This is a film still from PADDINGTON dir Paul King (2014).

THE BALLY #147: What to see in London this week [01 to 07 APR 2022]

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

Join us for the second of our Q-RATED! #QueerHorrorNights at The Castle Cinema: Kimberly Peirce’s CARRIE (2013) Sunday 10 April 14:00. We’ll be donating a % of box office & inviting audience cash donations for WISH, a women’s mental health charity based in Tower Hamlets.

Welcome to another screen week! It’s cold out there, so let’s huddle together…

It’s a quiet week for special events with fewer film clubs than usual projecting their wares as the school Easter holiday gets underway. Sunday’s probably your busiest day with Deeper Into Movies screening OASIS KNEBWORTH 1996 at Moth Club, Queer Film Club showing RŪRANGI at the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre, CinemaItaliaUK embarking on a double of films about Women In The Mafia at The Garden Cinema, and a special screening of Aldwych Farce THARK at The Cinema Museum (all 03 APR).

Deeper Into Movies returns on Monday with FRANCES HA at Farr’s Dalston, and the Library of Things presents WALL-E followed by a discussion of A World Without Waste at The Prince Charles (both 04 APR). The ever-inspiring Tufnell Park Film Club screens BROADCAST NEWS in tribute to William Hurt, Unicorn Nights presents PARIAH, and Sands Films Cinema Club screens Wim Wenders’ DER HIMMEL ÜBER BERLIN aka Wings Of Desire both in-venue and online (all 05 APR). 

On Wednesday, The Machine That Kills Bad People continues its programme of artists’ films at ICA with a double bill of NERVOUS TRANSLATION + THE UNTROUBLED MIND, CASA and MUBI join forces to present PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN at The Castle, and Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema does just that with Michelangelo Antonioni’s RED DESERT aka Il Deserto Rosso at Leytonstone Library (all 06 APR). Thursday is a day of small things with short film programmes MilkTea MixTape at The Garden Cinema and Not Another London Film Screening at Ridley Road Social Club, or you could head to Genesis for a preview + Q&A with Laura Samani of SMALL BODY aka Piccolo corpo. There’s also a free screening of VERTIGO by the Hitchcock Film Club at Fontaine’s in Dalston if you’d rather (all 07 APR).

As we launch into April, BFI’s new rep seasons continue with ANIMELIV ULLMANN: FACE TO FACE, and NIGHTMARES AND DAYDREAMS: A CENTENARY CELEBRATION OF SCREENWRITER NIGEL KNEALE whilst their BIG SCREEN CLASSICS get busy contemplating a question of faith. New London venue The Garden Cinema adds THE GOLDEN AGE OF FRENCH CINEMA to their opening CELEBRATING MARLON BRANDO season, whilst CLOSE-UP ON JOHN CASSAVETES begins at the Shoreditch staple. The Prince Charles welcomes ALEX WINTER: LIVE ON STAGE and embarks on an exploration of PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD. Both The PCC and ICA also celebrate JOACHIM TRIER’S OSLO TRILOGY. And finally, SEASCAPES: OUR OCEANS ON SCREEN embarks with some holiday friendly offerings at Ciné Lumière – although it’s always a pleasure to list anything with THE MUPPETS– before voyaging into deeper waters.

A bunch of new film festivals open this week with London Independent Film Festival (01 to 10 APR), The People’s Film Festival (02 to 09 APR), South Social Film Festival – Nordic Focus (02 APR), and Spanish Spring Weekend (01 to 03 APR) all joining our listings.

I’ve chosen Payal Kapadia’s A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING, Ina Weisse’s THE AUDITION and the re-release of Ingmar Bergman’s CRIES & WHISPERS as my pick of this week’s GRIND SHOWS. You can also find Eric Lartigau’s LA FAMILLE BELIER – the template for Oscar winner CODA – at selected cinemas, and Harry Wootliff’s TRUE THINGS opens on a fair number of screens across town. Speaking of the Oscars, there’s a number of encore screenings available in your local indie, with SUMMER OF SOUL being prominent in many mixes.

Of course, fundraisers for Ukraine also remain prominent. This week we’ve spotted WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THESE BUILDINGS? at The Garden Cinema (01 APR), OLGA at Electric Cinemas (03 APR), Encounters: Ukrainian Shorts at The Lexi (04 APR), THE RAIN WILL NEVER STOP (05 APR) and ROSES.FILM-CABARETat Bertha DocHouse. I’ve chosen the special screening of PADDINGTON  at The Cinema Museum on 04 APR as my Featured Attraction of the Week because it feels like such a heart-felt tribute to the embattled country, all those seeking refuge, and creative voices in need of support.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.


RADIANT CIRCUS is delighted to announce the next screening supported by #ReviveTheDark, our audience-backed campaign for distinctive/DIY cinema! Sonic Cinema presents AUSTRIAN SYNAESTHETIC CINEMA at Cafe OTO (06 MAY 20:00).

Ukraine Fundraiser: PADDINGTON d. Paul King, 2014 + Intro by the director presented in Ukrainian with English subtitles & featuring the voice of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, by The Writers Guild of Great Britain at The Cinema Museum (04 APR 19:30):

“This screening is a chance for us to come together and support our fellow creatives in need. All money raised will go to The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk’s Emergency Fund for Filmmakers, a fund for film practitioners directly in danger due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.” (WGGB)

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FACES d. John Cassavetes, 1968 (01 APR 20:15) / Part of CLOSE-UP ON JOHN CASSAVETES at Close-Up.

This is a film still from: DEATH WISH 3 dir Michael Winner (1985).


DEATH WISH 3 35mm d. Michael Winner, 1985 + Q&A with Alex Winter (02 APR 21:15) / Part of ALEX WINTER: LIVE ON STAGE at The Prince Charles.

This is a film still from: I LIVE IN FEAR aka Ikimono no kiroku dir Akira Kurosawa 1955.


I LIVE IN FEAR 35mm aka Ikimono no kiroku d. Akira Kurosawa, 1955 (03 APR 18:00) / Part of AKIRA KUROSAWA at The Prince Charles.

This is a film still from PADDINGTON dir Paul King, 2014.


Ukraine Fundraiser: PADDINGTON d. Paul King, 2014 + Intro by the director presented in Ukrainian with English subtitles & featuring the voice of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, by The Writers Guild of Great Britain at The Cinema Museum (04 APR 19:30).

This is a film still from: THIS RAIN WILL NEVER STOP dir Alina Gorlova, 2020.


Ukraine Fundraiser – Stand With DocuDays: THIS RAIN WILL NEVER STOP d. Alina Gorlova, 2020 + Intro at Bertha DocHouse (05 APR 18:30).

This is a film still from: PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN dir Tatiana Huezo 2022.


PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN d. Tatiana Huezo, 2022 + Virtual Q&A with the director presented by CASA and MUBI at The Castle Cinema (06 APR 18:30).

This is a film still from: LA GRANDE ILLUSION dir Jean Renoir, 1937.


LA GRANDE ILLUSION d. Jean Renoir, 1937 + Intro by Sue Harris (07 APR 18:30) / Part of THE GOLDEN AGE OF FRENCH CINEMA at The Garden Cinema.

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.


More rep seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING dir. Payal Kapadia, 2021:

THE AUDITION aka Das Vorspiel dir. Ina Weisse, 2022:

CRIES & WHISPERS aka Viskningar och rop dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1972:

More new releases in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

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