During our period of closure, here’s some alternative options that you can view for free. Missing a walk in the woods? See bottom of this page….
Listed below are films and live perfomances that may be of interest to our discerning audience. They are listed in scheduled order. ON DEMAND items are listed here. Documentaries are here and miscellaneous things are here.
27 RKO Silver Screen Classics now on iPlayer.
DISOBEDIENCE (2017) – Tuesday 11 August 2020
Film 4 at 9pm
Freeview 14, Freesat 300, Sky 313, Virgin 429
Screened at the David Lean Cinema during January 2019
Following the death of her father, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns to the North London Orthodox Jewish community of her childhood, from which she was previously ostracised. Persuaded to stay at the home of her friend Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) and his wife Esti (Rachel McAdams), Ronit feels increasingly uncomfortable in this ultra-religious environment – and she and Esti share a secret past. “A gorgeously acted, written and directed spellbinder” (Rolling Stone) from the director of A Fantastic Woman.
MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (2017) – Thursday 13 August 2020
Film 4 at 12.45pm
Screened at the David Lean Cinema during July 2018
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 Doctor Dee, but the college holds a dark secret and Mary must use all her newly acquired skills to escape danger.
BRIDGET JONES’S BABY – Friday 14 August 2020
Channel 5 at 9pm
Freeview105, Freesat 105, Sky Sky 105, Virgin 105
Screened at the David Lean Cinema during November 2016
The third film in the Bridget Jones franchise, Bridget Jones’s Baby, finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) the ‘wrong side’ of 40 – and single again following her break-up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Never mind. Feeling that she has everything under control, she decides to focus on her career as a top news producer.
Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she (literally) bumps into Jack (Patrick Dempsey), a dashing American. Things couldn’t be better….Until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mum-to-be must figure out who’s the father.
“Witty, playful… a bundle of joy” (Radio Times).
MENASHE (2017) – Thursday 20 Auguist 2020
Film 4 at 2.20am
Freeview 14, Freesat 300, Sky 313, Virgin 429
Screened at the David Lean Cinema during January 2018
In Brooklyn’s Borough Park, the tight-knit orthodox Jewish community live amongst but quite separately from the wider world. Widower Menashe – finely played by newcomer Menashe Lustig – has little desire to remarry and wants to raise his ten-year-old son alone, who Hasidic strictures insist should be raised by a woman. Amiable but accident-prone, Menashe is granted an opportunity to prove his worth as a parent…
This naturalistic portrayal of an often unnoticed community is fascinating and respectful yet amusing. Yiddish with English subtitles.
LADY BIRD (2017) – Friday 21 August 2020
BBC 2 at 9pm
Freeview 102, Freesat 102, Sky 102, Virgin 102
Screened at the David Lean Cinema during May 2018
Set in 2002, Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated directorial debut follows Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, an outspoken and artistically inclined 17-year- old, and her loving but turbulent relationship with her mother. A senior student at a Catholic high school, Lady Bird wishes to attend an Ivy League college despite her mother’s protests, and undergoes a journey of self-discovery over the course of her senior year. An intimate portrait of adolescence, family and friendship with an impeccable performance from Saoirse Ronan.
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (2016) – Friday 21 August 2020
Sony Movies at 9pm
Freeview 31, Freesat 302, Sky 321, Virgin 425
Screened at the David Lean Cinema during January 2017
A “story inside a story,” in which the first part follows a woman named Susan (Amy Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal), a man she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called “Nocturnal Animals,” which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.
Directing a superb ensemble cast, Tom Ford delivers not just the style of A Single Man but also gripping action and savage wit.
JOHANNA UNDER THE ICE – Documentary short
Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for a 50-meter dive under ice. She discovered her love for the sport through cold-water treatment while recovering from a downhill biking accident that almost took her leg. British director and photographer Ian Derry captures her taking a plunge under the Arctic ice. Dur 4 mins.
AMONG THE TREES – HAYWARD GALLERY
“One of the great joys of walking in a forest, is you give up any attempt to analyse it… you just enjoy the act of looking.”
Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery