As well as the long-awaited UK releases of Vox Lux, Woman at War and High Life (oh, and Godzilla is BACK), May is going to be a great month for catching rare and underseen pics on the big screen in London. It’s a good time to be alive. Here are some of my personal recommendations:
True Stories (Prince Charles Cinema, Wednesday 8th May @ 8:45 PM) (book here)
From a musical genius with a visual mind to match, David Byrne’s True Stories is a freewheeling blue-collar odyssey through 1980s Texas. It’s a surreal celebration of the people of everyday America and the music of… well, of David Byrne. A genuine oddity and a delight.
They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (Regent Street Cinema, Thursday May 23rd, 7:30 PM) (book here)
The first sequel to the civil rights-themed Oscar-winner In the Heat of the Night, Mister Tibbs is less respectable, less serious, and much more fun than its predecessor. Sydney Poitier reprises his role as the title character for an action thriller which tapped into the energy of the blaxploitation scene but retained an authentic and righteous anger.
Soul Jazz Records will be introducing the film and playing classic soul and funk sounds in the bar before and after the screening.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Genesis Cinema, Thursday 9th May, 6:30 PM) (book here)
Oscar-nominated all the way back in 2012, Beasts is a beguiling ecological fable. Set in the Mississippi River Delta, it conjures a beautiful fantasy world in vivid colours. News of director Benh Zeitlin’s hotly anticipated second feature has just emerged, so there’s no better time to catch up on this.
Tickets for this and other films in the cinema’s 20th Birthday celebration season are only £2.50 and come with a free pint of beer or cider, courtesy of Truman’s Brewery. Literally unmissable.