Welcome to The Bigger Picture. Your local film club now based at The Ivy House community pub in Nunhead.
We show a film at 8pm on the fourth Thursday of every month. It is a non-profit making venture run by volunteers, and any money we make is donated to support local charities; with a special emphasis on smaller charities that have difficulty finding funding from other sources.
The Bigger Picture is different to many other film clubs. Yes, we offer you the opportunity to kick back and watch a film on the big screen from the comfort of a deep leather sofa with a drink in one hand and food from a mouthwatering menu in the other, but we also offer a very diverse programme of films.
The Bigger Picture shows a wide variety of films from around the world, many of which are rarely screened or were given limited screening when first released but which have achieved critical acclaim over the years. Some are masterpieces by great directors, some broke boundaries in their day, some are quirky originals and others are included for no other reason that we want to share our enjoyment of them.
THE BIGGER PICTURE is affiliated to the British Federation of Film Societies and part of the SE London Film Club Network.
The autumn 2018 season at your new community film club. Join us!
20 September at 8pm
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"As an evening at the flicks, it was about as perfect as you could get: relaxed, informal, but still achieving the buzz and excitement of a communal experience."
Dulwch on View
"Going to the cinema is great with it's comfy seats, and superior projection/audio. But the film club at the EDT feels somehow more sociable, and with an interesting (less mainstream) selection of films."
"It's what comunity film clubs should be about: good food and drink, great atmosphere and excellent programming."
"Everything about the experience is inviting; something the swankier cinemas try so hard to manufacture. I've been to nearly every film they've shown."
"I liked the mini fish and chips and the peas best.
The film was OK."
MILES AHEAD (2015)
Thursday 27 September 2018, 8pm
This story of a ‘metaphorical’ meeting in 1979 between legendary jazz musician Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) and Rolling Stone’s fictional Dave Bradon (Ewan McGregor) is set at the moment when Davis’ career appears eclipsed. The story purports to tell of a frenzied search for a missing tape of Davis’ newest numbers (after 5 musically arid years), but is an excuse to review his personal and musical story. The narrative arc is as eclectic as a jazz solo, weaving back on itself. The story is somewhat chaotic, but the music is amazing.
Director: Don Cheadle
Running time: 100 minutes.
We say: - This may seem like a weird caper movie (the sort that Davis might have liked to be in himself), but the man and his music transcend that. A soundtrack to die for!
Thursday 25 October 2018, 8pm
Tom Hardy x 2 as the Kray twins, gentle fun loving charity…. Oh no, it’s those Kray Twins. This film makes more of Reggie’s relationship with his wife, Frances (who acts as posthumous narrator), than is normal (and hence less of their mother) and plays down none of the violence. Many recognisable London locations give realism to this story, including our very own Ivy House which, with surprisingly little dressing, becomes the setting for The Double R (Ronnie and Reggie’s club). There are some great shots showing each of the three bars with their original wood panelling, as well as the gold curtained ballroom, which gained the pub its Grade 11 listing status in 2012.
Director: Brian Helgeland
Running time: 132 minutes.
We say: - Tom Hardy pulls off a double performance with gusto and it is great fun watching the film in one of its locations.
THE SQUARE (2017)
Thursday 29 November 2018, 8pm
Modern art and modern art curators – Pretentious? Silly? Up themselves? Divorced from real life? – and, as it turns out, able to be wonderfully satirised and pilloried. The Square (itself a new artwork in a modern art museum) punctures so many balloons, with Elizabeth Moss (it’s been a busy few years for her) as the journalist observer, and more than that as well. As Wiki notes: - The film was entered into the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it received positive reviews and won the Palme d'Or. It was subsequently selected for the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. It went on to win six European Film Awards, including Best Film; two Guldbagge Awards, including Best Director; and other honours. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.’ So the literati appreciated it – which is good of them, as they were in the director’s gun-sights…
Director: Ruben Östlund
Running time: 151 minutes.
We say: - Many of the targets were sitting ducks, but no reason not to pick them off…