THE BALLY #13: Sensational screens you must not miss [14 to 20 DEC]

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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 radiantcircus.com.

CHRISTMAS POSTING SERVICE:

Films in London this week: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS at Deptford Cinema, part of SCI-FI SUNDAYS (16 DEC).

RADIANT CIRCUS plans for Christmas 2018: You know how it is… stuffing your stockings full of festive cheer can get pretty hectic. We will be posting one more weekly digest (due 21 DEC) to take us all into 2019. Our first full listings of the New Year will be for screen week 04 to 10 JAN. We’re also pausing daily updates due to predicted excessive levels of eggnog consumption (but will still check, correct and tweet each day). Thanks for all your support in 2018. You rock.

> Planning ahead? Catch our epic roundup of rep seasons HERE.

THIS WEEK [14 to 20 DEC]:

Radiant Circus Screen Guide - Films in London this month: AIRPORT at The Cinema Museum (20 DEC).

Featured attraction of the week: Seán McGovern presents AIRPORT (20 DEC 19:30), part of MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: THE FILMS OF ROSS HUNTER at The Cinema Museum (08 NOV to 20 DEC):

“Single-handledly pioneering what we know today as the ‘disaster movie’, AIRPORT spawned a slew of sequels, parodies, knock-offs and created a whole subgenre that has been ramped up to apocalyptic-proportions.”

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

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FRI //:

AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS + Q&A with producer Jack Tarling & director Johnny Kevorkian at Rio Cinema (14 DEC 18:30):

  • A unique twist on the meaning of Christmas comes courtesy of the internationally acclaimed (“Will leave you wobbly for days” The New York Times Critic’s Pick), and “rare and cutting” (Kim Newman) chiller AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SAT //:

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 16mm + INTRO at The Castle Cinema (15 DEC 21:00 & 16 DEC 14:15):

  • Ciné-Real presents: An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SUN //:

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.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

MON //:

Sick Monday: REFLECTIONS OF EVIL at Close-Up (17 DEC 19:00):

  • Sick Monday presents six newly commissioned short video works followed by Damon Packard’s underground masterpiece REFLECTIONS OF EVIL (2002). Responding to this feature, artists showing new works include Liam Scully, Ada Wesolowska, Jason File, Laure Prouvost, Ben Rivers and Paul McCarthy.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

TUES //:

1985 + SHORT: THREE CENTIMETRES + INTRO by director Lara Zeidan at Genesis Cinema (18 DEC 21:10):

  • 1985: Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, GOTHAM) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. THREE CENTIMETRES: In the oldest fun park of Beirut, four young female friends go on a Ferris Wheel ride.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

WED //:

THE CONFORMIST aka Il Conformista + SALON by Nick Walker, Rochester Kinoat Italian Cultural Institute (19 DEC 18:30 – Free!):

  • A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. The screenplay was written by Bertolucci based on the 1951 novel The Conformist by Alberto Moravia. Join the discussion afterwards with a free glass of wine.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

THU //:

WINGS: WW1 Centenary Screening + INTRO by Kevin Brownlow at Deptford Cinema (20 DEC 19:00):

  • To mark 100 years since the guns fell silent at the close of the First World War, Deptford Cinema is proud to present this American classic in its beautiful new restoration edition for the first time: WINGS. Film historian, director, programmer and silent film expert Kevin Brownlow will introduce this screening.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

// COMING SOON:

SHAFT + DJs at Regent Street Cinema (21 DEC 19:30):

  • Soul Jazz Records continues its Blaxploitation classic film screenings at Regent Street Cinema with this rare one-off screening of the classic SHAFT (1971) on a fantastic 35-mm print! SHAFT is an important landmark in black American cinema – featuring an ensemble mainly black cast, the first ever black film director to work at a major studio (MGM), and a plotline aimed at an African-American audience.

> More event info HERE.

// COMING SOON:

THE TRICYCLE THIEF + THE CHILDREN'S FILM FOUNDATION STORY at Mirth, Marvel & Maud (23 DEC 14:15):

  • Stow Film lounge presents the world premiere of a new film made in Walthamstow over the summer and features a cast from the Borough. Also a doc about the Children's Film Foundation, a government-funded, non-profit-making organisation that made films for children in the United Kingdom from 1951 to the mid 1980s.

> More event info HERE.

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SEASONS TO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO

OSS 117 - LOST IN RIO

COMEDIES MADE IN FRANCE at Ciné Lumière (02 DEC to 16 JAN): A series of French comedies, old and new. Includes: OSS 117: LOST IN RIO (15 DEC 16:00); LA FOLIE DES GRANDEURS (16 DEC 14:00); LE PÈRE NOËL EST UNE ORDURE  (18 DEC 20:40); and, CHRISTMAS & CO. (20 DEC 18:30).

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

A FEAST OF FESTIVALS

Films in London this week: OUVRIR LA VOIX at Close-Up, part of Women Of The Lens (16 DEC).There aren't many festivals in December, but one – Women Of The Lens (15 to 16 DEC, Close-Up) – celebrates British black women/of colour in the film, digital and broadcast industries both in front of and behind the camera.

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

NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS: LOVE, GILDA (2018)

RADIANT CIRCUS Screen Diary: LOVE, GILDA (2018) - Film Review.We went to the UK premiere of Lisa D’Apolito’s new documentary LOVE, GILDA at the Phoenix Cinema (09 DEC 2018). The film was introduced by the director and followed by a Q&A with Rebecca Nicole Williams, aka The Celluloid Sorceress. Read our writeup > HERE.

NEW AT RADIANT CIRCUS: HALE COUNTY... (2018)

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING featured

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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