SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week (23 to 29 OCT 2020)

Discover what’s on in London this week with our comprehensive listings for independent cinemas, drive-ins & alternative venues including special event screenings, Q&As, film clubs, new releases, repertory seasons & film festivals.*

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What’s on in London this week (virtual & in venues): SINGLE-O EXHIBITS one-off events / ORIGINAL FORMATS screenings from 8MM to 70MM+ / REP. SEASONS / FILM FESTIVALS / NEW RELEASES inc. revivals & restorations / CINEMA+ LISTINGS schedules for London’s alternative cinemas & drive-ins / COMING ATTRACTIONS / NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS LONDON’S ALTERNATIVE CINEMA SCENE.

More misery last week with news of the “lay off” arrangements affecting large numbers of Everyman Cinema staff and the revered Cinema Museum, unable to benefit from COVID-19 support schemes due to the irregularity of their screenings (5 a week or more are required…) launched a crowd fundraiser… Help them out if you can.

On a more positive note, RADIANT CIRCUS had a wonderful time at the opening event for Queer East Film Festival at Genesis Cinema, which was our featured attraction of last week (22 OCT). Taking to the stage, festival director Yi Wang described the Genesis’ main room as a “palace of social distancing” which led us all beautifully into the darkness for a crisp 35MM screening of Taiwanese LGBT+ classic, BLUE GATE CROSSING. The festival continues in London this week and at venues across the UK into JAN 2021. 

Landing back with a bump, this week’s edition of our SCREEN GUIDE is very late due to technical difficulties… (ED: Basically, the file got overwritten meaning I needed to start all over again…). So will keep this brief! Onto the screens…

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IF WE HAD TO SEE JUST ONE EVENT THIS WEEK, IT WOULD BE…

It’s that time of the year when all hell breaks loose… there are ample Halloween screenings across town from extended seasons to one-off special events and entire pop-up venues dedicated to running a moistened finger down your spine… Of course, the screaming climaxes next weekend but there’s time to put the practice in.

Our special mention of the week goes to Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine’s democracy doc BOYS STATE which beams into venues with a Satellite Q&A this week. We first saw it listed at Rich Mix (29 OCT), but you can join the debate on the same day/date in venues across town.

Our Featured Attraction Of The Week is… the mini ROY ANDERSSON season at Curzon Bloomsbury which accompanies the new doc about the director BEING A HUMAN PERSON and screens in anticipation of his last ever film, ABOUT ENDLESSNESS.  The season projects Andersson’s acclaimed if loosely formed trilogy: SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR (23 & 26 OCT) / YOU, THE LIVING (24 & 28 OCT) / A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE (25 & 29 OCT). In Curzon’s own words: 

“Pulling together all the various strands of his previous films into a cohesive, resolved whole, A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE is the culmination of one of modern cinema’s greatest talents and is nothing short of a masterpiece.”

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RADIANT CIRCUS

RADIANT CIRCUS special mention of the week: BOYS STATE + Satellite Q&A at Rich Mix + venues across town (29 OCT).
BOYS STATE + Satellite Q&A at Rich Mix + venues across town (29 OCT).
WHAT’S ON IN LONDON’S ONE-OFF INDIE SCREEN EVENTS INC Q&As + PANELS.
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Exploring Josephine Baker FREE online event (23 OCT 18:00):

  • Autograph & BIMI present: “A discussion about the fascinating and complex world of Josephine Baker, and how her career as an iconic entertainer overlapped with her work as an activist. Baker remains a frequently referenced and quoted performer, through her famed banana skirt and film appearances including SIREN OF THE TROPICS (1927) and ZOUZOU (1934).”

ONE MAN AND HIS SHOES d. Yemi Bamiro, 2020 + Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (23 OCT 18:30):

  • We Are Parable presents: “The story of global phenomenon as told by the people that made it happen. It is also a parable of America’s love affair with consumer capitalism and celebrity culture that shows how popular culture can be hijacked and hacked and how we can be manipulated into associating athletic ability, competitive success, self-worth, desire and esteem – with a shoe.”

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AURORA d. Miia Tervo, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (24 OCT 18:00):

  • South Social Film Festival, Finnish Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Finland present: “Aurora, a commitment-phobic party animal, meets Iranian Darian one night at a hot-dog stand in Lapland. Darian is running from death and Aurora is running from love. They need each other in order to finally stop running.”

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT VHS d. Eduardo Sanchez & Daniel Myrick, 1999 + Intro at Genesis Cinema (24 OCT 21:10):

  • London Video Club presents: “Found video footage tells the tale of three film students who’ve traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale’s veracity. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises.”

SONGS OF REDEMPTION d. Miquel Galofré & Amanda Sans Pantling, 2013 + Q&A FREE online event (24 OCT 18:00):

  • Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival and The Twelve30 Collective present: “SONGS OF REDEMPTION captures the moving story of redemption and rehabilitation of inmates of the General Penitentiary located in Kingston, Jamaica. The film features riveting interviews and powerful reggae music created, performed, and produced in a unique partnership by inmates and wardens.”

More films in London today:

  • 23 WALKS d. Paul Morrison, 2020 at Everyman Barnet (24 OCT 13:00). AFTER WE COLLIDED d. Roger Kumble, 2020 at Archlight Cinema (24 OCT 15:00). ATTACK THE BLOCK d. Joe Cornish, 2011 at Catford Mews (24 OCT 19:30). CINEMA PARADISO 4K RESTORATION d. Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988 at Electric Cinema White City (24 OCT 14:00). COGNITION short film d. Ravi Ajit Chopra, 2020 at Archlight Cinema (24 OCT 17:40). CORDELIA d. Adrian Shergold, 2020 at The Prince Charles (24 OCT 20:45). DEATH BECOMES HER d. Robert Zemeckis, 1992 with Just May at The Glory (24 OCT 19:00). THE LADYKILLERS d. Alexander Mackendrick, 1955 at Ciné Lumière (24 OCT 15:50). PRESSURE d. Horace Ové, 1976 at ArtHouse Crouch End (24 OCT 15:00).  
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QUEER EAST FILM FESTIVAL – ALIFU, THE PRINCE/SS d. Yu-Lin Wang, 2017 + Intro Christopher Brown, University of Sussex at Genesis Cinema (25 OCT 18:00):

  • “Yu-Lin Wang’s film explores the journeys of three interconnected characters. Alifu is an indigenous boy who works at a salon in the city. He dreams of becoming a woman, but as the only son of the tribal chief, finds himself under pressure. Sherry is a transsexual who runs a drag queen bar. She is terminally ill, but given strength by her old friend Wu. Chris is a civil servant, who is straight but performs in Sherry’s drag show in order to relieve his stress. As the three stories intertwine, the film explores the enduring bonds that unite the characters.”

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ASTRONAUT d. Shelagh McLeod, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Riverside Studios (26 OCT 18:00):

  • Dive In Film Club presents: “Astronaut stars Academy award winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, American Graffiti) who plays 75-year-old Angus, a lonely widower who has just moved into a retirement home. He feels his life has lost all purpose until his long-extinguished dream of going into space is once again ignited when a nationwide competition is announced. Battling against ageism and ill health, help arrives from the most unlikely of places.”

No Ticket Required Film Club: FRUITVALE STATION d. Ryan Coogler, 2013 Online discussion with John Davies at Watermans (26 OCT 20:00 – FREE!):

  • “To mark Black History Month, Jon Davies will be discussing the debut film of BLACK PANTHER director Ryan Coogler. It is based on a true story, following the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant, a black man who was shot dead by a white police officer on a subway platform.”
  • How it works: Watch the film in your own time then register to join the discussion at Watermans.

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A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT d. Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014 at The Castle Cinema (27 OCT 19:00):

  • No Bollocks Film Club presents: “Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to sex workers, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an usual love story begins to blossom… blood red.”

BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at Curzon Wimbledon (27 OCT 20:30):

  • Wimbledon Film Club presents a Members’ Choice screening: “A small independent film that went large. London money’s bought up a small Cornish port, there’s tension not only between locals and outsiders, but between brothers: one that wants to fish and one that doesn’t. Striking cinematography showcased by its digital format plus memorable performances, BAIT will keep you gripped throughout.”

HOST d. Rob Savage, 2020 + Live Q&A with the director, writer Jed Shepherd, Producer Douglas Cox & cast members at Riverside Studios (27 OCT 20:00):

  • “Six friends hire a medium to hold a seance via Zoom during lockdown, but they get far more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong.”

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INTO THE STORM d. Adam Brown, 2020 + Q&A with the director, producer Dimitri Doganis & executive producers Mandy Chang & Hayley Reynolds at Genesis Cinema (28 OCT 18:30):

  • “A troubled teenager from a crime-ridden barrio in Lima, Peru, struggles against the odds to realise his dream of becoming a professional surfer and to raise his family out of poverty.”

MAI KHOI & THE DISSIDENTS d. Joe Piscatella, 2019 + Live Q&A with the director Online event (28 OCT 12:00 + 20:30):

  • Bertha DocHouse presents: “Singer/songwriter Mai Khoi became a pop sensation with her smash hit Vietnam, a patriotic ode to her home country, which propelled her into the limelight – and the favour of the Communist Party and state-run media. But when she begins to resist government censorship and speak out about human rights issues in the country, she soon falls out of favour with the authorities and becomes the inspiring voice of dissent for a generation, forming her provocative underground band, ‘Mai Khoi and the Dissidents’.”

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 8MM d. Tobe Hooper, 1974 at The Castle Cinema (28 OCT 19:30): 

  • Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club Halloween Special: “En route to visit their grandfather’s grave in Texas, five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse and pick up (and quickly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, before ending up at the old family home… where they’re plunged into a never-ending nightmare, falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths…”

More films in London today:

  • THE CRAFT: LEGACY d. Zoe Lister-Jones, 2020 at Everyman Barnet (28 OCT 19:45). AFTER WE COLLIDED d. Roger Kumble, 2020 at Archlight Cinema (28 OCT 17:40). COGNITION short film d. Ravi Ajit Chopra, 2020 at Archlight Cinema (28 OCT 15:00). ONE MAN AND HIS SHOES d. Yemi Bamiro, 2020 + Recorded Q&A at BFI Southbank (28 OCT 14:45). TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL d. Tisca Chopra, Ophelia Harutyunyan & Suzanne Hillinger, 2020 at Regent Street Cinema (28 OCT 15:30). 
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BOYS STATE d. Jesse Moss & Amanda McBaine, 2020 + Satellite Q&A at Rich Mix (29 OCT 18:00):

  • “The sensational winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual programme in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government.”
  • Also screening at: ArtHouse Crouch End / Barbican Cinema / Curzon Cinemas / Everyman Cinemas / Genesis Cinema 

DRACULA 16MM d. Terence Fisher, 1958 at The Castle Cinema (29 OCT 19:30):

  • Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club Halloween Special: “Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire’s castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to destroy the predatory villain when he targets Harker’s loved ones.”

LKFF 2020: PAWN Opening Gala at Curzon Soho (29 OCT 19:00):

  • London Korean Film Festival presents: “The year is 1993, two former army buddies Du-seok and Jong-bae work in the loan collection business. When a Chinese-Korean woman who is in the country illegally can’t pay back her $750 loan, Du-seok impulsively grabs her 9-year old daughter as collateral, saying he will return her the next day as soon as she pays back the money. But when the mother is seized and deported back to China, Doo-seok and Jong-bae are left with the girl on their hands.”

THE THING d. John Carpenter, 1982 + Intro/Salon with Nick Walker at Genesis Cinema (29 OCT 18:30):

  • Cult Classic Collective presents:A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who’s human and who’s not before it’s too late.”

More films in London today:

  • AFTER WE COLLIDED d. Roger Kumble, 2020 at Archlight Cinema (29 OCT 14:40). AKIRA d. Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988 at The Prince Charles (29 OCT 12:40). ATTACK THE BLOCK d. Joe Cornish, 2011 at Catford Mews (29 OCT 19:00). CINEMA PARADISO 4K RESTORATION d. Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988 at Ciné Lumière (29 OCT 20:20). CINEMA PARADISO 4K RESTORATION d. Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988 at Regent Street Cinema (29 OCT 15:30). COGNITION short film d. Ravi Ajit Chopra, 2020 at Archlight Cinema (29 OCT 12:30). THE CRAFT: LEGACY d. Zoe Lister-Jones, 2020 at Everyman Barnet (29 OCT 18:30). US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 presented by Sydenham Film Club at The Grove Centre (29 OCT 19:00). 

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LONDON’S CELLULOID SENSATIONS – SUPER 8MM/16MM/35MM/70MM+
  • A MAN IS ESCAPED 35MM aka Un condamné à mort s’est échappé d. Robert Bresson, 1956 at BFI Southbank (29 OCT 18:05).
  • AMERICAN PSYCHO 35MM d. Mary Harron, 2000 at The Prince Charles (23 OCT 18:50 / 24 OCT 15:50 / 26 OCT 13:30 / 27 OCT 21:00 / 28 OCT 13:00 / 29 OCT 16:00).
  • A TASTE OF CHERRY 35MM aka Ta’m e guilass d. Abbas Kiarostami, 1997 at BFI Southbank (24 OCT 18:00 / 28 OCT 20:45).
  • THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT VHS d. Eduardo Sanchez & Daniel Myrick, 1999 + Intro presented by London Video Club at Genesis Cinema (24 OCT 21:10).
  • DEATH BECOMES HER 35MM d. Robert Zemeckis, 1992 at The Prince Charles (28 OCT 18:10 – SOLD OUT!).
  • DRACULA 16MM d. Terence Fisher, 1958 at The Castle Cinema (29 OCT 19:30). 
  • LA GRANDE BOUFFE 35MM aka Blow Out d. Marco Ferreri, 1973 at Ciné Lumière (25 OCT 14:00 / 28 OCT 18:00). 
  • TENET IMAX 15/70MM d. Christopher Nolan 2020 at BFI IMAX (23 OCT 12:00 / 24 OCT 17:00 / 25 OCT 16:00 / 26 OCT 13:45 / 27 OCT 19:45 / 28 OCT 13:45 / 29 OCT 19:45). 
  • THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 8MM d. Tobe Hooper, 1974 at The Castle Cinema (28 OCT 19:30).
  • THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 35MM d. Tobe Hooper, 1974 at The Prince Charles (29 OCT 18:00).
SENSATIONAL FILM SEASONS IN LONDON THIS WEEK (VIRTUAL & IN VENUES).

BEYOND BLACK HISTORY MONTH at Everyman Cinemas (OCT+):

“This October and beyond we will be showing special screenings to celebrate Black History in the UK and abroad.”

  • GET OUT d. Jordan Peele, 2017 (24 OCT 20:45 / 26 OCT 20:00 / 29 OCT 20:00 – King’s Cross). ROCKS d. Sarah Gavron, 2019 (26 OCT 14:00 – King’s Cross).

BLACK FILMS MATTER: WE PREDICT A RIOT! at Vue Stratford (OCT):

“The New Black Film Collective presents a season of screenings that address the Black Lives Matter movement globally and how it affects the Black British experience.”

  • CLEMENCY d. Chinonye Chukwu, 2019 + Panel (29 OCT 19:00).

BLACK HISTORY MONTH at The Castle Cinema (OCT):

“October is Black History Month. To celebrate, the majority of films we screen will showcase black filmmakers and stories, highlighting some incredible work by outstanding black talent.”

  • BLACK PANTHER d. Ryan Coogler, 2018 (25 OCT 13:30 / 26 OCT 13:30 / 28 OCT 13:15). THE COLOR PURPLE d. Steven Spielberg, 1985 (23 OCT 21:00 / 26 OCT 21:00).  HIDDEN FIGURES d. Theodore Melfi, 2017 (29 OCT 16:00). LA HAINE d. Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995 (daily until 29 OCT). THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG d. Ron Clements & John Musker, 2009 (25 OCT 11:00 / 26 OCT 11:00). QUEEN OF KATWE d. Mira Nair, 2016 (24 OCT 11:00 / 27 OCT 16:15). RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 (26 OCT 18:45). ROCKS d. Sarah Gavron, 2019 (23 OCT 16:00 / 24 OCT 13:30 / 26 OCT 13:45 / 27 OCT 13:45 / 28 OCT 16:15). 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH SEASON at Riverside Studios (OCT):

“Riverside Studios is proud to celebrate Black History Month with a selection of films that explore and interrogate different aspects of life, looking at the past and present of the Black experience both in the US and in the UK.”

EMERGING FILM CURATORS at Barbican Cinema (24 OCT to 08 DEC):

  • Enter the Brainbox short animation programme (24 OCT 15:30 – SOLD OUT!). Dancing Nymphs short films of Nao Yoshigai + Screentalk (25 OCT 14:45). Dancing Nymphs is also available from Barbican’s Cinema On Demand (25 OCT to 01 NOV).

ENNIO MORRICONE at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):

“Courted by great directors to score their films, Ennio Morricone contributed to a remarkable selection of classics.”

FRIGHT NIGHT at Everyman Cinemas (various venues/dates):

  • LABYRINTH d. Jim Henson, 1986 (29 OCT – various venues).

HALLOWEEN at Genesis Cinema (24 to 31 OCT):

  • THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT VHS d. Eduardo Sanchez & Daniel Myrick, 1999 + Intro presented by London Video Club (24 OCT 21:10 – see daily listings). BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN – 85TH ANNIVERSARY d. James Whale, 1935 (29 OCT 21:10). THE CRAFT: LEGACY d. Zoe Lister-Jones, 2020 (28 OCT 15:25 & 18:20 / 29 OCT 15:20 & 18:20). THE THING d. John Carpenter, 1982 + Intro/Salon with Nick Walker presented by Cult Classic Collective at Genesis Cinema (29 OCT 18:30 – see daily listings).

HALLOWEEN WEEK at Archlight Cinema (27 to 31 OCT):

HORROCTOBER at The Prince Charles (from 16 OCT):

“A month of Screams, Chills, Blood and Guts!”

  • PSYCHO d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1960 (23 OCT 12:45 / 25 OCT 15:00 – SOLD OUT! / 27 OCT 15:50 / 29 OCT 13:20). AMERICAN PSYCHO 35MM d. Mary Harron, 2000 (23 OCT 18:50 / 24 OCT 15:50 / 26 OCT 13:30 / 27 OCT 21:00 / 28 OCT 13:00 / 29 OCT 16:00). THE SHINING d. Stanley Kubrick, 1980 (daily until 29 OCT). HOCUS POCUS d. Kenny Ortega, 1993 (25 OCT 20:15 – SOLD OUT!/ 27 OCT 18:30 – SOLD OUT!). THE CRAFT d. Andrew Fleming, 1996 (26 OCT 18:00 – SOLD OUT!). DOG SOLDIERS d. Neil Marshall, 2002 (28 OCT 17:40). DEATH BECOMES HER 35MM d. Robert Zemeckis, 1992 (28 OCT 18:10 – SOLD OUT!). THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 35MM d. Tobe Hooper, 1974 (29 OCT 18:00 / 31 OCT 13:10 – SOLD OUT!). A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET d. Wes Craven, 1984 (29 OCT 18:30 – SOLD OUT!).

THE MANY FACETS OF MICHEL PICCOLI at Ciné Lumière (AUG to OCT):

“Further to our online celebration of Michel Piccoli, one of France’s most prolific actors who sadly left us on 12 MAY, Ciné Lumière invites you to revisit his legacy on the big screen.”

NEAR THE JUGULAR at BFI Southbank & BFI Player (OCT to NOV).

“Riz Ahmed and Bassam Tariq look at their cinematic influences, including the films that inspired their new feature MOGUL MOWGLI.”

PLAY FOR TODAY at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):

“Marking the 50th anniversary of the historic anthology play strand on UK television.”

ROY ANDERSSON at Curzon Bloomsbury (OCT):

THE SOFIA & BILL SEASON at Genesis Cinema (OCT):

“In light of Sofia Coppola’s new release ON THE ROCKS (starring Bill Murray) we decided to have a little cinematic celebration of the two excellent artists.”

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles (from 16 OCT):

“Never far from our screen are the legendary films from the greatest animation house on the planet.”

  • SPIRITED AWAY d. Hayao Miyazaki, 2001 (23 OCT 12:15 – SUB / 24 OCT 13:00 – DUB / 25 OCT 12:10 – SUB / 26 OCT 12:20 – SUB / 28 OCT 14:55 – SUB).

THROUGH HER EYES at Genesis Cinema (OCT):

“From superstars that have changed the face of pop music to little girls that are subjected to female genital mutilation, we are bringing together a mini BHM season to explore black female stories.”

  • MOOLAADÉ d. Ousmane Sembene, 2004 (27 OCT 18:20).

WOMEN MAKE FILM at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):

“Filmmaker Mark Cousins, whose epic documentary WOMEN MAKE FILM: A NEW ROAD MOVIE THROUGH CINEMA was released in May, curates a companion season.”

YOUR BIG SCREEN CLASSICS at BFI Southbank (OCT to NOV):

“To reopen BFI Southbank we asked you to help us choose the films you’d like to see to welcome you back to the cinema. The results were a collection of the best the big screen has to offer.”

FILM FESTIVALS IN LONDON THIS WEEK (VIRTUAL & IN VENUES).
OUR PICK OF THIS WEEK’S NEW INDIE RELEASES, REVIVALS & RESTORATIONS.

CINEMA PARADISO 4K RESTORATION d. Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988:

  • “Giuseppe Tornatore’s loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the highs and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier.”
  • Screening at: ArtHouse Crouch End / Catford Mews 

ONE MAN AND HIS SHOES d. Yemi Bamiro, 2020:

  • “The story of global phenomenon as told by the people that made it happen. It is also a parable of America’s love affair with consumer capitalism and celebrity culture that shows how popular culture can be hijacked and hacked and how we can be manipulated into associating athletic ability, competitive success, self-worth, desire and esteem – with a shoe.”
  • Screening at: ArtHouse Crouch End / Barbican Cinema / Catford MewsRio Cinema 

SUMMER OF ’85 d. Francois Ozon, 2020:

WOLFWALKERS d. Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart, 2020:

  • “A young apprentice hunter and her father journey to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumoured to transform into wolves by night.”
  • Screening at: ArtHouse Crouch End / Barbican Cinema / Curzon Cinemas / Genesis Cinema

Also released this week: 

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WHAT’S ON IN LONDON’S ALTERNATIVE CINEMAS & DRIVE-INS (A-Z BY VENUE).

BFI IMAX inc:

  • AKIRA 4K d. Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988 (24 OCT 13:45 / 25 OCT 12:45 / 26 OCT 20:15 / 27 OCT 13:45 / 28 OCT 20:15 / 29 OCT 13:45)). HONEST THIEF d. Mark Williams, 2020 (23 OCT 16:00 / 24 OCT 20:40 / 25 OCT 19:40 / 26 OCT 17:30 / 27 OCT 17:00 / 28 OCT 17:30 / 29 OCT 17:00). TENET IMAX 15/70MM d. Christopher Nolan 2020 (23 OCT 12:00 / 24 OCT 17:00 / 25 OCT 16:00 / 26 OCT 13:45 / 27 OCT 19:45 / 28 OCT 13:45 / 29 OCT 19:45). 

THE DRIVE IN, Troubadour Meridian Water inc (by date):

FORBIDDEN FOREST CINEMA pop-up event at The Copeland Park, SE15 (23 OCT to 08 NOV):

FRIGHT NIGHT CINEMA at Rivoli Ballroom (26 to 30 OCT):

LUNA DRIVE IN CINEMA at Allianz Park:

ROOFTOP DRIVE IN at Alexandra Palace inc (by date):

THE SNOW KINGDOM inc (by date):

  • Backyard Cinema presents: 28 DAYS LATER d. Danny Boyle, 2002 (27 OCT 20:30). US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 (29 OCT 20:30).

THE WINTER NIGHT GARDEN inc (by date):

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