The cinema is now closed until Saturday 18th, but tickets for our September programme go on sale on Thursday 9 August. If you wish to buy these in person, we are opening the Arts Bar box office specially on this date between 13:30 and 14:30. We have advertised previously that we would also be selling tickets between 18:30 and 19:30, but we have been advised that the Clocktower will be closed during these hours, and so we are unable to do this.
An apology – towards the end of our HOH screening of The Happy Prince on Thursday, the subtitling suddenly disappeared. We are extremely sorry about this, and have got in touch with the distributors of the film, as the fault appears to have been with the digital file that was supplied to us. Obviously, this would have spoiled the end of the film for many of you, and we are very sorry for this, but we hope this is a ‘one-off’, and won’t stop you attending HOH screenings in the future. September’s HOH show is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and you might also consider our silent film offering Shiraz.
‘LISTENING TO OUR AUDIENCE’
OUR AGM, CROYDON CLOCKTOWER,
WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER, 8.00pm
Director Paul Wright’s contrasted visions of Britain are depicted in Arcadia, our first film of the week on Tuesday at 19:30.
From the earliest days of film-making to the present day, we’re shown the changing relationship the British have with their land – and it’s a fascinating look into that world.
100 years of BFI rare and unseen archive material have been made available to create a surreal, sometimes quirky, piece of cinema showing the beauty of the countryside. We see mountain scenery: pleasant pastures, cows pottering through villages, nudists frolicking in rivers… But there’s another side to this rural idyll, and Wright combines the gentle country delights with a harsher side of life – strange, sometimes violent traditions along with the scars of industrialization and urbanism.
The thrilling, eerie score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) gives an edge to the film, whilst, at the same time encapsulating many emotions. Arcadia is unique, uncompromising and thought-provoking in turns. But it gives us a picture of how Britain has become what it is today, and according to Uncut, ‘There is magic in this film’…
A few tickets remain for the showing.
The Happy Prince on Thursday is written and directed by Rupert Everett who also stars as Oscar Wilde. Read more………
Quite a contrast between our two titles this week, as the difference in the BBFC ratings (18 and U) indicates.
Tuesday’s film, L’Amant Double, is another teasing thriller from director François Ozon, much in the style of his earlier Swimming Pool (2003) and The New Girlfriend (2014), and based on the novel Lives of the Twins (UK title Kindred Passions) by Joyce Carol Oates, writing under the pseudonym Rosemond Smith (quite a few ‘doubles’ in there!) This promises to be “a disorienting deep dive into the subconscious and the sexual fantasies of a fragile young woman” (The Observer), and we don’t want to give away any spoilers, so instead a few words about Jacqueline Bisset, who you can see in the still above with co-star Marine Vacth.
Like other well-known stars, including Kristin Scott Thomas, Jane Birkin and Charlotte Rampling, she is a Francophile actress. Her mother was French – she cycled from Paris and boarded a British troop transport in order to escape the Germans during World War II according to Wikipedia – and Bisset herself was educated at the Lycée Français in London. She appeared in Day for Night, François Truffaut’s 1973 homage to film-making – where she plays an American actress and much play is made of her appearance in Bullitt (1968) – and La Cérémonie (1995), directed by Claude Chabrol, which gained her a Best Supporting Actress César (the French Oscar) nomination. Still very busy, as her IMDb listing shows, having worked on five films and a TV series so far this year.
In time for the school holidays, on Thursday we have Mary and the Witch’s Flower, the first film from Studio Ponoc, which is based on Mary Stewart’s book The Little Broomstick. Following the closure of Studio Ghibli, a number of its staff, including director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, formed Studio Ponoc – ponoc means midnight, or the beginning of a new day. Read More………….
Two new feature films this week, plus a repeat of a much admired screening.
A Ciambra showing on Tuesday at 19:30 is the tough story of 14-year-old Pio (Pio Amato). He drinks, smokes and slides easily between the region’s factions – local Italians, African refugees and his fellow Romani. But, as his father is in prison, he’s determined to support his family by following in the footsteps of his older brother Cosimo, learning the skills needed for life on the streets.
Based in the small Romani immigrant community in the impoverished Calabrian region of Southern Italy, this means a life of crime for Pio from which it’s difficult to escape. Nominated for best Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards, this is an absorbing, intense and deeply moving film from director Jonas Carpignano. Working with a totally non-professional cast, Carpignano brings alive the gritty realism for which Italian cinema is famous. The film is subtitled.
Please note – if you’re 25 or under you can come book tickets in advance or buy them on the day (cash only) for just £5.00. Evidence of your age may be required.
The subtle, moving On Chesil Beach has another screening on Wednesday at 19:30. This film adaptation by Ian McEwan, based on his novella of the same name, tells the story of a young, innocent couple and their first evening as a married couple. But sexual mores in the early 1960s were very different and the outcome is confused expectations and lost opportunities. There is fine location filming in Oxford and London, but the shots of the beautiful Dorset coast are outstanding. With touching performances from Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Lady Bird) as Florence, and Billy Howle as her husband Edward, this is a film which may well stay in your mind… Seats are available for this performance – and there’s a Babes in Arms showing on Tuesday 21 August at 11:00. Read More……
Firstly, a reminder that we have announced our August films, and that tickets are now on sale. A somewhat truncated programme due to the seat refurbishment work that will close the cinema at the start of the month, but we hope you will enjoy titles such as the 1952 RAF film Angels One Five, screened in partnership with the Kenley Revival Project, Leave No Trace, director Debra Granik’s follow up to Winter’s Bone, which brought Jennifer Lawrence to everyone’s attention, and McKellen: Playing the Part, a perceptive documentary about one of the country’s most popular actors.
Three films this week. There are two opportunities to see Funny Cow after it sold out last month. It is our Babes in Arms title on Tuesday at 11:00 and we also have a screening on Wednesday at 19:00. Maxine Peake stars as the victim of marital abuse, who uses her experiences as the basis for her stand-up routine. Playing this to audiences in Northern working men’s clubs is no cake-walk. Remember – we are now serving hot and cold drinks and other refresh-ments from 10:15 before the Babes in Arms screening.
Tuesday evening brings Tully, a second film from director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron after 2011’s Young Adult. Reitman and Cody were also responsible for Juno. Whereas that film was about a teenager agonising about an unplanned pregnancy, Theron’s Marlo is failing to deal with two young children and a newly arrived baby. Will Tully, the night nanny provided by her rich brother, solve her problems? The mother of two herself, Cody has said of parenting, “We’re told that we should feel completely blissed out after we have a baby, and that’s not always how women feel. It comes down to this idea that mothers are supposed to be completely selfless and if you’re indulging feelings of sadness or depression, that could be perceived by other people as selfish.” This screening is part of the Croydon Comedy Festival.
Strongly recommended is Thursday’s The Breadwinner. Read More………..
If the football is proving to be too exciting and you feel the need to relax and cool down, then the air-conditioned David Lean has some escapist films for you to enjoy this week.
Jeune Femme (our second Croydon Comedy Festival screening) sees 31 year-old Paula (played with panache by Laetitia Dosch) looking for a new life in Paris after a break-up with her long-term boyfriend Joachim. She is left homeless, broke and alone. After taking Joachim’s cat, she sets off to ‘pick up the pieces’ encountering along the way a series of adventures in the ‘City of Light’ which lead to new friendships, family reconciliations – and independence. Jeune Femme is funny, compassionate, defensive and resolute in turns and the result is an entertaining and often hilarious film. A debut from female French director Leonor Serraille, it can be seen on Tuesday 3 July at 19:30.
Very few seats remain for the 19:30 performance of the popular Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society on Wednesday 4 July.
We’re pleased to present On Chesil Beach on Thursday 5 July. A few seats are available for the 14:30 showing which is subtitled for those with hearing loss. The evening screening is almost sold out, but you can catch it again on Wednesday 18 July at 19:30.
There’s some great entertainment on offer at the David Lean this week. A repeat showing of the excellent Lean on Pete is on Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 19:30.
This uncompromising piece of cinema is the story of a teenage boy (brilliantly played by the young Charlie Plummer) who escapes from a dysfunctional home life to travel across the stunning back country of Oregon and Wyoming. His companion on this often harsh odyssey is Lean on Pete, a retired racehorse. Director Andrew Haigh (45 Years) has created a powerful and moving film bringing totally believable characters to the screen.
All seats from the cancelled screening on Thursday 7 June at 19:30 have been moved to this date, but if you’re unable to come on Wednesday, please let us know via the website contact by inserting ‘Lean on Pete refund’ in the title field.
The Croydon Comedy Festival showing of Funny Cow on Tuesday has sold out, but there’s another chance to catch it on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at 19:30 – so book now if you’d like to see this very forceful film. Read More………….
We are pleased to take part in Croydon’s Festival of Peace (16-23 June), by screening two films that we hope will chime with their vision of promoting individual and community wellbeing. Tuesday’s film is Makala, a thoughtful documentary that conveys the economic realities of life for a poor family man in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kabwita Kasongo plans to produce a ‘crop’ of charcoal (makala) and sell it in the nearest town. Just what is involved in a seemingly straightforward plan is documented in Emmanuel Gras’s film, which won the Critics’ Week grand prize at Cannes last year. Kabwita’s stoicism is sorely tested. The final scenes in a revivalist church service are especially moving. The Sunday Times called it “beautiful and poetic, something it achieves without condescension”.
Thursday brings two showings of Road to Peace, Leon Stuparich’s record of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Britain in 2008. Leon was given unprecedented behind-the-scenes access during the tour, plus an interview with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. This visit came at a time when the Dalai Lama was beginning to question his political role, and in 2011 he retired from leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration to concentrate on sharing his spiritual and humanitarian message. Leon has captured the contradictions that beset him during the tour, as well as the affection and admiration that he enjoyed, and we are very pleased that he will be attending both performances to answer questions after the film.
‘Intriguing, audacious and totally fascinating’ – an introduction to the black-hearted Thoroughbreds showing on Tuesday at 19:30. It’s the story of two wealthy Connecticut teenagers who re-kindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart – and plan a murder. The directional debut from Cory Finley is quiet and skilful and there are fine performances from Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy as the young miscreants. This is a dark, sleek, unnerving film which presents as a puzzle – but you’ll find that everything fits together perfectly at the end…
If you’re aged 25 and under you may like to take advantage of our £5.00 Rush Tickets offer. They’re bookable on-line in advance, and also for one hour before the start of the film at the Arts Bar box office – cash only here please. And don’t forget to take a look at our Instagram account at davidleancinema.
Earlier on Tuesday at 11:00 we present a Babes in Arms showing of Isle of Dogs, a Japanese stop-motion animated science fiction adventure following 12-year-old Atari as he searches for his lost dog, Spots. Atari undertakes an epic journey full of vivid landscapes, life and colour which can only be described as ‘movie magic’. Good news for Babes in Arms patrons – the Arts Bar will be open before the screening. Read More.
Three contrasting films this week, but all three feature captivating young stars. A Quiet Place (Tuesday at 19:30) has been described as a sci-fi horror film. It is more sophisticated than that, thanks to a script that uses its monsters-who-can’t-see idea to take the thriller in a new direction, and the subtle acting of the cast, especially Millicent Simmonds. Born in 2003, Simmonds lost her hearing a year later due to a medication overdose. Her mother learned American Sign Language and taught the rest of the family so that they could communicate with Millie. She joined an open audition for the film Wonderstruck, which features deaf characters, and won the role of Rose. This brought her to the attention of director John Krasinski, who also stars in A Quiet Place with real-life wife Emily Blunt. According to the film’s co-screenwriter Scott Beck, “John really pushed for them to hire Millicent. She came to set and taught everyone sign language. It was really amazing and brought an extra depth to the film.”