This is a film still from THE HUNTER'S DIARY dir: Ko Nakahira, Japan 1964.
THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [04 to 10 FEB 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


Welcome to another screen week! Bringing you right up to speed, we’ve published our latest epic monthly roundup with comprehensive coverage of London’s new rep seasons for February (we haven’t spotted any new festivals at this stage…). 

It’s LGBT History Month and BFI has dedicated large swathes of screen estate via the medium of their BIG SCREEN CLASSICS to celebrate. Also at BFI, THE ABC OF ASTA NIELSEN is an absolute gem of a season programmed by Pamela Hutchinson that will introduce you to “silent cinema’s Danish diva”. The other big opener is WHAT LIES BENEATH, a study of the “dark mind in Japanese cinema” and the 19th Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme. From “crime films to charming dramas”, these 20 titles embrace a wide range of cinematic styles and influences, turning the ICA into a Japanese multiplex for two weeks.

We chose HOMELAND: FILMS BY AUSTRALIAN FIRST NATIONS DIRECTORS at Barbican as our Featured Attraction Of The Month, “a thrilling selection of the very best movies by Indigenous Australian filmmakers from the last three decades”.

In this week’s film club offerings, Kung Fu Cinema kicks open your weekend with a screening of Sammo Hung’s THE PRODIGAL SON aka Baai ga jai proceeded by gaming and music in the bar at Genesis (04 FEB). On the same evening, Lambeth Libraries presents a free screening and discussion of REBEL DYKES at Clapham Library (also 04 FEB but looking ‘sold out’ at the time of posting…).

Brace yourself for a busy Tuesday: Twickenham Cinema Club returns with Nicholas Ray’s IN A LONELY PLACE at The Venue, Heatham House; Tufnell Park Film Club screens their tribute to Peter Bogdanovich with PAPER MOON at The Lord Palmerston; Wimbledon Film Club presents Céline Sciamma’s TOMBOY for LGBT History month at Curzon Wimbledon; and, Double Wonderful presents their first playlist programme VG High-Score + s01e03 at Venue MOT (all 08 FEB 😅).

Wrap your indie screen week on Thursday (10 FEB) with Crofton Park Pictures‘ pop-up double-bill of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and A STAR IS BORN (2018) at Rivoli Ballroom, or you can embrace the fluffy pink puppy madness of DIAMANTINO from Jellied Reels at The Castle Cinema. Also on Thursday, Austrian Cultural Forum presents a FREE screening of MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM which they’re pairing with Evi Romen’s WHY NOT YOU aka Hochwald (23 FEB) for LGBT History Month .

In special screenings, Close-Up presents a deep dive into Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s MEMORIA with a recorded Q&A and the launch of a new book about the film (05 FEB). Chiswick Cinema and Picturehouse are the only indies we’ve spotted carrying the B&W version of Guillermo del Toro’s latest, NIGHTMARE ALLEY: VISIONS OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT (various dates). The Lexi Cinema has a tribute screening of GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER for the late Sidney Poitier (06 FEB).

I’ve chosen Mamoru Hosoda’s anime BELLE, Michael Showalter’s THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, and Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR PART II as my new releases of the week. BELLE screens in both subtitled and dubbed versions, so check what’s screening with your venue of choice. You can catch Joanna Hogg giving good Q&A about her film this weekend at Picturehouse Central (05 FEB) and Everyman Belsize Park (06 FEB).

I’ve chosen Ko Nakahira’s 1964 film THE HUNTER’S DIARY which projects from 35mm as part of WHAT LIES BENEATH at ICA (06 FEB) as my featured attraction of the week. Simply because it sounds so fascinating.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS


THE HUNTER’S DIARY 35mm d. Ko Nakahira, 1964 (06 FEB 18:10) / Part of WHAT LIES BENEATH: THE INTRICATE REPRESENTATIONS OF A ‘DARK MIND’ IN JAPANESE CINEMA at ICA:

“Misogynist and philanderer Ichiro Honda (Noboru Nakaya) has an insatiable sexual appetite which is not being satisfied by his distant wife whom he only really sees on weekends. While he is away from Osaka for work, his time is spent living a double life in Tokyo, filling his nights with consecutive sexual conquests, the details of which he meticulously records in his ‘hunter’s diary’. One day, he reads about the murder of a woman in the paper; she is one of his previous ‘preys’. A few days later, another such woman dies in mysterious circumstances. Suddenly, a string of women he has bedded start dropping like flies in a calculated killing spree, with Ichiro as the only suspect.

Adapting a novel written by Masako Togawa, who portrays the role of the deceived wife, silver screen master Ko Nakahira (Plants from the Dune) directs this stylish suspense drama which we are happy to present in glorious 35mm format.” (Japan Foundation)


FRIDAY 04 FEB

  • THE PRODIGAL SON aka Baai ga jai d. Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, 1981 + Games & music in the bar presented by Kung Fu Cinema at Genesis Cinema (04 FEB 20:00+).
  • REBEL DYKES d. Harri Shanahan & Sîan A. Williams, 2021 + Discussion presented by Lambeth Libraries at Clapham Library (04 FEB 19:00 – FREE!).

SATURDAY 05 FEB

  • African Odysseys: AFRICAN REDEMPTION: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MARCUS GARVEY d. Roy T Anderson, 2021 UK Premiere + Panel discussion at BFI Southbank (05 FEB 14:00).
  • THE BIG LEBOWSKI d. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, 1998 at The Prince Charles (05 FEB 17:45).
  • MEMORIA d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021 + Book launch + Recorded interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul & Giovanni Marchini Camia at Close-Up (05 FEB 20:00).
  • THE ROOM d. Tommy Wiseau, 2003 at The Prince Charles (05 FEB 21:00 – “NO SPOONS (of any kind) and NO SHOUTING ALLOWED!”).
  • THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (05 FEB 14:45).
  • THE SOUVENIR PART II d. Joanna Hogg, 2021 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Central (05 FEB 15:00).
  • STALKER d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 at The Prince Charles (05 FEB 14:40).
  • STREETS OF FIRE d. Walter Hill, 1984 at The Prince Charles (05 FEB 20:45).

SUNDAY 06 FEB

MONDAY 07 FEB

  • DUNE d. Denis Villeneuve, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (07 FEB 20:00 / 08 FEB 20:00 / 09 FEB 20:00 / 13 FEB 17:00).
  • INDEPENDENT MISS CRAIGIE d. Lizzie Thynne, 2020 + Q&A with the director at Everyman Hampstead (07 FEB 17:45).
  • MALIGNANT d. James Wan, 2021 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Farr’s Dalston (07 FEB 19:30).
  • MEMORY BOX d. Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, 2021 + Intro by Elise Hassan at Genesis Cinema (07 FEB 18:15).

TALKS ETC.

  • Mark Kermode Live in 3D at BFI Southbank (07 FEB 18:10).
  • No Ticket Required: FREE online discussion of THE STORMS OF JEREMY THOMAS d. Mark Cousins, 2021 with Michael Brooke from Watermans (07 FEB 20:00 – Watch film beforehand!).

TUESDAY 08 FEB

WEDNESDAY 09 FEB

THURSDAY 10 FEB

  • A STAR IS BORN d. Bradley Cooper, 2018 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (10 FEB 20:15).
  • BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S d. Blake Edwards, 1961 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (10 FEB 17:00).
  • DIAMANTINO d. Daniel Schmidt & Gabriel Abrantes, 2018 + Surprise Short presented by Jellied Reels at The Castle Cinema (10 FEB 21:00).
  • FLEE d. Jonas Poher Rasmussen, 2021 + Recorded Q&A with the director at Bertha DocHouse (10 FEB 18:30).
  • JULES ET JIM aka Jules and Jim d. François Truffaut, 1962 at Catford Mews (10 FEB 20:45).
  • LICORICE PIZZA d. Paul Thomas Anderson at The David Lean (10 FEB 14:30 & 19:30 / 15 FEB 19:30).
  • MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM d. Leontine Sagan, 1931 at Austrian Cultural Forum for LGBT History Month (10 FEB 19:00 – FREE!).
  • MEMORIA d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021 + Recorded Q&A with Tilda Swinton at Olympic Studios (10 FEB 13:00).
  • NIGHTMARE ALLEY: VISIONS OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT d. Guillermo del Toro, 2021 at Chiswick Cinema (10 FEB 19:15).

4K PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

THE ABC OF ASTA NIELSEN at BFI Southbank

ANIME at The Prince Charles

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)ROLLING THUNDER d. John Flynn, 1977 (09 FEB 18:00).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: LGBT HISTORY MONTH at BFI Southbank

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THEOREM d. Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968 (04 FEB 20:15); THE RETURN d. Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003 (05 FEB 18:00); LEVIATHAN d. Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014 (06 FEB 17:30); TOKYO STORY d. Yasujirō Ozu, 1953 (06 FEB 20:15); MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2000 (10 FEB 20:15).

EXPERIMENTA FOCUS: STEPHEN DWOSKIN at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): OUTSIDE IN 4K d. Stephen Dwoskin, 1981 + Intro by author Allan Sutherland (07 FEB 18:00).

THE FILMS OF QUENTIN TARANTINO at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TRUE ROMANCE 35mm d. Tony Scott, 1993 (10 FEB 21:00).

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ONE FROM THE HEART d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1981 (04 FEB 18:00).

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT: FOR THE LOVE OF FILMS at BFI Southbank

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT REVISITED at Ciné Lumière

FROM THE MIND OF PAUL SCHRADER at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ROLLING THUNDER d. John Flynn, 1977 (09 FEB 18:00).

HOMELAND: FILMS BY AUSTRALIAN FIRST NATIONS DIRECTORS at Barbican

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA d. Wayne Blair & Nel Minchin, 2020 + Live video Q&A with Frances Rings, Associate Artistic Director, Bangarra Dance Theatre (05 FEB 18:00); RADIANCE d. Rachel Perkins, 1998 (06 FEB 17:30); AFTER THE APOLOGY d. Larissa Behrendt, 2017 + Virtual Introduction by the director (08 FEB 18:30).

JULIA DUCOURNAU at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TITANE d. Julia Ducournau, 2021 (04 to 17 FEB various).

MARTIN SCORSESE: DIRECTOR. WRITER. PRODUCER. ACTOR. at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): GOODFELLAS 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 1990 (04 FEB 20:30).

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON 35MM LATE NIGHTS at Everyman Screen On The Green

SEEN & HEARD at BFI Southbank

STUDIO GHIBLI at Picturehouse Cinemas

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles

THREE BY F. GARY GRAY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): FRIDAY 35mm d. F. Gary Gray, 1995 (04 FEB 21:00).

THREE FROM STEVE MCQUEEN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): SHAME d. Steve McQueen, 2011 (08 FEB 18:10 – £1 Members’ Screening).

WHAT LIES BENEATH: THE INTRICATE REPRESENTATIONS OF A ‘DARK MIND’ IN JAPANESE CINEMA at ICA 

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE d. Wong Kar Wai, 2000 (05 FEB 12:30 / 10 FEB 18:35); IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE 4K d. Wong Kar Wai, 2000 (04 FEB 12:40 / 07 FEB 20:45 / 09 FEB 15:40 / 10 FEB 12:50).


BELLE aka Ryû to sobakasu no hime d. Mamoru Hosoda, 2021.

THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE d. Michael Showalter, 2021.

  • Also 04 to 10 FEB (various dates/times): JULES ET JIM aka Jules and Jim d. François Truffaut, 1962 at: BFI / ICA / Picturehouse Cinemas // KISS ME KOSHER d. Shirel Peleg, 2020 at: JW3 (from 10 FEB) // LINGUI, THE SACRED BONDS d. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2021 at: Barbican / Curzon Cinemas / ICA // NIGHTMARE ALLEY: VISIONS OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT d. Guillermo del Toro, 2021 at: Picturehouse Cinemas // THE ROSSELINIS d. Alessandro Rossellini, 2020 at: Bertha DocHouse.

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