Campaign offers Loach’s last movie, Woody Allen and gigolos

The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign continues to go from strength to strength, as shown by its September programme, announced yesterday.

Jimmys HallIn addition to the regular screenings on Thursdays, the Campaign is staging two additional screenings in the coming month, following on from the successes of recent weeks when the Clocktower’s art-house cinema has regularly been sold-out.

Tickets for all performances are now available.

September sees the latest Patricia Highsmith movie, an appearance by Woody Allen in another director’s film, Fading Gigolo, as well as what may prove to be the last feature film made by British master director, Ken Loach.

Jimmy’s Hall, according to The Guardian, is “an archetypal Ken Loach film: humane, impassioned and empathetic, joyous and full of life”. Unlikely to be available at any multiplex any time soon, Jimmy’s Hall will be shown at the David Lean Cinema on September 25.

Another screening likely to delight SDLCC regulars is the compilation by the British Film Institute being shown on Monday evening, September 22. In keeping with the centenary commemorations of the start of World War One, it shows what it was like to visit the cinema in 1914.

Online booking is easy via the David Lean Cinema Campaign’s TicketSource page. To be added to the Campaign’s membership list, please email

  • Tickets for all screenings are £7.50. Concessions (Freedom Pass-holders, full-time students, claimants and disabled) £6. Bookings can be made  via TicketSource 

David Lean Cinema September programme

All films are at 2.30pm and 7.30 pm unless stated

2014 UK / USA / FRANCE 96min Director: Hossein Amini
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac. A wealthy American couple meet a tour guide and con artist in Athens, in the latest fine film adaptation of a thriller by Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr Ripley).

Sat Sep 6 (2.30pm only) FADING GIGOLO (15)
2013 USA 90 in Director: John Turturro
Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Vanessa Paradis, Sharon Stone. Middle-aged and broke, Fiorvante (Turturro) is offered a surprising sideline by his friend Murray (Allen, making a rare appearance in another director’s film). It’s an unusual premise for a comedy, but this is “a deceptively sweet-natured and gentle film” (The Independent).

Thu Sep 11 CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 (PG)
2013 FRANCE 95 mins (subtitled) Director: Bruno Dumont
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Robert Leroy. After two years in an austere but humane asylum near Avignon, the sculptor anxiously awaits the arrival of her brother. Dumont’s long takes provide the ideal frame for Binoche’s superb performance.

Thu Sep 18 CHEF (15)
2014 USA 114min Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson A brilliant chef crumbles under pressure, but starting again with a food truck rekindles his love of cooking. Iron Man director Favreau’s return to comedy has been a hit with critics and audiences alike.

Mon Sep 22 (7.30pm only) A NIGHT AT THE CINEMA IN 1914 (U)
2014 UK / US 85min Compiled by the BFI
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Pearl White, Florence Lawrence. What was it like to go to the movies in 1914? Great fun! The British Film Institute’s experts have recreated a typical variety programme – comedy shorts, a serial drama episode, animation and documentaries from around the world – with recorded musical accompaniment from silent film expert Stephen Horne.

Thu Sep 25 JIMMY’S HALL (12A)
2014 UK / IRELAND / FRANCE 109 mins Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Andrew Scott, Jim Norton. Possibly Loach’s last feature film, set in Ireland in 1921, as the opening of a dance hall at a rural crossroads pits communist Jimmy Gralton (Ward) against a repressive church and state. “Humane, impassioned and empathetic, joyous and full of life.” (The Guardian)

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