Every Monday, we round up the ten 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 this week’s top five…
Portobello Film Festival: How Jamaica Conquered the World
One of our favourite annual festivals returns with a mind-boggling selection of short films and features, many made independently right here in London. Our top pick this week is ‘How Jamaica Conquered the World’, seven hours of music and movies including ‘The Harder They Come’(1972). Most remarkably of all, every event is entirely free. Louise Blouin Foundation, 3 Olaf St, W11 4BE. FREE. 5pm. Fri Aug 30.
BFI’s Monster Weekend: ‘Night of the Demon’
The BFI’s Monster Weekend, taking place in the courtyard of the British Museum, comprises a trio of old fashioned, relatively family-friendly chillers – ‘Dracula’ (1958), ‘The Mummy’ (1932) and Jacques Tourneur’s brilliantly creepy ‘Night of the Demon (1957), in which a sceptical professor comes to believe demonic forces are trying to destroy him. British Museum, Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG. £15. 8pm. Thu Aug 29.
Scalarama Film Jam
The Scalarama festival celebrates the memory of much-missed London fleapit the Scala with a month of DIY outsider film screenings in pubs, clubs, galleries and the occasional ‘proper’ cinema. The opening Film Jam sees the leading lights of the city’s thriving film club scene coming together to screen whatever they can squeeze into 40 minutes – expect wild shorts, freaky trailers and little-seen clips. Ritzy Picturehouse, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW2 1JG. £10. 7pm. Sat Aug 31.
The Elephant Man
Is this David Lynch’s most perfect film? Set in Victorian London and featuring a cast of great British acting talent – Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Wendy Hiller – 1980’s ‘The Elephant Man’ strikes a perfect balance between the experimentalism of Lynch’s previous film ‘Eraserhead’ and the more old-fashioned demands of an Oscar-friendly period drama. Rio, 107 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB. £8.50. 11.30pm. Sat Aug 31.
Martha Marcy May Marlene + director Q&A
Borderline Films are a New York production company run by writer-directors Antonio Campos (‘Afterschool’, ‘Simon Killer’) and Sean Durkin (’Martha Marcy May Marlene’). Both men will be in London this weekend to introduce all three features, and to show Durkin’s successful TV drama ‘Southcliffe’ – recently shown on Channel 4 – in its entirety. Disturbing cult tale ‘Martha Marcy’ is our pick of the season. Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE. £10.20. 6.45pm. Sat Aug 31.
For the full list head to Time Out’s film events page here.