Each week, 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. Studio Ghibli
A glorious smorgasbord of Japanese animation hits town next week as the BFI begins its two-month season of films produced by Studio Ghibli. The season kicks off with studio head honcho Hayao Miyazaki’s beautifully detailed 1984 debut ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’, and continues into April with ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ and ‘Spirited Away’. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. From Wed Apr 2 – £8.50-£12.10.
2. It’s All About Piano: Charlie Chaplin Shorts
Pianist Stephen Horne will be tinkling the ivories this Sunday at the Institut Français to a trio of silent Charlie Chaplin films made in 1916 and 1917 – ‘The Immigrant’, ‘Easy Street’ and ‘The Rink’. Ciné Lumière, 17 Queensbury Place, SW7 2DT. 11am. Sun Apr 6 – £12.
3. ‘Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai’ + ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’
This Friday the Riverside Studios hosts a cracking Jim Jarmusch double bill. In 1999’s ‘Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai’ Forest Whitaker is a cunning, pigeon-fancying assassin who lives by the traditional code of the Samurai. The film is especially memorable for a brilliant scene involving a gun, a sink and the eye of one of Whitaker’s many pursuers. Jarmusch’s loopy 2014 vampire movie, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, is no less entertaining. Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, W6 9RL. 6.15pm. Fri Apr 4 – £9.50.
4. Drive-in Film Club: ‘Rush’
If you’re going to sit in your car munching popcorn behind the steering wheel, you may as well chose a film with a theme to match the setting. It’s common knowledge that the vast majority of films set amid the circus that is Formula One are downright awful (yes, we’re pointing the finger at you Mr Stallone and that car-crash of a movie, ‘Driven’, or rather ‘Drivel’). Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’, on the other hand, bucked the trend by tackling a very famous F1 rivalry with skill. Fasten your seatbelts. Alexandra Palace car park, Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY 8pm. Wed Apr 2 – £22 per car
5. ‘Gummo’ + ‘Spring Breakers’
Watch impish US director Harmony Korine’s most recent film, the 2012 beach-noir ‘Spring Breakers’ back-to-back with his controversial debut ‘Gummo’ – an impressionistic portrait of two cat-killing, glue-sniffing Midwestern teenage boys. Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY. 7pm. Mon Apr 7 – £14.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.