An interesting duo of films in this week’s programme for the David Lean Cinema.
Tuesday evening at 19:30 sees Sicilian Ghost Story, a supernatural drama with mythical elements re-imagines the tragic story of 12-year old Giuseppe Di Matteo, kidnapped by the Mafia in 1993 in a bid to silence his informant father.
In settings where a forest, lake and animals evoke memories of dark fairy tales, the disappearance of Giuseppe (aged 13 in the film) causes classmate Luna to rebel against the silence and complicity that surround her, in a relentless quest to find him.
Thursday’s film, Shiraz, is a feast for the eyes, as the 1928 silent film come to our screen.
Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, it tells not only of their romance but how it led to the construction of one of India’s most majestic buildings: the Taj Mahal.
Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings and the film was restored to its glory from original film elements by the BFI in 2017, accompanied by a new score composed and performed by Anoushka Shankar.
The cinema is now closed until Saturday 18th, but tickets for our September programme go on sale on Thursday 9 August. If you wish to buy these in person, we are opening the Arts Bar box office specially on this date between 13:30 and 14:30. We have advertised previously that we would also be selling tickets between 18:30 and 19:30, but we have been advised that the Clocktower will be closed during these hours, and so we are unable to do this.
An apology – towards the end of our HOH screening of The Happy Prince on Thursday, the subtitling suddenly disappeared. We are extremely sorry about this, and have got in touch with the distributors of the film, as the fault appears to have been with the digital file that was supplied to us. Obviously, this would have spoiled the end of the film for many of you, and we are very sorry for this, but we hope this is a ‘one-off’, and won’t stop you attending HOH screenings in the future. September’s HOH show is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and you might also consider our silent film offering Shiraz.
‘LISTENING TO OUR AUDIENCE’
OUR AGM, CROYDON CLOCKTOWER,
WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER, 8.00pm