Ten days, 40 films, all in SE8 and SE14! New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival returns for 2014, and it’s the biggest yet.

We’ve got a New Cross speedway movie, family favourites, outdoor screenings, documentaries, new African film, arthouse classics, a singalong, and the first ever screening by the Bechdel Test Film Club. The full listings are all here but here’s a visual taster of some of the highlights. Click on each of the pictures to get details of the movie and venue.

supermen beckham wildthing
fokn cheerleader attck
harder kaspar punk
kid eatdrink catastroika
hustler forgoten lewisham
stateless vietnam cookthief
happylands jolly dropcity
dochead winged nakedcity
obrother zappa stray
grease pingpong owl

Fri 25 April: Supermen of Malegaon

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Celebrate the launch of New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival 2014 at the Big Red Pizza. Meet the festival team, have a drink and fall in love with Supermen of Malegaon, a delightful and inspiring documentary about a group of passionate film lovers from small-town India, who make their own quirky low-budget blockbuster remakes. A perfect way to launch our DIY-themed festival!

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Sat 26 April: Film Africa triple bill

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Join us at New Cross Inn for three exciting new urban films chosen by Film Africa, London’s annual festival of African film. Show up for one or stay for all three – all are free. Older children welcome.
2pm: SOUL BOY (Kenya) – a kid’s magical adventures in Nairobi
3pm: COZ OV MONI (Ghana) – the world’s first ever pidgin hip-hop musical comedy, starring The FOKN Bois
4pm: TEY (Senegal) – a lyrical stroll through Dakar on the last day of your life.

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Fri 28 February: Jarman’s EDWARD II

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A celebration of the 450th anniversary of the playwright Christopher Marlowe’s birth, with Derek Jarman’s magical film adaptation of Edward II – inside St Nicholas’ Church, where Marlowe lies buried in an unmarked grave. When King Edward II takes a male lover, Piers Gaveston, both his wife (Tilda Swinton) and palace officials are enraged – and plot to violently dethrone the king and dispatch Gaveston. Adapted by the radical British filmmaker Derek Jarman, the film contrasts the lavish 16th century text and setting with modern imagery of gay activists, riot police, yuppies and an unforgettable cameo from Annie Lennox.

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The other side of national cinema

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In February 2014, we ran a session on film programming & national film at Goldsmiths, University of London. In response the participants – all international students – created programmes for film festivals that would tell interesting new stories about their country. Here’s what they created….

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