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David Lynch Marathon, Little White Lies Weekender, ‘Wild Style’ and other great film events happening this week

Posted at 11:30 am, December 2, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment

As always, there are some fab film events happening in London this week. Here are five of the best:

1. Little White Lies weekender: ‘We Are the Best’

Little White Lies magazine takes over the ICA for a weekend of classic films and a fistful of previews, including Xavier Dolan’s ‘Tom at the Farm’ and this wondrous tale of punk and puberty from ‘Together’ director Lukas Moodysson. The older titles – all screened on 35mm – range from esteemed favourites like ‘Punch Drunk Love’ and ‘Mulholland Drive’ to oddball asides including Harmony Korine’s ‘Gummo’ and the estimable Irish gangster disaster ‘Taffin’. But ‘We Are the Best’ might be – as its title suggests – the pick of the litter, an hilarious, warm-hearted story of three rebellious teens who want to smash the system. ICA, Nash House, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. Sunday 8 December, 6pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 concs.). 

2. Wild Style

DJs Ghostpoet, Tim Westwood and others will be on hand to provide musical bookends to this screening of the scuzzily charming 1983 breakdance ’n’ graffiti classic. Capturing a time and place when all you needed for entertainment was some Cold Crush Brothers on your oversized ghettoblaster and a wedge of cardboard upon which to dance, ‘Wild Style’ takes in basketball court rumpuses that meld into hip hop street theatre, late-night train yard break-ins and, for its finale, a huge local concert. Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT. Saturday 7 December, 7.30pm. Tickets are £10. 

3. It’s a Wonderful Life

Grab a cup of mulled wine, stick a marshmallow on the bonfire and settle in for a screening of what is, perhaps, the greatest Christmas movie of them all. Pop-up experts The Nomad have taken over this arboreal idyll in the heart of Hyde Park for a fistful of screenings (‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ plays earlier that afternoon, ‘Elf’ and ‘Gremlins’ the following day). Frank Capra’s 1946 fable is a fascinating melange of social and personal impulses and the questionable charms of home, with a loveable performance from Jimmy Stewart as the put-upon George Bailey. The Lookout, Hyde Park, W2 2UH. Monday 9 December, 7.15pm. Unfortunately ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is sold out but tickets are still available for all other screenings. 

4. Meet Me in St Louis + The Shop Around the Corner

An unbeatable pair of festive-ish favourites. 1939’s ‘Meet Me in St Louis’ is a Technicolor ode to the joys and tensions of living side-by-side with your fellow man. In a snow globe rendering of Missouri circa 1903, the affluent Smith clan must face the prospect of ripping up their ancestral roots to chase future fortunes. The film has only a whisper of a plot, preferring to amass the simple pleasures of life into a single romantic vision of a perfect society. 1940’s ‘The Shop Around the Corner’ sees the struggles of a coterie of neurotic, underpaid, underloved department store clerks brought to the screen with the delicacy and grace of a fine ermine purse. Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, W6 9RL. Sunday 8 December, 6.10pm. Tickets are £9.50 (£8.50 concs.).

5. David Lynch Marathon

What could be more dreamy than spending the night in Lynchtown? Kicking off with tearjerking period piece ‘The Elephant Man’ and continuing long into the night, this is a rock-solid selection of surrealist masterworks. Sure, there probably won’t be as much of a party atmosphere as most Prince Charles all-nighters, but here’s hoping a ‘Love Me Tender’ singalong kicks off at the end of ‘Wild at Heart’. In fact, the only serious problem we can envisage is drifting off at 4am and waking up to the rabbits sequence from ‘Inland Empire’ – from one inexplicable nightmare to another. Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Saturday 7 December, 9pm. Tickets are £25 (£22.50 concs.).

For the full list head to Time Out’s film events page.

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