THE BALLY #164: What to see in London this week [29 JUL to 04 AUG 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 contributes to the SUMMER OF SCI-FI at The Castle Cinema with Brandon Cronenberg’s POSSESSOR (19 AUG 19:00): Booking now!

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.


Pink Palace: BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL d. Doris Wishman, 1965 + Intro by writer & sexplotation enthusiast Molly Miles in the Rio Cinema Basement Bar (03 AUG 19:30).

“Pink Palace, a weekly queer film club, presents cult director Doris Wishman’s legendary sexplotation BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL, screening for the first time at The Rio since May 1970!

Bored housewife Meg’s life changes after she kills the man who assaulted her and runs away to New York City. There, she has several sexual encounters all while on the run from the police, up until the films shocking twist ending. Wishman blends dreams and reality together, to create a masterfully surreal low-budget insight into the sexuality of one woman. Rarely screened in the UK, this is a unique opportunity to watch sexplotation with a crowd of others, and in a cinema which used to screen nothing but filth!

Will Meg’s past catch up with her? Why does John Waters herald Doris Wishman as his favorite director? Just how many men can Meg have sex with until New York City runs dry? What do you mean The Rio used to screen porn?! These questions, and much, much more, will all be answered on August 3rd in The Rio’s basement bar – itself a former 80’s video lounge for the Womens Media Resouce Project.

The film will be introduced by writer and sexplotation enthusiast Molly Miles. There will be zines, badges and other treats available free to all attendees.” (Rio Cinema)

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ME BY DAY AND YOU BY NIGHT aka Ich bei tag und du bei nacht d. Ludwig Berger, 1932 presented by Rare Cinema Europe at The Cinema Museum (29 JUL 19:30).


FOG OVER FRISCO d. William Dieterle, 1934 celebrating Bette Davis, presented by Women & Cocaine at The Cinema Museum (30 JUL 19:30).


THE AFTERLIGHT 35mm d. Charlie Shackleton, 2021 + Q&A with the director at Genesis Cinema (31 JUL 17:30).


PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 + Recorded intro with the director & Q&A with Grenfell Tower survivor & subject of the film, Nicholas Burton – in aid of the Grenfell Foundation at The Gate (01 AUG 18:00).


THEY LIVE d. John Carpenter, 1988 presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (02 AUG 20:00).


THE GIANT CLAW d. Fred F. Sears, 1957 + Intro & prize giveaways with Token Homo at Genesis Cinema’s Bar Paragon (03 AUG 20:30 – Tickets £1) / Part of BAR TRASH!


BLACK CAESAR 35mm aka Godfather Of Harlem d. Larry Cohen, 1973 at The Prince Charles (04 AUG 18:25 – £1 Member Screening).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
Puce Moment, dir. Kenneth Anger, USA 1949, 7 min.


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): Short Film Programme presented by Zodiac Film Club x London Short Film Festival (30 JULY 18:15); CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING 35mm d. Jacques Rivette, 1976 presented by Zodiac Film Club x London Short Film Festival (31 JULY 18:15).
More rep seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.


  • Includes (check venue for listings): THE LAST TREE d. Shola Amoo, 2019 (30 JUL 21:00).
More outdoor seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

HIT THE ROAD aka Jaddeh Khaki dir Panah Panahi, 2021

PARIS, TEXAS 4K Restoration dir Wim Wenders, 1984

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. //.