THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [13 to 19 AUG 2021]

Our RADIANT CIRCUS guide to what’s on in London this week across DIY, indie & alternative cinema, including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & new releases.

By RADIANT CIRCUS // Twitter @radiantcircus / Instagram @radiantcircus

BOOKING NOW: Event sponsored by our monthly subscribers at Patreon to help indie exhibitors #ReviveTheDark.

Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club’s presentation of PULP FICTION from 16MM are selling fast at The Castle Cinema (we might have missed something, but an earlier date seems to have been added to meet demand!). In their usual manner, The Prince Charles delivers two day/date horror specials this week with the original FRIDAY THE 13TH on, you guest it, and Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE from 35MM on 18 AUG (the date of the supposed ‘true life’ events in the film).

As we near the middle of the month, new seasons have started to crop up. Distributors Park Circus and Cinema Rediscovered have put together a great touring package – 1971: THE YEAR HOLLYWOOD WENT INDEPENDENT – which delivers a full run of titles at ICA (see SEASONS) and some standalone screenings at Riverside Studios (see daily listings). We’re also delighted to see our friends Stow Film Lounge present a new outdoor run of their Cycle-In-Cinema which starts this week at Pimp Hall Park in Chingford with THE IRON GIANT and DONNIE DARKO (19 AUG / FREE, no booking required!).

Our festivals listings get a little fatter this week with the continuation of The Blue Tick Festival at Rio Cinema (10 to 19 AUG) and opening nights for Everyman Music Film Festival (from 17 AUG) and S.O.U.L. Fest (18 to 22 AUG).

In new releases, THE COURIER screens pretty much everywhere, followed by I’M YOUR MAN and WILDLAND, but we think BLOW IT TO BITS which has an exclusive showing at ICA looks just as worthy of your attention. Then, that rarest of screen attractions, CODA, which deals with teenage Child Of Deaf Adults Ruby’s ambitions to make it as a singer and features Emilia Jones as Ruby and Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur as her parents. The Castle Cinema gives the film suitable royal treatment with two special screenings (13 and 15 AUG – see daily listings). Finally, we’ve listed several screenings of Kotaro Tamura’s JOSEE, THE TIGER AND THE FISH simply because we don’t get many new animation releases beyond the multiplex mainstream.

Our Featured Attraction of the Week is always the event we’d most like to be at (if we could only pick just one…). This week, that honour goes to THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER, Jessica Sarah Rinland’s 2019 debut feature which screens with a Q&A with the director and Richard Sabin, Natural History Museum Curator of Mammals at ICA (14 AUG 18:30).

See you in the darkness,

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS

PS – Before we go, a few quiet words about events we’ve had a hand in. First up, our subscribers at Patreon are sponsoring Zodiac Film Club’s presentation of IN THE CUT at Mama Shelter as part of our Revive The Dark initiative (07 SEP 18:30+). Then RADIANT CIRCUS will be launching our new series of networking events for anyone who creates indie screen culture in London, WunderKammer Live at Filly Brook (17 SEP 18:30+). Finally, BITE ME! is a queer horror double bill we’re presenting with our pals at Last Frame Film Club (19 SEP 16:00+). Hopefully see you all at all of them!


THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER d. Jessica Sarah Rinland, 2019 + Q&A with the director & Natural History Museum Curator of Mammals, Richard Sabin at ICA (14 AUG 18:30).

  • “The ICA presents the debut feature by Argentinian-British artist-filmmaker Jessica Sarah Rinland, a meditative contemplation on conservation, preservation and authenticity through a singular prism: the gradual fabrication of a replica elephant’s tusk. Rinland offsets the sterility of the multiple laboratory settings with a sumptuous colour palette (filmed on Super 16mm), hypnotically capturing a series of hands as they undertake a series of delicate tasks with care and precision in a process that falls midway between science and art.”

FRIDAY 13 AUG

  • BHAJI ON THE BEACH d. Gurinder Chadha, 1993 at Catford Mews (13 AUG 18:15).
  • CODA d. Siân Heder, 2020 + Recorded Q&A with the director and cast members Marlee Matlin, Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant at BFI Southbank (13 AUG 17:40).
  • CODA d. Sian Heder, 2021 + Recorded Q&A with the director and cast members Marlee Matlin, Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant at Everyman Muswell Hill (13 AUG 20:00).
  • CODA d. Siân Heder, 2020 + Recorded Q&A with the director and cast members Marlee Matlin, Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant at The Castle Cinema (13 AUG 21:00).
  • FRIDAY THE 13TH d. Sean S. Cunningham, 1980 at The Prince Charles (13 AUG 18:15).
  • I’M YOUR MAN d. Maria Schrader, 2021+ Q&A at Curzon Bloomsbury (13 AUG 18:15).
  • JAZZ ON SCREEN: NINA SIMONE & CHICK COREA at Riverside Studios (13 AUG 18:00).
  • NOMADLAND d. Chloé Zhao, 2020 + Short: SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT DENNY’S at Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (13 AUG 19:45).
  • WANNABE & ESCAPE d. Jamal Walker short films by Walk With… Collective + Q&A with cast & crew presented by We Are Parable at Rich Mix (13 AUG 20:30) / Part of Who We Are.

SATURDAY 14 AUG

SUNDAY 15 AUG

MONDAY 16 AUG

ONLINE

  • NO TICKET REQUIRED: PLEIN SOLEIL aka Purple Moon d. René Clément, 1960 online discussion of the film with Michael Brooke from Watermans (16 AUG 20:00 – Watch film in advance / Register for Zoom discussion).

TUESDAY 17 AUG

  • THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL d. Vincente Minnelli, 1952 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston NW5 (17 AUG 20:00).
  • CARMEN d. Carlos Saura, 1983 presented by Sands Films Cinema Club at Sands Films Studio SE16 (17 AUG 20:00 – Donation requested!).
  • JOSEE, THE TIGER AND THE FISH d. Kôtarô Tamura, 2020 at Genesis Cinema (17 AUG 18:35).
  • SUPERNOVA d. Harry Macqueen, 2020 presented by Unicorn Nights at The Prince Charles (17 AUG 17:15).

WEDNESDAY 18 AUG

  • AHEAD OF THE CURVE d. Jen RaininRivkah & Beth Medow, 202 at Watermans (18 AUG 19:00).
  • BHAJI ON THE BEACH d. Gurinder Chadha, 1993 at Catford Mews (18 AUG 18:15).
  • NOMADLAND d. Chloé Zhao, 2020 + Short: SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT DENNY’S at Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (18 AUG 19:45).

THURSDAY 19 AUG

  • CENSOR d. Prano Bailey-Bond, 2021 + Q&A with the director at The Prince Charles (19 AUG 18:15).
  • ESCHER: JOURNEY INTO INFINITY d. Robin Lutz, 2021 at Genesis Cinema (19 AUG 21:00).
  • LA HAINE d. Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995 with a FREE pint of Truman’s at Genesis Cinema (19 AUG 18:40).
  • OUR LADIES d. Michael Caton-Jones, 2019 + Satellite Q&A at Everyman Cinemas (19 AUG various).
  • PULP FICTION 16MM d. Quentin Tarantino, 1994 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (19 AUG 19:30 / 22 AUG 13:45 / 26 AUG 19:30 / 29 AUG 13:30).
  • RAGING BULL d. Martin Scorsese, 1980 at Olympic Studios (19 AUG 20:40).
  • THE ROOM d. Tommy Wiseau, 2003 at The Prince Charles (19 AUG 21:20).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70MM d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 ‘unrestored print’ (15 AUG 17:00).

1971: THE YEAR HOLLYWOOD WENT INDEPENDENT at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TWO-LANE BLACKTOP d. Monte Hellman, 1971 (19 AUG 18:30).

ANDREI TARKOVSKY at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MIRROR d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974 (18 AUG 18:30).

ANDREI TARKOVSKY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)IVAN’S CHILDHOOD d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962 (17 AUG 13:00).

ANIME SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): JOSEE, THE TIGER AND THE FISH d. Kôtarô Tamura, 2020 (daily 13 to 19 AUG various times – SUB); PAPRIKA d. Satoshi Kon, 2006 (15 AUG 20:45 – SUB).

AN INTRODUCTION TO KRYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THREE COLOURS: WHITE d. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994 (17 AUG 21:00).

A TERRIFYING UPRISING at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CENSOR d. Prano Bailey-Bond, 2021 preview (from 13 AUG).

BETTE DAVIS: HOLLYWOOD REBEL at BFI Southbank

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TOGETHERNESS at BFI Southbank

CHARLIE CHAPLIN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE GREAT DICTATOR d. Charles Chaplin, 1940 (14 AUG 11:40).

CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)STALKER d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 (13 AUG 19:15); MIRROR d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974 (14 AUG 20:00); ANDREI RUBLEV d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966 (15 AUG 16:30).

EARL CAMERON at BFI Southbank

ENNIO MORRICONE at BFI Southbank 

FEMALE LEADS at Everyman Broadgate

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ALIEN d. Ridley Scott, 1979 (14 AUG 21:00).

THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS at Bertha DocHouse

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SOLDIER’S WOMAN d. Patricia Wiesse Risso, 2020 (daily from 13 to 19 AUG various times); WRITING WITH FIRE d. Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh, 2021 (14 AUG 13:30 / 19 AUG 16:20).

THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): WILD AT HEART d. David Lynch, 1990 (13 AUG 15:15 / 14 AUG 20:00 / 16 AUG 12:15 / 17 AUG 15:15 / 18 AUG 20:30); BLUE VELVET 35MM d. David Lynch, 1986 at The Prince Charles (14 AUG 23:00).

THE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

THE IRISH FOR HOPE at Bertha DocHouse

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SONGS FOR WHILE I’M AWAY d. Emer Reynolds, 2020 + Zoom Q&A with the director at Bertha DocHouse (17 AUG 18:20).

JAMES BOND 007 at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CASINO ROYALE d. Martin Campbell, 2006 (14 AUG 17:15).

L.A. NIGHTS at Backyard Cinema

  • Continues at Capital Studios (check venue for listings).

MIAMI BEACH at Backyard Cinema

  • Continues at Capital Studios (check venue for listings).

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

STUDIO GHIBLI at The Prince Charles

TALES OF TOMORROW: SCI-FI SELECTIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ANNIHILATION d. Alex Garland, 2018 (13 AUG 12:30 / 14 AUG 14:30 / 16 AUG 15:10 / 17 AUG 20:30 / 19 AUG 12:30); 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70MM d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 ‘unrestored print’ (15 AUG 17:00); EX MACHINA d. Alex Garland, 2014 (17 AUG 18:00).

TEEN MOVIES at The Prince Charles

THAT’S KINO, BABY! at The Prince Charles

WIM WENDERS ON 35MM at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)THE AMERICAN FRIEND 35MM aka Der amerikanische Freund d. Wim Wenders, 1977 (18 AUG 17:45).

WONG KAR WAI at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DAYS OF BEING WILD aka Ah Fei jing juen d. Wong Kar Wai, 1990 (from 15 AUG); CHUNGKING EXPRESS aka Chung Hing sam lam d. Wong Kar Wai, 1994 (from 20 AUG).

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WEI at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): AS TEARS GO BY 4K aka Wong Gok ka moon d. Wong Kar Wai, 1988 (15 AUG 16:15).

Archlight Outdoor Cinema on the Coaling Jetty, Battersea

Cycle-In-Cinema presented by Stow Film Lounge

  • Includes (check promoter for full listings): THE IRON GIANT d. Brad Bird, 1999 at Pimp Hall Park, Chingford E4 (19 AUG 15:30+ – FREE!/No booking required); DONNIE DARKO d. Richard Kelly, 2001 at Pimp Hall Park, Chingford E4 (19 AUG 18:30+ – FREE!/No booking required).

Deeper Into Movies at Dalston Roof Park

  • Includes (check promoter for full listings): THE DOOM GENERATION d. Gregg Araki, 1995 (16 AUG 20:00).

The Luna Cinema at various venues

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): PRETTY WOMAN d. Garry Marshall, 1990 at Kensington Palace (13 AUG 20:30); NOTTING HILL d. Roger Michell, 1999 at Kensington Palace (14 AUG 20:30); SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN d. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1959 at Kensington Palace (15 AUG 20:30); ROMEO + JULIET d. Baz Luhrmann, 1996 at Chiswick House (18 AUG 20:15); KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at Chiswick Houe (19 AUG 20:15).

Rooftop Film Club, Peckham

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ANOTHER ROUND d. Thomas Vinterberg, 2020 (13 AUG 20:30); LA LA LAND d. Damien Chazelle, 2016 open captioned (14 AUG 20:30); THELMA & LOUISE d. Ridley Scott, 1991 (15 AUG 20:30); BLACK WIDOW d. Cate Shortland, 2021 (17 AUG 20:30); SPICE WORLD d. Bob Spiers, 1997 (18 AUG 20:30); IN THE HEIGHTS d. Jon M. Chu, 2021 (19 AUG 20:30).

Rooftop Film Club, Stratford East

Summer Outdoor Cinema at Watermans

Sunset Screening Sessions at The Homestead Cafe at Beckenham Place Park (02 JUL to 06 AUG):

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): PASSPORT TO PIMLICO d. Henry Cornelius, 1948 (13 AUG 20:30).


BLOW IT TO BITS aka On va tout péter d. Lech Kowalski, 2019 at ICA (13 to 19 AUG various times).

CODA d. Siân Heder, 2020

ESCHER: JOURNEY INTO INFINITY d. Robin Lutz, 2021


Hold the date: WunderKammer Live networking event at the Filly Brook (17 SEP 18:30+) // Free! // Booking opens soon.
Hold the date: BITE ME! A Queer Horror Double Bill at the Filly Brook (19 SEP 16:00+) // Free! // Booking opens soon.

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