Ryan Gosling all dayer, Catherine Mary Stewart, immersive ‘Showgirls’ screening and more great film events
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. London Film Festival: ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’
One of the best aspects of the annual London Film Festival is their dedication to screening restored prints of classic movies, and this year is no exception. The jewel in the crown has to be this glittering new restoration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s operatic masterpiece. A trio of stories (plus prologue and epilogue) in which unrequited love figures strongly, the film revels in rich colours, fantastic compositions and swooning movements, most notably in the lavish episode featuring a Venetian courtesan. Sumptuous spectacle. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. Sat Oct 18, 12.30pm. £16.
2. London Fields Free Film Festival: Ryan Gosling All-Dayer
This new free festival features a strong lineup of screenings, including recent favourites like ‘Frances Ha’ and ‘Despicable Me’ alongside classic titles including ‘Grey Gardens’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’. The full lineup for this full day of big screen Gos-swooning has yet to be finalised, but we do know that they are – inevitably but rewardingly – screening ‘Drive’, the 2011 film in which he plays a taciturn stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver. Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE. Sun Oct 19, 2.30pm. Free.
3. Night of the Comet + Catherine Mary Stewart Q&A
In the mid ‘80s, thanks to movies like ‘The Last Starfighter’ and ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’, Catherine Mary Stewart was an up-and-coming Hollywood star. Her career may not have panned out exactly as planned, but she did make at least one solid-gold classic: this outrageous 1984 sci-fi comedy, in which Stewart and Kelli Maroney play a pair of airhead LA teens stranded in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Stewart will be on hand to introduce the film – a once in a lifetime opportunity! Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP. Thu Oct 16, 9pm. £11, £8.50 concs.
4. Science Fiction Theatre: ‘Seconds’
Another great screening from the Science Fiction Theatre crew. As with so much great sci-fi, the concept of ‘Seconds’ is perfectly simple: an ageing, downtrodden salary man pays to be surgically transformed into Rock Hudson, but life among the beautiful people isn’t quite as he’d dreamed it would be. Drawing on post-war film noir, countercultural me-generation wish fulfilment and pre-Watergate paranoia, ‘Seconds’ is one of the most radical, disturbing and downright terrifying thrillers ever released by a major Hollywood studio. The Duke Of Wellington, 119 Balls Pond Rd, N1 4BL. Thu Oct 16, 8pm. £5.
5. Amy Grimehouse: ‘Showgirls’
The Amy Grimehouse cult cinema collective joins forces with drag superstar Peaches Christ for this screening of Paul Verhoeven’s outrageously awful tale of Las Vegas strippers on the rampage. Joe Eszterhas’s script recycles the Faustian ‘ingénue comes to the big bad city’ tale and stuffs it into a skimpy, lamé-bedecked version of the ‘let’s put on a show’ musical. The screening will also feature a spectacular pre-film revue and lapdances for all! Rio, 107 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB. Fri Oct 17, 11.30pm. £15.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.