The week ahead offers three completely different films, starting with Mindhorn on Tuesday. Inspired by TV action hero shows of the 1980s, it “brims with unexpected pleasures” (Financial Times), delivering plenty of laughs. This showing is part of Croydon Comedy Festival, which continues throughout July.
Thursday’s Purley Festival event is a rare excursion beyond the DLC, to the St John the Baptist hall in Purley, where we first presented a film in 2013. The Long Day Closes (1992) is directed by Terence Davies, recently responsible for A Quiet Passion. 11-year-old Bud is the youngest child of a working-class Catholic family in Liverpool, and his memories illuminate an “exquisite, impressionistic, largely autobiographical reverie.” (New Yorker). Our 16mm presentation also includes outstanding animation from New Zealand, via The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil (1986). Doors open at 7.30pm and refreshments will be available. This map shows the location, where parking is no problem. Tickets are just £5.
For a visit to the David Lean next Tuesday, perhaps we can recommend the excellent French film Heal the Living. It centres on the question of what to do when a loved one suffers a major injury after an accident – a dilemma faced by the parents of 17-year-old Simon. This finely-directed film centres on the delicate and sensitive issue of organ donation and the effect on both the recipient’s family and the medical teams involved. According to the celebrated French director of the film, Katell Quillévéré, “a heart stops beating in one body to promote the life of another…”
Few seats are left for the afternoon showing of Their Finest on Thursday 22 June, and the 19:30 one has almost sold out. There’s an extra screening scheduled for Wednesday 5 July at 19:30, so book now if you’d like to catch up with this “funny, winning, and beautifully acted ode to working women and the cinema” (Empire Magazine). It’ll also be featured as a Babes in Arms showing on Tuesday 11 July at the usual time of 11:00. Read More…….
Last week was mixed in terms of attendances, but very positive in terms of audience satisfaction. The modest audience for Harmonium indicated that excellent reviews and awards don’t guarantee large numbers, but patrons were still discussing this highly-original film when security staff needed to lock the doors! One described it as his film of the year so far, along with Moonlight.
The Sense of an Ending also proved enjoyable, with patrons describing it as “excellent’. With outstanding performances from Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and Charlotte Rampling, it was a showcase for fine acting.
The week ahead begins with Tuesday’s Babes in Arms screening of Beauty and the Beast, which remarkably has outsold our earlier showings, although tickets should be available on the day. But please book without delay if you hope to see Lady Macbeth on Tuesday evening or Letters from Baghdad on Thursday, as both of these highly-acclaimed films are close to selling out. Read More……
Free Fire last week had a very mixed reception from our audience – it didn’t appeal to some, but others were full of praise! Two patrons wrote to say that they “absolutely loved” the film and “found it exciting that the David Lean is keeping up to date with modern audiences and selecting films which are both fresh and innovative”. So – we can’t please everyone all the time, but we do our best to showcase what we think will appeal to as wide an audience as possible.
The “masterly and complex” Graduation attracted small audiences but feedback indicated that supporters found it impressive and absorbing, with one praising the unexpectedly “up-beat ending”. Romanian cinema has become increasingly admired, so it’s worth watching out for future work from their talented directors. Read More……….