This is a film still from TROTTIE TRUE, screening at BFI Southbank this week.
THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [02 to 08 JUL 2021]

Our RADIANT CIRCUS guide to what’s on in London this week across DIY, indie & alternative cinema, including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & new releases.

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


It seems like a quieter week for single-o exhibits as we get into our second summer of COVID-19, but London’s indie screens are still full of treasures.

Keeping up their programming preoccupation with calendar dates, The Prince Charles has a trio of offerings for THE 4TH OF JULY including screenings of JAWS, NATIONAL TREASURE and, of course, INDEPENDENCE DAY from 35MM (you can also catch that interplanetary Will Smith smash-up at Catford Mews). SAFAR Film Festival continues at venues across London and the London Korean Film Festival returns with some of their excellent amuse-bouche teaser screenings. Doc’n Roll Festival and Queer East continue their summer specials.

It’s a great week for film seasons too, with our Featured Attraction of The Month, T A P E Collective’s BUT WHERE ARE YOU REALLY FROM? picking up pace at BFI where they are joined by a new season devoted to THE CINEMA OF MÁRTA MÉSZÁROS. Everyman Cinemas start a season of FILM4 CLASSICS and Barbican begins another of their short seasons, this one devoted to SPLASH, SCRATCH, DUNK! FILMS MADE BY HAND. Finally, we get WONG KAR WAI at both BFI and ICA. Both venues feature shiny new 4K restorations of some of the maestro’s key works alongside a clutch of 35MM prints to round out his repertoire. Full details below.

Whilst we might be down a few drive-ins, London’s outdoor cinema events continue to expand with two new arrivals at the indier end of the spectrum. First up, DMovies and friends launch Sunset Screening Sessions at The Homestead Cafe at Beckenham Park Place (02 JUL to 06 AUG). Their programme devoted to “10 British movies that shine” starts this week with Hitchcock’s 1927 film, THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG (02 JUL). After that, Archlight Cinema has announced that they will be unpacking the deckchairs again to resume outdoor projections on the Coaling Jetty, Battersea (now booking from 19 JUL to 01 AUG with more dates promised).

Several more screen venues return this week, including the wonderful South London community team at Screen25 Cinema with a special screening of Ousmane Sembène’s MANDABI (07 JUL). After completion of their on-demand service and some uncertainty about their location, it’s great to see them settling back into their established home at Harris Academy in South Norwood. On a similar note, Deptford Cinema is still looking for a new home but resumes indoor events with QUEEN & SLIM at guest host Deptford Lounge (03 JUL).

We’ve already mentioned them, but also returning this week is the splendid ICA which resumes projecting with the UK premiere of Judith Abensour’s FOEDORA complete with a recorded conversation between the director and independent curator, writer and academic Nat Muller (06 JUL).

Our Featured Attraction of the Week is the archive screening of TROTTIE TRUE 35MM aka The Gay Lady + Intro by BFI Curator Josephine Botting at BFI Southbank (06 JUL 18:00). Showing from “a gorgeous 35mm print made by the BFI National Archive” the screening is a celebration of star Jean Kent who “injected some welcome glamour and zest into the bleak post-war years” (BFI). If you aren’t in the mood for “glamour and zest” right now, where have you been for the past 16 months?

See you in the darkness,

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS


TROTTIE TRUE 35MM aka The Gay Lady + Intro by BFI Curator Josephine Botting at BFI Southbank (06 JUL 18:00).

  • “To celebrate the centenary of her birth, we’re screening Jean Kent’s most eye-catching role, and her personal favourite, from a gorgeous 35mm print made by the BFI National Archive. Kent brings vivacity and good-natured humour to this lavish Technicolor salute to the golden age of music hall, with no expense spared on the sumptuous recreation of Edwardian England. Trottie’s progression from working-class girl to stage celebrity echoes Kent’s own journey to stardom, which took her from Windmill Girl at the age of 14 to one of Gainsborough’s leading ladies. This film earned her the tag ‘Britain’s Betty Grable’, and she undoubtedly injected some welcome glamour and zest into the bleak post-war years.”

FRIDAY 02 JUL

SATURDAY 03 JUL

SUNDAY 04 JUL

  • ANOTHER ROUND d. Thomas Vinterberg, 2021 + Recorded Q&A with the director at The Lexi Cinema (04 JUL 19:30).
  • THE BIRDS 16MM d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1963 presented by Ciné-Real 16MM Film Club at The Castle Cinema (04 JUL 13:30). 
  • THE BLESSED d. Sofia Djama, 2017 + Q&A with the director at Ciné Lumière (04 JUL 18:30) / Part of SAFAR Film Festival.
  • DREAMGIRLS d. Bill Condon, 2006 at Genesis Cinema (04 JUL 15:00).
  • JAWS d. Steven Spielberg, 1975 at The Prince Charles (04 JUL 14:25 & 17:15).
  • NATIONAL TREASURE d. Jon Turteltaub, 2004 at The Prince Charles (04 JUL 12:00).
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY d. Roland Emmerich, 1996 at Catford Mews (04 JUL 14:30 & 17:45).
  • THE PHILADELPHIA STORY d. George Cukor, 1940 at The Prince Charles (04 JUL 15:10).
  • PERSIANS LESSONS d. Vadim Perelman, 2020 at JW3 (04 JUL 13:45).
  • THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS d. Wes Anderson, 2001 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Oslo London (04 JUL 19:30).
  • SPRING BLOSSOM d. Suzanne Lindon, 2020 at Electric Cinema Portobello (04 JUL 14:30).
  • TRAINSPOTTING d. Danny Boyle, 1996 at Picturehouse Bromley (04 JUL 17:00).
  • TROUBLE EVERY DAY d. Claire Denis, 2001 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Oslo London (04 JUL 15:00).

ONLINE

MONDAY 05 JUL

  • A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS d. Fred Zinnemann, 1966 + Q&A with Ian Foster at Everyman Chelsea (05 JUL 19:00).
  • THE CONFORMIST aka IL Conformista, 1970 at The Prince Charles (05 JUL 18:00).
  • TRAINSPOTTING d. Danny Boyle, 1996 at Picturehouse Bromley (05 JUL 19:45).
  • WITCH: WE INTEND TO CAUSE HAVOC d. Gio Arlotta, 2020 + Virtual Q&A with the director & WITCH band member Patrick Mwondela at Rio Cinema (05 JUL 18:15).

ONLINE

  • No Ticket Required: GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 d. Busby Berkeley, 1935 online discussion of the film with Jon Davies (05 JUL 20:00 – Watch film beforehand).
  • TOUKI BOUKI d. Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973 prentend online by Other Cinemas (05 JUL 17:00 to 10 JUL 20:30 – FREE!).

TUESDAY 06 JUL

  • FOEDORA d. Judith Abensour, 2021 + a Recorded Q&A with the director & Nat Muller at ICA (06 JUL 18:30).
  • THE KID d. Charles Chaplin, 1921 presented by Sands Film Club at Sands Films Studio (06 JUL 20:00 – FREE! / Donation suggested).
  • LOOTED d. Rene van Pannevis, 2020 + Q&A with the director & cast at Genesis Cinema (06 JUL 18:20).
  • MEMORIES OF MY BODY d. Garin Nugroho, 2018 + Recorded Intro by film critic Eric Sasono (06 JUL 18:00) / Part of Queer East – Pride Season x Forbidden Colours.
  • MOULIN ROUGE! d. Baz Luhrmann, 2001 at Genesis Cinema (06 JUL 21:00).
  • NOWHERE SPECIAL d. Uberto Pasolini, 2021 + Q&A with the director & actor James Norton live streamed from at Curzon Mayfair (06 JUL 18:15 – Other Curzon available!).
  • TROTTIE TRUE 35MM aka The Gay Lady + Intro by BFI Curator Josephine Botting at BFI Southbank (06 JUL 18:00).
  • ULTRAVIOLENCE d. Ken Fero, 2020 at BFI Southbank (06 JUL 14:30).
  • WE ARE FROM THERE d. Wissam Tanios, 2020 + ScreenTalk by SAFAR curator Rabih El-Khoury (06 JUL 18:00) / Part of SAFAR Film Festival.

ONLINE

WEDNESDAY 07 JUL

  • ATLANTIS d. Valentyn Vasyanovych, 2019 at ICA (07 JUL 14:00).
  • EVIL DEAD II d. Sam Raimi, 1987 at The Prince Charles (07 JUL 17:45).
  • MANDABI d. Ousmane Sembène, 1968 + Q&A presented by Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (07 JUL 19:45).
  • MARTIN EDEN d. Pietro Marcello, 2020 preview at ICA (07 JUL 20:50).
  • THE SURROGATE d. Jeremy Hersch, 2020 + Q&A with the director & actor Jasmine Batchelor presented by Alt-Africa at Genesis Cinema (07 JUL 18:20).
  • TAMPOPO d. Jûzô Itami, 1985 at The Prince Charles (07 JUL 15:00).
  • THEIR ALGERIA d. Lina Soualem, 2020 + Q&A with the director at Ciné Lumière (07 JUL 20:35) / Part of SAFAR Film Festival.
  • YOU DON’T NOMI d. Jeffrey McHale, 2019 at The Prince Charles (07 JUL 18:15).

THURSDAY 08 JUL


35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DUNE 70MM d. David Lynch, 1984 (03 JUL 11:40 / 05 JUL 20:30).

AGNÈS VARDA SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles

ANDREI TARKOVSKY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)IVAN’S CHILDHOOD d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962 (03 JUL 15:30); SOLARIS d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972 (06 JUL 14:15); ANDREI RUBLEV 35MM d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966 (08 JUL 13:40).

ANIMA(C)TION at Ciné Lumière

ANIME SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): AKIRA d. Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988 (02 JUL 12:00 / 04 JUL 20:45 / 07 JUL 12:00); PAPRIKA d. Satoshi Kon, 2006 (05 JUL 12:30 – SUB).

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

BEST OF CÉSAR 2021 at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)LA NUIT VENUE aka Night Ride d. Frédéric Farrucci, 2020 (02 JUL 20:35); LOOKING FOR GILLES CARON aka Gilles Caron: Histoire d’un regard d. Mariana Otero, 2020 (03 JUL 18:30 / 07 JUL 18:30); A SON aka Un Fils d. Mehdi Barsaoui, 2020 (03 JUL 20:35).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TOGETHERNESS at BFI Southbank (from 01 JUL):

BUT WHERE ARE YOU REALLY FROM? presented by T A P E Collective at BFI Southbank (from 01 JUL):

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BLACK GIRL aka La noire de… d. Ousmane Sembène, 1966 + Short: I BIT MY TONGUE d. Nina Khada, 2020 (03 JUL 11:40); BURNING AN ILLUSION 35MM d. Menelik Shabazz, 1981 + Short: BUT YOU’RE NOT BLACK d. Danielle Ayow, 2019 (03 JUL 14:20 / 08 JUL 17:45); WHILE WE LIVE aka Medan vi lever d. Dani Kouyaté, 2016 + Short: LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER d. Roxy Rezvany, 2020 (03 JUL 17:30); BINTI d. Frederike Migom, 2019 + Short: YASMINA d. Ali Esmili & Claire Cahen, 2018 (04 JUL 18:20).

THE CINEMA OF MÁRTA MÉSZÁROS at BFI Southbank (from 05 JUL)

CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)IVAN’S CHILDHOOD d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962 (02 JUL 20:15); SOLARIS d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972 (03 JUL 19:15); STALKER d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 (04 JUL 19:15).

ÉRIC ROHMER at The Prince Charles

FILM4 CLASSICS at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TRAINSPOTTING d. Danny Boyle, 1996 (05 JUL various); LOCAL HERO d. Bill Forsyth, 1983 (07 JUL various).

THE FILMS OF QUENTIN TARANTINO at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TRUE ROMANCE 35MM d. Tony Scott, 1993 (03 JUL 18:00 / 04 JUL 18:00); PULP FICTION 35MM d. Quentin Tarantino, 1994 (03 JUL 20:30).

JAMES BOND 007 at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LIVE AND LET DIE d. Guy Hamilton, 1973 (03 JUL 17:30).

THE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

JOIN THE #BONGHIVE at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MEMORIES OF MURDER d. Salinui chueok d. Bong Joon-ho, 2003 (02 JUL 12:25).

L.A. NIGHTS at Backyard Cinema

  • Continues at Capital Studios (check venue for listings).

MIAMI BEACH at Backyard Cinema

  • Continues at Capital Studios (check venue for listings).

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

ROBERT ALTMAN: AMERICAN OUTSIDER at BFI Southbank

SPLASH, SCRATCH, DUNK! FILMS MADE BY HAND at Barbican Cinema (from 08 JUL)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)Raw Vision (08 JUL 18:30).

TALES OF TOMORROW: SCI-FI SELECTIONS at The Prince Charles

TEEN MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CLUELESS 35MM d. Amy Heckerling, 1995 (02 JUL 18:00); HEATHERS d. Michael Lehmann, 1988 (02 JUL 20:30 / 03 JUL 21:00).

THAT’S KINO, BABY! at The Prince Charles

WOMEN PIONEERS OF FRENCH CINEMA at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)LA FIANCÉE DU PIRATE aka A Very Curious Girl d. Nelly Kaplan, 1969 (04 JUL 14:00 / 06 JUL 18:20).

WONG KAR WAI at BFI Southbank (from 07 JUL)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): AS TEARS GO BY 4K aka Wong Gok ka moon d. Wong Kar Wai, 1988 (07 JUL 14:30); DAYS OF BEING WILD 4K aka Ah Fei jing juen d. Wong Kar Wai, 1990 + Recorded Intro by season programmer Ann Lee (08 JUL 20:50).

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WEI at ICA (from 07 JUL)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): AS TEARS GO BY 4K aka Wong Gok ka moon d. Wong Kar Wai, 1988 (07 JUL 18:30 / 08 JUL 13:40); DAYS OF BEING WILD 4K aka Ah Fei jing juen d. Wong Kar Wai, 1990 (08 JUL 18:30).

Deeper Into Movies at Dalston Roof Park

  • Includes (check promoter for full listings): BELLY d. Hype Williams, 1998 (05 JUL 19:30).

The Luna Cinema at various venues

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at Brockwell Park (01 JUL 21:15); PRETTY WOMAN d. Garry Marshall, 1990 at Brockwell Park (02 JUL 21:15); GREASE d. Randal Kleiser, 1978 at Brockwell Park (03 JUL 21:15); BLACK PANTHER d. Ryan Coogler, 2018 at Brockwell Park (04 JUL 21:15); KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at Old Royal Naval College (08 JUL 21:15).

Rooftop Cinema at Bar Elba SE1

Rooftop Film Club, Peckham

Rooftop Film Club, Stratford East

Sunset Screening Sessions at The Homestead Cafe at Beckenham Park Place (02 JUL to 06 AUG):



This is a film still from LADY BOSS: THE JACKIE COLLINS STORY (2021) which opens this week in London.

LADY BOSS: THE JACKIE COLLINS STORY d. Laurie Fairrie, 2021

This is a film still from WITCH: WE INTEND TO CAUSE HAVOC (2019) which opens at indie cinemas in London this week.

WITCH: WE INTEND TO CAUSE HAVOC d. Gio Arlotta, 2019

  • Also (other films/venues may be available!): DON’T GO GENTLE: A FILM ABOUT IDLES d. Mark Archer, 2020 at Picturehouse Cinemas (daily 02 to 08 JUL various times).

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