There’s a varied programme of films on offer this week starting with Land of Mine (Under Sandet) on Tuesday. It tells the story of a youthful German prisoner of war unit who, at the end of World War II, are promised their freedom if they can clear landmines from a dangerous stretch of beach off the coast of Denmark. Nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Academy Award, Land of Mine is compelling and ‘unmissable’. Uncompromising viewing it may be, but the ultimate impression is of the overwhelming power of love… Read more……………
Tuesday’s audience for The Big Sick was the first to see the results of the recent project work – see update below. I myself saw Dunkirk the following afternoon, and the improved picture only added to the total sense of immersion that the film produced. Patrons were enthusiastically praising the film well after the final credits. There is a further chance to see Dunkirk on Wednesday 18 at 19:30.Thursday saw two screenings of our first Black History Month title, Daughters of the Dust.
This week’s offerings start off on Tuesday with our regular Babes in Arms screening of the delightful cat documentary Kedi. This film has proved very popular, with a sold out performance last month, so there is also another chance to see it next Saturday. On Tuesday evening, we have our second Black History Month feature, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, set during the race riots of 1967, and featuring standout performances for British actors John Boyega and Will Poulter. On Thursday we have two showings of Final Portrait, Stanley Tucci’s affectionate study of the last days of the great artist Alberto Giacometti, subject of a recent Tate Modern exhibition. Read more……….
A mixed reaction to The Death of Louis XIV on Tuesday this week ranging from “amazing” and “extraordinary” to “morbid, too long and very slow…” But this was certainly a film to stay in the mind, mainly due to the incredible central performance of the great French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud as the exhausted, dying monarch. Touches of wry humour amidst the dark, claustrophobic intensity of the events in the king’s bedroom at Versailles added to this powerful and unique cinematic experience.
The Big Sick on Tuesday (the title refers to ‘sick leave’ for a UK audience!) is a treat! Even if some patrons may find the original American title somewhat less than appealing, don’t let that stop you from seeing this very entertaining romantic comedy, according to one film-goer “the best movie I’ve seen in a long time”. Original and very funny, with a first-rate cast, the story line also portrays love and cultural conflict with poignancy and compassion.
Tuesday’s audience will be the first to benefit from two improvement projects currently taking place. We’ve previously referred to the re-upholstering of seats in the front three rows, but exciting news of another project is included when clicking….. Read More.
Last week was a busy one, with screenings on Tuesday and Wednesday, plus our AGM on Thursday. Kedi attracted an audience of cat lovers and people who had visited Istanbul, and obviously enjoyed the sold-out screening. I’m not in either group, but still found it a very pleasing viewing experience. If you missed it, there are two further chances to see it again on Saturday 14 October at 14.30, or in our Babes in Arms screening on Tuesday 10 October at 11.00. Our Dunkirk screenings on Wednesday were both sold out, but there are other opportunities to see this film, which has been a great critical and commercial success, on Wednesday 4 October at 14.30 (subtitled for those with hearing loss) and Wednesday 18 October at 19.30. Read more about our AGM etc.
We’d like to welcome you to our AGM to be held in the Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower on Thursday 21 September at 19:30. The meeting will be followed by a screening in the cinema of a new 28 minute documentary about the Fairfield Halls entitled The Fairfield Collection. Refreshments will be available. Do join us if you can – your comments and views are always important to us and this is an ideal opportunity for you to let us know what you think.
Looking back to last week, My Cousin Rachel was enjoyed by the Babes in Arms audience on Tuesday morning. Sophia Coppola’s re-make of US Civil War drama The Beguiled mostly compared favourably with Don Siegel’s 1971 version which starred Clint Eastwood. “Great” and “very enjoyable” were just a couple of the comments from younger film-goers, but others perhaps preferred the original…
The delightful Kedi (Cats) on Tuesday is fully booked, but we’re pleased to say there’s another showing on Saturday 14 October at 14:30. Meanwhile, it’s our next Babes in Arms screening on 10 October at the usual time of 11:00. Read more…….
Many thanks to our guests Alex Barrett and Graham Chalk for making Tuesday evening at the David Lean so memorable. Alex (director/editor of London Symphony) took part in an illuminating Q&A, and Graham (Director of Film and Media Production at the BRIT School) launched our BRIT School Showcase screenings. Part of the occasion was filmed by the School’s Live Crew for their next production, so we will provide details when this can be seen on YouTube. For more information on the London Symphony film which is making a tour of venues across the country, see their website or read more on this story.
Thursday’s feature this week is A Man Called Ove, an entertaining comedy drama about an older (and initially bad-tempered) man, whose life is changed by his friendship with some intriguing new neighbours … Tickets are available for the 11:00 showing, but only a few seats remain for the evening. Read More……….
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………….