Samuel Johnson once said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Johnson clearly never had to take the Central Line to work in the middle of summer or pay £30 to get into a nightclub, but his point still stands. London is a hub of craft beer pubs, burger restaurants, multiple branches of Subway and most importantly, fun film stuff.
Here we’ll round-up all the best film related events in London happening throughout August, from festivals and one-off screenings, to art exhibitions and epic quizzes where you can finally try out that brilliant team name you’ve been ruminating over for weeks now… I’m bagsying Billy Quiztal.
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House [4th-17th August]
Running for two-weeks until 17th August, this open-air film festival will show an eclectic mix of contemporary classics, crowd favourites and even premieres of forthcoming releases.
Highlights: Trainspotting, the awesome double-bill of Galaxy Quest & Final Girls, and the premiere of Matt Ross’s Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen.
Tickets: Film4 Summer Screen
Argentine Film Festival [18th-21st August]
The Argentine Film Festival returns for its fifth year, showcasing contemporary films from and about Argentina at the Curzon Soho and Bloomsbury cinemas. Festival goers will also have the opportunity to sample Argentinian food and wine.
Tickets: Argentine Film Festival
New Renaissance Film Festival [20th August]
A festival aiming to provide a platform for new filmmakers and scriptwriters, this one-day festival will showcase around 40 narrative, documentary and animation shorts and there will also be a screenwriting competition, masterclasses and panel discussions.
Tickets: New Renaissance
FrightFest 2016 [25th-29th August]
The festival moves from Leicester Square to Shepherd’s Bush and 2016’s edition promises over 60 feature films, a slew of guest panels discussing the horror industry and blood-filled buckets of short films and sneak previews. Check out our handy guide to six of the best films to see at FrightFest 2016.
The Talented Mr. Ripley [13th August] House of Vans, Waterloo (Pssst… it’s FREE)
The Goonies [14th August] Pop-Up Screens, Holborn (Goonies forever!)
To Live and Die in LA [17th August] Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place (Underrated William Friedkin classic selected by Richard Ayoade)
Purple Rain [18th August] Nomad Cinema, Festival Gardens (Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called “life”)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [20th August] BFI Southbank (Part of BFI’s Almodóvar season)
Wes Anderson – The Collected Works [27th August] Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place (10 films back-to-back including Rushmore and Grand Budapest Hotel! Can you take all the twee?)
The Wackness [28th August] House of Vans, Waterloo (Ben Kingsley and Method Man, together at last)
Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick [till August 24]
Somerset House’s excellent Stanley Kubrick exhibition Daydreaming, carries on right through August. It’s curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder James Lavelle and features brand new work from loads of brilliant artists and contributors, including Christiane Kubrick.
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 (last admission 17.00)
Late nights until 21.00 (last admission 20.00) on 18, 19, 22, 23 & 24 August (last admission 20.00)
Tickets: Someset House
You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat Film Quiz [16th August] Hackney Attic, Hackney
ArtHouse Film Quiz [31st August] Arthouse, Crouch End
New films due out in August
The Shallows [12th August]
Wiener Dog [12th August]
Todd Solondz’s latest centres on the adventures of a cute little dachshund as it gets passed from owner to owner. Like the film Twenty Bucks but way more sweary.
Swallows and Amazons [19th August]
A nice wholesome adventure for nice wholesome people. We’re not invited.
War Dogs: [26th August]
Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in Todd Phillips’ latest douchebag comedy War Dogs.
Purge: Election Year [26th August]
In an unlikely turn of events, The Purge films are getting better and better. This one will prove to be even more terrifyingly well-timed.
Bad Moms [26th August]
Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell. YOU NEED MORE REASONS TO SEE A MOVIE?
Still on general release
Star Trek Beyond
We said: Somewhere in Simon Pegg’s desk draw there’s a full, funny, warm-hearted Star Trek Beyond script, fully imbued with the spirit of the original series while also incorporating the best of this generation’s self-awareness. 3/5
We said: We were fools to be concerned about Finding Dory of course. Did we learn nothing from Toy Story 2? From Monsters University? From Toy Story 3? Pixar is a studio which, as of yet, has never taken its audience for granted (don’t mention Cars 2. Even Ghandi had to pay the bills). 4/5
We said: Suicide Squad is the sleazy creep in the club who tries to gatecrash a hen night by making sexist jokes, spilling WKD on himself and grinding up on the bride-to-be. 1/5
We said: Jason Bourne isn’t really a ‘Bourne’ film – a lot of the time, it’s not about him at all. It’s not about anything really. Brilliant but mindless action sequences, same old plot. 2/5
The Neon Demon
We said: The Neon Demon is part lurid exploitation movie, part luxurious photo-spread in a fashion magazine you barely have the strength to lift, or the patience to make past all the adverts. It is nothing short of a masterpiece. 5/5
For more up-to-date information, check out our guide to the Best London Film Events in September 2016.