Every Monday we’ll be rounding up the five most exciting, left-field film events happening in London over the coming week, from pop-ups and one-offs to regular film clubs, outdoor screenings and festivals. Here’s what you need to be seeing this week…
Blonediefest, ICA, Fri Jul 5 – Sun Jul 7.
A three-day tribute to punk pioneers, new wave big-hitters and (slightly less successfully) rap experimenters Blondie, with talks and discussions and a fistful of great film screenings. Check out Debbie Harry’s sadly brief career as a serious actress in wonderful films like David Cronenberg’s ‘Videodrome’ (1983) and John Waters’s loopy original ‘Hairspray’ (1988), plus heaps of TV shows and video clips.
Ex-Rent Hell presents Taffin, 71a Screening Rooms, 19.00pm, Fri Jul 5.
This hilarious exchange on Adam & Joe’s radio show brought this fairly dire but deeply entertaining Pierce Brosnan vehicle back into the public consciousness. Here’s a chance to catch the whole thing, screened from an original VHS and featuring an informed intro by Ex-Rent Hell maverick and consummate raconteur Adam Lee Davies.
Weekend at War, Stratford Picturehouse, Thu Jul 4 – Sun Jul 7.
Four days of those movies you used to watch with your grandparents on a wet bank holiday afternoon. Thrill to the exploits of ‘The Dam Busters’ (1955), jump the fence with Steve McQueen in ‘The Great Escape’ (1963), trek through the Sahara in ‘Ice Cold in Alex’ (1958) and space out with proto-hippie tank commander Donald Sutherland in the evergreen ‘Kelly’s Heroes’ (1970). Just remember to knock it off with the negative waves…
I Want to Start a Film Club, Roxy Bar & Screen, 12pm, Sun Jul 7.
Ever sat in the back room of a pub watching some sweaty nerd wax lyrical about their favourite grindhouse horror movie and thought, I could do that? Well, here’s your chance to learn the ins and outs of outsider film exhibition from a panel of people who really do know what they’re talking about. It’s all in aid of this autumn’s mind-boggling Scalarama festival (see above for a trailer from last year’s fest), and there’ll be a great double bill of horror movies afterwards.
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Riverside Studios, 8pm, Wed Jul 3.
One of the all-time great concert films, catching David Bowie and his glamorous, if slightly under-dressed Spiders live on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973. It would prove to be Bowie’s last show in his Ziggy persona, and it’s fun to watch the audience freak out as he announces his decision to quit showbiz (thankfully, it didn’t last long).
You can see a whole host of different film events at Time Out’s film events page here.