An interesting duo of films in this week’s programme for the David Lean Cinema.
Tuesday evening at 19:30 sees Sicilian Ghost Story, a supernatural drama with mythical elements re-imagines the tragic story of 12-year old Giuseppe Di Matteo, kidnapped by the Mafia in 1993 in a bid to silence his informant father.
In settings where a forest, lake and animals evoke memories of dark fairy tales, the disappearance of Giuseppe (aged 13 in the film) causes classmate Luna to rebel against the silence and complicity that surround her, in a relentless quest to find him.
Thursday’s film, Shiraz, is a feast for the eyes, as the 1928 silent film come to our screen.
Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, it tells not only of their romance but how it led to the construction of one of India’s most majestic buildings: the Taj Mahal.
Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings and the film was restored to its glory from original film elements by the BFI in 2017, accompanied by a new score composed and performed by Anoushka Shankar.
This week is very much of films about families. To start, on Tuesday we have a repeat screening of Tully, the story of how a night nanny changes life for fraught mother-to-be Marlo, played by Charlize Theron, who already has two boisterous kids and a useless husband. This is our BabesInArms screening and starts at 11.00.
We follow on with a Spanish duo of films, both based on true-life family memories.
Tuesday evening’s film, Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle, is a documentary about Julita Salmerón, who fulfilled her dreams as outlined in the film’s title, only to have the economic downturn in the 2008 put all this in jeopardy. Based on 400 hours of footage in various formats, Julita’s actor son Gustavo creates an eclectic portrait of his larger-than-life mother and her family, which won the 2018 Goya Award for Best Documentary (Spain’s Oscars). Click here to book tickets – the film starts at 19.30. Read more……….
Two very different but equally engaging films at the David Lean Cinema this week.
Tuesday’s film at 19:30 is Pin Cushion. We’re delighted to announce a Q&A after the film with lead Joanna Scanlan, playing Lyn. You may remember her from The Thick of It and The Invisible Woman.
The film is the directorial debut of Deborah Haywood. Speaking to the BFI, Haywood says the film is a deeply personal story. She used her own experiences for Iona, Lyn’s teenage daughter, who struggles to fit into life as a teenage girl in a new high school. It can, at times, make uncomfortable viewing but offers an insightful and thoughtful look into the effect of bullying.
Haywood believes that, “Iona is the protagonist but I think it’s Lyn’s story”. As the viewer, we find Iona trying to make sense of this new world. However, it’s mother Lyn, that truly finds the hardest time, making a connection to anyone in their new town. Read more………….
Near sell-out audiences for our films last week, so we hope you will enjoy this week’s offerings.
Tuesday’s film at 19:30 is First Reformed, the latest film from Paul Schrader. Like many of the French New Wave directors, Schrader started as a critic, and his book Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer established him as a leading film theorist. With his brother Leonard, he began writing film scripts, but it was his solo effort Taxi Driver (1976), directed by Martin Scorsese, that shot him to fame. Three more scripts for Scorsese, as well as for Brian DePalma and Peter Weir followed, but in the meantime Schrader began his directing career with Blue Collar in 1978. American Gigolo (1980), Cat People (1982), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) and others followed, but his more recent work has failed to impress, so First Reformed is seen as a return to form.
McKellen: Playing the Part, screening on Thursday at 14:30 and 19:30, is based on a 14 hour interview with the actor. Read More…………….
We open up, following our seat refurbishment, with a screening of the 1952 British war picture, Angels One Five, the first post-war film to portray the Battle of Britain. The Kenley Revival Project will be present to talk about their work and introduce the showing. Thanks to their sponsorship, all tickets are available at £5.
We hope you will enjoy this and our upcoming August and September programmes in the comfort of our improved seating! Read more…….
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………..