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THURSDAY: What’s on in London today [20/01/22]

THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 (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


CESARE DEVE MORIRE aka Caesar Must Die d. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 2012 presented by Highgate Film Society at Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution (20 JAN 20:00) – Followed by an online discussion (21 JAN 17:00).

“Set in the high-security Rebibbia Prison outside Rome, this thought-provoking, award-winning docu-drama follows the auditioning of some of Italy’s most notorious prisoners through to their final performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. As rehearsals progress, the inmates come to see the relevance of the play’s themes to their own lives and attain some sense of the fulfilment and hope that artistic expression can bring. Director Paolo Taviani said that he hoped cinema-goers would ‘say to themselves or even those around them… that even a prisoner with a dreadful sentence, even a life sentence, is and remains a human being’.”


  • BEING THE RICARDOS d. Aaron Sorkin, 2021 at The David Lean Cinema (20 JAN 14:30 & 19:30).
  • CESARE DEVE MORIRE aka Caesar Must Die d. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 2012 presented by Highgate Film Society at Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution (20 JAN 20:00) – Followed by an online discussion (21 JAN 17:00).
  • DRIVE MY CAR d. Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2021 at Phoenix Cinema (20 JAN 14:00).
  • PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002 presented by Truman’s at Genesis Cinema (20 JAN 21:00 + a FREE pint of Truman’s).

007 SEASON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DR. NO d. Terence Young, 1962 (20 JAN 15:40).

ANIME at The Prince Charles

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)DR. NO d. Terence Young, 1962 (20 JAN 15:40); BLADE RUNNER 2049 d. Denis Villeneuve, 2017 (20 JAN 20:30).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE FILMS IN TRUFFAUT’S LIFE at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT aka Sommarnattens Leende d. Ingmar Bergman, 1955 (20 JAN 20:50).

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

BOWIE: STARMAN & THE SILVER SCREEN at BFI Southbank 

CONCERT FILMS at Riverside Studios

DENIS VILLENEUVE: IN REVERSE at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BLADE RUNNER 2049 d. Denis Villeneuve, 2017 (20 JAN 20:30).

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LICORICE PIZZA d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2021 (14 JAN to 10 FEB, some 35mm & 70mm).

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT: FOR THE LOVE OF FILMS at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): The Antoine Doinel cycle: THE 400 BLOWS 4K aka Les Quatre cents coups d. François Truffaut, 1959 (daily from 07 to 20 JAN various).

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT REVISITED at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE 400 BLOWS aka Les Quatre cents coups d. François Truffaut, 1959 (20 JAN 18:15).

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles


London Short Film Festival (14 to 23 JAN).


COW d. Andrea Arnold, 2021.

SCREAM d. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett, 2022.



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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. //.