We have a rare screening of a silent gem, introduced by its producer’s son along with a biopic of two of Hollywood’s greatest comedy talents and re-screenings of two recent popular titles.
We are very pleased to welcome Sir Sydney Samuelson, who will be introducing A Couple of Down and Outs, a silent film about WW1 made in 1923, which was produced by his father G.B. Samuelson and directed by Walter Summers. It is extremely fortunate that a film of this vintage still exists and the restoration by the BFI features a fine score composed by John Sweeney, one of the mainstays of the Kennington Bioscope which shows silent films at the Cinema Museum.
The lack of real information about British cinema at this time is borne out in this interesting article about the film, which certainly bears out the dangers of relying on Wikipedia for accurate information. Luckily most, if not all, of the errors highlighted have since been corrected! Sir Sydney should be able to enlighten us as to the story of production as well as other films produced by his father’s company.
The evening will begin with a comedy short followed by a short film sequence of ‘behind the scenes’ shot at Samuelson’s Worton Hall Studio in 1918, which Sir Sydney will describe. A Couple of Down and Outs will be followed by a Q&A with our Chairman Philip Howard. Book here…………
We have two Bafta-winning films showing as part of this week’s David Lean Cinema screenings.
Our week starts on Tuesday evening (19 February) at 7.30pm with the extraordinary story of Alex Honnold in FREE SOLO. One of the elite free climbers, Honnold climbs without ropes and alone. Read More…………..
An upcoming busy week for the David Lean, with no less than six screenings – starting on Tuesday with Mary Poppins Returns. Read More………….
Tuesday evening brings you a thriller from Denmark, THE GUILTY. This joins a growing list of ‘single location’ dramas as outlined in a recent article in The Guardian.
We screened a fine example of the genre a couple of years ago – LOCKE starred Tom Hardy as a man trying to get his life together while taking a car journey. The means of the main (often only) character to communicate with the world outside the single location is generally the phone, and THE GUILTY, set in an emergency services call centre, fits the bill, as our hero tries to help an abducted woman. A few tickets left.
This week we have a Hungarian film set at the end of the Second World War for Holocaust Memorial Day and what may be Robert Redford’s swansong, as well as repeat screenings – and the announcement of our March programme. Read More…………..
We start the week on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm with Sorry to Bother You.
Boots Riley is musician turned writer/director for this clever and original piece, which he describes as ‘an absurdist dark comedy with aspects of magical realism and science fiction’. Lakeith Stanfield takes the lead of Cassius “Cash” Green, forced to adopt a ‘white voice’ to succeed in the world of telemarketing.
Widows is Wednesday evening’s (7.30pm) offering, showing again due to the popularity of our screening earlier in the month.
We end the week with a documentary, looking at the life and guiding philosophy of Fred Rogers, the host and creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, in Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
We start this week on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm with SuperBob, the second in our Stand-Up Film Club season.
Based on an idea by director Jon Drever, the film quickly became a joint project between Drever, writer William Bridges and comedian Brett Goldstein, who stars as SuperBob and also co-wrote the script. Initially intended as a short film, it eventually turned into a feature film once they managed to get Catherine Tate on board, shot in just 19 days and entirely in Peckham.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with actor Brett Goldstein and director Jon Drever. Read More……………
Happy New Year to you all from the David Lean Cinema. We start 2019 with a busy week of films, which are detailed below, as well as news of your generosity at our recent charity screenings, February’s programme, and a call for more volunteers.
We start the week with our regular Babes in Arms slot on Tuesday at 11am. This month we have the delightful comedy, Juliet, Naked, based on the book by Nick Hornby. While anyone can come to these screenings, they are designed for mothers with young babies. Details of how these screenings are organised are on our website here.
Tuesday evening has the ‘zom-com musical’ Anna and the Apocalypse. Set around Christmas in a small Scottish town, it follows sixth-former Anna as she comes to terms with the loss of her mother, her decision not to go to university – and the fact that one morning the town is swarming with zombies!
There is a sad story behind the conception of the film. The original story was the brain-child of Ryan McHenry. When he saw a trailer for High School Musical he thought it would only be worth seeing it the cast got eaten by zombies. He got to work on this idea, but having produced a short called Zombie Musical (which you can find on YouTube), and had his idea picked up by a feature film production company, he was diagnosed with cancer and died three years before the film was released. You can find out more about the film’s development here. The film has gone down well with audiences and critics, with Sight & Sound calling it “the low-budget Scottish zombie horror Christmas musical we didn’t know we needed.”
Tickets are still available for this, and if you are between 15 and 25 you can get a ticket for £5. See here.
A Merry Christmas to all our patrons from all of us at the David Lean Cinema. We hope you have enjoyed our choice of films over the past year, and that we will be able to delight you with the best of independent cinema in 2019. We end the year with two charity screenings and begin the new year with a stunning heist thriller.
For full information on our two post Christams films – Mirai and Babettes’s Feast together with our first screening of 2019 on 03 january – Widows, directed by Steve McQueen please see here.
This week – a film from award-winning Italian director Matteo Garrone – Dogman is the story of a small man confronting the town bully and screens onj Tuesday. On Thursday we show the story of a neglected moment in English history from Mike Leigh – Peterloo.