This is a film still from LUMINOUS PROCURESS dir Steven Arnold, 1971.
THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [05 to 11 AUG 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.

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#QueerHorrorNights contributes to the SUMMER OF SCI-FI at The Castle Cinema with Brandon Cronenberg’s POSSESSOR (19 AUG 19:00): Booking now!

Welcome to another (quieter than average…) screen week!

A couple of venues are currently closed for their summer breaks, including Ciné Lumière (resumes 24 August) and The David Lean (resumes 16 August). Check their forward programmes for details.

As planned (!), I’ve published our epic RADIANT CIRCUS roundup for the month of August detailing more than 55 film strands and repertory seasons indoors, and a further 8 seasons at various outdoor locations (linked below). Hopefully there’s something great for you to see… Season programmes get updated in this weekly screen guide (to the best of my ability…) as new shows get added and formats shift.

This week’s standalone event highlights include a very special Odorama screening of John Waters’ POLYESTER by Rebel Reel Cine Club at Rio Cinema later tonight (05 AUG), an encore screening of CÉLINE AND JULIE GO BOATING from 35mm following Zodiac Film Club x London Short Film Fest’s weekend collab at ICA (06 AUG), a preview screening of Welsh-language horror show THE FEAST at Picturehouse Hackney (08 AUG – read my Token Homo review here), Tufnell Park Film Club’s tribute to Peter Brook, KING LEAR at The Lord Palmerston (09 AUG), and both CODEX plus conversation with Stuart Pond at BFI and Bruce LaBruce’s SAINT-NARCISSE presented by the Pink Palace team at Rio Cinema (10 AUG).

Of course, if you want something a bit more informal, you can join me for a BAR TRASH screening of George A. Romero’s outrageous carnival of contagion THE CRAZIES as part of my ongoing summer season at the lovely Genesis Cinema’s Bar Paragon (10 AUG, tickets just £1).

I’ve chosen the restored version of Steven Arnold’s LUMINOUS PROCURESS c/o Second Run at ICA as my Featured Attraction of the Week – because any mention of THUNDERCRACK! in an event blurb is my own personal catnip. But a special mention should also go to Ranjit S. Ruprai aka SUPAKINO for another of his epic Bombay Mix screenings at the Rio Cinema on Sunday, where you can see Barbara Kopple’s HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A. back to back with Yash Chopra’s KAALA PATTHAR in an unlikely to be repeated double-bill. Just don’t hit the Rosé too hard the night before…

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS

At the start of every month, we pump out an epic roundup of what’s on London’s indie cinema scene, fully listing every film season and linking to every film festival we can find. Our Featured Attraction of the Month is KINUYO TANAKA: A LIFE IN FILM at BFI Southbank. Subscribe at patreon.com to get all our listings by email and support what we do.

LUMINOUS PROCURESS (Restored Version) dir Steven Arnold, 1971 + Introduction by Mehelli Modi, founder of Second Run at ICA (11 AUG 20:45).

“Steven Arnold was one of America’s most original visual artists – a ‘queer mystic’ whose art, and life, knew no boundaries in his adopted home town of San Francisco. Luminous Procuress, his only feature, was fêted by Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol, yet was feared lost for years after its low-profile release in 1971. It’s now been found and restored to all its sensuous glory, and this vivid new restoration receives its UK premiere at the ICA.

Luminous Procuress is the missing link between Flaming Creatures and Thundercrack!, an anarchic vision of a sexual utopia where gender is abstract and liberation is absolute. As The Procuress (Pandora) leads two wide-eyed young men through a wonderland of ill repute, female and male interchange and fuse, and pretty much anything goes. It’s a vivid and valuable document of LGBTQ+ history – and it’s never looked better than today.

The screening will be introduced by Mehelli Modi, founder of Second Run, which releases this new restoration.” (ICA)


FRIDAY 05 AUG

  • MAD GOD d. Phil Tippett, 2021 at The Prince Charles (05 AUG 15:50 / 09 AUG 18:35 / 14 AUG 21:15).
  • MONTEREY POP d. D.A. Pennebaker, 1968 at The Garden Cinema (05 AUG 21:10).
  • POLYESTER in Odorama! d. John Waters, 1981 + DJ Martin Green + Recorded intro by John Waters, presented by Rebel Reel Cine Club at Rio Cinema (05 AUG 23:30).

SATURDAY 06 AUG

SUNDAY 07 AUG

  • FADIA’S TREE d. Sarah Beddington, 2021 + Q&A with the director at Phoenix Cinema (07 AUG 17:00).
  • LES MISÉRABLES d. Ladj Ly, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (07 AUG 17:00).
  • Bombay Mix: HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A. d. Barbara Kopple, 1976 + KAALA PATTHAR d. Yash Chopra, 1979 + Intros by Ranjit S. Ruprai & film Phuong Le, presented by SUPAKINO at Rio Cinema (07 AUG 11:00 + 14:00).
  • THE WOUND d. John Trengove, 2017 presented by Queer Film Club at London LGBTQ+ Community Centre (07 AUG 17:30 – Donation requested).

MONDAY 08 AUG

TUESDAY 09 AUG

  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND d. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson & Hamilton Luske, 1951 at BFI Southbank (09 AUG 13:30 / 11 AUG 13:30).
  • ANIKI BÓBÓ d. Manoel de Oliveira, 1942 presented online and in-venue by Sands Films Cinema Club at Sands Films Studios (09 AUG 20:00 – Donation requested).
  • A STAR IS BORN d. Bradley Cooper, 2018 at The Prince Charles (09 AUG 20:45).
  • BEING BLACKER d. Molly Dineen, 2018 + Q&A with the director, Blacker Dread & Naptali, hosted by Seani B at BFI Southbank (09 AUG 20:30).
  • KING LEAR d. Peter Brook, 1971 in tribute to Peter Brook, presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (09 AUG 20:00).
  • LONG GOOD FRIDAY d. John Mackenzie, 1981 at The Garden Cinema (09 AUG 20:00).
  • THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (Extended Edition) d. Peter Jackson, 2002 at Genesis Cinema (09 AUG 19:30).
  • MAD GOD d. Phil Tippett, 2021 at The Prince Charles (09 AUG 18:35 / 14 AUG 21:15).
  • PIG d. Michael Sarnoski, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (09 AUG 20:00 / 10 AUG 20:00 / 14 AUG 17:00).
  • SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE d. Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018 at The Prince Charles (09 AUG 17:55 – £1 Members’ Film).
  • THREE COLOURS: RED d. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1994 presented by The Fourth Wall at The Lab E20 (09 AUG 19:30 – FREE!).

WEDNESDAY 10 AUG

THURSDAY 11 AUG

ONLINE

  • ABORTION HELPLINE, THIS IS LISA d. Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater & Mike Attie, 2019 + Q&A with co-director Mike Attie & guests presented online by Bertha DocHouse (11 AUG 19:00).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

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

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TRAINSPOTTING 35mm d. Danny Boyle, 1996 (06 AUG 22:30 / 10 AUG 10:30).

A JORDAN PEELE TAKE OVER x BLACK INK CINEMA at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)US d. Jordan Peele, 2019 (10 AUG 20:00); GET OUT d. Jordan Peele, 2017 (11 AUG 20:00).

AKIRA KUROSAWA at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)RAN d. Akira Kurosawa, 1985 (07 AUG 12:20); DREAMS d. Akira Kurosawa, 1990 (07 AUG 14:50).

ANDREI TARKOVSKY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE SACRIFICE 35mm d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986 (06 AUG 15:05 / 10 AUG 15:00).

ANNIVERSARY SEASON at Everyman Belsize Park

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ROBOCOP d. Paul Verhoeven, 1987 (07 AUG 14:00 / 08 AUG 20:30).

BAR TRASH at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE CRAZIES d. George A. Romero, 1973 + Intro, film chat, prize giveaways & themed drinks with Token Homo (10 AUG 20:30 – £1!).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: POWER! at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE d. John Frankenheimer, 1962 (05 AUG 18:00); PERSONA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1966 (05 AUG 20:50 / 11 AUG 21:00); RAGING BULL d. Martin Scorsese, 1980 (06 AUG 20:30 / 11 AUG 20:30); LA HAINE 4K d. Mathieu Kassowitz, 1995 (06 AUG 21:00); CITIZEN KANE 35mm d. Orson Welles, 1941 (07 AUG 14:30); GASLIGHT d. Thorold Dickinson, 1940 (08 AUG 20:45); THE WHITE RIBBON aka Das weisse Band d. Michael Haneke, 2009 (09 AUG 17:50); KES d. Ken Loach, 1969 (09 AUG 20:45); THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER d. Charles Laughton, 1955 + Intro by Jason Wood, BFI Director of Public Programme & Audiences (10 AUG 18:10); M d. Fritz Lang, 1931 (10 AUG 20:45); NOTORIOUS d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 (11 AUG 18:10).

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ERASERHEAD d. David Lynch, 1977 (05 AUG 16:00 / 06 AUG 18:10 / 08 AUG 13:30 / 09 AUG 15:45 / 10 AUG 18:15).

BRAD REPUTATION ON 35MM at Picturehouse Cinemas

CELEBRATING FILM NOIR at The Garden Cinema

CELEBRATING PENÉLOPE CRUZ at The Garden Cinema

CLOSE-UP ON WIM WENDERS at Close-Up

COLLECTIVE MOBILISATION at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SUZANNE DAVEAU d. Luisa Homem, 2019 (05 to 11 AUG various).

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TWO-LANE BLACKTOP d. Monte Hellman, 1971 (05 AUG 20:15); KLUTE d. Alan J. Pakula, 1971 (07 AUG 18:00).

THE FILMS OF BOB FOSSE at The Prince Charles:

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CABARET d. Bob Fosse, 1972 (06 AUG 20:50); ALL THAT JAZZ 35mm d. Bob Fosse, 1979 (11 AUG 20:45 – 4K).

THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles 

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ERASERHEAD d. David Lynch, 1977 (05 AUG 16:00 / 06 AUG 18:10 / 08 AUG 13:30 / 09 AUG 15:45 / 10 AUG 18:15).

FROM JAMAICA TO THE WORLD: REGGAE ON FILM at BFI Southbank

HONG KONG SEASON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BLACK BAUHINIA d. Malte Philipp Kaeding, 2021 + Q&A with the director & producers (06 AUG 12:15).

INDIANA JONES IN 4K at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK 4K d. Steven Spielberg, 1981 (05 AUG 13:05 / 06 AUG 15:20 / 08 AUG 13:00 / 10 AUG 20:30 / 11 AUG 12:30).

JUDY GARLAND SEASON at Chiswick Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE WIZARD OF OZ d. Victor Fleming, 1939 (08 AUG 11:20 / 14 AUG 14:00).

KIDS IN AMERICA at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DAZED AND CONFUSED d. Richard Linklater, 1993 (08 AUG various).

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

KINUYO TANAKA: A LIFE IN FILM at BFI Southbank

LONG-ASS MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): RRR d. S. S. Rajamouli, 2022 (08 AUG 20:00 – 180mins).

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

  • Includes (check venue for listings): TAXI DRIVER 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 1976 (05 AUG 21:00); DREAMS d. Akira Kurosawa, 1990 (07 AUG 14:50); GOODFELLAS 35mm d. Martin Scorsese, 1990 (09 AUG 20:35).

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

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

POST-HORROR SUMMER NIGHTS at Barbican

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): HEREDITARY d. Ari Aster, 2018 (11 AUG 18:20).

PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings)RED DUST d. Victor Fleming, 1932 (08 AUG 18:20).

PRINCE ON SCREEN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): PURPLE RAIN d. Albert Magnoli, 1984 (06 AUG 20:30).

RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): EFFI BRIEST d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974 (08 AUG 20:30 / 11 AUG 15:15).

SATYAJIT RAY: THE LANGUAGE OF FILM at BFI Southbank

SUMMER OF SCI-FI at The Castle Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for listings): ALIEN d. Ridley Scott, 1979 (09 AUG 18:45).

THREE FILMS BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE NEON DEMON d. Nicolas Winding Refn, 2016 (05 AUG 13:15 / 10 AUG 20:45).

THROWBACK at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes the following films (check venue for dates etc): ROMEO + JULIET d. Baz Luhrmann, 1996 (10 AUG various).

WIM WENDERS at Curzon Cinemas

  • Check venue for details.

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles



THE LUNA CINEMA at Dulwich Park

THE LUNA CINEMA at Kensington Palace

OUTDOOR CINEMA at The Cinema In The Arches

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford

SUNSET SCREENING SESSIONS at Beckenham Place Park

  • Includes (check venue for listings): WITHNAIL AND I d. Paul Morrison, 1987 (05 AUG 20:45); CENSOR d. Prano Bailey-Bond, 2021 (06 AUG 20:45).

FADIA’S TREE dir Sarah Beddington, 2021

THE HARDER THEY COME dir Perry Henzell, 1972

SUZANNE DAVEAU dir Luisa Homem, 2019

  • Exclusively at: ICA
  • Also 05 to 11 AUG (various dates/times): BURNING AN ILLUSION d. Menelik Shabazz, 1981 at: Picturehouse Cinemas (various) // FEATHERS d. Omar El Zohairy, 2021 at: ICA // MAISIE d. Lee Cooper, 2021 at: ICA / Peckhamplex // NIGHTCLUBBING: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ROCK IN NYC + SID: THE FINAL CURTAIN d. Danny Garcia, 2022 at: Rio Cinema // ROMAN HOLIDAY d. William Wyler, 1953 at Picturehouse Cinemas (various).

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