THE BALLY #82: What to see in London this week (24 to 30 JUL)

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> Check back for updates: [27 JUL] Deptford Cinema Film Festival streaming details added (27 JUL) // [26 JUL] EUNUCH details added (26 JUL) // [24 JUL] #LexiVirtual titles added to Still Streaming // BFI online Q&As added (27 & 28 JUL)].

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NEWS FROM ACROSS LONDON’S ALTERNATIVE CINEMA SCENE.

… And we’re back partying like it’s 2019 with the same-day reopening of Curzon Mayfair & Curzon Richmond projecting a full slate of backed-up features from last year. It’s not often that we get reopened cinemas and a brand new venue, but we welcome Everyman Chelsea to our listings for the first time and wish the crew well for the future!

If you have a car – or suitable friends with a suitable vehicle – the folk behind Rooftop Film Club have announced their August season at their Drive In Film Club. We like the look of STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE (07 AUG) and the (un)original FRIDAY THE 13TH (14 AUG). We thought they’d put the breaks on last week, but Luna Drive In Cinema is programming to the end of this screen week at their South London venue, Printworks.

In streaming, TASHKENT FILM ENCOUNTERS: Classic Cinema from Central Asia is a new season from Kino Klassika Foundation curated by Saodat Ismailova (21 JUL to 18 AUG). Like the equally brilliant Queer East Docs4Pride, each film will be FREE to stream online for a week. The current offering is SELKINCHEK d. Aktan Abdykalykov, 1993 (21 to 28 JUL). Further programme details to follow…

Barbican: Cinema On Demand is a new streaming service offering “a selection of independent new release films, exclusive one-off titles and curated film seasons”. This is a paid service where you get 48hrs to watch each film after buying your ticket (‘hires’ are priced from £5 to £10). Current titles (online until 07 AUG) include THE JUNIPER TREE (d. Nietzchka Keene, 1990) and RETABLO (d. Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, 2017) which opens this week (24 JUL+).

We’re limiting our colour palette for this week’s cinema choices, with the reopened Curzon Cinemas offering an exclusive chance to see PARASITE BLACK-AND-WHITE (see daily listings). We love PARASITE but whilst the monochrome treatment brought THE MIST to life, it rather flattened MAD MAX FURY ROAD… Let’s see!

For our featured attraction of the week, we make an unexpected return to Fay Wray and the big ape that started at least one of our unhealthy editorial obsessions… CINÉ-REAL will be live streaming a 16mm projection of KING KONG (1933) from an otherwise dark and empty Castle Cinema (30 JUL). There’s a podcast too…

Ümit and Liam of CINÉ-REAL have been responsible for some of our most memorable screen encounters of recent years. TEXAS CHAIN SAW on Super 8mm was like the most toxic home movie imaginable. Then there was the unforgettable night when Ümit had to hand spool almost the entire last reel of E.T. onto the floor… Given such dramas, it’s a shame we can’t be there, but following Ken Bioscope’s FOUR SQUARE STEVE and Women & Cocaine’s BLACK MOON, Fay Wray fans wouldn’t be anywhere else.

See you in darkness again soon,

RADIANT CIRCUS

7 DAY SCREEN HIGHLIGHTS FROM LONDON THIS WEEK.
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AYOUNI d. Yasmin Fedda, 2020 + Q&A with the director FREE online event (24 JUL 19:00):

    • Bertha DocHouse presents: “Since the conflict began in 2011, 100,000 people have been forcibly disappeared in Syria, the vast majority by a regime which is still in power. Finding the personal reality in the face of such an overwhelming statistic, director Yasmin Fedda follows Noura and Machi as they search for their missing loved ones.”
    • Donations welcomed for NoPhotoZone & the filmmakers. 

#fridayfilmclub – STREET CORNER aka Both Sides Of The Law d. Muriel Box, 1953 FREE to stream + Twitter chat (24 JUL 20:00):

    • Carol Morley presents: “A pseudo-documentary in style with an emphasis on the daily work and routine of women police built around three different story lines.”
    • How to works: Watch together online then discuss on Twitter using #fridayfilmclub @_CarolMorley.

OF LOVE AND LAW (d. Hikaru Toda, 2019) Free to stream online (24 to 31 JUL):

    • Queer East presents: “An openly gay couple, Fumi and Kazu, run Japan’s first LGBTQ+ law firm. Passionately fighting for civil liberties, they represent clients who seek to challenge restrictive norms and discrimination. Through the couple’s life and ground-breaking human rights work, the film offers a snapshot of Japan’s changing and diverse society.”
    • How it works: Free to watch online for one week.

///// CINEMA LISTINGS:

CURZON MAYFAIR inc:

The Drive In, Troubadour Meridian Water inc:

Drive In Film Club, Alexandra Palace inc: 

    • GREASE d. Randal Kleiser, 1978 (24 JUL 17:00).

EVERYMAN KING’S CROSS inc: 

GENESIS CINEMA inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Allianz Park inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Printworks inc:

Sunset Cinema Drive In Movies at Twyford Avenue Sports Ground inc:

    • SPACE JAM d. Joe Pytka, 1996 (24 JUL 20:00).
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Other Cinemas – July Weekender FREE online event (25 & 26 JUL):

    • Other Cinemas presents: “A weekender of film and discussion exploring a cinema centring the ‘other’ – the outsiders, the overlooked, the forgotten and the ignored.”
    • SATURDAY programme: ARCHIVING PALESTINE (25 JUL 12:00); TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 (25 JUL 15:00); HYENAS d. Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1992 (25 JUL 17:00) + Post screening Q&A/Discussion with Hudda Kharieh and Fanta Sylla (25 JUL 19:00).
    • How it works: Various viewing options/platforms. Check event website for full details.

///// CINEMA LISTINGS:

CURZON MAYFAIR inc:

The Drive In, Troubadour Meridian Water inc:

Drive In Film Club, Alexandra Palace inc: 

EVERYMAN KING’S CROSS inc: 

GENESIS CINEMA inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Allianz Park inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Printworks inc:

Sunset Cinema Drive In Movies at Twyford Avenue Sports Ground inc:

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Other Cinemas – July Weekender FREE online event (25 & 26 JUL):

    • Other Cinemas presents: “A weekender of film and discussion exploring a cinema centring the ‘other’ – the outsiders, the overlooked, the forgotten and the ignored.”
    • SUNDAY programme: The Black Film Critic – Workshop/Q&A with Fanta Sylla (26 JUL 12:00); Producing An(other) Cinema – Talk with Documentary Producer Elhum Shakerifar and Joy Ghararo-Akpojotor (26 JUL 15:00); Participatory Filmmaking – Talk with Hannan Majid of Rainbow Collective (26 JUL 19:00); STONES HAVE LAWS d. Tolin Alexander & Siebren de Haan, 2019 (26 JUL 21:00).
    • How it works: Various viewing options/platforms. Check event website for full details.

THE RIFLEMAN – BLIZZARD OF SOULS d. Dzintars Dreibergs, 2019 (26 JUL 18:30):

    • “THE RIFLEMAN pays stark witness to the horrors and brutality of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of an innocent 17-year-old farm-boy turned soldier. Though he is underage, and his dad, a former marksman, is overage for the army, they are both conscripted into one of Latvia’s first national battalions.”

THE THIRTEENTH GUEST d. Albert Ray, 1932 FREE to stream online (26 JUL 20:00):

    • Women & Cocaine presents: “A comedy/horror film starring Ginger Rogers as Marie, a young woman lured to an abandoned house by a false note from a friend, she’s in grave danger although she doesn’t yet realize it.”
    • How it works: Check Women & Cocaine’s Instagram for the link on Sunday.

///// CINEMA LISTINGS:

CURZON MAYFAIR inc:

The Drive In, Troubadour Meridian Water inc:

Drive In Film Club, Alexandra Palace inc: 

EVERYMAN KING’S CROSS inc: 

GENESIS CINEMA inc:

    • CLEMENCY d. Chinonye Chukwu, 2020 (26 JUL 20:40).   KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 (26 JUL 17:10). PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 (26 JUL 15:15 & 17:45). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 (26 JUL 20:00). RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 (26 JUL 20:50). SAINT FRANCES d. Alex Thompson, 2020 (26 JUL 15:10 & 17:35). STAGE MOTHER d. Thom Fitzgerald, 2020 (26 JUL 21:00). THE TRAITOR d. Marco Bellocchio, 2019 (26 JUL 20:00).

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Allianz Park inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Printworks inc:

    • GREASE d. Randal Kleiser (26 JUL 18:30). PRETTY WOMAN d. Garry Marshall, 1990 (26 JUL 21:00).

Sunset Cinema Drive In Movies at Twyford Avenue Sports Ground inc:

    • GREASE d. Randal Kleiser, 1978 (26 JUL 20:00).
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DC ON DEMAND – FREE to stream online from Deptford Cinema. New feature film every Monday. New short films every Thursday:

FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC. – Werner Herzog in conversation with Asif Kapadia (27 JUL 19:00):

    • BFI presents: “To celebrate the digital release of FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC., director Werner Herzog is joined by Asif Kapadia (SENNA, AMY, DIEGO MARADONA) to discuss his new thought provoking rent-a-family Japanese drama, as well as guerrilla filmmaking, creative processes and their favourite footballers.”
    • How it works: FREE to stream on YouTube.

NO TICKET REQUIRED: IDA + COLD WAR with Guest Speaker Michael Brooke FREE online event (27 JUL 20:00).

    • Watermans Arts Centre presents: “Michael Brooke joins Jon Davies for the second in a special season of guest speakers at our fortnightly online cinema club. Michael is a freelance writer specialising in central/Eastern European cinema and will be discussing how Polish cinema has confronted the twentieth century history of that country, with a particular focus on two films by director Pawel Pawlikowski.”
    • How it works: Book online to join the event. Watch the films beforehand on Curzon Home Cinema (IDA + COLD WAR) or afterwards on Film4 (IDA 28 JUL 22:45 and COLD WAR 29 JUL 22:45).

///// CINEMA LISTINGS:

CURZON MAYFAIR inc:

The Drive In, Troubadour Meridian Water inc:

Drive In Film Club, Alexandra Palace inc: 

    • GREASE d. Randal Kleiser, 1978 (27 JUL 17:00).

EVERYMAN KING’S CROSS inc: 

GENESIS CINEMA inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Allianz Park inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Printworks inc:

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ANTHONY – Q&A with cast members Toheeb Jimoh, Rakie Ayola & Julia Brown, & writer Jimmy McGovern (28 JUL 19:00):

    • BFI presents: “Join British Blacklist’s Akua Gyamfi as she discusses BBC One’s powerful new drama with cast members Toheeb Jimoh, Rakie Ayola and Julia Brown, and writer Jimmy McGovern.”
    • How it works: FREE to stream on YouTube.

///// CINEMA LISTINGS:

CURZON MAYFAIR inc:

The Drive In, Troubadour Meridian Water inc:

    • STAGE MOTHER d. Thom Fitzgerald, 2020 (28 JUL 19:00). JOKER d. Todd Phillips, 2019 (28 JUL 21:45).

Drive In Film Club, Alexandra Palace inc: 

    • INSIDE OUT d. Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen, 2015 (28 JUL 17:00). PRETTY WOMAN d. Garry Marshall, 1990 (28 JUL 20:00).

EVERYMAN KING’S CROSS inc: 

    • AMAZING GRACE d. Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2018 (28 JUL 20:30). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 (28 JUL 15:30). DARK WATERS d. Todd Haynes, 2019 (28 JUL 19:45). MATRIX 4K d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 (28 JUL 19:00).  SAINT FRANCES d. Alex Thompson, 2019 (28 JUL 17:15). STAGE MOTHER d. Thom Fitzgerald, 2020 (28 JUL 18:00).
    • Also at Everyman Cinemas: 1917 d. Sam Mendes, 2019 (28 JUL 12:30). 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY d. Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (28 JUL 16:15 – Barnet). THE CONJURING d. James Wan, 2013 (28 JUL 20:45 – Barnet). LOVE SARAH d. Eliza Schroeder, 2020 (28 JUL 16:45 – Hampstead).

GENESIS CINEMA inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Allianz Park inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Printworks inc:

    • JOJO RABBIT d.Taika Waititi, 2019 (28 JUL 18:00). JOKER d. Todd Phillips, 2019 (28 JUL 20:45).
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///// CINEMA LISTINGS:

CURZON MAYFAIR inc:

The Drive In, Troubadour Meridian Water inc:

Drive In Film Club, Alexandra Palace inc: 

EVERYMAN KING’S CROSS inc: 

GENESIS CINEMA inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Allianz Park inc:

    • GREASE SING-ALONG d. Randal Kleiser, 1978 (29 JUL 18:00). DRIVE d. Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011 (29 JUL 21:30).

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Printworks inc:

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EUNUCH (d. Doo-yong Lee, 1986) + Intro by Julia Martos FREE to stream (30 JUL 19:00):

    • Korean Film Festival presents: “Considered one of the great masters of Korean cinema of the 1960s, Shin Sang-Ok brings us this colorful costume melodrama set in the feudal society of medieval Korea. In a prison-like palace, a whole community of eunuch soldiers are confined by their King along with his concubines.”
    • Part of TRAPPED: THE CINEMA OF CONFINEMENT: “Responds to life in the time of pandemic through a compendium of stories found in the Korean Film Archive.” Also includes: TRANSGRESSION (13 AUG); SOPYONJE + Intro + Zoom Discussion (27 AUG).
    • How it works: FREE to stream on YouTube.

FATHER SOLDIER SON: Directors Q&A with Leslye Davis & Catrin Einhorn, 2020 FREE online event (30 JUL 20:45 / Watch the film on Netflix from 17 JUL):

    • Bertha DocHouse presents:This intimate documentary from The New York Times follows a former platoon sergeant and his two young sons over almost a decade, chronicling his return home after a serious combat injury in Afghanistan.”
    • How it works: Register online for links to the Q&A. Watch the doc on Netflix at a time of your choosing.

KING KONG d. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933 + Live stream from an empty Castle Cinema (30 JUL 19:45 + 20:00):

    • Ciné Real presents: “A first-of-its-kind experiment in communal viewing using the new BBC Together service, where we will be in control of a stream that you can all tune into. Running alongside the KING KONG stream will be the CINÉ-REAL stream, broadcasting from an empty Castle Cinema from 19:45 with an introduction to the film. We will be pressing play on the KING KONG stream at 20:00, pausing while Umit changes the reels and finishing at the end with a raffle.”

///// CINEMA LISTINGS:

CURZON MAYFAIR inc:

The Drive In, Troubadour Meridian Water inc:

    • LA LA LAND d. Damien Chazelle, 2016 (30 JUL 19:00). KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 (30 JUL 22:40).

Drive In Film Club, Alexandra Palace inc: 

EVERYMAN KING’S CROSS inc: 

GENESIS CINEMA inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Allianz Park inc:

The Luna Drive In Cinema, Printworks inc:

    • A STAR IS BORN d. Bradley Cooper, 2018 (30 JUL 18:00). DRIVE d. Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011 (30 JUL 21:15).

Sunset Cinema Drive In Movies at Twyford Avenue Sports Ground inc:

STILL STREAMING FROM PREVIOUS EDITIONS (A to Z).
COMING SOON TO LONDON’S ALTERNATIVE CINEMA SCENE.

Main featured image: KING KONG (1933).


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