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SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [16 to 31 DEC 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

TOKEN HOMO hosts BAR TRASH at Genesis Cinema & Rule Zero. Tickets £1 – Booking now!

Hi everyone!

It’s my time of the year to sign off from listing and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

This screen guide should be enough to see you through until the dawn of 2023. I’ll be back with a new roundup of January’s seasons and film festivals before you know it.

Of course, not everyone celebrates Christmas, and not everyone will have somewhere warm to be on Christmas Day. For those reasons and more, maybe JW3’s offering of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE on Sunday 25 December can be the company you need.

Thank you for all of your support this year, through the ups and downs in my own blogging life, as well as in the pursuit of great cinema. I’ll see you in the darkness again soon. Stay safe,

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS

P.S. – If you want to celebrate 2022 with me, join me for my three final BAR TRASH nights of 2022, where we celebrate lurid B movies from yesteryear with a drink or two… PROPHECY at Genesis (20 DEC); CHRISTMAS EVIL at Rule Zero (21 DEC); and, GRIZZLY also at Rule Zero (28 DEC). Tickets just £1. See you there…? x

THE SILENT PARTNER d. Daryl Duke, 1978 presented by Cinema Rising at The Garden Cinema (19 DEC 20:30).

“Miles Cullen, an eccentric bank teller played by Elliott Gould, notices something strange about a man dressed as Santa in the building where he works. Correctly predicting he is planning a robbery, Miles devises a scheme to keep part of the loot for himself. Things quickly get out of hand when the perp (a genuinely frightening Christopher Plummer) realises who has the cash.”

This screening is presented by Cinema Rising, a London-based film project that includes a double-feature podcast, an online journal, and a programme of in-person events. Find out more at cinemarising.com

FRIDAY 16 DEC

SATURDAY 17 DEC

SUNDAY 18 DEC

  • THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT d. Peter Greenaway, 1982 at JW3 (18 DEC 17:40 / 19 DEC 19:45 / 20 DEC 17:30).
  • FANNY & ALEXANDER d. Ingmar Bergman, 1982 at Rio Cinema (18 DEC 16:15).
  • NOPE d. Jordan Peele, 2022 at Whirled Cinema (18 DEC 17:00).
  • RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE d. Jalmari Helander, 2010 presented by Babel Movie Club at Babel Art House (18 DEC 18:00).
  • SIMURG d. Ruhi Karadag, 2012 + Q&A at Rio Cinema (18 DEC 15:30).
  • WITH FAITH IN GOD d. Mihajlo Al. Popović, 1932 + Intro by Mina Radović at Close-Up (18 DEC 17:00).

MONDAY 19 DEC

  • THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT d. Peter Greenaway, 1982 at JW3 (19 DEC 19:45 / 20 DEC 17:30).
  • THE HOLIDAY d. Nancy Meyers, 2006 presented by Trasnmissions at Dalston Superstore (19 DEC 19:00).
  • THE SILENT PARTNER d. Daryl Duke, 1978 presented by Cinema Rising at The Garden Cinema (19 DEC 20:30).

ONLINE

  • Short Film Day online programme presented by Istituto Italiano di Cultura Londra (19 DEC – FREE!).

TUESDAY 20 DEC

  • THE BEST MAN d. Malcolm D. Lee, 1999 + Short + Panel + Performance, presented by The New Black Collective at Leytonstone Library (20 DEC 16:00).
  • BLAST OF SILENCE d. Allen Baron, 1961 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (20 DEC 20:00).
  • BLOOD SIMPLE d. Joel Coen, 1984 + Live podcast recording by The Cinematologists at The Garden Cinema (20 DEC 19:00).
  • THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT d. Peter Greenaway, 1982 at JW3 (20 DEC 17:30).
  • Christmas Special: EMMA d. Clarence Brown, 1932 presented by Women & Cocaine in celebration of Marie Dressler at The Cinema Museum (20 DEC 19:30).
  • HILMA d. Lasse Hallström, 2022 at The David Lean (20 DEC 19:30).
  • Preview: PETER VON KANT d. François Ozon, 2022 at ICA (20 DEC 18:45).
  • TOKYO GODFATHERS d. Kon Satoshi, 2003 at Japan House London (20 DEC 18:30 – FREE!).

WEDNESDAY 21 DEC

  • BATMAN RETURNS d. Tim Burton, 1992 presented by FAB Film Club at The Old Nuns Head (21 DEC 19:45).
  • BLACK ANGEL d. Roy William Neill, 1946 presented by Kennington Noir at The Cinema Museum (21 DEC 19:30).
  • CASQUE D’OR d. Jacques Becker, 1952 at JW3 (21 DEC 15:20).
  • GOOD MORNING d. Yasujiro Ozu, 1959 at The Garden Cinema (21 DEC 20:30).
  • MY TWENTIETH CENTURY + MADAME A DES ENVIES ds. Ildikó Enyedi, 1989 + Alice Guy, 1907 presented by The Machine That Eats Bad People at ICA (21 DEC 18:45).

THURSDAY 22 DEC

  • ALYAM ALYAM d. Ahmed El Maanouni, 1978 + Masterlcass with the director at ICA (22 DEC 18:30).
  • THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY d. Malcolm D. Lee, 2013 + Short + Panel + Performance, presented by The New Black Collective at Leytonstone Library (22 DEC 16:00).
  • LIVING d. Oliver Hermanus, 2022 at The David Lean (22 DEC 14:30 HOH & 19:30 / 05 JAN 14:30 & 19:30).

FRIDAY 23 to SATURDAY 31 DEC [BY DATE]

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

IMAX PRESENTATIONS at BFI IMAX

’00s 35MM SEASON at Everyman Screen on the Green

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): KISS KISS BANG BANG 35mm d. Shane Black, 2005 (17 DEC 23:00 / 20 DEC 17:30 / 21 DEC 10:30).

ANNIVERSARY SEASON at Everyman Belsize Park

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): FANNY & ALEXANDER d. Ingmar Bergman, 1982 (18 DEC 13:30 / 19 DEC 19:30).

BAR TRASH at Genesis Cinema and Rule Zero

  • Includes (check venue for listings): PROPHECY dir John Frankenheimer, 1979 + Intro, intermission, film chat, prize giveaways & themed drinks at Genesis Cinema (20 DEC 20:30 – £1); CHRISTMAS EVIL aka You Better Watch Out aka Terror In Toyland dir Lewis Jackson, 1980 + Intro, intermission, film chat, prize giveaways & themed drinks at Rule Zero (21 DEC 19:30 – £1); GRIZZLY dir William Girdler, 1976 + Intro, intermission, film chat, prize giveaways & themed drinks at Rule Zero (28 DEC 19:30 – £1).
  • Presented by TOKEN HOMO.

BEST OF 2022 at Bertha DocHouse

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN d. Peter Middleton & James Spinney, 2021 (23 DEC 16:00 / 27 DEC 17:45 / 28 DEC 13:45); THE VELVET QUEEN: SNOW LEOPARD d. Marie Amiguet & Vincent Munier, 2021 (23 DEC 18:30 / 26 DEC 18:20 / 29 DEC 16:20 / 01 DEC 17:00); AILEY d. Jamila Wignot, 2021 (24 DEC 14:00 / 26 DEC 16:20 / 29 DEC 18:20); ASCENSION d. Jessica Kingdon, 2020 (24 DEC 16:00 / 28 DEC 18:20 / 01 JAN 15:00); FLEE d. Jonas Poher Rasmussen, 2021 (27 DEC 15:50 / 30 DEC 15:00 / 03 JAN 14:20 / 05 JAN 18:20); MOONAGE DAYDREAM d. Brett Morgen, 2022 (27 DEC 20:00 / 31 DEC 15:00 / 01 JAN 19:00); EXPOSING MUYBRIDGE d. Marc Shaffer, 2021 (29 DEC 20:20 / 02 JAN 18:00 / 04 JAN 16:20); TAMING THE GARDEN d. Salomé Jashi, 2021 (30 DEC 17:00 / 03 JAN 18:20 / 05 JAN 20:20); REVOLUTION OF OUR TIMES d. Kiwi Chow, 2022 (30 DEC 19:00 / 02 JAN 15:00 / 04 JAN 19:00); ALL THAT BREATHES d. Shaunak Sen, 2022 (31 DEC 18:00 / 03 JAN 20:20 / 05 JAN 14:20).

CELLULOID SUNDAY at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for listings): CALENDAR 16mm d. Atom Egoyan, 1993 (18 DEC 16:45); SUTURE 35mm d. Scott McGehee & David Siegel, 1993 (18 DEC 18:40).

CHRISTMAS at ArtHouse Crouch End

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (16 DEC 13:00 / 19 DEC 12:30 / 21 DEC 13:00 / 23 DEC 15:30); THE BISHOP’S WIFE d. Henry Koster, 1947 (16 DEC 15:00 / 20 DEC 14:00 / 22 DEC 18:00); ELF d. Jon Favreau, 2003 (17 DEC 13:00 / 19 DEC 15:00 / 22 DEC 12:30 / 24 DEC 12:00); IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE d. Frank Capra, 1946 (17 DEC 15:15 / 18 DEC 15:30 / 19 DEC 14:45 / 21 DEC 20:00 / 23 DEC 17:45 / 24 DEC 14:15).

CHRISTMAS at Catford Mews

CHRISTMAS at Chiswick Cinema

CHRISTMAS at The Cinema In The Arches

CHRISTMAS at Everyman Cinemas

CHRISTMAS at The Garden Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (17 DEC 13:00 / 18 DEC 13:00 / 27 DEC 14:00 / 28 DEC 15:00); WHITE CHRISTMAS d. Michael Curtiz, 1954 (23 DEC 20:10 / 24 DEC 18:10 – Pay What You Can); FANNY AND ALEXANDER d. Ingmar Bergman, 1982 (24 DEC 14:35 / 27 DEC 16:00 / 28 DEC 18:30 – Pay What You Can); HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (27 DEC 17:00 / 28 DEC 14:00 – Pay What You Can); IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE d. Frank Capra, 1946 (27 DEC 19:15 / 28 DEC 17:00 – Pay What You Can).

CHRISTMAS at JW3

CHRISTMAS at Olympic Studios

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (17 DEC 10:30); ELF d. Jon Favreau, 2003 (17 DEC 17:10 / 20 DEC 17:00 / 22 DEC 17:00); THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (18 DEC 10:40); IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE d. Frank Capra, 1946 (18 DEC 15:45 / 21 DEC 14:10 / 24 DEC 15:00); FANNY & ALEXANDER d. Ingmar Bergman, 1982 (20 DEC 19:00 / 23 DEC 13:00); DIE HARD d. John McTiernan, 1988 (23 DEC 20:50).

CHRISTMAS at Phoenix Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): GREMLINS d. Joe Dante, 1984 (16 DEC 20:00); THE POLAR EXPRESS PJ Party d. Robert Zemeckis, 2003 (17 DEC 12:00); HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (17 DEC 14:30 / 20 DEC 17:30); THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (17 DEC 17:00 / 19 DEC 12:45); THE HOLIDAY d. Nancy Meyers, 2006 (17 DEC 19:30); FANNY AND ALEXANDER d. Ingmar Bergman, 1982 (18 DEC 15:00); DIE HARD d. John McTiernan, 1988 (18 DEC 19:15); ARTHUR CHRISTMAS d. Sarah Smith, 2010 (19 DEC 15:00); THE BISHOP’S WIFE d. Henry Koster, 1947 (19 DEC 17:30); LOVE ACTUALLY d. Richard Curtis, 2003 (19 DEC 20:00); THE SNOWMAN + THE SNOWMAN & THE SNOWDOG d. Hilary Audus (20 DEC 13:00); IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE d. Frank Capra, 1946 (20 DEC 14:30); ELF d. Jon Favreau, 2003 (21 DEC 19:00).

CHRISTMAS at The Prince Charles

CHRISTMAS at Regent Street Cinema

CHRISTMAS at Riverside Studios

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE d. Frank Capra, 1946 (17 DEC 14:10 / 18 DEC 20:00 / 19 DEC 20:00 / 23 DEC 17:30 / 24 DEC 15:30); THE BISHOP’S WIFE d. Henry Koster, 1947 (17 DEC 20:00 / 18 DEC 14:00 / 19 DEC 12:10); HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (20 DEC 18:00); THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (21 DEC 18:00); ELF d. Jon Favreau, 2003 (22 DEC 18:15);

CHRISTMAS at Rivoli Ballroom

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (22 DEC 15:30); DIE HARD d. John McTiernan, 1988 (22 DEC 19:00); ELF d. Jon Favreau, 2003 (23 DEC 15:30); LOVE ACTUALLY d. Richard Curtis, 2003 (23 DEC 19:00).

CHRISTMAS FILMS at BFI Southbank

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL at Ciné Lumière

FILM PICKS OF THE YEAR at ArtHouse Crouch End

FRAMES OF MIND: THE FILMS OF PETER GREENAWAY at BFI Southbank 

HOLLYWOOD ON HOLLYWOOD at The Garden Cinema

IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS at BFI Southbank 

JEAN-LUC GODARD: PERSPECTIVES at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BREATHLESS aka A bout de souffle d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1959 (16 DEC 16:20 / 06 JAN 16:30 / 07 JAN 19:50 / 08 JAN 11:45); BANDE À PART d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1964 (17 DEC 16:50 / 19 DEC 20:35 / 20 DEC 17:50); PIERROT LE FOU d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1965 (18 DEC 11:15 & 19:15 / 21 DEC 18:00 / 10 JAN 18:15); LE MÉPRIS aka Contempt d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1963 (21 DEC 20:15 / 07 JAN 13:30).

JONAS MEEKAS 100! at Close-Up

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

OVER THE RAINBOW at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE WIZARD OF OZ 4K d. Victor Fleming, 1939 (16 DEC 20:30 / 18 DEC 15:15); MULHOLLAND DRIVE 4K d. David Lynch, 2001 (19 DEC 20:15 / 28 DEC 20:15 / 30 DEC 20:15); BLUE VELVET 4K d. David Lynch, 1986 (21 DEC 20:40 / 27 DEC 15:00 / 07 JAN 20:30 / 20 JAN 20:35); WILD AT HEART d. David Lynch, 1990 (22 DEC 20:35 / 30 DEC 17:50); THE ELEPHANT MAN 4K d. David Lynch, 1980 (23 DEC 20:40).

PCC 60TH ANNIVERSARY at The Prince Charles

TRINTIGNANT: THE NON-CONFORMIST at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for listings): Z aka Il est vivant d. Costa-Gavras, 1969 (18 DEC 12:30 / 15 JAN 14:00 / 17 JAN 18:00).

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): CHUNGKING EXPRESS d. Wong Kar Wai, 1994 (17 DEC 13:15 / 28 DEC 18:00 / 04 JAN 18:10 / 11 JAN 18:15 / 20 JAN 15:30 / 21 JAN 18:15 / 24 JAN 15:35 / 25 JAN 12:45); IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE d. Wong Kar Wai, 2000 (18 DEC 14:45 / 19 DEC 12:45 – 4K / 21 DEC 21:00 / 31 DEC 13:00 – 4K / 02 JAN 18:25 / 06 JAN 21:00 / 22 JAN 17:20); DAYS OF BEING WILD d. Wong Kar Wai, 1990 (27 DEC 17:30 – 4K / 13 JAN 15:45 – 4K / 14 JAN 18:15 – 4K / 16 JAN 15:45 – 4K / 17 JAN 20:45 / 19 JAN 13:00); FALLEN ANGELS d. Wong Kar Wai, 1995 (29 DEC 17:00 – 4K / 27 JAN 12:35 / 28 JAN 15:45); HAPPY TOGETHER d. Wong Kar Wai, 1997 (30 DEC 17:10 – 4K).

XMAS SCREENINGS at ActOne Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE BISHOP’S WIFE d. Henry Koster, 1947 (16 DEC 15:45 / 19 DEC 18:15); THE HOLIDAY d. Nancy Meyers, 2006 (16 DEC 18:15 / 20 DEC 11:30 P&B / 23 DEC 20:45); THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 (17 DEC 14:30 / 18 DEC 13:45 / 19 DEC 15:45 / 20 DEC 15:45 / 21 DEC 16:00 / 22 DEC 15:45 / 23 DEC 16:00); FANNY AND ALEXANDER d. Ingmar Bergman, 1982 (17 DEC 16:45 / 18 DEC 16:00); HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (20 DEC 18:15 / 22 DEC 11:30 RS / 23 DEC 18:30); GREMLINS d. Joe Dante, 1984 (21 DEC 18:30); DIE HARD d. John McTiernan, 1988 (22 DEC 20:45).

CORSAGE dir Marie Kreutzer, 2022 (from 26 DEC):

WHITNEY HOUSTON: I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY dir Kassi lemons, 2022 (from 26 DEC):

THE QUEEN OF SPADES dir Thorold Dickinson, 1949 (from 23 DEC):

Also 16 to 31 DEC (various dates / times / venues):

  • ANONYMOUS CLUB d. Danny Cohen, 2022 at: Bertha DocHouse / ICA.
  • FAR BEYOND THE PASTURELANDS d. Maude Plante-Husaruk & Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis, 2021 at: Bertha DocHouse.
  • FIDDLER’S JOURNEY TO THE BIG SCREEN d. Daniel Raim, 2022 (from 21 DEC): JW3.
  • INDIA SWEETS AND SPICES d. Greta Malik, 2021 at: Watermans.
  • THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL d. Brian Henson, 1992 at: Peckhamplex
  • THE UNREDACTED aka Jihad Rehab d. Meg Smaker, 2022 at: ArtHouse Crouch End.
  • WILDCAT d. Melissa Lesh & Trevor Beck Frost, 2022 (from 23 DEC): Bertha DocHouse.

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