Q&A with Ray Winstone, London Film Festival, Classic Cinema Club and more great film events happening this week
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. London Film Festival: ‘Stray Dog’
The London Film Festival gets underway this week, and while the red carpet gala screenings are all sold out, there are plenty of interesting films with tickets still available. This excellent documentary from Debra Granik, director of ‘Winter’s Bone’, paints a wonderfully warm and intimate portrait of Vietnam veteran, family man and backwoods biker Ronnie ‘Stray Dog’ Hall. Like Granik’s fictional debut, it’s a film that asks us to rethink our attitudes towards working class, ‘white trash’ Americans: Hall may seem like a good ol’ boy, but his worldview will surprise you. Vue West End, 3 Cranbourn St, WC2H 7AL. Mon Oct 13, 9pm. ￡16.
2. ‘Scum’ + Ray Winstone Q&A
He’s the Daddy now! East End golden boy Winstone returns to home turf to introduce Alan Clarke’s tough docudrama that carries the same force as the improvised weapons his character uses to bludgeon his way through the borstal power structure. A far-from-blunt instrument itself (and containing some necessary leavening humour), this is knife-edge filmmaking: you’re likely to leave feeling righteously angry. Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE. Wed Oct 8, 9pm. ￡10.60.
Labelled ‘more underground than the underground’ when it was first screened back in 1968, hard-hitting documentary ‘Dope’ follows the life of a girl from New Zealand living in London who becomes addicted to heroin. With appearances from the likes of Marianne Faithfull and Donovan, this is clearly a work of the ‘swinging’ ’60s, but it’s much darker and more unsettling than your average hippie free-for-all. The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, WC1N 1JD. Thu Oct 9, 7pm. ￡5.
Reportedly shot for $7,000, writer-director-star Shane Carruth’s deliciously confounding debut shows that great ideas cost next to nothing. When the box of tricks they’ve knocked together in their garage starts behaving in ways they neither expect nor understand, so begins an escalating series of conundrums for Aaron and his best buddy co-creator Abe. The film admirably credits the audience with the intelligence to decipher the clues in its elliptical narrative, gradually picking its way towards a state somewhere between paranoid anxiety and head-spinning dizziness. Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Fri Oct 10, 6.30pm. ￡7.50, ￡5 concs.
5. Classic Cinema Club: ‘One, Two, Three’
Billy Wilder’s coarse Cold War satire is structured largely as farce, with James Cagney as the aggressive Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin trying to win advancement by selling the beverage to Russia, while simultaneously attempting to prevent his boss from discovering that the latter’s bird-brained daughter has married a rabid Commie from East Berlin. Marvellous one-liners abound. Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, W5 2BY. Fri Oct 10, 7.30pm. ￡7, ￡6 concs.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.