Peter Lorre Season, BBS all-dayer, Doc ‘n’ Roll Festival and more great film events happening this week
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. Doc ‘n’ Roll Festival: Julien Temple All-Dayer
Head to Hackney for four days of documentaries on all aspects of modern music, from obscure punk bands (opening film ‘A Band Called Death’) to ‘50s tin-pan alley legends (‘AKA Doc Pomus’), from outsider hip hop labels (‘Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton’) to legendary rock photographers (‘Her Aim is True’). But our top pick has to be a triple bill of films by that icon of British doc-making, Julien Temple. From archive-film compilation ‘London: The Modern Babylon’ through hero-worshipping punk tale ‘Joe Strummer: The History is Unwritten’ to scuzzy pub-rock larks with Dr Feelgood in ‘Oil City Confidential’, Temple explores the underbelly of rock ‘n’ roll like no other filmmaker. He’ll be on hand after the screenings to discuss his work and answer audience questions. Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE. 3pm, Sat Sep 27. ￡10.60 per film.
2. BBS All-Dayer
BBS Productions – the brainchild of director Bob Rafelson and producers Steve Blauner and Bert Schneider – were responsible for some of the most important American independent movies of the early 1970s, as proven by the flawless lineup of films chosen for this all-dayer. Kicking off with The Monkees’ far-out rock opus ‘Head’, the day continues with biker classic ‘Easy Rider’, mournful melodrama ‘Five Easy Pieces’, Jack Nicholson’s directorial debut ‘Drive, He Said’, sad-eyed Texas masterpiece ‘The Last Picture Show’ and brooding brotherly drama ‘The King of Marvin Gardens’. There ain’t a dud in the bunch.Genesis Cinema, 93–95 Mile End Rd, E1 4UJ. Sun Sep 28, 11am. FREE
3. Dogwoof Weekender: ‘The Case Against 8’
The ICA’s Dogwoof Weekender presents six new films from this prestigious documentary distributor, including a new film about the life of Roger Ebert, ‘Life Itself’, and theatrical tale ‘The Last Impresario’. ‘The Case Against 8’ goes behind the scenes, over five years, of the case to overturn the 2008 ban on same-sex marriage in California, known as Proposition 8. This was the first such case to be taken to the US Supreme Court, and the film portrays the team of people behind the campaign, including the two gay couples fighting to repeal the ban and the two lawyers, the conservative Ted Olson and the liberal David Boies, who worked together on the case to find the ban unconstitutional. ICA, Nash House, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. Sat Sep 27, 4pm. ￡11, ￡7 concs.
4. Peter Lorre Season: ‘The Beast With Five Fingers’
The BFI’s tribute to German movie star Lorre continues with this effective supernatural thriller in which a famous pianist who has suffered a stroke ekes out his last days in an Italian Gothic mansion, surrounded by grasping relatives. When he finally dies, leaving his fortune to a young niece, the other relatives are pissed off; so too is secretary Lorre, who wanted not only the old man’s loot but also access to his library of books on the occult. Then the dead man’s severed hand starts tinkling the ivories, dislodging books, and crawling around the terrified Lorre. Fans of ‘Evil Dead 2’ will note the derivation of that film’s hilarious disembodied hand sequence. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. Mon Sep 29, 8.40pm. ￡8.15–￡11.50.
5. City Visions: ‘Mulholland Dr’
The Barbican’s City Visions season presents talk, discussions and films exploring ideas of modern urban living. David Lynch’s characteristically bizarre noir focuses (probably too strong a word!) on a young beauty who loses her memory after a car accident and hides out in a house where she’s found and befriended by the absent owner’s helpful niece , new to LA in the hope of becoming an actress. Despite too many detours into nonsensical narrative cul-de-sacs and too many shots that slowly travel down darkened corridors to the accompaniment of ominous rumbles, this works well as unsettlingly nightmarish suspense. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS.Sat Sep 27, 8pm. ￡9.50, ￡8.50 concs.