THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [06 to 12 MAY 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 returns with David Freyne’s THE CURED (2017) at The Castle Cinema (15 MAY 14:00) / Booking now!

Welcome to another screen week! Let’s dip the houselights, and get on with it…

In this week’s special events, I would love to see you all at Cafe OTO for Sonic Cinema’s latest show (more on that in a bit…), but Birkbeck Cinema’s focus on Katharine Fry, and the gorgeously rare LIZ TAYLOR AND SOPHIA LOREN TV TRAVELOGUES presented by Network at The Cinema Museum, are all worthy of your Friday attention (06 MAY). On Saturday, the exceptional African Odysseys strand at BFI continues with RAÇA, a documentary about the struggle for civil rights in contemporary Brazil (07 MAY). ActOne Cinema is the place for talent on Sunday with Q&As for both BARRY AND JOAN and DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA (!), but the standout event for me is a new collab between Catford Mews and The Cabinet of Living Cinema for a live scored double bill of MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA / ARCADIA (08 MAY).

Deaf Awareness Week officially concludes at the weekend, but Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame’s accessible screening of THE DROVER’S WIFE at Rio Cinema on Monday (09 MAY) is worthy of your serious attention (see also the ENCOUNTERS programme of shorts from or featuring Deaf talent at both ActOne and Rio Cinema over the weekend). On Tuesday, the Barbican’s excellent Science On Screen strand continues with ARRIVAL, Tufnell Park Film Club shows LADY SNOWBLOOD, Wimbledon Film Club resumes after a short break with SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER (featuring a director’s Q&A), and Sands Films Cinema Club screens LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD in-venue and online (all 10 MAY).

The new documentary / concert film about Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ creative relationship, THIS MUCH I KNOW TO BE TRUE, can be seen almost everywhere on Wednesday, but I really like the look of the new Pink Palace slot at Rio; a weekly programme of queer cinema classics that begins in their basement bar with PINK NARCISSUS (11 MAY). Wrap your week with the latest Jellied Reels screening at The Castle Cinema of KIN-DZA-DZA! (described as being “somewhere between Monty Python meets Dune“). The proceeds from this screening will go directly to Meduza, “one of the few remaining independent and impartial Russian-language news sources, and which is currently operating from Riga in Latvia”.

In seasons, the BFI’s CRUEL FLESH: FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY really dominates, bringing Gaspar Noé to the stage for various engagements ahead of the release of his new feature, VORTEX. If that all sounds too intense, BFI’s MIKE HODGES season is also showing MORONS FROM OUTER SPACE (06 MAY) and FLASH GORDON (07 MAY) in the same week… The Southbank is host to some VR installations for MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK, including, under its theme of loneliness, LAIKA, the story of the stray dog that the Soviet Union sent into orbit. And finally, it’s your last week to join the GENESIS 23RD BIRTHDAY celebrations where every ticket (and every pint…) is a friendly £2.50, including some screenings from 35mm.

As always happens, I’ve not long published our latest epic roundup of everything, before I’m adding a few more festivals to these listings. New arrivals this week include Girls in Film Festival (06 to 08 MAY), In Short, Europe (07 MAY), Odyssey: A Chinese Cinema Season (10 MAY to 10 JUNE), and T A P E Collective’s Village Screen Film Week (10 to 15 MAY).

For this week’s new releases, I’ve highlighted the 50th Anniversary re-release of Bob Fosse’s CABARET, John Daschbach’s ramen shop doc COME BACK ANYTIME, and Thomas Daneskov’s WILD MEN. But it’s another week with a lot of narrow/exclusive indie releases, so do scroll all the way down for more of the good stuff…

I’ve chosen Sonic Cinema’s AUSTRIAN SYNAESTHETIC CINEMA at Cafe OTO (06 MAY) as my Featured Attraction of the Week. Partly because it looks epic, and partly because it’s sponsored by our subscriber-backed #ReviveTheDark initiative. If you’d like to support more indie cinema events like this one, simply start a monthly subscription at patreon.com/radiantcircus and 40% of your fee will go directly into a fund to promote DIY, diverse and distinctive cinema across London.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS


AUSTRIAN SYNAESTHETIC CINEMA Feat. TWIXT Live A/V + Billy Roisz & Dieter Kovačič in conversation with Atau Tanaka presented by Sonic Cinema at Cafe OTO (06 MAY 20:00) / Supported by RADIANT CIRCUS #ReviveTheDark.

Sonic Cinema presents an evening of recent films by Austrian audiovisual artists exploring the boundaries of perception. Through the concepts of visual music and synaesthesia –a neurological condition that causes a blending of the senses– these formally adventurous works blur the boundaries between the visual and sonic arts.”

“From glitching algorithmic compositions to deconstructions of genre cinema, this programme features six digital projections by Tina Frank, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Rainer Kohlberger, NO1, Peter Kutin & Florian Kindlinger, followed by Billy Roisz’ and Dieter Kovačič’s live A/V performance TWIXT. Billy Roisz and Dieter Kovačič (TWIXT) will be in conversation with Atau Tanaka following their performance.”

  • Please note that all of the films in this programme contain flashing and strobing images.
  • Unfamiliar with Synaesthetic Cinema? Let Oliver Dickens’ Potted History be your guide…
Sonic Cinema’s AUSTRIAN SYNAESTHETIC CINEMA at Cafe OTO (06 MAY 20:00) is supported by #ReviveTheDark, RADIANT CIRCUS’ audience-backed campaign for distinctive/DIY cinema!

FRIDAY 06 MAY

SATURDAY 07 MAY

SUNDAY 08 MAY

MONDAY 09 MAY

ONLINE

TUESDAY 10 MAY

  • Science On Screen: ARRIVAL d. Denis Villeneuve, 2016 + Talk by Caroline Newton at Barbican (10 MAY 18:05).
  • BELFAST d. Kenneth Branagh, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (10 MAY 20:00 / 11 MAY 20:00 / 15 MAY 17:00).
  • LA BATAILLE DU RAIL aka The Battle of the Rails d. René Clément, 1946 at Ciné Lumière (10 MAY 18:30).
  • LADY SNOWBLOOD d. Toshiya Fujita, 1973 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (10 MAY 20:00).
  • LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD d. Sabine Krayenbühl & Zeva Oelbaum, 2016 presented in-venue and online by Sands Films Cinema Club at Sands Films Studios (10 MAY 20:00).
  • Ukraine Fundraiser: OLGA d. Elie Grappe, 2021 at The David Lean (10 MAY 19:30).
  • SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER d. Carl Hunter, 2019 + Q&A with the director presented by Wimbledon Film Club at Curzon Wimbledon (10 MAY 20:30).
  • WE ARE OUR MOUNTAINS d. Genrikh Malyan, 1969 at Ciné Lumière (10 MAY 18:20).

WEDNESDAY 11 MAY

EXHIBITION

  • Grace Ndiritu – An Absolute River opens at LUX Moving Image (11 MAY to 16 JUL). Opening Event – 11 MAY 19:00: Artist Grace Ndiritu in conversation with LUX Director, Benjamin Cook. The exhibition will be on view from 17:00-20:00. RSVP here.

THURSDAY 12 MAY


35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

007 SEASON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): OCTOPUSSY d. John Glen, 1983 (07 MAY 15:15 – 4K / 12 MAY 15:15 – 4K).

ANIME at BFI Southbank

ANIME at The Prince Charles

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS (not listed elsewhere!) at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN d. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952 (08 MAY 12:45 / 12 MAY 12:45); BLACK NARCISSUS d. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1947 (08 MAY 15:20).

BARBRA STREISAND STRAND [A STREIS-STRAND, IF YOU WILL] at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE WAY WE WERE 35mm d. Sydney Pollack, 1973 (09 MAY 18:00).

BEST OF CÉSAR at Ciné Lumière

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: A QUESTION OF FAITH at BFI Southbank

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): FREAKS d. Tod Browning, 1932 (06 MAY 12:25 / 10 MAY 18:00 – £1 Members’ Screening); THE PHILADELPHIA STORY d. George Cukor, 1940 (07 MAY 12:40).

CELEBRATING MARLON BRANDO at The Garden Cinema

CELEBRATING SIDNEY POITIER at The Garden Cinema 

CRUEL FLESH: FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY at BFI Southbank

CULTITUDE at Catford Mews

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE PRINCESS BRIDE d. Rob Reiner, 1987 (06 MAY 21:00 / 11 MAY 21:00).

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LICORICE PIZZA 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2021 (07 MAY 15:25 / 10 MAY 20:30); BOOGIE NIGHTS 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997 (07 MAY 20:25).

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA at The Prince Charles

GENESIS 23RD BIRTHDAY at Genesis Cinema

THE GOLDEN AGE OF FRENCH CINEMA at The Garden Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)L’ATALANTE d. Jean Vigo, 1934 (08 MAY 15:20); LA RÈGLE DU JEU d. Jean Renoir, 1939 + Intro by Catherine Wheatley (12 MAY 18:00).

JOHN CARPENTER IN 4K at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE FOG d. John Carpenter, 1980 (07 MAY 18:00 – 4K / 11 MAY 15:35 – 4K).

LETTERBOXD HIGH RISERS at The Prince Charles

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK at BFI Southbank

NICHOLAS CAGE 35MM at Everyman Screen On The Green

  • Includes (check venue for listings)CON AIR 35mm d. Simon West, 1997 (07 MAY 23:00 / 11 MAY 10:30).

PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD at The Prince Charles 

  • Includes (check venue for listings)FREAKS d. Tod Browning, 1932 (06 MAY 12:25 / 10 MAY 18:00 – £1 Members’ Screening).

RETURN OF THE OUTSIDER: THE FILMS OF MIKE HODGES at BFI Southbank

SCI-FI MOVIES at The Prince Charles

SCREWBALL COMEDY at The Prince Charles

SEASCAPES: OUR OCEANS ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): AS TEARS GO BY d. Wong Kar Wai, 1988 (06 MAY 12:40 / 07 MAY 20:45 / 09 MAY 15:55 / 10 MAY 18:10).

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford



This is a film still from CABARET dir Bob Fosse, 1972.

CABARET (50th Anniversary) dir. Bob Fosse, 1972:

COME BACK ANYTIME dir. John Daschbach, 2021 at:

WILD MEN dir. Thomas Daneskov, 2021:


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