Alternative Viewing

Monday June 01 to Sunday June 07 is Volunteers Week – See here for a message to all our Volunteers. 
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 MAKE FILMS FILM FESTIVAL –  information below on 13 June 2020

ERIC CLAPTON – A LIFE IN 12 BARS (2017) – Saturday 06 June 2020
BBC2 at 9.15pm
Freeview 102, Freesat 102, Sky 102, Virgin 102

Screened at the David Lean Cinema in February 2018

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Director Lili Fini Zanuck takes viewers on a journey through the life of renowned 18-time Grammy award winner, Eric Clapton. The film documents Clapton’s five-decade career, his triumphs, nadirs, and all that occurred behind the scenes: tragedy, restlessness, Clapton’s idiosyncrasies and isolated pursuits. Through an archive of performances, home videos, and audio interviews from those who knew him best, a deeper sense of what inspired the legendary musician and his unforgettable work emerges. George Harrison and Steve Winwood feature.

JOY (2015) – Sunday 07 June 2020
Channel 4 at 11.15pm
Freeview 104, Freesat 104, Sky 138, Virgin 142

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during February 2016

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Joy Mangano is the humble-roots woman who became an industry of household inventions (mainly the Miracle Mop, although she holds over 100 patents)—not an obvious choice for a biopic. Perhaps only director David O. Russell could see the potential in it, boosted by his fascination with Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Mangano.
“Joy” demands that the audience become emotionally invested in a mop. It’s ridiculous. “Joy” doesn’t work entirely, and the structure set up so clearly in the opening sequence is dropped early on for no apparent reason, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t get carried away at the story of a mop sweeping the nation. It’s a lunatic “Mildred Pierce,” without the murder. Sheila O’Malley, Robert Ebert.

Wigmore Hall BBC Radio 3 Special Broadcasts – Monday 08 June 2020
Wigmore Hall Live Stream at 1pm
or listen to BBC Radio 3

Steven Isserlis, the acclaimed cellist celebrates Schumann’s birthday with a performance of the 3 Romances Op. 94 in the company of Mishka Rushdie Momen, a pianist described by Richard Goode as having a ‘rare ability to communicate the essential meaning of whatever she plays.’

Wigmore Hall BBC Radio 3 Special Broadcasts – Tuesday 09 June 2020
Wigmore Hall Live Stream at 1pm TBC
or listen to BBC Radio 3

South Korean violinist Hyeyoon Park was the youngest ever winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich 2009. She is joined for this recital by the pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, described by The Independent as ‘one in a million…several million.’

Wigmore Hall BBC Radio 3 Special Broadcasts – Wednesday 10 June 2020
Wigmore Hall Live Stream at 1pm TBC
or listen to BBC Radio 3

English pianist Paul Lewis’ cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and today he performs works by both composers. Following the Schubert sonata, a piece whose first movement the publisher Haslinger dubbed ‘Fantasie’, is one of Beethoven’s best known of all in the Sonata quasi una fantasia, Op. 27 No. 2 (1801), nicknamed the ‘Moonlight’.

THE SQUARE (2017) – Wednesday 10 June 2020
Film 4 at 9pm
Freeview 45, Freesat 301, Sky 314, Virgin 430

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during May 2018

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A prestigious Stockholm museum’s chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit

Wigmore Hall BBC Radio 3 Special Broadcasts – Thursday 11 June 2020
Wigmore Hall Live Stream at 1pm TBC
or listen to BBC Radio 3

Alongside two works by Mozart, the duo of Adam Walker (flute) and James Baillieu (piano) present more recent works such as a 1978 piece by Australian composer Anne Boyd and the dramatic miniature Masks by Oliver Knussen.

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1968) – Thursday 11 June 2020
Film 4 at 3.50pm
Freeview 14, Freesat 300, Sky 313, Virgin 429

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In 1854, during the Crimean War, poor planning leads to the British Light Brigade openly charging a Russian artillery position with tragic consequences.

AMY (2015) – Thursday 11 June 2020
Channel 4 at 10pm
Freeview 104, Freesat 104, Sky 138, Virgin 141

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during August 2015

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From BAFTA Award winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY tells the incredible true story of six time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moviong and vital film shines a light on our culture and the world we live in today.
A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention with here unforgettable voice and charisma. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy poured her heart and soul into her music, expressing personal struggles and pain through her intimate lyrics.
Asif Kapidia’s powerful documentary invites audiences to remember and celebrate Amy as a brilliant artist while asking ourselves how it was that we watched her disappear in front of our eyes.

Wigmore Hall BBC Radio 3 Special Broadcasts – Friday 12 June 2020
Wigmore Hall Live Stream at 1pm TBC
or listen to BBC Radio 3

In his programme entitled Woman’s Hour, British baritone and composer Roderick Williams invites the audience to consider the question ‘Should a man be singing these songs?’ and feedback during the lunchtime broadcast.

BBC 4 at 8.30pm
Freeview 106, Freesat 173, Sky 116, Virgin 107

With cinemas closed and the nation in lockdown, the UK’s most-trusted screen-guides turn their attention from the big screen to the small screen for the first time. Broadcast from Mark and Simon’s respective homes, the duo turn their attention to new sci-fi thriller series Snowpiercer, just out on Netflix, while popping in for a chat is actor Rafe Spall, currently appearing in Trying on Apple TV+.

SPRING FILM FESTIVAL – Saturday 13 June 2020
We Make Films at 12pm midday

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Due to the Coronavirus restrictions still in force, our film festival will be held “online” this year on 13th June, 12pm.
It will be an interactive event as far as possible, with filmmakers able to receive audience feedback. There will also be audience choice awards. Tickets are now on sale – £3 each. Register here.

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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“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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