This is a film still from HIS HOUSE, screening in London this week at Genesis Cinema as part of the Black Lens Film Festival.

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [16 to 22 JUL 2021]

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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This is the screen week when we reach the fourth stage of the government’s COVID-19 roadmap… RADIANT CIRCUS supports venues asking audiences to continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt or otherwise eating and drinking) as well as those that are continuing to offer socially distanced seating. The laws may be changing on 19 July 2021, but our shared safety still seems like a mission worth pursuing. It’s not my job to tell you what to do, but I’ll still be wearing my mask next week out of respect for venue staff and my fellow patrons.

Let’s get to the rest of the week ahead…

Due to technical issues on the night, one of our previous ‘featured attractions of the week’ – No Bollocks Film Club’s presentation of KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER at The Castle Cinema – has been rearranged and goes again this week (20 JUL – see listings). Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club returns to the same venue with another of their sure-to-be-sold-out screenings, this time firing up Ümit’s projector (not literally we hope…) for Terry Gilliam’s BRAZIL (dates from 22 JUL).

If you enjoyed last week’s sporting documentaries, you can set your Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics anticipation to fever pitch with BOARDERS, a doc about the UK skateboarding team and their sport’s first appearance at the games (Genesis Cinema, 16 JUL). Last week’s Wednesday highlight, volleyball doc THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT, gets a wider release this week as well as repeat screenings of the recorded Q&A featuring director Julien Faraut, Manga expert Paul Gravett and England volleyball player Maria Bertelli (see listings for dates/details).

Over at the BFI (or, we should say, beaming from the BFI…) it’s time for their Woman with a Movie Camera Summit (17 to 18 July) which is all about “reframing the conversation around women and film”. The event takes place online and features a packed programme of live zooms, recorded panels and short film programmes. If you’re in London the evening before the summit starts (16 JUL), you can use your summit pass to get reduced priced tickets to BFI Southbank’s IRL preview of Claudia Weill’s newly restored GIRLFRIENDS and a screening of Márta Mészáros’s THE GIRL (see listings for details).

The Rio Cinema gets taken over by THE RULE OF SEVEN, a new work from choreographer Tony Adigun, head of contemporary dance collective Avant Garde (20 to 21 JUL). You can opt for the full immersive experience around the corridors of the Rio or simply see the film, a dance performance filmed at Shoreditch Town Hall that “explores a dystopian future where artistic expression is forbidden by oppressive regimes around the world”. If that sounds a bit too energetic, Pitchblack Playback returns to the Rio at the end of the week with one of their moving image specials, a screening of Tim Pope’s concert film THE CURE – ANNIVERSARY 1978-2018 LIVE IN HYDE PARK (22 JUL).

In new releases, Questlove’s debut doc SUMMER OF SOUL (… OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) makes the biggest splash and can be seen almost everywhere, with DEERSKIN trailing not far behind… The Prince Charles has week-long revivals of both BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and TOP GUN in time for their 35th Anniversaries and let’s make special mention of Picturehouse for their week-long run of Menelik Shabazz’s THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK. Finally, there are special preview screenings of Philippe Lacôte’s NIGHT OF THE KINGS at both Ciné Lumière (18 & 20 JUL) and as part of We Are Parable’s Who We Are initiative at Rio Cinema (19 JUL). See our GRIND SHOW listings for all the details.

For our Featured Attraction of the Week, I’m returning to my longstanding love of horror and picking Remi Weekes’ acclaimed chiller HIS HOUSE which screens with an appearance by the writer/director as part of Black Lens Film Festival at Genesis (18 JUL). Indeed, the whole programme for Black Lens is looking strong at venues across town including BFI and Catford Mews… Given that I’m in the mood for some thrills, I’ll also try to get to see the subtly titled GET THE HELL OUT which is also at Genesis but this time part of Chinese Visual Festival (22 JUL).

See you in the darkness,


HIS HOUSE d. Remi Weekes, 2020 + Intro/Q&A with the director at Genesis Cinema (18 JUL 17:20) / Part of Black Lens Film Festival.

  • “After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface.”
  • One of the best British horror debuts in years, populated by well-drawn characters and a particularly nasty spirit. If you get a chance to move into HIS HOUSE, take it.” (Empire Magazine)









  • FOEDORA d. Judith Abensour, 2021 at ICA (21 JUL 16:40).
  • LOCAL HERO d. Bill Forsyth, 1983 at Catford Mews (21 JUL 20:30).
  • OLDBOY d. Chan-wook Park, 2004 at The Prince Charles (21 JUL 20:30).
  • QUEEN OF NIENDORF d. Joya Thome, 2017 at Goethe-Institut London (21 JUL 19:00).
  • RARE BEASTS d. Billie Piper, 2021 + Q&A at Screen25 Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (21 JUL 19:45).
  • RESET d. Thierry Donard, 2021 at Picturehouse Cinemas (21 JUL various).
  • THE RULE OF SEVEN – FULL IMMERSION / THE RULE OF SEVEN at Rio Cinema (20 to 21 JUL various times/performances).


  • BRAZIL 16MM d. Terry Gilliam, 1985 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (22 JUL 19:30 / 25 JUL 13:45 / 01 AUG 13:45).
  • THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS d. Dario Argento, 1971 + Intro/Salon with Nick Walker presented by Cult Classic Collective at Genesis Cinema (22 JUL 18:25).
  • THE CURE – ANNIVERSARY 1978-2018 LIVE IN HYDE PARK d. Tim Pope, 2019 presented by Pitchblack Pictures at Rio Cinema (22 JUL 20:45).
  • GET THE HELL OUT d. Wang I-Fan, 2020 at Genesis Cinema (22 JUL 21:10) / Part of Chinese Visual Festival.
  • MANDABI d. Ousmane Sembène, 1968 + Intro by Kaleem Aftab at Riverside Studios (22 JUL 19:45).
  • PRETTY WOMAN d. Garry Marshall, 1990 presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (22 JUL 19:30).
  • THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW d. Jim Sharman, 1975 + Drag Q&A with Quiches Lorraine & Crystal Lubrikunt at Everyman Chelsea (22 JUL 20:00).
  • THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT d. Julien Faraut, 2021 + Recorded Panel Discussion with the director, Manga expert Paul Gravett & England volleyball player Maria Bertelli at Barbican (22 JUL 14:45).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DUNE 70MM d. David Lynch, 1984 (17 JUL 14:30 / 21 JUL 17:25).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings)VAGABOND aka Sans toit ni loi d. Agnès Varda, 1985 (20 JUL 12:45 / 21 JUL 18:30).

ANIME SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): AKIRA d. Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988 (21 JUL 13:00 – SUB).


BEST OF CÉSAR 2021 at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)SIMPLY BLACK aka Tout simplement noir d. John Wax & Jean-Pascal Zadi, 2020 (16 JUL 20:35 / 18 JUL 17:20 / 21 JUL 20:35); BYE BYE MORONS aka Adieu les cons d. Albert Dupontel, 2020 (daily 16 to 22 JUL various).


BUT WHERE ARE YOU REALLY FROM? presented by T A P E Collective at BFI Southbank (from 01 JUL):

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY aka Hva vil folk si d. Iram Haq, 2017 + Short: THE LONG GOODBYE d. Aneil Kura, 2020 (16 JUL 20:30); BINTI d. Frederike Migom, 2019 + Short: YASMINA d. Ali Esmili & Claire Cahen, 2018 (19 JUL 20:40);  WHILE WE LIVE aka Medan vi lever d. Dani Kouyaté, 2016 + Short: LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER d. Roxy Rezvany, 2020 (20 JUL 20:30); THE NAMESAKE 35MM d. Mira Nair, 2006 (21 JUL 20:40).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE GIRL aka Eltávozott nap d. Márta Mészáros, 1968 (16 JUL 20:50); BINDING SENTIMENTS aka Holdudvar d. Márta Mészáros, 1969 (17 JUL 15:20); THE HEIRESSES 4K aka Orökség d. Márta Mészáros, 1980 (18 JUL 15:20); DON’T CRY, PRETTY GIRLS! aka Szép lányok, ne sírjatok! d. Márta Mészáros, 1970 (18 JUL 18:40); RIDDANCE 4K aka Szabad lélegzet d. Márta Mészáros, 1973 (21 JUL 21:00); ADOPTION aka Örökbefogadás d. Márta Mészáros, 1975 (22 JUL 20:30).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): NOSTALGHIA d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983 (16 JUL 20:00); STALKER d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 (17 JUL 19:15); SOLARIS d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972 (18 JUL 19:15).

DOCUMENTARIES at The Prince Charles (from 09 JUL)

ÉRIC ROHMER at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): PAULINE AT THE BEACH aka Pauline à la plage d. Éric Rohmer, 1983 (22 JUL 18:10).

FEMALE LEADS at Everyman Broadgate

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): UNDER THE SKIN d. Jonathan Glazer, 2013 (17 JUL 21:00).

FILM4 CLASSICS at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BHAJI ON THE BEACH d. Gurinda Chadha, 1993 (19 JUL various); SEXY BEAST d. Jonathan Glazer, 2000 (21 JUL various).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BOOGIE NIGHTS 35MM d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997 (18 JUL 19:45); MAGNOLIA 35MM d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999 (22 JUL 20:00).


JAMES BOND 007 at The Prince Charles

JOIN THE #BONGHIVE at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MEMORIES OF MURDER d. Salinui chueok d. Bong Joon-ho, 2003 (17 JUL 15:15 / 19 JUL 12:00).

L.A. NIGHTS at Backyard Cinema

  • Continues at Capital Studios (check venue for listings).

MIAMI BEACH at Backyard Cinema

  • Continues at Capital Studios (check venue for listings).

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles


SPLASH, SCRATCH, DUNK! FILMS MADE BY HAND at Barbican Cinema (from 08 JUL)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)Breaking Down (22 JUL 18:30).

STUDIO GHIBLI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ONLY YESTERDAY d. Isao Takahata, 1991 (18 JUL 11:30 – SUB).


TEEN MOVIES at The Prince Charles

THAT’S KINO, BABY! at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SUNSET BLVD. 35MM d. Billy Wilder, 1950 (17 JUL 12:45); CINEMA PARADISO aka Nuovo Cinema Paradiso d. Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988 (18 JUL 14:15); BOOGIE NIGHTS 35MM d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997 (18 JUL 19:45).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings)LA CAPTIVE d. Chantal Akerman, 2000 (18 JUL 14:00 / 20 JUL 18:10).

WONG KAR WAI at BFI Southbank (from 07 JUL)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): HAPPY TOGETHER 4K aka Chun gwong cha sit d. Wong Kar Wai, 1997 (16 JUL 14:30 & 14:45); IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE 4K aka Fa yeung nin wah d. Wong Kar Wai, 2000 (17 JUL 13:30 & 14:00 / 19 JUL 14:30 / 21 JUL 14:30 & 14:45); 2046 4K d. Wong Kar Wai, 2004 (17 JUL 16:10 & 20:20); AS TEARS GO BY 4K aka Wong Gok ka moon d. Wong Kar Wai, 1988 (17 JUL 20:30 / 19 JUL 20:45); CHUNGKING EXPRESS 4K aka Chung Hing sam lam d. Wong Kar Wai, 1994 (18 JUL 18:00 / 20 JUL 20:45 / 20 JUL 21:00 / 21 JUL 18:15 / 22 JUL 14:40); DAYS OF BEING WILD 4K aka Ah Fei jing juen d. Wong Kar Wai, 1990 (19 JUL 18:00 & 18:10 / 22 JUL 20:45); THE GRANDMASTER aka Yi dai zong shi d. Wong Kar Wai, 2013 (20 JUL 18:00 / 22 JUL 20:50); ASHES OF TIME REDUX 35MM aka Dung che sai duk d. Wong Kar Wai, 2008 (21 JUL 20:45); THE HAND [Extended Cut]d. Wong Kar Wai, 2004 (22 JUL 18:30 & 18:50).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): HAPPY TOGETHER 4K aka Chun gwong cha sit d. Wong Kar Wai, 1997 (16 JUL 13:30 / 22 JUL 20:50); CHUNGKING EXPRESS 4K aka Chung Hing sam lam d. Wong Kar Wai, 1994 (16 JUL 20:45 / 17 JUL 12:30); IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE 4K aka Fa yeung nin wah d. Wong Kar Wai, 2000 (17 JUL 18:15); THE GRANDMASTER aka Yi dai zong shi d. Wong Kar Wai, 2013 (17 JUL 18:20 / 18 JUL 12:30); FALLEN ANGELS 4K aka Do lok tin si d. Wong Kar Wai, 1995 (18 JUL 20:45 / 21 JUL 18:30); DAYS OF BEING WILD 4K aka Ah Fei jing juen d. Wong Kar Wai, 1990 (20 JUL 20:55).

Archlight Outdoor Cinema on the Coaling Jetty, Battersea

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DUNKIRK d. Christopher Nolan, 2017 (19 JUL 17:30); THE DARK KNIGHT d. Christopher Nolan, 2008 (19 JUL 20:00); MOANA d. Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall & Chris Williams, 2016 (20 JUL 17:30); CALL ME BY YOUR NAME d. Luca Guadagnino, 2017 (20 JUL 20:15); FERRIS BUELLERS DAY OFF d. John Hughes, 1986 (21 JUL 17:30); MAMMA MIA! d. Phyllida Lloyd, 2008 (21 JUL 20:30); FROZEN d. Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, 2013 (22 JUL 17:30); A STAR IS BORN d. Bradley Cooper, 2018 (22 JUL 20:15).

Deeper Into Movies at Dalston Roof Park

  • Includes (check promoter for full listings): NOMADLAND d. Chloé Zhao, 2020 (19 JUL 19:30).

The Luna Cinema at various venues

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CINEMA PARADISO d. Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988 at Kenwood House (21 JUL 21:15); THE DARK KNIGHT d. Christopher Hampton, 2008 at Hampton Court Palace (21 JUL 21:15); JOKER d. Todd Phillips, 2019 at Clapham Common (22 JUL 21:15); PRETTY WOMAN Garry Marshall, 1990 at Kenwood House (22 JUL 21:15); TOP GUN d. Tony Scott, 1986 at Hampton Court Palace (22 JUL 21:15).

Rooftop Cinema at Bar Elba SE1

Rooftop Film Club, Peckham

Rooftop Film Club, Stratford East

Sunset Screening Sessions at The Homestead Cafe at Beckenham Park Place (02 JUL to 06 AUG):

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ROCKS d. Sarah Gavron, 2020 (16 JUL 21:00).
This is a film still from SUMMER OF SOUL (d. Questlove, 2021) which opens across London this week.


This is a film still from THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT (2021) which screens at Bertha DocHouse today (14 July 2021).

THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT d. Julien Faraut, 2021

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