This is a film still from QUATERMASS AND THE PIT dir Roy Ward Baker, 1967.

THE BALLY #196: What to see in London this week [07 to 13 APR 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.

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Welcome to another screen week!

Two quick stories about the fragility of screen culture…

Firstly, Deptford Cinema is still looking for a permanent home since the volunteer-run venue’s old location became untenable during the pandemic. They have been producing various popup screenings since and from 23 April they will be in residence at The Music Room (New Cross Road SE14) for fortnightly screenings and a free monthly film and book club. The new programme kicks off with ALCARRÀS and THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED (23 APR) and continues with THE GOLDEN DREAM (28 MAY).

Also feeling the longterm social and economic shock of the pandemic, Riverside Studios has announced that the historic venue is now in dire financial straits. They have announced a ‘Rally for Riverside’ fundraising campaign which makes one of their first events my Featured Attraction of the Week: Roy Ward Baker’s 1967 film QUATERMASS AND THE PIT screens with a special conversation between one of its stars Julian Glover and host Gyles Brandreth on Wednesday 12 April.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.


Rally for Riverside: QUATERMASS AND THE PIT d. Roy Ward Baker, 1967 + Q&A with Julian Glover & Gyles Brandreth (12 APR 18:00).

“A screening of one of Julian Glover’s many notable screen appearances, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT. This, one of Britain’s finest sci-fi films, based on Nigel Kneale’s script about the discovery of ancient alien craft beneath central London, boasts one of the most elaborate screenplays in British cinema. As boffins, army officers and politicians argue over a mysterious object unearthed at a London tube station, Kneale introduces and interweaves numerous narrative threads (scientific, mythic, historical, psychological, religious, etc) to intriguing and increasingly apocalyptic effect.”

The screening will be followed by an ‘in conversation’ between Julian Glover and Gyles Brandreth, when they will discuss Julian’s long, diverse and illustrious career. There will then be the opportunity to meet Julian at an informal book signing in the River Room.

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HUSTLER WHITE d. Bruce LaBruce, 1996 + Virtual Q&A with the director, presented by Fringe!, DMovies & Doesn’t Exist at Rich Mix (07 APR 20:15).


DECODER d. Muscha, 1984 + Intro by Stewart Home, presented by Stewart Home’s Occasional Barbican Film Club at Barbican (08 APR 15:30).


MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN d. Terry Jones, 1979 at: The Cinema In The Arches (09 APR 15:30 / 10 APR 17:10) / Curzon Cinemas (07 to 10 APR various) / Everyman Cinemas (09 APR various) / Olympic Studios (09 APR 19:50 / 10 APR 15:30) / Phoenix Cinema (09 APR 17:00) / The Prince Charles (08 APR 15:30 / 12 APR 15:45). 


ANTIVIRAL d. Brandon Cronenberg, 2012 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Farr’s Dalston (10 APR 19:30).


ZACHARIAH d. George Englund, 1971 presented by Mondo Nights at Biddle Bros (11 APR 20:00).


LITTLE WOODS aka Crossing The Line d. Nia DaCosta, 2018 + Short: INDEPENDENCE d. Karl Jackson + Q&A with the directors, presented by First Film Club at Picturehouse Central (12 APR 19:00).


STORM DAMAGE d. Simon Cellan Jones, 2000 + Panel discussion with Ashley Walters, Adrian Lester, Kate Ashfield & Alexis Rodney at BFI Southbank (13 APR 18:00).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
 LADY IN THE DARK 35mm d. Mitchell Leisen, 1944


More rep seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
Full season listings in this month’s EPIC ROUNDUP.

GODLAND dir Hlynur Pálmason, 2022

LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE dir Martika Ramirez Escobar, 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. //.