Putting on the Ritz – fizz on ice, canapes on order – for our glam Great Gatsby members’ only social tonight!

Tonight we have a full house for our free screeing of ‘The Great Gatsby’ (J Clayton, 1974) with Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern and Karen Black – full of 70s glamour and recreating F Scott Fitzgerald’s masterly and iconic novel. A special black tie event for members’ to dress up in suitable vintage glamour style, we’re going to have some fun tonight ‘old sport’!

Robert Redford, dressed to the nines in Ralph Lauren, as Jay Gatsby in the 1974 version.
Robert Redford, dressed to the nines in Ralph Lauren, as Jay Gatsby in the 1974 version.

First we’re enjoying fizz and canapés – plus a quick film quiz to help the evening go with a swing – and a preview of our Autumn programme and 1st Birthday film festival 26-29 September.

We’re even showing Baz Luhrmann’s spectacular ‘The Great Gatsby’ with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher (with music by Jay Z) as one of our free films on Saturday 28 September.

Leonardo DiCaprio nails Gatsby's thin veneer of respectability perfectly.
Leonardo DiCaprio nails Gatsby’s thin veneer of respectability perfectly.

Unfairly lukewarm reviews didn’t appreciate the scale of the glamour and bravura production design in this year’s version, with some great sequences reminiscent of  Luhrmann’s ambitious ‘Moulin Rouge’. Also, although Leonardo DiCaprio might not have lived up to Redford’s WASP ideal, he is arguably actually much closer to Fitzgerald’s writing, as the narrator Nick Carraway describes him as a ‘ redneck’ and DiCaprio appropriately rarely looks completely comfortable with the trappings of his ‘new money’. So come and see it and you can compare the two films for yourself.

We’re delighted so many of you like FILMBOX – it is proof positive that films are better on the big screen with an audience. Experiencing the collective emotions of an audience in response to a wide range of films is hard to beat and our ‘social cinema’ has to be better than staying at home! We’ve been shortlisted (out of 4) for a national annual award Best New Film Society – by the British Federation of Film Societies http://www.bffs.org.uk. We’re in great company as the opposiition is tough! The winners will be announced at the British Film Institute http://bfi.org.uk on the South Bank London, on Sunday 22 September – fingers crossed and wish us luck. A HUGE thank you to all our helpers and patrons who have made our first year SO successul.

Filmbox patrons enjoying Simply ice cream in the Studio 609 cinema.
Filmbox patrons enjoying Simply ice cream in the Studio 609 cinema.
Our audience in the larger venue the Bromley Hall.
Our audience in the larger venue the Bromley Hall.

Putting on the Ritz at FILMBOX for our Gatsby sparkling event on Friday 30 August!

We have a full house for our new ‘Members Only’ social event next Friday 30 August, to celebrate our new members, the start of our Autumn season and our second year of operation! Black tie ‘n’ glamour – fizz ‘n’ canapés!

We’ll be showing a fabulous free screening of The Great Gatsby (Jack Clayton, 1974) starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow – and later in September we’ll be screening Baz Luhrmann‘s spectacular re-make with Leonardo Di Caprio so that you can compare them for yourself!

Booking is OPEN TOMORROW (24/8/13) TO ALL for the very first film of the Autumn season of our second year – FILMBOX will be one year old on 26 September… Happy Birthday to US!

Imagine a robot who can cook, clean, do the garden, monitor your blood pressure, keep you healthy… and out of trouble. Robot & Frank is a gentle comedy which reflects on the theme of memory. Frank Langhella’s performance is dry and low-key as a recalcitrant jewel-thief who won’t grow old gracefully, ably supported by Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler and James Marsden. A great script and  story – we know you’ll enjoy our opening film – click on the poster to your right on the sidebar for the trailer. Tickets only £7 non-members (£4 members) – age 16+ only. Limited availability and tickets not available on the door – seating non-allocated in Studio 609 (seats 84).

Robot & Frank - a classy little film to make you smile.
Robot & Frank – a classy little film to make you smile.

FREE parking, film notes and a brief introduction to the film. Refreshments are available from 6.40pm and the programme begins at 7.30pm.

Book at: http://www.TicketSource.co.uk/FilmboxCommunityCinema

Our ‘special feature’ local food tasting will be by Drunken Dairy, from SE20 – a unique concept of delicious ice cream and sorbets for grown-ups. The producers will join us before the film so that you can taste their range, which you can see at https://twitter.com/DrunkenDairy (new website under construction).

Drunken dairy - Booze Infused ice cream for grown-ups

Coming up on Thursday 26 September… Booking OPENS TO ALL TOMORROW (24/8/13) for Hitchcock’s legendary masterpiece‘Vertigo’ (Cert PG) with James Stewart and Kim Novak – on our HUGE screen in the Bromley Hall – it will look and sound superb in this space and is rarely seen on the BIG screen anywhere.  Films really are better with an audience so do come and join us for this special treat to mark our 1st Birthday! Under 16s very welcome.

vertigo

Book at: http://www.TicketSource.co.uk/FilmboxCommunityCinema – Tickets £8 (members £5) – refreshments from 6.30pm and film programme starts at 7.30pm.

Coming up on Friday 27 September… another special treat, ‘Buster Plays Buster’ – international jazz musician Buster Birch and his quartet accompany Buster Keaton‘s 1924 silent classic, Sherlock Junior’ (Cert U) – under 16s very welcome. Booking is OPEN TO ALL NOW at http://www.TicketSource.co.uk/lpcpa – Tickets £10 and £6 concessions. Starts at 7.30pm.

buster birch

Coming up on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September – our FREE 1st Birthday film festival – FREE films for everyone!

Saturday – free films at 2pm, 5pm and 8.30pm (with refreshment stalls and bar-b-q).

Sunday – free film matinée at 2pm.

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY TO US!
HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY TO US!

Booking and film details to follow – to be placed on our mailing list for news and updates please email us at LangleyFilmbox@gmail.com

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