Welcome to THE BALLY where we update you on the latest news from across London’s alternative cinema scene & recommend what to see in London this week. Find everything listed in our weekly screen digest at radiantcircus.com*
If you’ve been worried about the health of London’s indie cinema scene (and haven’t we all?), it was a relief to see a new funding pot from the National Lottery open up last week. The BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund “aims to reboot the independent film exhibition sector” and is designed to support real rather than virtual screen events. Applications are open now for film screenings in the period OCT 2020 to MAR 2021 with a total of £88,859 available for projects in London (deadline 30 SEP).
Cinema reopenings continue apace with BFI IMAX bringing its upscale offerings back to Waterloo from 21 AUG with a brace of back catalogue Christopher Nolans. Then comes the long-awaited release of his latest, TENET, triggering a veritable summer fete of reopenings with The Castle Cinema, Electric Cinemas Portobello & White City, Olympic Studios, and Peckhamplex all picking 26 AUG as their chance to return to darkness. Ciné Lumière also returns on 26 AUG but suitably ignores Nolan, opting for THE LOST PRINCE instead (see CINEMA+ LISTINGS). Curzons Aldgate and Wimbledon also rejoin the darkness this week, reopening on Monday 24 AUG.
There’s no getting away from TENET which has the power to both reopen venues and clear almost every other film off London’s screens. We’ve listed it at BFI IMAX for optimum impact on IMAX 15/70MM, but you can also see it at Picturehouse Central on 70MM, and The Ritzy, Curzon Soho & Genesis Cinema are projecting it from 35MM. Barbican will be start screening the film from 35MM when it reopens (now booking 04 to 17 SEP) too. You can, of course, see it digitally almost everywhere that’s open. For such a wide release, we’ve only listed the celluloid screenings.
Elsewhere, Rio Cinema continues with their blended approach, adding a number of new release titles to their online Rio Player inc: AVA d. Sadaf Foroughi, 2017 // COUP 53 d. Taghi Amirani, 2019 /&/ YOU DON’T NOMI d. Jeffrey McHale, 2019. Another online announcement, Open City Docs has confirmed their full online festival programme (09 to 15 SEP). The lineup looks as exciting as ever, featuring “48 new non-fiction films, 10 cross-media projects, and 3 audio documentaries”.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now that we know a bit more about how this screen year is unfolding, we’ll be updating our film festival calendar in the coming weeks. If you’re a festival promoter and have your dates confirmed for the 12 months ahead, please get in touch!]
Looking ahead, BFI has announced another new season as part of its September reopening schedule. AFRICAN ODYSSEYS: INJUSTICE (01 SEP to 06 OCT) features documentaries about “police brutality, racism and injustice experienced by black communities”. The lineup includes: BUS 174 aka Ônibus 174 d. José Padilha & Felipe Lacerda, 2002 (14 SEP & 06 OCT) // THE HARD STOP d. George Amponsah, 2015 (29 SEP & 05 OCT) /&/ MANGROVE NINE d. John La Rose & Franco Rosso, 1973 + THE PEOPLE’S ACCOUNT d. Ceddo Film and Video Workshop, 1985 (09 SEP).
And finally, us horror-heads at RADIANT CIRCUS always get a shudder of excitement when The Prince Charles announces their HORROCTOBER season… (even if it’s difficult to actually say that title out loud…). Films already listed include: GET OUT d. Jordan Peele, 2017 (17 OCT) // HOST d. Rob Savage, 2020 (17 to 22 OCT) /&/ THE THING d. John Carpenter, 1982 (16 to 22 OCT) [UPDATE – the full programme dropped just after we posted…. whilst there aren’t many surprises, it still looks like a fun time in the dark!].
Our special mention this week goes to our friends at Stow Film Lounge who have launched their outdoor Cycle-In Cinema in the borough of Waltham Forest. Screenings started last week and are now programmed to early September. This week’s exhibits include HOUSE PARTY (21 AUG) and E.T. (22 AUG), and all proceeds from ticket sales will go to Waltham Forest food bank, Eat or Heat. The weather looks pretty dodgy this weekend, so please send the guys some love… (similar vibes to Archlight Cinema who start their outdoor programme this weekend too…).
Now, you might imagine that our highlight of the week would be a certain big movie opening… However, this slot has always been reserved for the single screen event RADIANT CIRCUS would most like to be at. The event that has most captured our imagination and is therefore our Featured Attraction Of The Week is BAD LUCKY GOAT (2017). Presented by The Twelve30 Collective, this FREE online screening and Q&A with director Samir Oliveros continues the collective’s compelling mission to “reframe Caribbean cinema” (see 22 AUG for details, below).
Of course, this also means we can continue our (minor) cinematic sideline obsession with goats on screen (cf THE WITCH)…
See you in darkness,
HOUSE PARTY d. Reginald Hudlin, 1990 at Leyton Jubilee Park (21 AUG 20:30):
- Stow Film Lounge presents Cycle-In Cinema: “Get on your bikes, trikes or skateboards and go to the movies this August, with Cycle-in Cinema – an innovative and environmentally-friendly alternative to drive-ins. … Was it really 30 years ago that the world met KID N PLAY in this classic comedy from the golden age of hip hop? Stow Film Lounge is honoured to bring back the old skool entertainment to the biggest screen in Leyton.”
BAD LUCKY GOAT d. Samir Oliveros, 2017 + Q&A with the director – FREE online event (22 AUG 17:30):
- The Twelve30 Collective presents: “Inspired by the classic reggae movies of the 1970s, BAD LUCKY GOAT is the first film ever written and produced in San Andres-Providencia creole, the distinct variant of Caribbean English which bears more than a passing resemblance to Jamaican patois. The film is subtitled in English.”
- How it works: Register online for event links.
SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD d. Boon-lip Quah, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (23 AUG 20:20):
- “SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD is a Mandarin/Thai language drama film in which a man must protect his family from a corrupt police chief seeking vengeance.”
RAW d. Julia Ducournau, 2016 at Genesis Cinema (24 AUG 21:00):
- “In Justine’s family everyone is a vet and a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a gifted teen ready to take on her first year in vet school, where her older sister also studies. There, she gets no time to settle: hazing starts right away. Justine is forced to eat raw meat for the first time in her life. Unexpected consequences emerge as her true self begins to form.” Part of MODERN CULT CLASSICS season (until 25 AUG).
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY d. Peter Strickland, 2014 at Genesis Cinema (25 AUG 18:30):
- “Peter Strickland (BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO + IN FABRIC) delivers a dazzling exploration of romance, relationships and desire. Heady with atmosphere, laden with wit and brimming with filmic references, this remarkable film will doubtless leave you reeling.” Part of MODERN CULT CLASSICS season (until 25 AUG).
TENET IMAX 15/70MM d. Christopher Nolan, 2020 at BFI IMAX (26 AUG 12:00, 16:00, 20:00 & 23:59):
- “Armed with only one word – tenet – and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel, but ‘inversion’.”
REBUILDING PARADISE d. Ron Howard, 2020 + Recorded Q&A with the director, FREE online event (27 AUG 19:00):
- Bertha DocHouse presents: “On the morning of 8th November, 2018, a devastating wildfire engulfed the Californian town of Paradise. As home after home went up in flames and roads became impassable, desperate residents grabbed the few possessions they could and fled the town. By the time the fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people and displaced 50,000 more.”
- How it works: Register online for event links.
> Full daily listings at radiantcircus.com
- Barbican Cinema On Demand continues: ALICE d. Josephine Mackerras, 2019 (until 20 AUG) // JOSE d. Li Cheng, 2018 (until 21 AUG) // PAPICHA d. Mounia Meddour, 2020 (until 04 SEP) // PERFECT 10 d. Eva Riley, 2020 (until 04 SEP).
- Deptford Cinema On Demand (FREE!) inc: BLACK & BLUE d. Hugh King & Lamar Williams, 1987 // Two Shorts by Amber Film Collective: MAI, 1973 + LAURIE, 1978 presented by Wavelength Docs // SOMEONE’S WIFE aka Intro Orang d. Dirmawan Hatta, 2018.
- JAPAN 2020 continues on BFI Player.
- #LexiVirtual from The Lexi Cinema continues with FREE links to some great movies inc: THE REVENANT d. Alejandro Iñárritu, 2015 // MORVERN CALLAR d. Lynne Ramsay, 2002 // EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP d. Banksy, 2010 // Short: THE DIRK DIGGLER STORY d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1988.
- London Kurdish Film Festival FREE to stream online event (15 to 24 AUG).
- Queer Womxn Fest FREE Online festival from Last Frame Film Club (18 to 23 AUG / Booking required for live events):
- Rio Cinema Player inc: AVA d. Sadaf Foroughi, 2017 // COUP 53 d. Taghi Amirani, 2019 // YOU DON’T NOMI d. Jeffrey McHale, 2019 // CARMINE STREET GUITARS d. Ron Mann, 2018 // CLEMENCY d. Chinonye Chukwu, 2019 // COINCOIN AND THE EXTRA HUMANS PART 1 d. Bruno Dumont, 2018 // COINCOIN AND THE EXTRA HUMANS PART 2 d. Bruno Dumont, 2018 // FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC d. Werner Herzog, 2019 // JOAN OF ARC d. Bruno Dumont, 2019 // PERFECT 10 d. Eva Riley, 2019 // THE TRAITOR d. Marco Bellocchio, 2019
- Shorts On Lockdown FREE online short film programmes from Shorts On Tap.
- S.O.U.L. Fest 2020 (01 to 29 AUG on BFI Player).
> COMING ATTRACTIONS listed at radiantcircus.com
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