THE BALLY #204: What to see in London this week [02 to 08 JUN 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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TOKEN HOMO presents a sensational fourth season of BAR TRASH at Genesis Cinema & Rule Zero – BOOKING NOW!!

UK Premiere: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF DESTRUCTION d. Sergey Loznitsa, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Bertha DocHouse (08 JUN 19:00) / Part of WITNESSING HISTORY: FILMS BY SERGEI LOZNITSA

“Inspired by W.G. Sebald’s book of the same title and based on WWII archival footage, the film puts forward the questions: is it morally acceptable to use the civilian population as a means of war? Is it possible to justify mass destruction for the sake of higher “moral” ideals? These questions remain as relevant today as they were 80 years ago, and their urgency is tragically manifested in current political events.”

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XANADU d. Robert Greenwald, 1980 at The Garden Cinema (02 JUN 21:00).


TINA d. Daniel Lindsay & T.J. Martin, 2021 at Bertha DocHouse (03 JUN 20:00 / 06 JUN 20:30).


MÉNILMONTANT dir Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1924 + Short programme with live music accompaniment at Barbican (04 JUN 15:00).


Preview: MEDUSA DELUXE d. Thomas Hardiman, 2022 + Q&A with the director & cast members Darrell D’Silva, Debris Stevenson, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Luke Pasqualino & Nick Karimi at BFI Southbank (05 JUN 20:40).


Discover: WAR PONY d. Riley Keough & Gina Gammell, 2022 at Picturehouse Cinemas (06 JUN various).


Pink Palace: PRICK UP YOUR EARS d. Stephen Frears, 19:30 + Intro/discussion in the basement bar at Rio Cinema (07 JUN 19:30).

This is a film still from JENNIFER'S BODY dir Karyn Kusama, 2009.


Queer Reflections on Horror: JENNIFER’S BODY d. Karyn Kusama, 2009 + Book launch/Q&A with editor Joe Vallese & author Kirsty Logan at Rio Cinema (08 JUN 20:30).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

VICTORY DAY d. Sergey Loznitsa, 2018.


  • Includes (check venues for full listings)STATE FUNERAL d. Sergey Loznitsa, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (02 JUN 18.30); MR. LANDSBERGIS d. Sergey Loznitsa, 2021 at Ciné Lumière (03 JUN 13.30); DONBASS d. Sergey Loznitsa, 2018 at The Garden Cinema (04 JUN 17:00); VICTORY DAY d. Sergey Loznitsa, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (07 JUN 18.30); UK Premiere: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF DESTRUCTION d. Sergey Loznitsa, 2022 + Q&A with the director at Bertha DocHouse (08 JUN 19:00).
  • Presented by Pushkin House.

More seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

AMANDA dir Carolina Cavalli, 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. //.