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South Norwood and Thornton Heath Free Film Festival Back In October

The South Norwood and Thornton Heath (SNATH) Free Film Festival 2015, now in its second year, kicks off on Friday 9th October and runs until Sunday 18th October.

There are at least twelve events during the ten days, all events are free to attend and take place in a variety of venues in South Norwood, Thornton Heath and Woodside.

Following on from a successful 2014, this year’s festival features a variety of film nights and experiences which the local community and beyond will enjoy.

The festival opens with a Gospel Film Night showing of The Fighting Temptations featuring Cuba Gooding Jnr and Beyonce; there is also a Children’s Day with a screening of Lost and Found, The Gruffalo and Despicable Me at Stanley Halls; a Silent Film Night, screening the 1927 romantic thriller love story, Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans; a Vintage Night showing Passport to Pimlico; a Northern Soul night screening the film Northern Soul with Lisa Stanfield, followed by a club night with a DJ specialising in Northern soul music and more.

For the budding filmmaker there is a Shorts Night featuring local and regional talent on Wednesday 14 October at the Lord Napier Pub, Beulah Road in Thornton Heath.

SNATH is part of the Free Film Festivals organisation whose aim is to bring people together from across the community to enjoy a film and celebrate their local area. The universal appeal of film makes it the perfect medium to make this happen.

Anyone wishing to take part by volunteering should get in touch by contacting


To learn more about the Free Film Festivals community please visit

For further info contact:

Tiernan Hanby 07976 459 405

Roney Henderson 0777 299 6074

The posh English avant garde meets Frankfurt School in Thornton Heath library?!

JIP Ed 2014 rehearsal still This is the most unlikely art event ever to be promoted in Thornton Heath…  A theatre event about the life of Derek Jarman the indie film-maker who died in 1994 aged 52. The theatre group is called ‘Project Adorno’Theodor Adorno was a German critical theorist who died in 1969 and was part of the Frankfurt School before the Nazi’s shut it down. He was critical of the mass media and thought art was the only place where critical thinking was possible. Having read the Wikipedia pages linked above you’ll have all the background you need and probably much more, for all I know. The LIVE PERFORMANCE with original songs, films and stuff by Project Adorno is at Thornton Heath Library on Wednesday 11th February at 7pm to 9pm. Tickets are free to collect in person from the library. Go Get ’em! Oh, it is called “Jarman In Pieces”

Did anyone go? What was it like?

Free Film Festival for South Norwood & Thornton Heath London

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Residents in South Norwood and Thornton Heath are organising their own community-led free film festival to take place in the autumn of 2014 and are looking for venues and volunteers to come forward to help with the planning. The first planning meeting is on Wednesday 28 May 2014 at 7.00pm and will take place at The Thornton Heath Leisure Centre, 100 High Street, Thornton Heath CR7 8LF.

Since March this year, Free Film Festivals have already taken place in Camberwell, New Cross and Deptford and another is currently running in Herne Hill until the end of May. The Peckham and Nunhead festival which is in its fifth year takes place in September.

Anyone who wants to be a part of the South Norwood and Thornton Heath (SNATH) Free Film Festival can help by hosting a screening, being a sponsor, being a steward at event, help with the planning which includes marketing and press, sourcing venues and a number of other things.

The aim of free film festivals is to bring people together from across the community to enjoy a film and celebrate their local area. The universal appeal of film makes it the perfect medium to make this happen.

All of the festivals are run entirely by volunteers and the costs – such as licences to screen the films – are covered by partnerships with other local organisations.

This meeting is to set up a planning team who will organise and manage the running of the festival in South Norwood and Thornton Heath and to decide on the programme which will also target young people in the area.

Information and activities about the festival will be available from the website

There are now four established Free Film Festivals in Peckham & Nunhead, Camberwell, Herne Hill and New Cross & Deptford, with new festivals being planned for later this year in South Norwood & Thornton Heath, London Fields and Westminster. If you want to include your local area as well please get in touch.

‘We want people to come forward to and be part of this exciting event. Whether you want to host a film, sponsor, help with marketing, take part in the film competition come along and be part of the team and help to make it happen’ says Roney Henderson of Free Film Festivals.

If you have any suggestions, would like to volunteer for an existing festival or even set up your own festival please get in touch through our website

Notes to editors:

Free Film Festivals is a constituted not-for-profit community group, formed in 2010. The group wants to promote the idea of free film festivals and encourage their development in other areas too. They intend to run free film festivals each year in South London and further afield.


Roney Henderson

Cinema for Crystal Palace – Picture Palace Campaign June 2012 Update

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The Picture Palace Campaign is three years old on 24 June 2012! 
What is happening at 25 Church Road?

On 24 June 2009 we set up the Picture Palace Campaign. The catalyst was the sale of the Gala Bingo Hall, 25 Church Road (the former 1920’s art deco Rialto cinema), to Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), which narrowly outbid independent cinema operator City Screen that runs Picturehouse Cinemas.

In December 2009, KICC was refused planning permission for change of use from D2 “Entertainment” to D1 “Place of Worship”.

Since that refusal KICC has undertaken extensive external and internal renovation works to the building – but for what purpose? To date, KICC has refused to consult with the local community or talk to our local MPs about its plans for the building, despite Charity Commission guidelines suggesting that it should do so.

In May 2012, the Picture Palace Campaign has written again to our three local MPs asking them to raise this issue directly with KICC’s trustees. We have also asked Bromley council to undertake an inspection of the building to ascertain how KICC intends to use it.

In April 2011, Bromley council advised KICC that its revised plans for the building “would not appear to fall within the Use Class D2 and would appear to require planning permission” and in November last year, hundreds of local residents and traders objected again to KICC’s latest planning applications to undertake external alterations to the building. These were refused.

You have told us that this is an important building for shaping the future of the area. We know the potential of the building to be a key cultural anchor for the district centre, a fantastic vehicle for local meaning and identity, and a unique economic asset for the benefit of the Crystal Palace community. This important cultural and heritage building is still not being used – why?

A full campaign update will follow soon.

Thank you
We are a community campaign. Your continued support and views are important to us – we really appreciate it!

It’s nearly three years 
since KICC purchased 25 Church Road as a D1 ‘Place of worship’ for its Wimbledon congregation for which planning permission for change of use from D2 “Entertainment” was overwhelmingly refused because i) the application to turn the only D2 venue in Crystal Palace into the 18th D1 building went against town centre policies for a mix of uses essential for maintaining the vitality and viability of the district centre. It was said to be harmful to the social, cultural and economic characteristics of the area; and ii) the volume of traffic and parking from proposed congregations of 500 people would have a damaging effect on the area. The fact that the venue has no parking would mean that KICC would rely on the availability of space on the surrounding residential roads and town centre shoppers’ car park for its patrons. To read more go to

Picture Palace Campaign Request for Support -Come on the Campaign Coaches and show your support at the Bromley Planning Committee 7pm Thursday 17 December

Dear Friends of the Picture Palace Campaign,
After such a fantastic show of support at the Queens Hotel in October, we are asking everyone who volunteered their details and gave offers of help, if you could come and show your support again please at the Planning Committee to be held at Bromley Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley BR1 3UH on Thursday 17 December starting at 7pm. Read the rest of this entry