This is a film still from COMPULSION dir Richard Fleischer, 1959, screening at The Cinema Museum (29 MAY 2022).
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SUNDAY: What’s on in London today [29/05/22]

SUNDAY 29 MAY 2022 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today across DIY, indie & alternative cinema including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & our selection of new releases.

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#QueerHorrorNights continue with David Cronenberg’s THE FLY (1986) at The Castle Cinema (Friday 24 JUNE 19:00): booking now!

COMPULSION 35mm d. Richard Fleischer, 1959 + Discussion presented by The Vito Project LGBTQ+ Film Club at The Cinema Museum (29 MAY 18:00) / Part of RE-OPENING THE CELLULOID CLOSET.

“The VITO Project returns to the Cinema Museum with a monthly screening of a feature with a LGBTQ+slant. RE-OPENING THE CELLULOID CLOSET is a series of screenings exploring the ways in which classic Hollywood films depicted queer representation under the restraints of the infamous Production (aka Hays) Code, a set of strict guidelines dictating what was deemed acceptable in American movies from 1934-1968.”

“This month’s film is COMPULSION (1959) dir Richard Fleischer, with Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell and Diane Varsi. Based on novelist Meyer Levin’s fictionalised account of the infamous 1924 murder trial of lovers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two close friends murder a younger boy in a philosophical exercise in “how to commit the perfect crime”. Despite their precautions, one of them inadvertently leaves a key piece of evidence at the crime scene, and they are arrested and put on trial. It’s up to their nationally famous attorney (Orson Welles) to save them.”

#QueerHorrorNights continue with a double bill of PSYCHO II & PSYCHO III at The Cinema Museum (Sunday 24 JULY 18:30): booking now!

  • ALL MY FRIENDS HATE ME d. Andrew Gaynord, 2021 + Q&A with actor/writer Tom Stourton & writer/producer Tom Palmer at Picturehouse Cinemas (29 MAY various).
  • A Tribute to Verity Lambert: SHOULDER TO SHOULDER (Episode 1)+ Q&A with Dame Siân Phillips, Patricia Quinn, Carole Ann Ford & Waris Hussein in association with The Doctor Who Appreciation Society at Riverside Studios (29 MAY 14:00).
  • BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S 16mm d. Blake Edwards, 1961 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (29 MAY 14:00). 
  • COMPULSION 35mm d. Richard Fleischer, 1959 + Discussion presented by The Vito Project LGBTQ+ Film Club at The Cinema Museum (29 MAY 18:00).
  • THE COUP D’ÉTAT FACTORY d. Victor Fraga & Valnei Nunes, 2021 + Discussion with Baroness Christine Blower & guests at BFI Southbank (29 MAY 14:00).
  • THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY d. Sergio Leone, 1966 at Picturehouse Cinemas (29 MAY various).
  • Islands of Fire: The Cinema of Vittorio De Seta short film programme + Intro by Ehsan Khoshbakht presented by Never On Sunday at Close-up Film Centre (29 MAY 20:15).
  • LOVE IN A BRIGHT LANDSCAPE d. Jonathan Alley, 2021 presented by Doc’N Roll at The Castle Cinema (29 MAY 17:30).
  • NO TURNING BACK d. Nicolette Bucknor, 2022 + Intro by the director at The Prince Charles (29 MAY 17:30).
  • RŪRANGI d. Max Currie, 2020 at Whirled Cinema (29 MAY 17:00).
  • VAMPYR d. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932 at ICA (29 MAY 14:45 / 31 MAY 17:00 / 01 JUN 16:45).
  • THE WATERMELON WOMAN d. Cheryl Dunye, 1997 presented by Queer Film Club at London LGBTQ+ Community Centre (29 MAY 18:00 – Donation requested!).
  • YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE d. Lewis Gilbert, 1967 at Olympic Studios (29 MAY 12:15).

Check venues for full listings…

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

AKIRA KUROSAWA at The Prince Charles

ANIME at BFI Southbank

BEST OF CÉSAR at Ciné Lumière

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: A QUESTION OF FAITH at BFI Southbank

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

CATALAN CINEMA NOW! IDENTITIES at ICA

CELEBRATING FILM NOIR at The Garden Cinema

CELEBRATING SIDNEY POITIER at The Garden Cinema 

CRUEL FLESH: FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY at BFI Southbank

#EXPLOREFRANCE – CÔTE D’AZUR at Ciné Lumière

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

THE GOLDEN AGE OF FRENCH CINEMA at The Garden Cinema

RETURN OF THE OUTSIDER: THE FILMS OF MIKE HODGES at BFI Southbank

  • NEW TEMPO d. Mike Hodges, 1967 (29 MAY 11:50).
  • Re-releases: GET CARTER 4K Restoration d. Mike Hodges, 1971 (until 09 JUN).

SCI-FI MOVIES at The Prince Charles

STANLEY KUBRICK ON FILM at The Prince Charles

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles



ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham


GET CARTER dir. Mike Hodges, 1971:

LUZZU dir. Alex Camilleri, 2021:

PSYCHO dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1960:



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