The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign is busy again with screenings at the Spread Eagle pub today and tomorrow afternoon.
The Save the David Lean Campaign was set up in response to reports on Inside Croydon in 2011, spurred on by the disgust over Croydon Council’s decision to close the venue expressed by local resident Ronnie Corbett and by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes, a Tory peer who identified that no significant amount of money would be saved by the “meaningless” closure of the cinema.
The campaign’s discerning membership has grown ever since, amply demonstrating the demand for art-house cinema screenings.
The films being shown this afternoon and tomorrow have been chosen by a ballot of the campaign’s members.
4pm Thu December 27
The Guard (15) 2011 Ireland 96min
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong
An eccentric crime comedy in which an unorthodox Irish policeman is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
Also to be shown is The Song of the Haggoid, featuring “mean metal mutt Cromarty” from Susie Cornfield‘s satirical sci-fi thriller series of books The Chronicles of Dekaydence. Cornfield is a Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign member, and will be present to introduce the short.
4pm Fri December 28
The Well Digger’s Daughter (PG) 2011 France 107min
Director: Daniel Auteuil
Stars: Pascal Amoretti, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Nicolas Duvauchelle
Well-digger’s daughter Patricia starts a romance with wealthy Jacques, but complications follow when Jacques is drafted to the First World War front. English subtitles.
Adrian Winchester, the chairman of the Campaign group, rightly takes pride in the organisation’s achievement in its number of screenings in 2012. “With two exceptions, we selected completely different films, so the Campaign can take some satisfaction as a result of broadly doubling the number of films screened in Croydon that have a DLC connection,” Winchester said. “An average frequency of two and a half films per month at the Fairfield confirms that the claim that the cinema ‘moved’ there was misleading…
“The David Lean Cinema clearly remains the ideal and most popular location for a Croydon arts cinema. That’s a message that we must all strive to communicate in 2013.”
The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign’s 2013 season begins on Monday, January 7 at the Spread Eagle – sited just across the road from where the great, Oscar-winning director Lean saw his first films – with The Way, followed by films on the subsequent three Mondays. There are already plans to take the DLC’s screenings “on the road” again to the Shirley Community Centre on February 16.
Details of all the campaign’s activities can be found on its Facebook page or by following its Twitter feed @SaveDavidLean.
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