Italy comes to Shirley, thanks to cinema campaigners

The Shirley Community Centre will have a distinct Italian feel on Saturday, June 30, when it plays host to a screening of Everybody’s Fine, the 1990 film by Cinema Paradiso director, Giuseppe Tornatore.

The screening, with English sub-titles (this is the original movie of the title, and not to be confused with the less-well-regarded 2009 Hollywood remake), begins at 7.30pm, and there will be a typically Italian supporting programme, with ice creams and light refreshments will be served.

The presentation has been arranged with the help of the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign, and is the first time since it was founded a year ago that the campaigners have taken their screenings out of the town centre.

The film is in the tradition of the European cinema classics seen at the David Lean Cinema, which Croydon Council closed last April in one of its Philistine cost-cutting rounds, denounced as a “meaningless” cut by Conservative peer Lord Fellowes, the Oscar-winning scriptwriter of Gosforth Park and the man behind the Downton Abbey television series.

Since then, the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign has staged a series of film showings in local pubs which have proved very popular, often before a packed audience.

For the Everybody’s Fine screening, admission is free but donations towards expenses will be appreciated. Seats can be booked by telephoning 020 8777 4298 or by email to:

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