We may be approaching a summer break in screenings, but the Screen25 staff, committee and volunteers are working harder than ever in preparation for some exciting changes launching in September.
We’ve decided it’s time to challenge ourselves and so, as of September, Screen25 will evolve into a twice-weekly cinema, screening on our usual Wednesdays, with the addition of Friday nights as well! We hope you’ll help to support our growth by joining us for our upcoming September programme. More screenings means an even more diverse film programme - there really is something for everyone!
Starting the programme off is a double screening (Weds & Fri) of Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age directorial debut, Lady Bird, a nostalgic story of a young girl reaching womanhood. Semi-autobiographically based on Gerwig’s own upbringing and relationship with her mother in Sacramento, California in the early 00’s, this is a heartwarming story of adolescent rebellion. We’ll be running a fun campaign alongside the film where we invite the audience to send in photos with their mums, and the 10 photos that make us laugh, cry or warm the cockles of our heart will get a free ticket for their mum to join them for either screening. Even if you don’t win, we encourage everyone to BYOM (bring your own mum!). Friday’s screening will include an official launch party for our expanded programme, where we’ll be celebrating women and motherhood with music, dance and soon-to-be-announced surprises.
The following week we’ll be contributing to this year’s Scalarama theme, Uprising: The Spirit of ‘68, with a special screening of Swedish documentary, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. 1968 was a year famous for having “a decades worth of news in one year”, and revolution was certainly in the air.
The Black Power Mixtape is an exciting collection of footage that was left undiscovered for over 30 years, shot by Swedish journalists from the era. The film explores the Civil Rights and Black Power movements with fascinating and intimate appearances of iconic revolutionaries such as Angela Davies, Stokey Carmichael, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., and Huey P. Newton. This is essential viewing for anyone who has an interest in these movements or the genre of documentary filmmaking.
For blockbuster and sci-fi loving viewers we have Steven Spielberg's latest fantasy Ready Player One. An exhilarating journey into a dystopian future where virtual reality is king, Spielberg’s visual spectacle is laden with nostalgic 80s pop-culture references. As a special bonus, Croydon’s own VR café & bar, Limitless-VR, will be on hand to offer our audience a first-hand VR experience, before and after the film.
Our second double screening of the month will be the highly beloved canine caper, Isle of Dogs. When an outbreak of snout-fever sparks mass dog-hysteria across the city of Megasaki, Atari journeys to the quarantined Trash island to find his beloved exiled Spots. This truly is Wes Anderson at his finest and we’ve managed to pull together a fantastic Isle of Dogs merchandise bundle which will be awarded to the audience member who sends in the funniest video of their feline or canine friend.
Cinephiles and film buffs will be particularly excited about the introduction of our Odyssey Film Club. This strand of programming is set to occur on the fourth Wednesday of each month and will take audiences on a journey through critically acclaimed world cinema, where they will get the chance to join in group discussions, Q&A’s, cultural experiences and occasionally sample cuisines from the film’s region. Our first Odyssey will be the gripping Sicilian Ghost Story, which follows the real-life kidnapping of a mafia informant’s son in 1993.
And our final September screening will take us back to Croydon’s punk scene in the late 70s, and the alien invasion that quickly ensued and threatened our little piece of suburban London. How to Talk to Girls at Parties is based on Neil Gaiman’s semi-autobiographical short story, and this punks Vs. aliens sci-fi love story will be a fun and exhilarating way to spend your Friday night.