Every week, we round up the best film events happening outside London’s multiplexes, from major international film festivals to classic seasons at the BFI, from double bills and all-nighters to one-off screenings and in person Q&As with stars, filmmakers or experts. London also has a thriving DIY film club scene in pubs, restaurants, galleries and pop-up venues, and in the summer months you’ll find a wealth of outdoor screenings in parks and gardens across the city.
East End Film Festival: The Warning – A Collapse of Civilisation Weekender
What better time to schedule a film weekend about the breakdown of civilisation? Over two days and across four sessions of film, ‘The Warning’ weaves a narrative through a brace of fascinating, far-from-predictable movies, many of them screening from original film prints. There are films here you’ll know – Terry Gilliam’s troubling black comedy ‘Brazil’, Arnie romp ‘The Running Man’, HG Wells adaptation ‘Things to Come’ – but several you may not, from the real-life devastation of Alan Clark’s ‘Road’ to the desperate rebellion of home-invasion shocker ‘Give Us Tomorrow’. Back to back, the films build into something quite unique: a cine-essay lasting a whole weekend, in a one-of-a-kind location.
The Masonic Temple, Andaz Hotel, 40 Liverpool St, EC2M 7QN.
Sat Jul 2, 12pm. £12.50 per session.
1960s Cinema Experience: ‘One Million Years BC’
Here’s a new twist on immersive cinema, as the Picturehouse Central is transformed into a 1960s-style picture palace. Based on research from Leicester University, the evening will feature a full programme of trailers and news clips, plus actors in costume. But will they let you smoke in the auditorium? The film showing is the Raquel Welch caveman classic, which cheerfully neglects a few million years of evolution and sees our antecedents living side by side with brontosauri. Welch grunts beautifully, clad only in a few bits of bunny fur, but the real stars are Ray Harryhausen's superbly animated dinosaurs.
Picturehouse Central, 20-24 Shaftesbury Ave, W1D 7DH.
Wed Jun 29, 7pm. £18, £15 concs.
Read the Time Out review of ‘One Million Years BC’
Olivia de Havilland season: ‘Captain Blood’
On July 1, one of Hollywood’s grandest dames turns 100 years old – and the BFI is paying fitting tribute with a month-long season of her work. Many of Olivia De Havilland’s early successes were alongside the rapacious Erroll Flynn, and ‘Captain Blood’ might be the best of them. Conceived by Warner Brothers as a rival to MGM's ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’, it's a swashbuckling adaptation of Rafael Sabatini's adventure novel about a young doctor who starts as a deportee, succeeds as a pirate, and winds up as Governor of Jamaica.
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT.
Fri Jul 1, 8.40pm. £8.35 - £11.75.
Read the Time Out review of ‘Captain Blood’
DukeFest: The 35mm Trailer Party
This year’s DukeFest – the festival arm of regular bizarre film and found footage night The Duke Mitchell Film Club – draws to a close with what promises to be a pretty wild night. But, you say, the event name makes it sound like a whole night of watching old trailers? And that’s precisely what it is – but what trailers! From beloved cult classics to berserk freako films you’ve never even imagined let alone heard of, the trailers you’ll see here will scar you for life, in the best possible way.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP.
Wed Jun 29, 9pm. £7.50.
Tufnell Park Film Club: ‘The Naked Civil Servant’
This regular film club goes from strength to strength. £15 for annual membership may seem like a chunk up front, but you get fortnightly films so we reckon it’s a bargain. Based on Quentin Crisp’s autobiographical novel, ‘The Naked Civil Servant’ was produced for Thames Television back in the late 1970s, and doesn’t screen nearly as often as it should. John Hurt plays Crisp, England’s leading ‘stately homo’, as he enters middle age and flat-out refuses to hide his more outrageous tendencies for the comfort of society.
The Star, 47 Chester Rd, N19 5DF.
Wed Jun 29, 8pm. £15 membership.
The VITO Project: ‘She Done Him Wrong’
Another event from this terrific free LGBT+ film club. ‘She Done Him Wrong’ was Mae West's first starring vehicle, and one of her best movies. Adapted from her controversial stage success ‘Diamond Lil’, it features West as Diamond Lou (a change occasioned by the original's notoriety), the landlady of a saloon who sets her sights on the righteous young man (Cary Grant) investigating the place for corruption. West, making her way through ditties like 'I Like a Man What Takes His Time' and 'Frankie and Johnny', keeps most of her double-entendres single. Marvellous stuff.
The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, SE11 4TH.
Wed Jun 29, 7pm. Free.
Read the Time Out review of ‘She Done Him Wrong’
4th July special: ‘Team America: World Police’
America? Fuck yeah! Well, mostly. 2016 may be a dark year for democracy, but let’s put the crazily bewigged spectre of fascism aside for a moment and enjoy ‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s loony, ‘Thunderbirds’-inspired puppet movie about the War on Terror. Team America are a cracked terrorist-fighting task force whose defiance of WMD-toting mullahs tends to leave the likes of Paris and the Pyramids wasted anyway.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP.
Mon Jul 4, 8.45pm. £11.
Read the Time Out review of ‘Team America: World Police’
‘The Green Ray’
The late French New Wave pioneer Eric Rohmer shot ‘The Green Ray’ over the summer of 1985, and this deceptively light film is now seen as one of his masterpieces. Rohmer took his 28-year-old star and co-writer Marie Rivière – playing young secretary Delphine – across France with a small crew. They encountered a variety of characters (some of them Rivière’s own family) in Delphine’s search for love, happiness, friendship and answers to life’s big questions. Even for Rohmer, well known for his unadorned, talky contemporary dramas, this is a freewheeling film.
Deptford Cinema, 39 Deptford Broadway, SE8 4PQ.
Sat Jul 2, 7pm. £5, £3.50 concs.
Read the Time Out review of ‘The Green Ray’
She’s So Giallo: ‘All the Colours of the Dark’
Of that notable brace of early 1970s European horror flicks shot in the UK (see also 'Lizard in a Woman's Skin' and 'The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue'), this is the least known and perhaps the most intriguing. Similar in tone to 'Lizard', it concerns a young woman (Edwige Fenech) who has recently lost a child in a car wreck, and who turns – semi-willingly – to Satanism in grief. The soundtrack and period fashions are predictably terrific, but it’s the intense performances, psychedelic trick-shots and gripping shock scenes that stand out.
Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS.
Tue Jun 28, 8.30pm. £9.50, £8.50 concs.
In, the near future ex-clown Louison falls for the butcher's daughter. But her father, unhappy about the blossoming romance, deals in human flesh: will Louison fall victim, or will the Troglodistes, an underground group of vegetarian fanatics, come to his rescue? Each grotesquely larger-than-life inhabitant of the scrofulous tenement has his own little story. Visually, the film evokes Gilliam, Lynch and Carné, but the allusions never get in the way of the nightmarish humour.
Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE.
Sun Jul 3, 3pm. £12, £11 concs.
Read the Time Out review of ‘Delicatessen’