BRIT School film-makers get showcased at David Lean

The David Lean Cinema Campaign has announced a partnership with the BRIT School which will see one of the best films made by students in the school’s film and media production department screened before selected features as the “BRIT School Showcase”.

The films, each lasting around three minutes, will enable promising film-makers aged 14 to 18 to gain exposure comparable to the school’s performing arts students, who often appear at local community events.

The partnership will be launched next Tuesday, September 5, when the first BRIT Showcase will be London.wav, directed by Samuel Marino, which recently won the school’s Dean Peckett Short Film Award. It will be shown before the feature London Symphony, a stunning montage of London images – accompanied by a newly composed score – directed by Alex Barrett, who will take part in a Q&A with the audience.

“We’re very excited about this initiative, which displays the creativity of talented young people who may become successful filmmakers in future,” said Adrian Winchester, the campaign chairman.

“It’s a fitting step for a cinema that celebrates the legacy of an outstanding director born in Croydon.”

Graham Chalk, the school’s director of film and media production, said: “It’ll be great to get our student films seen and enjoyed by the local community. This will also help to boost the profile of our course.”

For the full listings of movies at the David Lean Cinema for the coming month, click here.

Tickets can be booked online via:

The David Lean Cinema is an intimate, 68-seat venue within Croydon Clocktower, which from 1995 to 2011 became associated with the best in British and world cinema, until it was closed as an austerity cut by the council. Since March 2014,  the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign – now a Community Interest Company – has presented an expanding programme of films.

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