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. Hollywood Spring Block Party
If you’ve not yet visited London’s newest pop-up cinema, Hollywood Spring in Hackney, this is an ideal opportunity. They’re hosting a free evening of screenings, interspersed with DJs (including psych-rockers Teeth of the Sea and our own music editor Oliver Keens) and live synth soundtracks from London’s best and only John Carpenter covers band, The Carpenters. The climax of the event will be a scratchy, scuzzy original 16mm print of John Waters’s ‘Pink Flamingos’, the perfect outsider film for this upstart DIY film venue. Hollywood Spring, 6 Well St, E9 7PX. 5.30pm, Sat Aug 16. FREE.
2. Time Out presents: ‘RoboCop’
Another in a series of screenings to celebrate the recent launch of Time Out’s epic 100 Best Sci-fi Movies feature. Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film about a cyborg police officer is not only still very funny, but more importantly it still speaks volumes about power-hungry governments and city-wide corruption all these years later. The combination of dark wit and despicable, stomach-churning violence makes for a near-perfect look at the bleakest possible future. Your move, creep. Battersea Power Station, SW8 4NN.8.20, Sun Aug 17. £15.
3. Amy Grimehouse: ‘Big Business’
Amy Grimehouse are a transgressive film and arts club who like to celebrate the best in outrageous, excessive and high-camp cinema. Tonight they’re paying tribute to that brassy icon of stage, screen and song, Bette Midler, with sing-alongs, audience interactions and a screening of this madcap 1988 comedy. Two sets of identical twins – played by Midler and Lily Tomlin – one of each having been accidentally swapped at birth by a short-sighted nurse, are finally, and confusingly, reunited years later in New York. Midler gets to play her vulgar, trashy self twice over! Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE. 7pm, Fri Aug 15. £10.
4. The Nomad: ‘The NeverEnding Story’
Come to one of London’s loveliest outdoor spaces for a screening of this beloved fantasy classic. It’s a fairytale of the very best kind, with luscious effects which include a flying dragon, a rock monster, a fairy princess (mercifully grave and untwee), and a threat in whose vanquishing lies hope. Made at Munich’s Bavaria Studios, the film concerns a withdrawn schoolboy, ignored by his businessman father and bullied at school, who steals a book and finds himself in thrall to the point where he is called upon to enter its world and save the magic land of Fantasia. Coram Secret Garden, 41 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ. 7.30pm, Wed Aug 13. £18-£28.
5. O Lucky Man!
A welcome return to the big screen for one of Britain’s most iconic and impressive films, writer-director Lindsay Anderson’s controversial ‘O Lucky Man’. This is a modern ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’, with Malcolm McDowell as the young man in search of fame and the better things of life. At nearly three hours long, it’s an undisciplined but effective humanist shriek of anger at what ‘They’ are doing to ‘Us’. Alan Price’s memorable songs punctuate and inform the film’s episodic action. ICA, Nash House, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. 5pm, Fri Aug 15.