Beastly beginning to David Lean Campaign’s March screenings

Beasts of the Southern WildThe March programme of films from the Save the David Lean Campaign, being screened at the Spreadeagle pub on Katharine Street, next to the Clocktower, begins on Monday, March 4, with Beasts of the Southern Wild, a hit at the Sundance and London Film Festivals and which attracted four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and a Best Actress nomination for the nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest ever nominee for an Academy Award in that category.

“It’s always our aim to honour the David Lean’s dedication to intelligent and entertaining cinema, and we’re delighted that our March programme includes four very different films featuring a range of fascinating characters,” said Philip Howard, the StDLC’s programmer.

The screenings – at 2.30pm and 8pm – are free to attend, though the organisers do ask that those attending patronise the pub’s bar. Seats are first-come, first-served. With growing popularity, some afternoon screenings have been a “full house”, so it is suggested that you arrive at least 10 minutes before the film starts.

The other films in the March programme are:

March 11: Ruby Sparks (15) 2012 USA 104min
Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Stars: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan
Short of inspiration, a young author (Dano) finds that he can create his perfect woman (Kazan) by writing about her. A wildly original romance from the directors of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, with a superb cast including Annette Bening, Elliot Gould and Steve Coogan.

March 18: Les Adoptes (15) 2011 France 100min
Director: Melanie Laurent
Stars: Marie Denarnaud, Denis Menochet, Clementine Celarie
Marine (Denarnaud) has been inseparable from her adoptive family since childhood, but everything changes when she meets Alex (Menochet) and tragedy strikes. After a very limited release, it’s possible that we may be only the second UK venue to show this directorial debut from Laurent, previously known as the star of a very different film, Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. English subtitles.

March 25: The Sapphires (PG) 2012 Australia 103min
Director: Wayne Blair
Stars: Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman
Set amid the social change of 1968 and based on a true story, this uplifting drama tells how a quartet of Australian Aboriginal girls became an international soul-singing sensation under the guidance of an eccentric manager (O’Dowd).

For more details, telephone 020 8656 0168 (David Lean Campaign) or 020 8781 1134 (The Spreadeagle), or email

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