Dementia Friendly Screenings

The David Lean Cinema, in partnership with the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance, are organising another series of popular films for 2020. These Dementia Friendly screenings aim to make cinema more accessible by providing a fun and inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment. The lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around or even sing along to any musical numbers if they’d like to.

Admission is £1 on the door for people with dementia (their carers get free entry). Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before the screening.

The dates and titles of the films are listed below, along with reservation links. All but the last film’s performances will start at 11am, with refreshments available from 10.15am. Admission is £1 on the door for people with dementia (their carers get free entry). If you would like more information about these screenings, please use our online contact form, with Dementia Friendly Screenings in the Subject field. There are a limited number of wheelchair places. If you would like one of these, please let us know using the online contact form, with Dementia Friendly Screenings Wheelchair Request in the Subject field.

Tuesday 7 January 2020
PAKEEZAH (1972), starring Ashok Kumar and Meena Kumari
Meena Kumari plays the doomed Sahibjaan, who is born in a graveyard to a dying mother who was once a famed courtesan. Taken in by her aunt she follows in her mother’s footsteps but a chance encounter leads to her falling in love with a man she cannot marry. Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO.

Click here to reserve seats for PAKEEZAH

Tuesday 4 February 2020
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (1964), starring The Beatles
In their big screen debut, the Fab Four struggle with screaming fans and Paul’s mischievous grandfather as they prepare for a live TV performance.

Contains hits such as Can’t Buy Me Love, Tell Me Why and She Loves You.

Click here to reserve seats for A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

Tuesday 3 March 2020
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952), starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds
Kelly stars as Don Lockwood, a romantic Hollywood actor coming to terms with the arrival of sound. Can he, his pal Cosmo and young starlet Kathy (Reynolds) help the studio overcome the fact that his co-star, Lina Lamont, has a voice like sandpaper!

Click here to reserve seats for SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

Tuesday 7 April 2020
CARMEN JONES (1954), starring Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge
An update to Bizet’s opera, set in an all-black army camp during the Korean War. Parachute maker Carmen (Dandridge) is attracted to Joe (Belafonte), a trainee pilot, but their love affair is doomed.

Click here to reserve seats for CARMEN JONES

Other screenings in 2020 (titles not yet confirmed):

  • Tuesday 5 May – By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953), starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae
  • Tuesday 19 May  – Some Like It Hot (1959), starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
  • Tuesday 2 June – Parineeta (2005), Bollywood musical
  • Tuesday 7 July – Wonderful Life (1964), starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows
  • Tuesday 1 September – Funny Face (1957), starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn
  • Tuesday 6 October – Cabin in the Sky (1943), starring Lena Horne and Louis Armstrong
  • Tuesday 3 November – Blue Hawaii (1961), starring Elvis Presley
  • Saturday 12 December  2pm – The Wizard of Oz (1939), starring Judy Garland

BRIT School Showcase films shown with David Lean Cinema features

Our December Showcase will be Liberté (PG, 4 mins) directed by Dora Paphides. This entertaining Year 13 film was made as part of a World Cinema strand.

It will accompany the following features:

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon – 5 December
  • Official Secrets – 12 December
  • Honeyland – 13 December
  • Last Christmas – 17 and 19 December
  • Monos – 19 December

FILAM INDIA – Celebrating the diversity of Indian filmmaking

India has one of the world’s richest and most prolific film industries in the world.

To mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, Apsara Arts are delighted to present their ‘Filam India’ programme to celebrate some rarely seen true classics of Indian cinema.

Tickets £7 (Concessions £6) + 50p online booking fees.

Bookings can be made at (Ticket sales close a day before the screening). Tickets can also be purchased on the day at the Clocktower Box office in the Arts Bar, adjacent to the cinema. This opens 30 minutes before every film. Cash only. Tickets are NOT available via the David Lean Cinema boxoffice.

07751 622 907

Wed 11 October at 7pm

Gulabi Gang (12A)

2012, India, 96 minutes. Hindi with EST

Director: Nishtha Jain

A documentary about Sampat Pal Devi and the fiery women of her Gulabi (Pink) Gang, who empower themselves and take up the fight against gender violence, caste oppression and widespread corruption. They want to change the unchangeable with an organised social action and unification.

Fri 13 October at 7.30pm

Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (U)

1958, India, 95 mins. Bengali with EST

Director: Satyajit Ray

Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Padma Devi, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Gangapada Bose, Tulsi Lahari

Jalsaghar organically integrates song and dance into an arthouse film. The story centres on the decline of an aristocrat and patron of classical music who refuses to be trumped by his younger neighbour. The film features music composed by Ustad Vilayat Khan and sung by the legendary Begum Akhtar, with Roshan Kumari’s kathak dance.

Wed 25 October at 7.30pm

Court (PG)

2014, India, 116 mins. English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi with partial EST

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane

Stars: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni

Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. Taking a pointed look at the contradictions of the Indian legal system, the story unfolds about Mumbai’s invisible underclass in which an aging folk singer emerges as an unlikely source of socio-political resistance. Court was met with universal critical acclaim on the film festival circuit and is one of the best films to emerge from the recent wave of independent Indian films.

Fri 27 October at 7.30pm

Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhava) (12A)

2016, India, 99min. Hindi with EST

Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani

Stars: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni

Hotel Salvation is a warm tale of life and relationships, embedded in Indian culture and Hindu rituals. Faced with his father’s untimely & bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey. The simple pleasures of this timeless city are explored as father and son belatedly come to know each other in the enforced intimacy of their cramped hotel room and the teaming streets. This gentle and tender multi award-winning film will make you laugh and cry.

Sat 4 November at 5.30pm

Pyaasa (U)

1957, India, 146 minutes. Hindi with EST

Director: Guru Dutt

Stars: Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman

The film will be introduced by award winning filmmaker Ahmed Jamal

An immortal classic, Guru Dutt’s soulful, romantic masterpiece Pyaasa is frequently listed as one of the greatest films of all time. Translating as ‘The Thirsty One’, Pyaasa, set in post-independence Kolkata, the film tells the story of Vijay, a struggling poet trying to make his works known in post-independence India, and Gulabo, a prostitute with a heart of gold who eventually helps him get his poems published. Dutt’s stark black and white cinematography powerfully evokes the antagonistic forces at work in this classic romantic melodrama.

Mon 13 November at 7.30pm  (replaces cancelled previous screening)

Mahanagar (The Big City) (PG)

1964, India, 131 minutes. Bengali with EST

Director: Satyajit Ray

Stars: Madhabi Mukherjee, Anil Chatterjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Jaya Bhaduri

Mahanagar documents with brilliant sensitivity a changing Calcutta of the mid-1950s. The screenplay delves into the agony and ecstasy, the turbulence and excitement of shifting social mores seen through a lower middle class Bengali family when a housewife gets a job as a saleswoman. It is a profound sociological study into men and women’s relationship, a portrayal of the world of work from the point of view of women, and an analysis of the clash of modernism and traditions in a middle-class urban family.



Fri 17 November at 7pm

Sholay (PG)

1975, India, 162 minutes. Hindi with EST

Director: Ramesh Sippy

Stars: Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan

Dubbed The Godfather of Bollywood films, Sholay was ranked first in the “Top 10 Indian Films” of all time by the British Film Institute 2002 poll. The film drew heavily from the conventions of Westerns, and is a defining example of the masala film, which mixes several genres in one work. A retired police chief enlists the help of two criminals, to bring down a notorious bandit who murdered his family and terrorised the region. Opening with one of the most memorable action sequences in film history, it’s clear to see why this breathless action-adventure has left an impact on Indian cinema like no other.

Sat 25 November at 6pm

Kapoor & Sons (12A)

2016, India, 140 minutes. Hindi with EST

Director: Shakun Batra

Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Ratna Pathak, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt

Two brothers visit their dysfunctional family and discover that their parent’s marriage is on the verge of collapse, the family is undergoing financial crunch, and much more, as the drama unfolds.

Coming Soon

Our planned screenings for January are below. Tickets on sale from Thursday 5 December at 9am:

The January programme sees world cinema and a trip back in time

* HOH = Hard of Hearing. These films are shown with subtitles to assist those with hearing loss.

Thu 2 Jan at 2.30pm (HOH) and 7.30pm – THE GOOD LIAR (15) – Conman Roy Courtnay targets his latest mark: the recently widowed and rich Betty McLeish. What should have been a simple swindle, though, leads to a cat-and-mouse game.

Tue 7 Jan at 7.30pm – SORRY WE MISSED YOU (15) – Ken Loach directs the story of Ricky and his family, struggling on zero hour contracts. The family unit is strong but money brings them to breaking point.

Thu 9 Jan at 2.30 & 7.30pm – THE REPORT (15) – FBI agent Daniel Jones performs an exhaustive investigation into the CIA’s use of torture on suspected terrorists.

Tue 14 Jan at 11am – Babes in Arms screening plus Thu 16 Jan at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – THE AERONAUTS (PG) – The story of scientist James Glaisher and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren, mounting a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history.

Tue 14 Jan at 7.30pm – JUDY AND PUNCH (15) – Australian drama, revising the backstory for the Punch and Judy puppet show, set in the 17th century.

Sat 18 Jan at 1.30pm – THE IRISHMAN (15) – In the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with a Pennsylvania crime family. As he becomes a top hit man, he works for Jimmy Hoffa – a powerful Teamster tied to organized crime.

Tue 21 Jan at 7.30pm – THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO (15) – A young man and his best friend search for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

Thu 23 Jan at 2.30 & 7.30pm – LA BELLE EPOQUE (15) – French romantic comedy. Finding his marriage on the rocks, Victor meets Antoine, the owner of a company which allows people to perform a version of “time travel”, allowing Victor to take his wife back to the start in hopes of rekindling his love for her.

Mon 27th Jan at 7.30pm (Holocaust Memorial Day) – THE BIRTHCATCHER (15) – A young woman in Norway flees the Nazi roundup and conceals her identity while working on an occupied farm.

Tue 28th Jan at 7.30pm – BY THE GRACE OF GOD (15) – Living as a family man in Lyon, Alexandre faces repressed memories as he’s confronted by the priest who abused him when he was a boy scout.

Thu 30th Jan at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – KNIVES OUT (12A) – A detective and a trooper travel to a lush estate to interview the quirky relatives of a patriarch, who died during his 85th birthday celebration.

Our planned screenings for December are below. Tickets on sale from Thursday 7 November at 9am:

The December programme sees struggles to be part of society plus big screen glamour

* HOH = Hard of Hearing. These films are shown with subtitles to assist those with hearing loss.

Tue 3 Dec at 7.30pm 2040 (PG) – Award-winning director Damon Gameau explores what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we embraced new approaches and solutions to global warming.

Thu 5 Dec at 2.30 & 7.30pmThe Peanut Butter Falcon (12A)A young man with Downs syndrome escapes from an assisted living facility, finding a friend in a wayward fisherman on the run.

Tue 10 Dec at 11am Babes in Arms screeningJudy (12A) – Renee Zellweger stars as legendary performer Judy Garland as she arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Tue 10 Dec at 7.30pm  – Chained for Life (15)Croydon born Adam Pearson plays Rosenthal, a disfigured actor who finds his beautiful actress co-star struggles to connect with him. Adam joins us for a Q&A after the film.

Thu 12 Dec at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pmOfficial Secrets (15) – An all-star cast of Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Matt Smith take part in the story of the lead up to the Iraq war of 2003 and how a British intelligence expert was forced to make a drastic decision.

Tue 17 Dec at 7.30pm and Thu 19 Dec at 2.30pm (HOH) – Last Christmas (12A)Unlucky Kate accepts a job as a department store elf during the Christmas holidays but her luck seems to turn when she meets Tom, who also works there.

Thu 19 Dec at 7.30pmMonos (15)(Spanish with English subtitles) Colombian drama about eight teenaged guerillas with guns watching over a hostage. As they run amok in the jungle, disaster strikes when the hostage tries to escape.

Mon 30 Dec at 2.30pmGosford Park (15)Winning Julian Fellows the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, the film is set in the 1930’s, with a group of pretentious rich and famous together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. When a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect. 35mm screening.

Tue 31 Dec at 2.30pmCalamity Jane (U)Classic starring Doris Day. The story of sharpshooter Calamity Jane (Day), her saloon and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok. Singalong screening.

Our planned screenings for November are below. Tickets on sale from Thursday 10 October at 9am:

The November programme sees a TV favourite on the big screen and real life stories retold.

* HOH = Hard of Hearing. These films are shown with subtitles to assist those with hearing loss.

Tue 5 Nov at 7.30pm – AD ASTRA (12A) – Brad Pitt stars as astronaut Roy McBride, travelling to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet.

Thu 7 Nov at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – DOWNTON ABBEY (PG) – The continuing story of the Crawley family, as they ready themselves to play host to none other than King George V and Queen Mary.

Tue 12 Nov at 11am Babes in Arms screening – DOWNTON ABBEY (PG) – The continuing story of the Crawley family, as they ready themselves to play host to none other than King George V and Queen Mary.

Tue 12 Nov at 7.30pm – GOOD POSTURE (12A) – Set in current day Brooklyn, a gentle comedy story of a lazy but charming and beautiful young woman who finds life easier without relying on a man…

Thu 14 Nov at 2.30 (HOH) and 7.30pm – JUDY (12A) – Renee Zellweger stars as legendary performer Judy Garland as she arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Tue 19 Nov at 7.30pm – HONEYLAND (12A) – (Turkish with English subtitles) – The last female beehunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood.

Thu 21 Nov at 2.30 and 7.30pm – THE SOUVENIR (15) – A young film student in the early ’80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

Tue 26 Nov at 7.30pm – ROJO (15) – (Spanish with English subtitles) – In the mid 1970’s Argentina, a successful lawyer starts to feel against the ropes when a secret of the past threatens his present.

Thu 28 Nov at 2.30 and 7.30pm – HITSVILLE: THE MAKING OF MOTOWN (12A) – Documentary film that focuses on the period beginning with the birth of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

Sat 30 Nov at 1.30pm – NEVER LOOK AWAY (15) – (German with English subtitles) – Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history. Kurt, a young art student, falls in love with fellow student, Ellie.

Our planned screenings for October are below. Tickets on sale from Thursday 5 September at 9am:

The October programme has real-life documentaries and looks at the importance of music.

* HOH = Hard of Hearing. These films are shown with subtitles to assist those with hearing loss.

Tue 1 Oct at 7.30pm – BAIT (15) – Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. With increasing friction with tourists and locals, a tragedy in his family changes his world.

Thu 3 Oct at 2.30 & 7.30pm – MRS LOWRY & SON (PG) – The story of British artist L.S. Lowry, played by Timothy Spall, who lived all his life with his over-bearing mother, his worst critic.

Wed 9 Oct at 7.30pm Black History Month screening – INNA DE YARD (12A) – A look at a group of pioneering reggae musicians and the relevance of their music in society, as they revitalize an older generation, while passing it on to younger listeners.

Thu 10 Oct at 2.30 & 7.30pm – A FAITHFUL MAN (15) – French romantic comedy about the complicated relationship of journalist Abel and those around him. Abel is shattered after his girlfriend confesses to him that she is pregnant, and the father is his best friend, Paul.

Tue 15 Oct at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – BLINDED BY THE LIGHT (12A) – In 1987 Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Tue 15 Oct at 7.30pm – HAIL SATAN? (15) – Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, Satanic Temple.

Thu 17 Oct at 2.30 & 7.30pm – PAIN AND GLORY (15) – As his life and relationships begin to crash down around him, a film director is forced to reflect on the choices he’s made in his life.

Tue 22 Oct at 7.30pm – THE CHAMBERMAID (15) – A young chambermaid at a luxury Mexico City hotel confronts the monotony of long workdays and determines to find a better life.

Thu 24 Oct at 2.30 (HOH) & 7pm – THE GOLDFINCH (15) – Losing his mother in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art changes the course of Theo Decker’s life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love.

Tue 29 Oct at 7.30pm and Thu 31 Oct at 2.30pm – Black History Month screening – THE LAST TREE (15) – Femi is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who moves to inner London after a rural childhood, and struggles with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment.

Thu 31 Oct at 7.30pm Hallowe’en screening – CRAWL (15) – When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley finds her injured father is the least of her problems.

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Award-winning short A Moment to Move screening with Heart of a Dog
We are delighted to be able to show A Moment to Move as part of our Heart of a Dog screenings on Thursday August 4th. This beautifully filmed, witty and honest 20 minute short, directed by Georgia Parris, and starring Diana Kent and Phoebe Fox, won the XX Award at the 2014 Underwire Festival (“the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent”).
Martha is an older woman, and she’s feeling it, but she’s not ready to adhere to a stereotype just yet. Problem is, she comes to that realisation on the day of her daughter’s wedding.
Watch a teaser here.

Director Q&A at 7.30pm The Last Man on the Moon screening
We’re delighted to announce that Mark Craig – who wrote and directed this highly-acclaimed British documentary – will introduce the 7.30pm screening on Thursday 11 August, and will take part in a Q&A afterwards. It promises to be a fascinating evening for anyone intrigued by space exploration and the Apollo missions, and it’s an exceptional opportunity to inspire children interested in science.

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News Update 31 May 2016

Son of Saul
Son of Saul

Dear Supporter,

2016 has been a year of consistently good attendances, but there will always be exceptions and last week was certainly one of them! Shooting Stars reinforced that we can struggle to attract large audiences to vintage screenings, and the response, although far from negative, didn’t quite match the film’s reputation. I Am Belfast also attracted modest numbers, but the feedback was very good and included enthusiastic praise from a supporter who grew up in Belfast.

Today’s (Tuesday) film is the extraordinary Son of Saul, recently described as “one of the greatest films ever made” (Sydney Morning Herald). Don’t forget there’s a rare Tuesday 2.30pm screening as well as one at 7.30pm, as we wanted to ensure that our daytime audience could see this outstanding winner of the 2016 Best Foreign Language Academy Award. Please note that the programme includes a 14-minute film With a Little Patience, also directed by László Nemes.

Thursday brings Victoria, an extraordinary German crime thriller. If you’ve read about it being shot in real time in a continuous, 138-minute camera shot, or the dialogue being mostly improvised from a 12-page script, the film’s reputation sounds almost too good to be true. But a scan of the glowing reviews confirms that praise such as “possibly the most emotionally pulsating film you’ll see all year” (Sky Movies), or “Combining stunning technical achievement with a thoroughly gripping story and terrific performances, this is a sensational thriller that demands to be seen” (WOW247), is highly-representative.

Tickets for both the above films should be available from our Clocktower box office.

A supporter recently made a point of saying how much she appreciates the excellent booking service provided by the “wonderful” staff at Wallace Arnold Worlchoice. It’s a pleasure to hear such appreciation, and supporters who haven’t visited their premises (at 62 George Street) may like to try booking there.

Once you’ve read the important news item below, please scroll down to see Philip Howard’s preview of our July films, and news of Croydon Comedy Festival, which we’re participating in. If you’re attending or considering seeing Death of a Gentleman on 7 June, please read the announcement directly below the preview, which may interest cycling enthusiasts as well as cricket fans. Note that this special event – a collaboration with the Sports Journalists’ Association – seems likely to sell out, so don’t wait too long if you plan to book.

This concludes my final ‘editorial’ before September, as my leave of absence is about to start. From next week onwards, some of my committee colleagues will take turns to write this piece. I won’t say goodbye, though, because I’ll still frequently be at the David Lean, so I look forward to chatting to supporters there, as usual!

New Campaign website

Committee members Roger Dowling and Alan Peakall have recently been working hard on preparing a long-awaited new Campaign website: You’ll find full programme information there, with links to booking, as well as other information that I won’t outline here, because we hope you’ll want to visit the site and see for yourself! It’s fully functional but we are open to comments and suggestions concerning possible changes or additional elements that might be included if technically feasible. You’re welcome to send us your thoughts via the site’s “Contact Us” form, or if you prefer to use email, please write to, the address which will replace our gmail address.

Roger advises that the only known issue with the website is that the live Twitter feed (seen on the right of some pages) can sometimes display incorrectly and instead shows a Twitter web address. This is linked to browser configuration, so if you don’t see the correct Twitter feed, use of another browser will usually resolves the problem.

July preview

Philip Howard writes:
Our July program starts with Evolution, a fascinating sci-fi / horror / mystery filmed on the otherworldly terrain of Lanzarote. Strong audience demand (thank you, as always!) for Florence Foster Jenkins mean that we’re providing two extra screenings – one in the afternoon, and another for our Babes in Arms audience. Some popular actors are on their summer travels – Tom Hanks to Saudi Arabia in A Hologram for the King, Juliet Stephenson to rural France for Departure, and Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris to Marrakech for the John Le Carré adaptation Our Kind of Traitor. For our own summer holiday season – although with considerable appeal to adult audiences too – When Marnie Was There is a gently moving animation that may be the final ever release from the beloved Studio Ghibli. Travelling back in time, Jane Austen’s early novella Lady Susan is the basis for the acclaimed and hilarious Love and Friendship, while a more recent period comedy is the joyous 1980s musical Sing Street. This month’s program also celebrates two contemporary mavericks: a world champion cyclist and inventor is the subject of our annual Tour de France rest-day screening, Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story, while director Terrence Malick edits together mighty performances from an A-list cast (Bale, Blanchett, Portman) and breathtaking shots of the California landscape to form the fragmented yet beautiful dream that is Knight of Cups.

Tickets for all screenings go on sale at 9am on Thursday 9 June. July dates and times can be seen here.

Death of a Gentleman: important information

This screening, on Tuesday 7 June, coincides with the return of top-class Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycling to Croydon; the only London venue during a British tour. The Clocktower is within the circuit and although access should not be significantly impeded, we have decided to slightly delay the screening until 7.45pm, to ensure that patrons don’t have any difficulty arriving in time. This will also mean that anyone who would like to see the women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix race, starting at 6.30pm, will have time to do so. Race time and route details can be seen here.

Croydon Comedy Festival

Following a successful launch last year, this year’s festival will take place in June and July, and will feature around 50 events at 12 different venues. In addition to stand up comedy, there will be theatre and films, and we’re delighted to be festival participants, screening The Brand New Testament and Florence Foster Jenkins. Please see the Festival website for the full programme.

News Update 29 May 2016
The following is our July programme:

Tuesday 5 July 7.30pm: Evolution
Thursday 7 July 11.00am: Florence Foster Jenkins – Babes in Arms screening
Thursday 7 July 2.30pm & 7.30pm: A Hologram for the King
Tuesday 12 July 2.30pm: Florence Foster Jenkins
Tuesday 12 July 7.30pm: Departure
Thursday 14 July: 2.30pm* & 7.30pm: Our Kind of Traitor (*Hard of Hearing screening)
Tuesday 19 July 7.30pm: Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story
Thursday 21 July 11am & 7.30pm: Love & Friendship
Tuesday 26 July 2.30pm (and also Tuesday 2 August 7.30pm): When Marnie Was There
Tuesday 26 July 7.30pm: Knight of Cups
Thursday 28 July 2.30pm & 7.30pm: Sing Street

News Update 23 May 2016

I Am Belfast
I Am Belfast

Dear Supporter,
Disorder last Tuesday didn’t attract quite as many patrons as we might have expected, considering that our European thrillers have been known to sell out, but it was an enigmatic film appreciated by our patrons, who came up with some interesting theories to explain ambiguous elements! Thursday’s Our Little Sister was clearly a hit, with “absolutely charming” being highly representative of the feedback received.

I can’t claim to be a silent film enthusiast, but tomorrow’s film Shooting Stars sounds so intriguing and inviting that I couldn’t resist booking, so I hope to see you there! See below if you need any further incentive to see this milestone in British cinema. The impressionistic portrait I Am Belfast on Thursday promises to be equally absorbing, and a rare occasion when we can say that you’ll experience a film unlike any we have shown so far. Please note that I Am Belfast contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect anyone susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

Next Tuesday offers an opportunity to see the internationally acclaimed Hungarian feature Son of Saul. Winner of 45 awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, it tells a deeply unsettling story, but with such power and insight that most will find the emotional investment worthwhile. The Sydney Morning Herald called it “one of the greatest films ever made”. Note there are screenings at both 2.30 and 7.30pm

We anticipate that tickets will be available from our Clocktower box office before all three of the above films.

Finally, this is my penultimate update ‘editorial’ before September. Campaign Secretary John Ingman explains why in his contribution below. 

Adrian Winchester
Campaign Chairman

Adrian Winchester – leave of absence

John Ingman writes:
Adrian Winchester, Chair of the Campaign and its Director, has decided to take three months’ leave of absence from 1 June. Adrian has been working with the Campaign for five years without any significant break. He feels that the time has now come to take some time off from his duties, particularly in view of an urgent need to undertake some house renovation! During this period, his Campaign work will for the most part be done by other members of the Committee, although Adrian will still do some very limited, specialised work for the Campaign.

Adrian has made a unique contribution to the development of the Campaign and all those who support it will want to wish him some rest and refreshment during this break. We hope that he will return from it with renewed energies.