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. This Made Me Laugh: ‘The Naked Gun’ + John Lloyd intro
This week, the Barbican hosts a new season of comedy films introduced by comedians and writers who know a thing about funny. This evening, it’s the turn of BBC producer and writer John Lloyd (‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, ‘QI’) to introduce the Zucker Brothers’ gag-crammed comic masterpiece. In translating their criminally overlooked TV show ‘Police Squad!’ to the big screen, the Zuckers delivered the purest expression of the form outside of their own ‘Airplane!’. ‘The Naked Gun’ is a film so devastatingly daft it leaves the stoniest of cynics gasping for breath and shrieking, ‘it’s Enrico Pallazzo!’
Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. Sat Apr 11, 6.30pm. £9.50.
2. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Time Out’s assistant film editor Tom Huddleston joins Twin Peaks UK Festival mastermind Lindsey Bowden to introduce this screening of David Lynch’s ferocious TV prequel, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show’s very first US broadcast. Even in Lynch-land, with all its ear-severing, head-exploding and rough sex, there’s nothing so dark and demented as ‘Fire Walk With Me’, the strangest, saddest and arguably greatest of his films. This was a beautiful new kind of madness, terrifying, exhausting and exhilarating in equal measure.
Lexi Cinema, 194b Chamberlayne Rd, NW10 3JU. Wed Apr 8, 9pm. £10.50, £7.50 concs.
3. Kinoteka Polish Film Festival: ‘The Constant Factor’
The annual Kinoteka festival is back with a sprawling selection of new Polish cinema, plus talks, exhibitions and a fine selection of classics from the country. Our pick is this stark, Soviet-era drama putting youthful idealism under the microscope, and demonstrating that in a Communist bureaucracy the constant factor is the corruption that ensures that some are more equal than others. Some of the symbolism is pretty basic, with the hero frustrated in his dream of climbing the Himalayas and having to settle for a window-cleaner’s cradle. But the film often manages to turn ordinary life into something extraordinary.
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. Sun Apr 12, 6.20pm. £8.35–£11.75.
4. LA Rebellion: ‘Killer of Sheep’
The Tate gallery’s LA Rebellion strand – subtitled ‘Creating a New Black Cinema’ – focuses on a handful of films made in the 1970s that offered black filmmakers new ways to express their ideas and explore their shared histories. Coming right after the blaxploitation craze of the early to mid-’70s and more than a decade before the in-the-hood phase of the early ’90s, ‘Killer of Sheep’ examines what it means to be a man, a woman or a child just barely eking out a marginally comfortable existence.
Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG. Fri Apr 10, 7pm. £5.
5. Dress-Up Sherlock Film Night
Slip on your deerstalker, grab your clue-pointing cane and stride on down to this evening of Sherlock-themed fun. The main attraction – besides eyeing your fellow attendees’ attempts to look like a gentleman detective – is a screening of Guy Ritchie’s amusing 2009 reboot, ‘Sherlock Holmes’. Robert Downey Jr draws on his wild-eyed side to play the detective, while Jude Law assumes the more sober clothes of his sidekick Dr Watson. Plunging into their careers mid-flow, we watch as they confront a conspiracy of national proportions.
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN. Fri Apr 10, 7pm. £18.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.