Letters From Baghdad (2016 USA/UK/France) 95 mins, Cert. PG

Screenings at 11AM & 7.30PM

Directors: Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum        
Featuring: Tilda Swinton, Rose Leslie, Paul McGann

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The extraordinary Gertrude Bell was an English writer, linguist, archaeologist, diplomat and spy, with an unmatched first-hand knowledge of late 19th and early 20th century Arabia.  This fascinating documentary reveals her power and the crucial role she played in forming British policy in what is now Iraq.

The film is based on Bell’s letters – voiced by Tilda Swinton – presented via a combination of high-quality original footage and familiar actors representing key characters.

This unmissable personal and professional story provides an acute, revealing and sometimes chilling foretaste of current Middle Eastern troubles.


Here are links to a Review from The Guardian and a brief description of the making of the film from the production company.

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 15th June 2017

Shows start at 11.00AM, & 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Latest News 11 June 2017

Last week was mixed in terms of attendances, but very positive in terms of audience satisfaction. The modest audience for Harmonium indicated that excellent reviews and awards don’t guarantee large numbers, but patrons were still discussing this highly-original film when security staff needed to lock the doors! One described it as his film of the year so far, along with Moonlight.

The Sense of an Ending also proved enjoyable, with patrons describing it as “excellent’. With outstanding performances from Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and Charlotte Rampling, it was a showcase for fine acting.

The week ahead begins with Tuesday’s Babes in Arms screening of Beauty and the Beast, which remarkably has outsold our earlier showings, although tickets should be available on the day. But please book without delay if you hope to see Lady Macbeth on Tuesday evening or Letters from Baghdad on Thursday, as both of these highly-acclaimed films are close to selling out. Read More……