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THURSDAY: What’s on in London today [09/12/21]

THURSDAY 09 DECEMBER 2021 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today across DIY, indie & alternative cinema including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & our selection of new releases.

By RADIANT CIRCUS // Twitter @radiantcircus / Instagram @radiantcircus


CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE d. Elia Suleiman, 1996 + Surprise short film presented by Jellied Reels at The Castle Cinema (09 DEC 21:00).

  • “Winner of the Lion of the Future Award for best first film at the Venice Film Festival, CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE is a jumble of absurd vignettes, documentary-style excerpts and left-field observations of Palestine at the end of the previous millennium. Sublimely structured in a style that draws from the silent comedies of Buster Keaton and the choreography of Jacques Tati, CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE is as engaging as it is unusual.”

  • 13 ASSASSINS aka Jûsan-nin no shikaku d. Takashi Miike, 2010 presented by Jōnetsu Nights at Close-Up (09 DEC 19:00).
  • AN AMERICAN IN PARIS d. Vincente Minnelli, 1951 + Q&A with Leslie Caron & Gary Yershon at Ciné Lumière (09 DEC 19:00).
  • BURMA STORYBOOK d. Corinne van Egeraat & Petr Lom, 2017 + Virtual Q&A at Whitechapel Gallery (09 DEC 19:00).
  • THE CHAMPION OF AUSCHWITZ aka Mistrz d. Maciej Barczewski, 2020 at Polish Social and Cultural Association POSK (09 DEC 19:30).
  • CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE d. Elia Suleiman, 1996 + Surprise short film presented by Jellied Reels at The Castle Cinema (09 DEC 21:00).
  • FINAL ACCOUNT d. Luke Holland, 2021 at Bertha DocHouse (09 DEC 16:00).
  • THE FRENCH DISPATCH d. Wes Anderson, 2021 at The David Lean (09 DEC 14:30).
  • TV Preview: GHOSTS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL d. Nick Collett, 2021 + Q&A at BFI Southbank (09 DEC 18:10).
  • PRANZO DI FERRAGOSTO d. Gianni di Gregorio, 2009 + Short: STORIE DI DOLCE d. Piero Cannizzaro + Festive drinks & a special treat! presented by CinemaItaliaUK at The Garden Cinema (09 DEC 19:00).
  • REBEL DYKES d. Harri Shanahan & Sian Williams, 2021 + Short: THE SAPPHO PROJECT: FRAGMENT 147 d. Sari Katharyn at Genesis Cinema (09 DEC 18:35).
  • REBEL DYKES d. Harri Shanahan & Sian Williams, 2021 + Recorded Q&A with the directors at Picturehouse West Norwood (09 DEC 20:45).
  • SPENCER d. Pablo Larraín, 2021 at The David Lean (09 DEC 19:30).
  • TICK, TICK…BOOM! d. Lin-Manuel Miranda, 2021 + Q&A with the director, actors Alexandra Shipp & Robin de Jesús, & producer Julie Oh at BFI Southbank (09 DEC 20:30). 

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

A CLASS OF HIS OWN: THE FILMS OF JACK CLAYTON at BFI Southbank

  • THE INNOCENTS d. Jack Clayton, 1961 (09 DEC 20:45 – Some 35mm).

ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS… at Picturehouse Cinemas

ALT. XMAS at The Prince Charles

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: CHRISTMAS ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank

BOGARDE AT 100 at BFI Southbank

CHRISTMAS at The Prince Charles

EXPERIENCE THE FLAVOURS OF JAPAN at Picturehouse Cinemas

HUMAN RESOURCES at Close-Up & Genesis Cinema

  • LA PROMESSE 35mm d. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 1996 at Genesis Cinema (09 DEC 21:00).

IN FOCUS: RADU JUDE at ICA

JAPAN 2021 at BFI Southbank

JAPAN 2021 at BFI IMAX

REPEATED APPARITIONS at The Horse Hospital 

  • TONGUES UNTIED d. Marlon Riggs, 1989 + Experimental collective reading moderated by Collective Çukurcuma and contribution from Fran Lock (09 DEC 19:00).


ENCOUNTER d. Michael Pearce, 2021.
THE HAND OF GOD aka È stata la mano di Dio d. Paolo Sorrentino, 2021.
THERE IS NO EVIL d. Mohammad Rasoulof, 2020.


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*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/formats are subject to change by the venue/organiser. Events may already be sold out at the time of posting, so please click quickly. // We try to list as many original format screenings as we can (8 to 70MM), but sometimes formats change due to age of the print, availability, logistics etc, so please check ahead with your venue if the format is your thing. // All images are used in the spirit of fair use for reporting & review – no ownership is implied or intended / unless otherwise credited to RADIANT CIRCUS as the original rights holder. We will remove any images immediately upon request – just get in touch. // We don’t filter our listings by age/certification: all readers & subscribers should therefore be 18+. // Finally, we always try to follow The Carny Code by “not screwing up anyone else’s game”, but everyone can make mistakes… If something does go wrong, we will always do our best to put it right. //.