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SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [27 AUG to 02 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 / #ReviveTheDark


It’s time for RADIANT CIRCUS to take a short break, so please accept this abbreviated screen guide (indoor & outdoor seasons only!) as a quick place holder until full listings return next week (03 SEP). I won’t be far away as, in the guise of my queer horror alter ego TOKEN HOMO, I will be attending my first ever Arrow Frightfest. Which explains why I’ve also chosen a film from their packed lineup for my Featured Attraction of the Week

It’s a week including some new seasons, including runs dedicated to Denis Villeneuve and Richard Pryor and a celebration of 50 years of the National Film & Television School at BFI Southbank. We’ll be posting our usual epic roundup of September’s new seasons next week.

The other thing that I’ll be doing while I’m away will be to edit a new zine, CRISIS?, about the emergency screen culture that emerged during shutdown. The first 40 arrivals at WunderKammer Live will get a free copy. I’ve just finished booking the surprise feature film for that event and whilst I’m jittery about my capacity to keep a secret all the way to the big reveal, it’s a wonderful way to wrap the night.

With so many events coming up that RADIANT CIRCUS has had a hand in, here’s a quick roundup:

As usual, thank you for all your support and I look forward to seeing you in the darkness again soon. If you’re at Frightfest, don’t forget to goose me in the dark and say hi. I’ll be lingering somewhere along Row F…

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS


GAIA d. Jaco Bouwer, 2021 at Cineworld Leicester Square (29 AUG 15:30 & 15:55) / Part of Arrow Frightfest.

  • “On a surveillance mission in a primordial forest, a park ranger encounters two survivalists following a post-apocalyptic lifestyle. The boy and his philosophical father seem to have their own religion, and a mysterious relationship to nature. There are many suspicious aspects to their existence, but when the cabin is attacked by strange, post-human beings one night, she learns that there is an even greater threat in this emergent wilderness. Blending ancient pagan mythologies with modern technophobia, this eco-horror fantasy, engaging the burning issues of our time, incorporates old ideas in new ways to create something both familiar and fresh.”


35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): INTERSTELLAR 70MM d. Christopher Nolan, 2014 (28 AUG 14:30 / 31 AUG 20:15 / 01 SEP 14:45).

1971: THE YEAR HOLLYWOOD WENT INDEPENDENT at ICA

AFGHANISTAN ON SCREEN at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE BREADWINNER d. Nora Twomey, 2017 (27 AUG 16:05 / 29 AUG 16:05 / 01 SEP 20:45); KABUL, CITY IN THE WIND d. Aboozar Amini, 2018 (27 AUG 20:50 /29 AUG 20:30 / 31 AUG 18:45 / 02 SEP 20:50); THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL aka Les Hirondelles de Kaboul d. Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobbé-Mevellec, 2019 (28 AUG 16:15 / 02 SEP 16:20); WOLF AND SHEEP d. Shahrbanoo Sadat, 2016 (28 AUG 20:30 / 01 SEP 20:50).

ANDREI TARKOVSKY at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SOLARIS d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972 (28 AUG 13:00); THE SACRIFICE d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986 (29 AUG 13:00).

ANDREI TARKOVSKY at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)STALKER d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 (29 AUG 15:10).

ANIME SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE CAT RETURNS d. Hiroyuki Morita, 2002 (29 AUG 13:30 – SUB); SPIRITED AWAY d. Hayao Miyazaki, 2001 (31 AUG 12:45 – SUB).

AN INTRODUCTION TO KRYSZTOF KIESLOWSKI at Genesis Cinema

A PRYOR ENGAGEMENT at BFI Southbank

A TERRIFYING UPRISING at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): RAW d. Julia Ducournau, 2016 (31 AUG various).

BEST OF CÉSAR 2021 at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)BYE BYE MORONS aka Adieu les cons d. Albert Dupontel, 2020 (29 AUG 20:30 / 30 AUG 145:00 / 01 SEP 14:00 / 03 SEP 11:00).

BETTE DAVIS: HOLLYWOOD REBEL at BFI Southbank

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS at BFI Southbank

CHARLIE CHAPLIN at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CITY LIGHTS d. Charles Chaplin, 1931 (28 AUG 11:30).

CINEMA REDISCOVERED ON TOUR at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BEAU TRAVAIL d. Claire Denis, 1999 + Recorded discussion with director of photography, Agnès Godard (29 AUG 14:00 / 30 AUG 16:20 / 01 SEP 18:20).

CLOSE-UP ON ANDREI TARKOVSKY at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)THE SACRIFICE d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986 (27 AUG 19:30); NOSTALGHIA d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983 (28 AUG 20:00); MIRROR d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974 (29 AUG 19:00).

DENIS VILLENEUVE: THE PATH TO DUNE at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ENEMY d. Denis Villeneuve, 2013 (01 SEP 14:30); PRISONERS d. Denis Villeneuve, 2013 (01 SEP 20:00); AUGUST 32ND ON EARTH 35MM aka Un 32 août sur terre d. Denis Villeneuve, 1998 (02 SEP 20:50).

EARL CAMERON at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SAPPHIRE d. Basil Dearden, 1959 (28 AUG 13:00); FLAME IN THE STREETS 35MM d. Roy Ward Baker, 1961 + Short: RIOTS & RUMOURS OF RIOTS d. Imruh Caesar, 1981 (28 AUG 17:10).

ENNIO MORRICONE at BFI Southbank 

FEMALE LEADS at Everyman Broadgate

THE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ISLE OF DOGS d. Wes Anderson, 2018 (27 AUG 18:15).

L.A. NIGHTS at Backyard Cinema

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

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): SAINT MAUD d. Rose Glass, 2019 + Short: ROOM 55, 2014 + Q&A with the director (02 SEP 17:45).

SANS BAGUETTE at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MARTYRS d. Pascal Laugier, 2008 (01 SEP 21:00); BOY MEETS GIRL d. Leos Carax, 1984 (02 SEP 18:35).

STUDIO GHIBLI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE CAT RETURNS d. Hiroyuki Morita, 2002 (29 AUG 13:30 – SUB); SPIRITED AWAY d. Hayao Miyazaki, 2001 (31 AUG 12:45 – SUB).

TALES OF TOMORROW: SCI-FI SELECTIONS at The Prince Charles

WIM WENDERS ON 35MM at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)PARIS, TEXAS 35MM d. Wim Wenders, 1984 (29 AUG 15:30 / 02 SEP 14:25).

WONG KAR WAI at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): FALLEN ANGELS aka Do lok tin si d. Wong Kar Wai, 1995 (from 29 AUG).

Archlight Outdoor Cinema on the Coaling Jetty, Battersea

Cycle-In-Cinema presented by Stow Film Lounge

  • Includes (check promoter for full listings): JURASSIC PARK d. Steven Spielberg, 1993 at Pymmes Park N18 (27 AUG 19:30+); THE LADYKILLERS d. Alexander Mackendrick, 1955 at Enfield Market Place EN2 (29 AUG 19:30).

Deeper Into Movies at Dalston Roof Park

  • Includes (check promoter for full listings): HOUSE aka Hausu d. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977 (30 AUG 20:00).

Film & Food Fest South London at Beckenham Place Park

Outdoor Cinema at Barbican Sculpture Court

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ORLANDO d. Sally Potter, 1992 (27 AUG 20:30); VERTIGO d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1958 (28 AUG 20:30); SUMMERTIME d. David Lean, 1955 (29 AUG 20:30).

Rooftop Film Club, Peckham

Rooftop Film Club, Stratford East

Summer Outdoor Cinema at Watermans

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MOULIN ROUGE! d. Baz Luhrmann, 2001 (27 AUG 20:00).

Sunset Screening Sessions at The Homestead Cafe at Beckenham Place Park (02 JUL to 06 AUG):



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