Stanley’s Film Club launches its weekly movie screenings

Stanley’s Film Club’s box office is open for business.

stanley-film-clubThe film club has announced an eclectic programme through the autumn, including 12 different movie screenings, plus its regular shorts offering, as it starts to operate in the charming Grade II-listed building in South Norwood on a weekly basis for the first time.

It all opens on October 19, with the thought-provoking Oscar-winner Precious, in a Black History Month screening.

“Our events are usually much more than just a film screening – as well as being a welcoming space for the community we have been known to offer Q&As, talks, live music, themed cocktails and catering, and even glam rock makeovers,” the film club organisers said.

Membership packages are on sale now. Members of Stanley’s Film Club enjoy year-round benefits, including:

  • 2 free tickets (worth £8 each)
  • £2 off each cinema ticket for one year
  • 10 per cent discount on the gallery bar
  • Discounts on other activities and events at Stanley Halls
  • Priority booking
  • Priority ticket purchase and collection at busy events

All this for just £28 per year, or £22 for concessions*

To apply for membership, click here.

Stanley’s Film Club Autumn 2016 programme

Ticket prices vary. Please check the Stanley’s Film Club site for full details.

Doors open at 7pm, unless stated

Precious movie posterWed Oct 19 PRECIOUS (15)
2009 USA.
Claireece “Precious” Jones is an illiterate and obese 16-year-old girl, abused by her mother and pregnant by her father. When she is offered the opportunity to transfer to an alternative school, she sees a chance to turn her life around and begins the journey from oppression to self-determination. Boasting award-winning performances from a cast including Mo’Nique and Mariah Carey, Precious is a refreshingly honest film about the human capacity to grow and overcome against all odds.

A Halloween film for the whole family. With only days to go before the annual Giant Vegetable Fete, Wallace and Gromit have their hands full keeping hungry bunnies from eating the town’s crops. Everything seems under control until the appearance of the dreaded Were-Rabbit.  Gromit does his best, but Wallace never seems to be around to help out when the monster strikes…

Little dressed up ghouls, goblins and monsters will receive a treat on arrival.

Come and discover the magic of the movies with Stanley’s Junior Film Club and enjoy family favourites, blockbusters and cinema from across the world. Each event starts with a creative challenge suitable for a wide range of abilities, inspired by the film of choice. Fire up your imagination with workshops, performances and good old-fashioned arts and craft activities, before settling down to watch the film.

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must be accompanied by a child. Up to 2 adults per child. All Stanley’s Junior Film Club events include a 45 minute workshop before the film.

Wed Oct 26 THE COMMUNE (15)
2016. Den
Inspired by his own childhood experiences, The Commune is the brilliant new film by twice BAFTA-nominated director Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt, Far from the Madding Crowd) and Thomas Lindholm, the writer of Borgen.

Denmark, the early 1970s: Erik, a successful professor of architecture, inherits a large mansion in suburban Copenhagen and decides to set up a commune with his wife, Anna, and daughter, Freja. Together they invite friends, acquaintances and strangers to live with them, creating a melting pot of left-wing ideas and new familial bonds. But when Erik begins an affair with Emma, a beautiful young student from his course, the spirit of free love that formed the foundations of the commune will threaten to bring it all tumbling down…

Mon Oct 31 IT FOLLOWS (15)
2015. USA
Stanley’s Halloween Special: a terrifically terrifying evening of film, food and fear. It Follows tells the chilling story of Jay, a 19-year-old girl who finds herself being pursued by a supernatural presence after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter. Jay and her friends team up to try to find ways of escaping the traumatising horrors, but it always seems to catch up with them. David Robert Mitchell’s suspenseful, beautifully shot horror film puts a smart and culturally relevant spin on old horror clichés. Walking has never been as scary.

Wed Nov 2 MUSTANG (15) (10am and 7pm)
2016. Turkey.
One of the most talked-about foreign language films of the year, Oscar-nominated Mustang is a searing social commentary and fiercely feminist coming-of-age tale. Up against social traditions and family pressures, five sisters push back against their uncle’s iron fist and the pressures of small town gossip in their search for personal freedom. Deniz Gamze Erguven’s debut feature film, it delicately presents sensitive issues.

The 10am screening is a Bring Along Baby presentation. “Just bring your baby and indulge in a movie with other mums and dads, with appropriate sound levels and designated pram and baby changing areas. Our friends at Coffee Craft will also be open, selling a wide selection of hot drinks and cakes.”

Please note: Screenings take place on the balcony of the main hall, which is accessible only by stairs. Prams should be left in the designated area. These screenings are exclusively for parents or carers with babies up to the age of 12 months. Adults without babies, and children over the age of one year, are not permitted to attend Bring Along Baby screenings.

To book one or all of the movies listed above, click here

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