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Hippies, ghosts and rock 'n' roll phantoms: the best film pop-ups in London this week

Tom Huddleston

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…

London Film Festival: ‘American Honey’
Tickets have been flying out the door for screenings at this year’s London Film Festival, but if you dig around you can still get into a few of the big galas, like this red-carpet UK premiere of ‘Fish Tank’ director Andrea Arnold’s first American film, an extreme road movie about a gang of teens selling magazine subscriptions door to door, state to state in the Midwest. Heavily musical, rowdy and fleshy, ‘American Honey’ is structured less as a story and more as fragments hung together by disparate episodes with a strong air of on-the-road improvisation. Check out his week’s Time Out magazine for a longer list of films you can still grab tickets for.
Odeon Leicester Square, 24-26 Leicester Square, WC2H 7JY. 
Fri Oct 7, 9.15pm. £16 - £17.60.

Lights, Camera Action: ‘Generation Revolution’
As part of the Cable Street Festival celebrating 80 years since protesters in the East End successfully halted a march by British fascist Oswald Mosley, this is a two-part event looking at the relationship between protest and cinema. First up is a panel discussion, as three documentary filmmakers discuss the importance of radical, political cinema. It’ll be followed by new doc ‘Generation Revolution’, about the rise of black activism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, with a focus on groups in London.
Rio, 107 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB. 
Thu Oct 6, 6.30pm. £15.

If, like us, you were disappointed by Tim Burton’s latest, ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’, here’s a reminder of his glory days. ‘Beetlejuice’ is a ghost story told from the perspective of the haunters: the drearily happy Maitland family, who drive their car into the river, come up dead and return to their quaint house as spooks intent on dispatching the hideous New York yuppie family who have moved in. Off-the wall humour and some sensational sight gags make the movie, maddeningly disjointed though it sometimes is, a truly astonishing piece of work.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. 
Wed Oct 5, 9pm. £7.50.

‘Un Homme qui dort’ + live score
Soundtrack experts Animat provide a live score for this bewitching story of youthful alienation. Our hero is a mute young man who decides to withdraw from the world, and whose mental journal of his experience is confided to us by a girl’s voice off-screen. What distinguishes this astonishing tour-de-force from similar ventures in navel-gazing is that this young man’s decision to not-be is purely practical, and his journey from boredom to terror is brilliantly reflected by the other leading character in the film: the city of Paris.
Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, W1B 2UW. 
Sun Oct 9, 7.30pm. £15, £12 concs.

Anachron Film Club: ‘Maniac’ + ‘The Last Horror Film’
Another fine free double bill from the Anachron team, this time offering up a pair of scuzzy grindhouse horror flicks. In ‘Maniac’ (the original, natch, not the Elijah Wood remake), mannequin restorer Frank exorcises his traumatic childhood by roaming the New York streets in his van, searching for lone women to introduce to the razor-sharp hunting knife he keeps tucked beneath his jacket. It’s followed by ‘The Last Horror Film’, a low-budget horror comedy shot on location at the Cannes Film Festival.
Muse at 269. 269 Portobello Rd, W11 1LR. 
Tue Oct 4, 7pm. Free.

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

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