This is a film still from ALTERED STATES, screening at BFI Southbank as part of Terror Vision (30 SEP).

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [24 to 30 SEP 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

Let’s start the week with some seriously good news: The Cinema Museum has announced a new series of screenings marking their long-awaited reopening after the pandemic shutdown. The Autumn programme kicks off with The Gothique Film Society’s presentation of THE BODY SNATCHER d. Robert Wise, 1945 + BURKE AND HARE d. Vernon Sewell, 1971 (22 OCT 18:45) and Kennington Bioscope’s presentation of Soviet silent comedy THE HOUSE ON TRUBNAYA d. Boris Barnet, 1928 (27 OCT 19:30). Can’t wait to be back there.

In addition to their ongoing 50th birthday celebrations at BFI, NFTS’ Programming & Curation MA students continue to bring some excellent short seasons to London’s screens. Elle Haywood’s NOT LIKE US? about female misfits concludes at Genesis this week, whilst Geoffrey Badger’s LOST VAMPIRES opens at ICA before continuing at The Prince Charles next month (where it will be joined by Sophie Determan’s THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES IS MORE DEADLY THAN THE MALE, a programme of “gender-bent gothic horror” from 04 OCT). Speaking of horror, genre maestros DAVID CRONENBERG and STEPHEN KING get a toe in at The Prince Charles this week before getting the full-blooded lineups they deserve as part of the venues’s hardy annual HORROCTOBER month. The other big season opening this week is FLUID REALITIES: THE CINEMA OF SALOMÉ LAMAS at ICA.

We continue to have more skin in the game with a special #ReviveTheDark sponsored screening of NO PLACE LIKE HOME at Rio Cinema (26 SEP). The Twelve30 Collective have been spearheading the UK theatrical release of this once-lost Jamaican gem and, having heard co-founder Jonathan Ali talk about their history with the film at our WunderKammerLive event, we can’t wait to see it (watch the trailer here and read more about the film here). Another #ReviveTheDark partner and speaker at WunderkammerLive, Sarah Kathryn Cleaver, returns to The Castle Cinema with her Zodiac Film Club this week with a programme of horror shorts made my female and non-binary filmmakers, Final Girls Berlin Film Festival “Best of” Programme (29 SEP).

Whilst we’re on the topic, we want to thank everyone who took part in our first WunderKammerLive showcase (17 SEP). We had a great response and are planning new ways of bringing London’s indie cinema community together to continue the vibe. Read about the event here. Next week we’ll be launching the first zine as part of this ongoing project: CRISIS? features new content commissions from some of London’s finest indie film promoters and is about the emergency screen culture they created during shutdown. A second volume featuring writing from the speakers at WunderKammerLive will follow later in the Autumn… Finally, thanks also to our brilliantly beanbagged crowd for our sold out screaming of BITE ME!, our queer horror double bill with Last Frame Film Club at the Filly Brook. We’re looking for ways to follow that one up too… All of this was made possible by our partners and backers at Barbican Cinema/Leytonstone Loves Film. Kudos to all of them.

As to new releases, brace yourselves for impact… Bond finally arrives with preview screenings this week before taking over a significant slice of cinema real estate next week. Before then, be sure to grab some gems including a re-release of David Lynch’s DUNE ahead of another monster of a release…You can find our other picks of the week’s new releases in the Grind Show section of these listings.

Our Featured Attraction Of The Week is one of those unapologetic personal picks that will mark my return to going to the cinema for the heck of it after cramming in so much extra work to get last week’s events and next week’s publications up and running… Ken Russell is always a family favourite, and ALTERED STATES from 35mm is always a treat. As BFI puts it: “William Hurt takes a trip he’ll never forget in this mind-blowing shocker”. And nor will you…

See you in the darkness,


ALTERED STATES 35mm d. Ken Russell, 1980 at BFI Southbank (30 SEP 21:00) / Part of Terror Vision.

  • “In his attempts to explore the peripheries of human consciousness, a maverick research scientist utilises a heady mix of sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic drugs. But as his experiments become increasingly outlandish, his grasp on reality begins to dissipate. Perhaps director Ken Russell’s most visionary work, this psychedelic sci-fi horror remains a true one-of-a-kind, boasting astonishing images as beautiful as they are nightmarish.”


  • DUNE d. David Lynch, 1984 at Regent Street Cinema (24 SEP 20:00).
  • IT MUST BE HEAVEN d. Elia Suleiman, 2021 + Reflection Circle at Screen25Cinema at Harris Academy South Norwood (24 SEP 19:45) / Part of Don’t Stop Talking About Palestine.
  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN d. Kaouther Ben Hania, 2020 + Recorded Q&A with actor Yahya Mahayni and film critic Hannah Flint at Ciné Lumière (24 SEP 20:25).
  • MOONSTRUCK d. Norman Jewison, 1987 at BFI (24 SEP 18:05).
  • MORTAL KOMBAT & DUEL TO THE DEATH DOUBLE BILL + Shorts + Fighting Games & DJ in bar presented by Drunken Scorpion at Genesis Cinema (24 SEP 20:00).
  • PICTURE STORIES d. Rob West, 2021 + Q&A with the director at Bertha DocHouse (24 SEP 18:20).



  • THE DARJEELING LIMITED d. Wes Anderson, 2007 presented by The Cinema In The Arches at Battersea Power Station Street Festival (26 SEP 16:00).
  • Nasty Women: A Comic Tribute + Intro by curator Bryony Dixon & Live piano accompaniment by Meg Morley at BFI (26 SEP 12:40).
  • NO PLACE LIKE HOME d. Perry Henzell, 1975-2019 + Intro presented by The Twelve30 Collective at Rio Cinema (26 SEP 15:45) / Part of #ReviveTheDark.
  • PAPICHA d. Mounia Meddour, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (26 SEP 17:00).
  • Simpsons Marathon presented by Deeper Into Movies & Alex May Hughes at Signature Brew Blackhorse Road (26 SEP 14:00 – FREE!).
  • SWEETHEART d. Marley Morrison, 2021 + Q&A with the director, producer Michelle Antoniades, & star Nell Barlow at Hackney Picturehouse (26 SEP 16:30).
  • THE THIRD MAN 16mm d. Carol Reed, 1949 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (26 SEP 14:15 – socially distanced).



  • BOGOWIE d. Łukasz Palkowski, 2014 in-venue film screening + free online talk with Michael Brooke at Watermans (28 SEP 19:00 + 29 SEP 20:00).
  • DO THE MATH d. Kelly Nyks & Jared P. Scott, 2013 presented by Sands Films Cinema Club at Sands Films Studio (28 SEP 20:00 – FREE/Donation requested).
  • DUNE d. David Lynch, 1984 at The Prince Charles (28 SEP 12:45).
  • GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER(S) d. David Wilkinson, 2021 + Q&A with Robin Lustig & director/producer David Wilkinson at Everyman Belsize Park (28 SEP 18:30).
  • THE MALTESE FALCON d. John Huston, 1941 at Genesis Cinema (28 SEP 18:35).
  • NIGHTS & WEEKENDS d. Greta Gerwig & Joe Swanberg, 2008 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (28 SEP 20:00).
  • ROCKS d. Sarah Gavron, 2019 + Recorded intro by the director presented by Wimbledon Film Club at Curzon Wimbledon (28 SEP 20:30).
  • THE TAPE d. Martha Tilston, 2021 + Q&A & performance with Martha Tilston at Regent Street Cinema (28 SEP 20:00).
  • WOHIN UND ZURÜCK – PART I – AN UNS GLAUBT GOTT NICHT MEHR aka God doesn’t believe in us anymore d. Axel Corti, 1982 at Austrian Cultural Forum (28 SEP 19:00 – FREE).
  • THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF JHANSI d. Swati Bhise, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (28 SEP 20:00).



  • MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY d. Selina Miles, 2019 + Q&A presented online by Doc’n Roll at House Of Vans (29 SEP to 01 OCT – FREE).


  • ALTERED STATES 35mm d. Ken Russell, 1980 at BFI Southbank (30 SEP 21:00) / Part of Terror Vision.
  • DUNE d. David Lynch, 1984 at The Prince Charles (30 SEP 15:00).
  • ISLE OF DOGS d. Wes Anderson, 2018 presented by Sydenham Film Club at The Grove Centre (30 SEP 19:30).
  • LA PISCINE aka The Swimming Pool d. Jacques Deray, 1969 at The Prince Charles (30 SEP 18:00).


  • MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY d. Selina Miles, 2019 + Q&A presented online by Doc’n Roll at House Of Vans (29 SEP to 01 OCT – FREE).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 ‘unrestored version’ (28 SEP 20:15).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LA RONDE 35mm d. Max Ophuls, 1950 (26 SEP 14:00 / 29 SEP 18:20).

ANIME SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988 (26 SEP 13:00).



A TERRIFYING UPRISING at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE BABADOOK d. Jennifer Kent, 2014 (27 SEP various).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LIFE, ANIMATED d. Roger Ross Williams, 2019 + Intro/Q&A with Alex Widdowson, Tim Webb & Carla MacKinnon (25 SEP 14:30); KEEP THE CHANGE d. Rachel Israel, 2017 + Q&A with Professor Steven Eastwood and & Neurocultures Collective (28 SEP 18:00).


CULTPIX SEASON at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD d. George A Romero, 1968 + Intro by Dave Norris (24 SEP 23:00 – Everyman Screen On The Green).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE CAT O’NINE TAILS d. Dario Argento, 1971 (24 SEP 21:00 / 28 SEP 15:00 / 30 SEP 18:15).

DAVID CRONENBERG at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE BROOD d. David Cronenberg, 1979 (29 SEP 18:10).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BLADE RUNNER 2049 4k d. Denis Villeneuve, 2017 (24 SEP 14:15); PRISONERS d. Denis Villeneuve, 2013 (25 SEP 17:00); SICARIO d. Denis Villeneuve, 2015 (25 SEP 20:40); ARRIVAL d. Denis Villeneuve, 2016 (28 SEP 14:15); POLYTECHNIQUE d. Denis Villeneuve, 2009 (30 SEP 20:50).

DISNEY MATINEES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE LION KING d. Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, 1994 (25 SEP 12:05).


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CAPRICORN ONE d. Peter Hyams, 1977 (28 SEP 17:30).


THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MULHOLLAND DR. 35mm d. David Lynch, 2001 (26 SEP 20:15).



  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BREATHLESS aka A bout de souffle d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1959 (24 SEP 14:00 / 26 SEP 19:40).

L.A. NIGHTS at Backyard Cinema

  • Continues at Capital Studios (check venue for listings).

LOST VAMPIRES at ICA & The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): NADJA 35mm d. Michael Almereyda, 1994 + Q&A with composer/sound designer Simon Fisher Turner & actors Galaxy Craze & Karl Geary at ICA (25 SEP 18:30).

MIAMI BEACH at Backyard Cinema

  • Continues at Capital Studios (check venue for listings).

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

NFTS AT 50 at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for listings): KURT & COURTNEY d. Nick Broomfield, 1998 + Q&A with the director (25 SEP 14:30); THEATRE GIRLS d. Kim Longinotto, 1978 + Q&A with the director (26 SEP 15:40); SURGE d. Aneil Karia, 2020 + Q&A with the director (28 SEP 17:40).

NO BASS LIKE HOME at Lexi Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE HARDER THEY COME d. Perry Henzell, 1972 + Q&A (26 SEP 16:00).

NOT LIKE US? at Genesis Cinema & Online

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): VAGABOND d. Agnès Varda, 1985 + Recorded intro by So Mayer at Genesis Cinema (25 SEP 15:15); KAMOME DINER d. Naoko Ogigami, 2006 + Panel discussion with Dr Lola Martinez (University of Oxford and SOAS) & Hannah Strong (Little White Lies) at Genesis Cinema (26 SEP 15:00 / The panel will be BSL Interpreted in partnership with Sign for All Community).

STEPHEN KING at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): STAND BY ME d. Rob Reiner, 1986 (24 SEP 12:00 / 26 SEP 15:15).

STUDIO GHIBLI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988 (26 SEP 13:00).



WIM WENDERS ON 35MM at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)THE AMERICAN FRIEND 35MM aka Der amerikanische Freund d. Wim Wenders, 1977 (27 SEP 12:30).

Deeper Into Movies at Dalston Roof Park

The Luna Cinema at Brompton Cemetery

Rooftop Film Club, Peckham

Rooftop Film Club, Stratford East

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DO THE RIGHT THING d. Spike Lee, 1989 (24 SEP 20:00); PULP FICTION d. Quentin Tarantino, 1994 open captions (25 SEP 20:00).

BALLOON d. Pema Tseden, 2019.

GAGARINE d. Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh, 2020.

THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN d. Kaouther Ben Hania, 2020.

Networking in the beer garden at Filly Brook at WunderKammerLive (17 SEP): Photography credit – Robin Sinha

WunderKammerLive (17 SEP) was our first network and showcase event for London’s alternative cinema community. The event was curated by RADIANT CIRCUS and hosted at the Filly Brook – an indie craft beer, food and music venue in E11 – as part of the Barbican-backed Leytonstone Loves Film (15 to 19 SEP 2021).

A mixed crowd of Leytonstoners, local cinema practitioners and those from further afield came together to hear four inspiring stories of diverse/DIY cinema, engage in some casual networking in the beer garden, and indulge in a surprise Friday night film which (much to our own surprise…), we’d managed to keep under wraps until the very last moment… Read what happened.

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