This is a film still from MINARI showing at Drive In Film Club (April 2021).
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APRIL 2021: What’s on in London this month – outdoor event seasons

At long last, we can resume our regular epic roundups of repertory film seasons & film festivals showing across London… starting with outdoor event seasons! Expect updates as we discover more…

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London’s outdoor cinema venues have resumed screenings from 12 April and we’ve taken a look at their COVID-safe programmes. There’s normally quite a lot of NOTTING HILL, DIRTY DANCING and GREATEST SHOWMAN in some of these lineups, so we’ve picked notable events we’d most want to be at (check venues and promoters for full listings).

Expect updates to this post as we discover more outdoor seasons opening up across London. We’ll also get cracking on next month’s edition soon in anticipation of indoor events reopening from 17 May. One-off screen events are always listed in our weekly SCREEN GUIDE which we hope to resume posting next week (including on- & off-line events for the foreseeable future).

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See you in darkness again soon,

Richard // Baker-In-Chief / RADIANT CIRCUS


Deeper Into Movies at Dalston Roof Park

Includes (check promoter for full listings): INTERSTELLA 5555: THE 5TORY OF THE 5ECRET 5TAR 5YSTEM d. Daisuke Nishio, Hirotoshi Rissen, 2003 (19 APR 19:30); INTERSTELLA 5555: THE 5TORY OF THE 5ECRET 5TAR 5YSTEM d. Daisuke Nishio, Hirotoshi Rissen, 2003 (20 APR 19:30); DAVID BYRNE AMERICAN UTOPIA d. Spike Lee, 2020 (26 APR 19:30); and, DAVID BYRNE AMERICAN UTOPIA d. Spike Lee, 2020 (27 APR 19:30).

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The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water

Includes (check venue for full listings): WONDER WOMAN 1984 d. Patty Jenkins, 2020 (12 APR 18:00 / 13 APR 21:00 / 16 APR 18:00 / 17 APR 17:45 / 20 APR 18:00 / 22 APR 18:15); GODZILLA VS KONG d. Adam Wingard, 2021 (12 APR 21:30 / 14 APR 18:00 / 15 APR 21:30 / 16 APR 21:30 / 19 APR 21:30 / 21 APR 18:30 / 27 APR 18:30 / 28 APR 18:30); JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH d. Shaka King, 2021 (14 APR 21:00 / 18 APR 20:30 / 20 APR 21:30 / 26 APR 21:30); BACK TO THE FUTURE d. Robert Zemeckis, 1985 (19 APR 18:30); TENET d. Christopher Nolan, 2020 (21 APR 21:30); KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 (26 APR 18:20); BLUE STORY d. Andrew Onwubolu, 2019 (27 APR 21:30); JOKER d. Todd Phillips, 2019 (29 APR 18:30); and, QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 (29 APR 21:45).

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Drive In Film Club at Alexandra Palace

Includes (check promoter for full listings): PIXIE d. Barnaby Thompson, 2020 (13 APR 17:45); MINARI d. Lee Isaac Chung, 2020 (13 APR 20:30 – main featured image); MINARI d. Lee Isaac Chung, 2020 (14 APR 20:45); BILLIE EILISH: THE WORLD’S A LITTLE BLURRY d. R.J. Cutler, 2021 (15 APR 20:30); BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S d. Blake Edwards, 1961 (18 APR 16:45); PULP FICTION d. Quentin Tarantino, 1994 (18 April 20:00); CLUELESS d. Amy Heckerling, 1995 (19 APR 18:00); FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF d. John Hughes, 1986 (20 APR 17:45); AMÉLIE d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001 (21 APR 20:45); MISBEHAVIOUR d. Philippa Lowthorpe, 2020 (24 APR 17:15); THE PRINCESS BRIDE d. Rob Reiner, 1987 (26 APR 18:00); GHOSTBUSTERS d. Ivan Reitman, 1984 (27 APR 18:00); JAWS d. Steven Spielberg, 1975 (27 APR 20:45); QUEEN AND SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 (29 APR 20:30); KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 (30 APR 18:00); and, SAINT MAUD d. Rose Glass, 2019 (30 APR 21:30).

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Drive In Film Club at Brent Cross

Includes (check promoter for full listings): PIXIE d. Barnaby Thompson, 2020 (12 APR 18:00); BILLIE EILISH: THE WORLD’S A LITTLE BLURRY d. R.J. Cutler, 2021 (12 APR 20:30); WONDER WOMAN 1984 d. Patty Jenkins, 2020 (13 APR 20:30); MISBEHAVIOUR d. Philippa Lowthorpe, 2020 (14 APR 18:00); KAJILLIONAIRE d. Miranda July, 2020 (14 APR 20:45); PIXIE d. Barnaby Thompson, 2020 (15 APR 18:00); SAINT MAUD d. Rose Glass, 2019 (15 APR 20:30); FINDING THE WAY BACK d. Gavin O’Connor, 2020 (16 APR 18:00); MINARI d. Lee Isaac Chung, 2020 (16 APR 20:45); MINARI d. Lee Isaac Chung, 2020 (17 APR 20:00); EMMA. d. Autumn de Wilde, 2020 (18 APR 17:00); MINARI d. Lee Isaac Chung, 2020 (18 APR 20:00); FIGHT CLUB d. David Fincher, 1999 (19 APR 20:45); THE SHINING d. Stanley Kubrick, 1980 (20 APR 20:30); QUEEN AND SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 (21 APR 20:45); JURASSIC PARK d. Steven Spielberg, 1993 (22 APR 18:00); AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON d. John Landis, 1981 (24 APR 20:15); SHAUN OF THE DEAD d. Edgar Wright, 2004 (25 APR 20:00); PULP FICTION d. Quentin Tarantino, 1994 (26 APR 20:30); MINARI d. Lee Isaac Chung, 2020 (27 APR 18:00); MAD MAX: FURY ROAD d. George Miller, 2015 (27 APR 21:00); MINARI d. Lee Isaac Chung, 2020 (28 APR 21:00); SCREAM d. Wes Craven, 1996 (29 APR 21:00); E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL d. Steven Spielberg, 1982 (30 APR 18:00); and, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET d. Wes Craven, 1984 (30 APR 21:00).

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Rooftop Cinema at Bar Elba SE1

Includes (check venue for full listings): BLACK PANTHER d. Ryan Coogler, 2018 (12 APR 21:00); MEAN GIRLS d. Mark Waters, 2004 (14 APR 21:00); HOT FUZZ d. Edgar Wright, 2007 (15 APR 21:00); CALL ME BY YOUR NAME d. Luca Guadagnino, 2017 (19 APR 21:00); KINGPIN d. Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly, 1996 (20 APR 21:00); BACK TO THE FUTURE d. Robert Zemeckis, 1985 (22 APR 21:00); BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY d. Bryan Singer, 2018 (25 APR 21:00); SCREAM d. Wes Craven, 1996 (27 APR 21:00); SHAUN OF THE DEAD d. Edgar Wright, 2004 (28 APR 21:00); and, MAGIC MIKE d. Steven Soderbergh, 2012 (29 APR 21:00).

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*THE SMALL PRINT: Opinions author’s own. As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version only. Event dates/times are subject to change by the venue/organiser. We try to only list events you can book for at the time of posting: however, some events may still be sold out. Please click quickly! // All images are used in the spirit of fair use for reporting & review – no ownership is implied or intended / unless otherwise credited to RADIANT CIRCUS as the original rights holder. We will remove any images immediately upon request – just get in touch. // We don’t filter our listings by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should therefore be 18+. // We try to follow The Carny Code by “not screwing up anyone else’s game”, but everyone can make mistakes… If something does go wrong, we will always do our best to put it right. //.