The December programme features tales of self discovery and world cinema.
Tue 4 Dec at 7.30pm – VS. (15) – In Southend, troubled foster-teen Adam Watson is out of control. However, things start to change when promoter Makayla Lewis introduces him to the exciting “no limits” world of UK battle-rap.
Thu 6 Dec at 2.30 & 7.30pm – BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (12A) – A foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.
Tue 11 Dec at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – CRAZY RICH ASIANS (12A) – Contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.
Tue 11 Dec at 7.30pm – THE HATE U GIVE (12A) – From the young adult novel, following the life of a black 16-year-old girl, Starr Carter, who is drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend.
Wed 12 Dec at 7pm – BFI Comedy Genius screening with Rachel Wheeley – AMÉLIE (15) – A young woman discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making. In partnership with Screen25 and The Croydon Comedy Festival.
Thu 13 Dec at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – JULIET, NAKED (15) – Annie is the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan. She develops an unlikely transatlantic romance with faded, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession.
Tue 18 Dec at 7.30pm – DOGMAN (15) – A gentle dog groomer becomes involved with a violent boxer who terrorizes the neighbourhood.
Thu 20 Dec at 2.30 & 7pm – PETERLOO (12A) – Written and directed by Mike Leigh. In 1819, British forces charge on a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, which results in the Peterloo Massacre.
* Thu 27 Dec at 2.30pm – MIRAI (PG) – A young boy named Kun feels forgotten by his family when his little sister Mirai arrives. Running away from home, Kun stumbles upon a magical garden that serves as a time-travelling gateway.
* Fri 28 Dec at 2.30pm – BABETTE’S FEAST (U) – During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor’s daughters.
Thu 3 Jan 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – WIDOWS (15) – Viola Davis stars as Veronica, one of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, conspiring to forge a future on their own terms.
* Films are free to enter, with a voluntary suggested donation. Tickets still need to be booked in the usual way. A limit of 4 tickets per order.
The November programme deals with life in wartime and the effect of culture on relationships.
Thu 1 Nov at 2.30 & 7.30pm – A SIMPLE FAVOUR (15) – Black comedy from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. Stephanie, a widowed mother and vlogger, seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s sudden disappearance from their small town.
Tue 6 Nov at 7.30pm – CRAZY RICH ASIANS (12A) – Rachel accompanies her long-time boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Learning Nick’s family is extremely wealthy, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites and something far, far worse – his disapproving mother.
Thu 8 Nov at 2.30 & 7.30pm – THE LITTLE STRANGER (12A) – Gothic drama based on the novel by Sarah Waters. Set in 1948, the plot follows a doctor who visits an old house his mother used to work at, only to discover it may hold a dark secret.
Sat 10 Nov at 2.30pm – THE GUARDIANS (15) – English subtitles – An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under Hortense, the family’s matriarch, must grapple with the workload while the men are off at the front.
Tue 13 Nov at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – COLD WAR (15) – Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, Cold War depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
Tue 13 Nov at 7.30pm – TEHRAN TABOO (15) – English subtitles – Animated through rotoscope, four young people from Tehran, in their desperate search for freedom and happiness, are forced to break the taboos of a restrictive, Islamic society.
Thu 15 Nov at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – THE WIFE (15) – Glenn Close stars as a wife questioning her choices in life, as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Tuesday 20 Nov at 7.30pm – LUCKY (15) – The spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters in his desert town. Having outlived all of his contemporaries, Lucky finds himself thrust into a journey of self-exploration and enlightenment.
Thu 22 Nov at 2.30 & 7.30pm – A STAR IS BORN (15) – Bradley Cooper debuts as a director in this remake of the 1937 and 1976 film. A young singer (Lady Gaga) meets and falls in love with an rock and roll star (Cooper), only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline.
Tue 27 Nov at 7.30pm – COLUMBUS (12A) – A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.
Thu 29 Nov at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – FIRST MAN (12A) – La La Land duo director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam to tell the story of NASA’s mission to land men on the moon, and the cost to Neil Armstrong, his family and the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
The October programme deals with issues of religion and life changing decisions
Tue 2nd Oct at 7.30pm – THE HEIRESSES (12A) – A Paraguayan drama that sees wealthy couple Chela and Chiquita’s financial situation decline. When Chela is left on her own, she finally begins to break out of her shell and embark on her own personal revolution.
Thu 4th Oct at 2.30pm (HOH) and 7.30pm – APOSTASY (PG) – Jehovah’s Witnesses, Alex, Luisa, and their mother, are united in their devotion. But Luisa’s questioning leads her to a transgression that leaves the whole family in fear of God’s wrath.
Tue 9th Oct at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN (PG) – 5 years after the events of Mamma Mia!, Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant herself.
Tue 9th Oct at 7.30pm – THE RIDER (PG) – After a riding accident leaves him unable to compete on the rodeo circuit, a young cowboy searches for a new purpose.
Thu 11th Oct at 2.30 & 7.30pm – screening for Black History Month – BLACKKKLANSMAN (15) – Spike Lee directs the incredible true story of Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in Colorado Springs, who sets out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
Sat 13th Oct at 2pm – A PASSAGE TO INDIA (PG) + Q&A – The final film by director David Lean himself, based on the E.M. Forster novel. Set in the 1920s during the period of the British Raj, the film explores themes of racism, imperialism and religion.
Tue 16th Oct at 7.30pm – screening for Black History Month – ONE NOTE AT A TIME (PG) + Q&A WITH RENEE EDWARDS – A documentary about a New Orleans health clinic helping musicians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Thu 18th Oct at 2.30pm & 7.30pm – THE CHILDREN ACT (12A) – During a marital crisis, a High Court judge must decide if she should order blood transfusion for a teen with cancer despite his family’s refusal for religious reasons.
Tue 23rd Oct at 7.30pm – FACES PLACES (12A) – Director Agnès Varda and photographer and muralist JR journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.
Thu 25th Oct at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – PUZZLE (15) – A woman who has a talent for jigsaw puzzles sneaks away from husband and family, partnering with a man for a tournament in Atlantic City.
Tue 30th Oct at 7.30pm – THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (15) – In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into gay conversion therapy by her conservative guardians.
Wed 31st Oct at 7.30pm – Halloween screening – POSSUM (15) – A disgraced children’s puppeteer returns and is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured him his entire life.
Tickets for the September programme go on sale online on Thursday 9th August at 9am, and will be available from the cinema box office between 1.30 and 2.30 on that day for those who wish to buy tickets for August or September films.
The September programme follows the varied paths of motherhood plus true stories in the world of foreign film
Tue 4th Sep at 7.30pm – PIN CUSHION (15) + Q and A with Joanna Scanlan – A eccentric, shy mother (Joanna Scanlon) hopes that a move to a new town will provide a better life for both herself and her awkward daughter but finds their relationship – punctuated by fantasy – is put to the test.
Thu 6th Sep at 2.30pm (HOH) and 7.30pm – MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN (PG) – Five years after the events of Mamma Mia!, Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant herself.
Tue 11th Sep at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – TULLY (15) – A mother struggling with the demands on three children, finds her life changes when her brother hires a night time nanny called Tully.
Tue 11th Sep at 7.30pm – LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE (PG) – The real-life charming and rich portrait of eccentric matriarch Julita Salmerón and her family, showing her three childhood wishes: lots of kids, a monkey, and a castle.
Thu 13th Sep at 2.30pm & 7.30pm – SUMMER 1993 (12A) – Writer/director Carla Simón’s touching autobiographical film, following Frida, orphaned at 6 years old, giving a moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world.
Tue 18th Sep at 7.30pm – SICILIAN GHOST STORY (15) – Based on a true story, 13 year old Giuseppe vanishes in a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance and ventures to find him.
Thu 20th Sep at 2.30pm & 7.30pm – SHIRAZ (U) – Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this silent film is the romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal.
Tue 25th Sep at 7.30pm – VAGABOND (15) – Starting at the death of a young drifter, we follow, in flashback, the reconstruction of the weeks leading up to her death, through the bitter cold of French wine country.
Thu 27th Sep at 2.30 & 7.30pm – COLD WAR (15) – Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, Cold War depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
The cinema will be closed for seat refurbishment from Friday 3rd to Friday 17th August. Tickets for the September programme go on sale on Thursday 9th August at 9am, and will be available from the cinema box office between 1.30 and 2.30 and 6.30 and 7.30pm for those who wish to buy tickets for September films.
Sat 18th at 2.30pm – Kenley Revival Project – ANGELS ONE FIVE (U) – A Hurricane pilot falls victim to the wrath of his squadron after a crash-landing, and must battle to win favour, as well as battling the Luftwaffe.
Tue 21st at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – ON CHESIL BEACH (15) – Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962 find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure.
Tue 21st at 7.30pm – LEAVE NO TRACE (PG) – A father and his teenage daughter live in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.
Thu 23rd at 2.30 & 7.30pm – SWIMMING WITH MEN (12A) – British comedy starring Rob Brydon as a man who suffers a mid-life crisis but finds new meaning, as part of an all-male, middle-aged, synchronised swimming team.
Tue 28th at 7.30pm – FIRST REFORMED (15) – Ethan Hawke stars as a Protestant minister of a small congregation in upstate New York, who grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.
Thu 30th at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART (12A) – Feature length film celebrating the life and work of Sir Ian McKellen. Fully authorised and including access to a wealth of never-before-seen archive material.
Tue 3rd, 7.30pm – JEUNE FEMME (15) – Separated from her artist boyfriend, and now broke, Paula struggles to survive in Paris, couch hopping, annoying her few friends and trying to deal with her ex’s cat.
Thu 5th, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – ON CHESIL BEACH (15) – Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, a young couple of widely different backgrounds in the summer of 1962 find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure. Already on sale.
Tue 10th, 11am – Babes in Arms screening – FUNNY COW (15) – A woman (Maxine Peake) uses her troubled past as material, as she attempts to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England’s working men’s clubs.
Tue 10th, 7.30pm – TULLY (15) – Charlize Theron plays a mother having difficulty coping after the birth of her third child. Gifted a night nanny named Tully, she gradually forms a unique bond with the younger woman. From Diablo Cody, the writer of Juno.
Thu 12th, 2.30 & 7.30pm – THE BREADWINNER (12A) – The animation team behind The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea bring us the story of Parvana, who must dress as a boy in order to feed her family after her father is arrested by the Taliban in Kabul.
Tue 17th, 7.30pm – A CIAMBRA (15) – £5 tickets for under 25s – 14 year old Romany boy Pio moves easily among the locals in Calabria, shadowing his elder petty-criminal brother Cosimo. When Cosimo disappears, he must prove he can stand on his own.
Thu 19th, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – EDIE (12A) – Sheila Hancock plays the widow determined to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition and climb Mount Suilven in Scotland, with or without the help of guide and fitness coach, Jonny.
Tue 24th, 7.30pm – L’AMANT DOUBLE (18) – François Ozon’s latest psychological thriller is the story of a fragile young woman, who falls in love with her psychoanalyst. After moving in with him, she discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity.
Thu 26th, 2.30 & 7.30pm – MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (U) – In this Japanese animation based on a children’s book by Mary Stewart, bored schoolgirl Mary follows a cat into the woods, and discovers Endor College, a school of magic full of dangers.
Tue 31st, 7.30pm – ARCADIA (12A) – Scouring 100 years of archive footage, Paul Wright constructs an exciting study of the British people’s shifting relationship to the land. Score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).
Thu 2nd, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – THE HAPPY PRINCE (15) – Rupert Everett, who wrote the script and directs, stars as Oscar Wilde in this story of the last days of the writer’s life, living in disgrace in Europe following his release from Reading Gaol.
Tue 5th, 7.30pm – A QUIET PLACE (15) – Suspenseful thriller, in which a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
Thurs 7th, 2.30pm (HOH) and 7.30pm – LEAN ON PETE (15) – A teenager finds work caring for an aging racehorse and the two embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier to find a place to call home.
Sat 9th, 2.30pm and Wed 20th, 7.30pm – REDOUBTABLE (15) – A biographical comedy-drama film about French film director Jean-Luc Godard, who falls in love with his 17-year-old leading lady.
Tues 12th, 11am – Babes in Arms screening – ISLE OF DOGS (PG) – Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation. In a dystopian Japan, dogs with “canine flu” are quarantined on a remote island, leaving young Atari to searches the island for his dog, Spots.
Tues 12th, 7.30pm – THOROUGHBREDS (15) – Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart, hatching a plan to solve both of their problems, at whatever cost.
Thu 14th, 11am & 7.30pm and Thu 28th, 2.30pm (HOH) – THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY (12A) – Lily James stars as a writer seeks inspiration in the tales of a Guernsey reading group in this British tale of keeping calm and carrying on.
Tue 19th, 7.30pm – MAKALA (U) – As part of the Croydon Festival of Peace, the trials and tribulations of a young farmer who earns a living by making and selling charcoal in Congo.
Thu 21st, 2.30pm & 7.30pm – ROAD TO PEACE (U) – As part of the Croydon Festival of Peace, the Dalai Lama travels around Great Britain sharing his spiritual and humanitarian message. Plus Q&A with director Leon Stuparich.
Tue 26th, 7.30pm – FUNNY COW (15) – Croydon Comedy Festival presentation. A woman (Maxine Peake) uses her troubled past as material, as she attempts to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England’s working men’s clubs.
Thu 28th, 7.30pm – BEAST (15) – In a small island community, a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape her oppressive family.
Thu 5th July, 2.30pm (HOH) & 7.30pm – ON CHESIL BEACH (15) – Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, a young couple of widely different backgrounds in the summer of 1962 find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure.
Tue 1st May at 7pm – THE SQUARE (15) – Disaster strikes when a curator hires a public relations team to build some buzz for his renowned Swedish museum, in a hilarious takedown of the elitism found in art circles.
Thu 3rd May at 2.30 & 7.30pm – SWEET COUNTRY (15) – Australian Western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s. Justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defence.
Tue 8th May at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – LADY BIRD (15) – Saoirse Ronan stars in this Oscar nominated Best Picture film. In this coming-of-age tale, an outspoken teen must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother.
Tue 8th May at 7.30pm – YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (15) – Joaquin Phoenix stars as Joe, a contract killer, who uncovers a conspiracy leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Thu 10th May at 2.30 & 7.30pm – THE MAGIC FLUTE (PG) – Ingmar Bergman directs the film version of Mozart’s masterpiece.
Tue 15th May at 7.30pm – THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (15) – A political thriller based on a true story. Weeks before the 2011 Egyptian revolution, a police officer in Cairo’s corrupt system, investigates the murder of a famous club singer.
Thu 17th May at 2.30pm (HOH) & 7.30pm – BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (12A) – The surprising and complex life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor.
Tue 22nd May at 7.30pm – GHOST STORIES (15) – Sceptic Professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’.
Thu 24th May at 11am & 7.30pm – ISLE OF DOGS (PG) – £5 tickets for under 25s – Stop-motion animation, written and directed by Wes Anderson. In a dystopian Japan, dogs with “canine flu” are quarantined on a remote island, leaving young Atari to searches the island for his dog, Spots.
Tue 29th May at 7.30pm – DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME (18) – Documentary of the history of Dawson City, the gold rush town that had a historical treasure of forgotten silent films buried in permafrost for decades until 1978.
Thu 31st May at 2.30pm & 7.30pm – I GOT LIFE! (15) – French drama. Divorced Aurore, loses her job and is soon to be a grandmother but embracing life, she refuses to be relegated to the scrap yard.
Tue 3rd April at 7.30pm – THE FINAL YEAR (12A) – A fly-on-the-wall documentary giving a unique insiders’ account of Barack Obama’s final year in office, focusing on his administration’s foreign policy.
Thu 5th April at 2.30pm and Sat 7th April 2.30pm – EARLY MAN (PG) – The latest animation from Aardman and director Nick Park. A plucky cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and their tribe face a threat to their simple existence.
Thu 5th April at 7.30pm – BLACK PANTHER (12A) – Based on the Marvel superhero of the same name, Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker star. After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king.
Tue 10th April at 11am – Babes in Arms screening – THE SHAPE OF WATER (15) – At a top secret research facility in the 1950s, a lonely cleaner forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
Tue 10th April at 7.30pm – ON BODY AND SOUL (18) – A Hungarian abattoir is the setting for an unsettling romance, where an affair between two co-workers only exists in their dreams.
Thu 12th April at 2.30 & 7.30pm – LADY BIRD (15) – Saoirse Ronan stars in the Oscar nominated Best Picture film. In this coming-of-age tale, an outspoken teen must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother.
Tue 17 April at 7.30pm – DARK RIVER (15) – Following the death of her father, Alice (played by Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.
Thu 19th April at 11am & 7.30pm – I, TONYA (15) – Based on unbelievable but true events, Margot Robbie as stars as Tonya Harding, in a film covering her life and her connection to the 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan.
Tue 24 April at 7.30pm – A FANTASTIC WOMAN (15) – Acclaimed Chilean drama where a transgender singer faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend.
Thu 26 April at 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30pm – FINDING YOUR FEET (12A) – Featuring an all-star British cast including Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley. On the eve of retirement a middle class snob discovers her husband’s affair, forcing her to live with her sister on an inner-city council estate.
Tue 6th Mar, 7.30pm – ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (15) – Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer star in the true story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his billionaire grandfather’s refusal to pay the ransom.
Wed 7th Mar, 7.30pm, Wed 14th Mar, 7.30pm, Tue 20th Mar, 2.30pm – DARKEST HOUR (PG) – A thrilling and inspiring true story as in his first days as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must decide to explore peace with Nazi Germany, or stand firm to fight for the ideals of a nation.
Thurs 8th Mar, 11am and 7.30pm – THE POST (12A) – Marking International Women’s Day – A cover-up spanning three decades pushes the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an battle between the press and the government.
Tue 13th Mar, 11.00am – Babes in Arms screening – THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (PG) – Musical inspired by the life of showman and circus creator P. T. Barnum.
Tue 13th Mar, 7.30pm – LOVELESS (15) – An estranged Russian couple going through a brutal divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.
Tue 15th Mar, 2.30pm and 7.30pm – PHANTOM THREAD (15) – Set in London’s couture world in the 1950s, Daniel Day-Lewis as a dressmaker who falls in love with a much younger waitress.
Sat 17th Mar, 2.30pm and Tue 20th Mar, 7.30pm – COCO (PG) – 12-year-old Miguel finds himself in the land of the dead, seeking the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living.
Thu 22nd Mar, 2.30pm (Hard of Hearing) and 7.30pm – JOURNEY’S END (12A) – Adapted from the play, set in a dugout in 1918, a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously await their fate.
Tue 27th Mar, 7.30pm and Thu 29th Mar, 2.30pm – THE SHAPE OF WATER (15) – At a top secret research facility in the 1950s, a lonely cleaner forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
Thu 29th Mar, 7.00pm – HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS (15) – The story of the world’s first all-girl punk band who formed in London in 1976, plus a Q&A with director William Badgley and bass guitarist Tessa Pollitt.
February – DLC Programmer Philip Howard writes: February at the David Lean is a month of two halves – we start with some smaller-scale movies, before being pitched into the heart of the awards season.
Our first title, which commemorates LGBT History Month and has been on sale for some time, is Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King. After this inspirational tale, we have a well-made documentary about a British music legend: if you’re a fan, you’ll be delighted by Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars. Personal taste being what it is, I’m far more eager to see Lost In Paris, a riotous yet charming physical comedy whose stars have been dubbed “the two funniest clowns working in cinema today”! We follow that with one of my London Film Festival favourites, The Prince Of Nothingwood, about a tireless and very entertaining director-star of Afghani cinema.
From a showbiz documentary to a showbiz musical biopic for the first of our ‘big’ movies: Hugh Jackman is P. T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. We then welcome the acclaimed Frances McDormand in the venomous comedy-drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Matt Damon finds that his problems grow as his body shrinks in the satirical comedy Downsizing.
Director Richard Linklater (Boyhood) returns with Last Flag Flying, starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne as reunited Vietnam veterans. And, because February is a short month and many of you will be keen to book early, our 1st March title will also go on sale: Gary Oldman is transformed into Winston Churchill for the 1940-set drama Darkest Hour.
This is our February programme, offering a treat for music and musical fans while conflicts and wars provide the backdrop to fascinating and touching stories. Tickets on sale from Thursday 4th January.
Tue 6th Feb, 7.30 – ERIC CLAPTON: A LIFE IN 12 BARS (15): A look at the life and work of guitarist Eric Clapton, told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison.
Thu 8th Feb, 2.30 and 7.30 – LOST IN PARIS (12A): Comedy about a Canadian librarian who flies to Paris to find her elderly aunt is missing. While looking for her, she encounters a friendly but annoying tramp who won’t leave her alone.
Tue 13th Feb, 11.00 – Babes in Arms screening – BATTLE OF THE SEXES (12A): Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
Tue 13th Feb, 7.30 – THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD (15): Afghanistan’s most prolific director literally puts his life on the line to make movies, as seen in this riveting and hilarious documentary.
Thu 15th Feb, 2.30 & 7.30pm – THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (U): This original musical, starring Hugh Jackman, is inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum and his creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Tue 20th Feb, 7.30 – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (15): Frances McDormand stars as a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Thu 22nd Feb, 11am and 7.30 – DOWNSIZING (15): A husband and wife take up the opportunity to be shrunk to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation – a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.
Tue 27th Feb, 7.30 – LAST FLAG FLYING (15): Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne star as three Vietnam War veterans who reunite after one of their sons is killed in the Iraq War.
Thu 1st Mar, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30 – DARKEST HOUR (PG): A thrilling and inspiring true story as in his first days as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must decide whether to explore peace with Nazi Germany, or stand firm to fight for the ideals of a nation.
January – DLC Programmer Philip Howard writes: January is an unusual month for a cinema like the David Lean, where we screen films a few weeks after general release. Although the prestigious awards season has been underway for some time, January can be like the calm in the eye of the storm, as the major studios don’t put their top contenders out just before Christmas. Therefore, we have a few ‘big’ films for you, but also some independent gems.
We start by repeating the two most popular titles of late 2017: Murder on the Orient Express and The Death of Stalin. Then, two further late 2017 releases make their DLC debuts: the discomfiting drama The Killing of a Sacred Deer (from the director of The Lobster), and Annette Bening’s winning performance as Gloria Grahame in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.
Menashe is a wonderful small-scale drama about a hapless widower and father in Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jewish community – you’ll be drawn into his world as soon as you see the trailer! Recognising the significance of Yiddish-language cinema, one of its two screenings will be on Holocaust Memorial Day.
The next three movies are all centred around charismatic women, but that’s about all they have in common besides their high quality: Ingrid Goes West is a darkly hilarious morality tale for the social media age, Manifesto sees the peerless Cate Blanchett inhabit thirteen personas, exploring the architecture of Berlin and the wonderfully strange manifestos of modern art, while the documentary Jane tells the story of renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.
At the end of the month, it’s time for “Happy Haneke”: Michael Haneke, the director of The Piano Teacher, The White Ribbon and Amour, returns with Happy End, a troubled vision of modern Europe whose cast includes Isabelle Huppert. Sales are also open for our first film of February, as we know many of you will be keen to see Emma Stone (as Billie Jean King) and Steve Carell, in Battle of the Sexes.
Finally, a quick word on a couple of very good recent releases that we’re not showing. Like several recent titles, Mudbound received a very limited release before heading to Netflix, and like most cinemas we simply weren’t permitted to show it. Paddington 2 is a lovely family film – though an awkward surprise for us, as we declined it on the basis of some underwhelming pre-release clips! It’s now fairer to invite you to see it elsewhere during December rather than hold on for a late David Lean screening. And, on that note, I’ll wish you all the best for the festive season, and hope to see you again at the Clocktower throughout 2018.
Tue 2 Jan, 2.30 & 7.30 – MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (12A): Rescreening of this retelling of the Agatha Christie mystery, with an all star cast lead by Kenneth Branagh.
Thu 4 Jan, 2.30 and 7.30 – THE DEATH OF STALIN (15): Rescreening of Armando Iannucci’s comedy-drama of how the Soviet dictator lives out his final days and the chaos after his death.
Tue 9 Jan, 11am – Babes in Arms screening – MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (12A)
Tue 9 Jan, 7.30 – THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (15): Colin Farrell plays a surgeon who is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to falls apart.
Thu 11 Jan, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30, & Tue 16 Jan, 2.30 – FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (15): Annette Bening and Jamie Bell star in the story of a young actor’s love affair with screen icon Gloria Grahame.
Tue 16 Jan, 7.30, & Sat 27 Jan, 2.30 (Holocaust Memorial Day) – MENASHE (U): In Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son in this tender drama.
Thu 18 Jan, 7.30 – INGRID GOES WEST (15): In this frightening and funny study of social media, Aubrey Plaza plays an unhinged stalker who moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star.
Thu 23 Jan, 7.30 – MANIFESTO (15): Cate Blanchett portrays 13 distinct characters in vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos.
Thu 25 Jan, 11am & 7.30 – JANE (PG): Using newly re-discovered footage, and with a Philip Glass score, the film tells the story of Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking study of chimpanzees in the wild.
Tue 30 Jan, 7.30 – HAPPY END (15): In Michael Haneke’s latest film, a self-absorbed bourgeois family living in Calais pay little attention to the refugee crisis on their doorstep.
Thu 1 Feb, 2.30, & 7.30 (LGBT History Month screening) – BATTLE OF THE SEXES (12A): The true story of the 1973 grudge tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and chancer Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).
December – DLC Programmer Philip Howard writes: It’s a programme of two halves in December, and we’re sure that there will be something to distract everyone from the whirl of the holiday season. In one half – the opening three Tuesdays and Thursdays – are the first group of this year’s Academy Awards contenders along with a pair of new releases that could become festive classics. In the other half – at the beginning and end of the month – we have five rare gems from the archives.
First, those big movies. Awards contenders include the sumptuous gay romance Call Me By Your Name, the devilishly dark comedy The Death of Stalin, the British drama of triumph over adversity Breathe, and a child’s eye view of life on the margins, The Florida Project. (Another awards contender, the distinctly unfestive The Killing of a Sacred Deer, should follow in January.) For Advent fun, we have Ken Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express, and Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas.
Now for our archive treats! Two of these are 2015 films that had very limited UK releases and are making their Croydon debuts: Tanna is the Oscar-nominated “Romeo and Juliet in Vanuatu”, with high passions and a rich portrayal of traditional lifestyles on this distant island, while The Boy and the Beast is a thrilling fantasy by the up-and-coming anime director Mamoru Hosada. Whereas his previous film Wolf Children, which we screened at the Spread Eagle in 2013 to great acclaim, is a poignant tale of single motherhood, this is an equally sensitive fable which explores themes of loneliness and masculinity – while also being wildly entertaining! Already on sale, 1978’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs is a fascinating saga set in the 19th century Italian countryside, while 1953’s The Wages of Fear is one of the great white-knuckle thrillers.
Returning to the Advent theme, we also have 2014’s Open Bethlehem. This documentary depicts life in the historic town, now under the shadow of the Israel – Palestine border wall. It is followed by a Q&:A with Sara Apps, the Open Bethlehem Campaign’s Executive Director.
Sat 2nd, 2.00 – THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS (12A): An Italian classic showing both the ordinary and extraordinary of Lombard peasant life in late 19th Century.
Tues 5th, 2.30 and 7.30 – THE DEATH OF STALIN (15): Armando Iannucci directs this comedy-drama of how the Soviet dictator lives out his final days and the chaos after his death.
Wed 6 Dec, 7.30 – OPEN BETHLEHEM (PG): Documentary about film director Leila Sansour’s return to her hometown of Bethlehem, finding momentous personal and political change. Followed by Q&A with Open Bethlehem Campaign’s Sara Apps.
Thu 7 Dec, 11am and 7.30pm – BREATHE (12A): The true story of Robin Cavendish, paralysed by polio, yet devoting his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled.
Sat 9 Dec, 2.30 & Fri 29 Dec, 11am – THE BOY AND THE BEAST (12A): Japanese animation telling the story of a young orphan, taken to an alternative universe by a bear man, uniting to fight a darkness that brings chaos to both worlds.
Tue 12 Dec, 11am – Babes in Arms screening – LOVING VINCENT (15): The life of artist Vincent van Gogh is uniquely retold through the animation of oil paintings.
Tue 12 Dec, 7.30 & Thu 14 Dec at 2.30 – THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS (PG): Hoping for a career revival, Charles Dickens aims for new success, with a series of events leading him to pen the classic A Christmas Carol.
Thu 14 Dec, 7.30 – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (15): Set in the 1980’s, this coming-of-age Italian drama tells the romance of Elio and Oliver over the course of a summer.
Tue 19 Dec, 7.30 & Thu 21 Dec, 2.30 (HOH) – MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (12A): An all star cast lead by Kenneth Branagh feature in the retelling of the Agatha Christie mystery.
Thu 21 Dec, 7.30 – THE FLORIDA PROJECT (15): A deeply moving and poignant look at childhood through the eyes of a 6-year-old girl as she lives in a motel with her mother.
Thu 28 Dec, 2.30 – TANNA (12A): Set on the island of Tanna in the South Pacific, the true story of a couple who decided to marry for love, rather than obey their parents’ wishes.
Fri 29 Dec, 2.30 – THE WAGES OF FEAR (12A): Tense 1950’s thriller set in the South American jungle. Rival drivers move supplies of nitroglycerine through the rough remote roads where the slightest jolt can lead to death.
Those films marked with a * will also feature the BRIT short, In the Middle of Nowhere. Tickets on sale from Thursday 5th October:
Wed 1st, 2.30 & 7.30 – VICTORIA AND ABDUL (PG) – Stephen Frears directs the little-known story of the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim.
Thurs 2nd, 2.30 and 7.30 – BORG VS MCENROE (15) – Shia LaBeouf stars, charting the rivalry at the 1980 Wimbledon Championships.
Tues 7th, 7.30 – MOTHER! (18) – A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Thurs 9th, 2.30 & 7.30 – LOVING VINCENT (15) * – The life of artist Vincent van Gogh is uniquely retold through the animation of oil paintings.
Tues 14th, 11.00 – Babes in Arms screening – THE BIG SICK (15) – A Pakistani comedian must choose between culture and love while finding out who he really is.
Tues 14th, 7.30 – IN BETWEEN (15)* – Three Arab-Israeli women share an apartment in Tel Aviv, trying to balance their traditions with the modern world.
Thurs 16th, 11.00 (HOH) & 7.30 – GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (PG)* – Telling the real-life triumphs and tragedies of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne.
Tues 21st, 7.30 – 7 DAYS (12A) * – This bittersweet drama explores the exquisite agonies of midlife romance on a stunningly beautiful Mediterranean island.
Thurs 23th, 2.00 & 7.00 – HENRY V (U) – Shakespeare charts the romance of the King, while he wages a campaign for land in France. (Tickets are £15 for all for this showing).
Tues 28th, 7.00 – BLADE RUNNER 2049 (15) – The much-anticipated sequel to the 1982 classic, a new Runner discovers a dark secret that could end humanity.
Thurs 30th, 2.30 & 7.30 – THE PARTY (15)* – Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall join an all-star cast as a celebration of a politician’s promotion gives an unexpected insight into the lives and loves of herself and her guests.
Sat 2nd Dec, 2.00 – THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS (12A) – An Italian classic showing both the ordinary and extraordinary of Lombard peasant life in the late 19th Century.
Tue 3 Oct, 7.30 – THE BIG SICK (15): A Pakistani comedian must choose between culture and love while finding out who he really is.
Wed 4 Oct, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30 – DUNKIRK (12A): Christopher Nolan directs the story of the evacuation of Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.
Thu 5 Oct at 2.30 & 7.30pm – DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (12A): A poignant portrait of three generations of Gullah women, descendants from slaves, at the turn of the 20th century.
Tue 10 Oct, 11.00 – Babes in Arms screening – KEDI (U): Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. This is the story of seven of them.
Tue 10 Oct, 7.30 – DETROIT (15): 50 years after the murder of three young black men, Kathryn Bigelow directs the story of civil unrest and chaos that led to their deaths.
Thu 12 Oct, 2.30 & 7.30 – FINAL PORTRAIT (15): Paris, 1964. Geoffrey Rush stars as artist Alberto Giacometti in an episode of fondness and frustration as he creates his last masterpiece.
Tue 17 Oct, 7.30 – LAND OF MINE (15): In post-World War II Denmark, young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of land mines as their Danish Sergeant learns to appreciate their plight.
Thu 19 Oct, 11 & 7.30 – THE ODYSSEY (PG): Following thirty years in the life of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the great French ocean-going adventurer.
Tues 24 Oct, 2.30 (HOH) & Thu 26 Oct, 7.30 – VICTORIA AND ABDUL (PG): Stephen Frears directs the little-known story of the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim.
Tue 24 Oct, 7.30 – GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (15): An unsentimental young Yorkshire sheep farmer is forced to consider his future after meeting a Romanian migrant worker.
Tue 31 Oct, 7.00 – Halloween Horror Show! – A GHOST STORY (12A): After a passionate young couple are unexpectedly separated by a shocking loss, his ghost watches over her and their house’s future inhabitants.
Tue 31 Oct, 9.00 – Halloween Horror Show! – IT COMES AT NIGHT (15): After an apocalypse leaves few survivors, two families are forced to share a home in an uneasy alliance to keep evil at bay.