Zellweger as Judy, Knightly in trouble and Calamity with Doris

We are in a climate emergency, in case you hadn’t noticed.

But in Australian eco-doc 2040, being screened at the David Lean Cinema next month, solutions that could help to save the planet and which are already readily available are outlined.

Adam Pearson: conducting a Q&A at the David Lean Cinema next week

Tickets are on sale now for 2040 and all the David Lean Cinema’s December screenings, which includes some noteworthy performances in varied roles by Rene Zellweger, Keira Knightly, Eileen Atkins and Doris Day.

There’s also a special showing for Chained For Life, which will be followed by a Q&A session with one of the film’s stars, Croydon’s Adam Pearson.

  • Tickets for screenings are £7.50. Concessions (Freedom Pass-holders, full-time students, claimants and disabled) £6; Under-25s are £5.

David Lean Cinema programme for December

All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm, unless stated

Tue Dec 3 2040 (PG) (7.30pm)
2019 AUS 92min. Dir: Damon Gameau
Features: Damon Gameau, Eva Lazzaro, Zoe Gameau

“Projected extra 1 billion cars by 2040” — so says activist-documentarian Damon Gameau
(That Sugar Film) cutting through current environmental debates on whether action should be at individual or institutional level. He’s done the research, knows it is possible and urges us to do it now. Director Gameau uses his growing daughter as a prism through which to focus on their own desired 2040 in an inspirational and finely constructed eco-documentary interspersed with dramatic sections, interviews, and discussions. What do you want 2040 to look like for your children/grandchildren? How do you feel about car culture? “What’s your 2040”?

Wed Dec 4 JUDY (12A) (7.30pm)
2019 UK 118min. Dir: Rupert Goold
Stars: Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell
Strapped for cash and wanting to create a stable environment for her children, Judy Garland embarks on a trip to London to perform a series of sold-out concerts at the Talk of the Town nightclub. Following the last year of her life, Judy depicts the realities of a celebrity past her prime.

Based on Olivier-nominated play End of the Rainbow, the film features Renée Zellweger giving a heart-wrenching performance as the star.

Thu Dec 5 THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON (12A)
2019 USA 97min. Dir: Tyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz
Stars: Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsage

Zak is a determined, friendly young man with Down’s Syndrome. He escapes from the geriatric home he’s been placed in, searching for his pro wrestling hero, The Salt Water Redneck. Stowing away with fisherman Tyler, both are on the run — though it’s better to be caught by worried carer Eleanor than the bad guys on Tyler’s tail. On their quest through the beautiful Carolina Outer Banks, the pair form a close friendship and discover their best selves, in this wonderfully charming, hilarious buddy movie.

Tue Dec 10 JUDY (12A) (11am)
2019 UK 118min. Dir: Rupert Goold
Stars: Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell

As Dec 4 above.
Babes in arms screening.

Tue Dec 10 CHAINED FOR LIFE (15) (7.30pm)
2018 USA 92min. Dir: Aaron Schimberg
Stars: jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, Stephen Plunkett
Writer-director Schimberg’s bold and multi-layered story uses a film cast and crew — making a fictional hospital-based horror movie — to challenge cinematic portrayals of disfigured people. Sardonic and entertaining, it also features local Croydon personality Adam Pearson (Under the Skin), who “provides a dose of down-to-earth charm in a movie that often seems to exist in its own alternative universe” (Variety).
Adam Pearson will conduct a Q&A after the film.

Thu Dec 12 OFFICIAL SECRETS (15)
2019 UK/USA 112min. Dir: Gavin Hood.
Stars: Keira Knightly, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith.

In 2003 a GCHQ translator receives an email requesting compromising details on UN representatives so they can be blackmailed into voting for the Iraq war. Horrified, she leaks the email to The Observer, which makes front-page news. Katharine Gun, (Knightley) is prosecuted and her Turkish husband’s deportation hastened. She has only worked intermittently since. Neither her revelation nor 1 million people marching that year derailed the war. Knightley is excellent in Gavin Hood’s (Eye in the Sky) unmissable whistleblower thriller.

Tue Dec 17 LAST CHRISTMAS (12A) (7.30pm)
2019 USA 103min. Dir: Paul Feig
Stars: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson
Bridesmaids director Paul Feig returns with another comedy, this time with a festive twist. Emilia Clarke stars as cynical Kate, splitting her time between binge drinking and working as an elf in a Christmas shop. However, when she meets eccentric man Tom, he begins to break down the barriers she has built around herself. With a cheerful Christmas backdrop, this romantic comedy has a cosy feelgood factor.

Thu Dec 19 LAST CHRISTMAS (12A) (2.30pm)
2019 USA 103min. Dir: Paul Feig
Stars: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson

As Dec 17 above.

Thu Dec 19 MONOS (15) (7.30pm)
2019 Col 102min (Spanish with English subtitles). Dir: Alejandro Landes.
Stars: Sofia Buenaventura, Julian Giraldo, Karen Quintero

Deep within the jungle of an unspecified South American country, the Monos (“monkeys”) are a gang of child soldiers left for weeks on end without supervision. The accidental death of a cow starts their descent to infighting, and an attempt to recover their American hostage (the Doctora) by the authorities, and her attempts to escape, break down the little civilisation left to them.
Helped by an excellent, percussive score by Mica Levi, this is a beautiful, brutal film.

Mon Dec 30 GOSFORD PARK (15) (2.30pm)
2001 UK 131min. Dir: Robert Altman
Stars: Eileen Atkins, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi

Before Julian Fellowes hit TV gold with Downton Abbey, he won a screenplay Oscar for this country-house, upstairs-downstairs murder mystery. With his customary flair, Robert Altman directs an incredible all-star cast of British acting royalty with the story of a hunting party in 1932. The guests and their servants try to work out who has murdered one of the guests, while bumbling cop Inspector Thompson tries to cut through the ever present class system. A 35mm presentation in association with The Cinema Museum.

Tue Dec 31 CALAMITY JANE (U) (2.30pm)
1953 USA 101min. Dir David Butler
Stars: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie

Full of wonderful songs (and you can join in as this is a singalong screening), Calamity Jane is the late Doris Day’s best loved musical. She plays the tomboyish Wild West legend, who rashly promises to lure the female star of Chicago’s music hall to the Deadwood saloon stage, much to the amusement of Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel). So dust off your stetson, climb aboard the Deadwood stage and take yourself back to the Black Hills of Dakota! Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO.


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