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

Join us for the second of our Q-RATED! #QueerHorrorNights at The Castle Cinema: CARRIE (2013) Sunday 10 April 14:00.

Welcome to another screen week! Let’s kick the popcorn out from underneath our feet and get on with it…

Your week of special events starts with some fabulous genre offerings, including a free screening of BACK TO THE FUTURE from, The Gothique Film Society’s queer-inflected double-bill of monster movies, DRACULA’S DAUGHTERLADY FRANKENSTEIN at The Cinema Museum, and an always welcome screening of THE LAST DRAGON featuring Taimak and Vanity at The Prince Charles (all 18 MAR)*.

Women & Cocaine own your Saturday with a special 16mm proto queer/pre-Code Clara Bow vehicle, CALL HER SAVAGE at The Cinema Museum (19 MAR). Then, Sunday gets hectic with a special presentation of CATHY COME HOME at ArtHouse Crouch End, LUX’s opening event for their exhibition of Adam Lewis Jacob’s IDRISH (ইদ্রিস), We Are Parable’s presentation of the works of John Akomfrah at Rio Cinema, Ciné-Real projecting Henri-Georges Clouzot’s THE WAGES OF FEAR from 16mm at The Castle, and The Vito Project returning to The Cinema Museum with a 35mm presentation of Hitchcock’s REBECCA which launches their Re-Opening The Celluloid Closet series (all 20 MAR!).

Deeper Into Movies gives you a great indie destination on Monday with preview screening of Abel Ferrara’s new provocation, ZEROS AND ONES at Moth Club (21 MAR). Tuesday brings you two of London’s finest film clubs, with Wimbledon Film Club taking you on a deep dive into Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS with film historian Peter Evans, and Tufnell Park Film Club paying tribute to one of the big screen’s most legendary pioneers, Douglas Trumbull’s SILENT RUNNING (both 22 MAR). Kennington Bioscope brings all of their amazing energy to a Wednesday double-bill of MIDNIGHT MOLLY 35mm + THE PRIMROSE PATH (23 MAR), and Highgate Film Society wraps your week with Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s SALT OF THE EARTH (24 MAR).

Film seasons pretty much continue as we we’ve become used to this month. Close-Up stages the penultimate event in our Featured Attraction of the Month, MARA MATTUSCHKA: DIFFERENT FACES OF AN ANTI-DIVA, and Genesis Cinema gets started with their tasty season of one-shot wonders, ONE AND DONE. I’d also book to see BRENDAN FRASER in the THE MUMMY: DOUBLE FEATURE 35mm at The Prince Charles if I had the time… not because I’ve lost my critical faculties, it’s just been a very long while since I’ve been on the Revenge of the Mummy Ride. We all have our weaknesses… Fairground dark rides are (amongst…) mine!

I’ve spotted several new festival openings this week, including the always incredible Essay Film Festival (19 MAR to 23 APR), the massively popular Hong Kong Film Festival (19 to 27 MAR) and some ‘best of the fest’ screenings from London Short Film Festival (19 & 20 MAR) and Oska Bright Film Festival (19 & 21 MAR). BFI Flare continues to blaze a bright LGBTQIA+ light with its takeover of BFI Southbank (16 to 27 MAR).

Amongst this week’s new releases, I’ve highlighted Mariama Diallo’s feature debut MASTER, the long-awaited arrival of Jacques Audiard’s PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT (…remember all those Valentine’s Day previews?), and Craig Roberts’ THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN. But there’s a lot going on, so do check out the GRIND SHOW section for all the relevant details.

Picking up on last week’s fundraisers for Ukraine, there are multiple screenings of a short film programme from ENCOUNTERS film festival this week, as well as co-ordinated industry efforts to get behind Elie Grappe’s new feature, OLGA. Scroll through our daily listings for full details. If you’re planning on screening a fundraiser for humanitarian relief in Ukraine, then please drop me a line so we can help promote it for you.

I’ve chosen Mariama Diallo’s MASTER at Peckhamplex and Barbican as my Featured Attraction of the Week because Black women directing horror really should be higher up other people’s priority lists…

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.


PS – I had a great time working with The Celluloid Sorceress and Supakino on their MIDNIGHT EXCESS Vanity double-bill, BERRY GORDY’S THE LAST DRAGON / NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE back in 2019 at the Rio. You can read a great interview with Taimak by New York based writer and comic Jourdain Searles HERE!

RADIANT CIRCUS is delighted to announce the next screening supported by #ReviveTheDark, our audience-backed campaign for distinctive/DIY cinema! Sonic Cinema presents AUSTRIAN SYNAESTHETIC CINEMA at Cafe OTO (06 MAY 20:00).

MASTER d. Mariama Diallo, 2022 at Barbican & Peckhamplex:

Three women strive to find their place at an elite New England university. As the insidious spectre of racism haunts the campus in an increasingly supernatural fashion, each fights to survive in this space of privilege.









  • DETOURS d. Ekaterina Selenkina, 2021 + Virtual Q&A with the director presented by New East Cinema at Barbican (23 MAR 18:30).
  • MEMORIA d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021 at Close-Up (23 MAR 20:15).
  • MIDNIGHT MOLLY 35mm + THE PRIMROSE PATH d. Lloyd Ingraham, 1925 + Harry O. Hoyt, 1925 + Intro by Michelle Facey & Live piano accompaniment by Meg Morley & Costas Fotopolous presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (23 MAR 19:30).
  • THE NOVICE d. Lauren Hadaway, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Finsbury Park (23 MAR 20:00).
  • OXIDE GHOSTS: THE BRASS EYE TAPES + Q&A with director Michael Cumming at Picturehouse Clapham (23 MAR 20:30).
  • PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN d. Emarald Fennell, 2020 at Whirled Cinema (23 MAR 20:00 / 27 MAR 17:00).
  • REAR WINDOW d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954 + Intro by William Reiss at Riverside Studios (23 MAR 14:45).
  • REBELLION d. Maia Kenworthy & Elena Sa´nchez Bellot, 2021 + Q&A at Rio Cinema (23 MAR 18:30).
  • THE SOUVENIR PART II d. Joanna Hogg, 2021 at The David Lean (23 MAR 19:30).
  • THE TRIAL OF ANWAR R + Q&A with the filmmakers at Frontline Club (23 MAR 19:00).


35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE MASTER 70mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012 (21 MAR 14:50). 

007 SEASON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER 4K d. Guy Hamilton, 1971 (19 MAR 14:25 / 24 MAR 15:15).

70S CINEMA LATE NIGHTS 35MM at Everyman Screen On The Green

1982 SEASON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL d. Steven Spielberg, 1982 (18 MAR 15:20 / 20 MAR 15:30 / 22 MAR 15:35 / 24 MAR 18:15).

AKIRA KUROSAWA at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)SEVEN SAMURAI 35mm d. Akira Kurosawa, 1954 (19 MAR 17:05).

ANIME at The Prince Charles

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles (not listed in other seasons!)

BEST OF CÉSAR at Ciné Lumière

BRENDAN FRASER at The Prince Charles


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): 2046 d. Wong Kar Wai, 2004 (18 MAR 20:15); CHUNGKING EXPRESS d. Wong Kar Wai, 1994 (20 MAR 20:15); FALLEN ANGELS d. Wong Kar Wai, 1995 (24 MAR 20:15).

FOUR BY EDGAR WRIGHT at The Prince Charles

FOUR BY PENNY MARSHALL at The Prince Charles

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA at The Prince Charles


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): FAHRENHEIT 451 d. François Truffaut, 1966 (20 MAR 14:00 / 23 MAR 18:10).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ZINDER d. Aïcha Macky, 2021 (20 MAR 16:00 / 21 MAR 14:00 / 24 MAR 20:20); THE LAST SHELTER d. Ousmane Samassekou, 2021 (18 MAR 18:20 / 22 MAR 20:20 / 23 MAR 16:10); MAKONGO d. Elvis Sabin Ngaibino, 2020 (19 MAR 16:00 / 20 MAR 18:00 / 22 MAR 18:20).


MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

NORA EPHRON at The Prince Charles

ONE AND DONE at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BIRDMAN d. Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2014 (22 MAR 20:55); BOILING POINT d. Phillip Barantini, 2021 (23 MAR 21:00).

OSCAR & BAFTA NOMINEES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): LICORICE PIZZA 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2021 (until 04 APR various); PETITE MAMAN d. Céline Sciamma, 2021 (21 MAR 18:10).

STUDIO GHIBLI at Picturehouse Cinemas


THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles

MASTER d. Mariama Diallo, 2022:

PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT aka Les Olympiades d. Jacques Audiard, 2021:

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