AGM 2017

Annual General Meeting 2017

Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm

All supporters are invited to the third AGM to be held on Thursday 21 September at 7.30pm in the Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower (opposite the entrance to the David Lean Cinema).

At the meeting, in addition to reports on our work and our finances, there will be an opportunity for members of the audience to air views and ask questions about the work of the cinema. We particularly want to hear from you about how we might plan our future activities.

There will also be elections to the Committee. We are looking for committed people and if you are interested in joining, please get in touch with John Ingman our Secretary to see what is involved (phone 020 8681 2355 or e-mail You can nominate yourself but you need someone to second you. Send nominations to John Ingman  by 14 September.

After the AGM which is expected to last around 45 minutes, a documentary film The Fairfield Connection about the Fairfield Halls and its archive will be shown in the David Lean Cinema.


1. Welcome and Introductions – Adrian Winchester – Chair

2. Report on the work of the Campaign in the year ending 31 March 2017 by the Chair

3. Report on the Accounts for 2016/17 by Margaret Siudek – Treasurer – extracts to be circulated at meeting.

4.  Appointments to the Committee – John Ingman, Secretary, to propose that the following be elected:-

To be elected for two years
Philip Howard (Chair)
John Ingman (Secretary)
Margaret Siudek (Treasurer)
Heather Hardie
David Lavelli
Ian Pratley
Janet Smith
James Spreadborough
Jill Thomas

To be elected for one year
Cathy Burns

5. Listening to our audience – a Question and Answer session

6. Short break for refreshments

7. Showing of ‘The Fairfield Connection’ in the David Lean Cinema

AGM 2016

Annual General Meeting 2016

We are having our second AGM on Thursday 8 September at 7.30pm in the Braithwaite Hall in the Clocktower and everyone is invited. The focus this year is on ‘Listening To Our Audience’, and once the formal business of the evening is completed, we look forward to answering questions and hearing your views. We want to know what you like, what you don’t like, and what you’d like us to do. Please come and air your views. We are hoping that the Arts Bar will be open for refreshments so arrive early for a convivial chat with other like minded individuals! The 1972 documentary “Hollywood: The Dream Factory” will be shown directly after the meeting following a short break for refreshments available from the Arts Bar. The film will be screened from a 16mm print lovingly treated by Adrian Winchester with a cleaner/lubricant to reduce scratches. We have also taken steps to offset the effects of the poor acoustics of the Braithwaite Hall to maximise your enjoyment.

Hollywood: The Dream Factory (U), 1972

MGM Studios, which was formed from the result of a merger between Metro Pictures (owned by the Loews Company) and the Goldwyn Company, was the premier Hollywood movie studio from the mid 1920’s to the end of the 1950’s, at which time a court ruling dissolved the close association between movie studios and movie theaters leading to the end of the studio system that controlled what happened in Hollywood, and when television became a rival form of accessible entertainment. MGM was alleged to be the best of the studios at perpetuating the dream that anything was possible, both in front of the cameras and in the lives of Hollywood royalty, namely the movie stars. Within a generation, movies became the largest money making form of entertainment. The public went to see movies in droves even during the depression, wanted to learn about and be close to the personal lives of the Hollywood rich and famous, and aspired to be part of that Hollywood royalty.

Dick Cavett narrates the action Dick Cavett Pictureas we take a look at countless movie clips and hear a few things about the people involved in the studios. Louis B. Mayer gets the majority of the attention as we hear about how he got his job and eventually lost it. Film clips are countless but they include: BEN HUR, TARZAN THE APE MAN, GONE WITH THE WIND, THE WIZARD OF OZ, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, SAN FRANCISCO, BOYS TOWN, NATIONAL VELVET, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and ADAM’S RIB among others. This documentary gives us an idea of how big the studio was in its heyday and how many terrific stars were under contract there. See trailer below:

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The Last Man On The Moon (2014, UK) 96 mins, cert. PG – plus Q&A

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Director: Mark Craig
Features: Eugene Cernan, Alan Bean, Charles Duke, Jim Lovell
This, evening, screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Director, Mark Craig

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Mark Craig’s documentary centres on a discussion with Eugene Cernan, the veteran astronaut who:

  • performed one of the first spacewalks;
  • piloted the Apollo 10 and 17 missions; and
  • was the last man to set foot on the moon.

Cernan’s honest account of the effect his determined attitude had on his family life, leading to divorce and an uneasy relationship with his daughter, is mixed with breathtaking archive material.

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“A compelling and fantastically straight-faced documentary” (The Times).

This Review (Independent): here, includes a wider discusion of the Apollo program

while the Trailer is below:

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David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 11th August 2016

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

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