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…
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.
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.
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.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.