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*
Welcome back The Lexi Cinema and Kino Bermondsey to our listings. Following a strategy used by other indies, The Lexi starts with a limited weekend run with all tickets less than £5, before returning with a weeklong engagement of TENET from 18 SEP (booking now).
International Cinema Day takes place this week… Amongst others, The Castle Cinema is celebrating with two special screenings of this week’s new revival, LA HAINE (12 SEP 18:30 & 21:00). See our Featured Attraction of the Week for more…
BFI London Film Festival programme launched last week, with a greatly reduced but more distributed programme as virtual and London venue screenings will be joined by other locations across the UK. Somehow that feels more like a national celebration of film and we wonder what lockdown innovations venues and festivals will preserve and build on as we forge ahead into our still uncertain futures.
Several great festivals continue this week, joined in venues by the previously online Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (17 to 20 SEP). Safar Film Festival (13 to 20 SEP) takes place online and is dedicated to cinema from the Arab world. We know exhibitors are required by their funders to do stuff, but we’re personally not happy with being asked for age and ethnicity data in event registration processes. Following the summer of online love, audiences have been bombarded by feedback requests from exhibitors keen to appease funding bodies. We have one simple message: it’s getting in the way.
Whilst TENET continues to be everywhere, original format screenings are becoming rarer with The Ritzy, Genesis and Rio all wrapping their 35MM presentations last week. See our special listings for venues still projecting from celluloid. Other special screenings we’ve spotted in our CINEMA+ venue listings include DOG DAY AFTERNOON at Olympic Studios (15 SEP) and an engagement of a new shiny restoration of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON 4K at Picturehouse Central (11 to 15 SEP).
As we all wait for the wonderful Prince Charles Cinema to reopen, more details emerge of their programme. BRIAN DE PALMA SEASON: PART 1 starts in November with titles including PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (15 NOV), CARRIE 35MM (24 NOV), and RADIANT CIRCUS favourite, THE FURY 35MM (30 NOV). Opening night specials include a new 4K restoration of CINEMA PARADISO (16 OCT+) and THE MATRIX 35MM (16 OCT+).
We took great delight in seeing the first screening of JAWS 16MM by Ciné-Real 16MM Film Club at The Castle Cinema last week. Ümit and Liam’s serial screenings continue at The Castle this week (13 & 16 SEP), adding an extra special engagement at the still dark Regent Street Cinema (aka the home of moving pictures in the UK) on 17 SEP. Catch tickets for this awesome event if you can. It really is like going back to the cinema when such pursuits were rammed full of innocence, escapism and delight. We have no hesitation in making this our special mention of the week.
Our Featured Attraction Of The Week is the International Cinema Day screening of SANTA SANGRE by Deeper Into Movies at Rio Cinema (12 SEP 23:30). This late night show follows their previous SOLD OUT Jodorowsky outings, so do grab tickets whilst they’re available. Of course, we have our own fond memories of late night encounters at the Rio and, as you might guess, RADIANT CIRCUS is always partial to any film featuring a big top ;-). We last listed SANTA SANGRE as our featured attraction back in 2019 when it enjoyed a 35th anniversary screening at Close-Up. It deserves to be seen again.
See you in darkness,
LA HAINE d. Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995 at BFI Southbank (daily from 11 SEP to 01 OCT):
- “Mathieu Kassovitz throws a cinematic Molotov cocktail at structural racism, police brutality and media manipulation.”
SANTA SANGRE d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1990 at Rio Cinema (12 SEP 23:30):
- Deeper Into Movies presents: “The director’s son (Axel Jodorowsky) plays the troubled young circus boy who witnesses all manner of strange and disturbing events before running away and starting a new life. Years later he’s reunited with his armless mother to form a bizarre double act in which he becomes her ‘arms’, leading to a murderous spree.”
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON 4K d. John Landis, 1981 at Picturehouse Central (daily from 11 to 15 SEP):
- “David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. David survives with a bite, but Jack is brutally killed. As David heals in the hospital, he’s plagued by violent nightmares of his mutilated friend, who warns David that he is becoming a werewolf. When David discovers the horrible truth, he contemplates committing suicide before the next full moon causes him to transform from man to murderous beast.”
MEMORIES OF MURDER d. Bong Joon-ho, 2003 at ArtHouse Crouch End (daily from 11 to 17 SEP):
- “Inspired by true events, Oscar-winning PARASITE director Bong Joon Ho’s haunting sophomore feature, set in a small province of South Korea in 1986, follows two vastly different detectives eager to catch a brutal serial killer roaming the streets.”
HURT BY PARADISE d. Greta Bellamacina, 2020 + Q&A with the director & co-writer/producer Robert Montgomery at Everyman Maida Vale (15 SEP 19:00):
- “The story of Celeste (Greta Bellamacina), a young poet and single mother of a young child, and her comedically unsuccessful attempts both to get her first book published and find her absentee father, dealing with rejection on all sides.”
JAWS 16MM d. Steven Spielberg, 1975 at The Castle Cinema (16 SEP 19:30 / 24 SEP 19:30):
- Ciné-Real 16MM Film Club presents: “When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down. This print is 40 years old and has few imperfections… but Umit the projectionist thinks it adds to it!”
ROAM ROME MEIN d. Tannishtha Chatterjee, 2019 + Short: NATHKAT d. Shaan Vyas, 2020 at Ciné Lumière (17 SEP 20:00):
- Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival presents: “A psychological drama about a brother Raj, who goes to Rome, Italy, in search of his sister Reena, who has left her home in search of freedom to escape their strongly traditional conservative Father. In the process, he deconstructs the deep rooted patriarchy of the society he had lived in. The directorial debut of BRICK LANE actor Tannishtha Chatterjee. Preceded by short NATKHAT (33 mins), Bollywood producer Shaan Vyas’ debut as a director.”
> Full daily listings at radiantcircus.com
TENET 35MM / 70MM / IMAX 15
- BARBICAN CINEMA: TENET 35MM d. Christopher Nolan, 2020 (11 SEP 14:00 & 18:15 / 12 SEP 15:00 & 19:15 / 13 SEP 14:00 & 18:15 / 14 SEP 18:15 / 15 SEP 18:15 / 16 SEP 18:15 / 17 SEP 14:00 & 18:15).
- BFI IMAX: TENET IMAX 15/70MM (daily from 11 to 23 SEP 12:00, 16:00 & 20:00).
- PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL: TENET 70MM & 4K (11 SEP 15:30 & 19:00 / 12 SEP 12:00 4K, 15:30 & 19:00 / 13 SEP 12:00 4K, 15:30 & 19:00 / 14 SEP 15:15 & 18:45 / 15 SEP 15:15 & 18:45 / 16 SEP 16:00 & 19:25 / 17 SEP 15:30 & 19:00).
> Full indie cinema + drive-in listings at radiantcircus.com
*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” //.