From Youtube cats to radical politics: The Deptford and New Cross Free Film Festival is back


Part of the growing and interconnected South London film scene (see the South East London Film Club site for more information on this culturally rich area), the Deptford and New Cross Film Festival returns for another year, showcasing a diverse range of films across an intriguing selection of venues (including the Big Red Pizza Bus). Once again, this often neglected area of London shows its commitment to nurturing film culture; it is after all the place where the local community built its own cinema on Deptford Broadway. This year the festival kicks off with a guaranteed crowd pleaser- Saturday Night Fever, and closes with a very special guest -Legendary DJ, musician and filmmaker Don Letts will be talking about his documentary film The Clash: Westway To The World followed by a DJ set at the Job Centre in Deptford.

Details below: 
The fourth annual New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival is shaping up to be a cinematic extravaganza. This year there really is something for everyone - from Youtube Cats to radical politics (there’s an election on!).
 
The festival launches with Friday Night Fever, a screening of Saturday Night Fever followed by a 70s disco. Strut your stuff at Number3, the new warehouse space on Creekside. 
  
The festival closes with a very special guest. Legendary DJ, musician and filmmaker Don Letts will be talking about his documentary film The Clash: Westway To The World followed by a DJ set at the Job Centre in Deptford.

Other highlights include:

Sunday 26 April: Luna - Winner of 2014 MBIFA Raindance award, a distinctive blend of live action and gorgeously wrought animation from renowned artist and filmmaker Dave McKean at Deptford Cinema

Tuesday 28 April: Westmonster / Spirit Level - Two politically charged films with Q & A and discussion at New Cross Learning

Wednesday 29 April: Carrie – the original teen horror at Deptford Lounge

Thursday 30 May: Global Shorts - 16 films from 16 countries at Deptford Lounge

Friday 1 May: Old Kent Road -Everybody’s heard of the Champs-Élysées. The Old Kent Road’s the same. It must be one of the best known names in Europe.” - at The Hill Station Cafe

Saturday 2 May: Wizard of Oz - Follow the yellow brick road to this bike powered, open air event in Telegraph Hill upper Park

Throughout the festival Sanford Housing Co-op are presenting Ways Out: Unfolding the topography of the possible. Six films investigating alternatives to generic Capitalism. Join filmmakers, activists and guest-panellists for discussions
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