Free Film Festival turns five: Find out more and get involved

A full house at the White Swan for the screening of ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ during last year’s Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival

An invite from friend of the Charlton Champion, PAUL CHAPMAN, to get involved with this year’s Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival.

Hard to believe but The Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is about to enter its 5th year! The last 4 years have seen the Festival show free films all over the SE7 and SE18 postcodes. From Hollywood blockbusters to black and white classics; Egyptian arthouse to Shaun the Sheep; we’ve played to crowds of over 100 right down to 2 people and a projectionist – and enjoyed them all. And now is your chance to get involved!

Like all the Free Film Festivals in south London, the CWFFF relies on volunteers; to come up with ideas, to make them happen, to stack the chairs and rattle the buckets, we can’t do it without you.

And if that sounds a bit overwhelming, don’t be afraid. We’ve built up a solid team over the last four years, and we won’t pitch newcomers straight into managing a whole event on their own. If you’ve never been involved before, we can pair you up with a previous volunteer and you can learn the ropes and see if the Festival is for you.

Get involved

Our first meeting is next week, on 12th February at Charlton House from 7.30pm and we’d love to see lots of new faces.

And if you own or work at a great local venue, and you think you could host a film at the festival this year, get in touch! We are also always on the lookout for local businesses who may want to be a food and drink provider at an event, ‘the localler the better’ in the words of our illiterate chief organiser Gavin Eastley.

And after all that, if you are really just interested in watching the films, that is fine too. Sign up to our mailing list and we’ll keep you updated as and when we have more news. You can also find and contact us on Twitter and Facebook or email us at gavin [at] freefilmfestivals.org.

 

The Charlton Champion would like to thank the Free Film Festival for all their support to help us put on a really enjoyable screening of All the President’s Men at Charlton House last week – thank you too to everyone who joined us on the night.


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Charlton and Woolwich Film Festival: Monty Python’s Life of Brian leads 2019 line-up

Life of Brian is showing in the garden of the White Swan

Monty Python’s Life of Brian is among the movies coming to SE7 next month as part of the fourth Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival.

The cult comedy – banned for blasphemy in several UK towns when it was released 40 years ago – is one of three films to be shown at The White Swan in Charlton Village.

Organisers are screening films at a host of venues across Charlton, Woolwich and Shooters Hill between Friday 6th and Saturday 14th September.

Life of Brian, presented by south London slackers’ site Deserter.co.uk, will be screened in the garden at the Swan on Sunday 8th September. The following night sees the Japanese horror comedy One Cut of the Dead at the Swan, while the same pub plays host to war documentary They Shall Not Grow Old on Wednesday 11 September.

There’ll be a family screening of The Greatest Showman on Saturday 7 September at Charlton Manor School, along with a dog-friendly screening of the comedy drama Dean Spanley in the grounds of Charlton House on Friday 13th.

Charlton House is also playing host to Shooting Dogs, which explores the genocide in Rwanda, on Thursday 12 September. It will be preceded by a documentary, Faces of Genocide.

Hollywood classic The Night of the Hunter, starring Robert Mitchum, can be seen at St Thomas’ Church on Woodland Terrace on Monday 9 September, while Mars Attacks! is at the Starbucks on Woolwich Road on Thursday 12th.

The festival opens with two screenings at once on Friday 6th – Cinema Paradiso at Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill and Black Panther, at Artillery Square in Woolwich’s Royal Arsenal.

Artillery Square also plays host to the festival’s final screening on Saturday 14th – First Man, the story of Neil Armstrong and the first manned mission to the Moon 50 years ago.

Other highlights include the classic war movie Bridge on the River Kwai, screening at St George’s Garrison Church on Woolwich Common on Sunday 8th, and a Friday 13th screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo! at Severndroog Castle.

The festival is one of a number across south London and is run by volunteers and donations, with support this year coming from Greenwich Council. To find out more about what’s on show, visit freefilmfestivals.org.

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Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is back for 2019 – here’s how to get involved

Alfred Hitchcock
Organisers are hoping this year’s festival goes without a Hitch (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is returning for eight days this September – and it’s looking for movie fans to get involved with the running of the event.

The Charlton Champion can exclusively reveal the dates for this year’s festival – Friday 6 to Saturday 14 September. If you’re new to the idea, the format is simple – free films screened at locations anywhere in the SE7 or SE18 postcodes.

If you’re looking to put a film on – maybe you have an idea, or you have a venue – then your ideas are welcome, but the team is also looking for people who are also happy to learn projectionists’ skills, rattle buckets, fundraise, or deliver leaflets to help the cause.

One of the most successful events of last year’s festival was a screening of Young Frankenstein at Severndroog Castle – organisers are considering putting on a Hitchcock film there this year. Past events have seen Withnail and I and This Is Spinal Tap put on by Deserter.co.uk at The White Swan, and Battle of Britain at St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich. There are plenty of other ideas – and you may have your own.

To get involved, sign up to the event’s mailing list or attend its open meeting at Charlton House on Wednesday 27 February at 7.30pm (with drinks at the White Swan after), where organisers hope to start nailing down some of the ideas and preparing a timetable.


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