This is a film still from "Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome" (1954).

THE BALLY #193: What to see in London this week [17 to 23 MAR 2023]

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

BAR TRASH presents… TRASH OR TREASURE? Resurrecting “The Worst Films of All Time” – BOOKING NOW!

Welcome to another screen week!

Firstly, apologies for the erratic nature of these posts recently. RADIANT CIRCUS has been running in its current form for 5 years and instead of hitting the celebrations hard, the wheels almost came off this bus… It’s a one man blogging affair (i.e. me!) and the pressure of balancing paid work with producing routine/comprehensive listings can be a tough one to maintain. 

Weirdly, it’s not the researching/compiling that causes me problems (I love finding out what’s on, and hope to get back to seeing more of it soon…), it’s simply the time it takes. On that note, there won’t be daily updates this week due to pressures of other work, but there will be THE BALLY and more promotion of featured attractions on Instagram. Thank you as usual to my subscribers at Patreon for their ongoing support. You really do keep me going.

Getting back to this week… New releases and revivals include limited engagements for the 30th anniversary 4K restoration of Martin Scorsese’s THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993), Ti West’s PEARL (2023) – the prequel to X which screens at Picturehouse Cinemas on Friday – and the widest of the new releases, Raine Allen Miller’s RYE LANE (2023).

With BFI Flare (15 to 26 MAR) well underway on the Southbank, it’s a quieter week than usual with regard to rep seasons. FRANCOPHONE WEST AFRICAN CINEMA at The Garden Cinema and OBSESSIONS at Bertha DocHouse have some excellent offerings. Of course, you can always join me for my penultimate BAR TRASH: TRASH OR TREASURE? screening at Genesis Cinema, a rare outing for John Boorman’s hypnotically weird EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC in Studio 4 (22 MAR).

Film festivals opening this week include the always insanely busy Hong Kong Film Festival (18 to 31 MAR), St Patrick’s Film Festival (17 to 19 MAR) from Irish Film London which includes an epic screening of short films in Trafalgar Square, and Austrian film programme WatchAUT 2023 (23 to 26 MAR).

Indie cinema exhibitors are busy this week, with Brixton House embracing cinema programming more widely in their venue. Bounce Cinema kicks things off with two already heavily-sold screenings (SET IT OFF on 17 MAR and LOVE JONES on 18 MAR). Then, We Are Parable celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a weekend takeover a little later in the month (EXPERIENCE OVER EVERYTHING from 30 MAR to 02 APR).

There’s a strong variety of short film programmes across town this week, and so I’ve chosen Kenneth Anger: Magick Lantern Cycle at Close-Up (19 & 26 MAR) as my Featured Attraction of the Week.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.


Kenneth Anger: Magick Lantern Cycle at Close-Up (19 MAR 17:00 / 26 MAR 17:00).

“Cinematic magician, legendary provocateur, author of the infamous Hollywood Babylon book, Kenneth Anger is a unique figure in post-war American culture. His iconic short films are characterised by a mystical-symbolic visual language and phantasmagorical-sensual opulence that underscores the medium’s transgressive potential. Anger’s work fundamentally shaped the aesthetics of 1960s and 1970s subcultures, the visual lexicon of pop and music videos and queer iconography. These nine films form the basis of Anger’s reputation as one of the most influential pioneers of avant-garde film and video art.” (Close-Up)

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TASTING MENU film programme + afterparty presented by Electric Frog x Double Wonderful at Poster Hauss (17 MAR 18:30).

Double Wonderful are teaming up with literary publishers Electric Frog Ltd for a new experience in film exhibition.


LOVE JONES d. Theodore Witcher, 1997 + Afterparty presented by Bounce Cinema at Brixton House (18 MAR 19:30).


WOMEN BEHND THE WHEEL d. Catherine Haigh and Hannah Congdon, 2022 + Q&A with the directors, presented by We Are Doc Women & Dartmouth Films at The Castle Cinema (19 MAR 14:30).


DIY Double Feature: WHO DONE IT: THE CLUE DOCUMENTARY d. Jeff C. Smith, 2022 at The Prince Charles (20 MAR 18:00) + CLUE d. Jonathan Lynn, 1985 at The Prince Charles (20 MAR 20:30).


Preview: INFINITY POOL d. Brandon Cronenberg, 2023 + Q&A with MUFX designer Dan Martin, presented by Evolution of Horror Podcast at Genesis Cinema (21 MAR 18:00).


WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE d. Todd Solondz, 1995 presented by Jellied Reels at The Castle Cinema (22 MAR 21:00).


DEATH PROOF d. Quentin Tarantino, 2007 presented by Ghouls Magazine Film Club at True Romance (23 MAR 19:00).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE dir Jacquelyn Mills, 2022

OBSESSIONS at Bertha DocHouse

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

THE AGE OF INNOCENCE: 30th Anniversary 4K Restoration dir. Martin Scorsese, 1993 (limited engagement)

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. //.