THE BALLY #108: What to see in London this week (28 MAY to 03 JUN 2021)

Welcome to THE BALLY where we help you find what to see in London this week across DIY, indie & alternative cinema events, online, outdoors & in venues.

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Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club have done so well with their screenings of DR. STRANGELOVE that a third date has been added at The Castle Cinema, and it’s selling fast (06 JUN 13:30)! And things are starting to get busy elsewhere as more cinema screens reopen… a warm welcome back to, amongst others this week, Bertha DocHouse (from 28 May) and Peckhamplex (from 03 June). It was also wonderful to hear from Whirled Cinema after a long silence (they’ve been doing a refurb and will announce reopening plans soon…).

Repertory seasons mostly carry over from last month, but The Prince Charles has added their Bong Joon-ho celebration to London’s roster (from 01 June). In festivals, the Bank Holiday weekend comes alive with the Spanish Film Festival Spring Weekend, joining the UK Asian Film Festival in actual venues. Full details below.

Deptford Cinema has announced the return of physical screenings. Whilst they continue to search for a permanent home, their temporary nomadic life will see them settle at Albany and Deptford Lounge for events from 12 JUN (booking now!).

Rooftop Film Club wraps their drive-ins this week with both Alexandra Palace and Brent Cross going dark from 31 May. New dates have been announced at their traditional rooftop venues through June. Continuing to look ahead, we’ll also be posting our epic monthly roundup of London’s indoor and outdoor film seasons for June at some point over the Bank Holiday weekend. Remember too, our lovely subscribers at Patreon also get access to an exclusive page of coming attractions.

As to our Featured Attraction of the Week, we don’t normally elevate such a wide release into this slot, but hey, what are rules for…? FIRST COW screens almost everywhere and takes our top slot because: it’s a western (& we love our genre cinema…); it’s made by Kelly Reichardt (& we love Kelly Reichardt…); and, it’s evidence that cinemas are back in force (it’s the first week such a wide release has been possible for a very long time…). So, whilst FIRST COW is a must-see in its own right, it’s also here to celebrate the return of cinema-going in all its beautiful glory.

Don’t know about you, but we LOVE being back in the darkness and hope to see you there again soon… Stay safe!


PS – Apologies for the late arrival of these listings… life got in the way.

FIRST COW d. Kelly Reichardt, 2019 (daily, almost everywhere!)



GUTTER BOY d. Anupam Khanna Baswal, 2020 + Recorded Q&A at Watermans (28 MAY 19:00) / Part of UK Asian Film Festival.

This is a film still from LA COMMUNE (PARIS, 1871)


LA COMMUNE (PARIS, 1871) d. Peter Watkins, 2000 presented by Alt/Kino online (28 to 30 MAY – FREE using code MAY1871).

This is a film still from NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND which shows at The Prince Charles Cinema (30 MAY 2021).


NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND 35MM d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1984 at The Prince Charles (30 MAY 11:50 – SUB)

This is a film still from BILLIE showing at Bertha DocHouse (31 MAY 2021).


BILLIE d. James Erskine, 2019 + Recorded Q&A at Bertha DocHouse (31 MAY 20:00).


BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2000 at The Prince Charles (01 JUN 17:55).

This is a film still from GOODBYE DRAGON INN screening at BFI Southbank (02 June 2021).


GOODBYE, DRAGON INN aka Bú sàn d. Tsai Ming-liang, 2003 at BFI Southbank (02 JUN 20:50).


LISBON BEAT d. Rita Maia & Vasco Viana, 2019 + Intro by co-director Rita Maia at Barbican (03 JUN 20:45) / Part of Chronic Youth 2021.

Spanish Film Festival Spring Weekend at Ciné Lumière (28 to 30 MAY).

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)
  • SCHOOLGIRLS d. Pilar Palomero, 2020 at Ciné Lumière (28 MAY 18:30). 
  • MEMORIES OF MY FATHER d. Fernando Trueba, 2020 at Ciné Lumière (28 MAY 20:35 / 29 MAY 17:50).
  • THE HUMAN VOICE d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2020 + Intro by Joana Granero & Maria Delgado + Recorded Q&A at Ciné Lumière (29 MAY 16:10).
  • THE INNOCENCE d. Lucia Alemany, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (29 MAY 20:45).
  • MY MEXICAN BRETZEL d. Nuria Giménez, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (30 MAY 18:10).
  • THAT WAS LIFE d. David Martín de los Santos, 2020 at Ciné Lumière (30 MAY 19:55).

BATTLE ROYALE aka Batoru rowaiaru d. Kinji Fukasaku, 2000 at The Prince Charles (daily to 03 JUN).

FIRST COW d. Kelly Reichardt, 2019 (daily, almost everywhere!)

UNDERGODS d. Chino Moya, 2021 at ArtHouse and Rio Cinema (daily to 03 JUN).

This is a film still from CLUELESS d. Amy Heckerling, 1995 at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (31 MAY 21:00).

Rooftop Film Club, Peckham

CLUELESS d. Amy Heckerling, 1995 at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (31 MAY 21:00).

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