Cinema’s global offering for May includes Shakespeare’s Globe

The volunteer-run David Lean Cinema, celebrating the third anniversary of its re-opening this week, has announced plans to branch out in May, with special screenings of Twelfth Night, performed in The Globe Theatre on the South Bank by an all-male cast, just as it would have been in Shakespeare’s day 400 years ago.

Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance, as you may have  never seen them before. Well worth the 15 quid entry fee

That means the all-star cast includes Mark Rylance playing Olivia and Stephen Fry perfectly cast as Malvolio.

Tickets for the screenings of this recording in the Croydon Clocktower will be £15 each, with no concessions – the first time in three years that the David Lean has charged anything like conventional cinema prices.

Tickets for all of May’s programme go on sale from next Thursday, April 6, when you have a chance to book your places for a broad selection of some of the best recent foreign films, including Oscar-winning The Salesman and the recommended The Olive Tree, plus an opportunity to see either A Quiet Passion or The Lost City of Z, whichever floats your cinematic boat.

Or even view them both – as that breadth of programme is something which the David Lean Cinema takes pride in offering.

  • Unless otherwise stated (see Twelfth Night on May 25), tickets for all screenings are £8. Concessions (Freedom Pass-holders, full-time students, claimants and disabled) £6.50
  • Bookings can be made by clicking here

David Lean Cinema programme May

All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm unless stated

Tue May 2 GET OUT (15) (7.30pm)
2017 USA 104min. Director: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford
When Chris’s girlfriend Rose is ready to take their relationship to the next level, she invites him on a weekend away to meet her parents in an affluent suburb. Fears about her parents’ attitude towards their interracial relationship are allayed when Chris is welcomed with open arms. A recognisable face arouses suspicion however, and when truths are discovered about the town’s missing residents, Chris soon realises that there’s more to Rose’s family than meets the eye. A thrilling comedy-horror with acerbic social commentary, and a brilliantly nuanced performance from Kaluuya.

2017 UK/India 106min. Director: Gurinder Chadha
Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Om Puri
The campaign for Indian independence culminated in a decision that the end of British rule would be accompanied by Partition – the separation of India and Pakistan. The suddenness of this process would cause huge unrest and bloodshed, and while Viceroy Mountbatten (Bonneville, bringing more than a touch of the Downtons to the part, aided and abetted by parts of the musical score) and his wife Edwina (Anderson) prepared for the transition, its impact was greatest among their staff, such as Jeet (Dayal), a Hindu, and Aalia (Qureshi), a Muslim. Chadha (Bride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham) brings her characteristic keen eye and storytelling flair to this vital episode from the recent past. * The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for those with hearing loss.

Thu May 4 THE SALESMAN (12A)
2016 Iran/Fra 125min (subtitled). Director: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi
After their Tehran flat becomes damaged, Emad (Hosseini) and Rana (Alidoosti) must move into another apartment, a place with unsettling reminders of its previous tenant – and a sudden violent incident soon erupts. As the couple continue to rehearse an amateur production of Death Of A Salesman, Emad’s determination to investigate the incident creates a widening gulf between them. The Salesman has earned Farhadi his second Best Foreign Language Oscar and, as in his previous winner A Separation, he expertly creates rounded characters whose domestic dramas are framed within the wider Iranian society.

Tue May 9 THE OLIVE TREE (15) (7.30pm)
2016 Spa/Ger 100min (subtitled). Director: Iciar Bollain
Stars: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs, Manuel Cucala
Written by her partner Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake), Bollaín’s road-trip drama follows Anna in her quixotic search for the 2000-year-old olive tree beloved of her grandfather, which his children sold off to pay for a failed restaurant business. She persuades her friend and sceptical uncle to drive a truck to Dusseldorf to recover the tree from the foyer of a German energy company, gathering an online activist following along the way. The Olive Tree “has such charm and promotes such good” (The Irish Times).

Thu May 11 THE OLIVE TREE (15) (2.30pm)
As May 9 above

Thu May 11 THE HANDMAIDEN (18) (7.30pm)
2016 SKor 144min (subtitled). Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Min-hee Kim, Tae-ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo
A young girl is sent away to work as a handmaiden for an orphaned heiress with instructions from her crook family to steal the woman’s fortune, beginning a tale of deception and sensual discovery that unravels with irresistible velocity – living up to Wook’s reputation for gorgeously designed, twisted masterpieces. This beautifully styled period drama is a creative adaptation of Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Fingersmith, transported from Victorian England to mid-century Japanese-occupied Korea.

Sat Mar 13  A SILENT VOICE (12A) (2.30pm)
2016 Jpn 129min (subtitled). Director: Naoko Yamada
Stars: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yuki
When popular Shoya Ishida bullies Shoko Nishimiya, his deaf elementary school classmate, she moves to a different school and he becomes a social outcast. Years later, he tracks her down to make amends, but his past actions cast a long shadow. This exquisitely animated manga adaptation unfolds like the novel it once was – it’s a “moving and compelling” (Time Out), emotionally complex tale of redemption and friendship.

Tue Mar 16 A SILENT VOICE (12A) (7.30pm)
As May 13 above

Thu May 18 A QUIET PASSION (12A)
2016 UK/Bel 125min. Director: Terence Davies
Stars: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine

Davies moves from the landscapes of Scotland in Sunset Song to the interiors of Massachusetts in the intimate biography of the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, brilliantly played by Nixon. Dickinson tries to battle against the social norms of her day, but slowly becomes confined to her family home in Amherst, all the time creating poetry that is skilfully highlighted within Davies’s script. Beautifully photographed and with fine performances by a mixture of American and British actors, A Quiet Passion brings out the wit and melancholy of this great writer.

Tue May 23 THE LOST CITY OF Z (15) (7.30pm)
2016 USA 141 mins (partially subtitled). Director: James Gray
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson

Tasked with mapping the border between Bolivia and Brazil, British Army major Percival Fawcett discovered what may be traces of a previous unknown civilisation. Ridiculed by the establishment, he returned with a wealthy sponsor. Gray captures both the danger of the South American jungle and the pressures of society and family back home, with Miller excellent as Fawcett’s wife Nina. “Transporting and profound… an instant classic” (Daily Telegraph).

Thu May 25 TWELFTH NIGHT (PG) (11am and 7pm)
2013 UK 176min. Director: Tim Carroll
Stars: Samuel Barnett, Liam Brennan, Stephen Fry, Mark Rylance

Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote. In this recorded performance, The Globe revisited its award-winning Twelfth Night of 2002 with an all-male Original Practices production, exploring clothing, music, dance and settings possible in the Globe of around 1601. The superb performances include Rylance’s Olivia and Fry’s hilarious Malvolio.
All tickets are £15. No concessions

Sat May 27 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PG) (2.30pm)
2017 USA 129min. Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline

The live-action retelling of Disney’s animated classic. Belle, a beautiful bookworm, lives a tranquil life with her father – until a chain of events leads her to an old mysterious castle, occupied by an enchanted beast and a party of animated household objects. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s magical staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s monstrous exterior. This retelling of a story as old as time promises to be a captivating visual experience, with enjoyable performances from the ensemble cast.

Tue May 30 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PG) (2.30pm)
As May 27 above

Tue May 30 FREE FIRE (15) (7.30pm)
2016 Fra/UK 90min. Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy

Boston, 1978. An IRA group with a suitcase of cash has crossed the Atlantic, meeting a dodgy arms dealer in a deserted warehouse to buy a stash of guns. But two of the minor players in this exchange have some unfinished business… Actually filmed in Brighton, Ben Wheatley has created gloriously choreographed mayhem, with his regular screenwriter Amy Jump providing witty exchanges for a talented cast (in sharp 70s costume) to sink their teeth into. You’ll come out with a smile on your face (and John Denver in your ears).

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