- Written by Andrew Clarke Andrew Clarke
- Published: 04 December 2016 04 December 2016
Herne Hill’s The 12 Free Films of Christmas kicks off in earnest today. They had a practice run yesterday, showing Dinner For One, a Christmas staple in Germany and several other countries. If you fancy one, just turn up. No tickets, no booking, just first come, first served.
I haven’t seen all of them, so with the briefest of brief notes, here’s the programme of the thirteen twelve:
This evening, Tangerine (15), the Lido Cafe at 7.30 pm. Trans street culture in los Angeles, at Christmas and shot on an iPhone.
Wednesday 7th December, Rare Exports (15), Off the Cuff at 8.00 pm. Christmas horror movie from Finland. Something nasty in Lapland.
Friday 9th December, Love Actually (15), Rosendale School at 8.00 pm. The Rosendale newsletter says “a favourite film for some and a life-draining 2 hours for others”.
Saturday, 10th December, It’s a Wonderful Life (U), All Saints Church at 6.00 pm. The Frank Capra classic lapsed into public domain in 1974, so US TV stations turned it into a Christmas staple.
Sunday 11th December, Frozen Singalong (PG), effraspace at 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm. Chance for the kids to Let it Go!
Sunday 11th December, The Great Beauty (15), the Lido Cafe at 7.30 pm. Oscar-winning tale of a writer looking back on his past life.
Monday 12th December, Religulous (15), Prince Regent at 8.00 pm. Bill Maher and a cast of strange adherents to religions. Bah Humbug says the film festival programme.
Tuesday 13th December, Trading Places (15), Off the Cuff at 8.00 pm. The Eddie Murphy – Dan Aykroyd comedy from John Landis’s purple patch.
Thursday 15th December, Bad Santa (15), Canopy at 8.00 pm. He doesn’t care if you’re naughty or nice.
Saturday 17th December, Miracle on 34th Street (U), Holy Trinity Church at 7.30 pm. It’s the Edmund Gwenn version rather than the Richard Attenborough remake.
Sunday 18th December, Elf (PG), Fison Fitness at 3.00 pm. For those not into Will Ferrell, this does have Bob Newhart and Ed Asner in it.
Monday 19th December, Nightmare Before Christmas (PG), Prince Regent at 8.00 pm. Jack Skellington gets to grips with Christmas.
Wednesday 21st December, In Pursuit of Silence (PG), South London Botanical Institute at 8.00 pm. For the winter solstice, a study of our relationship with silence and noise.
There is more info on the festival's web site.