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*
This Friday sees the return of Barbican Centre and Rich Mix to our listings – welcome back folks! Both venues (re)open exclusively with TENET, Barbican joining the original format club with a week of 35MM screenings (see TENET // CINEMA+ sections for full venue listings). In other reopening news, we’re also delighted to see Regent Street Cinema has announced a restart date of 01 October. But there’s still a long way to go…
It’s a week when venue-based special event screenings from indie exhibitors are starting to pick up speed. It’s great to see folk like Deeper Into Movies, We Are Parable and DISPATCH FMI return to the darkness. Thursday is looking almost hectic… Ciné-Real 16MM Film Club’s serial screenings of JAWS have proved so popular, The Castle Cinema has added another date (now booking 10, 13, 16 & 24 SEP). Read our enthusiastic writeup of their unforgettable lockdown screening of KING KONG from an empty Castle Cinema as a reminder of where we’ve (just…) come from.
TENET continues to dominate the landscape, taking over outdoor cinema screens too with a two-week residency at Troubadour Drive In (see CINEMA+ listings for details). Rooftop Film Club’s Drive-In Film Club will dip its headlights this week (07 SEP), taking a temporary break until they return in October. Luna Cinema wraps their Gunnersbury Park venue this week (08 SEP) with no further London dates announced. As the arrival of Autumn moves Londoners indoors, Backyard Cinema returns to Wandsworth with their THE WINTER NIGHT GARDEN (which is looking pretty SOLD OUT! as usual – see our CINEMA+ listings for the last available tickets at the time of posting).
New SEASON arrivals include a LUIS BUÑUEL special programme at Ciné Lumière, which overlaps in a beautiful cinematic Venn diagram with their ongoing tribute season, THE MANY FACETS OF MICHEL PICCOLI. Open City Festival joins our listings this week (09 to 15 SEP) while the amazing volunteer crew at Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival continue their mainly online works (we’ve sprinkled some highlight links throughout our daily schedules). BFI will announce the full programme for this year’s London Film Festival (07 to 18 OCT) at an online event (08 SEP) which we hope to be reporting from. Excitingly, London Korean Film Festival returns to Genesis Cinema with a teaser screening of KIM JI-YOUNG, BORN 1982 (10 SEP).
Looking a little further ahead, it’s great to see our good friend The Celluloid Sorceress return to the darkness with her impeccable 35MM projections: GROSSE POINTE BLANK 35MM spools at Genesis Cinema on 24 SEP.
Our first special mention of the week goes to a Protected Group Screening of HOPE GAP at Watermans (07 SEP), which provides those at greater risk of COVID-19 with a safer screening environment. We think that’s pretty darn wonderful. Our second mention goes to the celebratory screenings of BLACK PANTHER at both Genesis Cinema and Picturehouse Central following the untimely death of Chadwick Boseman. See our CINEMA+ listings for full links and details.
Our Featured Attraction Of The Week is actually our special mention from last week, the release of Ladj Ly’s LES MISÉRABLES. We’ve listed it at Ciné Lumière where you can see it daily from 04 to 17 SEP – where better to watch a French language film in London, right? – but you can find the film across all your favourite indie venues. Give them – and a fascinating and timely film – your support this week, and let us know how you get along.
See you in darkness,
LES MISÉRABLES d. Ladj Ly, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (daily from 04 to 17 SEP):
- “Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, director Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated LES MISÉRABLES is a hugely topical provocative insight into the tensions between neighbourhood residents and police.”
DRAG ME TO HELL d. Sam Raimi, 2009 at Picturehouse Central (daily from 04 to 10 SEP):
- “Director Sam Raimi (SPIDER-MAN trilogy, EVIL DEAD series) returns to the horror genre with an original tale of a young woman’s desperate quest to break an evil curse.”
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1951 at Olympic Cinema (06 SEP 12:00):
- “This Hitchcock masterpiece ably transforms a highly improbable situation into a series of logical events which inexorably lead to murder. A psychopathic man plans what he thinks is an ‘exchange murder’ with a stranger he meets on a train…”
WHERE DOES A BODY END? d. Marco Porsia, 2019 at Dalston Roof Park (07 SEP 20:30):
- Deeper Into Movies presents: “An intimate portrait of the band SWANS, from their roots as a brutal, confrontational post-punk band that emerged from the early 1980s through their ill-fated bid at mainstream success in the 90s indie-rock gold rush, through breakups and chaos (on and offstage), to their odds-defying current status as one of the most accomplished and ambitious bands in the world.”
ROCKS d. Sarah Gavron, 2019 + Q&A with the cast & crew at Rio Cinema (08 SEP 17:30):
- We Are Parable presents: “A very special preview screening of the highly anticipated ROCKS. Originally planned for release in April this year, ROCKS tells the story of a young girl whose single mother disappears, leaving her and her younger brother, forcing her to fend themselves, but not without the help of her closest friend.”
FAITH d. Valentina Pedicini, 2019 + Q&A with the director, Online event (09 to 12 Sep):
- Open City Documentary Festival presents: “Housed in a rural Italian monastery, a sect of martial arts champions have devoted the past two decades to their master and his religion. Each day the group undergoes relentless physical training to prepare for the coming apocalypse, pushing their minds and bodies to the limits.”
- Part of Open City Documentary Festival (09 to 15 SEP).
KIM JI-YOUNG, BORN 1982 d. Kim Do-Young, 2019 + Intro by Sarah Shin at Genesis Cinema (10 SEP 18:30):
- London Korean Film Festival Teaser Screening: “Based on Cho Nam-joo’s landmark novel out now in the UK, riveting drama KIM JI-YOUNG, BORN 1982 raises questions about the societal role of modern women that have proved to be relevant across cultural boundaries. Starring Jung Yu-mi and Gong Yoo, acting together again after leading roles in megahit TRAIN TO BUSAN.”
TENET 35MM / 70MM / IMAX 15
- BARBICAN CINEMA: TENET 35MM d. Christopher Nolan, 2020 (04 SEP 14:00 & 18:15 / 05 SEP 15:00 & 19:15 / 06 SEP 14:00 & 18:15 / 07 SEP 18:15 – Currently looking SOLD OUT! / 08 SEP 18:15 / 09 SEP 18:15 / 10 SEP 14:00 & 18:15).
- BFI IMAX: TENET IMAX 15/70MM (04 SEP 12:00, 16:00, 20:00 & 23:59 / 05 SEP 12:00, 16:00 & 20:00 / 06 SEP 12:00, 16:00 & 20:00 / 07 SEP 12:00, 16:00 & 20:00 / 08 SEP 12:00, 16:00 & 20:00 / 09 SEP 12:00, 16:00 & 20:00 / 10 SEP 12:00, 16:00 & 20:00).
- CURZON SOHO: TENET 35MM (04 SEP 14:00 & 17:30 / 05 SEP 14:00 & 17:30 / 06 SEP 13:30 & 17:00).
- GENESIS CINEMA: TENET 35MM (04 SEP 17:50 / 09 SEP 17:50).
- PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL: TENET 70MM (04 SEP 16:00 & 19:30 / 05 SEP 12:30, 16:00 & 19:30 / 06 SEP 12:00, 15:30 & 18:50 / 07 SEP 15:30 & 19:00 / 08 SEP 15:30 & 19:00 / 09 SEP 15:30 & 19:00 / 10 SEP 15:45 & 19:15).
- RIO CINEMA: TENET 35MM (05 SEP 16:30).
- THE RITZY: TENET 35MM (04 SEP 16:30 & 20:10 / 05 SEP 16:30 & 20:10 / 06 SEP 12:30 & 16:30 / 07 SEP 16:30 & 20:10 / 08 SEP 16:30 & 20:10 / 09 SEP 16:30 & 20:10 / 10 SEP 16:30 & 20:10).
> Full indie cinema + drive-in listings at radiantcircus.com
DO YOU EXHIBIT? This is a shout out to all London-based alternative cinema exhibitors, the people we like to call “the sommeliers of the dark”. You might promote your own film nights, operate as part of a film collective or film club, or help programme a volunteer-run festival or venue. You probably don’t earn a living screening movies but you had a regular screening habit before shutdown and always project with passion.
… If that sounds like you, and you’re keen to get back into the darkness, stay tuned for an announcement about a new initiative from @radiantcircus. We’d like to help.
*THE SMALL PRINT: Opinions author’s own. As accurate as we could make it. Apologies for any errors. Updates & corrections will be made to the online version only. Event dates/times are subject to change by the venue/organiser. We try to only list events you can book for at the time of posting: however, some events may still be sold out. Please click quickly! // We don’t filter by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should be 18+. // > Remember, always try to follow The Carny Code by “not screwing up anyone else’s game” //.