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THE BALLY #5: Coming attractions you must not miss


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.

We’ve changed formats for this edition, giving you our handpicked highlights for the week ahead as well as news of coming attractions we can’t cram into our usual listings.

We’re committed to publishing more new writing about London’s alternative cinema scene, so you can also find links to articles and interviews here too.

> What are you going to see?


Films in London this month: MALPERTUIS at BFI (26 OCT).

There’s a cavalcade of extraordinary celluloid coming to the BFI this week and it’s not the one that’s garnering all the red carpet attention…. FANTASTIQUE: THE DREAM WORLDS OF FRENCH CINEMA (OCT to NOV) is one of those seasons where we would delight in seeing every title: “What pleases is what is terrible, gentle, and poetic” – Georges Franju.

Given the month, we’ll also give special mention to the epic chills of HORROROCTOBER at The Prince Charles – “A month of screams, chills, blood and guts!” – complete with several all-nighters, double bills, original format screenings.

> Full details in our monthly roundup, HERE.

THIS WEEK [19 to 25 OCT]:

Films in London this week: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at Rio Cinema (20 OCT).

Our featured attraction of the week is THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW + LIVE PERFORMANCE by the European All-Star Shadowcast at Rio Cinema (20 OCT 19:00): “Rocky Horror was probably not the first example of gender-bending on film, but it was the most in-your-face. When Dr Frank N Furter sings “I’m just a sweet transvestite” without any apology, it was empowering for many people. And Janet singing Touch-A Touch-A Touch Me was controversial, too – a girl wanting to be sexual in a let’s-get-down-and-do-it way.” – Richard O’Brien, The Guardian.

> Full details in our weekly digest, HERE.


SPARKLE (1976): A Save The Cinema Museum Fundraiser presented by the Celluloid Sorceress (28 OCT).

With several independent venues under threat across London, RADIANT CIRCUS is proud to be supporting the campaign to Save The Cinema Museum. Read our interview with The Celluloid Sorceress, Rebecca Nicole Williams, about her SPARKLE fundraiser with Samira Ahmed [28 OCT 15:00], then get booking with our exclusive discount code.

> Read the interview and get booking HERE.

FRI //:

Bill Morrison: The State of Decay at Close-Up (19 OCT 19:30):

  • Bill Morrison has spent more than two decades integrating archival footage in various states of decay into new artworks, frequently collaborating with contemporary composers who create scores for the resulting work. Morrison presents a selection of films from across his career including DECASIA on 35mm and his most recent short, THE LETTER.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SAT //:

CANNIBAL CUTS at The King & Queen (20 OCT 17:00 – Free / Donation requested):

  • World Wide Weird presents an evening of Italian Cannibal exploitation all in glorious 16 & 8mm. Programme includes various trailers, condensed features and the full MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD aka Prisoner of the Cannibal God. Raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Nurses.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SUN //:

CALIBRE + Q&A with producer Al Clark and actors Kate Bracken & Jack Lowden at Curzon Aldgate (21 OCT 14:30):

  • Two lifelong friends on a hunting trip in Scotland find their nerves, and their morals, ruthlessly tested after a harrowing turn of events. CALIBRE is the taut, merciless and deeply affecting feature debut by Matt Palmer.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

MON //:

MIDNIGHT + INTRO by Wendy Ide at Lexi Cinema (22 OCT 18:30):

  • Lexi Film School presents: A fun, frothy, female-fronted screwball comedy co-written by the legendary Billy Wilder, MIDNIGHT stars Claudette Colbert as an American showgirl washed up in Paris who tangles with a wealthy man.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

TUES //:

DONKEYOTE + Q&A with director Chico Pereira at DocHouse (23 OCT 18:30):

  • An adventure film like you’ve never seen, this extraordinary observational documentary follows 73-year-old Manolo, who lives a simple life in Southern Spain, as he plans to walk the brutal 2200-mile trail of tears in the US with just his donkey Gorrión as his companion.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

WED //:

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: 50th Anniversary Screening + SPECIAL FEATURES at Peckhamplex (24 OCT 20:30):

  • Celebrate 50 years of the Living Dead by seeing the 50th Anniversary, Re-mastered in 4k MOMA version! The iconic film that started the zombie genre and shaped modern horror movies is a great story of independent cinema. Screens with a custom featurette full of new and archival footage.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

THU //:

BEEN SO LONG + Q&A with cast & crew  at Genesis Cinema (25 OCT 21:00):

  • Brid’s Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame presents: CHEWING GUM star Michaela Coel leads a talented cast in Tinge Krishnan’s contemporary London musical, which reimagines Camden as a romantic neon-soaked wonderland.

> Find more films in London today HERE.


DER GOLEM + LIVE SCORE by HarmonieBand at Rich Mix (30 OCT 19:30):

A restored silent-movie masterpiece gets a stunning new live soundtrack by specialists HarmonieBand: “An enduring example of German Expressionist horror” – Film 4.

> More info & tickets HERE.


NOVA NIGHTS at The Horse Hospital (29 OCT 19:00):

  • Episode #14 – World premiere of Emma Dark’s short film PURGATORIC + award winning filmmaker Geoff Harmer’s short films followed by a live interview with Billy Chainsaw & audience Q&A.

> Visit The Horse Hospital for more info.


Radiant Circus Screen Diary: ANDREI RUBLEV at Deptford Cinema at St Nicholas Church (13 OCT).

We’re keen to publish more new writing about London’s alternative cinema scene.

Nudging ourselves out of the door, here are writeups from recent trips to some of London’s finest community screens and, at the opposite end of the scale, the 62nd BFI London Film Festival.

Stay tuned for exciting content collaborations with screen partners from the city.



We’re working on the next of our special SCREEN GUIDES… this one will be dedicated to all things scary for HALLOWEEN. As a taster, try THE HILLS HAVE EYES 16mm (19:00) + THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE Super8mm (21:00) from original format specialists Ciné-Real 16mm at The Castle Cinema (31 OCT ).


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