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SUNDAY: What’s on in London today [23/05/21]

SUNDAY 23 MAY 2021 (A–Z) // Films screening in London today including one-off events, limited runs, film clubs, repertory seasons, film festivals, outdoor events, & our selection of new releases.

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  • 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 at Picturehouse Central (23 MAY 14:10).
  • AMMONITE d. Francis Lee, 2020 at Ciné Lumière (23 MAY 17:15).
  • Architecture On Film: INTO GREAT SILENCE d. Philip Gröning, 2005 at Barbican Cinema (23 MAY 14:00 – main featured image).
  • A STAR IS BORN d. Bradley Cooper, 2018 at Backyard Cinema (23 MAY 20:30).
  • BATMAN BEGINS d. Christopher Nolan, 2005 at The Prince Charles (23 MAY 14:10).
  • BEAU TRAVAIL d. Claire Denis, 1999 + Pre-recorded intro by director Kirsten Johnson at BFI Southbank (23 MAY 18:40).
  • THE BIG CITY aka Mahanagar d. Satyajit Ray, 1963 at BFI Southbank (23 MAY 12:10).
  • DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN d. Susan Seidelman, 1985 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (23 MAY 18:15).
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL d. Steven Spielberg, 1982 at Backyard Cinema (23 MAY 12:30).
  • FEAR EATS THE SOUL aka Angst essen Seele auf d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974 + Intro by Heather Stewart, BFI Creative Director at BFI Southbank (23 MAY 15:45).
  • THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW aka Il vangelo secondo Matteo d. Paolo Pasolini, 1964 at BFI Southbank (23 MAY 15:20).
  • HAIRSPRAY d. Adam Shankman, 2007 at Backyard Cinema (23 MAY 16:30).
  • THE HUMAN VOICE d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2020 + Pre-recorded Q&A with Tilda Swinton and Pedro Almodóvar hosted by Mark Kermode at: The Lexi Cinema (23 MAY 14:45) / Phoenix Cinema (23 MAY 14:00) / Rich Mix (23 MAY 17:30).
  • THE ITALIAN JOB d. Peter Collinson, 1969 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (23 MAY 13:00).
  • LE ROMAN DE RENARD aka The Story of the Fox d. Irène & Ladislas Starewitch, 1930-41 + FOX HUNT d. Anthony Gross & Hector Hoppin, 1936 at Ciné Lumière (23 MAY 16:10).
  • THE LONG GOODBYE d. Robert Altman, 1973 at BFI Southbank (23 MAY 18:20).
  • MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION 35MM d. Douglas Sirk, 1954 + Intro by Heather Stewart, BFI Creative Director at BFI Southbank (23 MAY 12:45).
  • MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM d. George C. Wolfe, 2020 at The Lexi Cinema (23 MAY 18:00).
  • MY DONKEY, MY LOVER & I aka Antoinette dans les Cévennes d. Caroline Vignal, 2020 at Ciné Lumière (23 MAY 19:40).
  • MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA d. Bertrand Tavernier, 2016 at Picturehouse Central (23 MAY 15:00).
  • OLIVIA 4K d. Jacqueline Audry, 1951 + Recorded intro by Prof. Ginette Vincendeau at Ciné Lumière (23 MAY 14:00).
  • PITCH PERFECT d. Jason Moore, 2012 at Backyard Cinema (23 MAY 16:00).
  • POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHÉ d. Celeste Bell & Paul Sng, 2021 at Catford Mews (23 MAY 17:00).
  • RARE BEASTS d. Billie Piper, 2019 at BFI Southbank (23 MAY 15:30).
  • SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN d. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1952 at Archlight Cinema (23 MAY 15:00). 
  • SLALOM d. Charlène Favier, 2020 at Watermans (23 MAY 13:00).
  • WONDER WOMAN 1984 d. Patty Jenkins, 2020 at Genesis Cinema (23 MAY 15:00).
  • WONDER WOMAN 1984 d. Patty Jenkins, 2020 at Backyard Cinema (23 MAY 20:00).

  •  A STAR IS BORN d. Bradley Cooper, 2018 at HideAway Cinema at Honourable Artillery Company, EC1Y (23 MAY 15:30).
  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY d. Bryan Singer, 2018 at Rooftop Cinema at Bar Elba SE1 (23 MAY 21:00).
  • BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S d. Blake Edwards, 1961 at Drive In Film Club at Alexandra Palace (23 MAY 17:00).
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL d. Steven Spielberg, 1982 at Drive In Film Club at Brent Cross (23 MAY 17:00).
  • THE DARK KNIGHT d. Christopher Nolan, 2008 at Drive In Film Club at Brent Cross (23 MAY 20:00);
  • GODZILLA VS KONG d. Adam Wingard, 2021 at The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water (23 MAY 16:30).
  • GODZILLA VS KONG d. Adam Wingard, 2021 at HideAway Cinema at Honourable Artillery Company, EC1Y (23 MAY 21:00).
  • THE LAND BEFORE TIME d. Don Bluth, 1988 at Drive In Film Club at Alexandra Palace (23 MAY 14:00).
  • THE PRINCESS BRIDE d. Rob Reiner, 1987 at Rooftop Film Club, Stratford East (23 MAY 21:00).
  • SOUND OF METAL d. Darius Marder, 2019 at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (23 MAY 21:00).
  • WONDER WOMAN 1984 d. Patty Jenkins, 2020 at at Drive In Film Club at Alexandra Palace (23 MAY 20:00).


APPLES d. Christos Nikou, 2020 at ArtHouse, Curzon & Riverside Studios (other venues available!).

This is a film still from RARE BEASTS (2021) which screens at Genesis Cinema on 20 MAY 2021 as part of their reopening programme.

RARE BEASTS d. Billie Piper, 2019 at ArtHouse, The Castle, Curzon, Everyman, Genesis, Riverside Studios (other venues available!).

This is a film still from SPRING BLOSSOM.

SPRING BLOSSOM d. Suzanne Lindon, 2020 at Ciné Lumière (21 to 25 + 27 MAY) & Curzon (daily until 27 MAY).

WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 at Picturehouse Central (daily until 27 MAY).



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