THE BALLY #160: What to see in London this week [01 to 07 JUL 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.

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#QueerHorrorNights continue with a double bill of PSYCHO II & PSYCHO III at The Cinema Museum (Sunday 24 JULY 18:30): booking now!

It’s #PrideInLondon weekend. Take to the streets. Make them your own. Party is protest.


I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING d. Patricia Rozema, 1987 + Q&A with the director + Short: WAVELENGTHS d. Pratibha Parmar, 1997 presented by Birds’ Eye View at Rio Cinema (02 JUL 15:45).

“Directed by Patricia Rozema (MOUTHPIECE), a significant player in the Toronto New Wave, I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING is a playful, humorous and complex look at the many different kinds of desire and admiration between women.”

“Opening with a video-recorded confession from Polly, a secretary, this comedy tells of her voyeuristic fascination for her new boss, the ambitious Gabrielle, owner of an art gallery. The two women are like night and day – the new temp is absent-minded and innocent beyond her years with spiky orange hair and the curator bourgeois, polished and with a gift for gab – yet a strong connection builds through their shared love of art, curiosity and appetite for love.”

Birds Eye View’s QUEERIOUS programme explores a multitude of desires on screen in ways we all too rarely see in cinema. Part of Film Feels Curious, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at

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Forbidden Colours: THREE TIDY TIGERS TIED A TIE TIGHTER d. Gustavo Vinagre, 2021 + Video Q&A with the director at Barbican (01 JUL 18:20).


I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING d. Patricia Rozema, 1987 + Q&A with the director + Short: WAVELENGTHS d. Pratibha Parmar, 1997 presented by Birds’ Eye View at Rio Cinema (02 JUL 15:45).

This is a film still from GATEWAYS GRIND dir Jacquie Lawrence, 2022, showing at Barbican (03 JUL 2022).


GATEWAYS GRIND d. Jacquie Lawrence, 2022 + Q&A with the director & actors Victoria Broom & Lu Corfield at Barbican (03 JUL 17:45).

This is a film still from TOP OF THE HEAP dir Christopher St John, 1972.


TOP OF THE HEAP d. Christopher St John, 1972 (04 JUL 18:10) / Part of IN THE BLACK FANTASTIC at BFI Southbank.

This is a film still from MAD GOD dir Phil Tippett, 2021 showing at The Prince Charles Cinema (from 05 JUL 2022).


MAD GOD d. Phil Tippett, 2021 at The Prince Charles (05 JUL 18:20 & 20:30).


MALATESTA’S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD d. Christopher Speeth, 1973 + Intro by TOKEN HOMO & Intermission (06 JUL 20:30 – £1!) / Part of BAR TRASH at Genesis Cinema.


NIGHT NURSE d. William A. Wellman, 1931 (07 JUL 13:00) / Part of PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD at The Prince Charles.

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.



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


CANDYMAN d. Nia DaCosta, 2021 (02 JUL 21:15).

NITRAM dir Justin Kurzel, 2021.

TIGERS dir Ronnie Sandahl, 2020.

WAYFINDER dir Larry Achiampong, 2022.

  • Various venues, inc: BFI / ICA
More new releases in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

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*THE SMALL PRINT: Opinions author’s own. // As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version only. // Event dates/times/formats are subject to change by the venue/organiser. Events may already be sold out at the time of posting, so please click quickly. // We try to list as many original format screenings as we can (8 to 70MM), but sometimes formats change due to age of the print, availability, logistics etc, so please check ahead with your venue if the format is your thing. // All images are used in the spirit of fair use for reporting & review – no ownership is implied or intended / unless otherwise credited to RADIANT CIRCUS as the original rights holder. We will remove any images immediately upon request – just get in touch. // We don’t filter our listings by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should therefore be 18+. // Finally, we always try to follow The Carny Code by “not screwing up anyone else’s game”, but everyone can make mistakes… If something does go wrong, we will always do our best to put it right. //.