The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign is off on tour tonight, with the first of three film screenings at venues outside the centre of town.
The campaign is showing the 1984 French film, A Sunday in the Country, at 7.30pm tonight, June 15, at Shirley Community Centre, Shrublands Avenue, Shirley, CR0 8JA.
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, the film stars Louis Ducreux, Michel Aumont and Sabine Azéma.
The film won 17 international awards including several for best foreign film and best director. The BFI’s 16mm print offers the added pleasure of discovering a film that isn’t currently available on DVD or Blu Ray.
Set shortly before World War I, Monsieur Ladmiral, an elderly painter living in the French countryside, receives his regular Sunday visit from son Gonzague and his family. Unexpectedly, non-conformist daughter Irene also arrives, resulting in a challenging day that will have a lasting impact on the family. English subtitles.
There will also be a brief support programme including a 15-minute French Oscar-winning short Happy Anniversary (1962), directed by Jean-Claude Carrière and Pierre Étaix.
Presented in collaboration with Shirley Community Centre Association, which is adjacent to Broom Road, close to the Post Office and The Goat pub. The 194 and 198 buses stop nearby and parking is available in the area. Doors open at 7.15pm.
There is no entry charge, though donations towards the cost of the refreshments and to fund the campaign are encouraged.
The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign was established following coverage in Inside Croydon of the closure of the Clocktower’s arthouse cinema by the council two years ago. The campaign has two further screenings planned, tied in with local festivals in Purley and South Norwood.
On Monday June 24 at 8.15pm (doors open 8.00pm) at the Parish Centre, St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Dale Road, Purley, CR8 2EF, it will be screening Monterey Pop.
On Wednesday July 10, at 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm) at the Harris Academy, Cumberlow Avenue, South Norwood, London, SE25 6AE, the 2012 Terrence Malick movie, To The Wonder, is the feature. This stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams. It is a digital presentation for the South Norwood Arts Festival, sponsored by Studiocanal Ltd.
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