THIS WEEK

SCREEN GUIDE: What’s on in London this week [30 SEP to 06 OCT 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 presents a very special event at the historic Rio Cinema – our Halloween Monsters Ball: NIGHTBREED (28 OCT 22:00+).

Welcome to another screen week!

A few things of note this week as we enter a new calendar month… October is Black History Month, so expect to see more films centred around Black voices as the season continues. Similarly, Halloween is drawing near, so there’s a significant uptick in horror film programming across town (and in places where you might not expect it…). It’s also time to embrace the BFI London Film Festival (05 to 16 OCT), which will temporarily clear some of the decks of alternative programming…

Outdoor seasons wrap at both Rooftop Film Club venues this weekend. Doubtless a few diehard outdoor popups will appear during the Autumn, and I’ll do my best to keep track of those…

Some notable new arrivals this week… Brett Morgen’s lavish Bowie documentary MOONAGE DAYDREAM gets a wider release after being splashed across the giant screens of the BFI IMAX (see GRIND SHOWS), whilst London Georgian Film Festival squeezes in at Ciné Lumière (30 SEP to 05 OCT) just before London’s other big show.

New rep seasons include A LIFE ON THE FILM SET at The Garden Cinema which does what I hope many more programmes would do; look beyond a narrow obsession with film directors by celebrating other creative contributors. Here the focus is on Angela Allen’s illustrious career as a script supervisor. But then to contradict myself almost entirely, we also have fascinating series devoted to the works of JOHN SMITH (at ICA and Close-UP) and PATRICIO GUZMÁN (at Bertha DocHouse).

The New Black Collective have posted their series of free/popular titles for Black History Month at Stratford East Picturehouse, and the unrivalled blockbuster new season opening this week is the inescapable HORROCTOBER at The Prince Charles.

A quick welcome back to these listings for the wonderful folk at Richmond Film Society. Following a sensible period limiting numbers to ‘members only’ at their always-packed screenings, they have now put their shows back on sale for general admission. It’s brilliant to see them back at a time when some community film clubs are finding it tough.

I’ve chosen THE WOMAN KING (from 04 OCT – see GRIND SHOWS) as my Featured Attraction of the Week for simple cinematic reasons. I saw Gina Prince-Bythewood introduce her epic film at the opening night of Fragments Festival (29 SEP to 02 OCT), the in-house festival of underrepresented voices at Genesis Cinema. Venue owner Tyrone Walker-Hebborn also spoke about the power of the ‘shared cinema experience’, and wow, did that screening deliver! See THE WOMAN KING somewhere where the audience is prepared to be as unashamedly loud as the film (at Genesis, we even roared on the soppy Mills & Boon romance, but that might have been more in recognition of the film’s delightfully lustful female gaze…).

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS

PS – My full monthly roundup for OCTOBER is coming very soon!


THE WOMAN KING dir Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2022


FRIDAY 30 SEP

  • A STORY OF BONES d. Joseph Curran and Dominic Aubrey de Vere, 2022 + Q&A with the filmmakers at Barbican (30 SEP 18:15).
  • CHICAGO d. Rob Marshall, 2002 presented by West London Queer Project at Chiswick Cinema (30 SEP 21:00).
  • ELVIS d. Baz Luhrmann, 2022 + Q&A presented by Newham Community Cinema at Stratford Library (30 SEP 17:00 – FREE!).
  • MRS HARRIS GOES TO PARIS d. Anthony Fabian, 2021 + Q&A with the director at Ciné Lumière (30 SEP 18:00).
  • Musical Weekends: ONE FROM THE HEART d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1982 (30 SEP 21:00 / 01 OCT 18:00).
  • SALT FOR SVANETIA d. Mikhail Kalatozov, 1930 + Live score by Liza Kalandadze & Intro by Professor Emma Widdis at The Garden Cinema (30 SEP 19:00).
  • SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS d. Lisa Rovner, 2020 + Live performance by Rachel D’Arcy as PARAFOX presented by Filmscope at The Yellow HA9 (30 SEP 19:30 – FREE!).

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TUESDAY 04 OCT

  • BREATHLESS aka A bout de souffle d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1960 at BFI Southbank (04 OCT 20:50).
  • Buster plays Buster featuring STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. d. Charles Reisner & Buster Keaton, 1928 + Live score by Buster Birch presented online & in-venue by Sands Films Cinema Club at Sands Film Studios (04 OCT 20:00 – Donation requested).
  • CORPUS CHRISTI d. Jan Komasa, 2019 presented by Richmond Film Society at The Exchange (04 OCT 20:00).
  • CineClub: EVA MARIA d. Lukas Ladner, 2021 at the Austrian Cultural Forum (04 OCT 19:00 – FREE!).
  • Sabotage: HACKERS d. Iain Softley, 1995 presented by Mondo Nights at Biddle Bros (04 OCT 20:00).
  • THE HARDER THEY COME d. Perry Henzell, 1972 at The David Lean (04 OCT 19:30).
  • THE HARDER THEY COME d. Perry Henzell, 1972 + Q&A with Lloyd Bradley, author of Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King, for Black History Month presented by Wimbledon Film Club at Curzon Wimbledon (04 OCT 20:30).
  • IN FROM THE SIDE d. Matt Carter, 2022 + Q&A with the director & actor Alexander King at Picturehouse Clapham (04 OCT 19:00).
  • PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT aka Les Olympiades, Paris 13e d. Jacques Audiard, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (04 OCT 20:00 / 05 OCT 20:00 / 09 OCT 17:00).
  • ROUND MIDNIGHT d. Bertrand Tavernier, 1986 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (04 OCT 20:00).

WEDNESDAY 05 OCT

THURSDAY 06 OCT


35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

IMAX PRESENTATIONS at BFI IMAX

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): AVATAR 3D d. James Cameron, 2009 (until 01 OCT); SKYFALL d. Sam Mendes, 2012 (02 OCT 12:30); SPECTRE d. Sam Mendes, 2015 (02 OCT 16:00); NO TIME TO DIE (3D) d. Cary Joji Fukunaga, 2021 (02 OCT 19:50).

A LIFE ON THE FILM SET at The Garden Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE MISFITS d. John Huston, 1961 + Q&A with Angela Allen (02 OCT 17:30).

ANIME at The Prince Charles

ANNIVERSARY SEASON at Everyman Belsize Park

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN d. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952 (02 OCT 14:00 / 03 OCT 20:30).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: FATEFUL MOMENTS IN TIME! at BFI Southbank

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

BOWIE: SOUND AND VISION at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE HUNGER d. Tony Scott, 1983 (30 SEP various / 01 OCT various / 05 OCT various).

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT at Chiswick Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DRACULA d. Tod Browning, 1931 + Intro by film critic Clarisse Loughrey (05 OCT 19:00).
  • Presented by Movies On Weekends.

ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TAIPEI STORY d. Edward Yang, 1985 (30 SEP 20:15); THE 400 BLOWS d. François Truffaut, 1959 (01 OCT 18:20); JULES AND JIM d. François Truffaut, 1962 (01 OCT 20:15); WOMAN OF THE DUNES d. Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964 (02 OCT 17:30); PERSONA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1966 (02 OCT 20:15).

THE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH at The Prince Charles 

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): WILD AT HEART 35mm d. David Lynch, 1990 (30 SEP 14:40 / 01 OCT 18:05 / 04 OCT 17:45 ).

FROM THE REQUEST BOARD… at The Prince Charles

HORROCTOBER – A MONTH OF THRILLS, CHILLS & SPILLS at The Prince Charles

JAMES BOND AT 60 at BFI IMAX & Southbank

JOHN SMITH: INTROSPECTIVE (1972–2022) 50 FILMS FROM 50 YEARS at ICA & Close-Up

KINUYO TANAKA: A LIFE IN FILM at BFI Southbank

MAD MAX ON 35MM at Everyman Screen on the Green

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MAD MAX: FURY ROAD 35mm d. George Miller, 2015 (01 OCT 23:00 / 05 OCT 10:30).

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

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

NEW GERMAN CINEMA at The Garden Cinema

PAM GRIER at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for listings)FRIDAY FOSTER d. Arthur Marks, 1975 (02 OCT 17:00).

PAM GRIER: FOXY, FIERCE & FEARLESS at BFI Southbank 

  • Includes (check venue for listings)BONES 35mm d. Ernest Dickerson, 2001 (30 SEP 20:50 / 04 OCT 18:20); FOXY BROWN d. Jack Hill, 1974 (03 OCT 18:10); IN TOO DEEP 35mm d. Michael Rymer, 1999 (03 OCT 20:50).
  • Re-release: JACKIE BROWN d. Quentin Tarantino, 1997 (01 OCT 14:50 / 02 OCT 15:00 & 17:50).

PARK CHAN WOOK at Picturehouse Cinemas

PATRICIO GUZMÁN CHILE TRILOGY at Bertha DocHouse

SOUND AND VISION at BFI IMAX & Southbank

SPOTLIGHT ON ISABELLE HUPPERT at Ciné Lumière

THROWBACK at Everyman Cinemas

  • Includes the following films (check venue for listings): IN BRUGES d. Martin McDonagh, 2008 (02 OCT various).

TNB BHM 2022 at Stratford East Picturehouse

TWO FILMS BY KOGONADA at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): AFTER YANG d. Kogonada, 2022 (04 OCT 15:45).

UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS at The Prince Charles

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles



ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford


This is a film still from FLUX GOURMET dir Peter Strickland, 2022

FLUX GOURMET dir Peter Strickland, 2022

THE WOMAN KING dir Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2022


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