This is a film still from THE WONDERFUL LIE OF NINA PETROVNA, presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (14 DEC 2022).

THE BALLY #181: What to see in London this week [09 to 15 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 hosts BAR TRASH at Genesis Cinema & Rule Zero. Tickets £1 – Booking now!

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9.5mm Anniversary: THE WONDERFUL LIE OF NINA PETROVNA 9.5mm + Supporting Programme introduced by Christopher Bird + Live piano accompaniment by Cyrus Garbysch, Colin Sell & John Sweeney, presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (14 DEC 19:30).

“Film editor Christopher Bird presents an evening celebrating the history of the first successful amateur film format, which turns 100 years old in December. Many lost films, including many Vitagraph features, owe their existence to their 9.5mm home movie editions. A whole generation of film enthusiasts, from Ken Russell to David Lean, began with 9.5mm.”

“The evening will include a demonstration of a working Pathé Baby projector, and a range of films, projected on vintage equipment. Titles will include A Trip to the Pathé Factory, an extract from Napoleon (1927), a 9.5mm stencil colour film, a lost Harold Lloyd film, a lost scene from The Chess Player (1927), and even a lost Ivor Novello film, The Gallant Hussar (1928)! The final film will be the rare The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrovna(1929) starring Brigitte Helm, one of the last of the great German silent films.”

“Piano accompaniment for The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrovna will be performed by Cyrus Garbysch, Colin Sell will play for The Gallant Hussar, and Colin and John Sweeney will accompany the films in the first half of the show.” (Kennington Bioscope)

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UK Premiere: THE FELLING d. Eve Wood, 2022 + Q&A with the director & guests at Curzon Soho (09 DEC 18:00).


LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 60th Anniversary d. David Lean, 1962 at The David Lean (10 DEC 12:30 + Intermission).


Never On Sunday: Finnish/Female/Feminist Filmmakers 16mm + Intro by curator Milja Mikkola & Q&A with director Marjut Rimminen at Close-Up (11 DEC 20:15).


THE NAVIGATORS d. Ken Loach, 2001 + Q&A with the director, presented by United East End at Genesis Cinema (12 DEC 18:10 + Pre-screening gathering from 17:00).


JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE,1080 BRUXELLES (Restoration) d. Chantal Akerman, 1975 at Genesis Cinema (13 DEC 19:30).


235,000,000 d. Uldis Brauns, 1967 + Intro by Dr Raisa Sidenova, presented by Klassiki at The Garden Cinema (14 DEC 20:00).


BEING THERE 16mm d. Hal Ashby, 1979 presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (15 DEC 19:30).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
ROSA DE AREIA dir Margarida Cordeiro & António Reis, 1989.


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): TRÁS-OS-MONTES d. António Reis, 1976 + Intro by Catarina Alves Costa (09 DEC 18:30); ANA d. António Reis & Margarida Cordeiro, 1982 + Intro by David Jenkins (10 DEC 17:30); Pedro Páramo Reading Group (11 DEC 14:00); ROSA DE AREIA d. Margarida Cordeiro & António Reis, 1989 + Intro (11 DEC 16:30).
More rep seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

CHARLOTTE dir Tahir Rana, 2022:

RIMINI dir Ulrich Seidl, 2022:

THE SILENT TWINS dir Agnieszka Smoczyńska, 2022:

More new releases in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

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