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THE BALLY #8: Coming attractions you must not miss


Welcome to the next edition of THE BALLY, the weekly eNEWS bulletin from RADIANT CIRCUS where our barkers voice our enthusiasm for London’s coming attractions.

We give you seven days of handpicked highlights from London’s one-off screen events and a flavour of what’s projecting in repertory seasons and festivals across the city. We also catch you up with what’s new at

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> What are you seeing this week?


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 [09 to 15 NOV]:

Films in London this week: THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (various venues).

Our featured attraction of the week is THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St. Barnabas Millennium Halls (11 NOV 21:30 – Free! Supper available from 20:00 for £5):

“The film is a triumph, both technically and emotionally. We may still not know exactly what it was like to fight in World War I (and hopefully we never will), but THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD gets us closer than ever before, and shows us how much these men sacrificed. One hundred years on, it’s a lesson well worth remembering.” – Jonathan Pile, Empire Magazine.

> Full details in our weekly digest, HERE.

FRI //:

JAILHOUSE ROCK + 50/60s Karaoke + DJ Slick Nick at The Trades Hall (09 NOV 19:00):

  • Stow Film Lounge presents: a unique blend of film, vintage karaoke and dancing, all in one event. What better venue for this but the authentic Trades Hall in Walthamstow. So come along and be entertained as well as being part of the entertainment.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SAT //:


  • Artists’ Film Club presents: Recent works commissioned by the ICA: Basildon-born artist Marianne Murray’s humorous comment on failed new-town ideals takes the now defunct Laindon Shopping Centre as its subject in LAINDON. Jaf Yusuf’s THE DOG ISN’T AFRAID OF FIREWORKS continues his investigation of place and architecture using 3D animation techniques.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

SUN //:

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED + LIVE SCORE by Sam Enthoven & Arkadiusz Potyka at ArtHouse (11 NOV 15:45):

  • The oldest surviving animated feature film. For three years, 1923 to 1926 – German director Lottie Reiniger and just a few other animators used cutouts and lightboxes painstakingly to produce a dreamlike silhouette-based look that works perfectly with the film’s fairytale 1001 Nights storytelling. The result is wildly inventive and enormous fun.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

MON //:

SPEED RACER 35mm + INTRO by The Celluloid Sorceress at The Prince Charles (12 NOV 20:35):

  • Born into a family race car business, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is one of the track’s hottest stars. At the wheel of his Mach 5 he consistently deflates the competition. When Speed turns down an offer from the head of Royalton Industries he uncovers a secret: powerful moguls fix the races to boost profits.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

TUES //:

MAGIC MEDICINE + Q&A with director Monty Wates & exec producer Lizzie Gillett at The Castle Cinema (13 NOV 19:00):

  • Over 4 years, filmmaker Monty Wates was given exclusive access to the first ever medical trial to give psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms) to a group of volunteers suffering from clinical depression.
  • MAGIC MEDICINE also screens 11 NOV 15:45 & 12 NOV 19:00 without Q&A.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

WED //:

BIGGER THAN LIFE 35mm + INTRO by Geoff Andrew at BFI Southbank (14 NOV 18:10):

  • Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece boasts a superb performance by James Mason as the middle-aged, middle-class, mild-mannered teacher who is transformed, by the cortisone prescribed for a potentially fatal medical condition, into a domineering and arrogant egomaniac who tyrannises his family.

> Find more films in London today HERE.

THU //:

Sick Monday: STREET TRASH + Artists’ Short Films at Deptford Cinema (15 NOV 19:30):

  • Six short video works, followed by a screening of James M. Muro’s melt movie classic. Artists include: Antoine Catala, Sophie Carapetian, Dean Kenning, Beagles & Ramsay, Lee Holden & Josephine Wood and John Russell.

> Find more films in London today HERE.


Film London Jarman Award Weekend 2018 at The Whitechapel Gallery (17 to 18 NOV):

  • Bringing together the artists shortlisted for the 2018 Film London Jarman Award – Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Jasmina Cibic, Lawrence Lek, Daria Martin, Hardeep Pandhal and Margaret Salmon – this weekend of events explores their different practices through screenings, talks, and performances.

> More event info HERE.


Walthamstow Smartphone Film Festival at CentrE17 (23 NOV):

  • Last Frame Club presents: A selection of shorts under 5 mins shot on a smartphone. There will be a special screening of documentaries made in the borough of Waltham Forest and special award for Women & Community themed competition. Followed by networking event with judges and filmmakers.

> More event info HERE.


Films in London this month: FAREWELL MY INDIAN SOLDIER at Ciné Lumière.

Two seasons continue this week’s commitment to Remembrance Sunday.

14-18 ARMISTICE CENTENARY at Ciné Lumière (10 to 23 NOV):


> Find full repertory listings for this week, HERE.

> Find every repertory film screening in London in November listed HERE.


Films in London today: OUR CENTURY at Close-Up, part of NEVER FOUND (07 to 15 NOV).

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Close-Up Film Centre that gives all RADIANT CIRCUS paid subscribers exclusive discounts for selected seasons and screenings in their programme. We start with fabulous found footage season NEVER FOUND: ALTERNATE HISTORIES OF THE 20th CENTURY (14 NOV & 15 NOV). Read our interview with curator Francesco Maria Carreri before checking out our affordable monthly subscriptions and other great rewards at Patreon (starting at £2.99/month).

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