Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival reveals its 2021 line-up

Dunkirk opens this year’s festival

Covid-19 put paid to last year’s event – but the Charlton and Woolwich Film Festival is making its long-awaited comeback next month. PAUL CHAPMAN reveals this year’s line-up exclusively for The Charlton Champion.

After a Covid-enforced absence in 2020, the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is pleased to confirm that we’ll be returning in 2021!

Our official opening is Friday 3rd September, when Dunkirk will be screening at St George’s Garrison Church on Woolwich Common. Master of ceremonies will be festival stalwart Steve Hunnisett, joined by fellow historian Clive Harris, who will give a short talk preceding the film.

I say “official” opening as the crew at Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill have snuck in a double-bill on the same day! Youngsters can enjoy 1994 kids’ classic A Bugs Life from 4pm while bigger kids can re-live their own childhoods watching Liz Taylor in National Velvet (doors from 6.30pm).

Saturday 4th sees the festival staying in SE18 with a return to the big screen at General Gordon Square. Untouched by the memories of playing Rocky Horror Picture Show but with no sound to an audience of 100+ on our opening night back in 2016 (and let’s not talk about Sister Act), outdoor cinema aficionado Jo Brodie will be realising her long-held dream of screening the utterly brilliant Paddington 2 at 5pm.

As you can imagine, Covid still casts a shadow over the festival and there remain a few gaps in the schedule as we look to confirm various other events.

But definitely happening on Wednesday 8th at St Lukes’ Church, Charlton Village is Half of a Yellow Sun, the 2013 drama based on the award-winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandiwe Newton.

St Lukes’ is a new venue for the festival, and we welcome another new venue on Thursday 9th when Silent Running, a 1972 sci-fi epic with an environmental theme, will be screening at the Maryon Park Community Garden.

As well as a range of films, we at the Festival are always keen to showcase documentaries and this year we’re pleased to confirm two so far, with Crip Camp and Running for Good both showing at Charlton House on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th respectively.

Crip Camp is a 2020 documentary looking back at the fight for disability civil rights in the time of Woodstock, and the event will also stream online. Running for Good will be screened in the gardens of Charlton House and follows extreme marathon runner Fiona Oakes as she attempts to compete in “the toughest foot race on earth” the Marathon Des Sables (a mere 250km though the Sahara desert).

If you’ve never attended the festival before, all our events are absolutely free and availability is on a first-come-first-served basis. Many venues have refreshments which can be purchased, although at open venues you are welcome to bring your own.

The festival is one of a number across south London and is run by volunteers and donations.

And finally, as mentioned, we’ll be confirming further events right up until the last minute, and this year, more than ever, ALL events are subject to change, so please do keep a very close eye on our social media channels (and share them with your friends). You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.


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The Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is back for 2021: Can you help?

Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival screening of They Shall Not Grow Old at the White Swan
The White Swan might not be around, but the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is back in September after a year’s break

Coronavirus might have put paid to last year’s event, but the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is coming back in 2021. PAUL CHAPMAN reveals when and explains how you can get involved…

Very excited to announce that the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is coming back in 2021! After the disappointment of last year when coronavirus called a halt to so many people’s plans, we’ve started planning and we’re on the lookout for volunteers to help us put on events.

We can also announce – exclusively in The Charlton Champion – that this years Festival will run from Friday 3rd to Saturday 11th September!

If you’ve not heard about us before, it’s a simple concept. We’re volunteers, and we host films, for free, only in venues with an SE7 or SE18 postcode. The films range from documentaries to blockbusters, and the venues range from pubs to churches to cafes to… well, you tell us! (Especially if you run a venue!)

Previous highlights have included Vertigo at Severndroog Castle, Battle of Britain at St George’s Garrison Church, Shaun of the Dead at The White Swan in Charlton and First Man under the Stars on the Woolwich riverside. We’ve also played obscure documentaries where the volunteers outnumbered the visitors, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the big screen at General Gordon Square… when the sound didn’t work. You’re always guaranteed an adventure with CWFFF!

To get involved, or to be notified of advance news, sign up to our mailing list. You can also find our social media details below, where you can give us a follow and let us know your film and venue ideas.

Twitter: twitter.com/CWFilmFestival
Facebook: facebook.com/CharltonWoolwichFFF


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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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