This is a film still from THE GLEANERS AND I, presented by No Planet B at Catford Mews (01 JULY 2021).
THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [25 JUN to 01 JUL 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


Film festivals continue to provide a great deal of new content across London’s indie screens this week, with SERET International Israeli Film Festival and the London Indian Film Festival going strong. Doc’n Roll Festival continues to make up for lost time, joined this week by London Short Film Festival with programmes showcasing the best of their 2021 online event at venues across London. New festival arrivals include Rooftop Film Club’s Roofstock weekender at their Peckham location (25 to 27 JUN), and SAFAR Film Festival: Generational Encounters in Arab Cinema which opens at Barbican (01 to 06 JUL).

We publish on the cusp of a new month, so there’ll be new seasons to list in our next monthly roundup (which we hope to get posted at the weekend…). In the meantime, we welcome CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY to a newly reopened Close-Up Film Centre (from 26 JUN), and T A P E collective’s BUT WHERE ARE YOU REALLY FROM? at BFI Southbank (from 01 JUL). BFI also continues their hardy perennial Big Screen Classics season, with a new focus on the theme of TOGETHERNESS (from 01 JUL). Which is nice.

If you enjoy watching your movies outdoors, then the return of The Luna Cinema to venues across London this summer will be your thing. We’ve spotted them in Brockwell Park from 01 JUL, but other venues in their busy forward schedule include Clapham Common, Dulwich Park, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, and Westminster Abbey. Booking now.

Speaking of the great outdoors, Archlight Cinema will be heading back outside for another season of films on the Coaling Jetty at Battersea. The first wave of events goes on sale from 29 JUN. In other venues news, as well as welcoming Close-Up back to the darkness, Regent Street Cinema also reopens from 25 JUN. To celebrate, they’re currently offering £2 off every cinema ticket until 01 SEP.

The coronavirus has prompted all sorts of contortions in usual cinema business, but we were drawn to this stern warning from The Prince Charles from their booking pages for THE ROOM (currently screening without Tommy Wiseau):

“NO SPOONS (of any kind) and NO SHOUTING ALLOWED! Due to Health & Safety concerns for our staff and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to allow Spoon Throwing or Quoting Along during performances of this film this year. All performances will be standard film screenings. Any customers seen throwing spoons or shouting out during this performance will be asked to leave. We understand that this is a part of the show, but during this time we ask you to please cooperate with us.”

THE PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA.

We know this is deadly serious, but we couldn’t help but smile… in the spirit of COVID cooperation, let’s hope normal spoon tossing business can resume again soon.

Whilst Tommy Wiseau might be the patron saint of DIY filmmakers, we remain obsessed with DIY exhibitors, the people hacking the screen industries to give cinema meaning. No Planet B has been inspiring eco activism through cinema for a while now and gets two outings this week. First up, founder and programmer Julia Brow will be interviewed by Birds Eye View’s Mia Bays following a #ReclaimTheFrame screening of GUNDA at Genesis Cinema (29 JUN). Then, No Planet B will project Agnès Varda’s THE GLEANERS AND I at Catford Mews (01 JUL), which becomes our Featured Attraction of the Week.

See you in the darkness again soon,

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS


THE GLEANERS & I aka Les glaneurs et la glaneuse d. Agnès Varda, 2000 + Intro presented by No Planet B at Catford Mews (01 JUL 20:15).

  • “In this idiosyncratic, self-reflexive documentary, Varda explores the world of modern-day gleaners: those living on the margins who survive by foraging and scavenging for what society throws away. Varda likens her filmmaking to the gleaning of ideas and images from interior and exterior journeys and admits to being a gleaner herself, which gives her a special connection with the subjects of this honest and intriguing documentary.”
  • No Planet B is an environmental film club inspiring activism through cinema.

FRIDAY 25 JUN

SATURDAY 26 JUN

SUNDAY 27 JUN

MONDAY 28 JUN

ONLINE

  • ROOT UP + Q&A with director Katia Café-Fébrissy presented by Women In Film SE15 online at Upper Norwood Library Hub (28 JUN 21:00) / Part of Visual Conversations at Upper Norwood Library.

TUESDAY 29 JUN

WEDNESDAY 30 JUN

THURSDAY 01 JUL

ONLINE

  • ON AKKA’S SHORE d. Umama Hamido at The Whitechapel Gallery (01 JUL 19:00 – FREE online event / Donation suggested).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DIE HARD 70MM d. John McTiernan, 1988 (28 JUN 12:00 / 30 JUN 20:30).

ANDREI TARKOVSKY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)ANDREI RUBLEV 35MM d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966 (27 JUN 17:00 / 01 JUL 15:00).

ANIME SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988 (27 JUN 12:40 / 01 JUL 12:55 – SUB); PAPRIKA d. Satoshi Kon, 2006 (01 JUL 15:30 & 18:45 – SUB).

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)SHREK d. Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson, 2011 (27 JUN 14:45); ANDREI RUBLEV 35MM d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966 (27 JUN 17:00 / 01 JUL 15:00).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE TIMELESS BEAUTY OF BLACK & WHITE at BFI Southbank

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TOGETHERNESS at BFI Southbank (from 01 JUL):

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN aka Bronenosets Potemkin d. Sergei Eisenstein, 1925 at BFI Southbank (01 JUL 14:30); HOPE & GLORY d. John Boorman, 1987 (01 JUL 17:30).

BUT WHERE ARE YOU REALLY FROM? presented by T A P E Collective at BFI Southbank (from 01 JUL):

“A season of films celebrating filmmakers who redefine, reject and re-establish identity and heritage labels.”

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): EYIMOFE aka This is My Desire d. Arie Esiri & Chuko Esiri, 2020 at BFI Southbank (01 JUL 20:30).

CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY at Close-Up (from 26 JUN)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MIRROR d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974 (26 JUN 20:15); THE SACRIFICE d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986 (27 JUN 19:30).

DREAM PALACE at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)THE GLEANERS & I aka Les glaneurs et la glaneuse d. Agnès Varda, 2000 + Pre-recorded intro by director Zhu Shengze (25 JUN 14:30); THE WARRIORS d. Walter Hill, 1979 (28 JUN 14:30); THE SEVENTH SEAL aka Det sjunde inseglet d. Ingmar Bergman, 1957 (30 JUN 14:30).

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MAGNOLIA 35MM d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999 (28 JUN 20:00).

THE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS 35MM d. Wes Anderson, 2001 (25 JUN 16:00 / 26 JUN 15:20 / 28 JUN 15:00 / 29 JUN 18:00).

HER VOICE: BLACK WOMEN FROM THE SPOTLIGHT TO THE SCREEN at BFI Southbank

JOIN THE #BONGHIVE at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MOTHER aka Madeo d. Bong Joon-ho, 2009 (30 JUN 17:40).

L.A. NIGHTS at Backyard Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MAMA MIA! d. Phyllida Lloyd, 2008 (25 JUN 16:00); MAMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN d. Ol Parker, 2018 (25 JUN 20:00); MOANA d. Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall & Chris Williams, 2016 (26 JUN 12:00); BACK TO THE FUTURE d. Robert Zemeckis, 1985 (26 JUN 16:00); ROCKETMAN d. Dexter Fletcher, 2019 (26 JUN 20:00); BIG d. Penny Marshall, 1988 (27 JUN 16:00); A STAR IS BORN d. Bradley Cooper, 2018 (27 JUN 20:00); MINARI d. Lee Isaac Chung, 2020 (29 JUN 20:00); KINKY BOOTS d. Julian Jarrold, 2005 (30 JUN 20:00).

MIAMI BEACH at Backyard Cinema

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing)

RETURN TO THE CITY at Barbican

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)CAIRO STATION d. Youssef Chahine, 1958 at Barbican Cinema (27 JUN 15:00).

ROBERT ALTMAN: AMERICAN OUTSIDER at BFI Southbank

SERGIO LEONE’S DOLLARS TRILOGY at The Prince Charles (from 03 JUN)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS 35MM aka Per un pugno di dollari d. Sergio Leone, 1964 (26 JUN 12:00).

STUDIO GHIBLI at The Prince Charles

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

TEEN MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER 35MM d. Jamie Babbit, 1999 presented by Unicorn Nights (25 JUN 18:30 & 21:00).

THAT’S KINO, BABY! at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SUNSET BLVD. d. Billy Wilder, 1950 (29 JUN 20:30); SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN d. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952 (30 JUN 18:20).

Deeper Into Movies at Dalston Roof Park

  • Includes (check promoter for full listings): LOU REED’S BERLIN d. Julian Schnabel, 2007 (28 JUN 19:30).

The Luna Cinema at Brockwell Park (01 to 04 JUL)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 (01 JUL 21:15).

Rooftop Cinema at Bar Elba SE1

Rooftop Film Club, Peckham

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): 24HR PARTY PEOPLE d. Michael Winterbottom, 2002 part of Roofstock Weekender (25 JUN 21:30); ROCKFIELD: THE STUDIO ON THE FARM d. Hannah Berryman, 2020 part of Roofstock Weekender (26 JUN 21:30); ALMOST FAMOUS d. Cameron Crowe, 2000 part of Roofstock Weekender (27 JUN 21:30); I AM LOVE d. Luca Guadagnino, 2009 + Q&A with architect David Kohn presented by RIBA (28 JUN 21:00); TOP GUN d. Tony Scott, 1986 (29 JUN 21:30); JUDAS & THE BLACK MESSIAH d. Shaka King, 2021 (30 JUN 21:30); HOUSE PARTY d. Reginald Hudlin, 1990 (01 JUL 21:30).

Rooftop Film Club, Stratford East

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM d. Gurinder Chadha, 2002 part of London Indian Film Festival (25 JUN 20:45); KILL BILL: VOL. 1 d. Quentin Tarantino, 2003 (26 JUN 21:15); CRUEL INTENTIONS d. Roger Kumble, 1999 (29 JUN 21:15); MOONLIGHT d. Barry Jenkins, 2016 for Pride month (30 JUN 21:15); THE LOST BOYS d. Joel Schumacher, 1987 (01 JUL 21:15).


NASHVILLE 4K d. Robert Altman, 1975

SWEAT d. Magnus von Horn, 2020

  • Also (other films/venues may be available!): ACASA, MY HOME d. Radu Ciorniciuc, 2020 at Bertha DocHouse (daily 25 JUN to 01 JUL) // A SPACE IN TIME d. Riccardo Servini & Nick Taussig, 2021 at Picturehouse Cinemas (various dates) // FATIMA d. Marco Pontecorvo, 2020 at Peckhamplex (daily 25 JUN to 01 JUL) // THE FILMMAKER’S HOUSE d. Marc Isaacs, 2020 at Bertha DocHouse, Catford Mews & Rio Cinema (daily 25 JUN to 01 JUL) // SING, FREETOWN d. Clive Patterson, 2021 at Picturehouse Cinemas (daily 25 JUN to 01 JUL) // SPARKLING: THE STORY OF CHAMPAGNE d. Frank Mannion, 2021 at Ciné Lumière (24 JUN 18:15 / 26 JUN 16:30 / 27 JUN 15:45 / 29 JUN 18:30) // UNDERGODS d. Chino Moya, 2020 at Catford Mews (daily 29 JUN to 01 JUL various times).

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