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WEDNESDAY: What’s on in London today [02/02/22]

WEDNESDAY 02 FEBRUARY 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


THE DROVER’S WIFE: THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON d. Leah Purcell, 2021 + Live video Q&A with the director (02 FEB 19:00) / Part of HOMELAND: FILMS BY AUSTRALIAN FIRST NATIONS DIRECTORS at Barbican.

“Actor Leah Purcell gives a tremendous performance as Molly Johnson, a pregnant woman left to fend for herself in her ranch in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. An escaped Indigenous Australian convict (Rob Collins) turns up on her door, triggering a thrilling tale that explores racism and misogyny under colonial rule.

The film has been a labour of love for Purcell, who has also adapted Henry Lawson’s short story into a play and a novel, reclaiming the white-centric narrative of the original from an Indigenous Australian female perspective. Purcell’s fiery screenplay ensures the prejudices of the late 19th century are infused with contemporary resonance – Collins’ character muses that he is guilty of ‘existing while black’. It’s an ambitious, visionary adaptation, and a powerful directorial debut.” (Barbican)


  • THE 400 BLOWS 4K Restoration aka Les Quatre cents coups d. François Truffaut, 1959 at Watermans (02 FEB 16:00).
  • A HERO d. Asghar Farhadi, 2021 at The David Lean (02 FEB 19:30 / 03 FEB 14:30 & 19:30).
  • A SOUL IN TORMENT 35mm d. Michael Curtiz, 1921 with live piano accompaniment from Costas Fotopoulos & full supporting programme presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (02 FEB 19:30).
  • AMULET d. Romola Garai, 2020 + Q&A with the director at Rio Cinema (02 FEB 18:30).
  • BATTLE ROYALE aka Batoru rowaiaru d. Kinji Fukasaku, 2000 at The Prince Charles (02 FEB 20:45).
  • THE ICE KING d. James Erskine, 2018 presented by Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema at Leytonstone Library for LGBT History Month (02 FEB 19:45).
  • VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 at Riverside Studios (02 FEB 12:30).
  • THE WHITE CROW d. Ralph Fiennes, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (02 FEB 20:00 / 06 FEB 17:00).

4K PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): GROUNDHOG DAY 4K d. Harold Ramis, 1993 (02 FEB 18:15).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LICORICE PIZZA 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2021 (until 03 MAR).

ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings)PRINCESS MONONOKE d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1997 (02 FEB 15:15).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: LGBT HISTORY MONTH at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): YOUNG SOUL REBELS d. Isaac Julien, 1991 + Intro by BFI Race Equality Lead Rico Johnson-Sinclair (02 FEB 18:20); ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER aka Todo sobre mi madre d. Pedro Almodóvar, 1999 (02 FEB 20:45 / 16 FEB 21:00).

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LICORICE PIZZA 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2021 (until 03 MAR).

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT REVISITED at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): DAY FOR NIGHT aka La Nuit américaine d. François Truffaut, 1973 (02 FEB 15:50).

HOMELAND: FILMS BY AUSTRALIAN FIRST NATIONS DIRECTORS at Barbican

SEEN & HEARD at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THIRTEEN 35mm d. Catherine Hardwicke, 2003 (02 FEB 20:40).

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): PRINCESS MONONOKE d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1997 (02 FEB 15:15).

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH at BFI Southbank

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE d. Wong Kar Wai, 2000 (02 FEB 13:10 & 21:00).


SOUTH: SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON’S GLORIOUS EPIC OF THE ANTARCTIC d. Frank Hurley, 1919.

TAMING THE GARDEN d. Salomé Jashi, 2021.



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