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39 Deptford Broadway, London, SE8 4PQ
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Britain On Film: Rural Life

Deptford Cinema brings you its second programme from Britain on Film on Tour: an evocative exploration of the countryside of the UK, taking in the diverse and beautiful landscapes of all our home nations.

Britain on Film: Rural Life takes audiences down the country lanes of the past, meandering through the dwindling customs of another era. Relive the work of the local blacksmith preparing shoes for the horses that will plough the fields, and the shepherd’s trials as he protects his flock from an encroaching storm. Be swept up in the homemade entertainment and giggles of children at the country fair and the joyful freedoms of the dance in the village hall.

Touching on all the technological, industrial and social changes that affected our countryside throughout the 20th century, these films evoke and encourage not only nostalgia, but also broader and more meaningful reflections on the nature of rural life and village communities in the UK today.

Doors Open 6.30pm

Programme Start 7pm

*Age Restriction U

Thu 23 Feb

£3.50–£5

Princess Aurora - Korean Cinema Echoes

Deptford Cinema is proud to collaborate once again with the Korean Cultural Centre UK to bring you incredible cinema. Once a month, we'll screen a gem picked by KCC. And it's free!

We start the year with PRINCESS AURORA, an award-winning ultra-violent thriller about a grieving mother who goes on a murderous revenge spree. A truly tense and impressive directorial debut from actress Bang Eun-jin.


A strange series of murders begin to take place in Korea. There seems to be no connection between the victims, only a small sticker depicting a character from the popular "Princess Aurora" cartoon series is found at every crime scene.

Detective Oh Sung-ho, who is studying to become a priest, and his partner are working on the serial murder case, with little progress. Sung-ho begins to suspect his ex-wife…


The film will be introduced by Korean film expert Dr. Colette Balmain. And while the ticket is free, it's best to make sure you've booked your seat. See you there!

Dr Colette Balmain is a Senior Lecturer in Film, TV and Media at Kingston University. Her research interests are East Asian cinemas and cultures, particularly Korean Cinema on which she has published extensively. She is currently finishing a book on East Asian Gothic cinema. Her book on South Korean horror cinema will be published in 2018. She is the editor of Directory of World Cinema: South Korea (Intellect: 2013) and co-editor of Korean Screen Cultures: Film, TV, Music and Online gaming *with Andrew Jackson (Peter Lang: 2016). She is also a film critic and has her own blog, *Oriental Nightmares (https://orientalnightmares.wordpress.com/), and can be found on Twitter @ColetteBalmain tweeting about East Asian cinema.


Dir. Bang Eun-jin

South Korea, 2005

106min

Sat 25 Feb

£5

Sell Off – The Abolition Of Your Nhs

DEPTFORD CINEMA presents a free screening of "Sell Off " a hard hitting documentary that tells the disturbing story about how the NHS is being abolished and replaced by something akin to the US insurance-based system.

The NHS has been quietly transformed into a business ready for corporate takeover and conversion to the American private insurance model.

In 'Sell-Off', filmmaker Peter Bach exposes the two decade covert privatisation which has occurred without public mandate and against the public interest.

After the screening there will be an audience discussion.

FREE ENTRY but please donate whatever you can towards the running of Deptford Cinema, a non-profit volunteer run cinema.

Sat 25 Feb

£5

Sell Off (The Abolition Of Your Nhs) Free Entry

DEPTFORD CINEMA presents a free screening of "Sell Off " a hard hitting documentary that tells the disturbing story about how the NHS is being abolished and replaced by something akin to the US insurance-based system.

The NHS has been quietly transformed into a business ready for corporate takeover and conversion to the American private insurance model.

In 'Sell-Off', filmmaker Peter Bach exposes the two decade covert privatisation which has occurred without public mandate and against the public interest.

After the screening there will be an audience discussion.

FREE ENTRY but please donate whatever you can towards the running of Deptford Cinema, a non-profit volunteer run cinema.

Sat 25 Feb

£5

So Long Suburbia (2016)

From a series of films arranged to coincide with LGBT History Month, to progress into an ongoing season of queer themed cinema throughout the year.

Written, Directed, Produced & Edited by Samuel Shanahoy

One sleepless night as Sadie is surfing the web her suspicions that she and her bestie since the 7th grade are growing apart are confirmed, when she discovers that he has unfollowed her on Instagram.

Over the winter Sadie becomes a social recluse, going to Normy Suburbs Public High by day, working at the Bogus Burger Barn by night, reading zines alone in her bedroom and day dreaming while wandering the streets of suburbia.

On her 17th birthday her mother gifts her a 3 zone one year transit pass telling her to “go out and explore, discover new things and have adventures close to home.”

Downtown Sadie is randomly befriended by Miami, a self identified teeny bopper who is the first out trans girl to attend North Shore Private Girls College.

Miami introduces Sadie to her token straight, musical theatre loving BFF Cynthia, her angsty emo boyfriend Zeke, and the rest of her clique: Ellen, an astrology loving lesbian and Jersey, a twinky bisexual highschool drop out.

Sadie quickly starts to hang out with them all on the regular, but has she really found a place where she belongs? Or will old insecurities, crushes and drama get in the way?

Run-time: 64 minutes

Director: Samuel Shanahoy

Country/Year: USA/2016

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpc3FBD3zSs

Mon 27 Feb

£3.50–£10

Throne Of Blood (Kurosawa/mifune - The Samurai Films Season #2)

Deptford Cinema pays tribute in 2017 to Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa- one of the world’s greatest directors, who helped catapult Japanese cinema onto the global stage. Though he turned his hand to many genres over his long career, it is undeniably his period action films, or "jidaigeki", that have left the greatest mark on world cinema. His epic tales of samurais, warlords and thieves drew not only from his country's history, but from Western pop culture, and likewise found willing audiences back across the oceans. Before long, directors like Sergio Leone and George Lucas were drawing on Kurosawa's work for their own hit films; Lucas mined the plot of The Hidden Fortress when it came creating the story of his own 1977 sci-fi hit, Star Wars. Perhaps most famously, the iconic western The Magnificent Seven is a direct adaption of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai.

Kurosawa also gifted the world one of the great director-actor collaborations, tapping the ferocious energy and charisma of star Toshirô Mifune over a dozen times. All the films in our season see Mifune in a leading role.

Kurosawa was fascinated by the potential of Shakespeare's plays to illuminate his own nation's complex and bloody history and his own thoughts on humanity's darker natures, and Throne of Blood was just one of many times he mined the Bard for inspiration to create a fascinating synthesis. In this re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the magnetic Toshirô Mifune plays a samurai fated to betray his friend and master in exchange for the chance of climbing up the ladder of nobility, once he hears a mysterious omen prophesizing he will be lord of the Spider's Web Castle. This film is full of remarkable and brutal imagery, with an aesthetic influenced by the highly stylised Japanese Noh theatre. Aside from Mifune, viewers will enjoy Isuzu Yamada's striking performance as his ruthless wife.

“…possibly the finest Shakespearean adaptation ever committed to the screen” – The Guardian.

Films in the season:

Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, Sanjuro.

28 February 2017

Doors Open 6.30pm

Programme Start 7pm

*Age Restriction over 15

Tue 28 Feb

£3.50–£5

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