This is a film still from: XIMEI dir Gaylen Ross & Andy Cohen, 2019

THE BALLY #180: What to see in London this week [25 NOV to 01 DEC 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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TOKEN HOMO presents a second season of BAR TRASH – TRASH PLANET – a celebration of 70s eco-horror at Genesis Cinema & Rule Zero. Tickets £1 / Double-bill £5 – Booking now!

Welcome to another screen week!

There’s plenty going on this week, with a welcome return to public screenings by Deptford Cinema (despite continuing to search for a new home!). The award-winning volunteer-led cinema is showing horror movie LAMB with live music from Stergin at St Swithun’s Church (26 NOV). Their event is supported with National Lottery Funding as part of the BFI’s blockbuster horror programme, IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS (which is also the name of their sensational season on BFI Southbank). 

The end of the week explodes into glitter with the start of December so these pages will soon be festooned with merry Christmas tinsel titles… I’ll post an epic roundup of the month’s rep seasons in the next few days. If you want to see where Christmas comes from, the always-excellent Architecture On Film strand at Barbican, curated by the Architecture Foundation, presents MERRY CHRISTMAS, YIWU, a documentary about the 600 dedicated festive factories in Yiwu, China (30 NOV).

01 DEC is World AIDS Day and so I’ve chosen documentary XIMEI at The Garden Cinema as my Featured Attraction of the Week. Also for World AIDS Day, Rio Cinema is showing Bill Sherwood’s PARTING GLANCES as part of their weekly Pink Palace LGBTQ+ strand (30 NOV). Congratulations to Andrew Woodyatt and the team at the Rio for this work being Highly Commended at the Big Screen Awards in the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative category.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.


XIMEI d. Gaylen Ross & Andy Cohen, 2019 presented by Dokbox for World AIDS Day at The Garden Cinema (01 DEC 18:30).

“During a government-sponsored blood campaign, peasants from China’s Henan Province queued in front of vans to sell their blood for approximately 5 dollars, a month’s wages. 300,000 people were infected with HIV from contaminated equipment and transfusions, sparking a full-blown epidemic, followed by a scandalous cover up.”

“Ximei, a victim of this Black Blood economy, fights against the injustice while fighting the disease. Even as local officials try to terrorize Ximei into silence, sequester her in an AIDS Village, and close down her halfway house for victims and their orphans, she single-handedly fights for her fellow patients to receive medical treatment and to overcome social and work discrimination.”

“Ximei’s courageous actions and fiery character transform the tragedy of Henan’s HIV-infected outcasts into lives of hope and dignity.” (The Garden Cinema)

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Julia Holter: THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC d. Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928 + Live score by Julia Holter with her band & the Opera North chorus at Barbican (25 NOV 20:00).


LAMB d. Valdimar Jóhannsson, 2021 + Live music by Stergin, presented by Deptford Cinema at St Swithun’s Church SE13 (26 NOV 19:00).


Never On Sunday: DANTE IS NOT ONLY SEVERE d. Jacinto Esteva & Joaquim Jordà, 1967 + Intro by Ehsan Khoshbakht at Close-Up (27 NOV 20:15).


Monday Classic Matinée: FEMALE d. Michael Curtiz, 1933 + Live organ recital at Regent Street Cinema (28 NOV 13:00).


SOCIETY d. Brian Yuzna, 1989 + Intro presented by Not Another Film Society at Genesis Cinema (29 NOV 18:30).


Architecture On Film: MERRY CHRISTMAS, YIWU d. Mladen Kovačević, 2020 + Q&A at Barbican (30 NOV 18:15).


TORI & LOKITA d. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 2022 + Q&A with the directors at The Ritzy (01 DEC 18:30).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
GOOD MANNERS aka As Boas Maneiras dir Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra, 2017.


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


WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SKY? aka Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt? dir Aleksandre Koberidze, 2021:

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. //.