South East London's film scene continues to blossom, and there are few clearer signs of this then the number of jam packed film festivals popping up. The Deptford and New Cross Free Film Festival is just one such fest, and is back for another year of diverse programming, see the press release below and for the latest information go to: http://www.freefilmfestivals.org/filmfestival/new-cross-deptford/
New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival 2016
Friday 22 April - Sunday 1 May
The New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival (NXDfff) returns for a fifth year this spring, boasting a 32-film line-up across 22 local venues between 22 April – 1 May 2016.
This festival pays tribute to William Shakespeare in 2016, marking the 400-year anniversary of the Bard’s death with an array of classic adaptations of some of his timeless plays. These include Roman Polanski’s unflinchingly violent adaptation of Macbeth (1971), a contemporary re-imagination of Hamlet (2000) set in present-day NYC and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), a film which is remarkable for modernising Shakespeare’s tragedy with gangs and guns whilst still remaining faithful to the play’s original dialogue.
The Deptford Lounge will also host an adaptation of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) – an existential spin-off of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in which the troubled Prince of Denmark is pushed into the background of his own play while the tragicomic friends of his childhood take centre stage.
Spike Lee’s New York City crime thriller Summer of Sam (1999) and a 70’s themed disco will kick-start the festival at The Duke pub on Creek Road on 22 April. In the following nine days, Lewisham’s locals will then be treated to a wide range of films to cater for all tastes. From L’Atalante (1934) to Spice World (1997) and from Argentina’s Oscar-nominated, often deranged, Wild Tales (2014) to the wonderful adaptation of the popular children’s classic Where The Wild Things Are (2009).
Lewisham’s cyclists are especially welcome in 2016 with keen peddle enthusiasts needed to help power two of the festival’s screenings: Labyrinth (1986) starring the late David Bowie in Telegraph Hill Park and London skateboarding documentary City of Rats (2012) in Giffin Square. A “Tour-de-Deptford” pre-film bike ride will also precede the screening of classic British RomCom A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949) at Deptford’s Café Velo.
For documentary lovers, a mini waste-themed festival will be hosted by the Sanford Housing Co-op featuring The Clean Bin Project (2012) and Waste Land (2010)among others.
For the latest information go to: http://www.freefilmfestivals.org/filmfestival/new-cross-deptford/