Mr Holmes screening sees David Lean extend booking period

Ian McKellen’s portrayal of the fading years of Mr Holmes is the headline attraction of the latest programme from the David Lean Cinema, but with a twist. The volunteers of the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign are taking bookings for the screenings for Mr Holmes now, even though the film, which is not released until next month, is not scheduled to be shown at the David Lean until August.

The 60-seat arthouse cinema in the Croydon Clocktower has been enjoying strong bookings of late, and the anticipated popularity of a new movie that combines McKellen and the world’s best-known detective character has persuaded them to extend the booking period.

Beat beneath my feetOne of the other highlights of the coming weeks is likely to be The Beat Beneath My Feet, to be screened this Friday, July 3, as part of the Purley Festival.

The award-winning film was shot in south London (including at the Sutton grammar school attended by the MP for Croydon Central), and the screening offers a Question and Answer session with members of the production crew afterwards.

Interesting to note that the StDLCC’s screenings are beginning to exhibit some of the problems of success: patrons are being warned that late-comers will in future risk not being allowed into the auditorium, in order to avoid disturbing other cinema-goers who do manage to arrive for the beginning of the screening.

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  • 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 July-August programme

All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm unless stated

2014 France/Switzerland/Germany/USA/Belgium 124min. Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz

Respected veteran actress Maria (Binoche) returns to the play which brought her fame 20 years ago – with her original role played by the young star of a superhero movie. Rehearsing her new role with her assistant Valentine (Stewart, with a career-redefining performance), the lines between reality and fiction become blurred, in a “mature, complex” (The Guardian) and “bewitching” (Daily Telegraph) essay on cinema and identity.

Fri July 3 THE BEAT BENEATH MY FEET (15) (8pm)
2014 UK 89min. Director: John Williams
Stars: Luke Perry, Nicholas Galitzine, Lisa Dillon, Verity Pinter

Purley Festival screening with a Q&A featuring production team guests. Tom (Galitzine), a teenaged loner, feels his musical dreams are thwarted by his single mother, Mary (Dillon). When an intimidating stranger (Perry) 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 Max’s identity in return for guitar lessons, hoping he may realise his ambition. This engaging drama – a hit at February’s Berlin Film Festival – features memorable songs music and south London locations including Wallington and Balham.

Man UpTue July 7 MAN UP (15) (7.30pm)
2015 UK/France 88min. Director: Ben Palmer
Stars: Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Ophelia Lovibond

“What kind of nutter pretends to be someone else’s blind date?” Nancy (Bell) does just this – she’s 34, single, and cynical about love – yet when Jack (Pegg) mistakes her for his 24-year-old date, she fails to set him straight. The pair fall for each other over the course of a chaotic evening, but eventually Jack will discover the truth…

With a witty and insightful script and sparkling performances, Man Up is a refreshingly grown-up British rom com.

Thu July 9 FORCE MAJEURE (15)
2014 Sweden/France/Norway/Denmark 120min (subtitled). Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius

As a picture-perfect family holidays in the Alps, orchestral flourishes and the boom of snow cannons portend imminent doom – and when the father panics and flees an avalanche without his children, the day of reckoning is close at hand. Östlund ratchets up the tension expertly, then delivers both the pathos and dark humour of a family meltdown in a claustrophobic hotel. You won’t want to see a pair of skis for months after this superb drama, making it a rare winter movie that’s best watched in the summer.

Tue July 14 GIRLHOOD (15) (7.30pm)
2014 France 113min (subtitled). Director: Céline Sciamma
Stars: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré

Uninspired by school, Marieme finds excitement and camaraderie in a local all-girl gang. Watchful at first, decisive when needed, she’s unwilling to accept the limited roles mapped out for women in the Paris banlieues. But Marieme is no victim even when the odds are stacked against her. Sciamma understands both the exhilaration of youth and the weight of social convention, while Karidja Touré captivates as the resilient Marieme.

Thu July 16 THE NEW GIRLFRIEND (15) (11am and 7.30pm)
2014 France 108min (subtitled). Director: François Ozon
Stars: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz

Childhood best friends Claire and Laura are utterly inseparable, so Claire is devastated when Laura falls ill and dies, leaving her husband, David, to raise their newborn daughter Lucie by himself. As David and Claire become increasingly close, she discovers he has a secret, and begins to wonder if she is dating him or Laura’s memory? “Demoustier and Duris give real heart” to the lead roles (The Independent), whilst Ozon’s screenplay and the late Ruth Rendell’s original story are a perfect match.

Tue July 21 TIMBUKTU (12A) (7.30pm)
2014 France/Mauritania 97min (subtitled). Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki

A cattle herder and his family live quietly in the dunes outside Timbuktu, until their lives are abruptly disturbed as the region falls under the control of Islamist jihadists. In its calm, controlled depiction of both the decency and folly of human nature, this Academy Award-nominated drama is “at once timely and permanent, immediate and essential” (New York Times).

Thu July 23 A ROYAL NIGHT OUT (12A)
2015 UK 97min. Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Rupert Everett, Emily Watson

On the night of VE Day, the young Princesses Elizabeth (Gadon) and Margaret (Powley) plead to be allowed to join in the celebrations. Finding their society ball too dull, Margaret slips her minder, sending Elizabeth out into the streets of London to find her.

A script with wry comic flair and just the right amount of nostalgia, combined with “very funny” and “totally compelling” performances (Daily Telegraph) from Powley and Gadon, make for a winning night out! *The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for people with hearing loss.

the goobThu July 30 THE GOOB (18) (7.30pm)
2015 UK 84min. Director: Guy Myhill
Stars: Liam Walpole, Sienna Guillory, Sean Harris, Hannah Spearitt

East Anglia, in a heatwave. Sixteen-year-old Goob Taylor leaves school and… what next? His close relationship with his mother is threatened by her new partner Gene, but farm worker Eva may offer a way out.

The Goob stands out thanks to its performances and cinematography: newcomer Walpole buzzes with nervous energy as the lovable Goob, Harris ensures that Gene is a compellingly nasty alpha male, and the Fenlands glow and shimmer in the midsummer light.

Thu Aug 6 MR HOLMES (PG)
2015 UK/USA 104min. Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Milo Parker

Well into his 90s and long retired from detective work, Sherlock Holmes keeps bees on the Sussex coast, alone but for his housekeeper and her son. As he tries to write his memoirs – a riposte to Watson’s exaggerated tales – Holmes battles his failing memory to reflect on an unsolved case. With its novel perspective on a familiar, much-loved subject, Mr Holmes is a rich and poignant character study.

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