Cybersquatting threat to David Lean Cinema’s ticket sales

Croydon’s best-attended cinema group has been the victim of a “cybersquatting” scam, possibly in an attempt to con film-goers out of their ticket payments.

 The volunteers of the Save the David Lean Cinema campaigners has been victim of cybersquatters

The volunteers of the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign have been the victims of cybersquatters

The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign has had to issue a warning to its supporters to ensure that, if they are booking tickets online, they make sure that they do so only via the official website:

In the past month, Google searches for “David Lean Cinema” have thrown up another, similar-looking web address, but for “David Lean Croydon”. The name and the suffix are close enough to mislead the unwary.

The Campaign’s organisers say that they have no idea who has set up the bogus site, though whoever it is appears to have gone to some considerable trouble, producing its own branding, scraping old content from the official cinema’s website, and even offering a online booking service and helpline phone number to Ticket Source, the handling agents used by the official David Lean Cinema group.

The bogus website is registered to an IP address in Denver, Colorado. “Many of the things on the site are seriously out of date,” said one of the David Lean officials today, citing a “latest newsletter” dated 2014, incorrect ticket prices and directing readers to the long-demolished Croydon Visitor Centre to purchase tickets.

Meanwhile, Ticket Source told Inside Croydon today that they would investigate the matter.

The David Lean Cinema Campaign say that they have not yet reported the matter to the police’s cyber crimes unite nor taken it up with ICANN, the international authority which tries to prevent cybersquatting.

But a Campaign official said, “Some ticket buyers may receive a Ticket Source notice during the purchasing process saying that their browser is not enabled for use with cookies. This can be overcome by following the instructions on our website FAQ page –”

beatles-eight-days-week-posterMeanwhile, the volunteers’ work to maintain the David Lean’s monthly programmes continues, with bona fide ticket sales for October now open – for films including Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary and the latest Woody Allen movie – while the Campaign’s annual meeting due to be held in the Braithwaite Hall next Thursday, September 8 (from 7.30pm): “everyone is invited”.

The Campaign says, “The focus this year is on ‘Listening To Our Audience’, and once the formal business of the evening is completed, we look forward to answering questions and hearing your views. We want to know what you like, what you don’t like, and what you’d like us to do.”

Paula Murray, Croydon Council’s recently appointed “Culture Czarina”, is expected to attend, and after the meeting, there is to be a free screening of the 1972 documentary, Hollywood: The Dream Factory.

And come September 13, the Campaign is staging a special screening of David Lean’s The Passionate Friends to celebrate the restoration of the auditorium to a 68-seater cinema for the first time in more than three years.

David Lean Cinema programme October 2016

All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm unless stated

Tue Oct 4 THINGS TO COME (12A) (7.30pm)
2016 Fra/Ger 102min (subtitled). Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob

Middle-aged philosophy teacher Nathalie Chazeaux (Hubbert) is married with two children. Between her work and family life, her spare time is spent dealing with her supposedly depressed (or perhaps attention-seeking) mother, and battling with her publisher who wishes to recover her academic book due to poor sales. The last thing Nathalie expects is for her husband (Marcon) to announce that he’s leaving her for a younger woman. For the first time in her life she’s cast adrift. Hubbert is an absorbing presence and natural performer in this modern tale of autonomy and reinvention.

2016 UK/USA 130min. Director: Ron Howard
Features: The Beatles

From their performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final concert in San Francisco, The Beatles’ extensive touring schedule between 1962 and 1966 brought them worldwide fame but eventually burned them out. Featuring contributions from Paul, Ringo and many others, and footage from many great shows, Eight Days A Week both thrillingly relives old memories and provides fascinating new insights.

Tue Oct 11 FRAME BY FRAME (15) (7.30pm)
plus Q&A with director Mo Scarpelli
2015 Afg 85min (subtitled). Directors: Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli
Features: Massoud Hossaini, Wakil Kohsar, Najibullah Musafer, Farzana Wahidy

This documentary shows Afghanistan through the lenses of Afghans themselves. The Taliban outlawed photography, but their fall has allowed a fledgling free press to emerge, despite dangerous, often lethal, challenges. The directors follow four courageous photojournalists as they strive to reclaim their country’s identity lost through decades of war, violence and oppression. Employing vérité footage, interviews and material secretly shot during the Taliban regime, the photographers’ commitment, camaraderie and investigative drive shine through a “work of profound immediacy” (The Hollywood Reporter).

El SurWed Oct 12 EL SUR (THE SOUTH) (PG)
1983 Spa/Fra 95min (subtitled). Director: Victor Erice
Stars: Omero Antonutti, Sonsoles Aranguren, Icíar Bollaín, Aurore Clément

Growing up outside a small town in northern Spain, 15-year-old Estrella (Bollaín) looks back to her experiences at a younger age (Aranguren) as she tries to understand her family’s history, including their sudden move away from Seville, and uncover the secret life of her affectionate yet mysterious father Agustín (Antonutti). This intriguing 1950s-set drama, by the director of The Spirit of the Beehive, features remarkable performances and luminous cinematography, and is cited as a great inspiration by Pedro Almodovar.

Tue Oct 18 (2.30pm) CAFÉ SOCIETY (12A) (2.30pm)
2016 UK 96min. Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Lively

Woody Allen’s latest picture captures the zeitgeist of the 1930s and centers on Bobby Dorfman (Eisenberg), a Bronx-born young hopeful trying to make it in the movie industry. Travelling to Hollywood, he becomes enamoured of Vonnie (Stewart), secretary to his uncle (Carell). After heartbreak, however, he returns to New York, finding new love in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life – not to mention Veronica (Lively), an enchanting divorcee. Eisenberg is ideally cast in the lead while Lively is enthralling and Carell hilarious in this romantic comedy-drama. *The Oct 18 screening will be subtitled for those with hearing loss.

little_menTue Oct 18 LITTLE MEN (PG) (7.30pm)
2016 USA/Greece 85min (part-subtitled). Director: Ira Sachs
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Berbieri, Theo Taplitz

13-year-old Jake (Taplitz) is an introverted, artistic loner, whose family leaves Manhattan to move into his late grandfather’s Brooklyn home. There, Jake strikes up an unlikely friendship with Tony (Barbieri), a charismatic aspiring actor, whose single mother Leonor runs the shop downstairs. After Jake’s parents ask Leonor to sign a dearer lease on her store, a feud ignites between the adults. This tension soon filters into the children’s lives, putting their new friendship at risk. A heart-rending drama from the director of Love Is Strange, with remarkably strong performances from its young actors.

Thu Oct 20 LITTLE MEN (PG) (11am)

As Oct 18 above.

Thu Oct 20 (7.30pm) CAFÉ SOCIETY (12A) (7.30pm)

As Oct 18 above.

Swallows and AmazonsTue Oct 25 SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS (PG) (2.30pm)
2016 UK 97min. Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall, Harry Enfield

Arthur Ransome’s classic novel comes to life in this new adaptation, following the Walker children on their adventure to claim an island in the Lake District. Heading over there on the boat Swallow, they soon discover they’re not alone. Another gang of children, the Amazons, have already set up camp there, and a battle for the island begins. But with Britain on the brink of war, real battles aren’t far away, and their childhood paradise is turned upside-down.

Tue Oct 25 MAVIS! (PG) (7.30pm)
Black History Month screening
2015 USA 80min. Director: Jessica Edwards
Features: Mavis Staples, Bob Dylan, Steve Cropper, Prince

The Staple Singers rose through the Chicago gospel scene and the civil rights movement to become one of the key soul and R&B bands of the 1960s and 1970s – and lead singer Mavis is still making music today with a new generation of musicians and producers. Mixing the band’s story with superb archive and present-day live footage, and Mavis’s tales of Bob Dylan, Prince and many others, this documentary is a warm, engaging and moving portrayal of one of popular music’s living legends.

Captain FantasticThu Oct 27 CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (15)
2016 USA 118min. Director: Matt Ross
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Frank Langella

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father, Ben (Mortensen), dedicates his life to raising his six kids with rigorous physical and intellectual education. But when tragedy strikes, they are forced to leave their Utopia and encounter mainstream society. Here, Ben’s ideals are quickly challenged, while the children try to reconcile the wider world with everything he’s taught them. With a standout performance from Mortensen as the stubborn yet devoted father, Captain Fantastic is a pleasantly unpredictable and thought provoking exploration of what it means to be a parent.

Mon Oct 31 THE HUNGER (18) (7.30pm)
Hallowe’en screening
1983 UK/USA 97min. Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon

David Bowie was a versatile actor as well as a musical genius, and Scott’s horror-romance is a worthy and highly entertaining vehicle for his talents. As the lover of vampire Miriam (Deneuve), John expects immortality – so is shocked when he suddenly ages. His gerontologist Sarah (Sarandon) is sceptical at first, but then finds herself drawn under Miriam’s spell… Our Hallowe’en screening also includes a reel of 1980s horror trailers!

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