Latest News – 17 June 2018

We are pleased to take part in Croydon’s Festival of Peace (16-23 June), by screening two films that we hope will chime with their vision of promoting individual and community wellbeing. Tuesday’s film is Makala, a thoughtful documentary that conveys the economic realities of life for a poor family man in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kabwita Kasongo plans to produce a ‘crop’ of charcoal (makala) and sell it in the nearest town. Just what is involved in a seemingly straightforward plan is documented in Emmanuel Gras’s film, which won the Critics’ Week grand prize at Cannes last year. Kabwita’s stoicism is sorely tested. The final scenes in a revivalist church service are especially moving. The Sunday Times called it “beautiful and poetic, something it achieves without condescension”.
Thursday brings two showings of Road to Peace, Leon Stuparich’s record of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Britain in 2008. Leon was given unprecedented behind-the-scenes access during the tour, plus an interview with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. This visit came at a time when the Dalai Lama was beginning to question his political role, and in 2011 he  retired from leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration to concentrate on sharing his spiritual and humanitarian message. Leon has captured the contradictions that beset him during the tour, as well as the affection and admiration that he enjoyed, and we are very pleased that he will be attending both performances to answer questions after the film.
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Latest News 06 May 2018

One of the perks of working as a programmer for the David Lean Cinema, and being retired, is that I can get to exhibitor screenings. This allows me to see films in advance, and recommend that we screen them. Two of the June films suggested by me are Makala and Beast, so you decide on how good my critical judgment is!

We start off this week with our regular Babes in Arms screening. This month’s film is Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed feature Lady Bird. This is a 15 certificate film, and we need to stress that these performances are designed for mothers with babies up to one year old. Please do not bring toddlers to these films. Our ability to screen 15 films is based on the fact that the infants will not understand what is on the screen. Thank you.
Tuesday evening’s film is You Were Never Really Here, starring Joachin Phoenix as an ex-military man working in the murky world of private security, who is asked to rescue a kidnapped young girl and punish her abductors with extreme prejudice. British director Lynne Ramsay takes a genre subject and, with composer Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead), puts her own unique spin on it. Mark Kermode called it “a head-spinningly accomplished work that reconfirms Ramsay as one of the most thrillingly distinctive and daring film-makers of her generation”.
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