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. Time Out Loves: 'When Harry Met Sally'
As part of a Time Out season of classic love stories – all featured in our epic 100 Best Romantic Movies poll, as voted for by everyone from Tom Hiddleston to Miss Piggy – we present an outdoor screening of the timeless wisecracking romcom. In 1977, cynical Harry (Billy Crystal) and clean-living Sally (Meg Ryan) are thrown together on a trip to New York. They don't exactly hit it off, but ten years later, having suffered the traumas of break-up and divorce, they meet again. Will their friendship move from platonic to romantic? Buy tickets here!
The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST. Sun Jul 12, 9pm. £14.
2. 'Dawn of the Dead' + Ken Foree Q&A
One of the coolest men ever to grace a cinema screen discusses his role as super-slick cop Peter in George Romero’s masterful 1978 satire ‘Dawn of the Dead’. This is the film both Foree and Romero will always be remembered for: the wildest, most deliriously exciting zombie flick of them all, and the movie that pretty much defines the concept of socially aware, politically astute horror cinema. Its influence has been felt in every zombie film since (and even on TV in ‘The Walking Dead’), and it remains a near-flawless piece of fist-pumping ultraviolence.
The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, SE11 4TH. Thu Jul 9, 5pm. £20. £15 Q&A only.
3. Deckchair Cinema: 'Batman'
Capping three days of beer-garden cinema in Leytonstone is Tim Burton’s none-more-black 1989 caped crusader flick, which kickstarted the current superhero boom. With mind-blowing sets, gadgets and costumes, this is more than just a straight slugging match between Good and Evil. Cackling, dancing, killing for sheer humour value and hogging the best one-liners, Jack Nicholson's Joker pulled off the greatest criminal coup of the decade: stealing a whole movie.
The Red Lion, 640 High Rd, E11 6AA. Thu Jul 9, 7pm. £7.
4. 'Queen of Hearts' + 'A Kid for Two Farthings'
A lovely pair of thoughtful, blue-collar, kid-centric London movies. ‘Queen of Hearts’ is about the experience of Italian immigrants to London circa the '50s. It's told from the point of view of imaginative ten-year-old Eddie and centres on the East End café that his waiter dad buys after a gambling windfall. And from 1955, ‘A Kid for Two Farthings’ is the fanciful tale of a young boy who mistakes a one-horned goat for a miraculous unicorn, and eagerly anticipates good fortune for his friends about the neighbourhood.
Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, W1B 2UW. Thu Jul 9, 6.30pm. £11, £10 concs.
5. The Nomad: 'The Breakfast Club'
Catch an all-American high-school classic in the square outside the US embassy. It’s an iconic movie of the '80s, as five teens from different tribes are called in for Saturday detention at a suburban American high school. Initial bouts of verbal jousting fade, making way for a bonding session fugged in pot smoke, the development of friendship everlasting (or until bell rings for class on Monday morning, whichever is the sooner) and That Simple Minds Song.
Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 6JP. Fri Jul 10, 8pm. £15 to £30.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.