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 country’s biggest celebration of all things creepy, kooky, spooky and blood-drenched. Highlights this year include ‘Willow Creek’, the first foray into horror for standup-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait; countercultural conspiracy oddity ‘The Banshee Chapter’ and a welcome remaster for Ted Kotcheff’s unmatched outback thriller ‘Wake in Fright’. You can read lots more about the festival from our horror expert Nigel Floyd here. Film4 Frightfest, Empire, Thu Aug 22 to Mon Aug 26.
Is it possible to have too much Bill Murray? Find out by attending a six-film, 11-hour Murray marathon at the Prince Charles. It’s a pretty diverse selection of films, taking in both early, wacky Bill (‘Caddyshack’, ‘Ghostbusters’), through mid-period, pushing-the-bounds-of-comedy Bill (‘What About Bob’, ‘Groundhog Day’) to late-in-life, indie-oddball Bill (‘Lost in Translation’, ‘The Life Aquatic’). There really isn’t a duffer in the bunch. MurrayFest, Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm, Sat Aug 24.
Indian filmmaking master Satyajit Ray – the subject of a two-month retrospective season currently running at BFI Southbank – considered this tale of a stifled housewife in 1870s Calcutta to be his finest film, and many critics agree. As with much of Ray’s work, the focus is more on mood and sympathy than on a fast-paced plot. Very little happens, but it does so beautifully and with great feeling. Charulata, BFI Southbank, 8.40pm, Fri Aug 23.
Okay, so Tony Scott’s film’s a big pile of silly, patriotic (but guiltily enjoyable) ’80s claptrap starring the young Tom Cruise at his most brash and obnoxious , but there are two more compelling reasons to attend this screening. Firstly, the location is lovely: the grounds of Trinity Hospice have won numerous beautiful-garden awards. Secondly, it’s all for a good cause. Oh, and all right, that Kenny Loggins tune is a cracker. Top Gun, Trinity Hospice, 6.30pm, Fri Aug 23.
It’s a good week for Tony Scott fans: if you’re hungry for more after ‘Top Gun’, check out his daft but visually sumptuous debut, in which Catherine Deneuve plays an ancient vampiric countess looking for blood on the streets of New York, and David Bowie appears as her vulpine cello-playing paramour. It doesn’t make a huge amount of sense, but it doesn’t really matter: this is a masterclass in MTV-era moviemaking, all surface sheen and shimmering neon. The Hunger, Rio Cinema, 113.30pm, Sat Aug 24.
Find details on these and many more on Time Out’s film events page here.