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11 Unmissable Film Events Happening in London This April
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11 Unmissable Film Events Happening in London This April

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Film Editor
Updated: 27 October 2017

Spring is in the air and the sun is (almost) out, so we’ve taken a look at some of the exciting film events, screenings and experiences happening across London in April. There’s something for every taste this month, so no excuses for staying in!

Secret Cinema presents Moulin Rouge!

Consider this one a personal recommendation – Moulin Rouge, as presented by Secret Cinema is the best event the company has put on so far.

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Moulin Rouge | © Secret Cinema/Laura Little

Following on the successful recent shows, including Back to the Future, Empire Strikes Back and 28 Days Laterthis latest venture takes place at a secret venue in East London.

The show runs until April 30, but sadly tickets are currently sold out. It’s worth keeping an eye on the official website in case any more become available and to sign up for future events.

UPDATE

Following a sold out first run,  Secret Cinema presents Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! will be extended until the 11th June inclusive.

Booking for the new dates opens on Thursday, 6th April at 1300 hours. You can find all new dates and information on the tickets on www.secretcinema.org/love.

Secret Cinema X

If you miss the mystery element, then the spin-off series by the Secret Cinema team is for you.

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Secret Cinema X returns to London from Sunday 9 until Friday 14 April, presenting a yet-unreleased secret film in a secret location. Exploring vivid, enigmatic landscapes ripe with intrigue and coded messages, you will become part of a world that blossoms like a delicate flower to reveal a clandestine, unforgettable experience.

Tickets available here.

Sister Act Live Choir

Black British cinema company, Amacoast Cinema, brings Sister Act to life with a ground-breaking live choir show in London.

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Westminster Hall | © Amacoast Cinem

Sister Act, the classic 1992 musical comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg, is the latest film to receive the ‘live cinema’ treatment. Amacoast Cinema will present the ‘Sister Act Live Choir’ at the historic Central Hall Westminster in London.

The show opens on April 21, 2017, tickets are on sale now.

Harry Potter World – Forbidden Forest

From March 31, Harry Potter fans will be able to visit the exciting, permanent expansion dedicated to the Forbidden Forest.

The Forbidden Forest may be strictly off-limits to Hogwarts students, but for the first time this March, you are invited to defy Professor Dumbledore’s orders and follow the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione, deep into the grounds of the Forbidden Forest.

For tickets and more information, please visit the Warner Bros. Web Store.

La La Land Sing Along at The Prince Charles Cinema

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La La Land | © Prince Charles Cinema

Everyone’s favourite quirky London cinema is doing the inevitable, a sing-along version of the hit musical La La Land.

Starring Ryan Gosling as a jazz-obsessed pianist and Oscar-winner Emma Stone as a wannabe actress struggling with repeated auction rejections, the film captures everything that is good (and bad) about the City of Stars.

Lyrics will appear on screen for those not familiar with the soundtrack, let’s just hope the projectionist doesn’t replace a print of the film with Moonlight at the last minute

Nightspot Cinema Presents Purple Rain

A year after his unexpected death, Nightspot Cinema presents Prince in Purple Rain. An evening  celebrating the Purple One’s life and music on film, as a style icon and as a musical genius.

Purple Rain, a must see for Prince fans, features his Grammy awarding-winning soundtrack of the same name, which is regularly regarded as being one of the best albums in music history.

Purple popcorn will be available pre and post screening, with Nightspot Cinema Purple Rain cocktails available all night. There will also be Philadelphia soul food available throughout, fitting – given that Prince was, of course, a Philly native.

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Backyard Cinema – The Last Chapel

There is a place, deep in the Nevada desert where you, yes even you, can be cleansed. A place where a person’s morals are tested and the line between good and evil can barely be seen.

Head down to an explosive journey of theatre where you can celebrate the anti-hero, the antagonist, and the just plain weird. The perfect setting to watch Tarantino’s classic catalogue, as well as some of our favourite action-packed films.

Films include Mad Max: Fury Road, There Will be Blood, Pulp Fiction, Drive, True Romance and Fight Club.

For the full list of films and to book tickets, visit the Backyard Cinema website.

Nomad Cinema – Proud East Season

As part of their Japanese film season, in association with Proud East, Nomad Cinema brings six classic movies in early April.

Audition | © Omega Project

Audition | © Omega Project

From Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray in Lost in Translation, to classic anime action in the original Ghost in the Shell, this is the perfect chance to explore some of the most iconic films in the history of cinema.

Also on offer are samurai favourites Zatoichi and Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, horrifying teen nightmare Battle Royale and the brilliantly violent Audition.

For more information, visit the Nomad homepage.

Original Drawings for Disney’s Hercules – Auction in London

Twelve large-scale drawings for Disney’s much-loved 1997 animated feature, Hercules, will be offered in Sotheby’s London saleroom next month for the very first time. Featuring all of the film’s favourite characters – Meg, Hades, Zeus, Phil, and of course Hercules himself – the drawings will come to auction on 5 April directly from the personal collection of artist Gerald Scarfe, the film’s production designer.

Hercules by Gerald Scarfe | © Sotherby's

Hercules by Gerald Scarfe | © Sotherby’s

Ahead of the public exhibition opening, Sotheby’s will hold a press preview for the sale in London 10am on Friday 31st March 2017. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. Highlights will also be on view from our “Made in Britain” sale – celebrating the London of the Swinging Sixties and a century of icons – alongside five hundred years of printmaking from Prints & Multiples.

5th Camberwell Free Film Festival – South East London

This is our first big anniversary for which we carefully selected a variety of different genre movies & docs to be screened at various venues such as cafes, pubs, shops and architectural landmarks across SE5. Films include music doc They will have to kill us first, Disney’s Moana, Iranian horror movie Under the Shadow, German drama Victoria shot in a single continuous take, Son of Saul & I, Daniel Blake.

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Camberwell Film Festival | © John Yabrifa

We also continue our tradition of ghost nights at St.Giles Church and The Crypt Jazz Club.

5th Camberwell Free Film Festival, April 2 – April 10

Kino Cinema

On April 15, KinoVino in collaboration with KinoKlassika present a screening of Bertolucci’s epic 1900 with an Italian-themed dinner.
Including films from directors such as Sergei Eisenstein, Jean Luc Godard, Glauber Rocha, Ken Loach and season finale, 1900 by Bernardo Bertolucci. KinoVino will be offering a rustic-style Italian buffet reception in the beautiful bar of Regent Street Cinema during the interval of the finale screening.
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KinoVino Iran with chef Yasmin Khan – 20 April

Celebrating the cinematic and the culinary talents of women from Iran, KinoVino teams up with chef and author, Yasmin Khan, to create a sensual night of Iranian food and art house cinema. A traditional Iranian feast will be preceded by a screening of an award-winning captivating drama, Women Without Men, by US-based Iranian feminist artist, Shirin Neshat.

Visit their website for more information.

Salt and Time: a vegan Russian supper club – 27 & 28 April

After a sold-out edition in Jan, the supper club returns to Neal’s Yard with a new spring menu of Russian-inspired vegan dishes, treating you to some classics with a contemporary twist, featuring fermentation as a key technique.  Neal’s Yard is the most delightful hidden gem in the heart of Covent Garden and you will be treated to a cosy (hopefully al fresco) dinner on a beautiful warm April evening.  

Maman Le Mot

Inspired by classic comedies like ‘Allo ‘Allo and Dads Army, Maman Le Mot takes you to a world of secret agents, gadgets, gizmos and a bloke called Colonel Gubbins who runs the whole shebang.

Run by the A Place in Time team, this time around you get a far more interactive experience and a fantastic night out.

You’ll have to be quick though, this current event ends on April 1.

Tickets available here.