THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [19 to 25 AUG 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


Welcome to another screen week!

If this week is characterised by anything, it’s the number of indie releases, revivals and restorations that are bathing London’s cinema screens in light. I’ve chosen Todd Chandler’s BULLETPROOF as my Featured Attraction of the Week because, with a sister-in-law teaching in the American elementary school system, it asks a question that is close to my family’s heart: What does it mean to be safe at school in the United States?

Other highlights from our regular GRIND SHOWS selection include the re-release of Menelik Shabazz’s BURNING AN ILLUSION, the 4K restoration of Robert Wise’s STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE [Director’s Edition], Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s ANAÏS IN LOVE, Lee Haven Jones’ Welsh-language horror show THE FEAST, and Julie Ha and Eugene Yi’s FREE CHOL SOO LEE (which screens in some venues with a recorded Q&A). Scroll all the way down for these delights and more.

If you’re looking for one-off, special events, you can start your screen week with the pure cinematic joy of THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG at The Garden Cinema as part of their regular Musical Fridays strand (19 AUG), followed on Saturday by a special screening of THE SEVENTH VEIL as part of the new Made At Riverside strand at Riverside Studios (20 AUG). On Sunday, either join Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club for the first of their screenings at The Castle Cinema this week, ON THE WATERFRONT, or head to The Apple Tree Pop-Up for Bohemia Media’s free screening of Jennifer Reeder’s SIGNATURE MOVE (both 21 AUG).

On Monday, Crap Film Club continues their journey through disreputable cinema with THE SWORD AND THE CLAW at The Old Queen’s Head. On the same day, the Prince Charles has one of my favourite films as their latest £1 Members’ Screening, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, as well as a special presentation of MICHAEL COLLINS to mark the centenary of his death, which includes a Q&A with Chris Menges, the film’s director of photography (all 22 AUG). In addition to the film, our great friends at Irish Film London will be hosting a meet up at The Crown & Two Chairmen Soho from 6pm to 8pm for all Irish filmmakers, actors and fans.

After all that, I’d be heading back to The Garden Cinema on Tuesday for a members’ choice screening of Max Ophüls’ THE RECKLESS MOMENT (23 AUG), before experiencing a new (to these pages at least…) film night from Baesianz Cinema Club with KA BODYSCAPES at Spanners in SW9 (24 AUG). Finally, round your week off with a choice between the return of Ciné-Real with LA GRANDE ILLUSION at The Castle, or take a second chance in recent weeks to get the scratch and sniff cards out with Cult Classic Collective’s screening, sniffing and discussion of POLYESTER at Genesis Cinema (both 25 AUG).

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS

PS – See you at FrightFest?


BULLETPROOF dir. Todd Chandler, 2020 exclusively at: ICA (19 to 25 AUG):

“What does it mean to be safe at school in the United States? Safe from what – and from whom? Screening as part of the Summer Exclusives series of films that can only be seen in the UK at the ICA, Todd Chandler’s feature both asks and complicates these questions with a provocative exploration of fear and American violence.”

Bulletproof examines the culture of mass shootings within American schools. But rather than focusing on any one event, Chandler takes us through the ritualised preparations and drills that now form part of an average school day. From teacher training sessions at gun ranges to trade fairs specialising in bulletproof whiteboards, Bulletproof is a cinematic meditation on the forces that shape the culture of violence in the US – a nightmarish vision of a capitalist society where there’s money to be made from fear, terror and death.” (ICA)


FRIDAY 19 AUG

SATURDAY 20 AUG

SUNDAY 21 AUG

  • Goddesses short film programme presented by Queer Film Club at London LGBTQ+ Community Centre (21 AUG 17:30 – Donation requested).
  • KINGS OF THE ROAD d. Wim Wenders, 1975 at Riverside Studios (21 AUG 14:00 / 22 AUG 12:10).
  • ON THE WATERFRONT 16mm d. Elia Kazan, 2013 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (21 AUG 14:00).
  • SIGNATURE MOVE d. Jennifer Reeder, 2017 presented by Bohemia Media at The Apple Tree Pop-Up (21 AUG 16:00 – FREE!).
  • TITANE d. Julia Ducournau, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (21 AUG 17:00).
  • WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE d. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2014 at The Garden Cinema (21 AUG 13:00).

MONDAY 22 AUG

  • Monday Classic Matinee: BABY FACE d. Alfred E. Green, 1933 at Regent Street Cinema (22 AUG 13:00).
  • David Foster Wallace – Film Screening presented by Deeper Into Movies at Farr’s Dalston (22 AUG 19:30).
  • DOG DAY AFTERNOON d. Sidney Lumet, 1975 at The Prince Charles (22 AUG 17:40 – £1 Members’ Film).
  • THE FEAST d. Lee Haven Jones, 2021 Preview + Q&A with the director at The Ritzy (22 AUG 18:15).
  • FREE CHOL SOO LEE + Recorded Q&A at ArtHouse Crouch End (22 AUG 17:30).
  • I CAME BY d. Babak Anvari, 2022 + Q&A at Everyman Crystal Palace (22 AUG 19:30).
  • KINGS OF THE ROAD d. Wim Wenders, 1975 at Riverside Studios (22 AUG 12:10).
  • MAD GOD d. Phil Tippett, 2021 at The Prince Charles (22 AUG 18:10).
  • MICHAEL COLLINS d. Neil Jordan, 1996 + Intro with Chris Menges, director of photography & Professor Lance Pettitt at The Prince Charles (22 AUG 20:30).
  • THE OUTFIT d. Graham Moore, 2022 at Whirled Cinema (22 AUG 20:00 / 23 AUG 20:00 / 24 AUG 20:00 / 28 AUG 17:00).
  • Woman with a Movie Camera: QUEEN OF GLORY d. Nana Mensah, 2021 Preview at BFI Southbank (22 AUG 18:30).
  • THE SWORD AND THE CLAW dir Natuk Baytan, 1975 + Intro by Dr. Iain Robert Smith, Remakesploitation founder and Turkish cinema expert, presented by Crap Film Club at The Old Queen’s Head (22 AUG 19:00).

TUESDAY 23 AUG

  • HIT THE ROAD d. Panah Panahi, 2021 at The David Lean (23 AUG 19:30).
  • I’M NO ANGEL d. Wesley Ruggles, 1933 at Regent Street Cinema (23 AUG 17:30).
  • MAISIE d. Lee Cooper, 2022 + Q&A with the director & Miss Jason at Picturehouse Clapham (23 AUG 20:00).
  • MANIFESTO d. Dan Draper, 2022 + Intro by the director presented online & in-venue by Sands Films Cinema Club at Sands Films Studios (23 AUG 20:00).
  • OFF THE RAILS d. Peter Day, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Bertha DocHouse (23 AUG 18:20).
  • THE OUTFIT d. Graham Moore, 2022 at Whirled Cinema (23 AUG 20:00 / 24 AUG 20:00 / 28 AUG 17:00).
  • Member’s Choice: THE RECKLESS MOMENT d. Max Ophüls, 1949 at The Garden Cinema (23 AUG 20:30).
  • THE REST IS HISTORY – THE EARLY DAYS OF DRUM & BASS d. Peter Costigan, 2022 at ICA (23 AUG 20:45).
  • WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 at Rio Cinema (23 AUG 20:45 / 24 AUG 15:30 / 25 AUG 13:30 & 21:00).

WEDNESDAY 24 AUG

  • Classic Matinee: DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA d. Simon Curtis, 2022 at Rio Cinema (24 AUG 14:30).
  • I CAME BY d. Babak Anvari, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Regent Street Cinema (24 AUG 19:15).
  • KA BODYSCAPES d. Jayan Cherian, 2016 + Short: DEAR BRADFORD d. Vivek Vadoliya, 2022 presented by Baesianz Cinema Club at Spanners SW9 (24 AUG 19:00).
  • OASIS – LIVE BY THE SEA presented by Deeper Into Movies at Signature Brew Haggerston (24 AUG 19:30 – FREE!).
  • THE OUTFIT d. Graham Moore, 2022 at Whirled Cinema (24 AUG 20:00 / 28 AUG 17:00).
  • Pink Palace: PANDORA’S BOX d. GW Pabst, 1929 + Intro/Discussion with Adam Smith & So Mayer in the Basement Bar at Rio Cinema (24 AUG 19:30).
  • WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 at Olympic Studios (24 AUG 19:40).
  • WINGS OF DESIRE d. Wim Wenders, 1987 at Rio Cinema (24 AUG 15:30 / 25 AUG 13:30 & 21:00).

THURSDAY 25 AUG


35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

90S CINEMA ON 35MM at Everyman Screen On The Green

ANIME at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): AKIRA d. Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988 (19 AUG 12:40 – 4K / 22 AUG 12:00 – 4K / 24 AUG 20:50 / 25 AUG 15:00); YOUR NAME d. Makoto Shinkai, 2016 (24 AUG 15:45).

BAR TRASH at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME d. J. Lee Thompson, 1981 + Intro, film chat, prize giveaways & themed drinks with Token Homo (24 AUG 20:30 – £1!).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: POWER! at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LA HAINE 4K d. Mathieu Kassowitz, 1995 (19 AUG 20:50 – 4K); NOTORIOUS d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 (21 AUG 12:20 / 25 AUG 18:15); THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER d. Charles Laughton, 1955 (22 AUG 20:45); M d. Fritz Lang, 1931 (23 AUG 20:50); LA HAINE 4K d. Mathieu Kassowitz, 1995 + Intro by Ginette Vincendeau, Professor of film studies at King’s College London (24 AUG 18:10); CITIZEN KANE 35mm d. Orson Welles, 1941 (24 AUG 20:40).

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

BRAD REPUTATION ON 35MM at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings):
  • ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 (21 AUG 15:00 – at Picturehouse Central); SE7EN 35mm d. David Fincher, 1995 (21 AUG 20:00 – at The Ritzy);  FIGHT CLUB d. David Fincher, 1999 (25 AUG 20:00 – at Picturehouse Central).

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF TUFNELL PARK FILM CLUB at The Lord Palmerston 

CELEBRATING FILM NOIR at The Garden Cinema

CELEBRATING PENÉLOPE CRUZ at The Garden Cinema

CLASSIC DISNEY SEASON at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MOANA d. Ron Clements & John Musker, 2016 (22 AUG various / 24 AUG various); BEAUTY AND THE BEAST d. Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, 1991 (23 AUG various / 25 AUG various).

CLOSE-UP ON WIM WENDERS at Close-Up

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): UNDER THE SKIN d. Jonathan Glazer, 2013 (19 AUG 20:15); TWO-LANE BLACKTOP d. Monte Hellman, 1971 (20 AUG 20:15).

THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles 

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE ELEPHANT MAN d. David Lynch, 1980 (19 AUG 15:35 / 23 AUG 18:00); MULHOLLAND DR. 35mm d. David Lynch, 2001 (20 AUG 17:45 / 22 AUG 12:15).

THE FILMS OF QUENTIN TARANTINO at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): RESERVOIR DOGS 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 (21 AUG 20:30 / 23 AUG 18:10); PULP FICTION 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 1994 (23 AUG 20:30).

FROM JAMAICA TO THE WORLD: REGGAE ON FILM at BFI Southbank

JUDY GARLAND SEASON at Chiswick Cinema

KIDS IN AMERICA at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CLUELESS d. Amy Heckerling, 1995 (22 AUG various).

KINO DREAMS: THE REVERIES OF WIM WENDERS at The Prince Charles 

  • Includes (check venue for listings): PARIS, TEXAS 35mm d. Wim Wenders, 1984 (19 AUG 20:35 / 23 AUG 14:45 / 25 AUG 20:15).

KINUYO TANAKA: A LIFE IN FILM at BFI Southbank

LONG-ASS MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): RRR d. S. S. Rajamouli, 2022 (21 AUG 14:20 – 180mins).

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

POST-HORROR SUMMER NIGHTS at Barbican

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE VVITCH d. Robert Eggers, 2015 + Recorded intro by the director Robert Eggers (25 AUG 18:40).

PRINCE ON SCREEN at The Prince Charles

SATYAJIT RAY: THE LANGUAGE OF FILM at BFI Southbank

SEASON OF CHAN at The Prince Charles

STAR TREK IN 4K at The Prince Charles

SUMMER OF SCI-FI at The Castle Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for listings): POSSESSOR d. Brandon Cronenberg, 2020 presented by Queer Horror Nights (19 AUG 19:00); MELANCHOLIA d. Lars von Trier. 2011 presented by No Bollocks Film Club (23 AUG 18:30); Sci-Fi Shorts presented by Zodiac Film Club x Final Girls Berlin (24 AUG 18:45).

THROWBACK at Everyman Cinemas

WORLD CINEMA E-PASSPORT at Everyman Belsize Park

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE HARDER THEY COME d. Perry Henzell (21 AUG 14:00 / 22 AUG 20:30).

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles



OUTDOOR CINEMA Cinema at Barbican Centre 

OUTDOOR CINEMA at The Cinema In The Arches

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford

SUNSET SCREENING SESSIONS at Beckenham Place Park


BULLETPROOF dir. Todd Chandler, 2020

  • Exclusively at: ICA

BURNING AN ILLUSION Digital Restoration dir. Menelik Shabazz, 1981

FREE CHOL SOO LEE dir. Julie Ha & Eugene Yi, 2022

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE [Director’s Edition] 4K d. Robert Wise, 1979


RADIANT CIRCUS is powered by monthly subscribers. Get great rewards & help #ReviveTheDark. JOIN US!


*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. //.