Every week, we round up the ten most exciting film events happening in London, from pop-ups and one-offs to regular film clubs, outdoor screenings and festivals. Here’s this week’s top five…
1. Scalarama: Enter the Moviedrome
Scalarama’s UK-wide celebration of leftfield visual nourishment and roguish oddities comes to a close in London this Saturday, with a tribute to the BBC’s much-missed ‘Moviedrome’ TV series of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Originally introduced by maverick filmmaker Alex Cox and later by film historian Mark Cousins, ‘Moviedrome’ was that rare thing: a TV programme dedicated to introducing the masses to a raft of undervalued cult films and exploitation works. This evening-long feast of fun will include one rarely screened dystopian feature, plus shorts and intros galore. Gate Picturehouse, 87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ.. Notting Hill Gate. Sat Sep 28, 9.50pm. £8.60, £7.60 concs.
2. London Spanish Film Festival: ‘That Obscure Object of Desire’
This twelve-day showcase of Spanish filmic fare includes a smattering of UK premieres, with Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ‘Stockholm’, Laura Alvea and José F Ortuño’s romcom ‘The Extraordinary Tale (Of the Times Table)’ and David and Alex Pastor’s epidemic thriller ‘Los Ultimos Dias’ getting their first airing in these shores. Elsewhere, there’s a couple of past hits (‘Jamón, Jamón’ and ‘Blow’) and an afternoon screening of surrealist Luis Buñuel’s final film ‘That Obscure Object of Desire’, a coruscating adaption of Pierre Louys’s novel about a woman who drives a man to distractions of frustrated desire. The fest also introduces a strand dedicated to ‘one of Spain’s most exportable talents’, Jordi Mollà.
Ciné Lumière, 17 Queensbury Place, SW7 2DT. Sun Sep 29, 2pm. £10.50.
3. Look at Me Film Club: ‘Margaret’
Kenneth Lonergan’s no-holds-barred psychodrama is a vivid portrait of a confused, bitter, guilt-ridden character that gradually opens out to become a savage critique of American values post-9/11. Undisciplined and occasionally infuriating as it may be, ‘Margaret’ (presented here in the full-length director’s cut) is so believable and intimate that it’s like living someone else’s life for three hours.
The Others, 6-8 Manor Road, Stoke Newington, London, N16 5SA. Thu Sep 26, 7pm. £5.
4. Urban Wandering: ‘An American Werewolf in London’
John Landis’s lycanthropic horror-com (number 16 in Time Out’s ‘100 Best Horror Films’ list) is a film of many memorable moments, veering from out-loud laughs to searing trepidation within a single scene as it follows the misfortunes of a pair of backpackers foolish enough to go wandering around a misty moor. ‘American Werewolf…’ is a masterclass in the use of creative atmosphere, comic timing, music and special effects, and, having been shot predominantly in London, it’s a perfect slot filler for the Barbican’s welcome salute to ‘film and the London landscape’.
Barbican, Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. Fri Sep 27, 9pm. £8.50.
Not to be confused with the 1981 Sly Stallone cop thriller, this relationship drama (made three years earlier) centres on a disco-cruising schoolteacher who remains in the closet at work – until he has a revelatory discussion with his pupils. A worthy window into the world of gay life in the 1970s.
Haringey Independent Cinema, West Green Learning Centre, Langham Rd, N15 3RB. Thu Sep 26, 7pm. £4.
For the full list head to Time Out’s film events page.