This is a film still from THE SEA HAWK d. Frank Lloyd, 1924
THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [02 to 08 SEP 2022]

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

#QueerHorrorNights continues with Stewart Thorndike’s LYLE starring Gaby Hoffman at Genesis Cinema (14 SEP 18:30).

Welcome to another screen week!

It’s definitely getting busier out there… either start your screen week on Friday with a night of funny at The Garden Cinema featuring stand up from Jordan Gray ahead of a screening of DR. STRANGELOVE, or choose something rather more serious with Stow Film Lounge for a special screening of WHITE RIOT that includes a conversation with co-founder of Rock Against Racism, Roger Huddle at Gnome House (both 02 SEP).

On Saturday there’s a special presentation of the 4K restoration of Sarah Maldoror’s SAMBIZANGA as part of African Odysseys at BFI Southbank (03 SEP), which is also part of the Cinema Rediscovered on Tour programme (in venues and online). A 10 week course Celebrating 15 Years of African Odysseys starts at BFI Southbank from 07 SEP. Rebel Reel Cine Club continues their creative presentation of cult films with an interactive screening of GREY GARDENS at Rio Cinema on Sunday (04 SEP), followed a little later in the week by the same venue’s Pink Palace presentation of THAT SUMMER which continues the saga (07 SEP).

On Monday, The Prince Charles screens a rarely seen title picked from their famed Request Board, Diane Kurys’ PEPPERMINT SODA. On the same night, The Cinema in the Arches launches a new short film showcase event for emerging filmmakers, The Short List (both 05 SEP). On Tuesday, Tufnell Park Film Club screens a favourite of mine, Elia Kazan’s WILD RIVER (06 SEP), whilst your Wednesday should be very well taken care of by our featured attraction of the week… (see below). Conclude your screen week with either CLI-FI SHORTS, the first night of FRAMEBURN from The Social Cinema at Hackney Brewery High Hill Taproom, a series of events “that reflect on climate change, dystopia and activism through the lens of science-fiction”, or THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF at Sydenham Film Club, part of their local Artist Trail 2022 (08 SEP).

It’s the start of September, so some new rep seasons have started to come into view. Options include CHANNEL 4: 40 YEARS OF REVOLUTION and SOUND AND VISION at BFI Southbank and IMAX, as well as two chances to see the amazing films of PAM GRIER at both BFI and Picturehouse Cinemas. I’ll be posting our full season roundup, including these and more new season titles, over the weekend. After a quiet period, it’s great to see so many film festivals in town this week… (just as the outdoor event season is starting to fade).

The inspiring slate of new releases and restorations continues, with my picks this week including John Michael McDonagh’s THE FORGIVEN, Alex Pritz’s THE TERRITORY, George Miller’s THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING, and Bretten Hannam’s WILDWOOD. But the restorations of David Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY and Nicholas Meyer’s cut of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN also standout. Scroll down for full GRIND SHOW listings.

Of course, what with Saturday being National Cinema Day, you really can get out there without doing too much damage to the bank account… tickets pretty much everywhere for £3. Show your local indie screens some love, or try heading somewhere new.

I’ve chosen the next Kennington Bioscope screening – 1924 buccaneering epic THE SEA HAWK – as my Featured Attraction of the Week for two reasons. Firstly, it sounds like a fascinating film and the Bioscope presentations are some of the best value cinema nights in town. But also, the esteemed champions of silent cinema recently put out a survey asking for audience feedback about their cinema-going habits and ongoing concerns after the pandemic. Their ambition is to rebuild audience numbers to where they were before COVID (with shows routinely selling out) in dialogue with their audience. If the worsening ‘cost of living’ forecasts are anything close to the reality we will all face this winter, we will need to find yet more creative ways of sustaining the alternative screen culture we love.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS


THE SEA HAWK d. Frank Lloyd, 1924 + Intro, Cartoon short & Live piano accompaniment by Colin Sell & John Sweeney, presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (07 SEP 19:30).

“Based on Rafael Sabatini’s 1915 novel, THE SEA HAWK was adapted for the screen by J.G. Hawks and produced and directed by Frank Lloyd. The story – about an English baronet (Milton Sills) who is framed for murder by his half-brother (Lloyd Hughes), becomes a galley slave then escapes to reinvent himself as the buccaneering Sakr-el-Bahr’ – is set amid the high-seas piracy of the late 16th century.

Aware that audiences had learned to recognise the use of scale models, Lloyd spent $200,000 for the construction of authentic-looking sea vessels, hiring Buster Keaton’s prop designer Fred Gabourie – who had previously built replicas of Stephenson’s Rocket and a hobby-horse bike for Keaton’s OUR HOSPITALITY – to create wooden cladding that would convert modern ships into those suitable for the period setting. The results were so convincing (the New York Times considered itfar and away the best sea story that’s yet been done up to that point’) that Warner Brothers subsequently re-used the footage in the Errol Flynn vehicles CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935) and the nominal remake of THE SEA HAWK in 1940.”

“Because of the length of THE SEA HAWK it was released theatrically with an interval. We will begin the evening with a Felix The Cat cartoon from the mid 20s, followed by a short introduction to the main feature and the first half of the film. There will then be a 15 minute interval, and then the second half of the feature.”

The Kennington Bioscope is a regular cinema event featuring live accompaniment to silent films that takes place at the Cinema Museum.

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

FRIDAY 02 SEP

  • ARE THEY HOSTILE? d. Mark Williams, 2022 at The David Lean (02 SEP 19:00).
  • ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 d. John Carpenter, 1976 at The Prince Charles (02 SEP 18:10 / 07 SEP 15:40).
  • BLACK MAMBAS d. Lena Karbe, 2022 at Bertha DocHouse (02 SEP 16:20 / 05 SEP 14:20 / 06 SEP 20:20).
  • Funny on Film: DR. STRANGELOVE d. Stanley Kubrick, 1964 + Stand up comedy from Jordan Gray at The Garden Cinema (02 SEP 20:00).
  • KINGS OF THE ROAD d. Wim Wenders, 1976 at Regent Street Cinema (02 SEP 16:10).
  • Musical Weekends: THE LAST WALTZ d. Martin Scorsese, 1978 at The Garden Cinema (02 SEP 20:40 / 03 SEP 18:00).
  • PREDATOR 2 d. Stephen Hopkins, 1990 at The Prince Charles (02 SEP 15:20 / 04 SEP 20:00).
  • THE TERRITORY d. Alex Pritz, 2022 + Q&A with the director, executive producer & human rights activist Txai Suruí, & participants from the film, Neidinha Bandeira & Bitaté Uru Eu Wau Wau at Bertha DocHouse (02 SEP 18:30).
  • WHITE RIOT d. Rubika Shah, 2019 + Q&A with Rock Against Racism co-founder Roger Huddle in conversation with Mark Hart, presented by Stow Film Lounge at Gnome House E17 (02 SEP 19:30).

SATURDAY 03 SEP

ONLINE

  • Werner Herzog at 80: LESSONS IN DARKNESS d. Werner Herzog in cooperation with Paul Berriff, 1992, presented online by Goethe-Institut (03 SEP to 10 SEP – FREE!).

SUNDAY 04 SEP

  • 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 at Picturehouse Central (04 SEP 16:00).
  • BABY FACE d. Alfred E. Green, 1933 + Recorded intro by Pamela Hutchinson at Riverside Studios (04 SEP 14:00 / 05 SEP 12:10).
  • THE FEAST d. Lee Haven Jones, 2022 at Catford Mews (04 SEP 15:00).
  • GREY GARDENS d. David & Albert Maysles, 1975 + pre-show, stage show & farewell flag dance, presented by Rebel Reel Cine Club at Rio Cinema (04 SEP 15:45) / Also Pink Palace: THAT SUMMER (07 SEP 19:30).
  • Cinema Sunday: LISTEN d. Ana Rocha, 2020 presented by Bohemia Media at The Apple Tree EC1R (04 SEP 16:00).
  • THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING d. Peter Jackson, 2001 at The Cinema in the Arches (04 SEP 15:30).
  • MINARI d. Lee Isaac Chung, 2020 at Whirled Cinema (04 SEP 17:00).
  • PREDATOR 2 d. Stephen Hopkins, 1990 at The Prince Charles (04 SEP 20:00).
  • THE PRIMROSE PATH d. Harry O Hoyt, 1925 + THE KID REPORTER d. Alfred J Goulding, 1923 + Intro by BFI curator Bryony Dixon & Live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne at BFI Southbank (04 SEP 15:30).
  • THE RED TURTLE d. Michaël Dudok de Wit, 2016 at The Garden Cinema (04 SEP 13:00).
  • THE SEVENTH SEAL d. Ingmar Bergman, 1957 at Phoenix Cinema (04 SEP 15:00).
  • STAND BY ME d. Rob Reiner, 1986 at The Prince Charles (04 SEP 18:45 / 06 SEP 13:30).
  • WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 at JW3 (04 SEP 15:00 / 05 SEP 13:30).

MONDAY 05 SEP

  • AFTER MUNICH d. Francine Zuckerman, 2019 + Q&A with the director at JW3 (05 SEP 19:00).
  • BABY FACE d. Alfred E. Green, 1933 + Recorded intro by Pamela Hutchinson at Riverside Studios (05 SEP 12:10).
  • BLACK MAMBAS d. Lena Karbe, 2022 at Bertha DocHouse (05 SEP 14:20 / 06 SEP 20:20).
  • Monday Classic Matinée: CLOCKWISE d. Christopher Morahan, 1986 at Regent Street Cinema (05 SEP 13:00).
  • GREASE 4K d. Randal Kleiser, 1978 at BFI Southbank (05 SEP 20:30).
  • ISSEY MIYAKE MOVES, 2002 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Farr’s Dalston (05 SEP 19:30).
  • MAD GOD d. Phil Tippett, 2021 at The Prince Charles (05 SEP 12:30 / 06 SEP 18:00).
  • PEPPERMINT SODA d. Diane Kurys, 1977 at The Prince Charles (05 SEP 17:50).
  • PICTURES FROM IRAQ + Q&A with David Pratt, Robbie Fraser & ‘fixer’ Sangar Khaleel at Frontline Club (05 SEP 19:00).
  • The Short List short film showcase at The Cinema in the Arches (05 SEP 20:30).
  • THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT d. Tom Gormican, 2022 at Whirled Cinema (05 SEP 20:00 / 06 SEP 20:00 / 07 SEP 20:00 / 11 SEP 17:00).
  • WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 at JW3 (05 SEP 13:30).

TUESDAY 06 SEP

  • BLACK MAMBAS d. Lena Karbe, 2022 at Bertha DocHouse (06 SEP 20:20).
  • Preview: BODIES BODIES BODIES d. Halina Reijin, 2022 at Picturehouse Cinemas (06 SEP various).
  • ERIC RAVILIOUS: DRAWN TO WAR d. Margy Kinmouth, 2022 at The David Lean (06 SEP 19:30).
  • FUNNY PAGES d. Owen Kline, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Soho (06 SEP 20:15).
  • THE GOLD MACHINE d. Grant Gee, 2022 + Q&A with the director & writer Iain Sinclair at Hackney Picturehouse (06 SEP 18:15).
  • HIDEOUS d. Yann Gonzalez, 2022 UK Premiere + Q&A with Oliver Sim & Yann Gonzalez at ICA (06 SEP 20:30).
  • KING CREOLE d. Michael Curtiz, 1958 at The Garden Cinema (06 SEP 20:15).
  • MAD GOD d. Phil Tippett, 2021 at The Prince Charles (06 SEP 18:00).
  • Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes + Q&A with director Michael Cumming at BFI Southbank (06 SEP 20:45).
  • PARIS, TEXAS d. Wim Wenders, 1984 at JW3 (06 SEP 16:30 / 08 SEP 16:00).
  • ROMEO & JULIET d. Franco Zeffirelli, 1968 presented in-venue & online by Sands Films Cinema Club at Sands Films Studios (06 SEP 20:00 – Donation requested).
  • STAND BY ME d. Rob Reiner, 1986 at The Prince Charles (06 SEP 13:30).
  • THE TERRITORY d. Alex Pritz, 2022 + Q&A with producer Lizzie Gillett at ArtHouse Crouch End (06 SEP 19:45).
  • THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT d. Tom Gormican, 2022 at Whirled Cinema (06 SEP 20:00 / 07 SEP 20:00 / 11 SEP 17:00).
  • WILD RIVER d. Elia Kazan, 1960 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (06 SEP 20:00).

WEDNESDAY 07 SEP

  • ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 d. John Carpenter, 1976 at The Prince Charles (07 SEP 15:40).
  • TV Preview: CUNK ON EARTH + Q&A with writer, exec producer Charlie Brooker, actor Diane Morgan & series producer Sam Ward at BFI Southbank (07 SEP 20:40).
  • DAFT PUNK: INTERSTELLA 5555 d. Daisuke Nishio & Hirotoshi Rissen, 2003 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Signature Brew Haggerston (07 SEP 19:30 – FREE!).
  • FUNNY PAGES d. Owen Kline, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (07 SEP 20:30).
  • THE GOLD MACHINE d. Grant Gee, 2022 + Q&A with the director & writer Iain Sinclair at The Castle Cinema (07 SEP 18:45).
  • HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG d. Daniel Geller & Dayna Goldfine, 2021 + Q&A with the directors at The Ritzy (07 SEP 19:30).
  • HAPPENING d. Audrey Diwan, 2021 at Catford Mews (07 SEP 18:15).
  • MIJA d. Isabel Castro, 2022 UK Premiere + Q&A with the director & film participants Doris Muñoz & Jacks Haupt at ICA (07 SEP 20:40).
  • PINK FLOYD: THE WALL d. Alan Parker, 1982 at Olympic Studios (07 SEP 20:40).
  • QUEEN OF GLORY d. Nana Mensah, 2022 + Q&A with the director & Post-screening party at Genesis Cinema (07 SEP 18:30).
  • THE SEA HAWK d. Frank Lloyd, 1924 + Intro, Cartoon short & Live piano accompaniment by Colin Sell & John Sweeney, presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (07 SEP 19:30).
  • Preview: THE SCORE d. Malachi Smyth, 2021 at BFI Southbank (07 SEP 18:00).
  • Pink Palace: THAT SUMMER d. Goran Olsson, 2017 + Intro/discussion in the Rio Cinema Basement Bar (07 SEP 19:30).
  • THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT d. Tom Gormican, 2022 at Whirled Cinema (07 SEP 20:00 / 11 SEP 17:00).
  • WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 presented by Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema at Leytonstone Library (07 SEP 19:45).

THURSDAY 08 SEP


35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): PREDATOR 35mm d. John McTiernan, 1987 (04 SEP 17:30 / 07 SEP 13:00).

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DUNE 70mm d. David Lynch, 1984 (02 SEP 20:30). 

90S CINEMA ON 35MM at Everyman Screen On The Green

BADASS B-MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK d. Eugène Lourié, 1958 (06 SEP 18:10 – £1 Members’ Film).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: FATEFUL MOMENTS IN TIME! at BFI Southbank

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

BRAD REPUTATION ON 35MM at Picturehouse Cinemas

CELEBRATING FILM NOIR at The Garden Cinema

CELEBRATING PENÉLOPE CRUZ at The Garden Cinema

CHANNEL 4: 40 YEARS OF REVOLUTION at BFI Southbank

CLASSIC DISNEY SEASON at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE LITTLE MERMAID d. Ron Clements & John Musker, 1989 (01 SEP various).

COLLECTIVE MOBILISATION at ICA

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): YI YI d. Edward Yang, 2000 (03 SEP 17:00); A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY d. Edward Yang, 1991 (04 SEP 16:00); TAIPEI d. Edward Yang, 1985 (04 SEP 20:15).

THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles 

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DUNE 70mm d. David Lynch, 1984 (02 SEP 20:30).

THE FILMS OF TERRENCE MALICK at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 (06 SEP 20:05).

INDIANA JONES IN 4K at The Prince Charles

JUDY GARLAND SEASON at Chiswick Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): JUDY d. Rupert Goold, 2019 (04 SEP 14:00).

KINO DREAMS: THE REVERIES OF WIM WENDERS at The Prince Charles 

KINUYO TANAKA: A LIFE IN FILM at BFI Southbank

THE KOKER TRILOGY at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): AND LIFE GOES ON d. Abbas Kiarostami, 1992 + Intro by Ehsan Khoshbakht (02 SEP 20:15); THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES d. Abbas Kiarostami, 1994 + Intro by Ehsan Khoshbakht (03 SEP 20:15).

LONG-ASS MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): RRR d. S. S. Rajamouli, 2022 (03 SEP 14:55 / 05 SEP 14:35 – 180mins); SATANTANGO d. Bela Tarr, 1994 (04 SEP 10:00 – 4K – 439mins); A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 (06 SEP 20:05 – 175mins).

MASAKI KOBAYASHI’S ‘THE HUMAN CONDITION’ TRILOGY at The Prince Charles

MIKE LEIGH IN CONVERSATION at The Garden Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for listings): BLEAK MOMENTS d. Mike Leigh, 1971 + Mike Leigh in conversation (08 SEP 19:00).

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

PAM GRIER at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for listings)COFFY d. Jack Hill, 1975 (04 SEP various / 05 SEP various / 07 SEP various).

PAM GRIER: FOXY, FIERCE & FEARLESS at BFI Southbank 

PIER PAOLO PASOLINI: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS! at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings)THE DECAMERON d. Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1971 (06 SEP 15:35).

PRINCE ON SCREEN at The Prince Charles

RETROSPECTIVE: TSUCHIMOTO NORIAKI at ICA

SEASON OF CHAN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings)POLICE STORY TRILOGY d. Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong, 1985 – 1992 (08 SEP 17:30 – 4K).

SOUND AND VISION at BFI Southbank

SPOTLIGHT ON ISABELLE HUPPERT at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for listings)LOULOU 35mm d. Maurice Pialat, 1980 (04 SEP 14:00 / 06 SEP 18:15).

STAR TREK IN 4K at The Prince Charles

THROWBACK at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes the following films (check venue for dates etc): TERMINATOR d. James Cameron, 1984 (04 SEP various); BACK TO THE FUTURE d. Robert Zemeckis, (07 SEP various).

WORLD CINEMA E-PASSPORT at Everyman Belsize Park

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE 400 BLOWS d. François Truffaut, 1959 (03 to 06 SEP).

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): CHUNGKING EXPRESS d. Wong Kar Wai, 1994 (02 SEP 12:55 / 07 SEP 12:45); IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE d. Wong Kar Wai, 2000 (02 SEP 18:00 / 05 SEP 20:30 / 06 SEP 13:15 – 4K / 07 SEP 18:30).


ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford


THE TERRITORY dir. Alex Pritz, 2022

WILDWOOD dir. Bretten Hannam, 2021


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