Record seven screenings in October at David Lean Cinema

The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign will be screening seven films at the David Lean in October – a record number since the arthouse cinema was re-opened in March.

Belle posterOne innovation in the diverse, international programme is a trail 11am screening to suit parents and grandparents who have afternoon school-run commitments.

The film, on October 16, will be Finding Vivian Maier, an intriguing documentary about a reclusive nanny who was later discovered to have been a talented and prolific street photographer.

Another highlight for the coming month is Boyhood on October 9 – the groundbreaking film which was shot over 12 years, during which the central character ages from six to 18.

The month concludes on October 30 with two screenings of Belle for Black History Month. This British film tells the story of a naval officer’s mixed-race daughter, raised in the Georgian splendour of Kenwood House.

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 October programme

All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm unless stated

2013 France 94 mins (subtitled) Director: Marion Vernoux
Starring: Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafitte, Patrick Chesnais. A recently retired married woman falls for her computer education tutor – who is 25 years younger. What does the future hold? In the lead, Ardant is “as classy as a champagne flute” (The Guardian).

BoyhoodThu Oct 9 BOYHOOD (15)
2014 USA 166 mins Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Cochrane, Lorelei Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke. Filmed over 12 years, Boyhood traces the life of Mason (Cochrane) from age six to 18. This groundbreaking and fascinating picture is, “One of the greatest films of the decade” (The Guardian).

Tue Oct 14 (7.30pm only) GRAND CENTRAL (15)
2013 France / Austria 95 mins (subtitled) Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Léa Seydoux, Denis Ménochet. Service crewmen in nuclear power stations must trust each other absolutely – so when a newcomer begins an affair with his boss’s fiancée, the consequences are devastating. An engrossing and unusual drama.

Thu Oct 16 (11am and 7.30pm) FINDING VIVIAN MAIER (12A)
2013 USA 83 mins Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Featuring: John Maloof, Mary Ellen Mark, Phil Donahue. The purchase of a box of old photographs prompts an art collector to piece together the life story of Vivian Maier – a secretive and eccentric nanny who was also a great undiscovered street photographer.

Thu Oct 23 MOOD INDIGO (12A)
2013 France / Belgium 125 mins (subtitled) Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy. In a world re-imagined by the visionary Gondry (Eternal Sunshine), a young couple’s happiness is threatened by a strange illness. As the French poster puts it: “La plus poignante des histoires d’amour”.

Tue Oct 28 (7.30pm only) ILO ILO (12A)
2013 Singapore 99 mins (subtitled) Director: Anthony Chen
Starring: Angeli Bayani, Koh Jia Ler, Chen Tianwen, Yeo Yann Yann. A middle-class Singaporean couple hire a Filipino nanny for their troublesome son as an economic crisis starts to bite. An expertly observed, never sentimental but very touching portrait of a family under strain.

Thu Oct 30 BELLE (12A)
2013 UK 104 mins Director: Amma Asante
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Sam Reid. This beautiful, acclaimed feature explores the unique position in Georgian society occupied by Dido Belle – born the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a naval officer, yet raised in the splendour of Kenwood House.

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