the films screening as part of Fragments of a Century of Cinema
10-17 July at Sydenham Arts Festival

This year for the first time we’ve teamed up with the friendly folk at Sydenham Arts Festival to bring you a series of six films from across the century since the First World War. Highlights include free screenings and workshops, post-film discussions, and meatballs!

The programme

How to book

  • Book online at or by following the links below
  • Book over the phone call 020 3659 0551
  • Book in person at Kirkdale Bookshop, 272 Kirkdale, Sydenham SE26 4RS
  • Buy on the door when not sold out, tickets will be available on the night

All Quiet on the Western Front

  • When: 7pm Thursday 10 July
  • Where: Bonhoeffer Kirche 50 Dacres Road SE23 2NR
  • Tickets:Free

A special screening in the imposing surroundings of Sydenham’s German Church, to mark the centenary of WWI. Adapted from Remarque’s classic novel, this early Hollywood epic production tells the story of a group of German schoolboys who are persuaded to enlist for the “Great War” by their nationalist teacher.

Sunset Boulevard

  • When: 7.30pm Friday 11 July
  • Where:Grove Centre Church 2 Jews Walk SE26 6PL
  • Tickets: £5/£3 concessions (inc Sydenham Film Club members) Book now

Come and enjoy the beautiful but bitter story of Norma Desmond, a forgotten Hollywood actress who doesn’t believe that her glory days or the power she once exerted over her fans and acolytes is over. The film includes stunning sets and costumes, but is Norma really ready for her close-up?

Disney’s Lady and the Tramp

  • When: 1-3pm Saturday 12 July
  • Where:Trattoria Raffaele 94 Sydenham Rd, London SE26 5JX
  • Tickets: £8 adults/£5 concessions (inc Sydenham Film Club members) – costs include meatballs and garlic bread Book now

Enjoy this Disney classic with the family in the welcoming setting of Sydenham’s own fine Italian restaurant, Trattoria Raffaele. Included in the price is some delicious Italian cuisine, the perfect accompaniment to that iconic meatball date scene!

Film Workshop for 12-19 year olds

  • When: 12-6 Sunday 13 July
  • Where:TNG Youth Centre 111 The New Generation Wells Park Road London SE26 6AD
  • Tickets: Free

An all-day free film event for peopled aged 12-19, featuring hands-on workshops by professional filmmakers, an introduction to ‘reading’ and understanding films, and a chance to learn about film programming. A surprise screening will conclude the event, selected by participants in the programming workshop.

Hour of the Wolf

  • When: 7.30 Monday 14 July
  • Where:Golden Lion Pub 116 Sydenham Rd, London SE26 5JX
  • Tickets: £5/£3 concessions (inc. Sydenham Film Club members) Book now

Bergman’s most controversial film and the only one in his vast filmography classified as “horror”, is a powerful psychological drama about an artist’s meltdown whilst holidaying with his young pregnant wife on a remote island. “The Hour of the Wolf is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die…”

Farewell My Concubine

  • When: 7.30 Tuesday 15 July
  • Where:Grove Centre Church2 Jews Walk SE26 6PL
  • Tickets: £5/£3 concessions (inc. Sydenham Film Club members) Book now

This award-winning film (Palme d’Or, BAFTA) from director Chen Kaige follows the lives of two childhood friends and stars of the Beijing Opera as they are torn apart by politics and unrequited love. One of Empire magazine’s Top 100 Best Films of World Cinema, this film is a must-see.

Treacle Jr + Q&A (TBC)

  • When: 7.30 Thursday 17 July
  • Where:Golden Lion Pub 116 Sydenham Rd, London SE26 5JX
  • Tickets: £5/£3 concessions (FREE to Sydenham Film Club members) Book now

A screening of this heart-warming yet hard-hitting drama filmed locally on a tight budget, followed by a Q & A session with Director Jamie Thraves (tbc). It is a tender treatment of mental illness and the camaraderie of the two lead characters is truly touching.

Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, sponsored by the National Lottery.

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