Alternative Viewing

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.

WE WILL WALK – ART AND RESISTANCE IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH – Wednesday 15 July 2020
Online discussion 5pm-6.30pm
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This live online discussion (register for free tickets) convened by legal expert and scholar Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones brings together five artists and thinkers to address issues related to Black art and radical transformation. Discussion Participants are: Eddie Bruce-Jones, Barby Asante, Rabz Lanziquot, Imani Robinson and Kojo Koram.
‘We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South’ is an exhibition that speaks intimately to the creative practice and vision of Black Americans during the 20th Century. Art and visionary thinking have a central role to play in imagining a future; law and concepts of justice also have a crucial position. This event brings together five Black thinkers who will use the ‘We Will Walk’ exhibition as a starting point to discuss Black lives, Black futures and the role of creative vision in the long movement towards radical social transformation.

AMADEUS (2016) – Thursday 16 July 2020
National Theatre Live at 7pm
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Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives at the Viennese court, court composer Antonio Salieri, seized by obsessive jealousy, begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

ANOMALISA (2015) – Friday 17 July 2020
Film 4 at 1.50am
Freeview 14, Freesat 300, Sky 313, Virgin 429

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during April 2016

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A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.
This stop-motion animation wonder features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis and a stirring strings-based score by Carter Burwell.

BAFTA TV CRAFT AWARDS – Friday 17 July 2020
BAFTA Live at 7pm
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 Stephen Mangan will steer us through this year’s Awards, joined for a number of comic vignettes by comedian Rachel Parris.  Expect music, sketches and a few surprise presenters too – a treat not to be missed. 

20TH CENTURY WOMEN (2016) – Friday 17 July 2020
BBC 2 at 11.20pm
Freeview 102, Freesat 102, Sky 102, Virgin 102

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during April 2017

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Santa Barbara, 1979. A mother at 40, Dorothea (Annette Benning) doesn’t quite know what to do with her teenage son, so she enlists their punky lodger (Greta Gerwig) and her best friend (Elle Fanning) to help him understand the world.
With engaging characters, wry humour and a superb ensemble cast, director Mike Mills draws us into this slice of Californian life while deftly exploring the late 1970s as a social, cultural and political turning point.
Nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, this is a must for anyone who enjoys character-driven drama “crafted with tender precision” (The Telegraph).

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (2017) – Saturday 18 July 2020
Channel 4 at 9.15pm
Freeview 104, Freesat 104, Sky 138, Virgin 141

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during April 2018

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Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is sick of waiting for the police to catch her daughter’s murderer, so she takes matters into her own hands by using three billboards to taunt the much-loved Chief of Police (Woody Harrelson) for a response. The trouble is he hasn’t got any leads, and has a more pressing problem of his own, while Mildred isn’t a typically sympathetic bereaved mom… Strong language and dark humour feature in this highly acclaimed comedy from the director of In Bruges. Nominated in 7 Oscar categories, this extremely enjoyable film was a winner for Frances McDormand (Best Actress in a Leading Role) and Sam Rockwell (Best Actor in a Supporting Role).

JACKIE (2016) – Saturday 18 July 2020
Channel 4 at 11.30pm
Freeview 104, Freesat 104, Sky 138, Virgin 141

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during March 2017

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Set in the immediate aftermath of John F Kennedy’s assassination.  Faced with a toxic combination of political, media and family pressures, his widow Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman) is afforded little private space to grieve.
Director Pablo Larraín’s retelling of these events (which also features an appearance by the late John Hurt) brilliantly captures the feverish, dream-like atmosphere of a critical week in American history.
Portman gives “a performance of mesmeric complexity and commitment” (The Telegraph) as the stricken but controlled woman caught in the eye of the storm.

HELL OR HIGH WATER (2016) – Sunday 19 July 2020
Film 4 at 9pm
Freeview 14, Freesat 300, Sky 313, Virgin 429

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during November 2016

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Two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), go on a calculated bank robbery spree that puts them on a collision course with a West Texas Ranger (Academy Award©-winner Jeff Bridges) determined to take them down.
Expertly combining frantic action, wisecracking humour and family drama, Hell or High Water also has a strong element of social commentary, highlighting how ruthless modern capitalism is wreaking havoc upon the small-town West.

EDDIE THE EAGLE (2016) – Tuesday 21 July 2020
Film 4 at 6.55pm
Freeview 14, Freesat 300, Sky 313, Virgin 429

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during April 2016

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Michael “Eddie” Edwards is a legend of British winter sports, competing as a ski jumper in the Calgary Winter Olympics of 1988, despite little experience of this terrifying and demanding event. Director Dexter Fletcher adapts his life story into an engaging and uplifting comedy-drama, as the underdog (Taron Egerton) finds a coach (Hugh Jackman) with a similar outsider spirit, to together prove the doubters wrong and fulfil Eddie’s Olympic dream. “A solid gold winner” (Empire Magazine).

TALE OF TALES (2015) – Thursday 23 July 2020
Channel 4 at 1.55am
Freeview 104, Freesat 104, Sky 138, Virgin 141

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during August 2016

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Based on three fairy tales by Giambattista Basile, this “fantastically mad, rigorously imagined and visually tremendous” film is certainly not one for children.
In one tale, a king and queen (John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek) must kill a monster to solve the problem of childlessness.
Meanwhile, another sex-mad monarch (Vincent Cassel) is tricked by an aged crone, with nightmarish results.
And Toby Jones’ king becomes obsessed with a giant flea and so jeopardises the marriage chances of his daughter.

ACTORS IN CONVERSATION – LEADING ACTRESS – Monday 27 July 2020
BAFTA TV Sessions at 5pm
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2020 nominees Samantha Morton (I Am Kirsty) and Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack) will discuss in conversation with each other how they approached their performances, preparation for the project and the challenges in bringing these powerful women to our screens.

ACTORS IN CONVERSATION – COMEDY – Tuesday 28 July 2020
BAFTA TV Sessions at 5pm
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A chance to hear from some of this year’s comedy performance nominees – Sian Clifford (Fleabag); Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats); Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education); Gbemisola Ikumelo (Famalam); Youssef Kerkour (Home) and Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen) – in conversation with each other as they share their tips for preparing for roles, shaping their characters, and getting those all-important laughs.

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.

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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

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