THE BALLY

THE BALLY #148: What to see in London this week [08 to 14 APR 2022]

Welcome to THE BALLY where we help you find what to see in London this week with our choice of the capital’s best DIY, indie & alternative cinema events.

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. I got caught in traffic, so let’s keep this brief…

With it being Easter, it remains a slightly quieter time for indie film clubs, but this week The Batty Mama presents a night of short films and cabaret, Too Black Too Queer, at Scala (09 APR), Deeper Into Movies continues their concert films with NIRVANA LIVE AT READING (1992) at Farr’s Dalston (11 APR), and Tufnell Park Film Club presents Park Chan-wook’s STOKER at at The Lord Palmerston (12 APR). Two new clubs join our listings this week, with Film Rage presenting The Sights & Sounds of Blaxploitation at Babel Arthouse Cinema (13 APR), and Dazed x MUBI launch their new Cinema Club at Soho House with one of this week’s several preview screenings of Paul Verhoeven’s masturbating lesbian nuns melodrama, BENEDETTA (12 APR).

It’s a grand week for silent cinema, with Kennington Bioscope’s screening of OLD HEIDELBERG 16mm (13 APR) joined by CAFÉ ELEKTRIK at Ciné Lumière (10 APR), and THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER at Barbican (also 10 APR). All silents come with live musical accompaniment. If you like your cinema music a little more contemporary, there’s a special presentation of Norman Jewison’s 1973 big screen adaptation of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR complete with Q&A with Sir Tim Rice at Olympic Studios (13 APR).

This week’s fundraisers for Ukraine include Stow Film Lounge’s screening of OLGA at Creative Works (08 APR), another outing for Encounters Presents: Ukrainian Shorts at Peckhamplex (10 APR), a programme of moving image works made by women at Pushkin House, Desirous Bodies, Malign War: Women’s Moving Image from Ukraine, and MY THOUGHTS ARE SILENT presented by Jellied Reels at The Castle Cinema (both 14 APR).

In new releases… Oscar Best Picture winner CODA gets a wide range of encore screenings across town (I’ve listed screenings at The David Lean). For my picks of the week, I’ve chosen Juho Kuosmanen’s COMPARTMENT NO. 6, Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s JULIA, and a limited engagement from UK Jewish Film of Max Fischer’s THE LUCKY STAR at JW3 (from 10 APR). Other new openings are available (see GRIND SHOWS for what’s on).

For my Featured Attraction of the Week I’ve chosen the two days of Turkish delights served by this year’s Remakesploitation Fest (09 to 10 APR) at The Cinema Museum. You’ll get a documentary about the whole shooting match – REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF (2015) – followed by Turkish spins on STAR TREK (Turist Ömer Uzay Yolunda, 1973), STAR WARS (Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, 1982), SOME LIKE IT HOT (Fıstık Gibi, 1970), DEATH WISH (Cellat, 1975), and THE EXORCIST (Şeytan, 1974). The festival is followed by an all-day academic symposium on the same themes at King’s College London, Reframing the Turkish Film Remake (11 APR 11:00 – 16:30 / FREE!).

Of course, if that doesn’t grab your fancy, we’re using our next Queer Horror Nights screening of Kimberly Peirce’s twisted, feminist superhero origin story CARRIE (2013) at The Castle Cinema (10 APR 14:00) to raise funds for local women’s mental health charity WISH. All money raised from a percentage of box office and a special prize draw (please bring cash for donations, however small!) will help WISH provide free counselling in the community for women with multiple complex needs. 

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.

Richard // RADIANT CIRCUS

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

REMAKESPLOITATION FEST 2022 – DAY ONE (09 APR) / DAY TWO (10 APR) at The Cinema Museum:

“From STAR WARS to SOME LIKE IT HOT, Remakesploitation proudly present a weekend festival devoted to the weird and wonderful world of Turkish remakes. For many years, these films only circulated in low-resolution bootlegs but they have now been lovingly digitally restored with all-new English subtitles. All six screenings will have short introductions from invited special guests from Turkey, Germany and the USA, and we will also be having post-screening Q&As between the films. There are no plans for us to release these films on Blu-ray, DVD or VOD, so make sure you grab this rare opportunity to see these truly fascinating films on the big screen. We will also be providing complementary Turkish snacks for all ticket holders.” (Remakesploitation)

Followed by an all-day academic symposium on the same themes at King’s College London, Reframing the Turkish Film Remake (11 APR 11:00 – 16:30 – FREE!).

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FRIDAY

Ukraine Fundraiser: OLGA d. Elie Grappe, 2021 presented by Stow Film Lounge at Creative Works (08 APR 19:30).

Remakesploitation Fest 2022 at The Cinema Museum

SATURDAY

REMAKESPLOITATION FEST 2022 – DAY ONE (09 APR) / DAY TWO (10 APR) at The Cinema Museum.

SUNDAY

CARRIE d. Kimberly Peirce, 2013 + Intro & Bar Social, presented by Queer Horror Nights to raise funds for WISH women’s mental health at The Castle Cinema (10 APR 14:00).

This is a film still from: BENEDETTA dir Paul Verhoeven, 2021.

MONDAY

Preview: BENEDETTA d. Paul Verhoeven, 2021 at Picturehouse Cinemas (11 APR various).

TUESDAY

STOKER d. Park Chan-wook, 2013 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (12 APR 20:00).

WEDNESDAY

OLD HEIDELBERG 16mm d. John Emerson, 1915 + Intro & supporting programme by Chris Bird + Live piano accompaniment by Colin Sell & John Sweeney presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (13 APR 19:30). 

THURSDAY

Ukraine Fundraiser: MY THOUGHTS ARE SILENT d. Antonio Lukich, 2019 presented by Jellied Reels at The Castle Cinema (14 APR 21:00).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

TANK GIRL dir Rachel Talalay, 1995 screens at The Prince Charles Cinema from 35mm (11 APR 18:00).

A LONG WEEKEND IN 1995 at The Prince Charles

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


COMPARTMENT NO. 6 aka Hytti nro 6 d. Juho Kuosmanen, 2021:

JULIA d. Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2022:

THE LUCKY STAR d. Max Fischer, 1980:

  • Various venues, inc: JW3 (from 10 APR).
More new releases in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.


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