Dementia Friendly Screenings

The David Lean Cinema, in partnership with the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance, are organising a series of popular music films throughout 2019. 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 free for people with dementia and their carers. 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. Our December pre-Christmas performance will start at 2.30pm, with refreshments available at 1.45pm. 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 5 March 2019
VIVA LAS VEGAS (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret
Race car driver Lucky Jackson (Elvis) goes to Las Vegas to participate in the city’s first annual Grand Prix. Forced to work as a waiter to earn money to pay for a new car engine, he falls for local swimming instructor Rusty Martin (Ann-Margret).

Click here to reserve seats for VIVA LAS VEGAS

Tuesday 2 April 2019
EASTER PARADE (1948), starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire
This romantic musical features songs by Irving Berlin. Fred plays Broadway star Don Hewes, who hires Hannah Brown, a chorus girl, played by Judy to prove that he can train anyone to be a star dancer and get back at his ex-partner.

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Tuesday 7 May 2019
CALAMITY JANE (1953), starring Doris Day and Howard Keel
Calamity Jane (Doris Day) is the shotgun rider on the Deadwood stagecoach. When the patrons of the town’s saloon complain that they do not have a top class female entertainer, Jane rashly promises to get a star attraction from Chicago to sing at the saloon, much to the amusement of Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel).

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Tuesday 21 May 2019
SUMMER HOLIDAY (1963), starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows
Four young London Transport mechanics convert a double decker bus into a travelling hotel, which they drive across Europe. They pick up a runaway girl singer plus three other girls on their way to Athens.

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Tuesday 4 June 2019
G.I. BLUES (1960), starring Elvis Presley and Juliet Prowse
Elvis plays a US serviceman stationed in Germany who dreams of running a nightclub when he is demobbed. To raise money for this, he places a bet that he can spend the night with local hard-to-get dancer Lili, played by Juliet Prowse.

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Tuesday 2 July 2019
ON MOONLIGHT BAY (1951), starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae
In the mid-1910s, the Winfield family, including tomboy Marjorie (Doris Day), move to the smarter part of a small Indiana town. Marjorie is none too pleased about re-locating until she meets neighbour William Sherman (Gordon MacRae), taking a break from his university studies.

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Tuesday 3 September 2019
IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME (1949), starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson
When Veronica Fisher (Judy Garland) gets a job at Oberkugen’s music shop, and starts bickering with Andrew Larkin (Van Johnson), the shop’s senior salesman, neither of them suspects that they are each other’s anonymous pen pal.

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Tuesday 1 October 2019
THE YOUNG ONES (1961), starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows
Cliff plays Nicky, an aspiring singer, who joins his friends to try to save their youth club in London’s West End from an unscrupulous millionaire property developer, who plans to demolish it and build a large office block.

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Tuesday 5 November 2019
ON THE TOWN (1949), starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra
Three sailors (played by Kelly, Sinatra and Jules Munshin) embark on a 24 hour shore leave in New York, and each becomes romantically involved. The music score is by Leonard Bernstein, and many of the dance sequences were filmed on location around the city.

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Saturday 14 December 2019 – Pre-Christmas screening
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1951), starring Alastair Sim
Alastair Sim heads a fine cast of British acting talent from the post-war era in this classic rendering of Dickens’s tale of moral redemption, as the miser Scrooge is made to change his ways following visitations from the ghost of his old partner and three seasonal spirits. Sponsored by Talking Pictures TV.

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BRIT School Showcase films shown with David Lean Cinema features

Our October Showcase will be RITUALS (PG, 5 mins) directed by Simisolaoluwa Akande. This reflective Year 13 film was made as part of a World Cinema strand. It will accompany the following features:

  • Bait – 1 October
  • Inna De Yard – 09 October
  • The Chambermaid – 22 October
  • The Last Tree – 29 October

We will additionally screen two other BRIT School shorts in the programmes indicated:

LIABILITY (15, 18 mins), directed by Olli Slatter. This Year 13 Creative Media Project is an engaging crime drama set in 1974. It will be shown with A Faithful Man on 10 October.

THE MAN AND THE HARE (12A, 14 mins), co-directed by Simisolaoluwa Akande and Zoe Mendleson. This unsettling Year 13 film was shot on location in Shropshire by a relatively large crew of students. We thank editor Henry Fox for preparing a ‘final cut’ that will be shown for the first time with Crawl at our Halloween horror show on 31 October.

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 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.

Our planned screenings for late August and September are below. Tickets on sale from Thursday 8 August at 9am:

The August/September programme looks back on true events and the intensity of romantic relationships.

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

Tue 27 Aug at 7.30pm – MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE (12A) – An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

Wed 28 Aug at 7.30pm and Tue 10 Sep at 11am Babes in Arms screening – YESTERDAY (12A) – Danny Boyle directs, as a struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Thu 29 Aug at 2.30 & 7.30pm – ONLY YOU (15) – Elena and Jake meet by chance on New Year’s Eve, arguing for the same taxi. However, instead of going their separate ways after sharing a taxi, they start a passionate relationship.

Tue 3 Sep at 7pm – MIDSOMMAR (18) – A young American couple have a rocky relationship, but after a family tragedy keeps them together, they join a trip to a disturbing once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village.

Thu 5 Sep at 2.30 & 7.30pm – PHOTOGRAPH (15) – A struggling street photographer in Mumbai, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée.

Tue 10 Sep at 7.30pm – MAKING NOISE QUIETLY (15) – In 1944 in Kent, a conscientious objector and a roaming artist find friendship, as the Second World War unfolds across the English Channel.

Thu 12 Sep at 2.30 & 7.30pm – APOLLO 11 (U) – This documentary features never-before-seen, unedited footage, as NASA prepares to send the first men to the moon, revealing their personal lives and experiences.

Sat 14 Sep 2.30pm – as part of the Kenley Revival Project – SPITFIRE (PG) – Tickets just £5 – the story of an aeroplane that was forged in competition, shaped in war and went on to become the most famous fighter aircraft ever made.

Tue 17 Sep at 7.30pm – ANIMALS (15) – Based on the novel of the same name, Laura and Tyler are two girls who like to party, but as they drift into their thirties, reality begins to bite.

Thu 19 Sep at 2.30 & 7.30pm – TRANSIT (12A) – A young Jewish technician impersonates a dead author to flee from a Nazi-occupied Paris. While stuck in Marseilles, he encounters – and falls in love with – the dead author’s young wife.

Tue 24 Sep at 7.30pm – BLINDED BY THE LIGHT (12A) – Javed is a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics and the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.

Thu 26 Sep at 2.30pm (HOH)* & 7pm – ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD (18) – Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film is set in 1969, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long-time stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore.

Our planned screenings for July and early August are below. Tickets on sale from Thursday 6 June at 9am:

The July/August programme tells the stories of extraordinary lives plus those fighting to change the world around them.

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

Tue 2 July at 7.30pm – HIGH LIFE (18) – An astronaut on an odyssey to a distant black hole faces the challenges of parenting, while struggling to survive in the isolation of deep space.

Wed 3 July at 7.30pm and Tue 9 July at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – AMAZING GRACE (U) – Documentary presenting Aretha Franklin, over two nights, with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Thu 4 July at 2.30 (HOH)* & 7.30pm – ROCKETMAN (15) – The life of Elton John comes to the big screen as Taron Egerton stars in the musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of his breakthrough years.

Tue 9 July at 7.30pm – BIRDS OF PASSAGE (15) – Based on a true story and taking place over two decades, a tribe in the north of Colombia dominates the profitable marijuana business, before competing forces threaten their entire existence.

Wed 10 July at 7.30pm – in association with Croydon Pride plus spoken word performance – TUCKED (15) – A tender drama about an aging 80 year old drag queen, that forms an unlikely friendship with a younger queen, both struggling with their own issues of gender identity.

Thu 11 July at 2.30 & 7.30pm – SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER (12A) – Bill Nighy stars in this stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama about a Scrabble-obsessed tailor, trying to reconnect with his missing son.

Tue 16 July at 7.30pm – DIEGO MARADONA (12A) – Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, the film follows Maradona’s career in its peak in the 1980’s. Despite a glittering career on the pitch, the darker times of his personal life are not far away.

Thu 18 July at 2.30 & 7.30pm – GLORIA BELL (15) – The reworking of the 2013 Chilean film of the same name. A free-spirited divorcee spends her nights on the dance floor, but soon finds an unexpected new romance, filled with the complications of dating.

Tue 23 July at 7.30pm – AFTER LIFE (PG) – Japanese classic, where the newly deceased must choose one memory that will constitute their own private heaven.

Thu 25 July 2.30 (HOH)* & 7.30pm – LATE NIGHT (15) – Emma Thompson features as a late-night talk show host. Taking the decision to hire her first female writer to smooth over diversity concerns, she finds the decision brings about unexpectedly hilarious consequences.

Tue 30 July at 7.30pm – IN FABRIC (18) – British horror comedy film, set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store. As a cursed dress passes from person to person, there’s devastating consequences ahead.

Thu 1 Aug 2.30 & 7.30pm – WOMAN AT WAR (12A) – First premiered at Cannes , eco-activist Halla plans to disrupt the operations of an aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands, putting her long-forgotten application to adopt an orphan child from Ukraine in jeopardy.

Tue 6 Aug at 7.30pm – BRITAIN ON FILM: PROTEST! (12A) – Spanning almost the entire 20th Century, an examination of the history of protest in Britain, from a 1910 suffragette demonstration to the fight for LGBT rights.

Thu 8 Aug at 2.30 (HOH)* & 7.30pm – VITA & VIRGINIA (12A) – Adapted from the play by Dame Eileen Atkins, following the love affair between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf and how it led to literary inspiration.

Thu 15 Aug at 2.30 (HOH)* & 7.30pm – YESTERDAY (12A) – Danny Boyle directs, as a struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

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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.
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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.