This is a film still from THE LAST OUTLAW dir Arthur Rosson, 1927, presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (17 MAY 2023).

THE BALLY #201: What to see in London this week [12 to 18 MAY 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!

Venerable film format 16mm has been unspooling for a century, and to celebrate I’ve chosen two indie film exhibitors to be my Featured Attractions of the Week (both screening at The Cinema Museum)! Lost Reels(the cinema artist formerly known as Lost Vampires) projects two big-beast monster movies (13 MAY) and then Kennington Bioscope does their beautiful thing with two Western-themed silent films (17 MAY).

If you want more of all these things then support their work by rocking up and buying a ticket (Kennington Bioscope screens regularly throughout the year and Lost Reels has just announced spectacular events for August and Halloween). Hungry for even more…? BFI Southbank presents their Film On Film festival (08 to 11 JUN – selling fast!) which includes a 16mm strand, amongst many other delights. I’ll be launching a summer season of kaijū films at Genesis Cinema with the latest spawning of my cult film night BAR TRASH, MONSTER MAYHEM! (opening night = GODZILLA Gojira 31 MAY).

Elsewhere, JW3 launches their compilation archive programme with Jewish Britain On Film at both JW3 and The Lexi Cinema (see listings for 14 MAY). Evolution of Horror Podcast returns to one of their regular haunts with THE INVISIBLE MAN: 90th Anniversary at the sumptuous Regent Street Cinema (17 MAY). And, as if to take us all by surprise, Rio Cinema’s regular queer night Pink Palace skips to a Thursday for KAMIKAZE HEARTS (18 MAY 19:30). Finally, thank you to reader Daniel for drawing my attention to the PERANKH: THE JUNE GIVANNI PANAFRICAN CINEMA ARCHIVE season at Raven Row Gallery. Another new season SKIP NORMAN: HERE AND THERE from Open City Docs at Goethe-Institut and ICA joins them here and in my epic monthly roundup for May.

See you in the darkness, and stay safe.


PS – For the restless, Picturehouse Cinemas has announced THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ALL NIGHTER at Picturehouse Central (17 JUN) with seven rooms of slumbering sensations. My favourite programme is the anime one because – holy AI mother of all parodies – please save me from more Wes Anderson retrospectives….

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“Monsters Attack!” 16mm Double Bill featuring THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS d. Eugène Lourié, 1953 + EMPIRE OF THE ANTS d. Bert I. Gordon, 1977 presented by Lost Reels at The Cinema Museum (13 MAY 18:00).

Lost Reels launches a series of classics, curios and forgotten gems on 16mm with the pairing of Ray Harryhausen’s golden age stop-motion sci-fi / horror masterpiece THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953) and Bert I. Gordon’s unintentionally hilarious cult classic, EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977).” (Lost Reels)

Western 16mm Double Bill featuring THE WESTBOUND LIMITED d. Emory Johnson, 1923 + THE LAST OUTLAW d. Arthur Rosson, 1927 + Intro by Chris Bird & Live piano accompaniment by Meg Morley & Colin Sell, presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (17 MAY 19:30).

The Kennington Bioscope is a regular cinema event featuring live accompaniment to silent films that takes place at the Cinema Museum. We present a double bill of flms with a western theme, screened on 16mm and presented by Chris Bird. Meg Morley will be providing live piano accompaniment for the first half and Colin Sell for the second half of this show.” (Kennington Bioscope)

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BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER d. Nina Menkes, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Ciné Lumière (12 MAY 20:30).


African Odysseys: ABOLITION aka Abolição d. Zózimo Bulbul, 1988 + Recorded intro by Brazilian MP, Benedita da Silva & Panel discussion at BFI Southbank (13 MAY 14:00).


Jewish Britain On Film + Intro by Mekella Broomberg, Head of Arts and Culture Programming at JW3 & Q&A with archivist Julia Wagner at The Lexi Cinema (14 MAY 16:00).


CRIMSON GOLD aka Talaye sorkh d. Jafar Panahi, 2003 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Farr’s Dalston (15 MAY 19:30).

This is a film still from SANS SOLEIL d. Chris Marker, 1983, presented by Electric Frog Film Club at Poster Hauss (16 MAY 2023).


SANS SOLEIL d. Chris Marker, 1983 chosen by poet Jake Shelvey & presented by Electric Frog Film Club at Poster Hauss (16 MAY 19:30 – FREE!).


Ukraine Fundraiser: MY THOUGHTS ARE SILENT d. Antonio Lukich, 2019 + Ukrainian music, cocktails, and stalls at The Garden Cinema (17 MAY 20:00).


FLAME OF THE ISLANDS d. Edward Ludwig, 1955 presented by Lobotomy Room at Fontaine’s Bar (18 MAY 20:00 – FREE!).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

QUICKSILVER d. Thomas Michael Donnelly, 1986.


  • Includes (check venue for full listings): QUICKSILVER d. Thomas Michael Donnelly, 1986 (16 MAY 20:00).
  • Presented by Mondo Nights.

More seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.


Various venues, inc: ArtHouse Crouch End / Bertha DocHouse / BFI / Ciné Lumière / Curzon Cinemas / Genesis Cinema / ICA / Picturehouse Cinemas

THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS aka Le otto montagne dir Felix van Groeningen & Charlotte Vandermeersch, 2022

Various venues, inc: ActOne Cinema / ArtHouse Crouch End / Barbican / BFI / The Castle Cinema / Chiswick Cinema / Ciné Lumière / Curzon Cinemas / ICA / Picturehouse Cinemas / Rio Cinema

PLAN 75 dir Chie Hayakawa, 2022

Various venues, inc: Barbican / The Castle Cinema / Curzon Cinemas / Genesis Cinema / Regent Street Cinema

More new releases in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

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