THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [11 to 17 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! Let’s plunge you deep into the darkness…

It’s LGBT History Month, Valentines/Galentines/Palentines AND half term all in one heady week, so prepare for a smorgasbord of delights. We’ve been fans of Kung Fu Cinema at the Genesis since they started, so we hope you already know about their plans for your Friday night with WARRIORS TWO (plus a whole load of fighting and music in the venue bar beforehand). NO PLACE FOR FOOLS plays at Pushkin House on the same night and offers a startling insight into contemporary Russia, YouTube culture, and a whole thorny set of issues about pride, politics and disability (both 11 FEB).

Saturday is brimming with queer delights with Stanley Arts’ THE BRITISH GUIDE TO SHOWING OFF as part of their Queer+ Season, Brad and Tom getting fruity on film at Barbican with INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, and the return of Wonder Reels’ music and film nights at The Cinema Museum with Jean Cocteau’s dreamy ORPHÉE 35mm which includes a lineup of talented musicians (all 12 FEB). On Sunday, Natalia Almada’s doc USERS at Bertha DocHouse would make a good pairing with NO PLACE FOR FOOLS, offering “a cinematic journey to reassess our relationship with tech and its impact on our planet”. T A P E and Invisible Women present their programme of shorts Touched at BFI Southbank, and there are two tempting options for food andfilm from Paper Tank Collective and Spanish Marks (see listings for 13 FEB).

Then there’s Valentine’s itself, including preview screenings of CYRANO and PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT at various venues, and pansexual programming ranging from one-off events to seasons that should suit a variety of tastes (depending on how deep your pockets). If you’re not IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE at Olympic Studios or Close-Up, then maybe Deeper Into Movies can tempt you with “the romantic comedy” SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM at Farr’s Dalston (all 14 FEB). Of course, you could avoid the big day entirely and just LOVE YOURSELF TODAY with Irish Film London and guests at Kiln Cinema, or get punch-drunk with Tufnell Park Film Club’s presentation of “perhaps the most poetic and fatalistic of all boxing movies” (Christina Newland), THE SET-UPat The Lord Palmerston (both 15 FEB).

Wednesday is an epic day, starting with the Rio’s classic matinee screening of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE before embracing Newham Community Cinema and WOFFF’s presentation of STEELERS – THE WORLD’S FIRST GAY RUGBY CLUB and the restoration launch of THE PROPOSITION 4K complete with cast & crew at BFI Southbank (all 16 FEB). There are even more tough choices to end your week. My eye’s taken by the Sydenham Arts showing of Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER at The Grove Centre (which might sort out your dating dilemmas…), and a special fund-raising presentation of THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN in support of his once temporary home, The Cinema Museum (both 17 FEB).

We’re smack in the middle of the month for SEASONS, so most rep programming continues as scheduled. I forgot to mention the return of the almighty ESSENTIAL CINEMA strand at Close-Up last week, so a belated shout-out to them. And we’ve added romantic seasons at EverymanGenesis and the Prince Charles if you’re still looking for love. For this week’s new releases, I’ve highlighted Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated FLEE (which seems to have been previewing forever), PETROV’S FLU by Kirill Serebrennikov, and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s WHEEL OF FORTUNE & FANTASY (which, at 2hrs, might be a more comfortable journey than his DRIVE MY CAR…).

Given that I’m in the mood for some queer horror nights, I’ve chosen Barbican’s ‘My Twisted Valentine’ screening of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE from 35mm (12 FEB) as my Featured Attraction of the Week.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS

PS – My friends at Last Frame Club and I have announced the first of our Queer Horror Nights, James Whale’s subversive masterpiece, FRANKENSTEIN at The Castle Cinema (27 FEB 17:00). We’d love to see you there…


My Twisted Valentine: INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE 35mm d. Neil Jordan, 1994 at Barbican (12 FEB 18:30):

“In contemporary San Francisco, a glum 200-year-old vampire, Louis (Brad Pitt), shares his life story with a reporter (Christian Slater). Louis’ tale begins in 18th-century New Orleans, where he first encounters the decadent Eurotrash vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise). In one of the movie’s steamiest scenes, Lestat introduces Louis to blood-sucking and immortality with an ecstatic bite to the neck. But Louis does not take eagerly to the diet and lifestyle and is tormented with guilt over his new nature.

At over 25 years’ distance, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE looks more than ever a wondrous time capsule: the leads at the height of their smouldering good looks, a supporting cast including Antonio Banderas and (a very young) Kirsten Dunst, and some magnificent 90s hair. It is also, indisputably, an absolute hoot.” (Barbican)


FRIDAY 11 FEB

SATURDAY 12 FEB

SUNDAY 13 FEB

  • ALI & AVA d. Clio Barnard, 2021 at The Lexi Cinema (13 FEB 17:15).
  • CASABLANCA d. Michael Curtiz, 1942 at Picturehouse Cinemas (13 FEB various).
  • BRIEF ENCOUNTER d. David Lean, 1954 at Riverside Studios (13 FEB 15:10 / 16 FEB 12:30).
  • Double Feature Film Screening & Supper Club: CHUNGKING EXPRESS d. Wong Kar Wai, 1994 + MYSTERY TRAIN d. Jim Jarmusch, 1989 presented by Paper Tank Collective at Paper Tank House (13 FEB 15:00).
  • DUNE d. Denis Villeneuve, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (13 FEB 17:00).
  • Sunday Sessions: USERS d. Natalia Almada, 2022 at Bertha DocHouse (13 FEB 16:00).
  • T A P E x Invisible Women Present: Touched short film programme + pre-recorded Q&A at BFI Southbank (13 FEB 15:30) / Part of Woman with a Movie Camera.
  • Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN d. Alfonso Cuarón, 2001 + Tapas presented by Spanish Marks at India Club Lounge-Bar (13 FEB 17:00).

MONDAY 14 FEB

TUESDAY 15 FEB

  • ELLIE & ABBIE (& ELLIE’S DEAD AUNT) d. Monica Zanetti, 2020 at Whirled Cinema (15 FEB 20:00 / 16 FEB 20:00 / 20 FEB 17:00).
  • LA MIF aka The Fam d. Fred Baillif, 2021 at Picturehouse Cinemas (15 FEB various / 17 FEB various).
  • LICORICE PIZZA d. Paul Thomas Anderson at The David Lean (15 FEB 19:30).
  • LOVE YOURSELF TODAY d. Ross Killeen, 2021 + Q&A with the director & Damien Dempsey presented by Irish Film London at Kiln Cinema (15 FEB 19:00).
  • OTHER, LIKE ME d. Marcus Werner Hed & Dan Fox, 2020 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (15 FEB 19:30).
  • PITFALL d. André De Toth, 1948 at Fontaine’s Bar (15 FEB 20:30 – FREE!).
  • THE SET-UP d. Robert Wise, 1949 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (15 FEB 20:00).

WEDNESDAY 16 FEB

THURSDAY 17 FEB


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

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE PRINCESS BRIDE d. Rob Reiner, 1987 (11 FEB 12:25 / 12 FEB 15:30 / 14 FEB 15:30); CASABLANCA 35mm d. Michael Curtiz, 1942 (12 FEB 20:30); HOT FUZZ 35mm d. Edgar Wright, 2007 (14 FEB 18:00).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: LGBT HISTORY MONTH at BFI Southbank

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

CÉLINE SCIAMMA at The Prince Charles

CHER ON SCREEN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MASK d. Peter Bogdanovich, 1985 (16 FEB 18:20).

DENIS VILLENEUVE: IN REVERSE at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SICARIO d. Denis Villeneuve, 2015 (17 FEB 18:00 – £1 Members’ Screening).

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

EXPERIMENTA FOCUS: STEPHEN DWOSKIN at BFI Southbank

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT: FOR THE LOVE OF FILMS at BFI Southbank

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT REVISITED at Ciné Lumière

INGMAR BERGMAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SUMMER WITH MONIKA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1953 (13 FEB 13:30).

JULIA DUCOURNAU at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TITANE d. Julia Ducournau, 2021 (15 FEB 12:35 / 17 FEB 15:30).

LETTERBOXD HIGH RISERS at The Prince Charles

LOVE STORIES at Genesis Cinema

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

NORA EPHRON at The Prince Charles

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

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE MASTER 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012 (12 FEB 22:30).

SCREWBALL COMEDY at The Prince Charles

SEEN & HEARD at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THIRTEEN 35mm d. Catherine Hardwicke, 2003 (11 FEB 18:10); MUSTANG d. Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015 (11 FEB 20:30); IN BETWEEN DAYS d. So Yong Kim, 2006 (13 FEB 18:30); RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 (14 FEB 18:20); IT FELT LIKE LOVE d. Eliza Hittman, 2013 (16 FEB 20:30).

SOVIET SIXTIES: A TURNING POINT IN CINEMA at Ciné Lumière

STUDIO GHIBLI at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for listings): PONYO d. Hayao Miyazaki, 2008 (from 12 FEB); KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1989 (from 12 FEB).

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): SPIRITED AWAY d. Hayao Miyazaki, 2001 (16 FEB 20:45).

THREE BY F. GARY GRAY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): SET IT OFF d. F. Gary Gray, 1996 (16 FEB 21:00).

TWO BY EDWARD YANG at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): YI YI d. Edward Yang, 2000 (15 FEB 20:10).

TWO BY RYÛSUKE HAMAGUCHI at The Prince Charles

VALENTINES at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for listings): SUPERBAD: 15th Anniversary d. Greg Mottola, 2007 (11 FEB various); EveryDiva presents: MEAN GIRLS d. Mark Waters, 2004 hosted by Crystal Lubrikunt as Regina’s mum at Everyman Borough Yards (12 FEB 20:45); MAGIC MIKE d. Steven Soderbergh, 2012 (12 FEB various); JULES ET JIM aka Jules and Jim d. François Truffaut, 1962 at Everyman Belsize Park (13 FEB 16:30 / 14 FEB 17:30); THE NOTEBOOK d. Nick Cassavetes, 2004 (13 FEB various); MOULIN ROUGE! d. Baz Luhrmann, 2001 at Everyman Screen On The Green (14 FEB 20:45); CASABLANCA 35mm d. Michael Curtiz, 1942 by 69 Colebrooke Row at Everyman Screen On The Green (16 FEB 17:30).

VALENTINES at The Prince Charles

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


We’ve got nothing… what did we miss?


PETROV’S FLU d. Kirill Serebrennikov, 2021:

WHEEL OF FORTUNE & FANTASY aka Guzen to sozo d. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, 2021:

  • Also 11 to 17 FEB (various dates/times): DOWNFALL: THE CASE AGAINST BOEING d. Rory Kennedy, 2022 at: Everyman Broadgate // THE FORGOTTEN ONES d. Michale Boganim, 2021 at: Bertha DocHouse // THE POWER OF THE DOG 35mm d. Jane Campion, 2021 at: The Prince Charles (from 17 FEB to 03 MAR).

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