Steve Jobs comes to Croydon, along with Miss Shepherd

Shock! Horror!

Steve JobsThe David Lean Cinema has increased its ticket prices for 2016.

By 50p a time! Tickets are now £8 (£6.50 for concessions).

The audiences should get over it, just, with another month’s programme offering a rich mix of foreign films, the best of British, Hollywood blockbusters, and for January, a Holocaust Memorial Day presentation.

Steve Jobs, The Lady in the Van, and Carol are the highlight presentations this month, with Suffragette and Brooklyn also getting repeat screenings due to demand.

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  • Tickets for all screenings are £8. Concessions (Freedom Pass-holders, full-time students, claimants and disabled) £6.50.
  • Bookings can be made  via TicketSource 

David Lean Cinema programme January 2016

All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm unless stated

Tue Jan 5 STEVE JOBS (15) (7.30pm)
2015 USA 122min. Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels
Steve Jobs led Apple to a pre-eminent position in the world of technology, developing a reputation as a brilliant innovator and demanding manager. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball) focuses on three key product launches, highlighting how Jobs’ public and private life overlapped, and demonstrating his iconoclasm, energy and insecurities, while Winslet delivers a lauded performance as marketing chief Joanna Hoffman. “Sorkin’s machine-gun dialogue is at its best… Fassbender is terrific” (Evening Standard).

Lady in the vanThu Jan 7 THE LADY IN THE VAN (12A) (11am and 7.30pm)
2015 UK/USA 104min. Director: Nicholas Hytner
Stars: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances De La Tour, Roger Allam
When Alan Bennett allowed a transient old woman to park her van in the driveway of his north London home, the private, fastidious writer didn’t expect his guest to stay for 15 years. In this highly enjoyable adaptation of Bennett’s book and stage play, a more-or-less true story, Dame Maggie is remarkable as the contrary, bigoted, vulnerable and somehow sympathetic Miss Shepherd.

Tue Jan 12 MY SKINNY SISTER (15) (7.30pm)
2015 Sweden/Germany 95min (subtitled). Director: Sanna Lenken
Stars: Rebecka Josephson, Amy Deasismont
Teenager Katja (Deasismont) is a prize-winning ice skater with proud and supportive parents. Twelve-year-old sister Stella (Josephson) is eager to emulate her, but their close relationship becomes strained when signs of Katja’s eating disorder emerge. Writer-director Lenken’s absorbing debut draws upon personal experience, adding authenticity, compassion and humour to a story that will resonate with many families. Katja’s struggle is seen through Stella’s eyes, and Josephson delivers an outstanding performance that’s convincingly awkward and “wonderfully engaging” (The Guardian). Followed by an informal discussion.

SuffragetteThu Jan 14 SUFFRAGETTE (12A)
2015 UK/France 106min. Director: Sarah Gavron
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson
The suffragette cause of the early 1900s rallied women from all backgrounds to gain the vote and secure wider rights. Suffragette shows the movement through the eyes of Maud (Mulligan), a factory worker inspired by other campaigners including Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep) to take more radical action, against the wishes of her husband (Whishaw) and the male-dominated establishment.

Tue Jan 19 HAND GESTURES (U) (7.30pm)
2015 Italy 77min (subtitled). Director: Francesco Clerici
Featuring: Velasco Vitali, Lino De Ponti, Luigi Contino
Introduced by producer John Barrenechea. The Battaglia Foundry in Milan casts bronze sculptures using the lost-wax method, which dates from ancient Greece. This involving documentary starts with sculptor Vitali putting the finishing touches to the wax mould of a dog; it passes from his hands to a succession of artisans who surround it in an exoskeleton of ventilation pipes, pack it in clay, bake it in a furnace, pour in the molten bronze, and then unwrap and burnish the bronze sculpture. A pleasure for anyone who loves sculpture or likes to understand the craft behind artistic creation. “Austere, meditative, inscrutable, fascinating” (The Guardian).

Thu Jan 21 CAROL (15)
2015 UK/USA 118min. Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler
Cinema at its most romantic, Carol is a remarkable love story about two women who courageously defy the conformities of their time: aspiring photographer and store worker Therese (Mara) and older housewife Carol (Blanchett), who is going through a difficult divorce. Adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel, and continuing Haynes’ examination of 1950s America following Far From Heaven, this honest, eloquent, and immaculately dressed and designed film is “subtle, moving… brilliantly played” (The Independent), and is already winning major awards.

Brooklyn posterSat Jan 23 BROOKLYN (12A) (2.30pm)
2015 Ireland/UK/Canada 111min. Director: John Crowley
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters
With opportunities scarce in her post-war Irish town, young Eilis leaves to work in a New York store. Desperately homesick at first, she gradually builds a new life full of professional and romantic promise – until events pull her back to Ireland. In this delightful, stirring Nick Hornby adaptation of a Colm Tóibín novel, Ronan is captivating as the quietly charismatic heroine, Walters is at her funniest as Eilis’s Brooklyn landlady, and Broadbent twinkles as a kindly priest.

Tue Jan 26 THE LADY IN THE VAN (12A) (2.30pm)
As Jan 7
*This screening will be subtitled for those with hearing loss.

Tue Jan 26 BRIDGE OF SPIES (12A) (7.30pm)
2015 USA 141min. Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda
After the Soviet Union shot down U-2 pilot Gary Powers in 1960, US insurance lawyer James Donovan (Hanks) was enlisted to negotiate his release in a swap for captive KGB spy Rudolf Abel (Rylance). With a script co-written by the Coen brothers, Spielberg adeptly stages the tense East Berlin exchanges that led to Powers’ return. Based on true events, Bridge of Spies is deeply atmospheric, with a brilliant performance from Hanks, bringing back memories of the height of the Cold War and echoing dramas such as Thirteen Days and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

Wed Jan 27 PHOENIX (12A) (7.30pm)
2014 Germany/Poland 98min (subtitled). Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf
Holocaust Memorial Day screening. Jewish singer Nelly (Hoss) returns to Berlin as a concentration camp survivor. She is swathed in bandages following plastic surgery (for a gunshot injury), but, as the scars fade, she is still beautiful, yet possibly unrecognisable. Despite the urgings of her friend Lene (Kunzendorf) to join the migration to Palestine, Nelly tracks down her gentile husband Johnny (Zehrfeld). Convinced that Nelly is dead, he can only see a passable lookalike who might help him claim her property. Phoenix is an intriguing, suspenseful drama of deception and self-deception, belief and identity.

Sunset Song,jpgThu Jan 28 SUNSET SONG (15)
2015 UK 135min. Director: Terence Davies
Stars: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie
Domestic hardship and loss prevents young Chris (Deyn) leaving her Aberdeenshire farm home to teach. Instead, she blossoms joyfully with the responsibilities of adulthood and begins her own family. Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic novel about rural life and the effects of the Great War is brought to the screen in luminous, stirring style, as Deyn captures Chris’s intelligence and resolve, and Davies “mines a rich seam of passion and tragedy… a sad, sombre, deeply satisfying drama” (The Guardian)

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