This is a film still from KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER (2014), presented by No Bollox Film Club at The Castle Cinema (22 June 2021).
THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [18 to 24 JUN 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.

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


Turn your gambling into gold with the National Lottery Cinema Weekend (19 to 20 JUN). All you need is evidence of your vice (a ticket, scratch card or some such) to claim a pair of free tickets from participating venues. This often sells out everywhere, and with capacity still limited, you’ve got to be in it to win it…

As you probably know, we love our horror at RADIANT CIRCUS, so Ben Wheatley’s new film, IN THE EARTH was bound to be one of our top picks of this week’s new releases. That settles alongside IT MUST BE HEAVEN, and the extraordinary THE REASON I JUMP which suitably gets a number of relaxed screenings and some director Q&As across town. Full listings below.

The week gets topped and tailed with two special events we really like the look of. On 18 JUN, Rhythm & Views Film Festival and Black Stock Films present a special online screening of Christine Swanson’s 2020 gospel biopic, THE CLARK SISTERS: FIRST LADIES OF GOSPEL (18 JUN 18:30). Then, at the end of our screen week, Rochester Kino’s Nick Walker is back for another Cult Classic Collective at Genesis Cinema with a crisp restoration of Jodorowsky’s THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (24 JUN 18:15). Also at Genesis, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest resume their regular Flings with screening of a film we loved at this year’s online BFI Flare, REBEL DYKES (23 JUN 18:30). And finally, Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club are back with another of their sure-to-be sold out screenings at The Castle Cinema: THE BIRDS 16MM (24 JUN 19:30 also 27 JUN 14:00 / 04 JUL 13:30).

London’s indie venues are packed this week with festival screenings, either with exhibitors catching up for lost time (like Doc’n Roll Festival and Queer East) or new events taking to the city’s reopened screens (like the London Migration Film Festival, Barnes Film Festival, SERET Israeli Film Festival, and the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival). The SERET festival welcomes the return of JW3 to in-venue screenings. We’ve tried to list as many IRL events as possible. Several festivals are matching their in-venue-screenings with extensive online programmes, so follow the links below to find out what’s online.

Looking ahead, The Prince Charles has announced the return of full-capacity all-day/nighters to their schedules with THE LORD OF THE RINGS [Theatrical Editions] (28 AUG 21:00 / 30 AUG 12:00). The fabled West End venue had this to say: “We know it’s a gamble to put these shows on sale and to hope for the best, but as we continue to work our way out of the darkness of the last year we need to have some full-capacity shows on sale to help restore financial stability for the years ahead.” They will cancel/refund all tickets if social distancing measures persist. Booking now.

As to our Featured Attraction Of the Week, we’re delighted to see No Bollox Film Club return to The Castle Cinema with KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER, which they describe as “A film about elusive, fabled treasure, about dreams, endurance, depression, humanity. Also there’s a cute bunny.” Which sounds a lot like the last 15 months…

See you in the darkness,

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS


KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER d. David Zellner, 2014 presented by No Bollocks Film Club at The Castle Cinema (22 JUN 19:00):

  • “Frustrated with her mundane life, a Tokyo office worker (Rinko Kikuchi) becomes obsessed with a fictional movie [FARGO!] that she mistakes for a documentary. Fixating on a scene where stolen cash is buried in North Dakota, she travels to America to find it.”
  • No Bollocks Film Club: “No fuss, no bother, no bollocks. Just great films.”

FRIDAY 18 JUN

ONLINE

SATURDAY 19 JUN

ONLINE

SUNDAY 20 JUN

MONDAY 21 JUN

ONLINE

TUESDAY 22 JUN

ONLINE

WEDNESDAY 23 JUN

THURSDAY 24 JUN

ONLINE

  • Film Q&A: SURGE with director Aneil Karia presented online by BAFTA (24 JUN 19:00 – FREE online event).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing)

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DIE HARD 70MM d. John McTiernan, 1988 (18 JUN 21:00).

AGNÈS VARDA SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles (from 08 JUN)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 aka Cléo de 5 à 7 d. Agnès Varda, 1962 (21 JUN 12:00 / 23 JUN 18:15).

ANIMA(C)TION at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)FUNAN d. Denis Do, 2018 + Intro by the director (20 JUN 13:30).

ANIME SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles (ongoing)

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles (ongoing)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)FARGO 35MM d. Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, 1996 (20 JUN 20:35); SUBMARINE 35MM d. Richard Ayoade, 2010 (daily 18 to 24 JUN various times); A SUMMER’S TALE 35MM aka Éric Rohmer, 1996 (22 JUN 18:25); HARD EIGHT aka Sydney d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1996 (23 JUN 13:30).

BEST OF CÉSAR 2021 at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)ARAB BLUES aka Un Divan à Tunis d. Manele Labidi, 2019 (20 JUN 18:05).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE TIMELESS BEAUTY OF BLACK & WHITE at BFI Southbank

DREAM PALACE at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)THE ELEPHANT MAN d. David Lynch, 1980 + Recorded intro by director Prano Bailey-Bond (19 JUN 12:00); SYNDROMES & A CENTURY 35MM (d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006) + Pre-recorded intro by director Chaitanya Tamhane (19 JUN 17:50); BROADCAST NEWS d. James L Brooks, 1987 (19 JUN 20:20); THE WARRIORS d. Walter Hill, 1979 + Intro by director Asif Kapadia (21 JUN 18:00); BEGINNING d. Dea Kulumbegashvili, 2020 + Pre-recorded intro by director Luca Guadagnino (22 JUN 20:30); THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER d. Peter Greenaway, 1989 (24 JUN 20:30).

ÉRIC ROHMER at The Prince Charles

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): HARD EIGHT aka Sydney d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1996 (23 JUN 13:30).

HER VOICE: BLACK WOMEN FROM THE SPOTLIGHT TO THE SCREEN at BFI Southbank

JAMES BOND 007 at The Prince Charles

JOIN THE #BONGHIVE at The Prince Charles (from 01 JUN)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MEMORIES OF MURDER d. Bong Joon Ho, 2003 (22 JUN 21:00).

L.A. NIGHTS at Backyard Cinema

MIAMI BEACH at Backyard Cinema

REFUGEE WEEK at Ciné Lumière (JUN)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)FAHIM d. Pierre-François Martin-Laval, 2019 (19 JUN 14:00); FUNAN d. Denis Do, 2018 + Intro by the director (20 JUN 13:30).

RETURN TO THE CITY at Barbican

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)QUEEN OF DIAMONDS d. Nina Menkes, 1991 at Barbican Cinema (19 JUN 18:15).

ROBERT ALTMAN: AMERICAN OUTSIDER at BFI Southbank

SERGIO LEONE’S DOLLARS TRILOGY at The Prince Charles (from 03 JUN)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY 35MM aka Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo d. Sergio Leone, 1966 (18 JUN 14:50 / 20 JUN 17:20 / 21 JUN 14:20 / 23 JUN 20:30 / 24 JUN 14:40).

STUDIO GHIBLI at The Prince Charles

TALES OF TOMORROW: SCI-FI SELECTIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): GALAXY QUEST 35MM d. Dean Parisot, 1999 (19 JUN 18:00).

TEEN MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CLUELESS d. Amy Heckerling, 1995 presented by Unicorn Nights (18 JUN 20:30).

THAT’S KINO, BABY! at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN d. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952 (22 JUN 13:05); PEEPING TOM d. Michael Powell, 1960 (22 JUN 20:30).

WOMEN PIONEERS OF FRENCH CINEMA at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)DIABOLO MENTHE d. Diane Kurys & Eléonore Klarwein, 1977 (20 JUN 14:00 / 22 JUN 18:30).

Deeper Into Movies at Dalston Roof Park

  • Includes (check promoter for full listings): DINNER IN AMERICA d. Adam Rehmeier, 2020 (20 JUN 19:30 – FREE!).

Rooftop Cinema at Bar Elba SE1

Rooftop Film Club, Peckham

Rooftop Film Club, Stratford East



This is a film still from IT MUST BE HEAVEN (2019).

IT MUST BE HEAVEN d. Elia Suleiman, 2019

  • Also (other films/venues may be available!): THE RETURN: LIFE AFTER ISIS d. Alba Sotorra Clua, 2021 at Bertha DocHouse (from 20 to 23 JUN) // THE VIEWING BOOTH d. Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, 2019 at Bertha DocHouse (daily from 18 to 24 JUN various times).

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*THE SMALL PRINT: Opinions author’s own. // As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version only. // Event dates/times/formats are subject to change by the venue/organiser. Events may already be sold out at the time of posting, so please click quickly. // We try to list as many original format screenings as we can (8 to 70MM), but sometimes formats change due to age of the print, availability, logistics etc, so please check ahead with your venue if the format is your thing. // All images are used in the spirit of fair use for reporting & review – no ownership is implied or intended / unless otherwise credited to RADIANT CIRCUS as the original rights holder. We will remove any images immediately upon request – just get in touch. // We don’t filter our listings by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should therefore be 18+. // Finally, we always try to follow The Carny Code by “not screwing up anyone else’s game”, but everyone can make mistakes… If something does go wrong, we will always do our best to put it right. //.