This is a film still from MACHINES IN FLAMES dir Andrew Culp & Thomas Dekeyser, 2022

THE BALLY #172: What to see in London this week [23 to 29 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.

By RADIANT CIRCUS // Twitter @radiantcircus / Instagram @radiantcircus

#QueerHorrorNights presents a very special event at the historic Rio Cinema – our Halloween Monsters Ball: NIGHTBREED (28 OCT 22:00+).

MACHINES IN FLAMES d. Andrew Culp & Thomas Dekeyser, 2022 + Short: THE LUDDITES + Q&A with Thomas Dekeyser, presented by Mondo Nights at Biddle Bros (27 SEP 20:00).

“Sabotage is a chef pouring salt in the soup, an engineer pouring sand in the petrol tank, and a programmer writing bugs into the code. Our new season looks at the secret history of rebellion from the Luddites, to hackers to androids turning on themselves.”

“We start our new SABOTAGE SEASON with a screening of a new documentary from the DESTRUCTIONIST INTERNATIONAL about the French militants from a cell called ‘CLODO’ who saw the foreboding emergence of a new cybernetic society and took fire to it – before vanishing, never to be caught. We also plan to screen THE LUDDITES, a docudrama about the Yorkshire workers who took hammers to new technology which threatened their livelihoods, the OG sabotage movement.”

SABOTAGE SEASON… Desperate Measures for Desperate Times. Buy a one-off ticket or consider a season ticket for the whole 5 screenings for a saving. HACKERS (04 OCT), THE FIFTH POWER (11 OCT), NIGHT MOVES (18 OCT), 964 PINOCCHIO (25 OCT).

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POWERLANDS d. Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso, 2022 at Birkbeck Cinema (23 SEP 17:00 – FREE!).


Films for Food: THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 presented by Nunhead Community Cinema at The Green Community Centre SE15 (24 SEP 18:30 – FREE/Food donation for Southwark Foodbank requested).


THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC d. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928 + Live electronic soundtrack by Sam Enthoven & Arkadiusz Potyka at ArtHouse Crouch End (25 SEP 15:00).


WATER MAKES US WET: AN ECOSEXUAL ADVENTURE d. Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens + Q&A with the filmmakers at The Horse Hospital (26 SEP 19:30).


BENT 35mm 25th Anniversary d. Sean Mathias, 1997 + Q&A with the director, writer Martin Sherman & actor Ian McKellen at BFI Southbank (27 SEP 18:10).


THIN ICE 35mm aka Bergenstoget plyndret i natt d. Uwe Jens Krafft, 1928 + MÉNILMONTANT 16mm d. Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1925 + Live piano accompaniment by Colin Sell & John Sweeney, presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (28 SEP 19:30).


LE JOUR SE LÈVE 16mm d. Marcel Carne, 1939 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (29 SEP 19:30).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.


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

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE aka Dangsin-eolgul-apeseo dir. Hong Sangsoo, 2021:

IT IS IN US ALL dir. Antonia Campbell Hughes, 2022:

SILENT LAND aka Cicha Ziemia dir. Aga Woszczyńska, 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. //.