Still from the film LITTLE MISS PERIOD (2019).

THE BALLY #96: What to see from London this week (29 JAN 2021+)

Welcome to THE BALLY where we update you on the latest news from across London’s alternative cinema scene.

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A belated welcome to 2021! It’s already been quite a year…

Over Christmas I was able – as promised! – to completely rebuild Having seen its underpinning technologies wither on the vine of progress, the site was long overdue some care and attention. It has now been rebuilt from scratch using the latest and best free tech WordPress has to offer. When cinema screenings start again, I am raring to go. One key improvement is that it’s now easier to search and scroll back through the archive of all old posts. So, if you want to re-read my old screen diaries or just reminisce about what you might have been seeing back in the w/c 26 January 2018*, feel free to fill your boots.

I have now resumed posting as regularly as I can about what’s streaming from London’s indie cinema scene. Whilst the New Year is always a quieter time for independent exhibition, the unstructured nature of news about online events means they can be tricky to track down… I will be reaching out to exhibitors to ask them to make direct submissions. This means I can then post and share in response to their news.

In these circumstances, regular weekly listings and monthly roundups will be almost impossible to configure, but I will try my hardest to resume a reliable flow of what’s on, where. Until things get going again, I want to thank all of my subscribers and readers for your support and loyalty throughout the past years of building RADIANT CIRCUS and into the (currently) uncertain future. Let me know if I can be of any more help finding you things to see in the darkness.

Stay safe & strong,


Barker-In-Chief // RADIANT CIRCUS.

Main featured image: LITTLE MISS PERIOD (2019) screening in the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme.


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