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THE BALLY #12: Sensational screens you must not miss [07 to 13 DEC]


Welcome to the latest eNEWS from RADIANT CIRCUS where we voice our 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


The Illiac Passion

Featured attraction of the month: With so much Christmas spirit coursing through this month’s listings, we went against the grain and picked three short seasons programmed by new curatorial talent from the National Film & Television School. UP NORTH & UNDERGROUND has already screened at Close-Up, but you can still catch A CINEMA OF FORKING PATHS – FILMS INSPIRED BY BORGES! at The Horse Hospital & Curzon Bloomsbury (05 to 11 DEC); and, THE PURSUIT OF WHOLENESS at Close-Up (07 to 09 DEC – featured image, THE ILLIAC PASSION).

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

THIS WEEK [07 to 13 DEC]:

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this week: The Films of Jodie Mack at Close-Up, Part of LIAF (08 DEC).

Featured attraction of the week: The Films of Jodie Mack, part of London International Animation Festival 2018 (08 DEC 18:30 & 20:00): Edge of Frame and Close-Up Cinema present a two-part programme of films by acclaimed animator Jodie Mack. Part one gathers a selection of shorts, and part two presents the UK premiere of her highly anticipated debut feature THE GRAND BIZARRE. Jodie Mack will be present for both parts and will host a discussion between.

> Find more indie films in our weekly digest, HERE.

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FRI //:

BECOMING ANIMAL + Q&A with co-director Emma Davie at ICA (07 DEC 18:30):

  • Sensuous and immersive, this audiovisual essay is both a philosophical inquiry and an invitation to inhabit our animal bodies.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SAT //:

DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE at The Cinema Museum (08 DEC 17:00):

  • Misty Moon presents: A classic Hammer horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker. The film was their third adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, and is notable for showing Jekyll transform into a female Hyde played by Martine Beswick.
  • Followed by An Evening with Martine Beswick (08 DEC 20:00).

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SUN //:

LOVE, GILDA + Q&A with director Lisa D’Apolito at Phoenix Cinema (09 DEC 14:00):

  • The Celluloid Sorceress presents: Director Lisa D’Apolito’s acclaimed documentary on the tragically short life and hilarious career of Gilda Radner, the first superstar of Saturday Night Live and a comedy icon. After the screening, Lisa D’Apolito will be in conversation with Rebecca Nicole Williams.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

MON //:

UTØYA – JULY 22 + PANEL DISCUSSION with Geoff Ho at Genesis Cinema (10 DEC 18:30):

  • On July 22 2011 more than 500 youths at a political summer camp on an island outside Oslo were attacked by an armed, right-wing extremist. Earlier that day he bombed a Government building in Oslo before making his way to Utøya island. In this first fictional movie about the attack we get to know Kaja (18) and her friends.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

TUES //:

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU + PANEL at Genesis Cinema (11 DEC 18:30):

  • The People’s Film Club & Skin Deep magazine present a screening of Boot Riley’s uniquely anti-capitalist satire followed by a panel discussion. Part of the proceeds from this screening will go towards Skin Deep, however, if you’d like to show a bit more appreciation, you can buy a Solidarity Ticket at £8.50.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

WED //:

BRIDGES OF TIME + Q&A with director Kristine Briede & producer Uldis Cekulis at Barbican (12 DEC 18:30):

  • New East Cinema presents: This beautiful, poetic film explores the lesser known generation of documentary filmmakers of the Baltic New Wave, with moving extracts from features shot in 1960s Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

THU //:

INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION + INTRO by John Stevenson at ICA (13 DEC 20:30):

  • Often described as the ‘Czech Méliès’, Karel Zeman’s innovations in the use of live-action and animation mark him as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema, alongside his more celebrated Western counterparts Willis H. O’Brien, George Pal and Ray Harryhausen.

> Find more films in London today HERE.


EXPLODING CINEMA at The Horse Hospital (15 DEC 19:00):

  • Exploding Cinema closes out an amazing year of shows with a last ride on the Horse Hospital pony. A collection of new, independent short films on every topic and in every style that is out there (and some are really out there). Drama, Experimental, Comedy, Music, Animation, Surrealist and just plain bonkers films comprise the line-up, with music, raffle prizes and psychedelic mayhem as the inevitable Exploding backdrop.

> More event info HERE.


EDIBLE CINEMA: THE RED SHOES at Curzon Mayfair (16 DEC 15:00):

  • Powell And Pressburger’s classic is perfect seasonal fare for the return of Edible Cinema to Curzon. It focuses on Vicky, a young ballerina starring in a ballet The Red Shoes. Like her character, she is irresistibly drawn to dancing. Her life becomes split between her simple human passion and artistic devotion to her profession. Along with your ticket to the film, Edible Cinema offers an 8 item, bite sized menu of food & drink.

> More event info HERE.

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Films in London this week: PERFORMANCE at The Horse Hospital, part of A CINEMA OF FORKING PATHS (11 DEC).

A CINEMA OF FORKING PATHS – FILMS INSPIRED BY BORGES! at The Horse Hospital & Curzon Bloomsbury (05 to 11 DEC):

> Find listings for this week HERE and this month HERE.


Films in London: TWICE A MAN screens at Close-Up (07 DEC).

We interviewed guest curator Eleonora Pesci about THE PURSUIT OF WHOLENESS, a programme which pays tribute to avant-garde filmmaker Gregory Markopoulos at Close-Up Film Centre (07 to 09 DEC – Featured image: TWICE A MAN) > HERE.




RaMell Ross’ documentary HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING (2018) previewed at ICA last week followed by a conversation between the filmmaker & ICA Assistant Curator, Ifeanyi Awachie (04 DEC 2018). Read our RADIANT CIRCUS writeup > HERE.



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