David Lean Cinema celebrates the role of its 100 volunteers

It’s Volunteers’ Week from June 1 and the volunteer-run David Lean Cinema is taking time to say “thank you” for the fantastic contribution that its volunteers make.

“We have around 100 of them and without their willing help we wouldn’t be able to commit to showing films in the David Lean Cinema,” the DLC’s David Lavelli said today.

“I volunteer because I have an interest in having a vibrant, independent cinema in my home town that provides an alternative to the mainstream multiplex,” one of the David Lean’s volunteers said.

“I enjoy being part of a community project and contributing to something that is volunteer-run and collaborative. I have met some really lovely people from my local town who I would never have met otherwise and I find I love being part of something that is bigger than work, family life and my existing friendship group. And I get to watch some amazing films!”

The DLC has just released the details of its July programme.

This includes acclaimed animation The Breadwinner and Sheila Hancock in Scottish mountaineering drama Edie.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, June 7.

  • Unless otherwise stated, tickets for all screenings are £8.50. Concessions (Freedom Pass-holders, full-time students, claimants and disabled) £7. Rush tickets may also be available for under-25s.
  • Bookings can be made by clicking here

David Lean Cinema programme for July

All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm unless stated

Tue Jul 3 JEUNE FEMME (15) (7.30pm)
Croydon Comedy Festival screening
2017 Fr 97min (subtitled). Dir: Léonor Serraille
Stars: Laetitia Dosch, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye

The locks have been changed, and headbutting the door didn’t help, so Paula picks up her boyfriend’s cat and looks for somewhere else to stay. Trouble seems to follow our volatile and voluble heroine around Paris but, as she picks up the pieces, the possibilities of new friendships and family reconciliations emerge. Compelling from the first frame, this hilarious and humane character study takes a fresh look at what it means to be independent in the big city.

Thu Jul 5 ON CHESIL BEACH (15)
2017 UK 110min. Dir: Dominic Cooke
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Emily Watson

First-time director Cooke does true justice to Ian McEwan’s adaptation of his own novella, telling the story of a young couple’s first evening as a married couple, and the disastrous consequences of their inability to form a true bond. Ronan and Howle portray the lovers with subtlety and understatement, backed up by a stellar cast in supporting roles. Beautifully filmed in Oxford, London and on the stark landscape of the beach itself, this is a subtle meditation on confused expectations and lost opportunities.
*The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for those with hearing loss.

Tue Jul 10 TULLY (15) (7.30pm)
Croydon Comedy Festival screening
2018 USA 97min. Dir: Jason Reitman
Stars: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass

If two demanding kids and a switched-off husband have left Marlo (Theron – excellent) tired, then the arrival of number three pushes her into utter exhaustion. She’s resentful of her smug, rich brother’s offer to pay for a “night nanny”, but when Tully (Davis) does become part of Marlo’s life, the effect is transformative. Writer Diablo Cody (Juno) is a mother of two, and her keen eye and ear for family dynamics and school politics creates a funny, “sharply observed but tenderly realised” (Empire) character drama.

2017 Ire/Can/Lux 94min. Dir: Nora Twomey
Stars: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Laara Sadiq

Based on the acclaimed children’s book by Deborah Ellis and from the animation studio who made Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young girl growing up in Taliban-controlled Kabul. After her father is imprisoned, she must disguise herself as a boy to get food for the rest of her family. Her struggles to do this are mixed with the story she tells her little brother giving a multi-layered, beautifully designed picture of the lives of ordinary people in war-torn Afghanistan.

Tue July 17 A CIAMBRA (15) (7.30pm)
2017 It 118min (subtitled). Dir: Jonas Carpignano
Stars: Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato

In southern Italy, a small Romany community has been confined to the shabby Ciambra estate, while offered little integration with mainstream society. Fourteen-year-old Pio (Amato) is determined to support his family by following in his older brother’s footsteps – a fledging life of crime that is the only door that seems open to him. With its sparkling, engaging nonprofessional cast and unblinking honesty, A Ciambra is “shockingly alive, startlingly accomplished and remarkably acute” (Wall Street Journal).

Thu Jul 19 EDIE (12A)
2017 UK 102min. Dir: Simon Hunter
Stars: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan

Sheila Hancock gives a tremendous performance as the widow who, following a loveless marriage and the prospect of being pushed into a care home, decides to fulfil a lifelong ambition and climb the Suilven Mountain in northern Scotland. Arriving with ancient equipment, she is soon spotted by Jonny, a young fitness instructor who sees a way of making easy money by helping her achieve her dream. “Lovely photography of the Highlands… and Hancock is always a potent presence” (The Guardian).
* The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for those with hearing loss.

Tue Jul 24 L’AMANT DOUBLE (18) (7.30pm)
2017 Fr/Bel 107min (subtitled). Dir: François Ozon
Stars: Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset

Young Parisienne Chloe (Vacth) consults psychiatrist Paul (Renier), and they fall in love. He’s cagy about his past, and Chloe discovers his unacknowledged twin Louis (Renier again), also a psychiatrist but otherwise very different. Chloe’s confusion about the brothers’ true characters mounts, with Ozon channelling Hitchcock, De Palma and the deliciously twisted psychosexual style of his earlier Swimming Pool. Conjuring a world full of mirrors, cats, contradictions and double identities, this playful, sensual thriller will be hugely enjoyable – if you relish a trip to the dark side!

2017 Japan 107min. Dir: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Studio Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi follows on from When Marnie Was There with another version of an English children’s book, Mary Stewart’s The Little Broomstick. Lonely while on holiday, Mary finds an old broomstick and a magic flower. These combine to fly her to Endor College, a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Dr Dee, but the college holds a dark secret and Mary must use all her newly acquired skills to escape danger. “A must for Ghibli fans” (The Observer).
*2.30pm English version, 7.30pm subtitled version.

Tue Jul 31 ARCADIA (12A) (7.30pm)
2017 UK 78min. Dir: Paul Wright
What lies beneath our shared vision of “England’s green and pleasant land”? With 100 years of archive footage at his disposal, Wright finds beauty and utopian visions – yet also strange and violent traditions with landscapes and people scarred by industrialisation and urbanism. With a thrilling score by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Arcadia is a true one-off – an engrossing and thought-provoking exploration of how Britain has become what it is today. “There is magic in this film” (Uncut).

Thu Aug 2 THE HAPPY PRINCE (15) (7.30pm)
2018 UK 105min. Dir: Rupert Everett
Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson
Responsible for the script and direction, as well as starring as Oscar Wilde, this could be regarded as a vanity project by Rupert Everett, but in fact it does an excellent job of chronicling Wilde’s last days. Having been released from Reading Gaol, he escapes to France and Italy, a broken man, battling with his demons, while friends, ex-lovers and family try to keep him on the straight and narrow. Wilde in Everett’s portrayal becomes the prince of his own fairy tale, disintegrating as his end approaches, while his days of triumph come back to haunt him in well-realised flashbacks.
* The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for those with hearing loss.

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