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THURSDAY: What’s on in London today [28/10/21]

THURSDAY 28 OCTOBER 2021 (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.

By RADIANT CIRCUS // Twitter @radiantcircus / Instagram @radiantcircus


BLEAK MOMENTS d. Mike Leigh, 1971 (28 OCT 18:00) followed by Mike Leigh in Conversation at BFI (28 OCT 20:40) / Part of MIKE LEIGH.

  • BLEAK MOMENTS: “This remarkable first feature film was based on Leigh’s own stage play. It was, said Leigh, about ‘my own loneliness, a lament for lost sexual opportunities, a celebration of the alternative sub-culture.’ There is a sad, Chekhovian atmosphere, a memorably depressing scene in a Chinese restaurant, and acting that makes you cringe (in a good way) with embarrassment. Albert Finney helped fund the film.”
  • IN CONVERSATION: “As we celebrate the extensive career of Mike Leigh, here’s a unique chance for you to hear the director reflect upon his body of work for film and television, the ensemble teams he employed both in front of and behind the camera, and his thoughts for the future as he plans his next film.”
  • Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less). Joint ticket available: £20, concs £16 (Members pay £2 less); joint tickets must be booked via box office on 020 7928 3232 or in person.



This is a film still from THE HARDER THEY FALL, opening night of the 65th BFI London Film Festival.

THE HARDER THEY FALL d. Jeymes Samuel, 2021.

SCREAM 35mm d. Wes Craven, 1996.

  • Also (22 to 28 OCT various dates/times): PLAYLIST d. Nine Antico, 2021 at: Curzon Cinemas // SMOG TOWN d. Meng Han, 2019 at: Bertha DocHouse // WHITE CUBE d. Renzo Martens, 2020 at: ICA.


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