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News Update 31 July 2016
Award-winning short A Moment to Move screening with Heart of a Dog
We are delighted to be able to show A Moment to Move as part of our Heart of a Dog screenings on Thursday August 4th. This beautifully filmed, witty and honest 20 minute short, directed by Georgia Parris, and starring Diana Kent and Phoebe Fox, won the XX Award at the 2014 Underwire Festival (“the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent”).
Martha is an older woman, and she’s feeling it, but she’s not ready to adhere to a stereotype just yet. Problem is, she comes to that realisation on the day of her daughter’s wedding.
Watch a teaser here.
Director Q&A at 7.30pm The Last Man on the Moon screening
We’re delighted to announce that Mark Craig – who wrote and directed this highly-acclaimed British documentary – will introduce the 7.30pm screening on Thursday 11 August, and will take part in a Q&A afterwards. It promises to be a fascinating evening for anyone intrigued by space exploration and the Apollo missions, and it’s an exceptional opportunity to inspire children interested in science.
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News Update 31 May 2016
2016 has been a year of consistently good attendances, but there will always be exceptions and last week was certainly one of them! Shooting Stars reinforced that we can struggle to attract large audiences to vintage screenings, and the response, although far from negative, didn’t quite match the film’s reputation. I Am Belfast also attracted modest numbers, but the feedback was very good and included enthusiastic praise from a supporter who grew up in Belfast.
Today’s (Tuesday) film is the extraordinary Son of Saul, recently described as “one of the greatest films ever made” (Sydney Morning Herald). Don’t forget there’s a rare Tuesday 2.30pm screening as well as one at 7.30pm, as we wanted to ensure that our daytime audience could see this outstanding winner of the 2016 Best Foreign Language Academy Award. Please note that the programme includes a 14-minute film With a Little Patience, also directed by László Nemes.
Thursday brings Victoria, an extraordinary German crime thriller. If you’ve read about it being shot in real time in a continuous, 138-minute camera shot, or the dialogue being mostly improvised from a 12-page script, the film’s reputation sounds almost too good to be true. But a scan of the glowing reviews confirms that praise such as “possibly the most emotionally pulsating film you’ll see all year” (Sky Movies), or “Combining stunning technical achievement with a thoroughly gripping story and terrific performances, this is a sensational thriller that demands to be seen” (WOW247), is highly-representative.
Tickets for both the above films should be available from our Clocktower box office.
A supporter recently made a point of saying how much she appreciates the excellent booking service provided by the “wonderful” staff at Wallace Arnold Worlchoice. It’s a pleasure to hear such appreciation, and supporters who haven’t visited their premises (at 62 George Street) may like to try booking there.
Once you’ve read the important news item below, please scroll down to see Philip Howard’s preview of our July films, and news of Croydon Comedy Festival, which we’re participating in. If you’re attending or considering seeing Death of a Gentleman on 7 June, please read the announcement directly below the preview, which may interest cycling enthusiasts as well as cricket fans. Note that this special event – a collaboration with the Sports Journalists’ Association – seems likely to sell out, so don’t wait too long if you plan to book.
This concludes my final ‘editorial’ before September, as my leave of absence is about to start. From next week onwards, some of my committee colleagues will take turns to write this piece. I won’t say goodbye, though, because I’ll still frequently be at the David Lean, so I look forward to chatting to supporters there, as usual!
New Campaign website
Committee members Roger Dowling and Alan Peakall have recently been working hard on preparing a long-awaited new Campaign website:
www.davidleancinema.org.uk. You’ll find full programme information there, with links to booking, as well as other information that I won’t outline here, because we hope you’ll want to visit the site and see for yourself! It’s fully functional but we are open to comments and suggestions concerning possible changes or additional elements that might be included if technically feasible. You’re welcome to send us your thoughts via the site’s “Contact Us” form, or if you prefer to use email, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, the address which will replace our gmail address.
Roger advises that the only known issue with the website is that the live Twitter feed (seen on the right of some pages) can sometimes display incorrectly and instead shows a Twitter web address. This is linked to browser configuration, so if you don’t see the correct Twitter feed, use of another browser will usually resolves the problem.
Philip Howard writes:
Our July program starts with Evolution, a fascinating sci-fi / horror / mystery filmed on the otherworldly terrain of Lanzarote. Strong audience demand (thank you, as always!) for Florence Foster Jenkins mean that we’re providing two extra screenings – one in the afternoon, and another for our Babes in Arms audience. Some popular actors are on their summer travels – Tom Hanks to Saudi Arabia in A Hologram for the King, Juliet Stephenson to rural France for Departure, and Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris to Marrakech for the John Le Carré adaptation Our Kind of Traitor. For our own summer holiday season – although with considerable appeal to adult audiences too – When Marnie Was There is a gently moving animation that may be the final ever release from the beloved Studio Ghibli. Travelling back in time, Jane Austen’s early novella Lady Susan is the basis for the acclaimed and hilarious Love and Friendship, while a more recent period comedy is the joyous 1980s musical Sing Street. This month’s program also celebrates two contemporary mavericks: a world champion cyclist and inventor is the subject of our annual Tour de France rest-day screening, Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story, while director Terrence Malick edits together mighty performances from an A-list cast (Bale, Blanchett, Portman) and breathtaking shots of the California landscape to form the fragmented yet beautiful dream that is Knight of Cups.
Tickets for all screenings go on sale at 9am on Thursday 9 June. July dates and times can be seen here.
Death of a Gentleman: important information
This screening, on Tuesday 7 June, coincides with the return of top-class Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycling to Croydon; the only London venue during a British tour. The Clocktower is within the circuit and although access should not be significantly impeded, we have decided to slightly delay the screening until 7.45pm, to ensure that patrons don’t have any difficulty arriving in time. This will also mean that anyone who would like to see the women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix race, starting at 6.30pm, will have time to do so. Race time and route details can be seen here.
Croydon Comedy Festival
Following a successful launch last year, this year’s festival will take place in June and July, and will feature around 50 events at 12 different venues. In addition to stand up comedy, there will be theatre and films, and we’re delighted to be festival participants, screening The Brand New Testament and Florence Foster Jenkins. Please see the Festival website for the full programme.
News Update 29 May 2016
The following is our July programme:
Tuesday 5 July 7.30pm: Evolution
Thursday 7 July 11.00am: Florence Foster Jenkins – Babes in Arms screening
Thursday 7 July 2.30pm & 7.30pm: A Hologram for the King
Tuesday 12 July 2.30pm: Florence Foster Jenkins
Tuesday 12 July 7.30pm: Departure
Thursday 14 July: 2.30pm* & 7.30pm: Our Kind of Traitor (*Hard of Hearing screening)
Tuesday 19 July 7.30pm: Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story
Thursday 21 July 11am & 7.30pm: Love & Friendship
Tuesday 26 July 2.30pm (and also Tuesday 2 August 7.30pm): When Marnie Was There
Tuesday 26 July 7.30pm: Knight of Cups
Thursday 28 July 2.30pm & 7.30pm: Sing Street
News Update 23 May 2016
Disorder last Tuesday didn’t attract quite as many patrons as we might have expected, considering that our European thrillers have been known to sell out, but it was an enigmatic film appreciated by our patrons, who came up with some interesting theories to explain ambiguous elements! Thursday’s Our Little Sister was clearly a hit, with “absolutely charming” being highly representative of the feedback received.
I can’t claim to be a silent film enthusiast, but tomorrow’s film Shooting Stars sounds so intriguing and inviting that I couldn’t resist booking, so I hope to see you there! See below if you need any further incentive to see this milestone in British cinema. The impressionistic portrait I Am Belfast on Thursday promises to be equally absorbing, and a rare occasion when we can say that you’ll experience a film unlike any we have shown so far. Please note that I Am Belfast contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect anyone susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
Next Tuesday offers an opportunity to see the internationally acclaimed Hungarian feature Son of Saul. Winner of 45 awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, it tells a deeply unsettling story, but with such power and insight that most will find the emotional investment worthwhile. The Sydney Morning Herald called it “one of the greatest films ever made”. Note there are screenings at both 2.30 and 7.30pm
We anticipate that tickets will be available from our Clocktower box office before all three of the above films.
Finally, this is my penultimate update ‘editorial’ before September. Campaign Secretary John Ingman explains why in his contribution below.
Adrian Winchester – leave of absence
John Ingman writes:
Adrian Winchester, Chair of the Campaign and its Director, has decided to take three months’ leave of absence from 1 June. Adrian has been working with the Campaign for five years without any significant break. He feels that the time has now come to take some time off from his duties, particularly in view of an urgent need to undertake some house renovation! During this period, his Campaign work will for the most part be done by other members of the Committee, although Adrian will still do some very limited, specialised work for the Campaign.
Adrian has made a unique contribution to the development of the Campaign and all those who support it will want to wish him some rest and refreshment during this break. We hope that he will return from it with renewed energies.