Every Monday, we’ll be rounding up the most exciting leftfield film events happening in London over the coming week, from pop-ups and one-offs to regular film clubs, outdoor screenings and festivals.
1. Best for giving you nightmares:
Terror-Cotta: The Terracotta Film Festival’s Horror All-nighter, Prince Charles Cinema, 11.30pm, Fri Jun 7
Every year, the Terracotta Film Festival rounds up the best in Asian horror for an all-night marathon event. This year’s gruesome highlights include a God-bothering home invader in ‘Countdown’, a serial killer in a rabbit costume in ‘Belenggu’, a man morphing into a monster in ‘Henge’ and tips for surviving the apocalypse in ‘ZomVideo’.
2. Best for making you smarter:
My Night With Philosophers, Ciné Lumière, 7pm, Fri Jun 7.
This chinstroking all-nighter encompasses lectures, discussions, readings, recitals, and a terrific programme of film screenings. Highlights include moody futuristic thriller ‘Soylent Green’ (1973) – don’t go in hungry! – David Cronenberg’s organic cyberpunk nightmare ‘eXistenZ’ (1999) and Chris Marker’s breathtaking sci-fi short ‘La Jetée’ (1962). Best of all, it’s free!
3. Best for celebrating your city:
A London Trilogy: The Films of St Etienne, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 5.30pm, Sun Jun 9.
There’s a strong film strand at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival this year, including an interview with elegantly hatted horror critic Kim Newman, a screening of psychogeographical doc ‘Patience (After Sebald)’ introduced by Iain Sinclair, and this look back at the trilogy of capital-centric cinematic poems that electro popsters St Etienne made with director Paul Kelly.
4. Best for classy chills:
The Fog, The Nave, 7.45pm, Fri Jun 7.
To celebrate the release of a swanky new double-vinyl edition of John Carpenter’s synth soundtrack (with a special cover designed by Dinos Chapman), Cigarette Burns Cinema presents a one-off screening of this clammy, classic 1980 chiller, in which a quiet New England town is overrun by – yes! – pirate ghosts.
5. Best for feeling disco fabulous:
Daft Punk Double Bill, Roxy Bar & Screen, 7.30pm, Fri Jun 7
As their new LP ‘Random Access Memories’ conquers the globe, here’s a chance to catch up on the French electro pioneers’ cinematic offerings. ‘Interstellar 5555’ (2003) is a Japanese-style animated sci-fi adventure in which each song from DP’s ‘Discovery’ album gets its own action sequence, while ‘Electroma’ (2006) is a tale of two robots trying to be human.
You can find more details about these events – and many, many more – on Time Out’s film events page.