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…
1. Scalarama: The Road to Nowhere
The annual tribute to London’s much-missed picture palace the Scala – in which the cream of the city’s DIY film clubs team up to present wild, obscure and exciting films both new and old – has become one of the highlights of the filmgoing calendar. This all-day event celebrates the classic era of the American road movie with five films from the 1970s, including existentalist hipster masterpiece ‘Two-Lane Blacktop’ (1971), ‘Drive’ prototype ‘The Driver’ (1978) and anti-establishment anti-movie ‘Vanishing Point’ (1971).
Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd, E1 4UJ. Nearest station Stepney Green. £5. 12pm, Sat Sep 7.
2. The Influence of ‘Le Samourai’
If you’re quick (and the idea of an 11-movie marathon appeals to you),why not hightail it from the ’70s road-movie event at the Genesis (see above) straight to this superb evening of similarly offbeat crime flicks inspired by Jean-Pierre Melville’s achingly cool 1967 French thriller ‘Le Samourai’. With films like Michael Mann’s unbeatable ‘Thief’ (1981) and one of the best car chase movies of all time, ‘To Live and Die in LA’ (1985), this is one of the most impressive all-nighter lineups we’ve ever seen. Make it a success, and more will surely follow…
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Nearest station Leicester Square. £25, £22.50 concs. 9pm, Sat Sep 7.
3. Portobello Film Festival: Caribbean Corner Competition
Alongside an epic series of programmes of short films made right here in London, the annual Portobello Film Festival also runs a number of nights dedicated to new Caribbean cinema, with a prize for the best short. Taking in docs and dramas, political thrillers and romances, this is a great way to get an idea of what’s happening on the Caribbean film scene. Plus, all the events are free.
The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, W11 2AY. Nearest station Westbourne Park. Free. 6pm. Wed Sep 11.
4. Amy Grimehouse’s Mitfords Evening
Amy Grimehouse are a film club dedicated to old-school glamour and camp outsider cinema – their most succesful event so far was a screening of beloved aristocrats-in-decline doc ‘Grey Gardens’, which gives some idea of their remit. Tonight they’ll be paying tribute to that controversial family of high-born sisters, the Mitfords, with a screening of little-seen doc ‘Nancy Mitford: A Portrait by her Sisters’ (1980), plus interactive events and dress-up.
Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High Street, E9 6JQ. Homerton overground. £20. 6pm, Sat Sep 7.
5. Rooftop Film Club: Dazed and Confused
The summer wanes, the nights draw in and soon the outdoor film season will be over for another year. So what better way to mark its passing than with a screening of Richard Linklater’s nostalgic 1993 tale of high schoolers on the rampage in mid-’70s small-town Texas? This really is perfect cinema: the script sparkles, the music rocks, and the sprawling cast – which includes future stars Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey and Milla Jovovich – don’t put a foot wrong.
The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST. Peckham Rye overground. £12. 8.30pm, Thu Sep 5.
For the full list head to Time Out’s film events page.