A Wes Anderson double bill, Sci-Fi London festival, ‘Heathers’ and more of this week’s best film events
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. Sci-fi London: ‘Who Are You People?’
The annual Sci-Fi London festival gets more epic with each passing year. 2015’s programme spans nine days packed with UK premieres, workshops, short films and even a Sci-Fido dog show. Among the highlights are a new doc about Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage’s doomed superhero flick ‘Superman Lives’, new post-apocalyptic British survival-horror ‘The Quiet Hour’ and a twenty-fifth anniversary tribute to Richard Stanley’s magnificent, London-shot killer-robot shocker ‘Hardware’. But our pick is this intriguing doc about how the shooting of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ impacted the townsfolk of Mobile, Alabama, back in 1976.
Stratford East Picturehouse, Salway Rd, E15 1BX. Sat May 30, noon. £9.50, £5.50 concs.
2. Science Fiction Theatre: ‘The Quiet Earth’
Get yourself in the mood for the impending Sci-Fi London festival with this superb New Zealand oddity. When Zac Hobson finds himself the planet’s sole reluctant survivor of a catastrophic error in the secret energy project on which he’s been engaged, the combination of guilt and self-delusion soon sends him off his rocker. Director Geoff Murphy develops this idea with a series of delightfully inventive scenes, with Zac proclaiming himself world dictator, trying a little transvestism, and finally challenging God to a duel. The moral: ‘Don’t fuck with the infinite.’
The Duke Of Wellington, 119 Balls Pond Rd, N1 4BL. Wed May 27, 8pm. £5.
3. ‘Rushmore’ + ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Get happy with a sparkling double bill of Wes Anderson’s finest. ‘Rushmore’ creates a world at once familiar and strange, populated by bored millionaires and Scottish vagabonds, lost aquatic heroes and their grieving lovers, gruff headmasters and, of course, Max Fischer, arguably the most original, infuriating movie creation of the past three decades. ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, meanwhile, is a pastel-coloured comedy situated somewhere in 1930s Mitteleuropa and peopled by eccentrics and lunatics.
Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, W1B 2UW. Sun May 31, 6.30pm. £15, £13 concs.
4. ‘Waitress’ + cookery demonstration
Watch a demonstration of kosher baking, then settle in for this good-natured American indie about a perky, pinafore-ed small-town waitress juggling a chauvinist pig husband, a tyrannical boss and the fact that she’s secretly seven weeks overdue. Her pies are the best in the county – but will she get to realise her life’s ambition and take part in the annual bake-off in Jonesville? This occasionally naive and quirky portrait of smalltown Southern life is sensitive, supportive and attuned to women’s concerns.
JW3, 341–351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET. Wed May 27, 7pm. £22.
5. Hoxton Slackers Club: ‘Heathers’
A wicked black comedy about teenage suicide and pernicious peer-group pressure, this refreshing parody of high-school movies is venomously scripted and sharply directed. The Heathers are three vacuous high school beauties who specialise in ‘being popular’ and making life hell for socially inadequate dweebettes. Having sold out her former friends, Veronica (Winona Ryder) becomes an honorary member of the select clique – but turns murderous mutineer. The film uses an intimate knowledge of teen-movie clichés to subvert their debased values from the inside.
Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HU. Sun May 31, 6pm. £12.50.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.