New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival

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New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival

Choose from 31 free film events at different venues across SE London. The festival is dedicated to the late, great Gene Wilder, but will launch with a ‘sensory’ screening of Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ at The White Hart in New Cross. 




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Free screenings of some much beloved films at a range of weird and unique locations? Count me in.

As a fairly new resident in the Greenwich-Deptford area, I must admit I had never heard about this festival until this past weekend. A schedule was flyered out to me as I picked up my Saturday morning coffee and I was immediately hooked. The concept isn't new; there are a number of these unique film screenings all over London but what made this stand out more than most is that it is free...a real rarity in our fine capital!

I went along to Saturday night's screening of the fan-favorite and original Gene Wilder 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' on Telegraph Hill. It might have been a cold evening but the buzz was anything but. Families had come en masse and had settled in with a patchwork of picnic blankets and sleeping bags; the volunteer organizers had setup a more than affordable bar, BBQ and film-themed sweet shop; the event was supported by Electric Pedals, making the screening human-powered and dependent on power-generating bicycles that only added to the unusual and community-orientated feel of the evening; and the screen was erected with a stunning and sweeping backdrop of a deep orange Spring sunset over the city skyline. Every component made for a really beautiful evening.

In summary, with a range of locations across the New Cross/Deptford area and a strong variety of films for all ages, this is an annual festival that should be on everyone's radar. I for one will be keeping an eye out now for all and any future installments!

P.S. They rely on donations to keep going so should you go along to any of them, make sure you dig deep!