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…
Woman on the Edge of Time
Here to reset the nerd movie gender balance comes a fascinating weekend of feminist science fiction, featuring shorts, talks and a screening of little-seen 2002 thriller ‘Teknolust’ starring Tilda Swinton.
Woman on the Edge of Time, The Horse Hospital, Fri Aug 2 – Sat Aug 3.
Iain Sinclair’s 70×70: The Dr Mabuse Trilogy
It’s writer Iain Sinclair’s 70th birthday this year, and to mark the occasion he’s rounded up 70 of his favourite films for a year-long festival. This week he’ll be screening all of Fritz Lang’s groundbreakingly unsettling ‘Dr Mabuse’ trilogy back-to-back.
Iain Sinclair’s 70×70: The Dr Mabuse Trilogy, Swedenborg House, 12pm, Tue Jul 30.
Filmbar 70’s Big Roxy Blowout
Filmbar 70 is a film club dedicated to celebrating all that’s best about ’70s cinema, from Euro-sleaze to obscure horror, from arthouse angst to action-movie thrills. This all-nighter stuffed with features, clips, music and chat promises to be a giddy, unpredictable affair.
Filmbar 70’s Big Roxy Blowout, Roxy Bar & Screen, 10pm, Sat Aug 3.
Bechdel Film Club: Imitation of Life
The Bechdel test is a way to quantify a film’s female-friendly credentials, and this terrific new film club screens only those films that pass muster, like this magnificent melodrama from the king of the 1950s Hollywood ‘women’s picture’, Douglas Sirk.
Bechdel Film Club: Imitation of Life, Amersham Arms, 7.30pm, Wed Jul 31.
The BFI are hosting a new season of ‘essay films’, those personal works which fit neither into the drama or documentary category. One of the finest examples of the form is ‘La Jetée’ director Chris Marker’s ‘Sans Soleil’, an intimate travelogue in which the filmmaker explores themes of memory and perception.
San Soleil, BFI Southbank, 6pm, Sun Aug 4.
You can see a whole host of different film events at Time Out’s film events page here.