MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART (12A) – 2017 UK 92 min

Director: Joe Stephenson
Features: Ian McKellen, Scott Chambers, Luke Evans

‘Human beings,’ reflects Sir Ian McKellen, ‘are acting all day long. It’s not yourself you offer to the world, but part of yourself.’ This insight is characteristic of a film that continually focuses on the man behind the famous actor who, at the age of 78, has thought deeply but bracingly unpretentiously about his life, career and LGBT activism. A combination of interview, archive film and dramatized childhood scenes, Playing The Part is ‘an engaging portrait… I can’t think of anyone I’d rather spend 90 minutes listening to’ (The Guardian).



David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 30 August 2018

Shows start at 2.30 and 7.30 pm, ticket prices £8.50 & £7.00 (concessions).
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Latest News – 26 August 2018

Near sell-out audiences for our films last week, so we hope you will enjoy this week’s offerings.

Tuesday’s film at 19:30 is First Reformed, the latest film from Paul Schrader. Like many of the French New Wave directors, Schrader started as a critic, and his book Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer established him as a leading film theorist. With his brother Leonard, he began writing film scripts, but it was his solo effort Taxi Driver (1976), directed by Martin Scorsese, that shot him to fame. Three more scripts for Scorsese, as well as for Brian DePalma and Peter Weir followed, but in the meantime Schrader began his directing career with Blue Collar in 1978. American Gigolo (1980), Cat People (1982), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) and others followed, but his more recent work has failed to impress, so First Reformed is seen as a return to form.

McKellen: Playing the Part, screening on Thursday at 14:30 and 19:30, is based on a 14 hour interview with the actor. Read More…………….