The David Lean Cinema in the Croydon Clocktower arts complex, so wantonly neglected during the eight years that the council was under Conservative control, at the end of December will be screening the 50th film since its re-opening.
The arthouse cinema, closed in Tory cuts that ended up costing local Council Tax-payers more money, re-opened in April with the volunteers of the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign putting together the regular programme of Thursday evening, and other, screenings, to widespread acclaim.
With sold-out houses for its November programme, it may not be long before additional regular screenings are considered, although the campaign volunteers’ own time and efforts are already fully utilised.
The December programme at the David Lean Cinema includes ’71 on Thursday December 11, an acclaimed survival thriller about a British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in the early years of the Troubles. It stars Jack O’Connell, who was in Leicester Square only last night for the premiere of his latest film, Unbroken.
Film lovers eager to escape from turkey leftovers and predictable shows on the telly will be delighted to see that two films are scheduled between Christmas and the New Year, in the tradition of the Campaign’s festive shows that used to take place at the Spread Eagle.
Hitchcock fans should love the stunning restoration of To Catch a Thief on December 29, whilst The Beat Beneath My Feet the following afternoon is a vibrant new film about a schoolboy aspiring to be a rock musician. This features locations in Wallington and elsewhere in south London.
“It has been a remarkable year for us and thanks to support of our loyal patrons, the David Lean is once again an established venue. We can take satisfaction that our last film of 2014 will be our 50th presented there,” said Adrian Winchester, the campaign chairman.
To be added to the Campaign’s membership list, please email email@example.com.
- 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 December programme
All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm unless stated
Thu Dec 4 THE RIOT CLUB (15)
2014 UK 107min Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay. Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous “Riot Club”, a long-established elite drinking club priding itself on hedonism and the belief that money can buy anything. Any resemblence to the Bullingdon Club so favoured by Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Gideon Osborne is entirely deliberate. A “sharp satirical cartoon of English class warfare and class conspiracy” (The Guardian), from the director of An Education.
Thu Dec 11 ’71 (15)
2014 UK 99min Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris. A young British soldier, disorientated, is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the lethal streets of Belfast in 1971. Demange’s debut effectively balances tension and explosive action, as the rookie – a great instinctive performance from O’Connell – becomes a pawn in the rivalries between paramilitary factions and between the regular Army and Special Forces.
* The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for people with hearing loss.
Thu Dec 18 at 11am and 7.30pm
NORTHERN SOUL (15)
2014 UK 102min Director: Elaine Constantine
Starring: Elliot Langridge, Josh Whitehouse, Antonia Thomas. The story of two friends whose life is changed by the wave of authentic American soul music that sweeps the dance clubs of northern England in the 1970s. Constantine captures the energy of the Wigan Casino and the highs and lows of teenage life, with a “fantastic soundtrack” (Daily Express) and a host of cameo appearances from familiar British stars.
Mon Dec 29 (2.30pm) TO CATCH A THIEF (PG)
1955 USA 106min Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, Brigitte Auber. Reissued earlier this year, Hitch’s timeless comedy thriller offers you an escape from the Christmas leftovers! The comfortable French Riviera retirement of a cat burglar (Grant) is interrupted by a new wave of robberies – and the only way he can avoid the blame is to catch the culprit himself, befriending a mother (Landis) and daughter (Kelly) who own the most expensive jewels on the Riviera…
Tue Dec 30 (2.30pm) THE BEAT BENEATH MY FEET (15)
2014 UK 90min Director: John Williams
Starring: Luke Perry, Nicholas Galitzine, Lisa Dillon, Verity Pinter. Tom (Galitzine), a teenaged loner, feels his musical dreams are thwarted by his god-fearing single mother, Mary. When an intimidating stranger (Perry – yes, of 90210 fame) moves into the flat below, Tom recognises him as rock star Max Stone, who disappeared presumed dead with an unpaid tax bill years earlier. Tom agrees not to reveal him to the authorities if Max will teach him rock guitar. Filmed on location in Wallington and south London, and recently premiered at London’s Raindance Film Festival.
Coming to Croydon
- David Lean Cinema, Wakolda, Nov 27
- The Last Sense of Sudden, Spread Eagle Theatre, Nov 27-29
- St Peter’s Primary School Christmas Fair, Nov 29
- Ghost Stories for Christmas, Spread Eagle Theatre, Dec 3
- St Andrew’s churchyard gardening session, 10am, Dec 6
- Fog Horn Funnies, Spread Eagle Theatre, Dec 6
- Croydon Philharmonic Handel’s Messiah, Fairfield Halls, Dec 6
- Coulsdon Yulefest, Dec 6-7
- Oval Tavern Folk Club, Dec 7
- Mayor of Croydon’s charity Christmas dinner, Dec 12
- South Croydon business breakfast, Dec 13
- Concert of Christmas music, St Luke’s, Woodside, Dec 13
- Friends of the Earth Green Beanfeast, Dec 15 (book by Dec 1)
- Croydon Philharmonic Christmas concert, St Matthew’s, Dec 16
- Norwood Society talk: Penge, the making of a suburb, Jan 15
- South Croydon business breakfast, Jan 24
- Norwood Society talk: Crystal Palace and Dulwich, Feb 19
- Norwood Society talk: Charlies Dickens in Norwood, Mar 19
- Norwood Society: Balloons and airships at Crystal Palace, Apr 16
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