BLACKKKLANSMAN (15) – 2018 USA 135 min – Black History Month screening

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

1972. Ron Stallworth arrives as the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Ambitious, and determined to make his mark, Stallworth embarks on a perilous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. After recruiting the seasoned Flip Zimmerman for the sting of the decade, together they work to thwart the extremist hate group’s efforts to appeal to mainstream America. Winning the Grand Prix at Cannes, and produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out), Spike Lee’s biographical dramedy tells the uncompromising story of an American hero.

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 11 October 2018

Shows start at 2.30 and 7.30 pm, ticket prices £8.50 & £7.00 (concessions).
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Silence (2016, Mex/Taiwan/USA), 161 mins, Cert. 15 (partially subtitled)


Screenings at 2.30pm and 7.00pm*

* note early start for the evening screening owing to the length of the film
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson

In 17th century Japan, Christians are hunted down and persecuted unless they renounce their faith.silence-banner-600

Despite this grave danger, two Portuguese Jesuit missionaries (Driver and Garfield) travel to Japan to search for their missing colleague (Neeson).



Depicting the harrowing trials that they witness and experience, “Silence” raises questions of faith, doubt and morality with “passionate ferocity” (Financial Times). 


It is a film that has been a long time in the making, an interview with the director in The New York Times indicating that Scorsese first read Shusake Endo’s (1966) novel in 1989, at a time when his “The Last Temptation of Christ” had been vilified by some reviewers.

After over 25 years of wondering ‘how’ and overcoming studio and financial backer reluctance, here is the result. (In contrast, it only took Otto Preminger 2 years to persuade the movie industry that the Broadway musical “Carmen Jones” could translate to the big screen…)


Here is a Review from The Guardian and links to deeper discussions of the film within: the context of Scorsese’s career – New York Times, cited above; and the genre of faith focused films – The Atlantic


The Guardian review includes a link to a Trailer, the ‘official’ version can be seen below


David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 23rd February 2017

Shows start at 2.30PM or 7.00PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Paterson (2016 France/Germany/USA) 118 mins, Cert. 15


Screenings at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley

patterson-bus-banner-550This film tracks a week in the life of Paterson (Driver), bus driver and habitually unpublished poet, in the New Jersey town that shares his name.



We follow Paterson’s daily routine as he: eavesdrops on the conversations of his passengers; shares intimate discussion with his wife (Farahani), who is encouraging him to publish his poems; and meets with the regulars in the local bar.

All of which inspire his poetry.


This calm, reflective film is grounded in realism and sprinkled with humour, with an enthralling performance by Adam Driver.



The Independent Review can be seen here, including a link to a trailer – billed as a “UK exclusive” – while….

The (US) Trailer can be seen below


David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 17th January 2017

Shows start at 2.30PM or 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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