winning study of one man’s ruthless quest for wealth, continues a season of films with a live performance of their soundtrack. JONNY GREENWOOD’S score is described as a “masterwork of dramatic tension, instrumental experimentation and musical bricolage” (whatever that is).
Looking for an alternative? PRINCE CHARLES continues this week’s accidental exploration of the power of the camera (CAMERAPERSON, SHOAH) with a sinister double bill: PEEPING TOM and NIGHTCRAWLER (18.50).
TUESDAY 31 JANUARY 2017, 10:00-18:00, WHITECHAPEL GALLERY
Take a gallery day (shhh, we won’t tell your boss) and visit the ARTISTS’ FILM INTERNATIONAL show of moving images works by MIKHAIL KARIKIS, DARIO AZZELLINI and OLIVER RESSLER. ARTISTS’ FILM INTERNATIONAL is a partnership of 16 arts organisations. Here we have artists from Greece, Germany and Austria. The show runs until 26.03.17.
WEDNESDAY 01 FEBRUARY 2017, 16:00/18:30/20:40, CINÉ LUMIÈRE
Indulge in a midweek triple bill of NEW FRENCH COMEDIES at Ciné Lumière, starting with ROSALIE BLUM (16:00), IN BED WITH VICTORIA (18:30) and SAINT AMOUR (20:40). If you can’t see it today, the season runs from 27.01.17 and also features 21 NIGHTS WITH PATTIE.
THURSDAY 02 FEBRUARY 2017, 11:50/15:50/20:30, ODEON PANTON STREET
Catch up with GHOST IN THE SHELL at one of our favourite West End repertory venues, ODEON PANTON STREET. Screening from 27.01.17, this is the original subtitled Japanese anime rather than the “recast” Hollywood live action version. Make up your own mind.
Looking for an alternative? BFI SOUTHBANK previews THE FOUNDER (20:35), a “snubbed at the Oscars” drama featuring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the single-minded guy who transformed a family-run burger shop into the largest fast food chain in the world (you know the one).
More places to shelter from the storm in next week’s GUIDE.
* As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any mistakes.
FEATURED IMAGE: SHOAH (1985)