Dench, Rush and Boyega are David Lean stars for October

Tickets are now on sale for the David Lean Cinema in October, which offers a typically eclectic selection of movies, including Halloween screenings, Judi Dench reprising her role as Queen Victoria, Geoffrey Rush giving yet another outstanding performance in his latest movie, and films marking Black History Month.

Detroit, from Kathryn Bigelow, the Academy Award-winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, promises to be a highlight, telling the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of 1967. Inevitably, with contemporary undertones.

Meanwhile, the David Lean Cinema Campaign is staging its third annual meeting on Thursday September 21 at 7.30pm in the Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower (opposite the entrance to the David Lean Cinema).

At the meeting, in addition to reports on the campaign’s work and finances, there will be an opportunity for members of the audience to air views and ask questions about the work of the cinema.

There will also be elections to the committee. The campaign says, “We are looking for committed people and if you are interested in joining, please get in touch with John Ingman our secretary to see what is involved (email”

After the AGM, which is expected to last around 45 minutes, a documentary film The Fairfield Connection about the Fairfield Halls and its archive will be shown in the David Lean Cinema.

  • Unless otherwise stated, tickets for all screenings are £8. Concessions (Freedom Pass-holders, full-time students, claimants and disabled) £6.50
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David Lean Cinema programme for October

All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm unless stated

Tue Oct 3 THE BIG SICK (15) (7.30pm)
2017 USA 120min (partially subtitled). Director: Michael Showalter
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
Pakistani-American Kumail (Nanjiani) is leading a double life – while his reputation as a stand-up comic is growing, and his relationship with Emily (Kazan) is blossoming, his family are pushing him towards an arranged marriage. When Emily finds out, and then becomes very ill, Kumail must face her parents, and decide what he values most. This original, hilarious and touching true-life romcom has been one of the breakout hits of the year.

Wed Oct 4 DUNKIRK (12A)
2017 UK/Neth/Fra/USA 106min. Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. A heroic evacuation mission, using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found, rescued 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers. This meticulous yet thrilling recreation by Nolan (Memento, Inception, Interstellar and the Dark Knight trilogy) puts a group of soldiers awaiting evacuation in the centre of a vast canvas, with a striking blend of youth and experience among his all-British cast. * The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for those with hearing loss.

1991 UK/USA 112min. Director: Julie Dash
Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Trula Hoosier
Black History Month screening. Set in 1902, this unconventional drama focuses on the lives of a multi-generational family living in the Sea Islands off the east coast of America. The return of two urbanised women to the island brings disquiet as they attempt to organise a migration to the mainland. The islanders subsequently grapple with preserving their cultural heritage whilst heading into an unknown future. Julie Dash’s critically acclaimed masterpiece is imbued with complexity, scope and sensuality offering an absorbing insight into an American fringe culture.

Tue Oct 10 DETROIT (15) (7.30pm)
2017 USA 143min. Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore
Black History Month screening. Set amidst the riots of Detroit in the summer of 67, Detroit tells the story of one of America’s darkest moments. A police task-force raids a motel following reports of a sniper. When they fail to find him, the guests are subjected to a brutal onslaught of violence and racial hatred. Bigelow, Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker, uses her immersive, powerful and visceral style to bring context to this historical episode, with extraordinary performances from John Boyega and Will Poulter.

Thu Oct 12 FINAL PORTRAIT (15)
2017 UK/USA 90min. Director: Stanley Tucci
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub
When art dealer James Lord (Hammer) agrees to sit for the great Alberto Giacometti (played by the ever-excellent Rush), he expects it to take a matter of days – yet progress proves maddeningly slow, and Lord is gradually drawn into Giacometti’s complicated personal life. Director Stanley Tucci applies a light comic touch to this study of a celebrated artist in his final years, creating “a delightful Paris chamber piece” (The Telegraph).

Tue Oct 17 LAND OF MINE (15) (7.30pm)
2015 Den/Ger 100min (subtitled). Director: Martin Zandvliet
Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
At the end of the Second World War, Denmark’s coastline was strewn with land mines. A German prisoner of war unit, many of them raw recruits, are promised their freedom if they can clear a dangerous sector of beach. As the perilous task progresses, the antagonistic relationship between the POWs and their captors begins to thaw. This powerful drama was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award.

Thu Oct 19 THE ODYSSEY (PG) (11am and 7.30pm)
2016 Fra 122min (subtitled). Director: Jérôme Salle
Stars: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Laurent Lucas
The story of Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Wilson), the sub-aquatic explorer and documentary maker. He is an egoist and womaniser, who ignores his wife (Tautou) and two sons, and is more showman than scientist. His younger son, Philippe (Niney), grows up to become a dedicated ecologist and starts to challenge his father’s methods. Beautifully photographed, with breath-taking underwater sequences, it features a splendid score from Alexandre Desplat and fine performances from the three leads.

Tue Oct 24 VICTORIA AND ABDUL (PG) (2.30pm)
2017 UK/USA 112min. Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard
Some years after her close friendship with a Scottish ghillie, as depicted in Mrs Brown, Queen Victoria finds that an Indian clerk, Abdul Karim, offers her similarly good company – but many in the establishment are unsettled by their association. Filmed on location at Osborne House, Dame Judi’s return to one of her most famous roles will be eagerly awaited by many. * Subtitled for those with hearing loss.

Tue Oct 24 GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (15) (7.30pm)
2017 UK 104min. Director: Francis Lee
Stars: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart
A run-down Yorkshire farm is the setting for this debut feature from director Francis Lee. Johnny Saxby (O’Connor), who lives with his crippled father (Hart) and grandmother (Jones), eases his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex. Forced to hire a migrant worker (Secareanu), who he initially despises, Johnny is forced by their burgeoning relationship and his worsening family circumstances to question what he wants out of life. “This is one of the most assured, fully-formed British debuts of recent years” (Sight and Sound).

Thu Oct 26 VICTORIA AND ABDUL (PG) (7.30pm)
2017 UK/USA 112min. Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard
As Oct 24 above.

Tue Oct 31 A GHOST STORY (12A) (7pm)
2017 USA 92min. Director: David Lowery
Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham
Halloween Horror Show! Where do you go after you die? While many go to another realm, M (Affleck) returns to his old house, to watch over his grieving partner C (Mara) – and, after she moves on, a sequence of other inhabitants. Lowry’s audacious idea, that the ghost – unseen but not entirely unnoticed by mortal souls – should be portrayed by Affleck under a seemingly simple white sheet, is a great success. This spirit is a melancholy presence at the heart of a beautifully-shot, poignant and sometimes funny study of loss and the nature of a home.

Tue Oct 31 IT COMES AT NIGHT (15) (9pm)
2017 USA 91min. Director: Trey Edward Shults
Stars: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Halloween Horror Show! In the aftermath of an apocalyptic plague-like outbreak, a family survive by taking every precaution against outside menaces. When they reluctantly allow another family into their remote woodland home, the tensions soon mount. Providing an intense, gripping conclusion to our Halloween double bill, this character-driven thriller is “a horribly plausible future vision” (Empire).

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