This is a film still from FLUX GOURMET dir Peter Strickland, 2022
THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [09 to 15 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).

Please note, some venues may now be closed following the death of the Queen. Check ahead for changes to their schedules.

Start your cinema week with a special screening of HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG at Picturehouse Central (09 SEP), or for something a little lighter, The Garden Cinema continues their musicals strand with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (09 & 10 SEP). The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) starts a new streaming event on Friday as part of their ongoing THE CINEMA OF IDEAS project. In collaboration with No Planet B, Life In The Woods features Philip Trevelyan’s THE MOON & THE SLEDGEHAMMER and Lucile Hadžihalilović’s DE NATURA (from 09 to 13 SEP), followed by a live event (13 SEP).

For your weekend, I’d recommend the opportunity to see one of three 35mm screenings of David Cronenberg’s VIDEODROME on Saturday at ICA ahead of his latest release (10, 11 & 13 SEP). Bohemia Media continues their free Cinema Sunday screenings at The Apple Tree with the acclaimed trans rights doc, DONNA. Postponed from earlier in the year, the TLC (aka Trans-Led Cinema) project led by Rebecca del Tufo returns to The Lexi with MAGIC MIRROR on Monday (12 SEP). Deeper Into Movies presents Scott Hicks’ GLASS: A PORTRAIT OF PHILIP IN TWELVE PARTS on the same day at Farr’s Dalston.

In addition to our featured attraction of the week (see below!), a busy Tuesday brings you A TRIBUTE TO JORDAN + PUNK & THE PISTOLS at Rio Cinema, Sands Films Cinema Club’s in-venue and online presentation of F.W. Murnau’s HERR TARTÜFF, and Ida Lupino’s THE HITCH-HIKER at Tufnell Park Film Club (all 13 SEP). A special Tuesday mention too for the always-excellent Architecture on Film strand at Barbican which continues with RIOTSVILLE USA featuring a virtual Q&A with director, Sierra Pettengil. If talks are more your thing, The Miskatonic Institute’s An Exploration of the Evolution of the Monstrous-Feminine at The Horse Hospital comes highly recommended.

On Wednesday, I’d love to invite you to the next of our Queer Horror Nights, this time at Genesis Cinema with Stewart Thorndike’s LYLE, but if horror directed by women isn’t your thing, how about catching another F-Rated delight, Sally Potter’s THE PARTY presented in a double-bill with Martin McDonagh’s SIX SHOOTER by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church, Ealing (both 14 SEP)? Finally, I’d suggest wrapping your week by heading to The Castle Cinema for a Jellied Reels presentation of DIRTY WORK (15 SEP).

It’s a great week for new releases and restorations, including Halina Reijn’s BODIES BODIES BODIES, David Cronenberg’s CRIMES OF THE FUTURE (…finally!), the 50th Anniversary/4K Restoration of Luis Buñuel’s THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE, and Tom George’s SEE HOW THEY RUN. Lots of smaller scale releases too, with ICA and Bertha DocHouse continuing to be good choices for exclusives you won’t see elsewhere. Picturehouse Cinemas appear to be the indie venues of choice if you want your encounter with JAWS 3D, whilst the BFI has rubbery Bruce in glorious IMAX. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the cinema…

Two directors I admire release new work this work. Werner Herzog’s virtual appearance at Barbican for THE FIRE WITHIN: REQUIEM FOR KATIA & MAURICE KRAFFT (14 SEP) is looking sold out, so I’ve chosen Peter Strickland’s in-person presentation of FLUX GOURMET + Short: BLANK NARCISSUS at Curzon Soho (13 SEP) as my Featured Attraction of the Week.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS


FLUX GOURMET + Short: BLANK NARCISSUS d. Peter Strickland, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Soho (13 SEP 18:00).

FLUX GOURMET: “Welcome to the Sonic Catering Institute, a creative retreat for artists whose work occupies a place somewhere between avant-garde music and outré cuisine. Run by the eccentric Jan Stevens (Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones), the three-week workshop is playing host to a three-piece outfit comprising the severe and unbending Elle di Elle (Strickland regular Fatma Mohamed), the troubled Lamina Propria (Ariane Labed, The Souvenir, The Lobster) and Jan’s soon-to-be lover Billy Rubin (Asa Butterfield, Sex Education). Their journey at the institute is documented by photographer Stones (Makis Papadimitriou, Suntan), whose digestive troubles are as turbulent as the creations his subjects are producing. But relations between the bandmembers are deteriorating quicker than the concoctions they conjure up, their host’s psyche is unravelling and the in-house doctor’s obsession with classical texts is driving everyone to distraction.” (Curzon)

BLANK NARCISSUS: “A UK short film drama in which the director of gay male adult films in the 1970s provides an audio commentary over one of his productions.” (BBFC)

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

FRIDAY 09 SEP

ONLINE

  • Life In The Woods: THE MOON & THE SLEDGEHAMMER d. Philip Trevelyan, 1971 + DE NATURA d. Lucile Hadžihalilović, 2018 streamed as part of ICO – THE CINEMA OF IDEAS with No Planet B (09 to 16 SEP).

SATURDAY 10 SEP

SUNDAY 11 SEP

MONDAY 12 SEP

TALKS etc.

TUESDAY 13 SEP

  • ALL IN! 35mm d. Marcel Varnel, 1936 + Intro by film historian Mark Newell at BFI Southbank (13 SEP 18:20).
  • A TRIBUTE TO JORDAN + PUNK & THE PISTOLS with special guests presented by Heavenly Films at Rio Cinema (13 SEP 18:30).
  • CLERKS III d. Kevin Smith, 2022 previews at Picturehouse Cinemas (13 SEP various).
  • CLERKS III d. Kevin Smith, 2022 previews at The Prince Charles (13 SEP 13:30 & 18:10 HOH / 14 SEP 13:15 HOH & 17:55 / 15 SEP 18:00).
  • FLUX GOURMET + Short: BLANK NARCISSUS d. Peter Strickland, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Soho (13 SEP 18:00).
  • HER WAY d. Cécile Ducrocq, 2021 at The David Lean (13 SEP 19:30).
  • HERR TARTÜFF d. F.W. Murnau, 1925 presented in-venue & online by Sands Films Cinema Club at Sands Films Studios (13 SEP 20:00 – Donation requested).
  • THE HITCH-HIKER d. Ida Lupino, 1953 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (13 SEP 20:00).
  • OPERATION MINCEMEAT d. John Madden, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (13 SEP 20:00 / 14 SEP 20:00 / 18 SEP 17:00).
  • Architecture on Film: RIOTSVILLE USA d. Sierra Pettengil, 2022 + Virtual Q&A with the director at Barbican (13 SEP 20:30).
  • STRAWBERRY MANSION d. Kentucker Audley & Albert Birney, 2021 preview presented by Deeper Into Movies at TT Liquor (13 SEP 19:30 – FREE!).
  • VIDEODROME 35mm d. David Cronenberg, 1983 at ICA (13 SEP 21:30).
  • WHEN I SAY AFRICA d. Cassandra Herrman, 2022 + Panel discussion ‘Interrogating enduring stereotypes of Africa’ at Frontline Club (13 SEP 19:00).

TALKS etc.

ONLINE

  • Life In The Woods: Unbuilding the World – A conversation with Half-Earth Socialism authors Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese online event as part of ICO – THE CINEMA OF IDEAS with No Planet (13 SEP 18:30).

WEDNESDAY 14 SEP

THURSDAY 15 SEP

  • BLONDE VENUS d. Josef von Sternberg, 1932 presented by Lobotomy Room Film Club at Fontaine’s (15 SEP 20:00 – FREE!).
  • DIRTY WORK d. Bob Saget, 1998 presented by Jellied Reels at The Castle Cinema (15 SEP 21:00).
  • DRY GROUND BURNING d. a Pimenta & Adirley Queirós, 2022 at Bertha DocHouse (15 SEP 20:00).
  • I AM A TOWN d. Mischa Richter, 2020 + Q&A at ICA (15 SEP 18:30).
  • MAU d. Benji Bergmann & Jono Bergmann, 2021 at Austrian Cultural Forum (15 SEP 19:00 – FREE!).
  • Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes + Q&A with director Michael Cumming at Picturehouse Clapham (15 SEP 20:45).
  • QUEEN OF GLORY d. Nana Mensah, 2021 at The David Lean (15 SEP 14:30 HOH & 19:30).
  • Storming Heaven: Basque filmmakers curated by Gerard Ortín Castellví & Roisin Agnew at Close-Up (15 SEP 20:15).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

IMAX PRESENTATIONS at BFI IMAX

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)BRAHMÃSTRA PART ONE: SHIVA d. Ayan Mukerji, 2022 (09 to 15 SEP); JAWS d. Steven Spielberg, 1975 (09 to 15 SEP).

AKIRA KUROSAWA at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)RAN d. Akira Kurosawa, 1985 (10 SEP 20:00 – 4K).

ANNIVERSARY SEASON at Everyman Belsize Park

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): WITHNAIL & I d. Bruce Robinson, 1987 (11 SEP 14:00 / 12 SEP 20:30).

BADASS B-MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TREASURE OF THE NINJA d. William Lee, 1987 (13 SEP 20:45 – £1 Members’ Film).

BBC CENTENARY LGBTQ+ SCREENINGS at The Cinema Museum 

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TWO OF US d. Roger Tonge, 1987 + Q&A (10 SEP 19:30).

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

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CLERKS 35mm d. Kevin Smith, 1994 (11 SEP 13:00 / 12 SEP 18:00).

BRAD REPUTATION ON 35MM at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): INGLORIOUS BASTERDS d. Quentin Tarantino, 2009 (11 SEP 14:00 – Picturehouse Central/Not 35mm).

CELEBRATING FILM NOIR at The Garden Cinema

CELEBRATING PENÉLOPE CRUZ at The Garden Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): OFFICIAL COMPETITION d. Mariano Cohn & Gastón Duprat, 2021 (10 SEP 17:55 / 12 SEP 20:20 / 15 SEP 18:10).

CHANNEL 4: 40 YEARS OF REVOLUTION at BFI Southbank

COLLECTIVE MOBILISATION at ICA

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): YI YI d. Edward Yang, 2000 (10 SEP 19:30).

THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles 

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MULHOLLAND DR. 35mm d. David Lynch, 2001 (10 SEP 12:10 / 11 SEP 17:35).

THE FILMS OF QUENTIN TARANTINO at The Prince Charles

HIDDEN FIGURES: IDRISSA OUÉDRAOGO at Barbican

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

  • Includes (check venue for listings): PARIS, TEXAS 35mm d. Wim Wenders, 1984 (15 SEP 20:30).

KINUYO TANAKA: A LIFE IN FILM at BFI Southbank

THE KOKER TRILOGY at Close-Up

MAD MAX ON 35MM at Everyman Screen on the Green

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MAD MAX 35mm d. George Miller, 1979 (10 SEP 23:00 / 14 SEP 10:30).

MIKE LEIGH IN CONVERSATION at The Garden Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for listings)HIGH HOPES d. Mike Leigh, 1988 + Mike Leigh in conversation (09 SEP 19:00); LIFE IS SWEET d. Mike Leigh, 1990 + Mike Leigh in conversation (11 SEP 19:00); SECRETS & LIES d. Mike Leigh, 1996 + Mike Leigh in conversation (13 SEP 18:30).

NEW GERMAN CINEMA at The Garden Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for listings)ALICE IN THE CITIES d. Wim Wenders, 1974 (14 SEP 18:00).

PAM GRIER at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for listings)JACKIE BROWN d. Quentin Tarantino, 1997 + Q&A with Pam Grier (10 SEP 16:00 – The Ritzy); FOXY BROWN d. Jack Hill, 1974 (11 SEP various / 12 SEP various / 14 various).

PAM GRIER: FOXY, FIERCE & FEARLESSat BFI Southbank 

RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CHINESE ROULETTE d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976 (15 SEP 16:00).

RETROSPECTIVE: TSUCHIMOTO NORIAKI at ICA

SEASON OF CHAN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): POLICE STORY 4K d. Jackie Chan, 1985 (09 SEP 15:30 / 11 SEP 20:45 / 15 SEP 13:30).

SOUND AND VISION at BFI IMAX & Southbank

SPOTLIGHT ON ISABELLE HUPPERT at Ciné Lumière

STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE YELLOW SEA d. Na Hong-jin, 2010 (12 SEP 20:30).

THROWBACK at Everyman Cinemas

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles



ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford


BODIES BODIES BODIES dir. Halina Reijn, 2022

THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (50th Anniversary 4K Restoration) aka Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie dir. Luis Buñuel, 1972


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