A couple of months ago, a dance trio, THE COLLECTORS, appealed for readers’ help in creating a Charlton-themed dance piece, Picture Me There. Now it’s about it get its first two performances. They tell us…
This site specific work is devised and shaped from pictures and photos of people in Charlton both historic and present. With references to the lido, Charlton House and the football club, expect a quirky and playful montage.
Performance days and times:
Sunday 26th September
11am, 12 pm & 1pm (roughly 20 mins) Severndroog Castle, SE18 3RT
Suitable for all ages Reserve free tickets >at Eventbrite
Sunday 17th October
From 2pm (roughly 20 mins) Horn Fair, Charlton House & Gardens, SE7 8RE
Suitable for all ages
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.
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.
2018’s event, to be held between 7 and 15 September, sees a range of films being shown at venues across Charlton, Woolwich, Plumstead and Shooters Hill. There’s no charge – just turn up, and throw some coins in the bucket if you can help with the costs of putting it on.
Director Saul Dibb’s adaptation of RC Sherriff play Journey’s End will be on at Charlton House on Tuesday 11 September (7.30pm, doors 6.30pm). Written by a captain wounded at Passchendaele, it depicts a handful of British soldiers “waiting to be killed” in a trench near the end of World War I. Charlton House was used as a military hospital towards the end of the Great War, and historian Clive Harris will give a talk at 7pm about about the real-life events that inspired the production.
Charlton House also plays host to the festival’s third short film competition on Thursday 13 September (7.30pm, doors 7pm), which this year has the theme Diversity and Future. There’s a £500 prize waiting for the winner.
On Friday 14 September (7pm, doors 6.30pm) comedy The Dish rounds off Charlton House’s contribution to the festival. Set in 1969, Sam Neill plays an Australian sheep farmer who has to steer the satellite dish – and its eccentric crew – to bring the Apollo 11 moon landings to the world’s TV screens.
Woolwich’s big screen in General Gordon Square will open the festival on Friday 7 September with The Greatest Showman. and close it with Sister Act on Saturday 15 September (Update 5 September: Sister Act has been cancelled).