40+ free films throughout all of May 2015 !
The Herne Hill free film festival is back for its third year with loads of free films in all the iconic Herne Hill landmarks – plus the fab ‘Make a Film in 48 Hours’ competition – what’s not to like?
Herne Hill is lucky, it has some incredible outdoor venues to screen films in. Every May, the Herne Hill free film festival capitalises on this by putting on free outdoor screenings in all these Herne Hill landmarks; in front of the train station in Station Square, by the pool in Brockwell Lido, in the middle of the track at Herne Hill Velodrome or right in the very (dark) heart of Brockwell Park.
There’s always a classic film on by the station (this year it’s The Ladykillers, 1955); there’s ‘the film you wish you’d seen’ at the Lido (The Grand Budapest Hotel); a bike themed one at the Velodrome (The Kid with a Bike) and a cult classic in the park (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure).
What also makes the Herne Hill free film festival unique is its ‘Make a Film in 48 Hours’ competition. Basically, entrants just turn up at a local pub (the Prince Regent) on Saturday 2 May, get given three things; a Herne Hill location, a line of dialogue and a random prop (this can be anything from a fly swat to a human tooth). The hopefuls then beetle off to make a three minute film which they dutifully deliver 48 hours later. There are three catergories; Over 16s, Under 16s and Families – so anyone can do it (even if they just have an ipad).
To inspire you, here is last year’s winner:
Films are judged by, amongst others, the Oscar winning director David Parfitt (Shakespeare in Love). The awards night (Sat 23 May) is one of the best night’s of the film festival, with the quirkiest, funniest, weirdest films you can ever hope to see, all screened in one mad evening.
There are shed loads of other ‘Fringe’ films (which is basically all the indoor screenings), which range from Boyhood, screened in a local primary school, photography documentaries and foreign arthouse films (Blancanieves). The Herne Hill free film festival is also an event where people can see all the great films made by local up and coming filmmakers.
The Herne Hill Free Film Festival (HHFFF) is run entirely by film & community loving volunteers and works in close collaboration with the Free Film Festivals.
What: Herne Hill Free Film Festival 2015
When: 1st of May – 31st of May 2015
Where: In various venues in Herne Hill
- 01.05.2015 The Ladykillers (1955, cert U), Station Square, Herne Hill Station, SE24 0JW, *8:30pm
- 09.05.2015 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014, cert 15), Brockwell Lido, SE24 0PA, Sat 9 May, *8:30pm (this event in FULLY BOOKED!)
- 15.05.2015 The Kid With a Bike (2011, cert 12A), Herne Hill Velodrome, SE24 9HE, Fri 15 May, *8:45pm
- 30.05.15 Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989, cert PG), Brockwell Park, SE24 9BJ, Sat 30 May, *9pm
*Assemble for this time, screenings start when it gets dark!
48 Hour Film Challenge
02.05.2015, Prince Regent, 69 Dulwich Road SE24 0NJ, 11am-1pm.
Fringe Events (basically all the other films – but indoors!)
- 03.05.15 Tim’s Vermeer, Prince Regent, 69 Dulwich Road SE24 0NJ, 8pm.
- 04.05.15 Modern Times: Lido documentary & The Ladies’ Bridge, The Lido Café, Dulwich Road SE24 0PA, 8pm.
- 06.05.15 Herne Hill Free Film Festival Quiz, Off The Cuff bar, 301-303 Railton Road, SE24 0JN, 8pm (doors open at 7pm).
- 07.05.15 (Election Night) Audience Choice, Prince Regent, 69 Dulwich Road SE24 0NJ, 8pm.
- 10.05.15 Short Film Night, Prince Regent, 69 Dulwich Road SE24 0NJ, 8pm.
- 13.05.15 The Director’s Chair, Off The Cuff bar, 301-303 Railton Road, SE24 0JN, 8pm.
- 17.05.15 Finding Vivien Maier, Prince Regent, 69 Dulwich Road SE24 0NJ, 8pm.
- 21.05.15 The Cake Maker, Prince Regent, 69 Dulwich Road SE24 0NJ, 8pm.
- 22.05.15 Boyhood, Rosendale Primary School, Rosendale Road SE21 8LR, 8pm.
- 23.05.15 48 Hour Film Awards, The Portico Gallery, 23A Knights Hill, SE27 9HS, 6pm.
- 24.05.15 McCullin, Prince Regent, 69 Dulwich Road SE24 0NJ, 8pm.
- 26.05.15 Blancanieves, The Lido Café, Dulwich Road SE24 0PA, 8pm
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