THE BALLY #202: What to see in London this week [19 to 25 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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BREATHING FIRE dirs. Lou Kennedy, Brandon Pender & Brandon De-Wilde, 1991 presented by Crap Film Club at The Old Queens Head (22 MAY 19:00).
“BREATHING FIRE is a 1991 American DTV martial arts film which stars Ke Huy Quan (THE GOONIES) and Bolo Yeung (BLOODSPORT), and described as “an absolute cinematic trainwreck/masterpiece” (Cinafilm).”
“The plot revolves around Tony and his adopted Vietnamese brother Charlie, who we first meet in the act of winning the local taekwondo tournamount. Unfortunately, their father Michael can’t attend because he is a ruthless bank robber who has a major gold heist to take care of. Having stored the loot in a vault that requires two keys to enter, he and his gang encrust the keys into a plastic pizza (!) and then cut the pizza into several slices, meaning they need each other to access the gold.”
“Several misadventures later, Tony and Charlie are introduced to Annie, the daughter of the bank manager that Michael has killed to stop him informing. Not knowing about their father’s double life, the boys enlist their uncle David to train them up, take on the baddies, protect the girl, and kick an awful lot of ass!” (Crap Film Club).
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BARBARELLA d. Roger Vadim, 1968 + Music by DJ Martin Green & designer/artisan duo Whitaker Malem in conversation, presented by Rebel Reel Cine Club at The Garden Cinema (19 MAY 20:00).
LA BELLA STAGIONE aka The Good Season d. Marco Ponti, 2022 + Q&A presented by CinemaItaliaUK & Il Circolo at Picturehouse Fulham Road (20 MAY 18:00).
THE UNKNOWN d. Todd Browning, 1927 + Intro by BFI curator Bryony Dixon & Live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand at BFI Southbank (21 MAY 14:00).
Problematic Faves: PRETTY WOMAN d. Garry Marshall, 1990 presented by Transmissions at Dalston Superstore (22 MAY 19:00).
Architecture On Film: REICHSAUTOBAHN d. Hartmut Bitomsky, 1984 + Intro by Tom Wilkinson at Barbican (23 MAY 18:45).
THEATRE OF BLOOD d. Douglas Hickox, 1973 + Q&A with Madeline Smith, Reece Shearsmith & Peter Fuller, presented by Evolution of Horror & Vincent Price Legacy UK at Genesis Cinema (24 MAY 20:00).
WINGED MIGRATION aka Le peuple migrateur d. Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud & Michel Debats, 2001 presented by Sydenham Film Club at The Sydenham Centre (25 MAY 19:30).
Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
SKIP NORMAN: HERE AND THERE at ICA & Goethe-Institut
Includes (check venue for full listings): Berlin-Harlem (19 MAY 19:00); Study Day + Collaborations + The American Years I (20 MAY 12:00-17:30); The Independent Years (23 MAY 18:30); The American Years II (25 MAY 18:30).
More seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
- Beyond Words French Literature Festival (12 to 21 MAY).
- ECHOES Indigenous Film Festival (19 to 21 MAY).
- London Japan Film Festival (20 to 21 MAY).
- SERET Israeli Film & TV Festival (18 to 25 MAY).
- Syrian Arts & Cultural Festival (11 to 23 MAY).
ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET dir Kelly Fremon Craig, 2023
Various venues, inc: ActOne Cinema / ArtHouse Crouch End / The Castle Cinema / Catford Mews / Chiswick Cinema / Curzon Cinemas / Electric Cinemas / Everyman Cinemas / Genesis Cinema / The Lexi Cinema / Olympic Studios / Phoenix Cinema / Picturehouse Cinemas / Regent Street Cinema
BEAU IS AFRAID dir Ari Aster, 2023
Various venues, inc: Barbican / The Castle Cinema / Chiswick Cinema / The Cinema In The Arches / Curzon Cinemas / Electric Cinemas / Everyman Cinemas / Genesis Cinema / ICA / Picturehouse Cinemas / Regent Street Cinema / Rich Mix / Rio Cinema / Riverside Studios
NAM JUNE PAIK: MOON IS THE OLDEST TV dir Amanda Kim, 2023
Various venues, inc: Bertha DocHouse / Ciné Lumière / ICA / Picturehouse Cinemas
More new releases in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.
- Pushkin House presents WITNESSING HISTORY: FILMS BY SERGEI LOZNITSA at venues across London (02 to 10 JUN 2023)
- Exploding Cinema presents a night of short films at The Cinema Museum (10 JUN 2023).
- Saraband presents Queer Reflections on Horror + JENNIFER’S BODY at Rio Cinema (08 JUN 2023).
- Tibet Film Festival presents BALLOON in honour of Pema Tseden at Genesis Cinema (19 JUN 2023)
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