THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [12 to 18 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, indoors & out!

By RADIANT CIRCUS // Twitter @radiantcircus / Instagram @radiantcircus

#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 screen week!

Getting to immediate grips with this week’s film clubs and special events, start your weekend with the first offering from 5to9 Film Club, Vera Chytilová’s SOMETHING DIFFERENT aka O Něčem Jiném at V.O. Studios. You can also join Black Ink Cinema for their opening night screening of Jordan Peele’s NOPE at Genesis, the concluding element of their ‘Jordan Peele Take Over’ event (both 12 AUG). Doc’n Roll presents the UK premiere of THE REST IS HISTORY – THE EARLY DAYS OF DRUM & BASS at Everyman King’s Cross (also 12 AUG), which you can also see on Sunday at ICA (14 AUG).

On Saturday, Wonder Reels return to The Cinema Museum with their signature mix of live music and film. This time, Maggie Nicols, co-founder of the Feminist Improvising Group in the 1970s, will play an improvised voice and piano set ahead of a screening of HAROLD & MAUDE (13 AUG). For those unable to get to last week’s premiere of the LUMINOUS PROCURESS (Restored Version) – our featured attraction of last week! – ICA has organised another screening on Sunday. It’s also a great day to be heading to BFI Southbank for their presentation of Julien Duvivier’s 1929 silent THE DIVINE VOYAGE aka La Divine Croisière including an intro by Bryony Dixon and piano accompaniment by John Sweeney. You can also support their screening of THERE IS NO EVIL aka Sheytan vojud nadarad, the first of two events this week in solidarity with Jafar Panahi, Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Aleahmad and in opposition to the oppression of artists in Iran (all 14 AUG). Jafar Panahi’s 3 FACES aka Se rokh completes the series on Wednesday (17 AUG).

On Monday, there’s another preview screening of Welsh-language horror show THE FEAST, this time at BFI Southbank. I know I mentioned this film last week, but this time around you get a Q&A with director Lee Haven Jones, producer/screenwriter Roger Williams and actor Annes Elwy (15 AUG). It’s a film I thoroughly enjoyed at last year’s BFI London Film Festival. Of course, if horror’s your thing, Julia Ducournau’s TITANE starts a limited engagement at Whirled Cinema today (15 to 21 AUG).

At risk of lingering too long on the South Bank, your Tuesday evening could well be spent with Vic Pratt introducing THE FROG from 35mm at BFI. There’s also another chance to see FADIA’S TREE with director Sarah Beddington giving good Q&A at Chiswick Cinema (both 16 AUG). On Wednesday, the splendid Pink Palace series at Rio Cinema continues with Laurent Micheli’s LOLA & THE SEA, and it’s great to see Pitshanger Pictures return to public screenings after a short break, with both THREE CAME HOME and CHRISTINE on the same day (all 17 AUG).

As often happens, Thursday is much busier with, amongst others, British Transport Films presented by Habitats & Heritage at Grove Gardens Chapel, Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club cranking up the projector for ON THE WATERFRONT from 16mm at The Castle Cinema, and Black History Studies discussing Menelik Shabazz’s doc PHARAOHS UNVEILED at The Lexi (all 18 AUG).

We’ve spotted three tribute screenings to Olivia Newton-John this week, with GREASE showing at Catford Mews (12 AUG), outdoors at Rooftop Film Club (13 AUG), and at Genesis Cinema (17 AUG). You might think you’ve had enough of the film (I did…), but then you’ll hear her voice and get prepared to fall in summer love all over again. RIP.

It’s not often that a major rep season erupts in the middle of a (very…) hot summer month, but PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD: RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN arrives at BFI Southbank fresh from the Watershed in Bristol as part of their Cinema Rediscovered on Tour. Christina Newland and Pamela Hutchinson will introduce several of the films in person (and on video!).

This week’s new releases include Robert Coe and Warwick Ross’ BLIND AMBITION, Jordan Peele’s long-awaited NOPE, and Ari Folman’s animation WHERE IS ANNE FRANK. Smaller-scale releases include lva Radivojević’s ALEPH exclusively at ICA, and EXPOSING MUYBRIDGE at Bertha DocHouse. Scroll down to the GRIND SHOWS section for venues!

I’ve chosen the 10th birthday celebrations for Tufnell Park Film Club as our Featured Attraction of the Week. They are showing some great films over the course of the week, but this is also a simple appreciation of their dedication and commitment to DIY/alternative screen culture, as well as an always-strong film programme. You have to be a member to attend, but Membership is only £20 a year and once you’re a member, entry to films is free. That’s a film every Tuesday for the price of a trip to one of the capital’s ’boutique’ venues… I know where I’d rather be. Nigel Smith and Wayne Gooderham, you are legends.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS


CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF TUFNELL PARK FILM CLUB at The Lord Palmerston


FRIDAY 12 AUG

  • THE COUP D’ETAT FACTORY d. Victor Fraga & Valnei Nunes, 2021 + Intro/Q&A with the directors & Jeremy Corbyn, presented online & in-venue by Sands Films Cinema Club at Sands Films Studios (12 AUG 20:00 – Donation requested!).
  • GREASE d. Randal Kleiser, 1978 in tribute to Olivia Newton-John at Catford Mews (12 AUG 17:45).
  • MY OLD SCHOOL d. Jono McLeod, 2022 Preview + Q&A with the director & actors Alan Cumming, Clare Grogan & Lulu at BFI Southbank (12 AUG 18:15).
  • THE REST IS HISTORY – THE EARLY DAYS OF DRUM & BASS d. Peter Costigan, 2022 UK Premiere + Q&A with the director, presented by Doc’n Roll at Everyman King’s Cross (12 AUG 19:45).
  • SOMETHING DIFFERENT aka O Něčem Jiném d. Vera Chytilová, 1963 + Intro/discussion, presented by 5to9 Film Club at V.O. Studios – Angel (12 AUG 20:00 – Donation requested!).
  • SUMMER OF SOUL d. Questlove, 2021 at The Garden Cinema (12 AUG 20:50).

SATURDAY 13 AUG

  • BLIND AMBITION d. Warwick Ross & Rob Coe, 2021 + Q&A with the directors & protagonists & wine tasting at Phoenix Cinema (13 AUG 18:30).
  • BLONDE CRAZY (aka Larceny Lane) d. Roy Del Ruth, 1931 at Regent Street Cinema (13 AUG 15:20).
  • FORTUNE FAVORS LADY NIKUKO d. Ayumu Watanabe, 2022 at Picturehouse Cinemas (13 AUG various / 14 AUG various).
  • HAROLD & MAUDE d. Hal Ashby, 1971 + Live music by Maggie Nicols, presented by Wonder Reels at The Cinema Museum (13 AUG 19:30).
  • LOOPS film screening + Q&A with filmmakers Ingrid Olivia Norrmén-Smith & Whitney Conti at Bermondsey Project Space (13 AUG 16:00).
  • NOPE d. Jordan Peele, 2022 presented by Bounce at Genesis Cinema (13 AUG 19:30).
  • RRR d. S.S. Rajamouli, 2022 at BFI Southbank (13 AUG 19:00 – NFT1).
  • THE SALT OF THE EARTH d. Juliano Ribeiro Salgado & Wim Wenders, 2014 at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 AUG 15:30 / 14 AUG 17:30).
  • TIME BANDITS d. Terry Gilliam, 1981 at The Garden Cinema (13 AUG 16:00 / 14 AUG 13:00).
  • Tony Hancock: Oddities and Rarities at BFI Southbank (13 AUG 12:00).
  • WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT d. Robert Zemeckis, 1988 at The Prince Charles (13 AUG 12:00).

SUNDAY 14 AUG

MONDAY 15 AUG

TUESDAY 16 AUG

WEDNESDAY 17 AUG

  • 3 FACES aka Se rokh d. Jafar Panahi, 2018 in solidarity with Jafar Panahi, Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Aleahmad at BFI Southbank (17 AUG 18:30).
  • CHRISTINE d. Antonio Campos, 2016 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church W5 (17 AUG 19:15).
  • FADIA’S TREE d. Sarah Beddington, 2021 + Q&A with the director at The Ritzy (17 AUG 18:00).
  • GREASE d. Randal Kleiser, 1978 in tribute to Olivia Newton-John at Genesis Cinema (17 AUG 18:35).
  • Pink Palace: LOLA & THE SEA d. Laurent Micheli, 2019 + Intro/discussion in the Basement Bar at Rio Cinema (17 AUG 19:30).
  • PARIS, TEXAS d. Wim Wenders, 1984 at ArtHouse Crouch End (17 AUG 12:15).
  • PARIS, TEXAS d. Wim Wenders, 1984 at Catford Mews (17 AUG 18:00).
  • RADIOHEAD: MEETING PEOPLE IS EASY d. Grant Gee, 1998 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Signature Brew Haggerston (17 AUG 19:30 – FREE!).
  • THE ROOM d. Tommy Wiseau, 2003 at The Prince Charles (17 AUG 21:00).
  • THREE CAME HOME d. Jean Negulesco, 1950 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church W5 (17 AUG 15:00).
  • TITANE d. Julia Ducournau, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (17 AUG 20:00 / 21 AUG 17:00).

THURSDAY 18 AUG

  • 12 VIEWS OF KENSAL HOUSE d. Peter Wyeth, 1984 + Intro by Steven Foxon, BFI Curator at BFI Southbank (18 AUG 18:30).
  • THE ART OF SIN d. Ibrahim Mursal, 2020 UK Premiere + Conversation with the director + guests at ICA (18 AUG 18:15).
  • British Transport Films presented by Habitats & Heritage at Grove Gardens Chapel TW10 (18 AUG 20:00).
  • THE GOOD BOSS d. Fernando León de Aranoa, 2021 at The David Lean (18 AUG 14:30 & 19:30).
  • ON THE WATERFRONT 16mm d. Elia Kazan, 2013 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (18 AUG 19:30).
  • PHARAOHS UNVEILED d. Menelik Shabazz, 2019 + Q&A with Q&A with Charmaine Simpson & Neferatiti Ife presented by Black History Studies at The Lexi Cinema (18 AUG 18:30).
  • YOU ALREADY KNOW: CELEBRATING NEW ORLEANS’ BOUNCE CULTURE d. Rhyannon Hanbury-Agg + Q&A with the director & Bounce dance demo with Leon Williams, presented by Doc’n Roll at House of Vans (18 AUG 19:00 – FREE!).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm New ‘Unrestored’ Version d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (13 AUG 17:00 / 17 AUG 15:00).

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

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CLERKS 35mm d. Kevin Smith, 1994 (13 AUG 22:30 / 17 AUG 10:30).

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

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)NOPE d. Jordan Peele, 2022 + Pre-film drinks & live podcast recording (12 AUG 19:30).

ANIME at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): AKIRA d. Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988 (12 AUG 15:10 / 13 AUG 20:30 – 4K / 15 AUG 15:15 – 4K / 16 AUG 20:45 / 17 AUG 12:45 / 18 AUG 15:30 – 4K); YOUR NAME d. Makoto Shinkai, 2016 (13 AUG 14:30).

BADASS B-MOVIES at The Prince Charles

BAR TRASH at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DARK AUGUST d. Martin Goldman, 1976 + Intro, film chat, prize giveaways & themed drinks with Token Homo (17 AUG 20:30 – £1!).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: POWER! at BFI Southbank

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ERASERHEAD d. David Lynch, 1977 (14 AUG 21:00 / 16 AUG 12:45 / 18 AUG 18:25).

BRAD REPUTATION ON 35MM at Picturehouse Cinemas

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF TUFNELL PARK FILM CLUB at The Lord Palmerston

CELEBRATING FILM NOIR at The Garden Cinema

CELEBRATING PENÉLOPE CRUZ at The Garden Cinema

CLASSIC DISNEY SEASON at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): FROZEN d. Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, 2013 (15 AUG various / 17 AUG various); THE LION KING d. Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, 1994 (16 AUG various / 18 AUG various).

CLOSE-UP ON WIM WENDERS at Close-Up

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): COME AND SEE d. Elem Klimov, 1985 (13 AUG 17:15).

THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles 

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ERASERHEAD d. David Lynch, 1977 (14 AUG 21:00 / 16 AUG 12:45 / 18 AUG 18:25).

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): PHANTOM THREAD 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017 (16 AUG 18:00).

THE FILMS OF QUENTIN TARANTINOat The Prince Charles

THE FILMS OF TERRENCE MALICK at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TREE OF LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2011 (12 AUG 15:00 / 18 AUG 20:15); THE THIN RED LINE 35mm d. Terrence Malick, 1998 (15 AUG 14:50).

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

INDIANA JONES IN 4K at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK 4K d. Steven Spielberg, 1981 (14 AUG 12:45 – Not 4K / 15 AUG 20:55 – Not 4K / 17 AUG 12:20 – 4K £1 Members’ Film).

JUDY GARLAND SEASON at Chiswick Cinema

KIDS IN AMERICA at Picturehouse Cinemas

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 (12 AUG 20:00 – 180mins);  2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (13 AUG 17:00 / 17 AUG 15:00 – 170mins); THE THIN RED LINE 35mm d. Terrence Malick, 1998 (15 AUG 14:50 – 171mins).

POST-HORROR SUMMER NIGHTS at Barbican

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): IT FOLLOWS d. David Robert Mitchell, 2014 + Recorded intro by David Church, author of ‘Post-Horror; Art, Genre, and Cultural Elevation’ (18 AUG 18:40).

PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD: RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BLONDE CRAZY (aka Larceny Lane) Newly remastered d. Roy Del Ruth, 1931 (12 AUG 14:30 / 17 AUG 20:45); A FREE SOUL Newly remastered d. Clarence Brown, 1931 + Recorded intro by Christina Newland (12 AUG 18:10); JEWEL ROBBERY Newly remastered d. William Dieterle, 1932 + Intro by Christina Newland (12 AUG 21:00); RED-HEADED WOMAN Newly remastered d. Jack Conway, 1932 (13 AUG 16:00); BABY FACE Newly remastered d. Alfred E. Green, 1933 (14 AUG 13:00 / 17 AUG 14:30); BLONDE CRAZY (aka Larceny Lane) Newly remastered d. Roy Del Ruth, 1931 + Recorded intro by Christina Newland (15 AUG 18:30); A FREE SOUL Newly remastered d. Clarence Brown, 1931 (15 AUG 20:45); JEWEL ROBBERY Newly remastered d. William Dieterle, 1932 (16 AUG 14:30); RED-HEADED WOMAN Newly remastered d. Jack Conway, 1932 + Intro by Pamela Hutchinson (16 AUG 18:35); BABY FACE Newly remastered d. Alfred E. Green, 1933 + Intro by Pamela Hutchinson (16 AUG 20:50).

SATYAJIT RAY: THE LANGUAGE OF FILM at BFI Southbank

SEASON OF CHAN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings)DRUNKEN MASTER d. Yuen Woo-ping, 1978 (12 AUG 12:30 / 15 AUG 18:10 / 17 AUG 15:30).

STANLEY KUBRICK ON FILM at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings)2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm New ‘Unrestored’ Version d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (13 AUG 17:00 / 17 AUG 15:00).

STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND at The Prince Charles

SUMMER OF SCI-FI at The Castle Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for listings): MIDNIGHT SPECIAL d. Jeff Nichols, 2016 presented by Science Fiction Theatre (12 AUG 18:30); THE STEPFORD WIVES d. Frank Oz, 2004 presented by Pinc (17 AUG 19:00).

THROWBACK at Everyman Cinemas

WIM WENDERS at Curzon Cinemas

WORLD CINEMA E-PASSPORT at Everyman Belsize Park

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles


  • What are we missing…?

OUTDOOR CINEMA at The Cinema In The Arches

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford


BLIND AMBITION dir. Robert Coe & Warwick Ross, 2021

WHERE IS ANNE FRANK dir. Ari Folman, 2021


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