BRIT School short films shown with David Lean Cinema features

In partnership with the School’s Film & Media Production department, the David Lean Cinema is delighted to present the BRIT School Showcase – featuring short films made by students aged 14 to 18. A different film will be shown at selected screenings each month. Classifications are from Croydon Council.

BRIT short - Snare

Our August film will be Snare (15, 3 mins), directed by Theo Batterham. This explores a theme of being trapped; contrasting the influence of countryside and city environments. It features actor Arthur Dobree, who also appeared in Theo’s first film Jab, which we screened in July.

There are relatively few screenings due to our two week August closure. The full schedule is:

    • The Happy Prince – 2 (7.30pm only) & 22 August
    • First Reformed – 28 August

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 Apsaraarts.ticketsource.co.uk (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.

Enquiries: info@apsaraarts.co.uk
07751 622 907
www.apsaraarts.co.uk

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 September are below. Tickets on sale from Thursday 9th August:

Tickets for the September programme go on sale online on Thursday 9th August at 9am, and will be available from the cinema box office between 1.30 and 2.30 on that day for those who wish to buy tickets for August or September films.

The September programme follows the varied paths of motherhood plus true stories in the world of foreign film

Tue 4th Sep at 7.30pm – PIN CUSHION (15) + Q and A with Joanna Scanlan – A eccentric, shy mother (Joanna Scanlon) hopes that a move to a new town will provide a better life for both herself and her awkward daughter but finds their relationship – punctuated by fantasy – is put to the test.

Thu 6th Sep at 2.30pm (HOH) and 7.30pm – MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN (PG) – Five years after the events of Mamma Mia!, Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant herself.

Tue 11th Sep at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – TULLY (15) – A mother struggling with the demands on three children, finds her life changes when her brother hires a night time nanny called Tully.

Tue 11th Sep at 7.30pm – LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE (PG) – The real-life charming and rich portrait of eccentric matriarch Julita Salmerón and her family, showing her three childhood wishes: lots of kids, a monkey, and a castle.

Thu 13th Sep at 2.30pm & 7.30pm – SUMMER 1993 (12A) – Writer/director Carla Simón’s touching autobiographical film, following Frida, orphaned at 6 years old, giving a moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world.

Tue 18th Sep at 7.30pm – SICILIAN GHOST STORY (15) – Based on a true story, 13 year old Giuseppe vanishes in a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance and ventures to find him.

Thu 20th Sep at 2.30pm & 7.30pm – SHIRAZ (U) – Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this silent film is the romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal.

Tue 25th Sep at 7.30pm – VAGABOND (15) – Starting at the death of a young drifter, we follow, in flashback, the reconstruction of the weeks leading up to her death, through the bitter cold of French wine country.

Thu 27th Sep at 2.30 & 7.30pm – COLD WAR (15) – Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, Cold War depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

Our planned screenings for late August are below:

The cinema will be closed for seat refurbishment from Friday 3rd to Friday 17th August. Tickets for the September programme go on sale on Thursday 9th August at 9am, and will be available from the cinema box office between 1.30 and 2.30 and 6.30 and 7.30pm for those who wish to buy tickets for September films.

Sat 18th at 2.30pm – Kenley Revival Project – ANGELS ONE FIVE (U) – A Hurricane pilot falls victim to the wrath of his squadron after a crash-landing, and must battle to win favour, as well as battling the Luftwaffe.

Tue 21st at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – ON CHESIL BEACH (15) – Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962 find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure.

Tue 21st at 7.30pm – LEAVE NO TRACE (PG) – A father and his teenage daughter live in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.

Thu 23rd at 2.30 & 7.30pm – SWIMMING WITH MEN (12A) – British comedy starring Rob Brydon as a man who suffers a mid-life crisis but finds new meaning, as part of an all-male, middle-aged, synchronised swimming team.

Tue 28th at 7.30pm – FIRST REFORMED (15) – Ethan Hawke stars as a Protestant minister of a small congregation in upstate New York, who grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Thu 30th at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART (12A) – Feature length film celebrating the life and work of Sir Ian McKellen. Fully authorised and including access to a wealth of never-before-seen archive material.

Our planned screenings for July and early August are below. Tickets on sale from Thursday 7th June:

Tue 3rd, 7.30pm – JEUNE FEMME (15) – Separated from her artist boyfriend, and now broke, Paula struggles to survive in Paris, couch hopping, annoying her few friends and trying to deal with her ex’s cat.

Thu 5th, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – ON CHESIL BEACH (15) – Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, a young couple of widely different backgrounds in the summer of 1962 find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure. Already on sale.

Tue 10th, 11am – Babes in Arms screening – FUNNY COW (15) – A woman (Maxine Peake) uses her troubled past as material, as she attempts to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England’s working men’s clubs.

Tue 10th, 7.30pm – TULLY (15) – Charlize Theron plays a mother having difficulty coping after the birth of her third child. Gifted a night nanny named Tully, she gradually forms a unique bond with the younger woman. From Diablo Cody, the writer of Juno.

Thu 12th, 2.30 & 7.30pm – THE BREADWINNER (12A) – The animation team behind The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea bring us the story of Parvana, who must dress as a boy in order to feed her family after her father is arrested by the Taliban in Kabul.

Tue 17th, 7.30pm – A CIAMBRA (15) – £5 tickets for under 25s – 14 year old Romany boy Pio moves easily among the locals in Calabria, shadowing his elder petty-criminal brother Cosimo. When Cosimo disappears, he must prove he can stand on his own.

Thu 19th, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – EDIE (12A) – Sheila Hancock plays the widow determined to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition and climb Mount Suilven in Scotland, with or without the help of guide and fitness coach, Jonny.

Tue 24th, 7.30pm – L’AMANT DOUBLE (18) – François Ozon’s latest psychological thriller is the story of a fragile young woman, who falls in love with her psychoanalyst. After moving in with him, she discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity.

Thu 26th, 2.30 & 7.30pm – MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (U) – In this Japanese animation based on a children’s book by Mary Stewart, bored schoolgirl Mary follows a cat into the woods, and discovers Endor College, a school of magic full of dangers.

Tue 31st, 7.30pm – ARCADIA (12A) – Scouring 100 years of archive footage, Paul Wright constructs an exciting study of the British people’s shifting relationship to the land. Score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).

Thu 2nd, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – THE HAPPY PRINCE (15) – Rupert Everett, who wrote the script and directs, stars as Oscar Wilde in this story of the last days of the writer’s life, living in disgrace in Europe following his release from Reading Gaol.

Our June programme joins with local festivals to bring you spirituality and comedy plus biographies and thrillers to make you think. Tickets on sale from Thursday 10 May at 9am.

Tue 5th, 7.30pm – A QUIET PLACE (15) – Suspenseful thriller, in which a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

Thurs 7th, 2.30pm (HOH) and 7.30pm – LEAN ON PETE (15) – A teenager finds work caring for an aging racehorse and the two embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier to find a place to call home.

Sat 9th, 2.30pm and Wed 20th, 7.30pm – REDOUBTABLE (15) – A biographical comedy-drama film about French film director Jean-Luc Godard, who falls in love with his 17-year-old leading lady.

Tues 12th, 11am – Babes in Arms screening – ISLE OF DOGS (PG) – Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation. In a dystopian Japan, dogs with “canine flu” are quarantined on a remote island, leaving young Atari to searches the island for his dog, Spots.

Tues 12th, 7.30pm – THOROUGHBREDS (15) – Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart, hatching a plan to solve both of their problems, at whatever cost.

Thu 14th, 11am & 7.30pm and Thu 28th, 2.30pm (HOH) – THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY (12A) – Lily James stars as a writer seeks inspiration in the tales of a Guernsey reading group in this British tale of keeping calm and carrying on.

Tue 19th, 7.30pm – MAKALA (U) – As part of the Croydon Festival of Peace, the trials and tribulations of a young farmer who earns a living by making and selling charcoal in Congo.

Thu 21st, 2.30pm & 7.30pm – ROAD TO PEACE (U) – As part of the Croydon Festival of Peace, the Dalai Lama travels around Great Britain sharing his spiritual and humanitarian message. Plus Q&A with director Leon Stuparich.

Tue 26th, 7.30pm – FUNNY COW (15) – Croydon Comedy Festival presentation. A woman (Maxine Peake) uses her troubled past as material, as she attempts to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England’s working men’s clubs.

Thu 28th, 7.30pm – BEAST (15) – In a small island community, a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape her oppressive family.

Thu 5th July, 2.30pm (HOH) & 7.30pm – ON CHESIL BEACH (15) – Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, a young couple of widely different backgrounds in the summer of 1962 find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure.

Our May programme features great storytelling with world cinema plus an insight into true life events. Tickets on sale from Thursday 5 April at 9am.

Tue 1st May at 7pm – THE SQUARE (15) – Disaster strikes when a curator hires a public relations team to build some buzz for his renowned Swedish museum, in a hilarious takedown of the elitism found in art circles.

Thu 3rd May at 2.30 & 7.30pm – SWEET COUNTRY (15) – Australian Western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s. Justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defence.

Tue 8th May at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – LADY BIRD (15) – Saoirse Ronan stars in this Oscar nominated Best Picture film. In this coming-of-age tale, an outspoken teen must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother.

Tue 8th May at 7.30pm – YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (15) – Joaquin Phoenix stars as Joe, a contract killer, who uncovers a conspiracy leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Thu 10th May at 2.30 & 7.30pm – THE MAGIC FLUTE (PG) – Ingmar Bergman directs the film version of Mozart’s masterpiece.

Tue 15th May at 7.30pm – THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (15) – A political thriller based on a true story. Weeks before the 2011 Egyptian revolution, a police officer in Cairo’s corrupt system, investigates the murder of a famous club singer.

Thu 17th May at 2.30pm (HOH) & 7.30pm – BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (12A) – The surprising and complex life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor.

Tue 22nd May at 7.30pm – GHOST STORIES (15) – Sceptic Professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’.

Thu 24th May at 11am & 7.30pm – ISLE OF DOGS (PG) – £5 tickets for under 25s – Stop-motion animation, written and directed by Wes Anderson. In a dystopian Japan, dogs with “canine flu” are quarantined on a remote island, leaving young Atari to searches the island for his dog, Spots.

Tue 29th May at 7.30pm – DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME (18) – Documentary of the history of Dawson City, the gold rush town that had a historical treasure of forgotten silent films buried in permafrost for decades until 1978.

Thu 31st May at 2.30pm & 7.30pm – I GOT LIFE! (15) – French drama. Divorced Aurore, loses her job and is soon to be a grandmother but embracing life, she refuses to be relegated to the scrap yard.

April’s programme features the best in world cinema plus fascinating insights into real lives. Tickets are on sale from Thurs 8th March.

Tue 3rd April at 7.30pm – THE FINAL YEAR (12A) – A fly-on-the-wall documentary giving a unique insiders’ account of Barack Obama’s final year in office, focusing on his administration’s foreign policy.

Thu 5th April at 2.30pm and Sat 7th April 2.30pm – EARLY MAN (PG) – The latest animation from Aardman and director Nick Park. A plucky cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and their tribe face a threat to their simple existence.

Thu 5th April at 7.30pm – BLACK PANTHER (12A) – Based on the Marvel superhero of the same name, Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker star. After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king.

Tue 10th April at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – THE SHAPE OF WATER (15) – At a top secret research facility in the 1950s, a lonely cleaner forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Tue 10th April at 7.30pm – ON BODY AND SOUL (18) – A Hungarian abattoir is the setting for an unsettling romance, where an affair between two co-workers only exists in their dreams.

Thu 12th April at 2.30 & 7.30pm – LADY BIRD (15) – Saoirse Ronan stars in the Oscar nominated Best Picture film. In this coming-of-age tale, an outspoken teen must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother.

Tue 17 April at 7.30pm – DARK RIVER (15) – Following the death of her father, Alice (played by Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.

Thu 19th April at 11am & 7.30pm – I, TONYA (15) – Based on unbelievable but true events, Margot Robbie as stars as Tonya Harding, in a film covering her life and her connection to the 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan.

Tue 24 April at 7.30pm – A FANTASTIC WOMAN (15) – Acclaimed Chilean drama where a transgender singer faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend.

Thu 26 April at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – FINDING YOUR FEET (12A) – Featuring an all-star British cast including Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley. On the eve of retirement a middle class snob discovers her husband’s affair, forcing her to live with her sister on an inner-city council estate.

Our March programme features the finest of the Oscar nominations plus a celebration of punk culture. Tickets on sale from Thursday 8th February.

Tue 6th Mar, 7.30pm – ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (15) – Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer star in the true story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his billionaire grandfather’s refusal to pay the ransom.

Wed 7th Mar, 7.30pm, Wed 14th Mar, 7.30pm, Tue 20th Mar, 2.30pm – DARKEST HOUR (PG) – A thrilling and inspiring true story as in his first days as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must decide to explore peace with Nazi Germany, or stand firm to fight for the ideals of a nation.

Thurs 8th Mar, 11am and 7.30pm – THE POST (12A) – Marking International Women’s Day – A cover-up spanning three decades pushes the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an battle between the press and the government.

Tue 13th Mar, 11.00am – Babes in Arms screening – THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (PG) – Musical inspired by the life of showman and circus creator P. T. Barnum.

Tue 13th Mar, 7.30pm – LOVELESS (15) – An estranged Russian couple going through a brutal divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

Tue 15th Mar, 2.30pm and 7.30pm – PHANTOM THREAD (15) – Set in London’s couture world in the 1950s, Daniel Day-Lewis as a dressmaker who falls in love with a much younger waitress.

Sat 17th Mar, 2.30pm and Tue 20th Mar, 7.30pm – COCO (PG) – 12-year-old Miguel finds himself in the land of the dead, seeking the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living.

Thu 22nd Mar, 2.30pm (Hard of Hearing) and 7.30pm – JOURNEY’S END (12A) – Adapted from the play, set in a dugout in 1918, a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously await their fate.

Tue 27th Mar, 7.30pm and Thu 29th Mar, 2.30pm – THE SHAPE OF WATER (15) – At a top secret research facility in the 1950s, a lonely cleaner forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Thu 29th Mar, 7.00pm – HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS (15) – The story of the world’s first all-girl punk band who formed in London in 1976, plus a Q&A with director William Badgley and bass guitarist Tessa Pollitt.

February – DLC Programmer Philip Howard writes: February at the David Lean is a month of two halves – we start with some smaller-scale movies, before being pitched into the heart of the awards season.

Our first title, which commemorates LGBT History Month and has been on sale for some time, is Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King. After this inspirational tale, we have a well-made documentary about a British music legend: if you’re a fan, you’ll be delighted by Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars. Personal taste being what it is, I’m far more eager to see Lost In Paris, a riotous yet charming physical comedy whose stars have been dubbed “the two funniest clowns working in cinema today”! We follow that with one of my London Film Festival favourites, The Prince Of Nothingwood, about a tireless and very entertaining director-star of Afghani cinema.

From a showbiz documentary to a showbiz musical biopic for the first of our ‘big’ movies: Hugh Jackman is P. T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. We then welcome the acclaimed Frances McDormand in the venomous comedy-drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Matt Damon finds that his problems grow as his body shrinks in the satirical comedy Downsizing.

Director Richard Linklater (Boyhood) returns with Last Flag Flying, starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne as reunited Vietnam veterans. And, because February is a short month and many of you will be keen to book early, our 1st March title will also go on sale: Gary Oldman is transformed into Winston Churchill for the 1940-set drama Darkest Hour.

This is our February programme, offering a treat for music and musical fans while conflicts and wars provide the backdrop to fascinating and touching stories. Tickets on sale from Thursday 4th January.

Tue 6th Feb, 7.30 – ERIC CLAPTON: A LIFE IN 12 BARS (15): A look at the life and work of guitarist Eric Clapton, told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison.

Thu 8th Feb, 2.30 and 7.30 – LOST IN PARIS (12A): Comedy about a Canadian librarian who flies to Paris to find her elderly aunt is missing. While looking for her, she encounters a friendly but annoying tramp who won’t leave her alone.

Tue 13th Feb, 11.00 – Babes in Arms screeningBATTLE OF THE SEXES (12A): Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

Tue 13th Feb, 7.30 – THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD (15): Afghanistan’s most prolific director literally puts his life on the line to make movies, as seen in this riveting and hilarious documentary.

Thu 15th Feb, 2.30 & 7.30pm – THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (U): This original musical, starring Hugh Jackman, is inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum and his creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Tue 20th Feb, 7.30 – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (15): Frances McDormand stars as a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Thu 22nd Feb, 11am and 7.30 – DOWNSIZING (15): A husband and wife take up the opportunity to be shrunk to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation – a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

Tue 27th Feb, 7.30 – LAST FLAG FLYING (15): Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne star as three Vietnam War veterans who reunite after one of their sons is killed in the Iraq War.

Thu 1st Mar, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30 – DARKEST HOUR (PG): A thrilling and inspiring true story as in his first days as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must decide whether to explore peace with Nazi Germany, or stand firm to fight for the ideals of a nation.

January – DLC Programmer Philip Howard writes: January is an unusual month for a cinema like the David Lean, where we screen films a few weeks after general release. Although the prestigious awards season has been underway for some time, January can be like the calm in the eye of the storm, as the major studios don’t put their top contenders out just before Christmas. Therefore, we have a few ‘big’ films for you, but also some independent gems.

We start by repeating the two most popular titles of late 2017: Murder on the Orient Express and The Death of Stalin. Then, two further late 2017 releases make their DLC debuts: the discomfiting drama The Killing of a Sacred Deer (from the director of The Lobster), and Annette Bening’s winning performance as Gloria Grahame in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

Menashe is a wonderful small-scale drama about a hapless widower and father in Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jewish community – you’ll be drawn into his world as soon as you see the trailer! Recognising the significance of Yiddish-language cinema, one of its two screenings will be on Holocaust Memorial Day.

The next three movies are all centred around charismatic women, but that’s about all they have in common besides their high quality: Ingrid Goes West is a darkly hilarious morality tale for the social media age, Manifesto sees the peerless Cate Blanchett inhabit thirteen personas, exploring the architecture of Berlin and the wonderfully strange manifestos of modern art, while the documentary Jane tells the story of renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.

At the end of the month, it’s time for “Happy Haneke”: Michael Haneke, the director of The Piano Teacher, The White Ribbon and Amour, returns with Happy End, a troubled vision of modern Europe whose cast includes Isabelle Huppert. Sales are also open for our first film of February, as we know many of you will be keen to see Emma Stone (as Billie Jean King) and Steve Carell, in Battle of the Sexes.

Finally, a quick word on a couple of very good recent releases that we’re not showing. Like several recent titles, Mudbound received a very limited release before heading to Netflix, and like most cinemas we simply weren’t permitted to show it. Paddington 2 is a lovely family film – though an awkward surprise for us, as we declined it on the basis of some underwhelming pre-release clips! It’s now fairer to invite you to see it elsewhere during December rather than hold on for a late David Lean screening. And, on that note, I’ll wish you all the best for the festive season, and hope to see you again at the Clocktower throughout 2018.

This is our January programme. Tickets on sale from Thursday 7th December.

Tue 2 Jan, 2.30 & 7.30 – MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (12A): Rescreening of this retelling of the Agatha Christie mystery, with an all star cast lead by Kenneth Branagh.

Thu 4 Jan, 2.30 and 7.30 – THE DEATH OF STALIN (15): Rescreening of Armando Iannucci’s comedy-drama of how the Soviet dictator lives out his final days and the chaos after his death.

Tue 9 Jan, 11am – Babes in Arms screeningMURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (12A)

Tue 9 Jan, 7.30 – THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (15): Colin Farrell plays a surgeon who is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to falls apart.

Thu 11 Jan, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30, & Tue 16 Jan, 2.30 – FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (15): Annette Bening and Jamie Bell star in the story of a young actor’s love affair with screen icon Gloria Grahame.

Tue 16 Jan, 7.30, & Sat 27 Jan, 2.30 (Holocaust Memorial Day)MENASHE (U): In Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son in this tender drama.

Thu 18 Jan, 7.30 – INGRID GOES WEST (15): In this frightening and funny study of social media, Aubrey Plaza plays an unhinged stalker who moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star.

Thu 23 Jan, 7.30 – MANIFESTO (15): Cate Blanchett portrays 13 distinct characters in vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos.

Thu 25 Jan, 11am & 7.30 – JANE (PG): Using newly re-discovered footage, and with a Philip Glass score, the film tells the story of Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking study of chimpanzees in the wild.

Tue 30 Jan, 7.30 – HAPPY END (15): In Michael Haneke’s latest film, a self-absorbed bourgeois family living in Calais pay little attention to the refugee crisis on their doorstep.

Thu 1 Feb, 2.30, & 7.30 (LGBT History Month screening)BATTLE OF THE SEXES (12A): The true story of the 1973 grudge tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and chancer Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).

December – DLC Programmer Philip Howard writes: It’s a programme of two halves in December, and we’re sure that there will be something to distract everyone from the whirl of the holiday season. In one half – the opening three Tuesdays and Thursdays – are the first group of this year’s Academy Awards contenders along with a pair of new releases that could become festive classics. In the other half – at the beginning and end of the month – we have five rare gems from the archives.

First, those big movies. Awards contenders include the sumptuous gay romance Call Me By Your Name, the devilishly dark comedy The Death of Stalin, the British drama of triumph over adversity Breathe, and a child’s eye view of life on the margins, The Florida Project. (Another awards contender, the distinctly unfestive The Killing of a Sacred Deer, should follow in January.) For Advent fun, we have Ken Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express, and Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas.

Now for our archive treats! Two of these are 2015 films that had very limited UK releases and are making their Croydon debuts: Tanna is the Oscar-nominated “Romeo and Juliet in Vanuatu”, with high passions and a rich portrayal of traditional lifestyles on this distant island, while The Boy and the Beast is a thrilling fantasy by the up-and-coming anime director Mamoru Hosada. Whereas his previous film Wolf Children, which we screened at the Spread Eagle in 2013 to great acclaim, is a poignant tale of single motherhood, this is an equally sensitive fable which explores themes of loneliness and masculinity – while also being wildly entertaining! Already on sale, 1978’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs is a fascinating saga set in the 19th century Italian countryside, while 1953’s The Wages of Fear is one of the great white-knuckle thrillers.

Returning to the Advent theme, we also have 2014’s Open Bethlehem. This documentary depicts life in the historic town, now under the shadow of the Israel – Palestine border wall. It is followed by a Q&amp:A with Sara Apps, the Open Bethlehem Campaign’s Executive Director.

Our December programme features a nod to the festive season plus a spotlight on extraordinary lives, both fictional and real. Tickets on sale from Thursday 9th November.

Sat 2nd, 2.00 – THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS (12A): An Italian classic showing both the ordinary and extraordinary of Lombard peasant life in late 19th Century.

Tues 5th, 2.30 and 7.30 – THE DEATH OF STALIN (15): Armando Iannucci directs this comedy-drama of how the Soviet dictator lives out his final days and the chaos after his death.

Wed 6 Dec, 7.30 – OPEN BETHLEHEM (PG): Documentary about film director Leila Sansour’s return to her hometown of Bethlehem, finding momentous personal and political change. Followed by Q&A with Open Bethlehem Campaign’s Sara Apps.

Thu 7 Dec, 11am and 7.30pm – BREATHE (12A): The true story of Robin Cavendish, paralysed by polio, yet devoting his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled.

Sat 9 Dec, 2.30 & Fri 29 Dec, 11am – THE BOY AND THE BEAST (12A): Japanese animation telling the story of a young orphan, taken to an alternative universe by a bear man, uniting to fight a darkness that brings chaos to both worlds.

Tue 12 Dec, 11am – Babes in Arms screeningLOVING VINCENT (15): The life of artist Vincent van Gogh is uniquely retold through the animation of oil paintings.

Tue 12 Dec, 7.30 & Thu 14 Dec at 2.30 – THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS (PG): Hoping for a career revival, Charles Dickens aims for new success, with a series of events leading him to pen the classic A Christmas Carol.

Thu 14 Dec, 7.30 – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (15): Set in the 1980’s, this coming-of-age Italian drama tells the romance of Elio and Oliver over the course of a summer.

Tue 19 Dec, 7.30 & Thu 21 Dec, 2.30 (HOH) – MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (12A): An all star cast lead by Kenneth Branagh feature in the retelling of the Agatha Christie mystery.

Thu 21 Dec, 7.30 – THE FLORIDA PROJECT (15): A deeply moving and poignant look at childhood through the eyes of a 6-year-old girl as she lives in a motel with her mother.

Thu 28 Dec, 2.30 – TANNA (12A): Set on the island of Tanna in the South Pacific, the true story of a couple who decided to marry for love, rather than obey their parents’ wishes.

Fri 29 Dec, 2.30 – THE WAGES OF FEAR (12A): Tense 1950’s thriller set in the South American jungle. Rival drivers move supplies of nitroglycerine through the rough remote roads where the slightest jolt can lead to death.

Our November programme features the Globe Theatre’s performance of one of Shakespeare’s greatest works plus a choice selection of world cinema.

Those films marked with a * will also feature the BRIT short, In the Middle of Nowhere. Tickets on sale from Thursday 5th October:

Wed 1st, 2.30 & 7.30 – VICTORIA AND ABDUL (PG) – Stephen Frears directs the little-known story of the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim.

Thurs 2nd, 2.30 and 7.30 – BORG VS MCENROE (15) – Shia LaBeouf stars, charting the rivalry at the 1980 Wimbledon Championships.

Tues 7th, 7.30 – MOTHER! (18) – A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Thurs 9th, 2.30 & 7.30 – LOVING VINCENT (15) * – The life of artist Vincent van Gogh is uniquely retold through the animation of oil paintings.

Tues 14th, 11.00 – Babes in Arms screeningTHE BIG SICK (15) – A Pakistani comedian must choose between culture and love while finding out who he really is.

Tues 14th, 7.30 – IN BETWEEN (15)* – Three Arab-Israeli women share an apartment in Tel Aviv, trying to balance their traditions with the modern world.

Thurs 16th, 11.00 (HOH) & 7.30 – GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (PG)* – Telling the real-life triumphs and tragedies of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne.

Tues 21st, 7.30 – 7 DAYS (12A) * – This bittersweet drama explores the exquisite agonies of midlife romance on a stunningly beautiful Mediterranean island.

Thurs 23th, 2.00 & 7.00 – HENRY V (U) – Shakespeare charts the romance of the King, while he wages a campaign for land in France. (Tickets are £15 for all for this showing).

Tues 28th, 7.00 – BLADE RUNNER 2049 (15) – The much-anticipated sequel to the 1982 classic, a new Runner discovers a dark secret that could end humanity.

Thurs 30th, 2.30 & 7.30 – THE PARTY (15)* – Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall join an all-star cast as a celebration of a politician’s promotion gives an unexpected insight into the lives and loves of herself and her guests.

Sat 2nd Dec, 2.00 – THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS (12A) – An Italian classic showing both the ordinary and extraordinary of Lombard peasant life in the late 19th Century.

Our planned screenings for October are below. Tickets on sale from Thursday 7th September:

Tue 3 Oct, 7.30 – THE BIG SICK (15): A Pakistani comedian must choose between culture and love while finding out who he really is.

Wed 4 Oct, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30 – DUNKIRK (12A): Christopher Nolan directs the story of the evacuation of Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

Thu 5 Oct at 2.30 & 7.30pm – DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (12A): A poignant portrait of three generations of Gullah women, descendants from slaves, at the turn of the 20th century.

Tue 10 Oct, 11.00 – Babes in Arms screeningKEDI (U): Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. This is the story of seven of them.

Tue 10 Oct, 7.30 – DETROIT (15): 50 years after the murder of three young black men, Kathryn Bigelow directs the story of civil unrest and chaos that led to their deaths.

Thu 12 Oct, 2.30 & 7.30 – FINAL PORTRAIT (15): Paris, 1964. Geoffrey Rush stars as artist Alberto Giacometti in an episode of fondness and frustration as he creates his last masterpiece.

Tue 17 Oct, 7.30 – LAND OF MINE (15): In post-World War II Denmark, young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of land mines as their Danish Sergeant learns to appreciate their plight.

Thu 19 Oct, 11 & 7.30 – THE ODYSSEY (PG): Following thirty years in the life of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the great French ocean-going adventurer.

Tues 24 Oct, 2.30 (HOH) & Thu 26 Oct, 7.30 – VICTORIA AND ABDUL (PG): Stephen Frears directs the little-known story of the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim.

Tue 24 Oct, 7.30 – GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (15): An unsentimental young Yorkshire sheep farmer is forced to consider his future after meeting a Romanian migrant worker.

Tue 31 Oct, 7.00 – Halloween Horror Show!A GHOST STORY (12A): After a passionate young couple are unexpectedly separated by a shocking loss, his ghost watches over her and their house’s future inhabitants.

Tue 31 Oct, 9.00 – Halloween Horror Show!IT COMES AT NIGHT (15): After an apocalypse leaves few survivors, two families are forced to share a home in an uneasy alliance to keep evil at bay.

Late August and September – DLC Programmer Philip Howard writes: We’ll return from our summer holiday with a trip back in time. And not just any trip – The Trip, Roger Corman’s long-banned psychedelic romp, starring Peter Fonda as an LSD first-timer. It’s one of two 1967 movies playing in association with the British Film Institute’s Summer Of Love – the other, Mike Nichols’ classic The Graduate, needs little introduction! Our opening week also features a British classic, 1956’s wartime aviation biopic Reach For The Sky, promoted by our friends at the Kenley Revival Project – and an extra screening of this summer’s hit, My Cousin Rachel.

The first brand new movie of the programme will be Baby Driver, the music-led heist adventure from Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead). We then screen two fascinating and contrasting foreign language dramas about the lives of ordinary women: from France, The Midwife finds her orderly life shaken up when her late father’s mistress (Catherine Deneuve!) crashes onto the scene, while In This Corner Of The World is a beautiful and moving anime about a new bride in World War II Japan. We also have a contrasting pair of “grumpy old men” – Sweden’s Academy Award nominee A Man Called Ove could be your neighbour, unlike the title character of France’s The Death Of Louis XIV – a spellbinding performance by the great Jean-Pierre Léaud (The 400 Blows).

On September 5th, we present a fascinating one-off: the new silent movie London Symphony, with a Q&A with director Alex Barrett. Later in the month, we’ll see Istanbul too, in a charming documentary on its native Kedi (cats). We end September on another trip through time – to the American Civil War with Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, and another perspective on the Second World War in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which has already earned a third screening on October 4th.

Our planned screenings for late August and September are below. Tickets on sale from Thursday 20th July:

Tue 22nd Aug, 7.30 – THE TRIP (18): Roger Corman directs this 60’s psychedelic film. A TV director takes his first dose of LSD while facing a divorce.

Thue 24th Aug, 2.30 and 7.30 – THE GRADUATE (15): In this 1967 classic, Dustin Hoffman plays a young man, unsure of his life plans, who is seduced by an older woman.

Tue 29 Aug, 7.30 – BABY DRIVER (15): Edgar Wright directs the story of music-obsessed getaway driver Baby, who wants to ditch his shady lifestyle.

Thu 31 Aug, 2.30 and 7.30 – THE MIDWIFE (12A): Catherine Deneuve plays a tightly wound midwife forming an unlikely bond with her late father’s mistress.

Sat 2 Sep, 2.30 and Tue 12 Sep, 7.30: IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (12A): Animated drama about a young bride, who must adapt to a new family and city as the tide of WWII turns against her native Japan.

Tue 5 Sep, 7.30 – LONDON SYMPHONY (PG): A poetic journey through the city of London, with a celebration of its culture and diversity.

Thu 7 Sep, 11 and 7.30 – A MAN CALLED OVE (15): In this Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee, after giving up on life, an ill-tempered retiree discovers friendship with his boisterous new neighbours.

Tues 12th Sept, 11.00 – Babes in Arms screeningMY COUSIN RACHEL (12A): A new version of Daphne du Maurier’s classic tale starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin.

Thu 14 Sep, 2.30 and 7.30 – THE BEGUILED (15): Sofia Coppola directs this 1971 classic remake. Passions rise as a soldier wounded in the US Civil War, finds refuge in a school for young ladies.

Tue 19th Sep, 7.30 – KEDI (U): Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. This is the story of seven of them.

Wed 20 Sep, 2.30 (HOH) and 7.30 – DUNKIRK (12A): Christopher Nolan directs the story of the evacuation of Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

Tue 26 Sep, 7.30 – THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV (12A): Written and directed by Albert Serra, this historical drama takes its audience to the royal deathbed.

July and early August – DLC Programmer Philip Howard writes: Our programme for July and the first part of August is now on sale, and it’s especially diverse, with movies dating from almost a century of cinema, filmed by some great directors and produced in ten countries.

Our two revivals are from 1921 and 1956. Der Müde Tod, also known as Destiny, is an early masterpiece from Fritz Lang, who went on to direct Metropolis and M. This intriguing tale of a young woman taking on Death himself was an influence on both Alfred Hitchcock and Ingmar Bergman. From much closer to home, Reach For The Sky is a biopic of Douglas Bader, whose Battle of Britain heroics were recreated at RAF Kenley.

From the present day, yet almost as wordless as Der Müde Tod, The Red Turtle is one of two Academy Award Best Animated Feature nominees. A co-production with Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli, it’s the beautiful and mysterious story of a man shipwrecked on a lush but seemingly deserted tropical island… Our other animation is My Life As A Courgette, the powerful, hopeful stop-motion tale of a young boy finding a new life and community in a foster home. And speaking of new families, in the engaging Gifted, American seven-year-old Mary is a prodigy whose uncle and grandmother (a globetrotting Lindsay Duncan) can’t agree whether she should have a normal childhood or fulfil her great academic potential.

Shot in exquisite black and white, and set in Germany shortly after the First World War, Frantz is a stunning new release from Potiche and 8 Women director François Ozon. Another monochrome gem is a delightful little movie set in 1960s Finland: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki. Why is Olli so happy? He’s fallen in love – although he’s supposed to be fighting for a world boxing crown! Concluding our tour of three continents, Hirokazu Koreeda – the director of last year’s sublime Our Little Sister – is welcomed back with another involving family saga, After The Storm.

Headlining the three new British films on our programme, My Cousin Rachel is a remake of the 1952 classic, with Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin in the roles originally taken by Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton. It’s joined by impressive rural drama The Levelling and, with Roger Allam on rambunctious form, an adaptation of Stephen Fry’s comic novel The Hippopotamus.

So, with four films under 90 minutes and only one over two hours, we hope you’ll take plenty of short breaks from the English summer to join us at the David Lean.

Our planned screenings for July and early August are below. Tickets on sale from Thursday 8th June:
Sat 1st, 2.30 & Tue 4th, 7.30 – THE RED TURTLE (PG): In this animation, a shipwrecked man has a life-changing encounter with a giant turtle.

Thu 6th, 2.30 & 7.30 – FRANTZ (12A): In François Ozon’s film set in post-WWI Europe, a young German meets a mysterious Frenchman at her fiancé’s grave.

Tue 11th, 11 – Babes in Arms screeningTHEIR FINEST (12A)

Tue 11th, 7.30 – THE LEVELLING (15): A young vet returns to the family farm after her brother’s sudden death, in this debut film from Hope Dickson Leach.

Thu 13th, 11 & 7.30 – THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI (12A): A Finnish boxer falls in love just before a world title fight: a true(ish) story!

Tue 18th, 7.30 – DESTINY (DER MÜDE TOD) (PG): In Fritz Lang’s restored silent classic, Death gives a young woman three chances to save her fiancé from his fate.

Thu 20th, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30 – MY COUSIN RACHEL (12A): A new version of Daphne du Maurier’s classic tale starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin.

Sat 22nd, 2.30 & Tue 1st, 7.30 – MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE (PG): A young orphan boy learns about trust and true love in this stop-motion animation.

Tue 25th, 7.30 – AFTER THE STORM (PG): A private detective struggles to reconnect with his ex-wife and young son in this drama from Hirokazu Koreeda (Our Little Sister).

Wed 26th, 2.30 & 7.30 – GIFTED (12A): A single man raising his child prodigy niece and her one-eyed pet cat is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

Thu 3rd, 2.30 & 7.30 – THE HIPPOPOTAMUS (15): In this film of Stephen Fry’s novel, Roger Allam is a disgraced poet looking into some unexplained miracles.

Sat 19th, 2.00 – REACH FOR THE SKY (U): This classic film, telling the story of WWII pilot Douglas Bader (Kenneth More), was filmed at Kenley aerodrome. All tickets £5.

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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
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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:
www.davidleancinema.org.uk. 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 info@davidleancinema.org.uk, 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.