This is a film still from ALTERED STATES, screening at BFI Southbank as part of Terror Vision (30 SEP).

THE BALLY #122: What to see in London this week [24 to 30 SEP 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.

By RADIANT CIRCUS // Twitter @radiantcircus / Instagram @radiantcircus

Let’s start the week with some seriously good news: The Cinema Museum has announced a new series of screenings marking their long-awaited reopening after the pandemic shutdown. The Autumn programme kicks off with The Gothique Film Society’s presentation of THE BODY SNATCHER d. Robert Wise, 1945 + BURKE AND HARE d. Vernon Sewell, 1971 (22 OCT 18:45) and Kennington Bioscope’s presentation of Soviet silent comedy THE HOUSE ON TRUBNAYA d. Boris Barnet, 1928 (27 OCT 19:30). Can’t wait to be back there.

In addition to their ongoing 50th birthday celebrations at BFI, NFTS’ Programming & Curation MA students continue to bring some excellent short seasons to London’s screens. Elle Haywood’s NOT LIKE US? about female misfits concludes at Genesis this week, whilst Geoffrey Badger’s LOST VAMPIRES opens at ICA before continuing at The Prince Charles next month (where it will be joined by Sophie Determan’s THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES IS MORE DEADLY THAN THE MALE, a programme of “gender-bent gothic horror” from 04 OCT). Speaking of horror, genre maestros DAVID CRONENBERG and STEPHEN KING get a toe in at The Prince Charles this week before getting the full-blooded lineups they deserve as part of the venues’s hardy annual HORROCTOBER month. The other big season opening this week is FLUID REALITIES: THE CINEMA OF SALOMÉ LAMAS at ICA.

We continue to have more skin in the game with a special #ReviveTheDarksponsored screening of NO PLACE LIKE HOME at Rio Cinema (26 SEP). The Twelve30 Collective have been spearheading the UK theatrical release of this once-lost Jamaican gem and, having heard co-founder Jonathan Ali talk about their history with the film at our WunderKammerLive event, we can’t wait to see it (watch the trailer here and read more about the film here). Another #ReviveTheDark partner and speaker at WunderkammerLive, Sarah Kathryn Cleaver, returns to The Castle Cinema with her Zodiac Film Club this week with a programme of horror shorts made my female and non-binary filmmakers, Final Girls Berlin Film Festival “Best of” Programme (29 SEP).

Whilst we’re on the topic, we want to thank everyone who took part in our first WunderKammerLive showcase (17 SEP). We had a great response and are planning new ways of bringing London’s indie cinema community together to continue the vibe. Read about the event here. Next week we’ll be launching the first zine as part of this ongoing project: CRISIS? features new content commissions from some of London’s finest indie film promoters and is about the emergency screen culture they created during shutdown. A second volume featuring writing from the speakers at WunderKammerLive will follow later in the Autumn… Finally, thanks also to our brilliantly beanbagged crowd for our sold out screaming of BITE ME!, our queer horror double bill with Last Frame Film Club at the Filly Brook. We’re looking for ways to follow that one up too… All of this was made possible by our partners and backers at Barbican Cinema/Leytonstone Loves Film. Kudos to all of them.

As to new releases, brace yourselves for impact… Bond finally arrives with preview screenings this week before taking over a significant slice of cinema real estate next week. Before then, be sure to grab some gems including a re-release of David Lynch’s DUNE ahead of another monster of a release…You can find our other picks of the week’s new releases in the Grind Show section of these listings.

Our Featured Attraction Of The Week is one of those unapologetic personal picks that will mark my return to going to the cinema for the heck of it after cramming in so much extra work to get last week’s events and next week’s publications up and running… Ken Russell is always a family favourite, and ALTERED STATES from 35mm is always a treat. As BFI puts it: “William Hurt takes a trip he’ll never forget in this mind-blowing shocker”. And nor will you…

See you in the darkness,


ALTERED STATES 35mm d. Ken Russell, 1980 at BFI Southbank (30 SEP 21:00) / Part of Terror Vision.

  • “In his attempts to explore the peripheries of human consciousness, a maverick research scientist utilises a heady mix of sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic drugs. But as his experiments become increasingly outlandish, his grasp on reality begins to dissipate. Perhaps director Ken Russell’s most visionary work, this psychedelic sci-fi horror remains a true one-of-a-kind, boasting astonishing images as beautiful as they are nightmarish.”


DUNE d. David Lynch, 1984 at Regent Street Cinema (24 SEP 20:00).

This is a film still from NADJA, part of the Lost Vampires season at ICA & The PCC (25 SEP to 20 OCT 2021).


NADJA 35mm d. Michael Almereyda, 1994 + Q&A with composer/sound designer Simon Fisher Turner & actors Galaxy Craze & Karl Geary at ICA (25 SEP 18:30) / Part of LOST VAMPIRES.


NO PLACE LIKE HOME d. Perry Henzell, 1975-2019 + Intro presented by The Twelve30 Collective at Rio Cinema (26 SEP 15:45) / Part of #ReviveTheDark.


DRAGON INN d. King Hu, 1967 (27 SEP 18:00) x GOODBYE, DRAGON INN d. Ming-liang Tsai, 2003 (27 SEP 20:35) at The Prince Charles.


NIGHTS & WEEKENDS d. Greta Gerwig & Joe Swanberg, 2008 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (28 SEP 20:00).


CORPO CELESTE d. Alice Rohrwacher, 2011 + Short: STABAT MATER d. Nina Danino, 1990 presented by The Machine That Kills Bad People at ICA (29 SEP 18:45).

This is a film still from ALTERED STATES, screening at BFI Southbank as part of Terror Vision (30 SEP).


ALTERED STATES 35mm d. Ken Russell, 1980 at BFI Southbank (30 SEP 21:00) / Part of Terror Vision.


BALLOON d. Pema Tseden, 2019.

GAGARINE d. Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh, 2020.

THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN d. Kaouther Ben Hania, 2020.

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