Last week, following a well-received Manchester by the Sea, La La Land had the difficult task of living up to high expectations fuelled by its impressive haul of awards. Some patrons loved it while others would have welcomed a faster pace, which goes to show that our lower-profile films are usually enjoyed just as much as box office smashes!
Moonlight has won Best Motion Picture at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony. But amid much embarrassment and consternation as La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner! But ‘all publicity is good publicity’ as they say and the general tone of the Oscars was one of hope and optimism for the film industry. In case any one has missed the extensive media coverage and results, here’s a brief summary of some of those who took home that coveted golden statuette: Read More……..
The BAFTA awards last Sunday reinforced how exciting the upcoming weeks will be at the David Lean, with several outstanding films in store. We’ve already screened some winners, but you’ll soon be able to consider whether the following awards were the right decision: Read More…………
The thriller Snowden shown on Tuesday had excellent feedback from a full house, offering an absorbing – although not entirely impartial – insight into what motivated Snowden’s actions. Life, Animated, a sensitive and widely praised documentary was seen by Thursday’s smaller but similarly appreciative audiences.
If the heady romance of Valentine’s Day on Tuesday isn’t quite your thing, then a visit to the David Lean may be the perfect solution! Read More………..
Thursday’s screening of Sully prompted excellent feedback from patrons. Director Clint Eastwood’s restrained handling of an absorbing subject showed that reaching the age of 86 need not be an obstacle to artistic achievement!
Alan, our Box Office Manager, has advised that Thursday was also notable for exceptional first day sales of our March programme. 160 tickets were sold, with Jackie proving particularly popular. For a good choice of seats, it would be wise to not wait too long before booking certain films. Read More……..
Please note: the terms ‘Handyman’ and ‘Handyman Team’ have been used in order to avoid any implication that members of the team have taken over aspects of Croydon Council’s maintenance responsibilities. Female volunteers are of course equally welcome and we may reconsider the term in future.
Duties and Responsibilities
Although the David Lean Cinema (together with the rest of the Town Hall and Croydon Clocktower) are the property of Croydon Clocktower, and thus are maintained by the Council, we have Council approval to take responsibility for certain miscellaneous tasks, although more substantial ones will need specific Council approval. This will enable us to undertake certain non-specialised repairs and improvements – that the Council might consider a low priority – much sooner. We can also consider repainting furnishings and areas that the Council would only get round to very infrequently. The result should be a more pleasant environment and a sense of greater efficiency in certain respects. This will help us to convey that the David Lean is a cared for venue, enhancing its appeal to patrons. Most work is likely to be in the cinema auditorium; the lobby area between the inner and outer doors; the Arts Bar; or possibly the projection box. Enthusiasm will be valued as well as:
- Familiarity with the use of various tools
- Carpentry skills
- Painting skills
Unlike most of our roles, this will be highly variable as the work is bound to be irregular, and we will try to match the skills of team members to the tasks that arise. Therefore, you might undertake a job that’s very useful to the Campaign, but only takes 30 minutes, and this might be your only involvement in a particular month. Alternatively, a painting project might involve several hours of work in a particular week. The ‘Handyman Team’ could therefore be a good option for people keen to offer skills, but without necessarily wanting to take on regular or more time-consuming responsibilities.
In addition to having one or more of the skills indicated, a willingness to work as part of a team is needed. Attention to detail is desirable as ongoing approval from the Council will depend on the work being of a reasonable standard. Awareness of safety issues in a public place will also be needed, especially as some tasks may be undertaken at times when members of the public are passing through the Arts Bar. We can expect (e.g.) use of ladders to be very restricted, if allowed at all, so expect some frustrations!
We don’t currently propose formal training other than a meeting at which certain operational guidelines will be mentioned, but there will probably be scope for some team members to pick up skills while assisting whoever oversees a particular task.
How will it work?
We anticipate that a Team Leader (yet to be appointed) will plan work in consultation with the Campaign Director. He/she will notify team members of opportunities when they arise, inviting volunteers. Work involving particular team members will then be scheduled, once approved (if necessary) by the Council.
What to do now?
If you would like to help and/or know more, simply click on “Contact Us” in the website menu and give us some brief details about yourself, including your phone number, stating that you’re interested in joining the ‘Handyman Team’. Please include “Volunteers” in the subject line. We’ll get back to you.
The excitement of the awards season is in full swing and the David Lean is at the forefront of showing the possible winners. La La Land and Manchester by the Sea are selling well, but it’s worth checking the extra screenings on our Film Schedule for more ticket information.
Sarah’s Key and The Innocents, our contributions to Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January were well attended by appreciative audiences; there was praise for both films, and particularly for the fine acting and direction of The Innocents – a powerful portrayal of hope over adversity that stays in the memory… Read More
Arts Bar Role Description
Duties and Responsibilities You will perform an important role as the public face of the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign before 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.
- Preparing the arts bar and equipment ready for service
- Welcoming patrons in the arts bar area
- Serving drinks and snacks
- Taking payment and recording sales
- Being aware of hygiene requirements and care of equipment
- Clearing away when patrons have gone into the cinema
- 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 the arts bar exist during evening screenings as per the film programme. Film times are usually 7.30. Volunteer arts bar staff should arrive by 6.15 at the latest to set up and be ready to serve at 6.30. Once the patrons go into the film you will do all the necessary clearing away and storing of equipment.
Desirable Qualities Experience of working with the public, experience in food service and an interest in film are useful. You need to be reliable, punctual, friendly and polite. Volunteers must wear an identifying David Lean t-shirt.
Arts bar volunteers will be given training, which will cover all necessary information relating to the role. New staff shadow the role with an experienced volunteer during their initial shifts.
How does it work? Our Volunteer Co-ordinators ask volunteers 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.
A United Kingdom inspired glowing feedback from Thursday’s patrons and two more screenings added on 8 February should make it our biggest success since Suffragette. But it’s not widely- known that this remarkable true story has a local connection, apart from director Amma Asante (also responsible for Belle) coming from Streatham. Read More…..
It was good to see patrons welcoming the Campaign-run Arts Café Bar, launched on Tuesday. It will now open an hour before every evening screening. The photo features Teresa behind the bar – one of our new volunteers providing this service. We hope to extend this facility in due course and will keep you informed. Read More……