Counting down to the New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival 2017
The New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival 2017 invites you to 31 film screenings which take place in New Cross and Deptford in the ten-day period starting 21st April. And guess what? Entry to everything (as always) is free.
The festival starts with a bang at the newly refurbished White Hart pub in New Cross, with the screening of comedy-drama Chef, followed by DJs until late. From then on, you have the choice of up to three films per day.
Amongst the many highlights is the outdoor bicycle-powered screening in Telegraph Hill Upper Park, which has become an annual staple in the festival. This year the festival chooses to celebrate the late great Gene Wilder, and promises a chocolatey treat of wonder, with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory showing on the first Saturday in full technicolour. Your pedalling helps to power the film so your attendance is required!
Our second open air bike-powered event aptly takes place on the commuters’ cycle route in Folkestone Gardens. With all those bikes powering the film it had to be the right film choice: Breaking Away is about bike racing, as well as growing up.
Another highlight is Reservoir Dogs, which hits its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. Can you believe Tarantino first hit the big screen 25 years ago? You are invited to dress accordingly for this film screening at one of the new units in Deptford Market Yard. Come as Mr Pink or Mr Orange perhaps?
There is plenty for children and young people this year. Along with Willy Wonka outdoors, the NXDFFF is also showing Kung Fu Panda, Wall-E, The Giver and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. There is even a session to teach young people how to make a film using just their mobile phone. Watch out for the Iphonography Masterclass, run in conjunction with the My Lewisham challenge.
As ever, the New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival has something for everyone. You will never have to pay to see a film, but you may well have to get there early to guarantee your seat. Check the programme here to see what takes your fancy.