Our listings policy describes how everything gets put together at RADIANT CIRCUS including the daily decisions we make, the events we might overlook and how to get something sorted if we’ve got it wrong.
We exist to help promote adventurous moving pictures in London, giving our friends and followers an easy way to find out what’s on right now. There are four main type of event listings at RADIANT CIRCUS:
- SCREEN GUIDES: Each month (THIS MONTH) and screen week (THIS WEEK) we trawl websites, emails and social feeds to compile our comprehensive guides to London’s screen events. We also produce daily updates to make it easier to find what’s on TODAY. We pick the events that excite us most to recommend as our Featured Attraction of the month/week/day.
- NOW BOOKING: We produce dedicated guides giving overviews of London’s latest screen attractions such as significant exhibits, seasons and festivals. Some of these take the form of TEN-IN-ONE SHOWS where we help our friends and followers take a deeper dive into seasons and festival programmes. We often look downlist for the more adventurous content.
- CALENDAR OF SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS: Our event calendar lists RADIANT CIRCUS exclusive discounts for our friends and followers (as well as our own projection projects). If you would like to invite our readers to your event, please complete this form.
WHAT WE – DO & DON’T – LIST (AND WHY)
We love independent and alternative film screenings and veer towards content that is overlooked and underappreciated. We also love people who do their own thing, including community cinemas, DIY film nights and freelance curators/programmers: they provide some of London’s most authentic experiences.
Our listings emphasise SINGLE-O exhibits (one-off screenings, particularly those with added value special features like expert introductions, meet the cast/crew Q&As, and panel discussions), limited edition MUSEUM SHOWS where you can find several films under one roof (including exhibitions, film festivals and seasons) and GRIND SHOWS (regular runs & mainstream marvels).
We work within (and often way beyond) the BFI category of “specialised films“. This includes micro and low budget movies, archival rereleases, subtitled foreign languages, genre-bending curiosities and feature-length documentaries. We’re fascinated by diverse stories that are different to our own, and care passionately about who tells them and how they are told. Our interests extend to artists’ and experimental film as well as pictures that move beyond fixed screens such as stage projections, street art and video installations (although we have limited capacity here…).
GENERAL ADMISSION: We try to only list events that are available to all and that you can book for at the time of listing. We therefore don’t list membership exclusives or similar closed-access/private events. For these reasons, we also don’t list family friendly and parent & baby screenings (where there are often understandable audience access restrictions) and those limited to 18 to 25 year olds. Due to capacity reasons, we are currently unable to list relaxed screenings and those intended for senior citizens (including dementia-friendly screenings). We really hope to be able to remedy that in due course.
Of course, there will (always) be exceptions to our listings rules…* As a passion project, there will be things we miss and there may be omissions that seem confusing. We apologise in advance for any quickening of the pulse!
If we’ve got something wrong, let us know and we’ll get it sorted.
THE SMALL PRINT
This is our ‘get out of gaol’ card that goes on every list we create:
As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Apologies if we have missed your event. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version. Event dates/times are subject to change by the venue/organiser. We try to only list events you can book for at the time of posting: some events may still be sold out. Please click quickly! We don’t filter by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should be 18+.
And that’s the meat of it…
Subscribe & support
RADIANT CIRCUS – “Home of alternative screen culture in London” (Film London) – is supported entirely by readers’ monthly subscriptions. Subscribers get our listings emailed directly as well as other great rewards. With enough subscribers backing us, we will be able to: 1) establish RADIANT CIRCUS as a permanent resource; 2) fund a full site rebuild to make our listings more social and searchable; and, 3) stage free events for subscribers as our way of saying a huge thank you! Our target? One thousand passionate film fans sharing what they love so that many more can discover it. Subscribe at patreon.com/radiantcircus
“I love everything you’re doing with RADIANT CIRCUS, the output is brilliant. And just so great to see it grow. Kudos to you.” (A fan via email!).
*We always include movies with giant / intelligent / amorous apes in them and get giddy at the use of the word ‘tentacle’ in a programme description…