THE BALLY - London's indie film news

THE BALLY #11: Sensational screens you must not miss [30 NOV to 06 DEC]


Welcome to the next edition of THE BALLY, the weekly eNEWS bulletin from RADIANT CIRCUS where our barkers voice enthusiasm for London’s alternative screen attractions.

We give you seven days of handpicked highlights from London’s one-off screen events and a flavour of what’s projecting in repertory seasons and festivals across the city. We also catch you up with what’s new at

Our full listings are free online or, for a small monthly subscription, you can get what we do sent directly to your inbox.

> What are you seeing this week?


The Illiac Passion
We’re still working on our roundup of repertory seasons so here’s a recommendation of new curatorial talent from the National Film & Television School.

> Full details in our roundup of this week’s seasons, HERE.

THIS WEEK [30 NOV to 06 DEC]:

Films in London this week: World AIDS Day at 30 at BFI (01 DEC).

Our featured attraction of the week is World AIDS Day at 30 at BFI Southbank (01 DEC 13:40):

  • BFI Flare supports World AIDS Day with a special event featuring rarely-seen archive extracts and an open discussion. Confirmed speakers include Ash Kotak (AIDS Memory UK campaign), Dr Hannah J. Elizabeth (cultural historian based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) & Jeffrey Hinton (DJ, filmmaker and archivist). #ROCKTHERIBBON

> Full details in our weekly digest, HERE.

FRI //:

CEUTA, PRISON BY THE SEA aka Ceuta, Douce Prison at Root25 (30 NOV 19:30).

  • Maghreb Ciné presents: With no voice-over or added commentary, Ceuta, Prison by the Sea is a powerful documentary that focuses on the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, in northern Morocco, which has become a hub for an increasing number of refugees from Africa and Asia.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SAT //:

NAE PASARAN! at The Green, Nunhead (01 DEC 18:30 – Free! but please bring a food donation for Southwark Foodbank).

  • Felipe Bustos Sierra’s feature charts the incredible true story of the Scots who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force, from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship. #FilmsforFood

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SUN //:

LFFF: LEEDS ANIMATION WORKSHOP AT 40! at Rio Cinema (02 DEC 15:30):

  • London Feminist Film Festival presents a one-off afternoon of feminist animation films by the amazing Leeds Animation Workshop, to celebrate their 40th birthday. A selection of their best feminist shorts from the last four decades, is followed by a panel discussion, and an exhibition of artwork and archive material.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

MON //:

RBG + Q&A with directors Betsy West & Julie Cohen at BFI Southbank (03 DEC 18:10):

  • This new documentary follows the impressive life of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from her legal career to her becoming an unexpected pop-culture icon (nicknamed the ‘Notorious RBG’).

> Find more films in London today HERE.

TUES //:

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING + Q&A director RaMell Ross at ICA (04 DEC 20:30):

  • Dazzling and sun-drenched, Hale County This Morning, This Evening is an innovative, impressionistic portrait of contemporary life in Hale County, Alabama. Constructed from a series of fleeting, quotidian moments – church services, basketball practice and family gatherings – RaMell Ross’ careful, considered project was filmed over five years.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

WED //:

TODO TODO TEROS + INTRO at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC 18:15):

  • Filikino presents: Love and terror are the subjects of this intimate, videodiary-esque film. Using a mix of found footage and personal videos, documentation of his trip to Berlin and life as an adolescent in Manila, John Torres poetically spins narratives that fold in on themselves. An exercise in form, TODO TODO TEROS marked the arrival of a new, singular voice in Philippine independent cinema.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

THU //:

POSSESSION + SALON with Nick Walker, Rochester Kino at Genesis Cinema (06 DEC 18:30):

  • Cult Classic Collective presents: Andrzej Zulawski’s POSSESSION. The screening will be introduced by Nick and will be followed by a salon discussion upstairs at the bar where you will have a chance to discuss this great film with fellow fans and first-time viewers!

> Find more films in London today HERE.


COMFORT AND JOY at Ealing Town Hall (07 DEC 19:30):

  • Classic Cinema Club – Ealing presents: A morning radio DJ with a messy personal life struggles to get into the seasonal spirit, then becomes a witness to the crimes fuelling Glasgow’s ice cream wars: van vandalism; vendettas; sabotage and turf disputes. As he investigates the rival family businesses and unfriendly competition for control, he unexpectedly finds purpose and renewed career enthusiasm.

> More event info HERE.


THE LAST MOVIE – DENNIS HOPPER DOUBLE BILL at Rio Cinema (15 DEC 13:30 & 15:20):

  • “THE LAST MOVIE Dennis Hopper’s misunderstood masterpiece deserves a second chance — and now, it’s getting one” – Eric Kohn, Indie Wire. Screens with ALONG FOR THE RIDE, exploring the highs, lows and ultimately the phoenix-like ascension of iconic Hollywood maverick Dennis Hopper as seen through the eyes of his mysterious longtime “right hand man” Satya de la Manitou.

> More event info HERE.


Films in London this week: GREMLINS 70mm at The Prince Charles (02 DEC).

Each week we recommend one repertory season to sink your teeth into…

CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (30 NOV to 27 DEC):

> Find full repertory listings for this week, HERE.

> Find every repertory film screening in London in November listed HERE.


Filikino presents: TODO TODO TEROS at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC).

In the first of a new series of guest articles at RADIANT CIRCUS, Manila-based film writer & critic Richard Bolisay introduces John Torres’ debut feature TODO TODO TEROS (2006), Filikino’s next screening at Genesis Cinema (05 DEC 18:15).


In our continuing series with Close-Up Film Centre, RADIANT CIRCUS chats to curator Andrew Gutman about UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND, a programme of under-screened classics of the Canadian underground film scene (03 to 04 DEC).


Films in London today: SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM at Close-Up (15 NOV).

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Close-Up Film Centre that gives all RADIANT CIRCUS paid subscribers exclusive discounts for selected seasons and screenings in their programme. Check out our affordable monthly subscriptions and other great rewards at Patreon.

We are using fundraising platform Patreon to build vital support for our work. As a fully paid-up Patron, you will help take our coverage of London’s alternative screens to the next level (and earn yourself some fabulous rewards in the process!). We really hope you will join us.


Get every SCREEN GUIDE delivered directly to your inbox – plus other great rewards – with a low-cost RADIANT CIRCUS monthly membership, available exclusively at Patreon.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for news & updates.


A note about your privacy: We’ve updated our privacy policy and made sure you can unsubscribe at any point by following the link at the bottom of each and every mailout.