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THE BALLY #7: 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.

You’ll find our handpicked highlights for the week ahead as well as news of events that haven’t yet featured in our regular listings. You can also catch up with new writing about London’s alternative cinema scene at

> What are you going to see?


Films in London this month: WANG BING: BITTER MONEY at Tate Modern (23 to 25 NOV).

Our featured attraction of the month is WANG BING: TRACES at Tate Modern (23 to 25 NOV):

“A leading figure in documentary cinema, Wang Bing’s singular body of films witness the accelerated transformation of China’s landscape with a deep sense of intimacy and sincerity. Primarily working alone or with a very small crew, his films use natural light and long shots as they observe the everyday lives and struggles of people living on the margins of Chinese society.” – Tate.

> Full details in our monthly roundup, HERE.

THIS WEEK [02 to 08 NOV]:

Films in London this week: ALIPATO - THE VERY BRIEF LIFE OF AN EMBER at Genesis Cinema (05 NOV).

Our featured attraction of the week is Filikino‘s presentation of ALIPATO: THE VERY BRIEF LIFE OF AN EMBER + RECORDED Q&A with director Khavn De La Cruz at Genesis Cinema (05 NOV 18:30): 

“Khavn De La Cruz, one of the Philippine’s most prolific filmmakers, gives us this hyperkinetic mind-fuck, offering up an image of Manila that is frightening – not so much in its otherworldly qualities as in its familiarity.”

> Full details in our weekly digest, HERE.

FRI //:


MAMA COLONEL at CentrE17 (02 NOV 19:15):

  • Last Frame Club presents: Colonel Honorine Manyole, commonly known as ‘Mama Colonel’, works for the Congolese police force and heads the unit for the protection of minors and the fight against sexual violence. This film addresses the issue of violence towards women and children in the DRC and the difficulty of overcoming the past war.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SAT //:


PLAY IT AS IT LAYS at Barbican (03 NOV 16:00):

  • New Suns: Feminist Literary Festival presents: An ultra-rare screening of the 1972 adaptation of Joan Didion’s cult novel, starring Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins: ‘I know what nothing means, and keep on playing.’

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SUN //:


LOVE’S CRUCIBLE aka Vem Dömer + INTRO by Bryony Dixon + LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT by Stephen Horne at BFI Southbank (04 NOV 13:50):

  • A special treat for Halloween is Sjöström’s little-known gem, which supplies sumptuous renaissance settings, martial hatred, creepy monks peddling poison and a great ‘burn the witch’ moment.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

MON //:


V FOR VENDETTA + A BEER/CIDER presented by Truman’s Brewery at Genesis Cinema (05 NOV 21:00):

  • Following world war, London is a police state occupied by a fascist government, and a vigilante known only as V (Hugo Weaving) uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressors of the world in which he now lives. When V saves a young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) from the secret police, he discovers an ally in his fight against England’s oppressors.
  • Also V FOR VENDETTA 35mm at The Prince Charles (05 NOV 20:45).

> Find more films in London today HERE.

TUES //:


HIT THE NIGHT + Q&A with director Jeong Ga-young at ICA (06 NOV 18:30):

  • Under the pretext of carrying out research for her new scenario, director Ga-young plays the lead in HIT THE NIGHT as a filmmaker, and interviews a man she’s been wanting to get to know. Asking him to consider her a friend, she begins to draw out details of his sexual fantasies and relationship status, and her real intentions for the meeting slowly become clear.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

WED //:


THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING + Q&A with director Mila Turajlic at DocHouse (07 NOV 18:20):

  • London premiere: In Belgrade, an apartment is divided in two by a door, which has been permanently locked for over 70 years. The apartment, which was divided on the order of Yugoslavia’s then communist government, is where director Mila Turajlic’s mother was born, and where Mila grew up herself.
  • Then shows 09 to 11 NOV.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

THU //:

70 YEARS OF NAKBA: A collection of Palestinian Shorts + INTRO/PANELat Genesis Cinema (08 NOV 18:30):

  • The People’s Film Club presents: a diverse programme of short films by both young and established Palestinian film-makers. The first part of the programme reflects directly on the events of the Nakba (the 1948 Catastrophe) and the dream of return. The second part explores contemporary experiences, through traditional documentary, docu-drama and the film essay. All proceeds to Middle East Children’s Alliance.

> Find more films in London today HERE.


BLOOD FEAST at The Book Club (14 NOV 19:00):

  • Crap Film Club presents: BLOOD FEAST is a 1963 American horror splatter film composed, shot and directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. The plot focuses on a psychopathic food caterer named Fuad Ramses who kills women so that he can include their body parts in his meals and perform sacrifices to his “Egyptian goddess” Ishtar. It is considered the first splatter film, and is notable for its tacky yet groundbreaking depictions of on-screen gore. It was highly successful, grossing $4 million against its minuscule $24,500 budget.

> More event info HERE.


THE LAB at Park View School (22 NOV 19:00):

  • Community cinema returns to Haringey with the return of HIC, the not-for-profit community film club organised and run by Haringey residents. The new team will be showing films occasionally instead of every month, starting with an investigative doc about the appeal of Israeli weapons to the international arms trade.

> More info HERE.


Films in London this week: FROM THE POLE TO THE EQUATOR at Close-Up, part of NEVER FOUND (08 NOV).

New repertory seasons opening this week include:


  • One of the most revelatory voices to emerge from the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema, Ingmar Bergman was a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. Includes: SUMMER WITH MONIKA (02 NOV 20:15); and, AUTUMN SONATA (05 NOV 20:15).

FRANKENSTEIN FOREVER at Deptford Cinema (02 to 30 NOV):

  • A celebration of the cinematic legacy of Mary Shelley’s novel featuring some of the weirdest, wackiest and most bizarre films inspired by Shelley’s imagination. Includes: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW + PARTY (02 NOV 19:00).

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD at Classic Cinema Club – Ealing (NOV to DEC):

  • An eclectic mix of films that cover different points in recent history. Includes: WHEN I SAW YOU as part of the Hanwell Palestine Festival (02 NOV 19:30).


SEAN MCALLISTER RETROSPECTIVE at Deptford Cinema (03 to 04 NOV):

> Find full repertory listings for this week, HERE.

> Find every repertory film screening in November listed HERE.


RADIANT CIRCUS Screen Diary: THE ISLAND IS ENCHANTED WITH YOU aka La Isla Está Encantada con Ustedes at Tate Modern (26 OCT).

New attractions at include:

  • DIARY: SPARKLE (1976) at The Cinema Museum [28.10.18]: Our full writeup of the recent Save The Cinema Museum fundraiser featuring The Celluloid Sorceress in coversation with Samira Ahmed.
  • SCREEN DIARY: 26 OCT to 01 NOV 2018: Our Barker-In-Chief shares a few screening notes from a week spent in darkness. Includes: THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE Super8mm presented by Ciné-Real 16mm Film Club at The Castle Cinema (31.10.18); THE LOST BOYS 35mm presented by The Celluloid Sorceress at Genesis Cinema (30.10.18); SOCIETY + Artist Short Films presented by Sick Monday at Close-Up Film Centre (29 OCT); and, REMOTE ENCOUNTERS at Tate Modern, part of the MUSEUM OF CLOUDS weekender (26 to 28 OCT).


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