Rhythm & Views Film Festival 2019 pays tribute to 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin, with the films Amazing Grace and the timeless, The Blues Brothers; and keeps it soulful with the Teddy Pendergrass biopic: If You Don't Know Me. And, there's a celebration of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing on its 30th anniversary. Plus, a feast of short films from around the world.
17th June THE BLUES BROTHERS (Cert. 15), Boxpark, 8pm.
FREE, donation welcome. Classic blues and soul music action comedy, featuring John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, and many more music stars. It’s all about Jake and Elwood’s (Belushi and Ackroyd) mission to put their soul band back together to raise money to save the children’s home where they were raised. Very funny, full of action; unmissable.
19th June - CALAMITY JANE + AFTERNOON TEA DANCE with the BRIT SCHOOL and CERTITUDE LINE DANCE, 1pm
Doris Day as Calamity Jane. *Note: change to earlier listing. R&V Film Festival's Tribute to Doris Day. Rousing musical about a rootin', tootin', shootin' cowgirl who falls in love. Fantastic songs. Limited free tickets / concessions: seniors, carers, disabled persons. Yee-hah!
20th June - AMAZING GRACE (Cert.U), David Lean Cinema, matinee: 2.30pm* and 7pm screenings.
You will laugh, clap, stomp your feet, click your fingers, hum along, and – steady now – because you may even weep. This is a soaring film about the undisputed first lady of gospel and soul as she goes back to her church roots for a gospel album and documentary. *The 2.30pm screening is subtitled for people with hearing loss.
22nd June - TEDDY PENDERGRASS: IF YOU DON'T KNOW ME (Cert. 15). David Lean Cinema, 7pm, Cert. 15 + post screening Q&A.
One of the undisputed giants of soul music. At the height of his career, Teddy Pendergrass was a household name – before tragedy struck. This is the untold story of a man who had it all, and then lost everything. Inspiring; a must see. Screening will be followed by a Q&A.
26th June - FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL SHORTS (part 2), 12.30pm-3.30pm. The BRIT School, 60 The Crescent, Croydon, CR0 2HN
More short films from around the world. A must for film lovers, filmmakers and students. Free tickets available.
29th June - Spike Lee's DO THE RIGHT THING (Cert. 18) SPECIAL 30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.
This is perhaps Spike Lee's most controversial and thought-provoking film. With its strong, stylish imagery and thumping music by Public Enemy, it took the film world by storm when it was released - 30 years ago. Time flies, but the issues it raises are as relevant today as they were back then. Don't miss.
Do The Right Thing. Venue: CACFO UK, 40 Northwood Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 8HQ.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Please refer to the certificate of the films. Cert. 'U' - children and families, Cert. 15 - persons aged 15 and over. Cert. 18 - persons 18 and over.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Network Rail: East Croydon, West Croydon, Thornton Heath (20 minutes from Victoria station); Overground: West Croydon - 40 minutes from Highbury & Islington. Tram runs from Wimbledon & Elmer's End. Many bus routes: X26, 50, 60, 64, X68, 109, 119, 194,197, 198, 250, 312, 368, 468, 433, 689. Contact TFL for more info.
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What's the refund policy?
Seven days before screening date.