Rhythm ‘n’ Views is a fresh new film festival celebrating films that have music at the heart of them. Ask around and you’re bound to find that most people know the words to at least one song from a musical film.

From biopics like Get on Up (the James Brown story) and the Oscar-winning Amadeus (telling the story of Mozart); and hit musicals like Grease, Hairspray and Les Miserables; to cult classics like Little Shop of Horrors and Rocky Horror Show – there are hundreds of films that showcase music.

Now, a festival created to celebrate that theme will take place in Croydon from 18th – 31 July. The organisers are describing as a “taster” to introduce what they hope will become a larger festival in the future. The film festival will partner with the Thornton Heath Arts Week in July by offering some screenings in the north of the borough.

The event will launch with a screening of Twenty Feet From Stardom, a pulsating film about backing singers who helped secure the careers of artistes like Mick Jagger.

As well as a rich and vibrant range of screenings of new and classic films for all the family, there will also be diverse events, including Q&As with directors, film training master-class workshops from film professionals, screening of short films by emerging and local filmmakers, and a film quiz. Venues will include the David Lean Cinema at Croydon Clocktower, and Matthew’s Yard café and community hub.

The festival is inviting filmmakers to submit their short film for entry into the festival. Contact: rhythmandviews@yahoo.com.  Film lovers are invited to choose a music-related film that they would love to see shown in a Rhythm ‘n’ Views Film Festival. They are also looking for volunteers. Follow them on twitter: @rhythmviews and click on the link below for further details.