FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
We exist to help promote and preserve adventurous moving pictures, giving our friends and followers an easy way to find out what’s on in London right now. There are three main type of event listings at RADIANT CIRCUS:
- LONDON EVENTS: Our new listings service attempts to cover everything that’s on in London that we really care about (see WHAT WE LOVE below). We will be adding greater functionality over time, including the ability to search by event category, organiser and venue. Promoters interested in submitting events for consideration can use the form HERE.
- SCREEN GUIDES: Each month (NOW BOOKING) and screen week (NOW SHOWING) we trawl websites, emails and social feeds to compile our handpicked guides to available events. We pick the events that excite us most to recommend to our subscribers and followers. We also produce occasional guides to COMING ATTRACTIONS such as significant exhibits, seasons and festivals.
- TEN-IN-ONE SHOWS: Occasional guides help our friends and followers take a deeper dive, focusing on home cinema, as well as our annual roundups of what’s hot (and what’s not…). We only recommend legitimate routes to content (DVD, Blu-ray, on demand etc).
Our daily morning updates on TWITTER further promote current attractions. We check each morning for ticket availability before posting (#SCREENGUIDE).
WHAT WE LOVE (AND WHY)
We love independent, DIY and alternative film screenings and veer towards content that is overlooked and underappreciated. We emphasise SINGLE-O events (one-off screenings), limited edition MUSEUM SHOWS (festivals and seasons) and SPECIAL FEATURES that raise the curtain (Screen Talks, Q&As, Intros & Discussions).
We work within (and often way beyond) the BFI category of ’specialised films‘. This includes micro and low budgets, 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 (F-RATED) 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.
This means you can expect to see much that’s good from indie programmers like Science Fiction Theatre, Kennington Bioscope and The Final Girls and alternative picture palaces like Deptford Cinema, ICA and The Horse Hospital (see our TOP TEN CINEMAS for more). We don’t (currently) cover everything at major rep houses like BFI and the Prince Charles and tend to avoid otherwise excellent promoters like Backyard Cinema as they already have popular appeal. We try not to repeat ourselves in our handpicked GUIDES: if a film has already been included we won’t normally mention it when it pops up elsewhere… unless it’s a subject that (really) matters, like social housing. Because we care.
[EXAMPLE] If a DIY film club screens HOME ALONE 2 at Christmas it (probably) won’t get listed. Pick another Macaulay Caulkin vehicle entirely – a PARTY MONSTER double bill anyone? – and we’ll list it in a heartbeat.
Of course, there will (always) be exceptions…* As a passion project, there will also be things we miss and there will always be exclusions that seem confusing. We apologise in advance for any quickening of the pulse.
And that’s the meat of it…
Do contact us HERE if you have any questions or would like to submit your attractions for our consideration.
Join the hunt for adventurous moving pictures.
*We always include movies with giant apes in them and get giddy at the use of the word ‘tentacle’…