THE BALLY #171: What to see in London this week [16 to 22 SEP 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 presents a very special event at the historic Rio Cinema – our Halloween Monsters Ball: NIGHTBREED (28 OCT 22:00+).

Welcome to another screen week!

Just a quick burst of news this week… I’ve tried to amend listings according to announced venue closures/changes to programmes on Monday 19 SEP for the Queen’s funeral, but please do check ahead with your preferred venues for their opening times. 

I’ve chosen Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS at Genesis (20 SEP) and BFI (22 SEP) as my Featured Attraction of the Week for obvious reasons… I’m sure there will be many more tributes to come.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.


BREATHLESS aka A bout de souffle d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1960 at: Genesis Cinema (20 SEP 18:35) / BFI Southbank+ Intro by Programmer-at-Large Geoff Andrew (22 SEP 18:20).

“In tribute to the iconoclastic and hugely influential filmmaker, critic and theorist Jean-Luc Godard, who died on 13 September aged 91, we are screening his acclaimed first feature, BREATHLESS, a major early hit for the French New Wave. Based on a scenario by François Truffaut, the film is both a witty homage to American B-movie crime thrillers and a love letter to Paris” (BFI)

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DINNER AT EIGHT d. George Cukor, 1933 in celebration of Jean Harlow, presented by Women & Cocaine at The Cinema Museum (16 SEP 19:30).


MELODY d. Waris Hussein, 1971 + Q&A with the director at Riverside Studios (17 SEP 14:00).


THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE PJ PARTY d. Amy Holden Jones, 1982 + Podcast recording, presented by The Evolution of Horror at Genesis Cinema (18 SEP 18:20).


AIRPLANE! d. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker, 1980 at The Prince Charles (19 SEP 18:15 – £1 Members’ Film).


LA NOIRE DE… aka Black Girl d. Ousmane Sembène, 1966 + Intro/discussion with Christine Checinska and Elisabeth Murray, Curator & Project Curator of the Africa Fashion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, presented by Fashion & Cinema at Ciné Lumière (20 SEP 18:30).


THE MOTHER d. Roger Michell, 2003 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas, Ealing (21 SEP 19:30).


THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER 16mm d. Charles Laughton, 1955 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (22 SEP 19:30 / 25 SEP 14:10).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
ANOTHER YEAR dir Mike Leigh, 2010


  • Includes (check venue for listings)ALL OR NOTHING d. Mike Leigh, 2002 + Mike Leigh in conversation (16 SEP 19:00); VERA DRAKE d. Mike Leigh, 2004 + Mike Leigh in conversation (17 SEP 14:30); ANOTHER YEAR d. Mike Leigh, 2010 + Mike Leigh in conversation (17 SEP 19:00).
More rep seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford

BLACKKKLANSMAN dir Spike Lee, 2018 (16 SEP 19:45).

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

ATHENA dir. Romain Gavras, 2022:

HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG dir. Daniel Geller & Dayna Goldfine, 2021:

HATCHING dir. Hanna Bergholm, 2022:

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. //.