This 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. Sci-fi London: ‘Alien’ All-Nighter
The UK’s biggest celebration of all things cinematic and science-fictional returns to the Stratford Picturehouse. As always the line-up blends new films – like long-awaited closing gala ‘Upside Down’ starring Kirsten Dunst, and Michel Gondry’s latest ‘Mood Indigo’ – with loads of events, competitions, quizzes, workshops, dressing up and even a sci-fi themed dog show. And of course there’s the usual fistful of all-nighters, which this year include a night of Japanese anime, a night hosted by comic troupe Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and this chance to see all four original ‘Alien’ movies back-to-back on the big screen. Xenomorphalooza! Stratford East Picturehouse, Salway Rd, E15 1BX. 11pm. Sat Apr 26 – £25.
2. New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival: ‘But I’m a Cheerleader‘
There’s only one thing we love more than a film festival, and that’s a free film festival. And the New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival looks set to be one of the best of the bunch, with an impressive array of both classic and little-known films, all for no money whatsoever. Highlights include a Film Africa triple bill, a bike-powered screening of ‘Attack the Block’ and a chance to catch ‘The Harder They Come’ on the big screen. But our pick has to be this whip-smart American comedy about a high-school girl sent to a reform school to cure her of her lesbian tendencies. Witty, sharp and satirical, it’s an overlooked gem. Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Rd, SE14 6TY. 4.30pm. Sat Apr 26 – FREE.
3. Rendez-vous with French Cinema: ‘The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet’
As its name suggests, this festival rounds up the best in new French filmmaking. Highlights in a particularly strong lineup include master director Alain Resnais’s final film, ‘The Life of Riley’, which he completed shortly before his death last month; a live-action version of the beloved kids’ cartoon (and indie-band inspiration) ‘Belle and Sebastian’; and Bertrand Tavernier’s adaptation of smash-hit political thriller ‘Quai D’Orsay’. But the film that’s bound to get the Francophiles most excited is ‘The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet’. The first film in four years from ‘Amelie’ director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, it’s the tale of a 10-year-old boy with a vivid imagination. Ciné Lumière, 17 Queensbury Place, SW7 2DT. 5pm. Sun Apr 27 – £12.
4. It is Fine! Everything is Fine
Those of a strong disposition should hurry along to this evening of readings and screenings curated – and created – but the great Crispin Glover, once known as George McFly in ‘Back to the Future’, now marginally more famous for being an all-round roving oddball. Following a presentation of Glover’s drily hilarious slides, settle in for a screening of his outrageously confrontational, utterly unique 2007 film ‘It is Fine! Everything is Fine’. The tale of a lustful, vengeance-fuelled cerebral palsy sufferer, it’s at once sympathetic, shocking, explicit, vile, beautiful and bitterly angry. Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE. 8.45pm. Fri Apr 25 – £18.
5. Sundance London: ‘Reservoir Dogs’
Yes, there are loads of new movies to enjoy at this weekend’s Sundance London event, from comedies like Paul Rudd vehicle ‘They Came Together’ to miniscule DIY oddities like ‘Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter’. But we’re also drawn to a series of Sundance Classics, back on the big screen for one night only. Sure, we’ve all seen the likes of ‘Memento’ and ‘Winter’s Bone’ before, but here’s a chance to catch them on a big screen, with a captive audience. ‘Reservoir Dogs’ is, of course, Quentin Tarantino’s debut, a dizzying whirlwind of bullets, backstabbing and bad language. O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. 6pm. Sat Apr 26 – £12.50.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.