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David Lean cinema campaign brings Norwegian tale to big screen

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SUPPORTERS of the David Lean cinema are again taking their "alternative" film shows into the community.

The Save the Cinema campaign, which holds regular film seasons in the Spread Eagle pub in Katharine Street, Croydon, has joined forced with the Shirley Community Centre Association for a film evening on Saturday, February 16.

Starting at 7pm it will feature a rare screening of the 1987 Norwegian film Pathfinder, which is set around the year 1,000 and centres on a teenaged boy who survives an attack on his community by a warring tribe.

The Norwegian theme will also be evident in the welcoming glasses of gløgg – traditional mulled wine – served at the start of the evening.

Seats can be booked by e-mailing msiudek@yahoo.co.uk or telephoning 020 8688 6673.

Admission is free but donations for the campaign would be appreciated.

Adrian Winchester, the chairman of the campaign, said: "We are delighted that our membership is constantly increasing and more people are attending our screenings, but the maximum we can accommodate at the Spread Eagle is about 50, so it's a relief to have occasional events in larger venues."

He added that support for the screenings showed there is "undiminished enthusiasm" for a reopened David Lean cinema.

The cinema in the Clocktower complex in Katharine Street was closed in April last year as part of the council's cuts programme.


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