SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT!
Welcome to the next edition of THE BALLY, our eNEWS bulletin where the barkers at RADIANT CIRCUS voice our enthusiasm for London’s coming attractions. This is where you’ll find all the announcements, news and links we can’t squeeze into our already stuffed monthly and weekly event listings.
We’ll keep you posted about developments at RADIANT CIRCUS, including links to new articles and projects. You’ll also be amongst the first to know about our Screen Quests, where we invite you to experience the best of London’s independent attractions with us. Because cinema should always be social, right?
Every month we pick an attraction that particularly excites us. Our featured attraction this month is GENERATIONS: RUSSIAN CINEMA OF CHANGE at Barbican (26 to 30 SEP). Billed as “defiant, electric and subversive” this season of cult and landmark films charts an extraordinary century of change in Russia. We trust Barbican’s programming partners New East Cinema to project absolutely anything in front of our eyeballs; they have impeccable taste and fingers on the pulse. You should get booking.
> Full details online in our monthly roundup, HERE.
This week sees the opening of the eighth edition of the Open City Documentary Festival at venues across London (04 to 09 SEP). RADIANT CIRCUS invited festival marketing manager Matt Turner to give us his personal highlights from this year’s special events programme.
The festival will showcase 30 features, 48 shorts and host 2 world premieres, 3 European premieres and 26 UK premieres across non-fiction titles from more than 30 countries.
> Find out what’s great and follow the links to get booking, HERE.
The volunteer-run Deptford Cinema – recent winner of Cinema for All’s Best UK Community Cinema, and best UK Community Cinema programming – is going epic with a special screening of one of the greatest films of all time, Tarkovsky’s ANDREI RUBLEV (13 OCT 17:30 for 18:30 screening + some “very special surprises”!).
True to the spiritual subject matter of the film, Deptford’s volunteers have been given the chance to screen at St Nicholas’s Church, the resting place of Christopher Marlowe and home to carvings by Grinling Gibbon (a name in itself to treasure…).
RADIANT CIRCUS will be speaking soon to Deptford about their ambitious expansion beyond their 40-seat cinema (keep your eyes peeled for an article). In the mean time, tickets are already available through their website and facebook page.
THE END OF ALL SUMMERS
Several community film clubs took a well-earned break over August, cooling their projector bulbs but probably still beavering away planning new seasons and spectaculars. Here are some new season start dates so you can support adventurous moving pictures on your doorstep.
[Featured image: DAWN OF THE DEAF at Catford Free Film Festival (14 SEP).]
- Bigger Picture Film Club: MILES AHEAD (27 SEP 20:00, The Ivy House, Nunhead).
- Catford Film: CATFORD FREE FILM FESTIVAL (09 to 16 SEP, various venues).
- Classic Cinema Club – Ealing: THAT SINKING FEELING (07 SEP 19:30, Ealing Town Hall).
- Crofton Park Pictures: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (19 SEP 20:30, Rivoli Ballroom).
- Filmbox Community Cinema: ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (13 SEP 19:30, Langley Park Centre).
- Richmond Film Society: A FANTASTIC WOMAN (18 SEP 20:00, the Exchange).
- Screen25: LADY BIRD (05 SEP 19:45, Harris Academy South Norwood).
- Talkies Community Cinema: THE PARTY (07 SEP 19:30, Bounds Green Bowls Club).
- Twickenham Film Club: BROOKLYN (05 SEP 19:30, The Exchange).
- Wimbledon Film Club: GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (18 SEP 20:30, Curzon HMV).
> Keep track of community film screenings across London in our weekly digests.
We love a juicy collab… SUPAKINO and the Forever Young Film Club have teamed up for a screening of Gurinder Chadha’s hit feel-good movie, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (10 SEP 20:30, The Institute Of Light). Part of SUPAKINO’s endlessly enjoyable Turbans Seen On Screen strand: read more in our interview with Ranjit S. Ruprai HERE.
> Book here.
Kennington Bioscope will present its fourth Silent Film Festival at the Cinema Museum (08 to 09 SEP). The event is expected to run from 10.00 till 22.15 on both Saturday and Sunday and will feature many rare and fantastic gems from the BFI archive and the personal collection of film historian and national treasure, Kevin Brownlow.
Last Frame Club presents the UK premiere of multi award-winning doc LAND OF THE FREE (07 SEP 19:30, CentrE17). The film follows three ex-convicts and their loved ones, in the two years after their release from prison as they strive to find a new place in society.
“An intimate portrait of humanity in a deeply troubling environment where the prison industrial system often targets and holds back people of colour.”
> Book here.
We almost can’t keep track of the stellar sell-out screenings at Science Fiction Theatre. Grab a ticket whilst you can for their next exciting instalment: THE TRUMAN SHOW (17 SEP 19:30, The Institute Of Light). As with all their screenings, it’s the talks that set them apart. This time Dr Tony Milligan will explore the theme that even when technology remains within our control, love stays resistant.
> Book here.
The Montpellier has announced its new season, a brace of brilliant new docs. First up is GENERATION WEALTH (16 to 26 SEP), Lauren Greenfield’s “postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture.” Then there’s THIS IS CONGO (30 SEP to 10 OCT), “[a] truly unfiltered and unique look into the conflict plaguing Congo”.
> Book here.