WEDNESDAY: What’s on in London today [26/10/22]

WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER 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.

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#QueerHorrorNights presents a very special event at the historic Rio Cinema – our Halloween Monsters Ball: NIGHTBREED (28 OCT 22:00+).

Pink Palace: A WOMAN’S TORMENT d. Roberta Findlay, 1977 + Intro/discussion with Molly Miles in the Rio Cinema basement bar (26 OCT 19:30).

“For the first time ever in the UK, bear witness to the mental disintegration of one Karen Compton. Living with her sister Frances and her sister’s husband Don, Karen’s loosening grip on reality begins to put a strain on their marriage. When Karen hears that the couple plan to have her committed to an asylum, she runs away to the beach – where her worsening mental state combined with an insatable sex drive leads to a bloodlust beyond compare!”

“Roberta Findlay plays tribute to Repulsion in illustrious sexplotation style, as A Woman’s Torment spans genres to create probably the best slasher-cum-melodrama-cum-sexplotation ever made! The rarely screened film features a soundtrack by Walter Sear (Let’s Scare Jessica To Death), as well as a performance from famed hardcore actress Jennifer Jordan.”

A Woman’s Torment was originally released with an X certification, and contains scenes of a hardcore sexual nature. The Rio was once a porn cinema, and this screening is partly a tribute to this heritage, although ‘active participation’ is not encouraged. Please bear this in mind in regards to the film’s content! The film will be introduced by writer and sexplotation enthusiast Molly Miles.” (Rio Cinema)

TOKEN HOMO presents a new season of BAR TRASH – TRASH PLANET – a thrilling season of 70s eco-horror. Tickets from £1 – Booking now!
  • ALTIPLANO + THE BLOODY CHILD d. Malena Szlam, 2018 + Nina Menkes, 1996 presented by The Machine That Kills Bad People at ICA (26 OCT 18:45).
  • BATTLE ROYALE d. Kinji Fukasaku, 2000 presented by Baesianz Cinema Club at Spanners Sw9 (26 OCT 19:00).
  • BLUE STORY d. Rapman, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (26 OCT 20:00 / 30 OCT 17:00).
  • FACES OF CHILDREN aka Visages d’enfants aka Mother d. Jacques Feyder, 1925 + Short: THE ITALIAN SWITZERLAND + Live piano accompaniment by Meg Morley, presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (26 OCT 19:30).
  • THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE d. Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, 2021 + Q&A at Picturehouse Cinemas (26 OCT 18:00).
  • THE MOVER d. David Nawrath, 2018 at Goethe-Institut London (26 OCT 19:00).
  • Forbidden Colours: Queer Nigerian Shorts + Q&A with director Olive Nwosu & producer Pamela Adie (live from Nigeria), hosted by curator/writer Tara Browat (in person) at Barbican (26 OCT 18:20).
  • STUDIO 17: THE LOST REGGAE TAPES d. Mark James, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Peckhamplex (26 OCT 20:00).
  • Preview: TRIANGLE OF SADNESS d. Ruben Östlund, 2022 at Ciné Lumière (26 OCT 20:10).
  • Pink Palace: A WOMAN’S TORMENT d. Roberta Findlay, 1977 + Intro/discussion in the Rio Cinema basement bar (26 OCT 19:30).

Check venues for full listings…

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT at Chiswick Cinema

HALLOWEEN at Everyman Screen On The Green

HALLOWEEN at Genesis Cinema




  • HAPPY-GO-LUCKY d. Mike Leigh, 2008 + Mike Leigh in conversation (26 OCT 19:00).


THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles

THE AFRICAN DESPERATE dir Martine Syms, 2022

  • Exclusively at: ICA

THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE dir Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, 2021

VESPER dir Kristina Buozyte & Bruno Samper, 2022

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