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. Dukefest: 'The Treatment'
Hosted by the Duke Mitchell Film Club, DukeFest is your best chance this year to catch up with a fistful of out-there movies that you won’t get to see anywhere else. Alongside a night of VHS mayhem, a night of found footage from around the world and a Greek disco vampire movie called ‘Norway’ (honest!), we’re most intrigued by ‘The Treatment’, a bleak Belgian thriller that the Duke boys are excitedly comparing to Michael Mann’s ‘Manhunter’.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Sun Jun 28, 8.45pm. £7.50, £5 concs.
2. Alibi Film Club: ‘Society’
In the wake of last month’s election, there has never been a better time to revisit this magnificent satire on privilege and social class – it even opens with a rewrite of the ‘Eton Boating Song’. This is a story of how the aristocratic rich don’t just suck the poor dry economically, spiritually and politically, but physically too. The tone may be slick – there are times when it feels like ‘The OC’ with added goop – but the intention is deadly serious, and director Brian Yuzna’s slow reveal of information is wonderfully sly and subversive. The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB. Mon Jun 29, 8pm. FREE.
3. Haringey Independent Cinema: ‘My Summer of Love’
A freewheeling, romantic and singular study of teenage sexuality and obsession that unites two exceptional actresses, Natalie Press and Emily Blunt. Alison Goldfrapp’s dreamy, mysterious music sets the tone for this lyrical exploration of one summer in the lives of two Yorkshire teenagers who hail from very different sides of the tracks. Mona is instinctive, inquisitive and poor, living in an empty pub with her newly converted, born-again Christian brother, while Tamsin is mannered, well-spoken, lonely and fond of playing Edith Piaf and quoting Nietzsche without really knowing what she’s talking about. The combination is entrancing. West Green Learning Centre, Langham Rd, N15 3RB. Thu Jun 25, 7pm. £4, £3 concs.
4. Wonder Reels: ‘Les Demoiselles de Rochefort’
Enjoy some fantastique French chanson and tres chaud dance moves courtesy of Salut Les Copines, followed by a screening of Jacques Demy’s musical masterpiece. The film centres on Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac as the ‘pair of twins, born in the sign of Gemini’ looking to escape the sleepy environs of Rochefort for life in the big city. Pedants may feel inclined to pick holes, but most will be swept off their feet by the scintillating jazz-pop score, charismatic supporting turns from Gene Kelly and Michel Piccoli, and – predominantly – Demy’s own infectious joie de vivre. See it, and swoon… The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, SE11 4TH. Sat Jun 27, 7.30pm. £10, £7 concs.
5. The Hazy Road to ‘Inherent Vice’
This is a great idea for an all-nighter: five movies that inspired and influenced one of this year’s finest cinematic headscratchers, PT Anderson’s wild, psychedelic LA detective story ‘Inherent Vice’. Even those who hated the film – and they were many and vocal – must admit that it was a stylish piece of cine-literate cool, riffing on a proud history of off-beat crime tales and sun-kissed California weirdness. The Prince Charles is keeping the list of films strictly under wraps, but we’d be flabbergasted if Robert Altman’s hipster noir ‘The Long Goodbye’ isn’t on it. That’s reason enough to go, in our opinion.
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Sat Jun 27, 9pm. £20, £17.50 concs.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page