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For Your Eyes Only
Photograph: gofundme

London’s last ever DVD store is under threat of closure

But you help can save it!

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen

Who doesn’t feel nostalgic for the humble video shop? The tingle of excitement that – yes! – the new Scorsese film is in stock, the simple joy of browsing rows of movies without an algorithm in sight, or just chatting to the budding Tarantino behind the counter about which Donnie Yen movie is worth renting. And maybe being let off the late fee when you return it two weeks later.

For most Londoners, that analogue pleasure is a distant memory. But not in Forest Hill, where independent video shop For Your Eyes Only and its owner, movie lover Gulam Charania, have been keeping south-east London in VHSes, DVDs and video games for 25 years.

It has seen off Blockbuster and until recently was repeating the trick with Netflix, Amazon Prime and co, but the clock is now ticking on its future. The financial impact of the pandemic, combined with a three-month closure in 2022 after a car smashed through the shopfront, has left For Your Eyes Only on the brink of closure. Watch our story below.

But help may be at hand: there’s a GoFundMe in place for anyone willing and able to lend some financial support, and with £1,000 already raised of its £5,000 target, For Your Eyes Only may yet fight on (and Die Another Day).

Alternatively, show
 your support on its
Facebook page.

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