This is a film still from THE HOUR OF LIBERATION HAS ARRIVED d. Heiny Srour, 1974
THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [25 to 31 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! Your illicit snacks are accepted here, so let’s proceed straight to the news…

This is the week that The Garden Cinema fully opens its doors to the general public with a busy screening programme including rep season CELEBRATING MARLON BRANDO. I’ll be sad not to call them ‘the Brigadoon of new venue openings’ any more, but I’m delighted to see the team finally able to make cinematic headway. As one door opens…. Rio Cinema closes temporarily for some building works this week but you can still support them by streaming new releases on their Rio Player including DRIVE MY CAR, WHEEL OF FORTUNE & FANTASY, TITANE and BOILING POINT. No news of a reopening date yet, but hopefully soon. Of course, if being indoors isn’t your thing, Rooftop Film Club has put their first release of tickets on sale for May at their traditional Peckham and Stratford East locations. As well as their usual jukebox lineup of new releases and rep titles, the programme includes a season of Tom Cruise movies and a collection they’re referring to as Marmite, the films that divide us.

Special events start on Friday with the arrival of a new film club/strand at The Cinema Museum, Rare Cinema Europe’s presentation of “frothy French concoction” LES PERLES DE LA COURONNE aka The Pearls Of The Crown. Newham Community Cinema and WOFFF partner up for SPENCER, and 888 Film Club continues their season of subtitled screenings and Deaf Raves with Steven Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY (all 25 MAR). Exploding Cinema takes over The Cinema Museum on Saturday (26 MAR) where you can also find French Sundae’s presentation of LA KERMESSE HÉROIQUE aka Carnival in Flanders on Sunday. Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club have a one-off engagement at The Castle with Max Ophüls’ LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, Never On A Sunday returns to Close-Up with Amir Naderi’s THE RUNNER, and ActOne Cinema presents a special fundraiser screening of Antoine Fuqua’s TRAINING DAY in tribute to Jamal Edwards MBE (all 27 MAR).

On Monday, London Migration Film Festival presents a special screening of Haider Rashid’s EUROPA at Genesis Cinema, or you can tuck into some film and tapas with JAMÓN JAMÓN c/o Spanish Marks at the India Club Lounge-Bar (both 28 MAR). Tufnell Park Film Club will entertain you with Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW whilst Sands Films Cinema Club presents Margarethe von Trotta’s DIE GEDULD DER ROSA LUXEMBURG in-venue and online (both 29 MAR). On Wednesday, Goethe-Institut presents Visar Morina’s EXIL (which also streams for a week) and there’s a special screening of MADNESS: TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT at Olympic Studios featuring director Dave Robinson and Suggs in Q&A (both 30 MAR). Doc’n Roll will bring your screen week to a fascinating conclusion with ALL I CAN SAY at The Castle Cinema, a film comprised of Hi8 video diary footage that lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, Shannon Hoon, kept shooting up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. Find out more with a recorded Q&A from the directors (31 MAR).

As this week both follows the end of BFI Flare‘s takeover of BFI Southbank and leads to the dawn of a new month, some new film seasons have started to appear. The big new hitters getting started at BFI include ANIME, LIV ULLMANN: FACE TO FACE, and NIGHTMARES AND DAYDREAMS: A CENTENARY CELEBRATION OF SCREENWRITER NIGEL KNEALE. Their Big Screen Classics strand turns to address A QUESTION OF FAITH. I’d go and watch a blank screen if anime historian/legend Helen McCarthy introduced it, so maybe start with her several engagements on the Southbank… In a moment of personal awakening, I realise I can’t get excited by the mainstream movie awards seasons anymore, but you might know this is OSCAR® WEEK, for which Barbican has partnered with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Other nominee showcase seasons are available…

I haven’t spotted any new festivals opening this week, but that allows plenty of scope to visit the online and in-venue offerings from Essay Film Festival (19 MAR to 23 APR) and Hong Kong Film Festival (19 to 27 MAR), which has been doing sterling business across town. The Banff Mountain Film Festival (14 to 25 MAR), BFI Flare (16 to 27 MAR), and Human Rights Watch Film Festival (17 to 25 MAR) all wrap this week.

If new releases are what you’re looking for, I’ve highlighted Gillian Mosely’s THE TINDERBOX and Joachim Trier’s THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD which gets the widest of this week’s indie releases. Bertha DocHouse’s presentation of James Jones’s CHERNOBYL: THE LOST TAPES will donate 50% of proceeds from ticket sales to support the people of Ukraine via the DEC – Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal.

I’ve chosen RADICAL FILMS / RADICAL FORMS as my Featured Attraction of the Week. Curated by Saeed Taji Farouky and presented by Other Cinemas this entirely free weekend explores the art of revolutionary Arab documentary with a packed programme of screenings and expert panels including sessions on collective theatre techniques, representing trauma, film collectives and the past and future of militant cinema.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS

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).

RADICAL FILMS / RADICAL FORMS at The Yellow

Other Cinemas presents RADICAL FILMS / RADICAL FORMS exploring the art of revolutionary Arab documentaries. The weekender will chart the history and development of radical Arab documentaries from their birth in Palestinian refugee camps and war zones, to today’s filmmakers who are pushing the documentary form using creative storytelling techniques such as recreation, collaboration and workshops. We will be screening classics such as THE HOUR OF LIBERATION HAS ARRIVED by Heiny Srour (main featured image) as well as new works such as GHOST HUNTING by Raed Andoni, I AM THE ONE WHO BRINGS FLOWERS TO HER GRAVE by Hala Alabdalla and Ammar Al-Beik, A FEELING GREATER THAN LOVE by Mary Jirmanus Saba as well as OUT ON THE STREET by Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk.” (Other Cinemas)


FRIDAY 25 MAR

SATURDAY 26 MAR

SUNDAY 27 MAR

MONDAY 28 MAR

  • EUROPA d. Haider Rashid, 2021 + Panel Discussion presented by London Migration Film Festival at Genesis Cinema (28 MAR 18:25).
  • THE GODFATHER: 50th Anniversary d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1972 at The Cinema In The Arches (28 MAR 19:00).
  • JAMÓN JAMÓN d. Bigas Luna, 1992 Film & Tapas presented by Spanish Marks at India Club Lounge-Bar (28 MAR 19:00).
  • Ukraine Fundraiser: OLGA d. Elie Grappe, 2021 preview at BFI Southbank (28 MAR 18:15).
  • PAPRIKA d. Satoshi Kon, 2006 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Farr’s Dalston (28 MAR 19:30).
  • RESPECT d. Liesl Tommy, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (28 MAR 20:00 / 29 MAR 20:00 / 30 MAR 20:00 / 03 APR 17:00).
  • THE REVIVAL: WOMEN & THE WORD d. Sekiya Dorsett + Zoom Q&A with the director presented by The Batty Mama at Stanley Arts (28 MAR 19:30).
  • SOUTH: SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON’S GLORIOUS EPIC OF THE ANTARCTIC d. Frank Hurley, 1919 at Picturehouse Cinemas (25 to 31 MAR various).

TUESDAY 29 MAR

ONLINE TALK

WEDNESDAY 30 MAR

THURSDAY 31 MAR


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 (26 MAR 12:40 / 28 MAR 20:30).

007 SEASON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LIVE AND LET DIE 4K d. Guy Hamilton, 1973 (26 MAR 15:45 / 31 MAR 15:30).

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

1982 SEASON at The Prince Charles

ALEX WINTER: LIVE ON STAGE at The Prince Charles

ANIME at BFI Southbank

ANIME at The Prince Charles

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

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)ALADDIN d. Ron Clements & John Musker, 1992 (26 MAR 18:35).

BEST OF CÉSAR at Ciné Lumière

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: A QUESTION OF FAITH at BFI Southbank

CELEBRATING MARLON BRANDO at The Garden Cinema

CHER ON SCREEN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MERMAIDS d. Richard Benjamin, 1990 (29 MAR 18:10).

CLOSE UP ON WONG KAR WAI at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): AS TEARS GO BY d. Wong Kar Wai, 1988 (25 MAR 20:15); HAPPY TOGETHER d. Wong Kar Wai, 1997 (26 MAR 18:30); 2046 d. Wong Kar Wai, 2004 (26 MAR 20:15).

DENIS VILLENEUVE: IN REVERSE at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DUNE d. Denis Villeneuve, 2021 (25 MAR 17:15 4K); BLADE RUNNER 2049 4K d. Denis Villeneuve, 2017 (27 MAR 19:45); INCENDIES 35mm d. Denis Villeneuve, 2010 (30 MAR 20:45).

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA at The Prince Charles

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT REVISITED at Ciné Lumière

INGMAR BERGMAN SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): PERSONA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1966 (27 MAR 15:00).

LIV ULLMANN: FACE TO FACE at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE WAYWARD GIRL 4K aka Ung Flukt d. Edith Carlmar, 1959 + Pre-recorded intro by Invisible Women, Archive Activists (28 MAR 18:10); PERSONA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1966 (29 MAR 14:30); PERSONA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1966 + Intro by Tricia Tuttle, BFI Festivals Director (30 MAR 20:50).

MARA MATTUSCHKA: DIFFERENT FACES OF AN ANTI-DIVA at Close-Up

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

NIGHTMARES AND DAYDREAMS: A CENTENARY CELEBRATION OF SCREENWRITER NIGEL KNEALE at BFI Southbank

ONE AND DONE at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ROPE d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1948 (27 MAR 16:35); VICTORIA d. Sebastian Schipperm, 2015 (29 MAR 20:45); ONE CUT OF THE DEAD d. Shin’ichirô Ueda, 2017 presented & Introduced by The Evolution of Horror podcast (30 MAR 21:00).

OSCAR BEST PICTURE WINNERS at Everyman Belsize Park

OSCAR NOMINEES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): DUNE d. Denis Villeneuve, 2021 (25 MAR 17:15 4K); PARALLEL MOTHERS d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2021 (25 to 31 MAR); LICORICE PIZZA 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2021 (until 04 APR various).

OSCAR® WEEK at Barbican

OTHER MODERNISMS, OTHER FUTURES: GLOBAL ART CINEMA 1960-80 at Barbican

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): FAD’JAL d. Safi Faye, 1979 (27 MAR 15:00); DE CIERTA MANERA d. Sara Gómez, 1974 (31 MAR 18:30).

RADICAL FILMS / RADICAL FORMS at The Yellow

STUDIO GHIBLI at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for listings): SPIRITED AWAY d. Hayao Miyazaki, 2001 (from 26 MAR).

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles

THREE BY F. GARY GRAY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): SET IT OFF d. F. Gary Gray, 1996 (28 MAR 18:15 – £1 Members’ Screening).

THREE BY SATYAJIT RAY at The Prince Charles 

  • Includes (check venue for listings): PATHER PANCHALI d. Satyajit Ray, 1955 (30 MAR 18:00).


Ukraine Fundraiser: CHERNOBYL: THE LOST TAPES d. James Jones, 2022:

THE TINDERBOX d. Gillian Mosely, 2020:

  • Also 25 to 31 MAR (various dates/times): CHOPPER: 20th Anniversary d. Andrew Dominik, 2000 at: Genesis Cinemas / Prince Charles Cinema // ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU d. Seung-wan Ryu, 2021: Curzon Cinemas // SIN LA HABANA d. Kaveh Nabatian, 2021 at: JW3 // VALLEY OF SOULS aka Tantas almas d. Nicolás Rincón Gille, 2019 at: ICA // XUETA ISLAND d. Ofer Laszewicki, Dani Rotstein & Felipe Wolokita, 2021 at: JW3 (from 29 MAR).

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