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THE BALLY #61: Seven days of sensational screens

[06 to 12 DEC 2019]: Looking for movies beyond the mainstream? These are our RADIANT CIRCUS hot picks for the week ahead, helping you find the best of what’s on London’s alternative cinema screens. Find everything else that’s wonderful listed in our weekly screen digest, posted every THU / FRI.


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It’s a time for giving, right? And also for typing the name “Chris Columbus” it seems as titles from Tinsel Town’s very own Santa Claus are projecting all across London, from HARRY POTTER to GREMLINS via HOME ALONE and RENT. There seem to be more Gizmos then Kevins this year, but that might just be an element of early festive fatigue… If you missed the BFI’s screening of RENT on World AIDS Day itself (a huge thank you to Ralph & company for making it so special), take your lungs along to the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and belt out some rock musical classics with our buddies at Fringe! (06 & 13 DEC).

But getting back to the gift of giving… Our featured attraction of the week was an easy choice: Food For Film’s necessary screening of CITIZEN JANE (07 DEC, The Green Nunhead). It’s a free event but please take along a suitable donation for Southwark Food Bank. We can’t imagine a finer trade-off than gorging on great documentary and making sure folk get fed. Do it…

Elsewhere, London’s indie audiences must have been on the nice list as there’s a bounty of excellent film club screenings. Check out our daily recommendations below. We also love the spread of sensational seasons. Standouts include the first of two Ringo Starr themed editions of MIDNIGHT EXCESS by our old friend SUPAKINO (07 & 14 DEC, Rio Cinema), a fabulous looking daylong retrospective of works by the stop-motion gurus at LAIKA (08 DEC, Picturehouse Central), and Nick Walker from Rochester Kino imbibing an alternative Christmas spirit with SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (12 DEC, Genesis Cinema). Hot auteur seasons continue with MED HONDO (BFI), TOMITA KATSUYA (ICA) and PERE PORTABELLA (various venues).

In festivals, the outstanding programme at London International Animation Festival gets experimental with a three-way collaboration between Edge of Frame, Close-Up and fellow listers, ALT/KINO. In a stroke of (un)lucky coincidence, the Factual Animation Film Festival projects at the same time…

Speaking of World AIDS Day (remember?), the restoration run of BUDDIES is our standout choice of this week’s new releases (07 to 12 DEC, ICA). If that sounds like a bit of a downer, grab yourself a bumper box of tissues and get all weepy with THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG whilst you’re at it (06 DEC to 07 JAN, Ciné Lumière).

See you in darkness…


Films in London this week: CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY at The Green Nunhead (07 DEC).

CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY d. Matt Tyrnauer, 2017 + Intro at The Green Nunhead (07 DEC 19:00 – FREE!/Food bank donation requested):

  • Films for Food present: “Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, helped change the way we look at urban living. The recent documentary CITIZEN JANE focuses on Jacobs’ most consequential battle in the 1960s: when she went up against New York City’s ruthless power broker, Robert Moses–and won. FREE screening but please bring a donation for Southwark Food Bank.”



Radiant Circus #ScreenGuide - Films in London this week: THE HOUSE OF DRACULA at The Cinema Museum (06 DEC).

HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN + HOUSE OF DRACULA d. Erle C. Kenton, 1944 + 1945 + Intro presented by The Gothique Film Society at The Cinema Museum (06 DEC 19:00).


Films in London this week: MA COSA CI DICE IL CERVELLO aka Don't Stop Me Now at Genesis Cinema (07 DEC).

MA COSA CI DICE IL CERVELLO aka Don’t Stop Me Now d. Riccardo Milan, 2019 + Q&A with the director & actor Paola Cortellesi presented by CinemaItaliaUK at Genesis Cinema (07 DEC 18:00).


Films in London this week: THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED at Deptford Cinema (08 DEC).

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED d. Lottie Reiniger, 1926 + Discussion with Tashi Petter presented by Deptford Cinema Film & Book Club at Deptford Cinema (08 DEC 14:30).


Films in London this week: HONEY BOY at Picturehouse Central (09 DEC).

HONEY BOY d. Alma Har’el, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Picturehouse Central (09 DEC 18:30).


Films in London this week: ALICE IN WONDERLAND at The Lord Palmerston (10 DEC).

ALICE IN WONDERLAND d. Jonathan Miller, 1966 Tribute Screening presented by Tufnell Park Film Club at The Lord Palmerston (10 DEC 20:00).


Films in London this week: MOULIN ROUGE 35mm at The Cinema Museum (11 DEC).

MOULIN ROUGE 35mm d. E.A. Dupont, 1928 + Intro by Michelle Facey + Live Accompaniment by Meg Morley presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (11 DEC 19:30).


Films in London this week: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL at The Castle Cinema (12 DEC).

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 16mm d. Steven Spielberg, 1982 + Intro presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (12 DEC 19:30 + 15 DEC 13:45).



Films in London this week: SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, part of CHRISTMAS AT GENESIS at Genesis Cinema (08 to 17 DEC).

CHRISTMAS AT GENESIS at Genesis Cinema (08 to 17 DEC):

  • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE d. Frank Capra, 1946 + Mince Pies & Mulled Wine (08 DEC 12:30); GREMLINS30th Anniversary Restoration d. Joe Dante, 1984 presented by Truman’s (10 DEC 18:20 + Free pint of something Truman’s); and, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT d. Charles E. Sellier Jr, 1984 + Intro/Salon with Nick Walker presented by Cult Classic Collective (12 DEC 18:40).

Films in London this week: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, part of LAIKA RETROSPECTIVE at Picturehouse Central (08 DEC).

LAIKA RETROSPECTIVE at Picturehouse Central (08 DEC):

“The celebratory retrospective will be accompanied by a lobby exhibition featuring puppets and sets.” Includes:



Films in London this week: BUDDIES at ICA (07 to 12 DEC).

BUDDIES d. Arthur J. Bressan Jr, 1985 at ICA (07 to 12 DEC):

  • “Written, produced and directed by the late filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan Jr., BUDDIES (1985) was the first narrative feature film about the AIDS epidemic. Recently restored in 2k from its original 16 mm negative, this landmark film is now screening widely for the first time following its brief theatrical release in 1985.”


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