This is a black and white film still from GODZILLA aka ゴジラ Gojira (dir Ishirō Honda, 1954) showing the monster Godzilla approaching some electricity pylons at night, shrouded in fog and smoke.

THE BALLY #203: What to see in London this week [26 MAY to 01 JUN 2023]

Welcome to THE BALLY, our weekly edit of what to see across London’s indie & alternative cinema scene. Daily film choices, rep seasons, festivals, revivals & new releases.

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BAR TRASH presents cult films & brunch at Rule Zero in Hackney Wick – BOOKING NOW!!

BAR TRASH – MONSTER MAYHEM! – Season Launch + GODZILLA aka ゴジラ Gojira d. Ishirō Honda, 1954 + Intro, themed drinks & prize giveaways, hosted by Token Homo at Genesis Cinema’s Bar Paragon (31 MAY 20:30).

“Token Homo launches his fourth sensational season of Bar Trash at Genesis Cinema and Rule Zero with GODZILLA (ゴジラ | Gojira), “the Citizen Kane of monster movies”. 

“GODZILLA was a Japanese box office smash that would remain hidden from international audiences for decades. Ishirō Honda’s 1954 masterpiece was experienced by much of the rest of the world as the heavily re-edited GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS (1956), a Japanese-American co-production that featured additional footage of Raymond Burr (PERRY MASON, IRONSIDE) as an American journalist.”

“Screening here in its original form (minus Mr Burr but with more explicit criticism of post-war American nuclear policy), GODZILLA is ground zero for everything that was to come: 70 years of sequels, remakes, reboots, reverential homages and blatant ripoffs. Whilst the seemingly indestructible franchise star would spawn into the pulpiest of pop icons, GODZILLA fandom started here… in shock, and awe.”

BAR TRASH is a celebration of cult and curious cinema, hosted by Token Homo. All films screen with introductions, intermissions, prize giveaways, themed drinks and subtitles/captions (where possible!). Tickets from £3.

TOKEN HOMO presents a sensational fourth season of BAR TRASH at Genesis Cinema & Rule Zero – BOOKING NOW!!

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This is a film still from Double Wonderful's Denpa Disassociate screening event at Poster Hauss (26 MAY 2023).


Denpa Disassociate featuring TOKYO BLOOD d. Gakuryu Ishii, 1993 + MAREBITO d. Takashi Shimizu, 2004 presented by Double Wonderful at Poster Hauss (26 MAY 19:30).


Josie Ho In Focus: HABIT [International Version] d. Janell Shirtcliff, 2021 + Q&A with Josie Ho at The Prince Charles (27 MAY 17:30).


Sunday Session: TERRA FEMME d. Courtney Stephens, 2021 at Bertha DocHouse (28 MAY 16:00).


REDEYE short film programme + Q&A with the filmmakers at The Garden Cinema (29 MAY 18:00).


Women In Revolt short film programme presented by Shorts On Tap at Rich Mix (30 MAY 19:30).


THE EVIL BAT! screening of THE BAT d. Crane Wilbur, 1959 + Live score by Jason Frederick, presented by The Classic Horror Experience at The Cinema Museum (31 MAY 19:30).


MAD ABOUT THE BOY: THE NOËL COWARD STORY d. Barnaby Thompson, 2023 + Recorded Q&A with the director & guests at various venues, inc: ActOne Cinema (01 JUN 18:30); ArtHouse Crouch End (01 JUN 18:30); Bertha DocHouse (01 JUN 20:20); Phoenix Cinema (01 JUN 17:30).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

NOPE dir Jordan Peele, 2022 (01 JUN 20:30).

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building


More seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

FULL TIME aka A Plein temps dir Eric Gravel, 2021

Various venues, inc: ArtHouse Crouch End / The Castle Cinema / Chiswick Cinema / Curzon Cinemas / Olympic Studios / Peckhamplex / Picturehouse Cinemas / Rio Cinema / Riverside Studios

SISU dir Jalmari Helander, 2022

Various venues, inc: Curzon Cinemas / Everyman Cinemas / Genesis Cinema / Olympic Studios / Picturehouse Cinemas / Regent Street Cinema

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. //.