The annual Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival returns for a fourth time next month.
Bigger and better than ever, this year’s programme includes more than 30 film screenings and events across unusual south London locations: expect pubs, community centres, churches, parks, historic buildings, cafes, and a wildlife centre (above) to present a challenge to the usual cinema trip during the festival’s 10-day run.
While the programme features a feast of visual treats, we particularly like the sound of two al fresco screenings on Peckham Rye (firstly, Chaplin and Keaton comedy classics with live piano soundtrack by acclaimed silent film accompanist, Neil Brand; and a bike-powered Edward Scissorhands). Other highlights include the rarely-seen Japanese film KanZeOn, with live Japanese drumming, at Asylum Chapel; and the hugely tempting Jacques Cousteau night at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening. And if you’ve got the stamina, don’t miss the 16-hour all-dayer, Welcome to Busseywood, featuring African Cinema in the Bussey Building.
Younger cinephiles are also catered for, with an outdoor screening of Wreck-it Ralph in Calypso Gardens, James And The Giant Peach at Buchan Road Community Centre (with free juice and popcorn), and free animation workshops for children. Plus don’t miss the screening of all the entries to the 2013 SE15 Young Filmmakers Competition.
And don’t forget, everything is free. The festival is run on an entirely voluntary, not-for-profit basis by a group of dedicated, film- and community-loving local residents. Events are funded through partnerships with community organisations and other supporters, meaning there’s no cost to you, the audience.