For a visit to the David Lean next Tuesday, perhaps we can recommend the excellent French film Heal the Living. It centres on the question of what to do when a loved one suffers a major injury after an accident – a dilemma faced by the parents of 17-year-old Simon. This finely-directed film centres on the delicate and sensitive issue of organ donation and the effect on both the recipient’s family and the medical teams involved. According to the celebrated French director of the film, Katell Quillévéré, “a heart stops beating in one body to promote the life of another…”
Few seats are left for the afternoon showing of Their Finest on Thursday 22 June, and the 19:30 one has almost sold out. There’s an extra screening scheduled for Wednesday 5 July at 19:30, so book now if you’d like to catch up with this “funny, winning, and beautifully acted ode to working women and the cinema” (Empire Magazine). It’ll also be featured as a Babes in Arms showing on Tuesday 11 July at the usual time of 11:00. Read More…….
Last week was mixed in terms of attendances, but very positive in terms of audience satisfaction. The modest audience for Harmonium indicated that excellent reviews and awards don’t guarantee large numbers, but patrons were still discussing this highly-original film when security staff needed to lock the doors! One described it as his film of the year so far, along with Moonlight.
The Sense of an Ending also proved enjoyable, with patrons describing it as “excellent’. With outstanding performances from Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and Charlotte Rampling, it was a showcase for fine acting.
The week ahead begins with Tuesday’s Babes in Arms screening of Beauty and the Beast, which remarkably has outsold our earlier showings, although tickets should be available on the day. But please book without delay if you hope to see Lady Macbeth on Tuesday evening or Letters from Baghdad on Thursday, as both of these highly-acclaimed films are close to selling out. Read More……
Free Fire last week had a very mixed reception from our audience – it didn’t appeal to some, but others were full of praise! Two patrons wrote to say that they “absolutely loved” the film and “found it exciting that the David Lean is keeping up to date with modern audiences and selecting films which are both fresh and innovative”. So – we can’t please everyone all the time, but we do our best to showcase what we think will appeal to as wide an audience as possible.
The “masterly and complex” Graduation attracted small audiences but feedback indicated that supporters found it impressive and absorbing, with one praising the unexpectedly “up-beat ending”. Romanian cinema has become increasingly admired, so it’s worth watching out for future work from their talented directors. Read More……….
We’ve had another week of diverse films, in addition to the challenges posed by the Arts Bar being cut in half to make way for a new door into the Braithwaite Hall! Tuesday’s absorbing The Lost City of Z was followed by the long-awaited return of theatre to the David Lean’s screen, via the Globe on Screen Twelfth Night. The evening screening virtually sold out, and feedback indicated that delighted supporters thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with much laughter heard throughout.
Saturday’s audience for Beauty and the Beast – one of the highest-grossing films of 2017 – was surprisingly small, but patrons very much enjoyed an enchanting story that one felt was even better than the 1991 animated classic. So, Tuesday’s 14:30 screening can be highly recommended as a half term treat. Read More…….
Please note that at least until the end of this month, our Arts Café Bar service will be repositioned due to work to create a new door from this area into the Braithwaite Hall. This is possible despite the Hall’s Grade II listed interior, because the door will be positioned where one existed many years ago. An additional exit, for fire safety reasons, will make it possible to accommodate more people, making a wider range of events viable in this venue.
During this work, we still expect to be able to provide refreshments on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, via a table placed nearby. We also plan to open before Thursday’s 11:00 screening of Twelfth Night. It’s possible that we may have to temporarily move our Box Office at some point, so don’t be alarmed if you come to buy tickets and don’t immediately see it! Read More………
Six consecutive days of screenings at the David Lean in the last week – Friday’s was a charity event – has reinforced the progress made since 2014, when Thursday screenings were less frequently supplemented by others. Last Thursday’s The Handmaiden was notable for being our third consecutive 18 certificate film to attract a capacity audience (following T2 Trainspotting and Elle), providing reassurance that this certificate isn’t a commercial liability.
There’s another opportunity to see A Silent Voice on Tuesday. It’s a must for supporters who have enjoyed Japanese animation such as Your Name, but it should intrigue anyone attracted by “a beguiling film: subtle, sensuous and delicate” (The Guardian). Tickets will be available at our box office. Thursday’s A Quiet Passion, the acclaimed portrait of poet Emily Dickinson, has proved so popular that we must recommend advance booking if you plan to see this; particularly in relation to the almost sold out 14:30pm screening. Read More……
We’ve had another memorable week at the David Lean. In addition to sell out repeat screenings of Viceroy’s House, there was the highly original blend of horror and humour provided by Get Out, which wasn’t quite to everyone’s taste, but most found it very enjoyable. The Salesman offered reflective and absorbing drama, enhanced by the insight it offered into life in Iran. It proved so thought-provoking that discussions continued afterwards at the bus stops opposite the Clocktower!
The two David Lean Cinema volunteer co-ordinators are looking for a third volunteer to share their admin duties, particularly the creation of the monthly schedule of duties for stewards, box office staff and arts bar staff. Read More………….
Responses indicated that our audience found Dancer fascinating on Tuesday. Viceroy’s House on Thursday continued the recent sequence of factual films, inspiring compliments from patrons impressed by the historical insight provided. There are two more screenings on Wednesday, but these are so close to selling out that we must suggest checking our website for availability or returns.
Get Out and The Salesman (both featured below) offer rewarding opportunities in the week ahead, followed by.The Olive Tree – a “quietly stirring Spanish fable” (Variety) – on 9 and 11 May. Please don’t forget that your last chances to see Elle and Hidden Figures are on 8 and 10 May respectively.. Read More……………
Two excellent films played to full houses last week – Elle marked a return to the screen of the incomparable Isabelle Huppert, and was praised as “riveting” and “thought-provoking” by patrons. It was clear that Hidden Figures greatly impressed our audiences, who found it an absorbing and inspiring film with much to say about the advancement of civil rights in 1960s America. Both have repeat showings scheduled – Elle on 8 May at 19:30 and Hidden Figures on 10 May also at 19:30. Catch them while you can. Read More……
Thursday’s film Fences was well-received by patrons. Kishiko Bennett, from Crystal Palace, was our guest at the evening screening, having been informed towards the end of March that she was the buyer of our 25,000 ticket! A relative newcomer to the David Lean, Mrs Bennett hopes to make many more visits in the future. She said: “I’m delighted to be able to see the films I enjoy in this intimate, comfortable and friendly cinema”.
The week ahead includes sell out screenings of Elle and Hidden Figures, although a few 11:00am tickets remain for the latter. Extra screenings of both are indicated below, as well as the final opportunity (other than a Babes in Arms screening on 9 May) to see Moonlight. Read More………