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SATURDAY: What’s on in London today [22/10/22]

SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER 2022 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today across DIY, indie & alternative cinema including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & our selection of new releases.

By RADIANT CIRCUS // Twitter @radiantcircus / Instagram @radiantcircus

#QueerHorrorNights presents a very special event at the historic Rio Cinema – our Halloween Monsters Ball: NIGHTBREED (28 OCT 22:00+).

Saturday Night at the Movies: A RAISIN IN THE SUN d. Daniel Petrie, 1961 presented by Rhythm & Views at Picturehouse West Norwood (22 OCT 19:00).

“A tribute to the film’s star, SIDNEY POITIER. This classic, award-winning film is based on the story by the brilliant Lorraine Hansberry. A widow and her family are divided about how to spend a life-changing insurance payout.”

TOKEN HOMO presents a new season of BAR TRASH – TRASH PLANET – a thrilling season of 70s eco-horror. Tickets £1 – Booking now!

  • Saturday Night at the Movies: A RAISIN IN THE SUN d. Daniel Petrie, 1961 presented by Rhythm & Views at Picturehouse West Norwood (22 OCT 19:00).
  • BLUE ISLAND d. Chan Tze Woon, 2022 + Q&A with the director, presented by HKFFUK at Genesis Cinema (22 OCT 15:00).
  • THE EXORCIST d. William Friedkin, 1973 presented by Pulp Film Club at Rio Cinema (22 OCT 23:30).
  • THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE d. Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, 2021 + Poetry performance by Ahmed Diria at The Lexi Cinema (22 OCT 14:00).
  • THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE d. Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, 2021 + Q&A at Picturehouse Cinemas (22 OCT 18:00 / 26 OCT 18:00).
  • INVISIBLE DEMONS d. Rahul Jain, 2021 at Bertha DocHouse (22 OCT 16:05). 
  • Short: LIZARD d. Akinola Davies, 2020 + Q&A & DJ Set at Rio Cinema (22 OCT 16:15).
  • Double-bill: PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK + THE VIRGIN SUICIDES d. Peter Weir, 1975 + Sofia Coppola, 1999 + Intro & book signing with Hannah Strong, author of Sofia Coppola: Forever Young at The Garden Cinema (22 OCT 16:00 + 19:00).
  • Global Premiere: Straight 8 2022 at BFI Southbank (22 OCT 18:00).
  • STUDIO 17: THE LOST REGGAE TAPES d. Mark James, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Catford Mews (22 OCT 20:45).

Check venues for full listings…

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

ALIEN NATION: THE CINEMA OF MICHEL LIPKES at Birkbeck Cinema & Close-Up

ANIME at The Prince Charles

BFI’S 100 BBC TV GAMECHANGERS at BFI Southbank

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

CLOSE-UP: RYAN COOGLER at BFI Southbank

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

  • THEOREM d. Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968 (22 OCT 18:15).

FRAMES OF MIND: THE FILMS OF PETER GREENAWAY at BFI Southbank 

  • THE FALLS d. Peter Greenaway, 1980 (22 OCT 13:50).

HALLOWEEN at Everyman Screen On The Green

HALLOWEEN at Picturehouse Cinemas

HORROCTOBER – A MONTH OF THRILLS, CHILLS & SPILLS at The Prince Charles

IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS at BFI Southbank 

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS at The Prince Charles 

WOMEN’S STORIES FROM THE GLOBAL SOUTH (& TO WHOM THEY BELONG) at ICA 



THE AFRICAN DESPERATE dir Martine Syms, 2022

  • Exclusively at: ICA

THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE dir Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, 2021

VESPER dir Kristina Buozyte & Bruno Samper, 2022



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*THE SMALL PRINT: Opinions author’s own. // As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version only. // Event dates/times/formats are subject to change by the venue/organiser. Events may already be sold out at the time of posting, so please click quickly. // We try to list as many original format screenings as we can (8 to 70MM), but sometimes formats change due to age of the print, availability, logistics etc, so please check ahead with your venue if the format is your thing. // All images are used in the spirit of fair use for reporting & review – no ownership is implied or intended / unless otherwise credited to RADIANT CIRCUS as the original rights holder. We will remove any images immediately upon request – just get in touch. // We don’t filter our listings by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should therefore be 18+. // Finally, we always try to follow The Carny Code by “not screwing up anyone else’s game”, but everyone can make mistakes… If something does go wrong, we will always do our best to put it right. //.