Every Monday we round up the five 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. Here’s what you need to be seeing this week…
A Weekend of Anger, ICA, Fri Jul 26 – Sat Jul 27
Perhaps the most famous experimental director still living, occult avant-garde art-film pioneer Kenneth Anger has worked with everyone from Tennessee Williams to Mick Jagger. This weekend-long celebration of Anger’s most confrontational works marks a rare chance to see a true cinematic legend in the flesh.
The Duke Mitchell Film Club: The Great VHS Experiment, Phoenix Artist Club, 7pm, Mon Jul 29
Now here’s a fresh, if slightly mad idea for a film club: a selection of VHS tapes, randomly purchased by the Duke Mitchell masterminds at car boot sales, will be presented to the audience, who’ll vote on the trailers and films they want to see. The night will end with a great VHS giveaway, so go down and bag yourself a lost masterpiece!
We Love the ’90s: ‘House Party’, Portobello Pop-Up, 7pm, Sun Jul 28
This ’90s-centric festival sports a fairly random selection of films, of which the undoubted highlight is this 1990 hip-hopping classic, in which real-life rap duo Kid ‘n’ Play star as a pair of high-schoolers who accidentally throw a legendary bender. The film is also responsible for unleashing Martin Lawrence on the world, but hey, nothing’s perfect.
Studio Ghibli Marathon, Prince Charles, 9pm, Sat Jul 27
Back-to-back screenings of some of the Japanese animation studio’s finest works, focusing on the jollier end of the spectrum (the absence of ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ is probably for the best, considering). If you’ve never seen ‘Porco Rosso’ or ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ on the big screen, you’re in for a life-changing treat.
Grub Club: ‘The Big Lebowski’, Millbank Tower, 6.30pm, Sat Jul 27
Stock up on Lebowski-themed foodie treats – chipotle ribs, chili dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese, the ubiquitous White Russians – and settle in for a screening of the Coen Brothers’ perennial stoner classic.
You can find info on these and a whole heap of other film clubs, pop-ups, festivals and outdoor screenings on Time Out’s film events page here.