[13 to 19 MAR]: Looking for movies beyond the mainstream? Here’s our RADIANT CIRCUS view about what to see in London this week. Our Featured Attraction is always the event we’d most like to be at. Find full event listings in our comprehensive SCREEN GUIDE.
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About that virus… With almost-ready-to-launch Garden Cinema postponing opening night indefinitely and House Of Vans (aka House Of Free Film Nights… ) closing all events globally, COVID-19 is making its presence felt. Based on current government advice, it still appears safe to go to the movies (just keep washing those hands and consider everyone else’s health alongside your own if you show any kind of symptoms…). Whatever happens over coming weeks, we will keep across the latest advice and events as they affect London’s alternative cinema screens.
UPDATE 13 MAR: Given the number of venues taking understandable precautions in current circumstances, we are suspending our daily updates so that we can keep across announcements as they happen. Our most accurate listing will therefore be our weekly digest [13 to 19 MAR]. Apologies in advance for these changes to our services and for any inaccuracies in our listings. But most importantly, keep well and keep safe.
Looking to the week ahead, start with an International Women’s Day screening of DAISIES by our friends at Zodiac Film Club (13 MAR). If you haven’t booked in advance, you won’t be able to get in, so take the opportunity to celebrate a very different day with a timely day/date screening of FRIDAY THE 13TH at The Prince Charles. Staying with horror, we’d recommend joining World Wide Weird! for their Bollyhorror: VEERANA extravaganza, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support (14 MAR). Sunday gives one of two opportunities this week to boost your film knowledge, with The World of Studio Ghibli lecture and rare shorts presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (15 MAR). Genesis’ Revelations brings another Monday to life with Bong Joon-ho’s MOTHER (16 MAR), before that second chance to get educated with Film School’s postmodern analysis of WESTWORLD at The Cinema Museum (17 MAR). There’s another chance to see THE GREAT BUSTER with author and Keaton enthusiast David Macleod at DocHouse (18 MAR) and Nick Walker opens up Genesis Cinema’s Cult Classic Collective with a 35mm screening of Godard’s WEEKEND (19 MAR).
In this week’s repertory seasons, we’re drawn to the 4K restoration of a rarely-seen Palme d’or winner, Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina’s CHRONICLE OF THE YEARS OF FIRE (part of AUTOBIOGRAPHY & AUTOFICTION at Ciné Lumière, 15 & 17 MAR). A WINTER’S TALE 35mm opens a new season dedicated to ÉRIC ROHMER at The Prince Charles (MAR to APR), whilst TILDA SWINTON continues to be mostly SOLD OUT! at BFI.
Given our love of genre, we’re already booked for the “shot on Super 8/never read the source book” adaptation of THE CHILDREN OF THE DEAD, part of JELINEK – HANDKE AND THE SILVER SCREEN at Austrian Cultural Forum (17 MAR – FREE!).
Matching pace are this week’s film festivals. Alongside a clutch of outdoorsy events, several big-hitters loom into view: BFI Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival (18 to 29 MAR); Human Rights Watch Film Festival (12 to 20 MAR); and, Kinoteka Polish Film Festival (19 MAR TO 05 APR). Keeping the independent spirit burning, London Independent Film Festival illuminates Genesis Cinema with a filmmaker-friendly programme (13 to 22 MAR).
In new releases, we’re pleased to see Alla Kovgan’s dance film CUNNINGHAM get a grind show run at DocHouse. It also performs at Barbican where you can catch a couple of special 3D screenings (13 & 15 MAR). The 40th Anniversary 4K restoration of THE ELEPHANT MAN should be an absolute treat at Ciné Lumière, whilst BACURAU at The Castle rounds-off our pick of this week’s bunch.
There are many reasons why we’ve chosen the CARAVAGGIO fundraiser at Everyman King’s Cross (19 MAR) as our featured attraction of the week. You’ll know that Derek Jarman is our RADIANT CIRCUS godhead, and CARAVAGGIO is one of his absolute finest. You’ll also know that we’ve railed against the top-downism of director-driven programming, so it’s great to see costume designer Sandy Powell taking centre stage. However, the main reason is that saving Jarman’s former Dungeness home will preserve his legacy to inspire future generations. If you can’t get a ticket, you can donate to Art Fund’s #SaveProspectCottage campaign HERE.
See you in darkness…
Richard – Barker-In-Chief, RADIANT CIRCUS
Featured image: Prospect Cottage needs you now – Art Fund.
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