THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [29 JUL to 04 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.

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#QueerHorrorNights contributes to the SUMMER OF SCI-FI at The Castle Cinema with Brandon Cronenberg’s POSSESSOR (19 AUG 19:00): Booking now!

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS


Pink Palace: BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL d. Doris Wishman, 1965 + Intro by writer & sexplotation enthusiast Molly Miles in the Rio Cinema Basement Bar (03 AUG 19:30).

“Pink Palace, a weekly queer film club, presents cult director Doris Wishman’s legendary sexplotation BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL, screening for the first time at The Rio since May 1970!

Bored housewife Meg’s life changes after she kills the man who assaulted her and runs away to New York City. There, she has several sexual encounters all while on the run from the police, up until the films shocking twist ending. Wishman blends dreams and reality together, to create a masterfully surreal low-budget insight into the sexuality of one woman. Rarely screened in the UK, this is a unique opportunity to watch sexplotation with a crowd of others, and in a cinema which used to screen nothing but filth!

Will Meg’s past catch up with her? Why does John Waters herald Doris Wishman as his favorite director? Just how many men can Meg have sex with until New York City runs dry? What do you mean The Rio used to screen porn?! These questions, and much, much more, will all be answered on August 3rd in The Rio’s basement bar – itself a former 80’s video lounge for the Womens Media Resouce Project.

The film will be introduced by writer and sexplotation enthusiast Molly Miles. There will be zines, badges and other treats available free to all attendees.” (Rio Cinema)


FRIDAY 29 JUL

SATURDAY 30 JUL

  • THE AMERICAN FRIEND at ArtHouse Crouch End (30 JUL 15:00 / 31 JUL 17:45).
  • EQUINOX + 2000 MANIACS + Talk on 60s practical FX in horror and fantasy by Al Friswell, presented by World Wide Weird at King & Queen pub, Fitzrovia (30 JUL 18:00 – Donations requested for MacMillan Cancer Support).
  • FOG OVER FRISCO d. William Dieterle, 1934 celebrating Bette Davis, presented by Women & Cocaine at The Cinema Museum (30 JUL 19:30).
  • NO TURNING BACK d. Nicolette Bucknor, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Rich Mix (30 JUL 18:00).

SUNDAY 31 JUL

  • THE AFTERLIGHT 35mm d. Charlie Shackleton, 2021 + Q&A with the director at Genesis Cinema (31 JUL 17:30).
  • THE AMERICAN FRIEND at ArtHouse Crouch End (31 JUL 17:45).
  • THE HISTORY OF CIVIL WAR d. Dziga Vertov, 1921 + Q&A with film historian Nikolai Izvolov (via Zoom) hosted by filmmaker & critic Alex Barrett at Bertha DocHouse (31 JUL 15:30).
  • HUD 16mm d. Martin Ritt, 1963 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (31 JUL 14:00).
  • THE NORTHMAN d. Robert Eggers, 2022 at Whirled Cinema (31 JUL 17:00).
  • PASSION d. Maja Borg, 2021 + Short: ISHTAR d. Mia Georgis, 2021 presented by Birds’ Eye View #Queerious at Rio Cinema (31 JUL 15:45).
  • SMALL TIME OBSESSION d. Piotr Szkopiak, 2000 + Q&A with the director at ActOne Cinema (31 JUL 15:30).
  • TRI d. Aleksandar Petrović, 1965 + Intro by Ehsan Khoshbakht, presented by Never On Sunday at Close-Up (31 JUL 20:15).

MONDAY 01 AUG

TUESDAY 02 AUG

WEDNESDAY 03 AUG

  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND d. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson & Hamilton Luske, 1951 at BFI Southbank (03 AUG 13:30).
  • Pink Palace: BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL d. Doris Wishman, 1965 + Intro by writer & sexplotation enthusiast Molly Miles in the Rio Cinema Basement Bar (03 AUG 19:30).
  • DONNA d. Jay Bedwani, 2020 + Q&A with the director & producer Dewi Gregory, hosted by writer Lillian Crawford at Genesis Cinema (03 AUG 18:30).
  • FIRE OF LOVE d. Sara Dosa, 2022 + Recorded intro at Riverside Studios (03 AUG 17:55 & 20:30).
  • LES MISÉRABLES d. Ladj Ly, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (03 AUG 20:00 / 07 AUG 17:00).
  • NO DISTANCE LEFT TO RUN d. Will Lovelace & Dylan Southern, 2010 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Signature Brew Haggerston (03 AUG 19:30 – FREE!).
  • TV Preview: THE SANDMAN d. Mike Barker, 2022 + Panel and Q&A with creator Neil Gaiman & actor Tom Sturridge at BFI Southbank (03 AUG 19:00).

THURSDAY 04 AUG


35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm New ‘Unrestored’ Version d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (29 JUL 20:30).

007 SEASON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SPECTRE d. Sam Mendes, 2015 (30 JUL 15:15 / 04 AUG 15:15 – 4K).

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

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE MATRIX 35mm d. Lily Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, 1999 (30 JUL 22:30 / 03 AUG 10:30).

ANNIVERSARY SEASON at Everyman Belsize Park

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CABARET d. Bob Fosse, (31 JUL 14:00 / 01 AUG 20:30).

A TRIBUTE TO JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT at Close-Up

BAR TRASH at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE GIANT CLAW d. Fred F. Sears, 1957 + Intro/Spot quiz with Token Homo (03 AUG 20:30).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: POWER! at BFI Southbank

CELEBRATING FILM NOIR at The Garden Cinema

CELEBRATING MARLENE DIETRICH at The Garden Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DISHONORED d. Josef von Sternberg, 1931 (30 JUL 15:00 / 31 JUL 19:00 / 04 AUG 18:00); ANGEL d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1937 (30 JUL 18:00); THE BLUE ANGEL d. Josef Von Sternberg, 1930 (31 JUL 14:50); WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION d. Billy Wilder, 1957 (02 AUG 18:00 / 03 AUG 15:15); THE SCARLET EMPRESS d. Josef von Sternberg, 1934 (01 AUG 18:00).

CINEMA RESTORED at Barbican 

COLLECTIVE MOBILISATION at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SUZANNE DAVEAU d. Luisa Homem, 2019 + Intro (04 AUG 18:15).

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BARRY LYNDON d. Stanley Kubrick, 1975 (31 JUL 16:45).

EYE RITUALS at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): Short Film Programme presented by Zodiac Film Club x London Short Film Festival (30 JULY 18:15); CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING 35mm d. Jacques Rivette, 1976 presented by Zodiac Film Club x London Short Film Festival (31 JULY 18:15).

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002 (04 AUG 18:00).

THE FILMS OF TERRENCE MALICK at The Prince Charles

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

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ROCKERS d. Theodoros Bafaloukos, 1978 (04 AUG 20:40).

GLENDA JACKSON at BFI Southbank

HONG KONG SEASON at The Prince Charles

KIDS IN AMERICA at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE CRAFT d. Andrew Fleming, 1996 (01 AUG various).

MASAKI KOBAYASHI’S ‘THE HUMAN CONDITION’ TRILOGY at The Prince Charles

IN THE BLACK FANTASTIC at BFI Southbank

JONNY GREENWOOD RETROSPECTIVE at Genesis Cinema

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 (29 JUL 20:15 – 180mins); 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 70mm d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (29 JUL 20:30 – 170mins); THE THIN RED LINE 35mm d. Terrence Malick, 1998 (04 AUG 20:15 – 171mins).

MARTIN SCORSESE: DIRECTOR. WRITER. PRODUCER. ACTOR. at The Prince Charles

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

PIER PAOLO PASOLINI: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS! at The Prince Charles

POST-HORROR SUMMER NIGHTS at Barbican

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): IT COMES AT NIGHT d. Trey Edward Shults, 2017 + Extended intro by Steve Rose (04 AUG 18:30).

SATYAJIT RAY: THE LANGUAGE OF FILM at BFI Southbank

STANLEY KUBRICK ON FILM at The Prince Charles

THROWBACK at Everyman Cinemas

WIM WENDERS at Curzon Cinemas

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles



FILMS ON THE GREEN at Redlees Park

THE LUNA CINEMA at Dulwich Park

THE LUNA CINEMA at Kensington Palace

Includes (check venue for listings): HOUSE OF GUCCI (03 AUG 20:45); GHOSTBUSTERS (04 AUG 20:45).

THE LUNA CINEMA at Westminster Abbey

OUTDOOR CINEMA at The Cinema In The Arches

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford

SCREENINGS BY THE RIVER at Barking Riverside

SUNSET SCREENING SESSIONS at Beckenham Place Park

  • Includes (check venue for listings): NOTTING HILL d. Roger Michell, 1999 (29 JUL 21:00); THE LAST TREE d. Shola Amoo, 2019 (30 JUL 21:00).

TVC MOVIE SCREENINGS at Television Centre


HIT THE ROAD aka Jaddeh Khaki dir Panah Panahi, 2021

PARIS, TEXAS 4K Restoration dir Wim Wenders, 1984


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