WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT...
Two rarely seen early films, the controversial Pride of Place is a dark and expressive film about the boarding school - seen as a kind of miniature state with bizarre rules, indigestible food and absurd punishments - that Kim Longinotto ran away from. The stunning Theatre Girls takes us into a Soho hostel for elderly and destitute women - the only shelter in London that would take in any woman at the time.
The quarterly programming meeting to discuss April, May and June 2019. All are welcome…
Two fascinating documentaries about gender and sexuality in Japan: Dream Girls opens a door to the spectacular world of the male-run Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful musical theater company where thousands of girls apply every year. Shinjuku Boys follows three onnabes - women who live as men and have girlfriends - who work as hosts for a mainly female clientele at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo, revealing their views about women, sex, transvestitism and lesbianism.
A winner at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival, Divorce Iranian Style is a a fly-on-the-wall look at the workings of an Iranian divorce court. A humorous, intimate, moving window into three Iranian women’s lives that reveals the skills they employ to navigate marital law, it showcases the resilience, ingenuity and guile they use to confront a biased legal system, an obstructive administrative maze and their husbands and families. A fascinating, subtle look at women’s lives and the country they live in, one that still remains a mystery to many.
A runaway hit in Japan and at festivals around the world, Shin'ichirô Ueda’s feature debut is a bright and breezy, laugh-out-loud zombie comedy that's more than just another zombie comedy - it's a film about never giving up, a father-daughter story and a film that will keep you guessing right up until the credits roll.
Winner of the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival and screened to acclaim at more than 120 festivals around the world, Sisters in Law is set in a court in Cameroon where State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba help women fight often-difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from family and their community to remain silent. With fierce compassion, the two feisty and progressive-minded women dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice, handing down stiff sentences that have inspired audiences to cheer from the aisles.
A tale about friendship, trust and determination. Starring Italian youngest porn star, Marika Ferrero.
A look at female activism in rural India that won the Special Jury Award at Sheffield Doc Fest, Pink Saris follows political vigilantes Gulabi Gang and their charismatic, complex leader Sampat Pal Devi. Famed for championing the causes of beleaguered women throughout the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, we watch Sampat thrust herself into the centre of family dramas amidst scores of spectators, convinced that for those who seek her out, her mediation is the only solution. Explosive and unflinching, with moments of unexpected light relief, Pink Saris is the study of a fascinating yet flawed, larger-than-life character whose orbit you can’t help but be drawn into.
Sundance award winner Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world of prostitution and sexual trafficking. Exploring the neglect, violence and exploitation that leave thousands of girls and women feeling that prostitution is their only option, it follow Brenda Myers-Powell, a former teenage prostitute who helps women and young girls to break the cycle of sexual abuse and exploitation. The film is a vivid portrait both of a community struggling to understand some of its most painful truths and an extraordinary woman who uses her past to inspire others.
Our third and final film in the TIME theme is PRIMER. Welcome to Sci-Fi Sundays at Deptford Cinema!
A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.
The feature film debut by Miranda July, winner of the Special Jury Prize for “originality of vision” at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Cannes Film Festival’s Camera d'Or.
7 lady-made movies selected from the Big Miss Moviola Video Chainletter.
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Deptford Cinema presents Zumbis - a season of zombie films from around the world.
This February, we're showing Dead Snow, Norway's contribution to the Nazi zombie genre.
The narrator (Jean-Louis), a devout Catholic, moves to a provincial town and vows to marry Francoise, a pretty blond he notices at mass.
However, Vidal, an old school friend, invites him to visit the recently divorced Maud, and the narrator ends up staying the night, having philosophical discussions in her bedroom…
Chloe Xhao’s remarkable ode to a forgotten way of life in rural America, one of 2018’s best films.
THE WAY HE LOOKS
Leonardo and Giovana are best friends. Like all teenagers they yearn for more independence and, being blind, Leonardo even more so. They dream of going abroad and of experiencing love’s first kiss. Gabriel, the new boy at school, becomes fast friends with them both, but ultimately three becomes a crowd.
If love happens at first sight, who will Leonardo give his first kiss to?
A film of visual scope, of imaginative concept, of powerful content, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, twice honored by the Interational Jury at the Cannes Film Festival 1956,1957
A family dislocated when small failings blow up into extravagant lies battles against the odds to stay together by covering up the truth... In order to avoid hardship and responsibilities that would otherwise be impossible to endure, the family chooses to ignore the truth, not to see, hear or talk about it. But does playing “Three Monkeys” invalidate the truth of its existence?
Our first film in the CONTACT theme is ARRIVAL + join us for a science fiction theme pub quiz later in the evening! Welcome to Sci-Fi Sundays at Deptford Cinema!
A COMMUNITY CINEMA FOR LEWISHAM...
The London Borough of Lewisham was one of only two London boroughs with no dedicated cinema. Deptford Cinema is a not-for-profit community led project that decided it was time to make this change, with the building of a new venue for film and arts on Deptford Broadway.
The cost of a cinema ticket today can be upwards of £12 and even more when you factor in the travel for Lewisham residents to nearby Greenwich or Southwark, or central London; it is increasingly no longer an affordable night out. Cinema should be for everybody, more often, and that’s the ethos of Deptford Cinema, providing interesting cinema, that’s also accessible.
Approaching its fourth year of regular screenings, Deptford Cinema is now the oldest operating cinema in Lewisham.
Deptford Cinema is being built by the community, for the community. Although our 40 seat cinema is open for business and fully functional, we are all in the process of completing our darkroom, gallery space and a fully licensed cafe/bar. The programming of events and films is open to anybody to show the films they want, and the cinema will be a hub for all things film in Lewisham.
With our regular programming gaining momentum, there is still a lot of work to do, especially with finishing the internal fit out of the space. If you think you can help out and would like to get involved and become a part of the cinema, it’s easy: come along to one of our Sunday meetings, held each week within the cinema at 11AM.
Deptford Cinema is a community based and community focused volunteer-run organisation that operates by means of an open participatory structure. Every week, trustees facilitate meetings attended by volunteers, during which decisions on our programme - from films to special events and exhibitions - are made collectively by consensus. Discussions and decisions regarding the organisation's administration, finances, publicity and visual identity are also held and made by consensus during our weekly meetings. The presence of a director or trustee is mandatory to ensure the ethos of the organisation is upheld, in other words, that every decision made by members serves the purpose of:
I. providing the community with interesting diverse cinema that is also accessible;
II. advancing the education of the community and wider public in the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film and art, for the public benefit;
III. advancing the education of the community and wider public in the running of arts institutions, for the public benefit; and
IV. advancing community development through the use of film and art, for the public benefit.
Deptford Cinema is registered as
DEPTFORD FREE CINEMA COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY – 08993385