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. Classic Cinema Club: ‘Gold Diggers of 1933’
Kick off a year of fantastic movies courtesy of the good-taste merchants at Classic Film Club. This archetypal backstage musical has some semblance of a plot (songwriter Dick Powell turns against his wealthy parents in wishing to marry chorus girl Ruby Keeler) and much Depression-era wisecracking, but most notable is the vulgar, absurd and wonderfully surreal Busby Berkeley choreography. Great numbers, too: Ginger Rogers adorned in dollars singing ‘We’re in the Money’; young lovers interrupted by rain while ‘Pettin’ in the Park’; and on a powerfully, unexpectedly bleak closing note, the files of unemployed ex-servicemen during ‘Remember My Forgotten Man’. Delirious and delightful.
Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, W5 2BY. Fri Jan 16, 7.30pm. £7, £6 concs.
2. A Woman’s Work: ‘The Lady Eve’ + David Nichols Q&A
As part of an ongoing monthly series of talks and screenings exploring the historical role of women in filmmaking, ‘One Day’ author David Nichols will discuss his admiration for the great screen siren Barbara Stanwyck. His talk will be accompanied by one of the actress’s very finest films, Preston Sturges’s very nearly perfect romantic comedy ‘The Lady Eve’. Henry Fonda and Stanwyck are superbly paired as the prissy professor and the brassy card-sharp who meet on an ocean liner for a ferociously funny battle of the sexes in which she proves triumphantly that Eve and the serpent still have the drop on poor old Adam.
Arthouse Crouch End, 159A Tottenham Lane, N8 9BT. Tue Jan 13, 8.30pm. £10, £7 concs.
3. Cinemania: ‘Stand By Me’
Cinemania is a series of screenings across London aimed at (but not restricted to) young audiences, with cut-price ticket offers for under-24s. The programme is terrific – later this month you can catch Paul Thomas Anderson’s blisteringly odd romcom ‘Punch-Drunk Love’, punchy rock-doc ‘The Punk Singer’, Francois Truffaut’s coming-of-age drama ‘The 400 Blows’ and Destiny Ekharaga’s brilliant Peckham-set comedy ‘Gone Too Far!’. But our top pick this week has to be this blissful rites-of-passage story about four 12-year-old tearaways in 1950s America. The film will be introduced by writers from Little White Lies magazine.
Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE. Wed Jan 14, 4pm. £8.60, £4 under 24s.
4. ‘Iris’ + Q&A
A star-studded bunch of special guests – including Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and director Richard Eyre – will all be on hand to answer questions about this biopic of author Iris Murdoch. It’s an intelligent, literate film with a sure sense of its world and honest, moving performances. Educated at Oxford in the 1950s, Murdoch fashioned herself as a free spirit – yet oddly, when the stammering John Bayley paid court, she chose him to be her husband, and they lived together until her death in 1999. Eyre’s film switches between the couple’s courtship and the painful last years when Murdoch suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
Tricycle Cinema, 269 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR. Sun Jan 18, 5pm. £35.
Throughout 2014, the Prince Charles Cinema will be screening every single James Bond adventure, from ‘Dr No’ to ‘Skyfall’, in chronological order. You’ve missed the first few, but you can still hop on board for this fourth instalment, marking the point at which spectacular hardware began to dominate the series. It’s sleek and fun all the same, with SPECTRE holding the world to ransom after stealing a couple of nuclear bombs, Bond almost meeting his end in the villain’s shark-infested swimming pool, and a cleverly choreographed underwater battle.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Sun Jan 18, 8.45pm. £11, £8.50 concs.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.