This is a film still from Kinji Fukasaku's THE GREEN SLIME showing an astronaut battling with a tentacles space monster.
THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [13 to 19 JAN 2023]

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.

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BAR TRASH: TRASH OR TREASURE? Season Launch + THE GREEN SLIME d. Kinji Fukasaku, 1968 at Genesis Cinema (18 JAN 20:30):

“With Sight & Sound showcasing the “100 greatest films ever made” at BFI and the global film industry about to slap itself silly in awards season, BAR TRASH takes a different path… For the third sensational season of his cult movie event – TRASH OR TREASURE?Token Homo will be resurrecting one of the most controversial movie lists of all time, The Golden Turkey Awards!”

“Published in the 1980s by Harry and Michael Medved, The Golden Turkeys were two volumes of satyrical, attention-grabbing snark. They disrespected film lore, eviscerated Hollywood’s hypocrisies, and (accidentally?) revived forgotten film histories. Edward D. Wood Jr. (GLEN OR GLENDA, PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE) was crowned ‘The Worst Director of All Time’.”

“But are these films TRASH OR TREASURE? And what does ‘best/worst’ mean when all we’re looking for is a good time in the darkness? At this special launch event, Token Homo will reveal the full season lineup and he’ll also be screening Kinji Fukasaku’s 1968 Japanese sci-fi catastrophe, THE GREEN SLIME! All BAR TRASH films are served with themed drinks, introductions, intermissions, prize giveaways and subtitles (where possible). Tickets from £3.”

FRIDAY 13 JAN

  • ENYS MEN d. Mark Jenkin, 2022 + Q&A with the director Picturehouse Central (13 JAN 20:40).
  • FRIDAY THE 13TH d. Sean S. Cunningham, 1980 at The Prince Charles (13 JAN 21:00).
  • I AM CUBA aka Soy Cuba d. Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964 at Friern Barnet Community Library (13 JAN 18:30).
  • Japanese American Toy Theatre of London at The Horse Hospital (13 JAN 18:30).
  • Musical Fridays: LA LA LAND d. Damien Chazelle, 2016 (13 JAN 20:55).
  • Musical Fridays: MATILDA THE MUSICAL d. Matthew Warchus, 2022 at The Garden Cinema (13 JAN 18:15).
  • TOWN OF STRANGERS d. Treasa O’Brien, 2018 + Q&A with the director presented by Irish Film London at Bertha DocHouse (13 JAN 18:20).

SATURDAY 14 JAN

  • Woman With a Movie Camera Preview: ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED d. Laura Poitras, 2022 at BFI Southbank (14 JAN 18:10).
  • Blinking Buzzards – The UK Buster Keaton Society includes THE GENERAL d. Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton, 1926 at The Cinema Museum (14 JAN 16:00).
  • ENYS MEN d. Mark Jenkin, 2022 + Q&A with the director & Mary Woodvine at ICA (14 JAN 14:30).
  • ENYS MEN d. Mark Jenkin, 2022 + Q&A with the director & Mary Woodvine at Picturehouse Hackney (14 JAN 21:00).
  • French Impressions: TORI & LOKITA d. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 2022 + Intro/discussion with Jon Davies (14 JAN 13:00).

TALKS etc.

SUNDAY 15 JAN

  • ENYS MEN d. Mark Jenkin, 2022 + Q&A with the director & Mary Woodvine at Curzon Bloomsbury (15 JAN 15:00).
  • ENYS MEN d. Mark Jenkin, 2022 + Q&A with the director at The Castle Cinema (15 JAN 19:30).
  • HAPPENING d. Audrey Diwan, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (15 JAN 17:00).
  • Preview: TOWN OF STRANGERS d. Treasa O’Brien, 2018 + Q&A with the director at ICA (15 JAN 18:45).

MONDAY 16 JAN

  • Back to the OFFICE at Genesis Cinema (16 JAN 19:00).
  • CRUEL INTENTIONS d. Roger Kumble, 1999 presented by Transmissions at Dalston Superstore (16 JAN 19:00).
  • KIDS d. Larry Clark, 1995 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Farr’s Dalston (16 JAN 19:30).
  • VOLVER d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2006 + Tapas presented by Spanish Marks at India Club Lounge-Bar (16 JAN 19:00).
  • Monday Classic Matinée: WRITTEN ON THE WIND d. Douglas Sirk, 1956 at Regent Street Cinema (16 JAN 13:00).

TUESDAY 17 JAN

  • THE EAR aka Ucho d. Karel Kachyňa, 1970 + Book launch with David Vaughan and Peter Hames at Czech Centre London (17 JAN 18:30).
  • THE FRENCH CONNECTION d. William Friedkin, 1971 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (17 JAN 20:00).
  • GERMINAL d. Albert Capellani, 1913 presented in-venue & online by Sands Films Cine Club at Sands Film Studios (17 JAN 19:30 – Donation requested!).
  • TV Preview: THE GOLD d. Aneil Karia, 2022 + Q&A with the director, Hugh Bonneville, Jack Lowden, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Spencer, and writer Neil Forsyth at BFI Southbank (17 JAN 18:15).
  • INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES d. Geeta Malik, 2021 at The David Lean (17 JAN 19:30).
  • LA NOTTE aka The Night d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961 presented by Fourth Wall at The Lab E20 (17 JAN 19:30).
  • Projecting the Archive: THUNDER IN THE CITY 35mm d. Marion Gering, 1937 + Intro by Jo Botting, BFI Curator at BFI Southbank (17 JAN 18:20).

WEDNESDAY 18 JAN

  • Pink Palace: BAD EDUCATION aka La mala educación d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2004 + Intro/discussion in the Basement Bar at Rio CInema (18 JAN 20:00).
  • THE BOOK OF VISION d. Carlo Hintermann, 2020 + Q&A with Charles Dance at Olympic Studios (18 JAN 19:25).
  • DETOUR d. Edgar G Ulmer, 1945 presented by Kennington Noir at The Cinema Museum (18 JAN 19:30).
  • HOLY SPIDER d. Ali Abbasi, 2022 presented by Deeper Into Movies x MUBI at Rio Cinema (18 JAN 18:30).
  • LIVING d. Oliver Hermanus, 2022 at The David Lean (18 JAN 19:30).
  • Classic Matinee: THE QUEEN OF SPADES d. Thorold Dickinson, 1949 at ActOne Cinema (18 JAN 15:45).
  • YOUR NAME d. Makoto Shinkai, 2022 + Intro & book signing by Ghibliotheque podcast at Picturehouse Stratford (18 JAN 19:00).

TALKS etc.

THURSDAY 19 JAN

  • Signature presents: 81/2 35mm d. Federico Fellini, 1963 at Genesis Cinema (19 JAN 20:35 + FREE drink!).
  • CALL HER GANDA d. PJ Raval, 2018 + Panel with filipina trans women, raising funds for STRAP (The Society of Trans Women of the Philippines) at The Cinema Museum (19 JAN 19:30).
  • CARO DARIO d. Nanni Moretti, 1993 + Intro & Salon with Nick Walker at The Italian Cultural Institute (19 JAN 18:00 – FREE!).
  • THE DARKER SIDE OF BLACK d. Isaac Julien, 1994 presented by Otherness Archive at Black Cultural Archives (19 JAN 18:30).
  • Preview: DREAMING WALLS d. Amélie van Elmbt & Maya Duverdier, 2022 + Q&A with the directors & sculptor Skye Ferrante at ICA (19 JAN 20:40).
  • MON ONCLE d. Jacques Tati, 1958 at The Garden Cinema (19 JAN 20:20).
  • MORE THAN EVER aka Plus que jamais d. Emily Atef, 2022 + Q&A with the director, producer Xenia Maingot (onsite) & actor Vicky Krieps (online) at Ciné Lumière (19 JAN 19:30).
  • THE PERFECT CANDIDATE d. Haifaa Al Mansour, 2019 presented by Highgate Film Society at HLSI (19 JAN 19:30).
  • Pink Mirrors: Exploring South Asian Queerness + Panel, curated by Harry Singh at Barbican (19 JAN 18:15).
  • THE ROOM d. Tommy Wiseau, 2003 at The Prince Charles (19 JAN 20:30).
  • SHE SAID d. Maria Schrader, 2022 at The David Lean (19 JAN 14:30 HOH & 19:30).
  • THIS WOMAN IS DANGEROUS d. Felix E. Feist, 1952 presented by Lobotomy Room Film Club at Fontaine’s Bar (19 JAN 20:00 – FREE!).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): INTERSTELLAR 70mm d. Christopher Nolan, 2014 (18 JAN 20:10).

IMAX PRESENTATIONS at BFI IMAX

AKIRA KUROSAWA at BFI Southbank & BFI IMAX 

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles (Not listed elsewhere!)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): VIDEODROME d. David Cronenberg, 1983 (16 JAN 13:30); VERTIGO d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1958 (19 JAN 15:15 – 4K).

ARCHITECTURE ON FILM at Barbican

AU CONTRAIRE: JEAN-LUC GODARD at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)LE PETIT SOLDAT d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1963 (14 JAN 18:30); BAND OF OUTSIDERS d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1964 (15 JAN 18:15).

BAR TRASH: TRASH OR TREASURE? at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for listings): Season Launch + THE GREEN SLIME d. Kinji Fukasaku, 1968 + Intro, intermission, themed drinks & prize giveaways with Token Homo at Genesis Cinema’s Bar Paragon (18 JAN 20:30).
  • Presented by Token Homo.

BEST OF 2022 at Bertha DocHouse

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE VELVET QUEEN: SNOW LEOPARD d. Marie Amiguet & Vincent Munier, 2021 (13 JAN 16:00 / 15 JAN 14:00 / 16 JAN 20:20); TAMING THE GARDEN d. Salomé Jashi, 2021 (14 JAN 16:30 / 15 JAN 20:00 / 19 JAN 14:10); MOONAGE DAYDREAM d. Brett Morgen, 2022 (14 JAN 20:20 / 17 JAN 15:30 / 18 JAN 19:00).

BEYOND INTERPRETATION at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for listings): TOPOLOGY OF SIRENS d. Jonathan Davies, 2021 UK Premiere + Intro by season curator Chris Cassingham & Q&A with the director (14 JAN 16:30); SHE DIES TOMORROW d. Amy Seimetz, 2020 + Intro by writer & critic Lillian Crawford (15 JAN 16:30); HAPPER’S COMET d. Tyler Taormina, 2022 UK Premiere + Intro by season curator Chris Cassingham & Q&A with the director (17 JAN 18:30); THE PLAGIARISTS d. Peter Parlow, 2014 UK Premiere + Intro by season curator Chris Cassingham & Q&A with James Kienitz Wilkins & Robin Schavoir (19 JAN 18:30).
  • Curated by Chris Cassingham in partnership with the NFTS.

CELEBRATING JACK NICHOLSON at The Garden Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CHINATOWN d. Roman Polanski, 1974 (13 JAN 18:00 / 14 JAN 15:00 / 18 JAN 15:00 / 19 JAN 20:45); THE SHINING d. Stanley Kubrick, 1980 (14 JAN 20:00 / 15 JAN 19:00); AS GOOD AS IT GETS d. James L. Brooks, 1997 (15 JAN 14:00 / 17 JAN 18:05); EASY RIDER d. Dennis Hopper, 1969 (15 JAN 17:00 / 17 JAN 15:00 & 18:00 / 18 JAN 20:30); FIVE EASY PIECES d. Bob Rafelson, 1970 (16 JAN 15:00); ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST d. Milos Forman, 1975 (16 JAN 20:00).

CHAZELLE SEASON at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): WHIPLASH d. Damien Chazelle, 2014 (16 JAN 18:15); LA LA LAND d. Damien Chazelle, 2016 (18 JAN 18:05).

CINEMATIC JUKEBOX / CLASSIC FILM SEASON at The Prince Charles (not listed elsewhere!)

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up Film Centre

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BLUE VELVET d. David Lynch, 1986 (14 JAN 20:15); MIRROR d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974 (15 JAN 20:15).

FROM THE REQUEST BOARD at The Prince Charles

‘I PURPLE U’ at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 (17 JAN 18:00).
  • Curated by Heeyeon Park in partnership with NFTS.

JEAN-LUC GODARD: PERSPECTIVES at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ALPHAVILLE d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1965 (15 JAN 19:40 / 18 JAN 18:20).

JOHN SMITH: INTROSPECTIVE (1972–2022) 50 FILMS FROM 50 YEARS at Close-Up Film Centre

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): Programme 9 (2012-21) + Q&A with John Smith (19 JAN 20:15).

MARK JENKIN’S THE CINEMATIC DNA OF ENYS MEN at BFI Southbank

MEL BROOKS SELECTROSPECTIVE (IN REVERSE) at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SILENT MOVIE d. Mel Brooks, 1976 (18 JAN 18:00).

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

SCI-FI SELECTIONS at The Prince Charles

SIGHT & SOUND GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME 2022 at BFI Southbank & BFI IMAX

SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN FILMMAKERS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TITANE d. Julia Ducournau, 2021 (13 JAN 13:15); AFTERSUN d. Charlotte Wells, 2022 (13 JAN 18:30 / 17 JAN 12:45); AMERICAN PSYCHO 35mm d. Mary Harron, 2000 (17 JAN 13:00); RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 (17 JAN 18:15); TAKE THIS WALTZ d. Sarah Polley, 2011 (18 JAN 18:10).

STAFF PICKS at The Garden Cinema

STEVEN SPIELBERG FROM 35MM at Everyman Screen On The Green

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): HOOK 35mm d. Steven Spielberg, 1991 (14 JAN 22:30 / 18 JAN 10:30).

STRANGE OBJECTS: REFLECTIONS ON BRITISH COLONIAL LEGACIES at Close-Up Film Centre

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): Programme 1 + Miranda Pennell and artist and writer Kamila Kuc in conversation (13 JAN 20:15).

THROWBACK SEASON at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for listings): CHICAGO d. Rob Marshall, 2002 (15 JAN various / 17 JAN various).

TRINTIGNANT: THE NON-CONFORMIST at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for listings)Z aka Il est vivant d. Costa-Gavras, 1969 (15 JAN 14:00 / 17 JAN 18:00).

TWO FROM SARAH POLLEY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TAKE THIS WALTZ d. Sarah Polley, 2011 (18 JAN 18:10).

WORLD CINEMA PASSPORT SEASON at Everyman Belsize Park

  • Includes (check venue for listings): SON OF SAUL d. László Nemes, 2015 (15 JAN 13:45 / 19 JAN 12:40).

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): DAYS OF BEING WILD d. Wong Kar Wai, 1990 (13 JAN 15:45 – 4K / 14 JAN 18:15 – 4K / 16 JAN 15:45 – 4K / 17 JAN 20:45 / 19 JAN 13:00 – 4K); IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE d. Wong Kar Wai, 2000 (15 JAN 18:10); CHUNGKING EXPRESS d. Wong Kar Wai, 1994 (17 JAN 17:50).

WUXIA SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DRAGON INN d. King Hu, 1967 (18 JAN 15:25).

ENYS MEN dir Mark Jenkin, 2022

Also 13 to 19 JAN 2023 (various dates / times):

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