Stanley’s Film Club answers the age-old Christmas question

Do you believe in Father Christmas?

miracle_on_34th_street_1947Stanley’s Film Club next month addresses that question with a couple of screenings of the original version of the festival favourite, Miracle on 34th Street, as the venue continues its new programme of regular screenings.

The show on December 7, with a morning screening, is a special Bring Along Baby presentation, aimed at parents or carers with infants aged under 12 months, so that they can relax(-ish) with a movie and a coffee and some cake.

“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,” the organisers say. “Our friends at Coffee Craft will also be open, selling a wide selection of hot drinks and cakes.

“Coffee Craft have arranged a seat delivery service for the day. Simply place your order with them no later than 10 minutes before the film starts and they’ll deliver it straight to your seat. No more overloading with bags and baby while spilling coffee everywhere.”

There’s other special attractions at the screenings, too, with a quiz offering some decent prizes before the screening on the evening of December 7 of Chevalier.

Run by professional quizzing company Question One, it will be a pub-style quiz for teams, offering as first prize a sailing course for two from the Croydon Sailing Club, second prize is a DVD bundle from Studiocanal and 3rd prize is a membership to Stanley’s Film Club.

Click here to see the Stanley’s Film Club programme for the rest of November.

Stanley’s Film Club December programme

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

Doors open at 7pm, unless stated

Wed Dec 7  MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (U) (10am)
1947. US. 93min

A Bring Along Baby screening of this all-time Christmas classic.

Come and discover new releases and cult classics in our beautiful Grade II-listed building, without having to find a babysitter.

Embrace the magic of Christmas and warm your heart with our special festive screening of original classic. The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentleman with twinkling eyes, an ample belly, and a snowy beard (Edmund Gwenn) is hired as a Macy’s department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle, and he soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit… except for his boss, Doris Walker, who is raising her daughter to not believe in Santa. But when Kringle is declared insane and put on trial, everyone’s faith is put to the test as young and old alike face the age-old question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?

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.

chevalierWed Dec 7  CHEVALIER (18)
2016. GRE. 105min. Dir: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Winner of Best Film at the London Film Festival, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier is a perfectly pitched comedy satire that puts masculinity under a microscope.

Taking competitive spirit to the extreme, six men holidaying together on a luxury yacht go to bizarre lengths to prove that he who is the ‘best in general’.  Concocting an increasingly absurd series of contests to test each other’s manhood, they score each other on everything from flatpack furniture assembly to morning erections. With all good sportsmanship well and truly out the window, it’s only a matter of time until the knives come out…

Wed Dec 14 TALE OF TALES (15)
2016. ITA/FRA/UK. 130min. Dir: Matteo Garrone. Featuring: Salma Hayek, John C Reilly, Toby Jones
Hailed as a masterpiece at the Cannes Film Festival, Tale of Tales (2016; Italy/France/UK) is a sumptuous, seductive and macabre re-telling of Giambattista Basile’s classic Italian fairy tales by renowned director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Reality).

Comprising three wildly fantastical stories, including a queen who gives birth after eating a sea monster’s heart, an old peasant woman who finds youth after falling asleep in an enchanted forest and a proud king who raises a flea as his child, these are tales that your parents never dared tell you. Set in an epic landscape filled with a host of bizarre characters (played by a stunning ensemble cast of Salma Hayek, John C Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and Stacy Martin), this outlandish, grotesque and beguiling fantasy world is like nothing you’ve seen before.

Stanley’s Junior Film Club. Muppets. Michael Caine. Charles Dickens. What’s not to like, as Stanley Halls does Saturday morning cinema club?

Please note: 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.

1947. US. 93min.
As Dec 7, above, but this time for grown-ups in the evening. Still bring a packet of tissues.

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