New Cross & Deptford free film festival 26 Apr-5 May 2013


The second annual New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival takes film out of the multiplex and into the community.

An exciting and diverse range of film events will take place in 12 different venues across the borough of Lewisham from Fri 26 April to Sun 5 May.

Lewisham is one of only two London Boroughs without a cinema and the NXDFFF will be screening films in some very unusual places including two parks, a Council Chambers, Deptford’s premier live music venue, a tattoo parlour, a housing co-op and a 40ft lorry turned mobile cinema.

The festival opens with brand new romantic comedy City Slacker, Nominated ‘Best UK Feature’ Raindance International Film Festival 2012 and filmed in Deptford. Other events include bike-powered open-air family screenings, premiers of work by local filmmakers, silent films with live musical accompaniment, a training workshop.

Goldsmiths College final year student, Malcolm Fernandes will be showing his film about New Cross Learning, looking at the aftermath of the cuts to Lewisham’s library spending budget and History of Art graduate, Olivier Berkowicz will be screening Brand X which parodies television to expose and ridicule the politics and taboos of the day.

The festival aims to reclaim public spaces in and around the locality and create a safe arena for enjoyment and cultural activity with evening events and screenings for people of all ages.

The NXDFFF follows the success of community-run free film festivals in Peckham and Nunhead. Free Film Festivals are a great way to bring people together to watch films in community venues.

Highlights include:

  • Bike-powered cinema courtesy of the amazing Electric Pedals. Come along and help power the film. Bring a bike to join the fun. The film won’t run without YOU!
  • A live performance of an Original Musical Score for silent Expressionist film performed by members of various Philharmonic Orchestra’s and local bands at Deptford Town Hall council chambers.
  • A night of geeking out, with 80’s Cut and Paste and so-bad-it’s-good Cult Action Film, courtesy of the Video Tape Swap Shop.
  • Classic German Expressionist Cinema courtesy of SE London film collective Cinetopia with musical accompaniment by Emmy Award winning composer John Lunn, of Downton Abbey fame.
  • Light Houses residents transform their street front windows into pop-up cinema screens for a cinematic promenade.

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