Halloween Hammer tribute offers plenty to get your teeth into

The David Lean Cinema, named after one great British knight of the movies, will be staging another great movie night for Halloween, celebrating the life and career of Sir Christopher Lee.

Christopher Lee as Dracula: hold this picture up to a mirror to see if there's a reflection

Christopher Lee as Dracula: hold this picture up to a mirror to see if there’s a reflection

Veteran actor Lee died this summer, aged 93, after appearing in more than 250 movies in a 70-year career which saw him take roles in some of the biggest franchises of the film industry, including James Bond (he was the villainous Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun), and evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings, while also having a part in Star Wars.

But he remained best known for his parts in the Hammer horrors of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, particularly his roles as the Frankenstein monster and as Dracula.

The David Lean Cinema’s tribute offers a horror double bill on October 30, including the first Hammer film to be screened at Croydon’s art house cinema, Lee starring in the 1968 classic, The Devil Rides Out.

Earlier that evening, a more recent horror movie, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, is being screened, part of a money-saving Halloween double bill: the films are bookable individually, but save £2 if you book tickets for both at the same time.

Adrian Winchester, of the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign, said, “As a long-standing fan of Hammer films, I’m pleased that we have managed to include a tribute to Sir Christopher Lee, and I believe The Devil Rides Out – featuring Lee in a rare heroic role – will be the first Hammer film ever screened at the David Lean.”

Other highlights of the coming month include the Amy Schumer vehicle, Trainwreck, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney in 45 Years, and as a special screening for Black History Month, Dear White People, on October 13.

To be added to the Campaign’s membership list, please email savedavidlean@gmail.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 October programme

All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm unless stated

salt of the earthThu Oct 1 THE SALT OF THE EARTH (12A)
2015 France/Brazil/Italy 110min. Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders
Featuring: Sebastião Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
This documentary traces acclaimed Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado’s 40-year career, featuring stunning images from his global series of workers and migrants. Driven to despair by the human suffering he depicted in the Sahel, Yugoslavia and Rwanda, Salgado has found peace by studying the world’s last unspoilt landscapes and civilisations, and transforming his family’s cattle ranch into the Instituto Terra rainforest. “A thought-provoking portrait of a remarkable individual” (Radio Times). “Unmissable” (Empire).

Tue Oct 6 THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (18) (7.30pm)
2015 USA 102min. Director: Marielle Heller
Stars: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgǻrd, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni
San Francisco, 1976. Budding artist Minnie (Powley, leading an excellent cast) embarks on an affair with her mother’s boyfriend Monroe (Skarsgard), which she chronicles on a tape-recorded diary. First-time writer-director Heller displays “astonishing cinematic brio” in portraying the experiences of a sexually confident young woman “without sentiment or cant” (The Guardian). This frank and widely acclaimed film is “shocking and admirable” (The Telegraph).

Thu Oct 8 THE GIFT (15)
2015 Australia/USA   108min. Director: Joel Edgerton
Stars: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton
Married couple Simon (Bateman) and Robyn (Hall) seem to have a perfect life. When Simon’s past acquaintance Gordo (Edgerton) shows up, and showers them with gifts including a pondful of koi carp, their initial surprise turns to unease, and as events unfold Robyn questions how well she knows her husband. With a strong cast and script, Edgerton’s directorial debut is full of “sophisticated, chilling surprises” (The Guardian).

2014 USA 108min. Director: Justin Simien
Stars: Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Brandon Bell, Teyonah Parris
Black History Month screening: Sam (Thompson) is a DJ on an American college radio station, and “Dear White People” is her catchphrase as she highlights the fault lines separating black and white students. As Sam and her friends try to make their way in student politics, journalism and cinema, Simien’s sharp-witted comedy questions whether their attempts to shatter longstanding glass ceilings will succeed. “Clever and entertaining… addresses the elephants in cinema’s crowded room” (The Guardian).

 Thu Oct 15 IRIS (12A)
2015 USA 80min. Director: Albert Maysles
Featuring: Iris Apfel, Carl Apfel
Iris Apfel is a New York City fashion icon, in demand for photo shoots, in-store events, guest lectures, and gallery exhibits of her vast collection. As for jewellery, she sells it on cable TV and haggles for it in Harlem. What’s so unusual about this? Iris is 93 years old, and her current fame is an unexpected coda to a long career in design. This swansong for Maysles (Grey Gardens) revels in her wit and honesty, in a joyous celebration of always living life to the full.

Tue Oct 20 45 YEARS (15) (2.30pm)
2015 UK 95min. Director: Andrew Haigh.
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Dolly Wells, Geraldine James
Kate and Geoff are preparing for their 45th wedding anniversary party, when he receives a letter – the body of his first love, lost in an Alpine accident, has been found, looking “like she did in 1962”. As Geoff’s attention drifts back to the past, Kate struggles to make sense of her marriage. A universally praised, carefully observed drama, in which “Rampling has never been better” (The Telegraph).
*This screening is subtitled for people with hearing loss.

TrainwreckTue Oct 20 TRAINWRECK (15) (7.30pm)
2015 USA 125min. Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton
Magazine writer Amy lives an uninhibited life free of commitment. What happens when she meets sports surgeon Aaron (Hader)? Well, this is a romcom… but one written by Schumer, whose sweetly brash feminist stand-up has taken America by storm. Frank and hilarious – with wonderfully bizarre support from Swinton as Amy’s cockney editor.

Thu Oct 22 45 YEARS (15)
As above for Oct 20

Tue Oct 27 MARSHLAND (15) (7.30pm)
2014 Spain 105min (subtitled). Director: Alberto Rodriguez
Stars: Javier Guitérrez, Raúl Arúvalo, María Varod
Spain, 1980. When two sisters go missing in a remote marshland region, a young Madrid detective and his veteran colleague are called in to investigate. The tension barely lets up for a second as the mistrustful pair strive to untangle a web of petty crime and deeper corruption, under the long shadow of the recent Francoist past. This dark thriller was a major hit in Spain, where it swept the Goya Awards board.

2014 Ireland/Denmark/Belgium/Luxembourg/France 93min. Director: Tomm Moore
Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan, Fionnula Flanagan
Ben and his mute sister Saoirse grow up on a lighthouse with their grieving father, haunted by their mother’s mysterious disappearance. They move to the city, but run away with their loyal sheepdog for a magical journey home, accompanied by faeries, witches and owls. An enchanting animation with a moving family story, building to a finale of astounding beauty. Recommended for fans of its fellow Academy Award nominee Princess Kaguya, and anyone else who enjoys hand-drawn animation or Irish lore.

Fri Oct 30 A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (15) (6.45pm)
2014 USA 101min. Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Mamo
Somewhere in Iran, almost derelict Bad City is worn down by drug dealing and prostitution. Fortunately, there’s an vampiric angel of vengeance in town, wearing a chador and striped T-shirt… Vand is compelling as the melancholic anti-heroine, and this exhilaratingly eerie tale – shot in gleaming, glorious monochrome – is one of the best and most original horror films of recent years. “Beautiful and hypnotic” (Radio Times).

1968 UK 95min. Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi, Leon Greene
A tribute to Sir Christopher Lee.
Set in the 1920s, this thrilling Hammer adaptation of Dennis Wheatley’s novel features the Duc de Richleau (Lee) attempting to free a friend from a devil-worshiping cult led by the charming but deadly Mocata (Gray). Lee and Gray are superb, while Richard Matheson’s laconic screenplay and Fisher’s masterful direction infuse a classic that delighted Wheatley.

Plus a selection of Christopher Lee trailers presented on 16mm.

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