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. DukeFest Zero: ‘My Name is Jonah’
Here at Time Out we’re longtime fans of the Duke Mitchell Film Club, London’s premier free monthly celebration of cinematic strangeness and extreme exploitation outrage. Now they’re hosting their first ever film festival, with four nights of pure freakout including an evening of Japanese VHS rarities, a night of the most messed-up music videos of all time and a thirtieth anniversary screening of gay Nazi hypnotist musical ‘Strangers in Paradise’. But our pick has to be opening film ‘My Name is Jonah’, a portrait of New York’s leading adventurer, mystic, vigilante and raider of the lost dressing-up box, the internet sensation that is Jonah. He’ll even be there in person! If you have no idea what we’re talking about, watch the trailer above then book your tickets pronto! Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. 9pm, Sun Jun 29-Wed Jul 2. £5-£7.50. www.mynameisjonahfilm.com
2. The Cremaster Cycle
‘The Cremaster Cycle’ is artist-filmmaker Matthew Barney’s five-part experimental explosion, running some six-and-a-half hours and covering, among other things, gender, the nature of creativity and the amazing versatility of Vaseline. Shot out of sequence (4, 1, 5, 2, 3) over ten years, the cycle has been compared to everything from ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Wagner’. In other words, it’s next to impossible to summarise or describe. If you sit through the sequence to try to absorb the narrative gist, you may end up with a forehead as wrinkled as your backside. Barney has called the Cremaster cycle a ‘narrative sculpture’, so watch them in any order and look for visual motifs. Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX. 11am, Sat Jun 28. £25.
3. Night Moves
A truly enigmatic thriller and a key film of the 1970s. Gene Hackman is the private eye torn apart from within, unable to come to terms either with his father or his errant wife, but doggedly, almost pointlessly, pursuing a wayward daughter for an equally wayward mother. Alan Sharp’s elusive, fragmented script precisely catches the post-Watergate mood, while Arthur Penn’s direction brilliantly parallels the interior/exterior investigation. A very pessimistic film, it ends exactly at the moment that Hackman understands what has happened but can do nothing about it. Essential viewing. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. 4pm, Sat Jun 28. £11.50, £10.50 concs.
4. I Only Watch 18s: ‘They Live’
A very welcome return for John Carpenter’s masterpiece of Reagan-era paranoia and working class rage.Homeless drifter John Nada is grouchy because ever since he arrived in Los Angeles from Colorado, there’s been nothing but trouble. People are rude, he lives on a campsite, and then the place is demolished by the cops. Things get worse when he happens across a hidden stash of special sunglasses. Donning a pair, his vision is literally reduced to black-and-white, revealing a terrible plot being perpetrated on the underclass. Skeletal aliens have invaded earth, taking on human guise, hogging the best jobs, and placing subliminal messages on hoardings and magazines which instruct the man on the street to ‘Obey’, ‘Submit’, ‘Marry and Reproduce’. It may all descend into gunfights and nonsense, but the ideas underpinning this sci-fi classic are still all too relevant. Oh, and it contains the single greatest line of dialogue in film history… The Exhibit, 12 Balham Station Rd, SW12 9SG. 8.45pm, Thu Jun 26. £7.
5. Floating Cinema: ‘Come Fishing!
Angler’s paradise! Have an expert lesson in the techniques of fly fishing, hear a lecture on pollution in the Thames, then watch a screening of gorgeous fishing flick ‘Kiss the Water’. This doc about a Scotswoman who made flies for salmon fishermen sounds like it should be tucked away on some special-interest cable TV channel. Yet filmmaker Eric Steel turns unlikely subject matter into a captivating journey through a landscape of mystery and imagination. Haunting and meditative, its intriguing collage of images and ideas offers evocative encouragement to enter another life, another time, another place. Tottenham Lock, Ferry Lane, N17 9NE. 11am, Sun Jun 29. £8, £6 concs.