Every Monday, we round up the 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. BFI Gothic: The Day of the Dead Experience!
The BFI Southbank’s epic three-month Gothic season goes on the road for a night of Mexican-themed activities, music and screenings at the Rich Mix. On Saturday, the cinema will be transformed into a ghostly carnival with live music from Voodoo Love Orchestra, interactive theatre, DJs, dance performances and a screening of classic 1959 Mexican horror flick ‘The Black Pit of Dr M’. The Mexicans celebrate the macabre like no other nation, so this promises to be a pretty wild night. (You can also check out a late-night screening of Guillermo del Toro’s chilling civil-war ghost story ‘The Devil’s Backbone’ the night before). Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA. 6.30pm. Sat Nov 2 – £12.50.
Now this sounds like a truly unique event. In 1954, the BBC made a TV version of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, scripted by ‘The Quatermass Experiment’ author Nigel Kneale and starring Peter Cushing as downtrodden hero Winston Smith. Now the surviving snippets will be screened alongside a live theatrical interpretation of the script soundtracked by Polish experimental composer Zbigniew Karkowski. Big Brother will most certainly be watching… The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, WC1N 1JD. 7.30pm. Thu Oct 31 – £10.
3. Film Africa: ‘Black Girl’
The Film Africa festival rounds up the cream of the continent’s new cinematic offerings, plus a handful of classics. This year’s festival opens with controversial South African murder tale ‘Of Good Report’ and features a retrospective celebration of Chadian director Mahamet Saleh-Haroun. But we’re most looking forward to catching this groundbreaking 1966 work by legendary Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene on the big screen: the tale of an African maid, it’s one of the key works in the development of African film. Ritzy Picturehouse, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW2 1JG. 6pm. Mon Nov 4 – £6.50.
4. The Last Roxy All-Nighter
Three of London’s top film clubs – Filmbar70, Savage Cinema and Aorta Burst – team up under the Scalarama umbrella to present a fond farewell to the beloved Roxy Bar & Screen. This mini-cinema in Borough has long been the focus of DIY film exhibition in London, and its passing is a sad loss for those of us who love our films cheap, obscure and enthusiastically introduced. There’ll be three titles on offer – 1969 sleazefest ‘Top Sensation’, 1979 gangland classic and Tarantino favourite ‘The Lady in Red’ and weirdo 1986 chimp-horror ‘Link’ – plus loads of trailers, activities, music and general merriment. Roxy Bar & Screen, 128-132 Borough High St, SE1 1LB. 11pm Sat Nov 2 – £8.
5. Jewish Film Festival: ‘Waltz With Bashir’
The annual Jewish Film Festival is one of London’s biggest and best international festivals, screening a wide variety of films addressing the issues facing Jewish people in the modern world. One of this year’s big festival screenings is animator Ari Folman’s mind-bending new film ‘The Congress’, and you can prepare yourself for that upcoming event with a showing of his lauded debut, the animated wartime docu-drama ‘Waltz With Bashir’. It’s like a therapy session made vivid with bizarre, expressionist colours and a jolty, episodic mood of remembrance. Odeon Swiss Cottage, 96 Finchley Rd, NW3 5EL. 5pm. Sun Nov 3 – £12.
For the full list head to Time Out’s film events page.