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Welcome to another screen week. I got caught in traffic, so let’s keep this brief…
With it being Easter, it remains a slightly quieter time for indie film clubs, but this week The Batty Mama presents a night of short films and cabaret, Too Black Too Queer, at Scala (09 APR), Deeper Into Movies continues their concert films with NIRVANA LIVE AT READING (1992) at Farr’s Dalston (11 APR), and Tufnell Park Film Club presents Park Chan-wook’s STOKER at at The Lord Palmerston (12 APR). Two new clubs join our listings this week, with Film Rage presenting The Sights & Sounds of Blaxploitation at Babel Arthouse Cinema (13 APR), and Dazed x MUBI launch their new Cinema Club at Soho House with one of this week’s several preview screenings of Paul Verhoeven’s masturbating lesbian nuns melodrama, BENEDETTA (12 APR).
It’s a grand week for silent cinema, with Kennington Bioscope’s screening of OLD HEIDELBERG 16mm (13 APR) joined by CAFÉ ELEKTRIK at Ciné Lumière (10 APR), and THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER at Barbican (also 10 APR). All silents come with live musical accompaniment. If you like your cinema music a little more contemporary, there’s a special presentation of Norman Jewison’s 1973 big screen adaptation of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR complete with Q&A with Sir Tim Rice at Olympic Studios (13 APR).
This week’s fundraisers for Ukraine include Stow Film Lounge’s screening of OLGA at Creative Works (08 APR), another outing for Encounters Presents: Ukrainian Shorts at Peckhamplex (10 APR), a programme of moving image works made by women at Pushkin House, Desirous Bodies, Malign War: Women’s Moving Image from Ukraine, and MY THOUGHTS ARE SILENT presented by Jellied Reels at The Castle Cinema (both 14 APR).
In new releases… Oscar Best Picture winner CODA gets a wide range of encore screenings across town (I’ve listed screenings at The David Lean). For my picks of the week, I’ve chosen Juho Kuosmanen’s COMPARTMENT NO. 6, Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s JULIA, and a limited engagement from UK Jewish Film of Max Fischer’s THE LUCKY STAR at JW3 (from 10 APR). Other new openings are available (see GRIND SHOWS for what’s on).
For my Featured Attraction of the Week I’ve chosen the two days of Turkish delights served by this year’s Remakesploitation Fest (09 to 10 APR) at The Cinema Museum. You’ll get a documentary about the whole shooting match – REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF (2015) – followed by Turkish spins on STAR TREK (Turist Ömer Uzay Yolunda, 1973), STAR WARS (Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, 1982), SOME LIKE IT HOT (Fıstık Gibi, 1970), DEATH WISH (Cellat, 1975), and THE EXORCIST (Şeytan, 1974). The festival is followed by an all-day academic symposium on the same themes at King’s College London, Reframing the Turkish Film Remake (11 APR 11:00 – 16:30 / FREE!).
Of course, if that doesn’t grab your fancy, we’re using our next Queer Horror Nights screening of Kimberly Peirce’s twisted, feminist superhero origin story CARRIE (2013) at The Castle Cinema (10 APR 14:00) to raise funds for local women’s mental health charity WISH. All money raised from a percentage of box office and a special prize draw (please bring cash for donations, however small!) will help WISH provide free counselling in the community for women with multiple complex needs.
See you in the darkness, and stay safe.
Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS
REMAKESPLOITATION FEST 2022 – DAY ONE (09 APR) / DAY TWO (10 APR) at The Cinema Museum:
“From STAR WARS to SOME LIKE IT HOT, Remakesploitation proudly present a weekend festival devoted to the weird and wonderful world of Turkish remakes. For many years, these films only circulated in low-resolution bootlegs but they have now been lovingly digitally restored with all-new English subtitles. All six screenings will have short introductions from invited special guests from Turkey, Germany and the USA, and we will also be having post-screening Q&As between the films. There are no plans for us to release these films on Blu-ray, DVD or VOD, so make sure you grab this rare opportunity to see these truly fascinating films on the big screen. We will also be providing complementary Turkish snacks for all ticket holders.” (Remakesploitation)
Followed by an all-day academic symposium on the same themes at King’s College London, Reframing the Turkish Film Remake (11 APR 11:00 – 16:30 – FREE!).
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Ukraine Fundraiser: OLGA d. Elie Grappe, 2021 presented by Stow Film Lounge at Creative Works (08 APR 19:30).
CARRIE d. Kimberly Peirce, 2013 + Intro & Bar Social, presented by Queer Horror Nights to raise funds for WISH women’s mental health at The Castle Cinema (10 APR 14:00).
Preview: BENEDETTA d. Paul Verhoeven, 2021 at Picturehouse Cinemas (11 APR various).
STOKER d. Park Chan-wook, 2013 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (12 APR 20:00).
OLD HEIDELBERG 16mm d. John Emerson, 1915 + Intro & supporting programme by Chris Bird + Live piano accompaniment by Colin Sell & John Sweeney presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (13 APR 19:30).
Ukraine Fundraiser: MY THOUGHTS ARE SILENT d. Antonio Lukich, 2019 presented by Jellied Reels at The Castle Cinema (14 APR 21:00).
Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
A LONG WEEKEND IN 1995 at The Prince Charles
- Includes (check venue for full listings): TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! JULIE NEWMAR d. Beeban Kidron, 1995 (08 APR 18:20); HEAT 35mm d. Michael Mann, 1995 (08 APR 20:15); EMPIRE RECORDS: Original Version 35mm d. Allan Moyle, 1995 (08 APR 21:00); GHOST IN THE SHELL d. Mamoru Oshii, 1995 (09 APR 18:00); CASINO 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 1995 (09 APR 20:15); BEFORE SUNRISE 35mm d. Richard Linklater, 1995 (10 APR 12:30 / 13 APR 12:45); HACKERS 35mm d. Iain Softley, 1995 (10 APR 15:00); SEVEN 35mm d. David Fincher, 1995 (10 APR 17:35); GET SHORTY 35mm d. Barry Sonnefeld, 1995 (10 APR 20:30); TANK GIRL 35mm d. Rachel Talalay, 1995 (11 APR 18:00); SHOWGIRLS 35mm d. Paul Verhoeven, 1995 (11 APR 20:30); LA HAINE d. Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995 (13 APR 18:00 4K).
More rep seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
- Essay Film Festival (19 MAR to 23 APR).
- London Independent Film Festival (01 to 10 APR).
- London International Student Film Festival (14 APR).
- The People’s Film Festival (02 to 09 APR).
- Remakesploitation Fest (09 to 10 APR).
THE LUCKY STAR d. Max Fischer, 1980:
- Various venues, inc: JW3 (from 10 APR).
More new releases in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
- Sine Screen presents Vulnerable Histories at Close-Up & The Garden Cinema (19 to 26 AUG 2023)
- Lost Reels presents 16mm & 35mm screenings at The Cinema Museum & ICA (19 & 31 AUG 2023)
- The Duke Mitchell Film Club presents DukeFest 2023: A Brave New World (13 to 16 AUG 2023)
- Cinema Mentiré launches with OLHAR PERIFERICO season (AUG 2023)
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