Volunteer Steward

Volunteer Steward Role Description

Duties and Responsibilities You will perform an important role as the public face of the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign before, during and after a film screening, ensuring that our customers have an enjoyable and positive experience. Our volunteers are vital in enabling films to be shown at the David Lean Cinema.

  • Directing customers to cinema facilities
  • Providing particular assistance, if required to customers with specific access requirements, including use of the assisted hearing system
  • Checking tickets and showing customers to their seats
  • Assisting latecomers and remaining in the auditorium throughout the film
  • Assisting customers after screenings, checking for lost property and litter
  • Being vigilant at all times, with regard to the safety and security of customers, colleagues and yourself and reporting problems quickly and clearly.

Time Commitment Opportunities for stewarding exist during all scheduled performances as per film programme.  Film times are usually 11am, 2.30 and 7.30. Volunteer stewards should arrive 45 mins before commencement and stay until the patrons have left the cinema.

Desirable Qualities  Experience of working with the public and an interest in film are useful.  You need to be reliable, punctual, friendly and polite. You must be willing to take responsibility for seeking assistance/acting during any emergency and keeping calm. Stewards must wear an identifying David Lean t-shirt. 

Training Stewards will be given training, which will cover all necessary information relating to the role. New stewards shadow the role with an experienced steward during their initial shifts.

How does it work?

Our Volunteer Co-ordinators ask stewards for their availability on a monthly basis and most do 1 or 2 sessions a month. Sometimes a volunteer is unable to come for their duty, for a variety of reasons, and then the person doing the monthly schedule will contact others who were available and ask if they could fill in.

What to do now? If you would like to become part of the team, simply click on “Contact Us” in the website menu and give us some details about yourself including your phone number and the role you are interested in. Please include “Volunteers” in the subject line. We’ll get back to you.


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Eddie The Eagle (2016, UK/USA/Ger, 105 mins, PG)

Eddie The Eagle

Dir: Dexter Fletcher

Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Jo Hartley 

Michael “Eddie” Edwards is a legend of British winter sports, competing as a ski jumper in the Calgary Winter Olympics of 1988, despite little experience of this terrifying and demanding event. Fletcher adapts his life story into an engaging and uplifting comedy-drama, as the underdog (Egerton) finds a coach (Jackman) with a similar outsider spirit, to together prove the doubters wrong and fulfil Eddie’s Olympic dream. “A solid gold winner” (Empire Magazine).

Surprisingly hard to find a link to a review that will not demand that you click here or sign up to that or bring your system to a halt with unwanted ads, so lets cut to the chase with this Telegraph link to the trailer which also reviews the film (sort-of): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/eddie-the-eagle/trailer/

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 28 April 2016
Starts at 2:30PM and 7:30PM Click on times to book relevant tickets.
Ticket Price: £6.50 – £8.00

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Eddie The Eagle

The 2:30PM screening is subtitled for people with a hearing loss.

The Witch (2015, USA/UK/Brazil, Dir: Robert Eggers, 93 mins, 15)

The Witch

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

New England, 1630. On a humble, isolated farm by a dense forest, a devout Puritan family strives to achieve self-sufficiency. The mysterious disappearance of their youngest child causes despair and escalating hysteria, as fears that dark forces are at work take hold. 

Shot in Canada, a talented British cast and “an exquisite sense of historical detail” cast “a highly atmospheric spell” (Variety). Eggers displays exceptional promise, and his visionary and unsettling film has received Sundance (Directing) and London Film Festival (First Feature) awards.

Review, with link to the official trailer: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/mar/10/the-witch-review-a-eerie-campfire-tale-that-gets-under-your-skin

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The Witch

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 26 April 2016
Starts at 7:30PM Click on time to book tickets.
Ticket Price: £6.50 – £8.00

The Big Short (2015, It/Fr/UK/Switz, Dir: Adam McKay, 130 mins, 15)

Big Short

Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

As the millennial boom rolled on, the housing market seemed like the best one-way bet in town – anyone could own a home (or five) and the banks made vast profits packaging and selling on mortgage debt. A few small-timers, lone wolves and oddballs – Carell’s splenetic trader and Bale’s death-metal-drumming fund manager among them – realised the foundations were rotten, and set out to profit… McKay is brilliant, telling most of this potentially complex story in outrageously entertaining style, while mindful of the human cost of the crash and furious at the amoral decadence which led to it. 

Review: watch this space

Trailer: watch this space

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The Big Short

 David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Saturday 23 April 2016
From 2:30PM to 4:45PM Click on time to book relevant tickets.
Ticket Price: £6.50 – £8.00


Rams (2015, Ice/Den/Pol/Nor, Dir: Grímur Hákonarson, 93 mins, 12A) – subtitled


Stars: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving

Gummi and Kiddi are brothers, neighbours and rivals, farming sheep in a remote Icelandic valley. They haven’t spoken in 40 years, communicating only through a sheepdog messenger, but must cope with radically changed times when scrapie is found in Gummi’s flock. With its “intensity and deadpan humour”, this tragicomedy, set on the very edge of human civilisation, is a “wonderfully idiosyncratic and moving Cain and Abel-style saga”” (The Independent).

While the address is theguardian.com, this review incorporating a link to the trailer is actually from The Observer: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/feb/07/rams-observer-film-review

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David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 21 April 2016
Starts at 2:30PM and 7:30PM
Ticket Price: £6.50 – £8.00

Click on times above to book relevant tickets.

Anomalisa (2015, USA, Dir: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, 90 mins, 15)


Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan 

Motivational speaker Michael (voiced by Thewlis) struggles so much to connect with other people that they’ve all started to sound the same (Noonan), until he meets Lisa (Leigh) and forges a connection. Can these two insecure souls form a lasting relationship? And how do you tell a story like this through the medium of stop-motion animation? 

Expertly, it seems, as this is another innovative gem from Kaufman, writer of Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine…

Anomalisa has more heart, soul and pathos than 99.9 per cent of live-action movies” (Empire Magazine).

This Guardian link is a comprehensive resource on the film, gving you review, interview with the Director and trailer all in one click: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/mar/10/anomalisa-review-charlie-kaufman-puppet-masterpiece-about-the-human-condition

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David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 19 April 2016
Starts at 7:30PM Click on time to book tickets.
Ticket Price: £6.50 – £8.00

Oliver Twist (1948, UK, Dir: David Lean, 116 mins, PG)

Oliver Twist

Stars: Alec Guinness, Robert Newton, Kay Walsh, John Howard Davies

Presented on 35mm

Marking 25 years since David Lean’s death, his biographer Kevin Brownlow joins us to introduce a favourite Lean film. This adaptation expertly retells Dickens’ enormous novel in little under two hours, and gave Lean another box office hit after the huge success of Great Expectations. In Lean’s hands, the tale of a young boy’s progress from the workhouse to London’s criminal underworld is, “A superb piece of motion picture art… One of the finest screen translations of a literary classic ever made” (New York Times).

Strange to say, internet links to contemporary reviews of a film which premiered 68 years ago are hard to come by….. 

But here are links to:

   John Hurt reminiscing on how the film influenced him – http://www.theguardian.com/film/2011/oct/09/oliver-twist-john-hurt

   The BFI page on the film (may take a long time to load) – http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b6b2089e7

   and (courtesy of a mega-film-buff on Youtube), the 1948 trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulKAAJWVFDc

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Oliver Twist

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Saturday 16 April 2016
Starts at 2:30PM Click on time to book tickets.
Ticket Price: £6.50 – £8.00