West Norwood Free Film Festival

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The West Norwood Picturehouse Library and Cafe will be opening later this year, but cinema lovers don’t have to wait to get their film fix as West Norwood is set to host its first ever Free Film Festival from 25 March – 1 April 2017.

Featuring cult classics, art-house favourites and recent releases, the volunteer-run festival, sponsored by Picturehouses and local bicycle shop Bon Velo, will take place in an eclectic mix of venues across the West Norwood neighbourhood, with all screenings completely free.

Here’s what they have in store for you…

48 Hour Film Challenge  Friday 24 March, 4pm – 7.30pm, Bon Velo Norwood

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On the eve of the festival at Bon Velo Norwood, entrants will be given a line of dialogue, a prop and a local location and challenged to create a short film within a 48-hour period. The shortlisted films will be screened on the closing night of the festival and judged by a panel of experts from the BFI and Picturehouse Cinemas. The winning film will even be screened as part of our opening celebrations in West Norwood! A screening of the finalists of the 48-Hour Film Challenge will take place on Saturday 1 April at the Portico Gallery at 7pm.

Back To The Future (PG) Saturday 25 March, 7.30pm, St. Luke’s Church


The opening night of the West Norwood Free Film Festival features Robert Zemeckis’s evergreen time-travel comedy, Back To The Future. The film stars Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly, who is sent back in time to 1955. Screened in the beautiful setting of St Luke’s Church, which dates back to 1822, Back To The Future is a film that will delight whether you’ve seen it fifty times or are coming to it for the first time.

The Goonies (12) Monday 27 March, 8pm Knowles of Norwood

Richard Donner’s cult action-adventure film The Goonies tells the story of Mikey, his friends and older brother, who go on an adventure searching for the legendary pirate One Eyed Willy after Mikey finds a map that leads them to the pirate’s famed fortune. Arguably one of the best adventure films from the 1980s, this is a must-see for everyone!

Memento (15) Tuesday 28 March, 7.45pm The Clockworks

Don’t miss the chance to catch Christopher Nolan’s distorted masterpiece Memento at the Clockworks, a quirky museum which houses clocks from across the centuries – the perfect setting for this complex thriller about time, memory and identity. The Academy-Award-nominated Memento has had a huge impact on the landscape of mainstream cinema and spawned a host of pale imitations. Accept no substitutes and come along to experience the original in this uniquely appropriate venue.

Babette’s Feast (U) Wednesday 29 March, 8pm Otter Café


You may already have been to West Norwood for Feast – the neighbourhood’s hugely popular monthly market – but here’s your chance to see a true feast prepared on screen in a delightful and heart-warming Oscar-winning film. Babette’s Feast is about what happens when two elderly sisters in a remote and austere Danish village take in Babette, a great French cook, as a refugee during the 19th century, and how Babette chooses to repay their kindness when some good fortune comes her way. Scandi noir this ain’t – mouthwatering is more like it!

Paterson (15) Thursday 30 March, 7.30pm Volcano Café at Parkhall Business Centre


The critically acclaimed 2016 hit Paterson, which features Adam Driver as a bus driver with a passion for poetry, will be shown at Parkhall Work Space, home to a community of local and creative businesses. The screening will be preceded by a spoken-word event from Poetry Slabs, a movement dedicated to spreading poetry throughout the West Norwood area through installations and guerrilla street poetry.

Northern Soul (15) Friday 31 March, 8pm The Book and Record Bar


This is a story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come. This is the story of Northern Soul. Join Lancashire teenagers, Matt and John, whose lives are changed forever by the discovery of American soul music and the dance culture that grew up around it in Northern England in the 1960s and ’70s. Showing at the iconic Book and Record Bar, a Northern-Soul-inspired DJ set will follow the screening.

Finding Dory (U) Saturday 1 April, 1pm Library of Things


Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang Dory, who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin and Nemo. When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation centre and aquarium.

I, Daniel Blake (15) Saturday 1 April, 8pm Portico Gallery


Ken Loach’s searing 2016 drama about a joiner from the northeast of England who, forced to sign on due to health problems, teams up with a single mother to navigate the benefits system and maintain his dignity. I, Daniel Blake is both a scathing overview of ‘broken Britain’ and an intensely human and sometimes painfully funny drama.

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