THE BALLY #209: What to see in London this week [07 to 13 JUL 2023]

Welcome to THE BALLY, our weekly edit of what to see in London this week across DIY, indie & alternative cinema events, outdoors & in venues.

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Token Homo’s cult film night Bar Trash continues with MONSTER MAYHEM! at Rule Zero & Genesis Cinema. Booking Now

THE DRIVER’S SEAT aka Identikit 4K Restoration d. Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, 1974 + Intro/Q&A with food from the Electric Elephant Café, presented by The Vito Project Queer Film Club at The Cinema Museum (09 JUL 19:30).

“The VITO Project Queer Film Club is collaborating with the BFI to present a very rare screening of one of the most obscure, bizarre and wildly misunderstood films of Elizabeth Taylor’s illustrious career. We will be celebrating the BFI’s Blu-ray release of a new 4K restoration – the first time the film is officially available in any format in the UK.”

“Elizabeth Taylor stars as a troubled woman who, upon arriving in Rome, finds a city fragmented by autocratic law, leftist violence and her own increasingly unhinged mission to find the most dangerous liaison of all.”

“Adapted from an unnerving novella by Muriel Spark (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), the film marked a wild step into the unknown for the screen icon, as she cast off the shackles of the US studio system in the shadow of her tumultuous personal life. Co-starring Ian Bannen, Mona Washbourne and Andy Warhol, The Driver’s Seatstunned critics and audiences alike upon its premiere in 1974 but failed to secure a UK release – until now.” (The Vito Project)

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NAME ME LAWAND d. Edward Lovelace, 2022 + Intro/Q&A with the director (BSL interpreted & live captioned) at BFI Southbank (07 JUL 18:20).


Preview: THE TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT OF GOODBYES d. Tomohisa Taguchi, 2022 at Regent Street Cinema (08 JUL 19:30).


Double-bill: THE BIG FLAME + THE FLICKERING FLAME d. Ken Loach, 1969 + 1996 + Q&A with Doreen McNally (Women of the Waterfront) & John McDonnell MP presented by London Socialist Film Co-op at The Garden Cinema (09 JUL 11:00).

This is a film still from RED AFRICA (2022), presented by New East Cinema at Barbican (10 JUL 2023).


RED AFRICA d. Alexander Markov, 2022 + Q&A with Professor Jeremy Hicks & Dr. Awino Okech presented by New East Cinema at Barbican (10 JUL 18:25).


THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN d. Karel Zeman, 1962 presented in-venue & online by Sands Films Cinema Club at Sands Films Studios (11 JUL 20:00 – Donations requested!).


YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP (Daekoesu Yonggari | 대괴수 용가리) d. Ki-duk Kim, 1967 + Intro & intermission spot quiz, presented by Token Homo at Genesis Cinema’s Bar Paragon (12 JUL 20:30).


Architecture On Film: BALNEARIOS d. Mariano Llinás, 2002 at Barbican (13 JUL 19:00).

Full daily listings in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

FOOD COOP d. Tom Boothe, 2016.

EAT THE SCREEN at Barbican

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): FORAGERS d. Jumana Manna, 2022 + Short: SOUP OVER BETHLEHEM d. Larissa Sansour, 2006 + Discussion of food sovereignty in Palestine under occupation, part of SAFAR (09 JUL 17:30); FOOD COOP d. Tom Boothe, 2016 + Q&A with the director & Arthur Potts-Dawson (11 JUL 20:30).
WITHNAIL AND I d. Bruce Robinson, 1987.


More seasons listed in this week’s SCREEN GUIDE.

CALENDAR GIRLS dirs Maria Loohufvud & Love Martinsen, 2022

Various venues, inc: Bertha DocHouse.

THE DAMNED DON’T CRY dir Fyzal Boulifa, 2022

Various venues, inc: ArtHouse Crouch End / The Castle Cinema / Ciné Lumière / Curzon Cinemas / ICA / Rio Cinema

NAME ME LAWAND dir Edward Lovelace, 2022

Various venues, inc: ArtHouse Crouch End / Bertha DocHouse / BFI / Chiswick Cinema / The Garden Cinema / Peckhamplex / Picturehouse Cinemas

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. //.