Cinema Campaign’s annual meeting, Braithwaite Hall, Sep 15

David_lean460The first “annual” general meeting of the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign will be held at Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower, on Tuesday, September 15, starting at 7.30pm.

The meeting will be followed by a free screening of the 1948 movie, Letter From an Unknown Woman.

Though formed four years ago, this will be the first time that the Campaigners have held a general meeting, and it follows the formation of a Community Interest Company, or CIC.

“At the meeting, in addition to reports on our work and our finances, there will be an opportunity to air your views and ask questions about our current and possible future activities,” a message to those on the Campaign’s circulation list says.

There will be an election for 12 committee members. Which sort of prompts the question why the post-meeting movie selected wasn’t Twelve Angry Men (and women).

“We are looking for enthusiastic people to fill some vacancies. If you are interested, please get in touch with our chair, Adrian Winchester, to discuss this further, email: You can nominate yourself but you will need someone to second you. Send nominations to our secretary John Ingman (email or post to 15 St Bernard’s, Chichester Road, Croydon CR0 5UL to reach him by September 7.

Letter from an unknown womanLetter From an Unknown Woman (made in 1948, certificate U and with a 83-minute running time) is set in Vienna in 1900. The Campaign team says that, “This is perhaps the finest American film from famed European director Max Ophüls.

“Joan Fontaine stars as a young woman who falls in love with a concert pianist (Louis Jourdan). ‘An atmospheric and unsettling mix of European style and Hollywood muscle, this is a beautifully shot and thought-provoking film about lost love’ (Film 4).”

There is no charge for admission but since space is limited, please let us know in advance if you plan to come. Contact our Secretary (details as above or phone 020 8681 2355). We look forward to seeing you.

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