THE BALLY #177: What to see in London this week [28 OCT to 03 NOV 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

Welcome to another screen week!

Just a quick note to let you know that there won’t be daily posts at this week! So, brew yourself a strong cuppa and browse through this week’s packed screen guide at your leisure. It’s horror season, and there’s a lot of scary shows across town, both big and considerably more intimate, vanilla and fetish, indoors and out… 

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.


Halloween Monsters Ball: NIGHTBREED d. Clive Barker, 1990 + Pre-show with Loose Willis, main screen hosting by Baby Lame & interval show from Co Kendrah presented with a costume, kink & fetish-friendly dress code by Queer Horror Nights at Rio Cinema (28 OCT 22:00+):

“The Stonewall Riot of monster movies” (Token Homo), NIGHTBREED is about the fantastical monsters of Midian, a subterranean haven where all kinds of creature shelter from their human oppressors. Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer) is trying to resist the lure of Midian with the help of his girlfriend Lori (Anne Bobby) and a sinister shrink (David Cronenberg). Realising he’s being framed for a series of sickening murders, Boone seeks refuge amongst the NIGHTBREED before they too must rise…”

“You’re invited to ‘bring your freak’ with our costume, kink and fetish-friendly dress code (just cover your bum and bits!). Join drag king Loose Willis for our pre-show in the Rio foyer from 10pm before punk-horror host Baby Lame drags you into Midian on the main stage from 11:15pm. Drag creature Co Kendrah will provide a gory gothic interval show. There’ll be changing facilities, a ‘Carnival of the Creatures’ with prizes for best look, and a very late licence.” (Queer Horror Nights).

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NOSFERATU aka Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens d. FW MURNAU, 1922 + Live organ score by Henry Tozer, presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church (28 OCT 19:30).


GOSFORD PARK 35mm d. Robert Altman, 2001 in collaboration with The Cinema Museum at The David Lean (29 OCT 14:30).


Never On Sunday: SZYFRY d. Wojciech Has, 1966 + Intro by Ehsan Khoshbakht at Close-Up Film Centre (30 OCT 20:15). 


CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON d. Jack Arnold, 1954 + Live organ performance & Live podcast recording with Mike Muncer, Becky Darke, Leila Latif & Jamie Graham, presented by Evolution of Horror at Regent Street Cinema (31 OCT 18:30+).


LYRA d. Alison Millar, 2021 + Q&A with the director, presented by Irish Film London at Bertha DocHouse (01 NOV 18:15).


Pink Palace: HUSTLER WHITE + Shorts d. Bruce LaBruce, Rick Castro + Intro/discussion in the Rio Cinema basement bar (02 NOV 19:30).


CAGED d. John Cromwell, 1950 + Discussion of screenplay by Virginia Kellogg, presented by Screenplay By at The Cinema Museum (03 NOV 19:30).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
APPELEZ-MOI MADAME, dir Françoise Romand, 1986 (30 OCT).


Includes (check venue for full listings): Act I: Food&Film: Our Sexuality Is a Battlefield (28 OCT 18:30); Act II: Symposium & Roundtable – Activated, Evicted, Expanded: Film Exhibition as Collective Action (29 OCT 15:30); Act III: Militant Cinema – Taking Back the Legislature + Conversation (30 OCT 16:30); Act IV: Filmmakers in Support – Françoise Romand & Mario Valero (30 OCT 18:30).

More rep seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
TOKEN HOMO presents a new season of BAR TRASH – TRASH PLANET – a celebration of 70s eco-horror. Tickets from £1 – Booking now!


AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON d. John Landis, 1981 + DJ & Short: LUCIFER RISING, presented by Rebel Reel Cine Club outdoors at Camley Street Nature Reserve, Kings Cross (31 OCT 18:30+).

BARBARIAN dir Zach Cregger, 2022:

LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S BLACK & BLUES dir Sacha Jenkins, 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. //.