Welcome to THE BALLY where we help you find what to see in London this week with our hand-picked highlights across DIY, indie & alternative cinema events, online & in venues.
It’s great to be back. Have you been out there yet? What did you see? My last cinema trip of 2021 on NYE was to see TITANE (again…), and my first trip of 2022 on NYD was to see SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME. Sometimes you just need your cinema-going to be loud and, well, full of contrast…
A little earlier this week I posted my first epic rep roundup of the year. You can read that post for a full account of the month/year’s new season, but I particularly like the look of the 1982 and BLACK & WHITE seasons at The Prince Charles, JONAS MEKAS 100! and TAKE TWO: JÖRN DONNER at Close-Up Film Centre, and PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON 35MM LATE NIGHTS at Everyman Screen On The Green. My Featured Attraction Of The Month goes to BOWIE: STARMAN & THE SILVER SCREEN at BFI Southbank for strictly personal reasons.
In venue news, Riverside Studios has undertaken some internal refurbishing of their Studio 3, transforming it into “a cabaret-style cinema & bar” for the month. They’ll be using this space for a season of CONCERT FILMS I missed when putting my roundup together (sorry guys!). Seating is unallocated, and tables will be socially distanced. The venue is also discounting all their cinema tickets for January to £6.50. Elsewhere, the Brigadoon of new venue openings, The Garden Cinema, is now posting an official opening date of March 2022. Can’t wait.
Tuesday is a busy night for film clubs, with Sands Films showing Chaplin’s LIMELIGHT in-venue and online, Tufnell Park Film Club showing BLUE VELVET in tribute to Dean Stockwell, Deptford Film Club screening a programme of artists’ films, and Foreign Film Club showing DOGTOOTH (all 11 JAN). Many others seem to be getting ready for the year ahead. Wimbledon Film Club will start their 2022 with a members’ choice screening of Lee Isaac Chung’s MINARI at Curzon Wimbledon (18 JAN), and Talkies Community Cinema will celebrate their 200th event with a special screening of John Landis’ THE BLUES BROTHERS, complete with live musical intro from St Harmonica’s Blues Club at St John’s Hall (29 JAN). And just in case anyone thinks we’ve been ignoring them (far from it!) Richmond Film Society will resume their (currently) members only screenings with Nora Twomey’s THE BREADWINNER at The Exchange (18 JAN). Let’s hope the evolving COVID situation allows them to throw their doors wide open in due course.
COVID wasn’t the only cause of disruption to our screens last year… The opening night of Ryan Ninesling’s student season HUMAN RESOURCES – Margot Benacerraf’s ARAYA at Close-Up – was postponed in December 2021 due a power cut on Brick Lane. The screening now takes place on 13 JAN and is re-booking now. Also postponed from last year, the final part of The Care-fuffle Collective’s Repeated Apparitions programme, Six Shorts + Mengqi He, will now take place online (09 JAN0. A little further ahead in our schedules, World Wide Weird! will try for a second time to stage their next All-Dayer on 29 JAN, the programme living up to the film club’s name with North Korean kaiju flick PULGASARI (1985), Wei Tung’s MAGIC COP (1990), and Norman J Warren’s PREY (1977) plus a Mystery Film, VJ set and expert intros. Entry is £5 for a raffle ticket, all proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Because of the peculiarities of festive release schedules, a lot of venues are only just starting to screen LICORICE PIZZA and THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH. You’ll already know if these titles are playing near you… New releases this week include Jamila Wignot’s documentary AILEY, Philip Barantini’s ‘single-take’ thriller, BOILING POINT, Asghar Farhadi’s A HERO, and Eric Steel’s LGBTQ+ drama, MINYAN. Check our GRIND SHOWS section for full details.
I’ve chosen the 4K restoration and re-release of THE 400 BLOWS as my Featured Attraction of The Week, because it’s both an incredible slice of cinema and an open doorway to the immense treasures on screen as part of Ciné Lumière and BFI’s celebration of the films – and inspirations – of François Truffaut. January’s offerings at BFI are split between films about Truffaut’s semi-semi-autobiographical character Antoine Doinel and “those displaying the influence of Truffaut’s beloved Renoir”. February’s programme will look at the influences of another of his heroes, Alfred Hitchcock. The BFI has also aligned their perennial BIG SCREEN CLASSICS strand to look at the important films in Truffaut’s life. There are plenty of talks and intros on both the Southbank and in South Ken to get you in the mood.
See you in the darkness,
Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS
THE 400 BLOWS aka Les Quatre cents coups d. François Truffaut, 1959 at various venues inc: BFI / Ciné Lumière / ICA / JW3 / Picturehouse Cinemas.
“François Truffaut’s first feature and a cinematic recreation of his own childhood is one of the defining films of the French New Wave. Misunderstood and neglected, 13-year-old outcast Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) seeks to rebel against the oppressive social norms of school and home. Turning to petty crime, Antoine skips school to traverse the streets of Paris.”
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THE QUICK AND THE DEAD 35mm d. Sam Raimi, 1995 at The Prince Charles (07 JAN 18:00).
Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT: FOR THE LOVE OF FILMS at BFI Southbank
- The Renoir Truffaut: DAY FOR NIGHT aka La Nuit américaine d. François Truffaut, 1973 (07 JAN 18:10); THE LAST METRO aka Le Dernier métro d. François Truffaut, 1980 (08 JAN 17:10); POCKET MONEY aka L’ Argent de poche d. François Truffaut, 1976 (08 JAN 20:55); THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN aka L’ Homme qui aimait les femmes d. François Truffaut, 1977 (09 JAN 18:20); L’ENFANT SAUVAGE aka The Wild Child d. François Truffaut, 1970 (10 JAN 20:40).
- The Antoine Doinel cycle: STOLEN KISSES 4K + ANTOINE ET COLETTE 4K d. François Truffaut, 1962 + 1968 (11 JAN 20:35); BED AND BOARD 4K aka Domicile Conjugal d. François Truffaut, 1970 (13 JAN 20:45).
- Talks and events: For the Love of People… The Films of François Truffaut (10 JAN 18:20).
FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT REVISITED at Ciné Lumière
- ANTOINE ET COLETTE + STOLEN KISSES d. François Truffaut, 1962 + 1968 (09 JAN 14:00 / 11 JAN 20:20).
More rep seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
- London International Mime Festival (25 JAN to 05 FEB).
- London Short Film Festival (14 to 23 JAN).
- Night Of Ideas (27 JAN).
- Syrian Arts & Cultural Festival (20 JAN to 04 FEB).
More new releases in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
- Brixton Community Cinema presents THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN at Brixton Village (02 DEC 2022).
- Cinema of Ideas presents ‘Repetition as Differentiation via LATIFAH AND HIMLI’S NOMADIC UNCLE’ curated by Jemma Desai (online 05 to 20 DEC 2022)
- The Vito Project presents IMITATIONS OF LIFE at The Cinema Museum (18 SEP 2022 to 22 JAN 2023)
- The Social Cinema presents FRAMEBURN at Hackney Brewery & High Hill Taproom (08 SEP to 08 DEC 2022).
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