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WEDNESDAY: What’s on in London today [03/08/22]

WEDNESDAY 03 AUGUST 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

#QueerHorrorNights contributes to the SUMMER OF SCI-FI at The Castle Cinema with Brandon Cronenberg’s POSSESSOR (19 AUG 19:00): Booking now!

Pink Palace: BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL d. Doris Wishman, 1965 + Intro by writer & sexploitation enthusiast Molly Miles in the Rio Cinema Basement Bar (03 AUG 19:30).

“Pink Palace, a weekly queer film club, presents cult director Doris Wishman’s legendary sexplotation BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL, screening for the first time at The Rio since May 1970!

Bored housewife Meg’s life changes after she kills the man who assaulted her and runs away to New York City. There, she has several sexual encounters all while on the run from the police, up until the films shocking twist ending. Wishman blends dreams and reality together, to create a masterfully surreal low-budget insight into the sexuality of one woman. Rarely screened in the UK, this is a unique opportunity to watch sexplotation with a crowd of others, and in a cinema which used to screen nothing but filth!

Will Meg’s past catch up with her? Why does John Waters herald Doris Wishman as his favorite director? Just how many men can Meg have sex with until New York City runs dry? What do you mean The Rio used to screen porn?! These questions, and much, much more, will all be answered on August 3rd in The Rio’s basement bar – itself a former 80’s video lounge for the Womens Media Resouce Project.

The film will be introduced by writer and sexplotation enthusiast Molly Miles. There will be zines, badges and other treats available free to all attendees.” (Rio Cinema)


  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND d. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson & Hamilton Luske, 1951 at BFI Southbank (03 AUG 13:30).
  • Pink Palace: BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL d. Doris Wishman, 1965 + Intro by writer & sexplotation enthusiast Molly Miles in the Rio Cinema Basement Bar (03 AUG 19:30).
  • DONNA d. Jay Bedwani, 2020 + Q&A with the director & producer Dewi Gregory, hosted by writer Lillian Crawford at Genesis Cinema (03 AUG 18:30).
  • FIRE OF LOVE d. Sara Dosa, 2022 + Recorded intro at Riverside Studios (03 AUG 17:55 & 20:30).
  • LES MISÉRABLES d. Ladj Ly, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (03 AUG 20:00 / 07 AUG 17:00).
  • NO DISTANCE LEFT TO RUN d. Will Lovelace & Dylan Southern, 2010 presented by Deeper Into Movies at Signature Brew Haggerston (03 AUG 19:30 – FREE!).
  • TV Preview: THE SANDMAN d. Mike Barker, 2022 + Panel and Q&A with creator Neil Gaiman & actor Tom Sturridge at BFI Southbank (03 AUG 19:00).

Check venues for full listings…

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

90S CINEMA ON 35MM at Everyman Screen On The Green

BAR TRASH at Genesis Cinema

  • THE GIANT CLAW d. Fred F. Sears, 1957 + Intro/Spot quiz with Token Homo (03 AUG 20:30).

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: POWER! at BFI Southbank

  • DANCE, GIRL, DANCE 35mm d. Dorothy Arzner, 1940 + Intro by Pamela Hutchinson, film critic & historian (03 AUG 18:00).

CELEBRATING FILM NOIR at The Garden Cinema

CELEBRATING MARLENE DIETRICH at The Garden Cinema

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS SELECTROSPECTIVE at The Prince Charles

KINUYO TANAKA: A LIFE IN FILM at BFI Southbank

MARTIN SCORSESE: DIRECTOR. WRITER. PRODUCER. ACTOR. at The Prince Charles

PIER PAOLO PASOLINI: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS! at The Prince Charles

SATYAJIT RAY: THE LANGUAGE OF FILM at BFI Southbank

THROWBACK at Everyman Cinemas

WIM WENDERS at Curzon Cinemas

  • Check venue for details.

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles



THE LUNA CINEMA at Kensington Palace

OUTDOOR CINEMA at The Cinema In The Arches

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Bussey Building, Peckham

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB at Roof East, Stratford


HIT THE ROAD aka Jaddeh Khaki dir Panah Panahi, 2021

PARIS, TEXAS 4K Restoration dir Wim Wenders, 1984



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