Event preview: South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival 2015

By - Monday 12th October, 2015

Marek Slodkowski welcomes the return of the film fans’ favourite to South Norwood and Thornton Heath

So, South Norwood and Thornton Heath, you totally smashed your very first Free Film Festival last year!

You had packed venues, smiling faces, Patrick Swayze lip syncing “And I owe it all to you-ooooou!” from the Dirty Dancing sing-along still ringing in everyone’s ears as they stepped out, dazed and in love again, into the streets of Thornton Heath! We howled at the moon with An American Werewolf in London, shared short films, and prayed together at the church of Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction. We had a great time, you had a great time, and just because we all love films.

But now, the ‘difficult’ second album.

This year, we’re going to smash it again!

Well, no. It isn’t. Not difficult at all. You still love films, right? Well, we still love films. You want to see a variety of movies from a variety of cultures in a variety of local venues? Yup, so do we. And that’s why this year’s South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival is going to smash it again!

It all started with The Fighting Temptations last Friday 9th October, then a super cool Northern Soul film and music night at Stanley Halls on Saturday 10th, a Sunday marathon of children’s films, Oscar nominated animation Chico and Rita and there’s more still to come. Another whole week of great stuff that doesn’t conclude until Sunday 18th October.

…and I haven’t even mentioned the roller disco!

Celebrate Black History month with a rare showing of the silent but deadly Body and Soul starring Paul Robeson, and then there are more silent films, vintage films, short films, mod epic Quadrophenia, a film quiz, Polish film night, a Billy Wilder double bill…

Wait a sec… let me… get my… breath back… hang on… because I haven’t even mentioned the roller disco yet. You heard me. A roller disco (age 12+ only). Hire a pair and get skating! With a matinee showing of Whip It, followed by Olivia Newton-John’s cult classic Xanadu in the evening, all to a backdrop of rollicking roller skating fun – what’s not to love?

Bring the kids, bring your granny and grandpa, bring yourselves – and we’ll see you there, film fans!

Please check our website for definitive details of all the events.

Marek Slodkowski

Marek Slodkowski

Marek Słodkowski, a recent arrival in Thornton Heath, is a writer and author of cult fiction under the name of KS Silkwood. His first novel, King of the Jungle, was published last year to polite and shy acclaim, sandwiched between two published short stories, King of the Slags, and Daddy’s Little Secret. You can follow him on Twitter @KSSilkwood.

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