FIRST REFORMED (15) – 2017 USA 113 min

Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric Kyles

Reverend Ernst Toller (a great performance by Hawke) is the pastor of a small parish church in New York. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, it is now a tourist attraction with a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by a modern church nearby. When pregnant parishioner Mary (Seyfried) asks Toller to counsel her radical environmentalist husband, the clergyman finds himself grappling with his own tormented past and equally despairing future – until he finds redemption. ‘This mesmerising drama of a pastor’s crisis of faith feels like the movie Schrader was put on this planet to make’ (Washington Post).

Plus a BRIT School Showcase film, screened in partnership with the School’s Film & Media Production department. For this film we are showing SNARE (15) (3.16 min), directed by Theo Batterham, explores a theme of being trapped; contrasting the influence of countryside and city environments.
David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 28 August 2018

Show starts at 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…………….