As always, there are some fab film events happening in London this week. Here are five of the best:
1. Winter Shuffle: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ + Nic Roeg Q&A.
If you’re after a taste of Dickensian London, head to St Clement’s Hospital in Bow. The former workhouse and psychiatric hospital is now the happy home of Shuffle, the brilliant community-run film festival Danny Boyle first curated back in May. Returning with a winter edition, Shuffle’s line-up is pretty special. Boyle will drop in to chat with Prof Brian Cox and Mark Kermode after a screening of his film sci-fi ‘Sunshine’, while Jarvis Cocker will interview Brit director Nicolas Roeg on stage after a showing of his masterful 1975 space oddity ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’. Roeg’s hugely ambitious and imaginative film transforms a straightforward science fiction story into a rich kaleidoscope of 1970s America. St Clement’s Hospital, Mile End Rd, E3 4LL. 4pm. Sat Dec 14 – £15.
2. Silent Night, Deadly Night
The Arrow Films DVD label is one of the UK’s best, offering up beautifully restored classic horror, action and exploitation movies in gorgeous, geek-friendly packaging. Now they’ve been given the chance to take over the Prince Charles cinema for an evening of festive frights and holiday horror. ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ is the tale of a young man who embarks on a murderous stalk ’n’ slash rampage dressed in – you guessed it – a Santa suit. Just check out the clip above to see how the film scandalised ’80s America. Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. 9pm. Fri Dec 13 – £12.50, £10 concs.
4. A Day at the Races + A Night at the Opera
This magical double bill sees The Marx Brothers at the turning point, just before their gradual descent into mediocrity at the hands of MGM. ‘A Night at the Opera’ has multiple virtues: there’s no Zeppo, the script’s generally great and the Brothers get to perform some of their most irresistible routines. ‘A Day at the Races’ is overlong, overweight, overplotted, but worth seeing for its good stretches; you can always stock up with refreshments when anyone starts singing. Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, W6 9RL. 6pm. Mon Dec 16 – £9.50, £8.50 concs.
5. Ghouls’ Night Out presents The Astounding Atomic Blow-Out Bash!
Comedy, talks, live music, roast dinners and a screening of 1951 sci-fi classic ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ – sounds like a pretty rockin’ Sunday evening to us. The laughs come courtesy of stand-up Andrew O’Neill, and the tunes from Nottingham ska-punk outfit Fighting Evil is Cool! (it’s true – well, cooler than ska-punk, anyway). But it’s the film we’d go to see, a classic fable with an ambitious storyline conveying a surprising pacifist message. The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB. 6pm. Sun Dec 15 – £9.
For the full listing, go to Time Out’s film events page