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. Urban Wanderings: It Always Rains on Sunday + Talk with Iain Sinclair.
The Barbican’s ‘Urban Wanderings’ season takes a look at the London landscape through the eyes of some of our most significant filmmakers, notably Mike Leigh, Patrick Keiller and Julien Temple. There’ll also be introductions and screen talks from a variety of film luminaries, including Leigh, Will Self and Stephen Poliakoff. But the pick of the first week has to be this screening of Robert Hamer’s mournful 1947 melodrama, complete with a talk by that great doyen of London letters, Iain Sinclair.
Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. Barbican. Tue Sep 18.
2. Scalarama: Jeff Goldblum Night
He’s one of cinema’s most unique performers: off-kilter, bumbling and awkward, yet somehow strangely appealing. This double bill pairs up Jeff’s undoubted screen zenith – as troubled scientist Seth Brundle in David Cronenberg’s metaphorical masterpiece ‘The Fly’ – with one of his earlier roles, playing second banana to the great Donald Sutherland in Philip Kaufman’s brilliantly snarky reboot of ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’. Two remakes, two sci-fi classics – but there’s only one Jeff.
Genesis Cinema, 93 – 95 Mile End Rd, E1 4UJ. Stepney Green. Fri Sep 20.
3. The Last Wave
Australian landscape cinema is one of the most haunting and unusual film movements of the past century, drawing equally on American westerns, European art film and global genre flicks to create a uniquely Aussie strain of cinema. Disappointingly but perhaps unsurprisingly, this new BFI season veers sharply towards the earnest, highbrow end of things (no ‘Mad Max’ or ‘Razorback’ here), but there are still some fantastically odd films on offer, including ‘The Last Wave;’, Peter Weir’s unsettling ecological thriller about a lawyer who begins to have strange, apocalyptic dreams.
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. Waterloo. 3.30pm. Sep 21.
4. Musicology: The Birth of Anarchy – Punk 76.
The Musicology season collects four recent rock-docs, including ‘Art Will Save the World’, a portrait of avant-garde indie star Luke Haines; ‘The Blueblack Hussar’ about 80s oddity Adam Ant; and ‘Acoustic Roots’, in which Bert Jansch and his contemporaries look back on the British folk boom. But we’re most excited about catching this fiery punk doc, in which punk-era luminaries like Glen Matlock, Caroline Coon and Jah Wobble look back on the last great DIY musical explosion. There’ll also be an intro from filmmaker Don Boyd and – yes! – Damned drummer Rat Scabies.
Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, W6 9RL. Hammersmith. Wed 18.
5. Quadrophenia + Q&A
Time Out film editor Dave Calhoun sits down with the cast and crew of this legendary street-tough British drama. Director Franc Roddam (he created Masterchef, fact fans) and stars Philip Davis and Toyah Wilcox will be among those looking back on a true national treasure, the tale of a young working class mod’s struggle with the mounting pressures of fitting in, growing up, rocking out and getting laid. It’s not cheap, but it’ll be well worth it.
Ciné Lumière, 17 Queensbury Place, SW7 2DT. South Kensington. £25, 8pm. Mon Sep 23.
For the full list head to Time Out’s film events page.