This is a film still from ZERO PATIENCE 35mm dir John Greyson, 1993, showing at ICA (Sunday 22 January 2023).
THE BALLY | THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [20 to 26 JAN 2023]

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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ZERO PATIENCE 35mm d. John Greyson, 1993 (22 JAN 19:00) / Part of CELLULOID SUNDAY at ICA.

“Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton, who drank from the Fountain of Youth and now works as a taxidermist at the Toronto Natural History Museum, is doing research on ‘Patient Zero’, a gay flight attendant who allegedly brought HIV to North America. Meanwhile, the ghost of Patient Zero materializes and in a comedy of errors, encounters Burton. They fall in love and attempt to figure out what to do about the scientist’s past attempts to defame Patient Zero as a “sexual serial killer”.”

“Directed by gay activist and figure of the Toronto New Wave John Greyson (Lilies),  Zero Patience delivers a bold critique of the stigma surrounding the origins of HIV and of the myth of the patient zero, less than a decade after the death of Gaëtan Dugas, an early HIV patient long regarded as the primary US case.” (ICA)

Celluloid Sunday is a series of screenings showing on original format from the ICA Archive.

FRIDAY 20 JAN

  • ALICE DARLING d. Mary Nighy, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (20 JAN 17:15 / 22 JAN 17:45).
  • Musical Fridays: BUGSY MALONE d. Alan Parker, 1976 at The Garden Cinema (20 JAN 18:00 / 21 JAN 11:00 – Pay What You Can).
  • HIDE & SEEK aka Nascondino d. Victoria Fiore, 2021 + Q&A with the director at Bertha DocHouse (20 JAN 18:20).

SATURDAY 21 JAN

SUNDAY 22 JAN

  • ALICE DARLING d. Mary Nighy, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (22 JAN 17:45).
  • BETTER LUCK TOMORROW 35mm d. Justin Lin, 2002 + Q&A with the director, presented by Milk Tea Films at BFI Southbank (22 JAN 15:00).
  • THE DRIVER d. Walter Hill, 1978 at Riverside Studios (22 JAN 14:00 / 23 JAN 15:00).
  • THE FRENCH DISPATCH d. Wes Anderson, 2020 at Babel Art House (22 JAN 19:00).
  • HIT THE ROAD d. Panah Panahi, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (22 JAN 17:00).
  • JOURNEY TO THE WEST d. Kong Dashan, 2021 + Online Q&A with the director, for Chinese New Year at The Garden Cinema (22 JAN 11:30).
  • MANIFESTO d. Daniel Draper, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (22 JAN 12:30).
  • RASHOMON d. Akira Kurosawa, 1950 at Genesis Cinema (22 JAN 15:00).

MONDAY 23 JAN

TALKS etc.

TUESDAY 24 JAN

  • JANUARY d. Andrey Paounov, 2021 UK Premiere + Q&A with the director & writer Alex Barrett, presented by New East Cinema at Barbican (24 JAN 18:05).
  • THE LAST TREE d. Shola Amoo, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (24 JAN 20:00 / 25 JAN 20:00 / 29 JAN 17:00).
  • PLEX SHORTS [DOCS] short film programme at Peckhamplex (24 JAN 20:30).
  • QUO VADIS, AIDA? d. Jasmila Žbanić, 2020 presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (24 JAN 20:00).
  • ROMY AND MICHELE”S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION d. David Markin, 1997 presented by Jellied Reels at The Castle Cinema (24 JAN 18:45).
  • THE TASTE OF TEA d. Katsuhito Ishii, 2004 presented by Wimbledon Film Club at Curzon Wimbledon (24 JAN 20:30).
  • THREE MINUTES: A LENGTHENING d. Biana Stigter, 2021 at The David Lean (24 JAN 19:30).

WEDNESDAY 25 JAN

  • COYOTE UGLY d. David McNally, 2000 presented by Fab Film Club at The Old Nun’s Head (25 JAN 19:45).
  • FREE COUNTRY d. Christian Alvart, 2020 at Goethe-Institut London (25 JAN 19:00).
  • THE LAST TREE d. Shola Amoo, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (25 JAN 20:00 / 29 JAN 17:00).
  • NATION’S FINEST, PUTTING DOWN ROOTS AND BIRTHING d. Beverley Bennett, 2022 Short film programme + Q&A with the director & Blk Art Group at BFI Southbank (25 JAN 18:15).
  • Pink Palace: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE d. Ronald Neame, 1969 + Intro/discussion in the basement bar at Rio Cinema (25 JAN 20:00).
  • TÁR d. Todd Field, 2023 + Intro by Pamela Hutchinson at Riverside Studios (25 JAN 19:50).
  • WILD AT HEART d. David Lynch, 1990 at The Garden Cinema (25 JAN 15:15).

THURSDAY 26 JAN

  • AKIRA d. Katsuhiro Ohtomo, 1988 + Intro/Salon with Nick Walker, presented by Cult Classic Collective at Genesis Cinema (26 JAN 18:15).
  • CHARLOTTE d. Éric Warin & Tahir Rana, 2021 at The David Lean (26 JAN 14:30 HOH & 19:30).
  • TV Preview: NOLLY d. Peter Hoar, 2022 + Q&A with the director, writer Russell T Davies, cast and crew at BFI Southbank (26 JAN 18:10).
  • OWM presents: Best of Awards Shorts + Filmmaker Q&A at Bertha DocHouse (26 JAN 18:20).
  • Preview: THE WHALE d. Darren Aronofsky, 2022 at The Prince Charles (26 JAN 17:50 & 20:30 HOH).
  • WHERE IS ANNE FRANK d. Ari Folman, 2021 presented by UK Jewish Film for Holocaust Memorial Day at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives (26 JAN 18:00 – FREE!).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): INTERSTELLAR 70mm d. Christopher Nolan, 2014 (22 JAN 19:45 / 26 JAN 12:10).

IMAX PRESENTATIONS at BFI IMAX

AKIRA KUROSAWA at BFI Southbank & BFI IMAX 

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles (Not listed elsewhere!)

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE WAGES OF FEAR d. Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953 (23 JAN 17:30).

AU CONTRAIRE: JEAN-LUC GODARD at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)ALPHAVILLE d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1965 (21 JAN 20:15).

BAR TRASH: TRASH OR TREASURE? at Genesis Cinema 

  • Includes (check venue for listings): TROG d. Freddie Francis, 1970 + Intro, intermission, themed drinks & prize giveaways with Token Homo at Genesis Cinema’s Bar Paragon (25 JAN 20:30).
  • Presented by Token Homo.

BEST OF 2022 at Bertha DocHouse

  • Includes (check venue for listings): MOONAGE DAYDREAM d. Brett Morgen, 2022 (20 JAN 13:30 / 22 JAN 13:10 / 24 JAN 15:30 / 25 JAN 20:10).

CELEBRATING JACK NICHOLSON at The Garden Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE PASSENGER d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975 (20 JAN 20:00 / 22 JAN 19:00); ABOUT SCHMIDT d. Alexander Payne, 2002 (21 JAN 15:00 / 24 JAN 18:00); THE LAST DETAIL d. Hal Ashby, 1973 (21 JAN 18:00 / 25 JAN 17:10); CHINATOWN d. Roman Polanski, 1974 (23 JAN 15:00).

CELLULOID SUNDAY at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for listings)ZERO PATIENCE 35mm d. John Greyson, 1993 (22 JAN 19:00).

CHAZELLE SEASON at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BABYLON d. Damien Chazelle, 2023 (20 to 26 JAN).

CINEMATIC JUKEBOX / CLASSIC FILM SEASON at The Prince Charles (not listed elsewhere!)

DRUMROLL FOR FORTUITOUS HEROES at Ciné Lumière

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up Film Centre

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): STALKER d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 (21 JAN 17:15 / 22 JAN 20:00).

FOCUS HONG KONG – CHINESE NEW YEAR at The Garden Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SEPTET: THE STORY OF HONG KONG d. Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yuen Woo-ping, Ringo Lam, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark, 2022 (21 JAN 16:00); ROUGE 4K Restoration d. Stanley Kwan, 1987 UK Premiere (21 JAN 18:30).

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

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE LITTLE MERMAID + BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 35mm ds. Ron Clements & John Musker, 1989 + Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise, 1991 + Intro/discussion (22 JAN 16:00).
  • Presented by The Vito Project LGBTQ+ Film Club.

‘I PURPLE U’ at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): PURPLE RAIN d. Albert Magnoli, 1984 (24 JAN 18:00).
  • Curated by Heeyeon Park in partnership with NFTS.

JEAN-LUC GODARD: PERSPECTIVES at Ciné Lumière

MARK JENKIN’S THE CINEMATIC DNA OF ENYS MEN at BFI Southbank

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

SIGHT & SOUND GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME 2022 at BFI Southbank & BFI IMAX

SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN FILMMAKERS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): AMERICAN PSYCHO 35mm d. Mary Harron, 2000 (21 JAN 20:45); AFTERSUN d. Charlotte Wells, 2022 (22 JAN 14:55 / 23 JAN 15:30 / 24 JAN 18:10); SEVEN BEAUTIES d. Lina Wertmüller, 1976 (23 JAN 18:00); TITANE d. Julia Ducournau, 2021 (25 JAN 18:00). 

STEVEN SPIELBERG FROM 35MM at Everyman Screen On The Green

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): JURASSIC PARK 35mm d. Steven Spielberg, 1993 (21 JAN 22:30 / 25 JAN 10:30).

STRANGE OBJECTS: REFLECTIONS ON BRITISH COLONIAL LEGACIES at Close-Up Film Centre

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): Programme 2 + Miranda Pennell and artist Jananne Al-Ani in conversation (20 JAN 20:15).

THROWBACK SEASON at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE KING’S SPEECH d. Tom Hooper, 2010 (22 JAN various / 24 JAN various).

TRINTIGNANT: THE NON-CONFORMIST at Ciné Lumière

WORLD CINEMA PASSPORT SEASONat Everyman Belsize Park

  • Includes (check venue for listings): CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 d. Agnès Varda, 1962 (22 JAN 13:45 / 25 JAN 15:00).

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): CHUNGKING EXPRESS d. Wong Kar Wai, 1994 (20 JAN 15:30 – 4K / 21 JAN 18:15 – 4K / 24 JAN 15:35 – 4K); IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE d. Wong Kar Wai, 2000 (22 JAN 17:20 – 4K / 26 JAN 15:35 – 4K); DAYS OF BEING WILD d. Wong Kar Wai, 1990 (25 JAN 12:45).

YASUJIRŌ OZU: NORIKO TRILOGY at Close-Up Film Centre

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LATE SPRING d. Yasujirō Ozu, 1949 (22 JAN 18:00).;

DREAMING WALLS dirs Amélie van Elmbt & Maya Duverdier, 2022

HOLY SPIDER dir Ali Abbasi, 2022

Also 20 to 26 JAN (various dates/times):

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