Seems that the Barbican's Directorspective season on Werner Herzog is only the outlying tree in a verdant forest of films by the German director coming to London screens over the next few weeks.
For starters, on Friday the 11th September, V22 are presenting a screening of Even Dwarves Started Small, at the Space Studios in Hackney. The show starts at 7.30, and it's free. This is but the first in a series of Herzog films showing in unusual locations around the city: Heart Of Glass in the Victorian Glasshouse of the Horniman Museum on October 22nd is appropriate, while the double bill of God's Angry Man / Huie's Sermon at Carnival Village will be accompanied by a gospel choir, who'll perform during the interval. The best, however, is saved for last: a pop-up cinema at the Old Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey will show a Hallowe'en night screening of Nosferatu The Vampire on October 31st. Details on all the above can be found at the V22 website.
All of these events surround an appearance by Werner Herzog himself on Saturday, October 3rd, at the Royal Festival Hall. The talk, headlined "Conquest of the Useless", will see Herzog and his interlocuter, Paul Holdengräber of the New York Public Library, gab over such breezy questions as Was the 20th century a mistake?, Why is tourism a sin?, and How do you move a steamship over a mountain? Herzog will also expound on his love for Fred Astaire, discuss his relationships with such luminaries as Klaus Kinski and Mick Jagger, and "explain why chickens are such hateful animals". Tickets from £15.
For those of you wondering what the director's up to right now: unpredictable as ever, he's putting the final touches to an implausible sequel to Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant, set in New Orleans and starring Nicolas Cage. The bizarre trailer is worth watching: has Herzog made an unintentional comedy out of one of the meanest films of the Eighties?