This is a film still from SAINT JACK dir Peter Bogdanovich, 1979, presented by The Badlands Collective at ICA (24 NOV 2022).
THIS WEEK

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

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TOKEN HOMO presents a second season of BAR TRASH – TRASH PLANET – a celebration of 70s eco-horror at Genesis Cinema & Rule Zero. Tickets £1 / Double-bill £5 – Booking now!

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Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS

PS – I’d hoped to have found a simple way of highlighting 70mm, 35mm and 16mm film screenings, but a recent WordPress update has stopped that…. back to the drawing board.


SAINT JACK 35mm d. Peter Bogdanovich, 1979 presented by The Badlands Collective in tribute to Peter Bogdanovich at ICA (24 NOV 18:40).

“Peter Bogdanovich died on January 6th 2022 at the age of 82. As a director, Bogdanovich was an integral part of the New Hollywood of the 1970s, and as a critic and historian, his interviews with master filmmakers such as Howard Hawks, John Ford and Orson Welles helped sustain interest in their work for subsequent generations. A lifelong passionate cinephile, Peter Bogdanovich was a key inspiration for The Badlands Collective, and we are proud to be celebrating his life and career with a 35mm screening of his 1979 film SAINT JACK at the ICA.”

“An adaptation of the novel by Paul Theroux (which Cybill Shepherd won the rights to in a lawsuit against Playboy), SAINT JACK was filmed in Singapore in 1978, with Bogdanovich using a dummy script to fool the authorities into allowing the production to go ahead, and it remains the only American feature to be entirely shot in that country. Ben Gazzara gives one of his signature performances as Jack Flowers, a small-time hustler and pimp who dreams of one day operating his own brothel but faces external pressures from local gangs and the CIA. Charismatic, laid-back and cynical, Jack is a man who operates with certain values, and through Jack’s encounters with the various men and women who enter his orbit, SAINT JACK explores what it takes to try and be a moral man in an amoral world.” (The Badlands Collective)


FRIDAY 18 NOV

SATURDAY 19 NOV

  • A NEW OLD PLAY d. Qiu Jiongjiong, 2021 + Intro by Tony Rayns & Q&A with the director, presented by Plus One Films & Filming East Festival at The Garden Cinema (19 NOV 11:00).
  • BELOVED d. Jonathan Demme, 1998 presented by Rhythm & Views at Picturehouse West Norwood (19 NOV 19:00).
  • BIRD ATLAS d. Olmo Omerzu, 2021 + Intro/Q&A with the director at The Prince Charles (19 NOV 18:00).
  • CLARA SOLA d. Nathalie Álvarez, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Bloomsbury (19 NOV 15:00).
  • DESCENDANT d. Margaret Brown, 2022 + Q&A with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson at Picturehouse Central (19 NOV 17:00).
  • Exploding Cinema short film programme at The Cinema Museum (19 NOV 19:30).
  • FADIA’S TREE d. Sarah Beddington, 2022 + Q&A with producer Susan Simnett, raising funds for AlQuds Charitable Society for the Disabled at ActOne Cinema (19 NOV 16:00).
  • GREASE 2 d. Patricia Birch, 1982 at The Prince Charles (19 NOV 21:00).
  • HEAT [Director’s Definitive Edition] d. Michael Mann, 1995 at The Prince Charles (19 NOV 11:50 – 4K / 29 NOV 20:15 – 4K).
  • OJOBOCA: True Counterfeits + Q&A with the filmmakers, presented by ALT/KINO at ICA (19 NOV 18:30).
  • Preview: STRANGE WORLD d. Don Hall, 2022 + Q&A with actors Jake Gyllenhaal & Jaboukie Young-White, writer/co-director Qui Nguyen, producer Roy Conli & director Don Hall at BFI Southbank (19 NOV 11:30).

SUNDAY 20 NOV

MONDAY 21 NOV

TUESDAY 22 NOV

  • EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED TO TELL MY DAUGHTER ABOUT MEN d. various, 2022 + Q&A with Refuge, raising funds for Refuge at Picturehouse Clapham (22 NOV 20:30).
  • IRMA VEP d. Oliver Assayas, 1996 + Live podcast recording with The Cinematologists at The Garden Cinema (22 NOV 19:30).
  • Preview: NANNY d. Nikyatu Jusu, 2022 presented by Frightfest at Courthouse Hotel (22 NOV 19:00 – FREE!).
  • RISE aka En Corps d. Cédric Klapisch, 2022 + Q&A with the director, choreographer Hofesh Shechter, and dancers Marion Barbeau & Robinson Cassarino at Ciné Lumière (22 NOV 18:00).
  • SILENT LAND d. Aga Woszczyńska, 2021 at The David Lean (22 NOV 19:30).
  • TAREA VIDA aka Cuba’s Life Task + Virtual Q&A with co-producer Dr Helen Yaffe, presented in-venue & online by North & South London Cuba Solidarity Campaign at Sands Film Studios (22 NOV 20:00 – Donation requested).
  • VIVRE SA VIE aka My Life To Live d. Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1962 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club in tribute to the director at The Lord Palmerston (22 NOV 20:00).
  • WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING d. Olivia Newman, 2022 at Whirled Cinema (22 NOV 20:00 / 23 NOV 20:00 / 27 NOV 17:00).

TALKS etc.

WEDNESDAY 23 NOV

THURSDAY 24 NOV

  • BLACKBIRD d. Michael Flatley, 2018 at The Prince Charles (24 NOV 18:15).
  • CATHY COME HOME 16mm d. Ken Loach, 1966 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (24 NOV 19:30).
  • EL CASTILLO DE LA PUREZA aka The Castle of Purity d. Arturo Ripstein, 1972 presented by Cinema Club Fósforo at Latin American House (24 NOV 18:30 – FREE!).
  • Global Short Docs + Q&A with the filmmakers, presented by One World Media at Bertha DocHouse (24 NOV 18:20).
  • KRAI d. Aleksey Lapin, 2021 at Austrian Cultural Forum (24 NOV 19:00).
  • THE LOST KING d. Stephen Frears, 2022 at The David Lean (24 NOV 14:30 HOH & 19:30).
  • NOSFERATU d. F.W. Murnau, 1922 presented by Sydenham Film Club at The Sydenham Centre (24 NOV 19:30).
  • THE OIL MACHINE d. Emma Davie, 2022 + Intro/Panel discussion at The Lexi Cinema (24 NOV 19:00).
  • Keep It Cult: OLDBOY d. Park Chan-wook, 2003 at Catford Mews (24 NOV 19:00).
  • THE PARKING LOT MOVIE d. Meghan Eckman, 2010 presented by Doc Heads with networking before the film at The Garden Cinema (24 NOV 20:00).
  • Plex Shorts short film programme at Peckhamplex (24 NOV 20:30).
  • POSSESSION d. Andrzej Zulawski, 1981 + Intro/Salon with Nick Walker, presented by Cult Classic Collective at Genesis Cinema (24 NOV 18:05).
  • THE ROOM d. Tommy Wiseau, 2003 at The Prince Charles (24 NOV 21:00).
  • SAINT JACK 35mm d. Peter Bogdanovich, 1979 presented by The Badlands Collective in tribute to Peter Bogdanovich at ICA (24 NOV 18:40).
  • Preview: SHE SAID d. Maria Schrader, 2022 + Q&A with screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz at BFI Southbank (24 NOV 18:00).
  • UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING d. John Hyams, 2012 presented by Animus Magazine at The Prince Charles (24 NOV 20:45).
  • WITHNAIL AND I d. Bruce Robinson, 1987 + Watch-a-long Bingo presented by Rebel Reel Cine Club at ArtHouse Crouch End (24 NOV 20:30).

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): MEAN GIRLS 35mm d. Mark Waters, 2004 (19 NOV 23:00 / 23 NOV 10:30).

AU CONTRAIRE: JEAN-LUC GODARD at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)CONTEMPT d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1963 (20 NOV 20:15).

BAR TRASH / TRASH PLANET at Genesis Cinema & Rule Zero

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE PACK d. Robert Clouse, 1977 + Intro, film chat, prize giveaways & themed drinks at Rule Zero (23 NOV 20:30 – £1).
  • Presented by TOKEN HOMO.

BFI’S 100 BBC TV GAMECHANGERS at BFI Southbank

CINEMA RESTORED at Barbican

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)BOAT PEOPLE d. Ann Hui, 1982 (24 NOV 18:30).

COMMUNAL QUEER CINEMA at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN 35mm d. Ang Lee, 2015 + Short: THE SMELL OF CUT GRASS (22 NOV 20:35).
  • Curated by Levi Eddie Aluede.

DARDENNES at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT aka Deux jours, une nuit d. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 2014 (from 20 NOV).

THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles 

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LOST HIGHWAY 4K d. David Lynch, 1997 (18 NOV 15:00 / 19 NOV 20:45 / 21 NOV 12:30 / 22 NOV 15:05 / 23 NOV 18:00 – Not 4K / 24 NOV 12:40); MULHOLLAND DR. 35mm d. David Lynch, 2001 (21 NOV 12:45).

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

GARY OLDMAN at BFI Southbank

HOLLYWOOD ON HOLLYWOOD at The Garden Cinema

HORROCTOBER – A MONTH OF THRILLS, CHILLS & SPILLS at The Prince Charles

IMITATIONS OF LIFE: DECONSTRUCTING ‘CAMP’ IN CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD at The Cinema Museum 

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BEYOND THE FOREST 35mm+ QUEEN BEE 16mm ds. King Vidor, 1949 + Ranald MacDougall, 1955 + Intro/discussion in partnership with Women & Cocaine (20 NOV 16:00).

IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS at BFI Southbank 

THE INFERNAL AFFAIRS TRILOGY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): INFERNAL AFFAIRS d. Andrew Lau Wai-keung & Alan Mak, 2002 (18 NOV 15:25 / 19 NOV 13:00 / 22 NOV 15:10 / 23 NOV 21:05); INFERNAL AFFAIRS II d. Alan Mak & Andrew Lau, 2003 (19 NOV 15:20 – 4K / 24 NOV 18:00); INFERNAL AFFAIRS III d. Andrew Lau & Alan Mak, 2003 (21 NOV 15:30 – 4K / 23 NOV 15:05 – 4K).

(IN)VISIBLE CITIES at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): VICTORIA d. Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer & Isabelle Tollenaere, 2020 (19 NOV 18:00); VIEW FROM ABOVE + EL SEMBRADOR DE ESTRELLAS + TERRANOVA d. Hiwa K, 2017 + Lois Patiño, 2022 + Alejandro Pérez Serrano & Alejandro Alonso Estrella, 2021 (20 NOV 18:00).
  • Curated by Massimo Iannetti in partnership with NFTS.

JOHN SMITH: INTROSPECTIVE (1972–2022) 50 FILMS FROM 50 YEARS at ICA & Close-Up

KRZYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI’S THREE COLOURS TRILOGY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THREE COLOURS: WHITE 35mm d. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994 (20 NOV 15:35 / 24 NOV 15:35 – £1 Members’ Film).

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

THROWBACK at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for listings): MOULIN ROUGE! d. Baz Luhrmann, 2001 (20 NOV various).

TRINTIGNANT: THE NON-CONFORMIST at Ciné Lumière

UNGENTLE SCREENING SERIES at Studio Voltaire

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE THIRD MAN d. Carol Reed, 1949 (19 NOV 14:00); THE SERVANT d. Joseph Losey, 1963 (20 NOV 14:00).

UNSILENCED: THE RESILIENCE OF QUEER CINEMA at Rio Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for listings): WET SAND d. Elene Neveriani, 2021 + Intro by curator Josh Bullin (24 NOV 18:30).

WORKING CLASS HEROES at Biddle Bros Pub

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE GARMENT JUNGLE d. Vincent Sherman & Robert Aldrich, 1957 (22 NOV 20:00).
  • Presented by Mondo Nights / Raising funds for the IWGB

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles



ARMAGEDDON TIME dir James Gray, 2022

Also 18 to 24 NOV (various venues/dates/times):


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