Dancer (2016, UK/Russia/Ukraine/USA) Cert. 12A

Director: Steven Cantor
Features: Sergei Polunin, Jade Hale-Christofi

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The focus of his family’s ambitions from a young age, Sergei Polunin moved from Ukraine to the Royal Ballet school at 13, and became the company’s youngest-ever principal dancer at 19.

But at 22 he walked away from the company, isolated in his personal life and feeling constrained by the routine.

Through interviews with Polunin and his family, and footage from throughout his remarkable life, Dancer explores what drives this troubled and brilliantly talented young man.


At the time of first publication of this page Dancer had not been released in the UK, so here is – not so much a Review, more a discussion of the film and it’s implications – from The Guardian


That Guardian article includes a link to the “official” trailer and much, much more on Polunin and the film.  That Trailer can also be seen below –


David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 25th April 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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News Update 23 April 2017

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……

News Update 16 April 2017

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………