Every Monday, we round up the ten most exciting 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. ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’
The perennially popular More London’s late-summer free screenings are the last hurrah of the outdoor movie season. The screen is huge, the view of Tower Bridge stunning and the programme isn’t half bad, either. This year’s highlights include the eternally charming ‘Back to the Future’, the epic and magnificent ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, last year’s Cannes-winning masterpiece ‘Amour’ and fluttery Hitchcock nightmare ‘The Birds’. But our pick of this first week’s screenings has to be Ang Lee’s stately, sumptuous kung-fu period drama ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. You’ll believe a monk can fly!
Scoop at More London, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, SE1 2DB. London Bridge. Sept 11-27.
2. Scalarama presents the Parker Posey Film Festival: ‘Henry Fool’ & ‘Fay Grim’
Scalarama’s tribute to US indie cinema’s coolest leading lady returns. On Saturday you can catch a rare screening of little known Posey vehicle ‘Party Girl’, but we’d steer readers towards this superb double bill of Hal Hartley oddities on the Sunday. ‘Henry Fool’ is the tale of how a rebellious, intellectually gifted drifter transforms the lives of the inhabitants of a small town, while sequel ‘Fay Grim’ is best imagined as a hipster indie version of ‘The Bourne Identity’, and is every bit as mad and brilliant as that sounds.
ICA, Nash House, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. Charing Cross. £10, £8 concs. 1pm, Sat Sep 14.
3. The Dark Side of San Francisco All-Nighter
Something’s going on over at the Prince Charles, because they’ve suddenly started programming the most inventive, enticing all-nighters we’ve ever seen. After last week’s hipster crime marathon, now it’s time for a selection of films from California’s coolest city, including ‘Dirty Harry’, ‘The Conversation’, ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Zodiac’. If you can find a better line-up of flicks, we’ll eat our collective hats.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Leicester Square. £25, £22.50 concs. 9pm, Fri Sep 13.
4. A Nos Amours: ‘Fellini-Satyricon’
London’s hi-falutin-est film club returns with another arthouse masterwork. Sprawling and conspicuously undisciplined, ‘Fellini-Satyricon’ is less an adaptation of Petronius than a free-form fantasia on the Italian director’s usual themes. Fellini’s characteristic delirium is in fact anchored in a precise, psychological schema: he explores the complexes of castration, impotence, paranoia and libidinal release. It’s among his most considerable achievements.
Curzon Mayfair, 38 Curzon St, W1J 7TY. Green Park. £18.50. 6.15pm, Tue Sep 10.
5. Fashion in Film Festival: ‘Grey Gardens’
To tie in with London Fashion Week, the Fashion in Film festival presents three days of free outdoor screenings linked by an unmistakeable stylishness. Catwalk comedy ‘Zoolander’ and Vogue doc ‘The September Issue’ are also playing, but our pick of the bunch is this sad, sweet-natured documentary about two members of Jackie Kennedy’s extended family who live in isolated squalor in a crumbling palace on Long Island.
St Martin’s Courtyard, Slingsby Place, WC2E 9AB. Covent Garden. FREE. 7pm, Mon Sep 16.
For the full list head to Time Out’s film events page.