Our return from the ‘summer break’ kicked off with the screening of Reach for the Sky in collaboration with the Kenley Revival Project, who gave a fascinating overview of their venture, as well as displaying a range of artefacts that they use in their educational work. Project Manager Marie Rose and Learning & Volunteer Officer Amy Todd (pictured above) contacted us afterwards to say they “had a really great time and it was a great opportunity for us to try something new and take the story of Kenley out of the airfield… The team at the David Lean Cinema were incredibly welcoming and encouraging of our event”. Supporters may be interested in Kenley’s free Open Day on Sunday 10 September. Read more………….
Following our short break, we opened for business again on Saturday with a special screening of Reach for the Sky presented by the Kenley Revival Project.
“The Croydon Summer of Love” is represented by two very different films next week, and we also include a repeat showing of My Cousin Rachel.
This week we present two very different 1967 films for the Croydon Summer of Love Festival. The BBFC refused to give The Trip (showing on Tuesday) a certificate until 2002, but it’s a must for anyone interested in the pop culture of the 1960s.
We are now in the second week of our closure period, but there is plenty to look forward to on our return to business.
We have a full programme of films coming up, which is outlined in our chief programmer Philip Howard’s review which you can read here. Among these are two films showing as part of the Croydon Summer of Love season, The Trip and The Graduate. Details of these below, as well as an extra screening of the very popular Dunkirk on October 4th. Read More.
We are having our third AGM on September 21st. All are invited, and more details can be found below. Read More………….
As you will have noticed, we are taking a short holiday. The cinema re-opens on Saturday 19th August with Reach for the Sky, in association with the Kenley Renewal Project. There will be a display of memorabilia from the aerodrome to see from 1pm on the day, so come early to see this and talk to the Kenley staff.
Due to the success of My Cousin Rachel, we have arranged another screening of this ‘did she, didn’t she’ mystery based on Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel on Wednesday 23rd August at 7.30pm.
Two thought-provoking and very different family dramas came to the David Lean last week – After the Storm from Japan was followed by the uplifting American offering, Gifted, which prompted some approval from the audience: “A lovely film featuring excellent performances…”
There’s another chance on Tuesday this week to enjoy the Oscar-nominated My Life as a Courgette – number six in Mark Kermode’s Top 10 films of the year! This touching, funny, heartfelt Swiss stop-motion animation is well worth seeing – “creative, alive and, quite simply, terrific.” Buy Tickets
We had a very enjoyable party for our volunteers in the Braithwaite Hall on Friday night. These dedicated people are the mainstay of the Campaign, and it was good to be able to acknowledge the work they do ensuring that our screenings run smoothly. We are always on the lookout for more help, so if you are interested please see the volunteers page.
Last week’s films proved very popular. In the case of My Cousin Rachel, this was hardly surprising – both screenings sold out. A well-made version of a classic English novel, this was always likely to please. It was interesting to hear that Rachel Weisz had decided before filming whether her character was ‘guilty’ or not, and played the role with this decision in mind, without telling the director. With Destiny (Der müde Tod), programming a silent film is always a risk, but this paid off, with a good audience enjoying this wonderful tale of a woman’s attempts to cheat the Grim Reaper. Weary Death himself was portrayed as not really enjoying his job, although finally there was no way of escaping him! Read more….
There’s a rare chance on Tuesday to see legendary German director Fritz Lang’s first masterpiece Destiny (Der Müde Tod). Death, here portrayed as a sympathetic character, steals a young woman’s fiancé and challenges her to save one of three lives by the power of love. In scenes of stunning visual brilliance, we’re taken to Arabia, Venice and Imperial China. Look out for the ‘Candleroom’ sequence – according to one critic, ‘a moment of floating beauty and surreal grace’. This 1921 silent classic has been meticulously restored and features a newly-composed orchestral score. For anyone interested in the genre, Destiny is an exceptional and rewarding treat.
A handful of tickets are still available for My Cousin Rachel on Thursday afternoon, which is a screening with subtitles for people with a hearing loss. The repeat showing on Wednesday 2 August at 7.30pm has almost sold out at the time of writing. Read more………………
Our first attraction in the coming week is a final opportunity to see Their Finest at Tuesday’s Babes in Arms screening at 11:00. If you’re bringing a buggy to this “beautifully acted ode to working women and cinema” (Empire), please try to arrive early as mums and buggies need to take the lift, which can cause a delay.
Tuesday’s The Levelling offers a rewarding evening for all who seek outstanding British drama and opportunities to discover emerging talent. Director Hope Dickson Leach displays remarkable assurance in a debut feature that delivers searing emotion in a rural setting, where landscape and sound design make significant contributions to the mood. Ellie Kendrick is phenomenal as a trainee vet who returns to her father’s farm, following an unexpected tragedy. “Top-tier filmmaking… This powerhouse drama demands to be seen, discussed and celebrated. The performances are simply flawless.” (Chicago Now). Read More……..
Stunningly beautiful animation contrasts with moving romance…….
The Red Turtle on Tuesday, 19:30, gives cinema-goers another chance to appreciate the skills of the celebrated animé makers at Studio Ghibli combining for the first time with a European director, Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit. Our audience at yesterday’s screening found this remarkable dialogue-free film an absorbing, touching, and very beautiful exposé of the cycle of life. Both dramatic and charming, it celebrates the beauty of nature with masterful images creating a magic spell all its own…
Perhaps you missed the earlier performances last month of Their Finest, starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy. If so, there’s a repeat showing on 5 July at 19:30. It’s also billed as our Babes in Arms screening on 11 July at 11:00. The film conveys a sense of depth along with some humour but it’s ultimately an entertaining, romantic and touching tribute to the role of working women – particularly pertinent to the world of cinema. Read More………….
The week ahead offers three completely different films, starting with Mindhorn on Tuesday. Inspired by TV action hero shows of the 1980s, it “brims with unexpected pleasures” (Financial Times), delivering plenty of laughs. This showing is part of Croydon Comedy Festival, which continues throughout July.
Thursday’s Purley Festival event is a rare excursion beyond the DLC, to the St John the Baptist hall in Purley, where we first presented a film in 2013. The Long Day Closes (1992) is directed by Terence Davies, recently responsible for A Quiet Passion. 11-year-old Bud is the youngest child of a working-class Catholic family in Liverpool, and his memories illuminate an “exquisite, impressionistic, largely autobiographical reverie.” (New Yorker). Our 16mm presentation also includes outstanding animation from New Zealand, via The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil (1986). Doors open at 7.30pm and refreshments will be available. This map shows the location, where parking is no problem. Tickets are just £5.