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…
The Apu Trilogy, BFI Southbank, from 4pm, Sun Aug 18
Satyajit Ray’s ‘Apu’ trilogy – ‘Pather Panchali’, ‘Aparajito’ and ‘The World of Apu’ – didn’t just reinvent the concept of world cinema by turning their focus on India’s working poor, they also kicked off the career of that country’s greatest filmmaker, and gave a name to our favourite character in ‘The Simpsons’.
‘Thief’, Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm, Wed Aug 14
If you’re a fan of ‘Drive’ and need to see more electro-scored nailbiters about steely urban loners plying their criminal trade on the mean streets of LA, Michael Mann’s masterful 1981 debut is the movie for you. James Caan plays the professional safecracker hauled in by the mob for one last heist.
‘This Island Earth’, Greenwich Observatory, 6.45pm, Thu Aug 15
How have our attitudes to the possibility of alien invasion shifted since the flying saucer scares of the 1950s? Explore the issue with a talk and a screening of this classic 1955 sci-fi shocker, in which a race of spacemen abduct Earth’s finest minds to aid their war effort.
‘Stand By Me’, Queen’s Park, 7pm, Sat Aug 17
One of the greatest films about childhood, this wistful, nostalgic tale of four friends living the last days of their youth is simply perfect for a lazy summer’s evening in the park. Just watch out for mad dogs and gum-chewing ruffians…
The Bigger Picture Film Club: My Night With Maud, East Dulwich Tavern, 8pm. Thu Aug 15
An intimate screening of French filmmaker Eric Rohmer’s 1969 work which, a decade into his slow mutation from Cahiers critic to director, made his name outside of France and preceded such enduring works as ‘Pauline at the Beach’ and ‘The Green Ray’.
Find details on these and many more on Time Out’s film events page here.