Tales of an Indian epic movie which was decades in the making

A scene from David Lean’s A Passage To India, of the fateful expedition to the Marabar caves

BERNARD WINCHESTER on the special event staged at the David Lean Cinema on Saturday, which provided previously unheard secrets of the director’s final film

Saturday’s screening and special Q&A at the arthouse cinema in the Croydon Clocktower was introduced by the Save the David Lean Campaign official as “the greatest event in the cinema’s history”.

And with good reason.

Every year, in homage to the great, Oscar-winning director after whom it is named, the cinema shows one of Lean’s films. This year it was his last, and one of his finest: A Passage To India.

To mark the occasion, the Community Interest Company which now runs the cinema had invited guests associated with the film, and trustees of the David Lean Foundation – which has supported the cinema with grants for improvements – to attend.

The audience included Sir Sydney Samuelson, the founder of BAFTA, and who, although he is 93 years old, promised to come back to the David Lean to introduce some films.

One of the film’s stars, James Fox, and Lean’s assistant director on the movie, Patrick Cadell, participated in the Q&A which followed the film. It was the first time they had been reunited since the movie’s release in 1984. Continue reading

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WWI Commemoration, Coulsdon Armistice Week, Nov 3-11

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Conservation in Croydon, Norwood Society, Oct 18

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National charity names Inside Croydon among autism heroes

Steven Downes, the editor of Inside Croydon, was honoured by a national charity last night when named Journalist of the Year at the Anna Kennedy Online Autism Hero Awards.

Downes, left, accepts his award from Anna Kennedy and celebrity guest Antony Costa (second right)

According to the official citation, Downes was nominated for the award by Croydon families for coverage of their plight and struggles with Croydon Council, “showing that the local authority has been breaking the law”.

The citation said: “Families are struggling to get the local authority to comply with the law regarding Special Educational Needs.

“Steven is a great supporter of disabled residents and carers. One of Inside Croydon’s recent articles went viral and appeared on the BBC.”

Downes said, “I am flattered and humbled even to be considered for this award. Continue reading

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Traders wanted for Upper Norwood Library’s Winterfest

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Autumn Leaves Workshop, Beddington Park, Oct 21

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Orchestral feel as South Norwood cinema sets new bar

OWEN HETHERSAY rounds-up the latest  Screen25 listings

Cheers: the licensed bar is now open at Screen25’s shows

Cinema-goers to Screen25 can now enjoy using the venue’s pop-up licensed bar and café, enabling them to enjoy the luxury of a night out on your doorstep.

Community cinema Screen25 has just released its schedule of movies for November and into December, usually with two films each week shown at the Harris Academy South Norwood.

Ticket prices remain a bargain £8.50 (£6.50 for paid-up subscribers to Inside Croydon).

The line-up for the coming weeks includes a Q&A with the director of Man And Beyond, a new film on the consequences of meat farming being shown on World Vegan Day, and two collaborations with live cinema orchestra The Cabinet of Living Cinema. Continue reading

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