Films & Venues

WHITNEY – We Will Always Love You!

Described as ‘the greatest female entertainer of the 20th Century’, Whitney Houston was a singular tour de force of talent, passion, style and beauty.  Oh, that voice; and all that drama! Now, following on the heels of Nick Broomfield’s 2017 documentary, Whitney: Can I Be Me? comes the promise of a more revelatory insight into the diva’s life and times.

Simply titled Whitney, Kevin Macdonald’s biopic arrives on the big screen full of promise, particularly with his incredible track record, (not least his spectacular Bob Marley doc) and the fact that for this picture he has garnered the involvement of the singer’s formidable dynamo  of a mother,  the iconic (in her own right) Cissy Houston; something Broomfield failed to do, focusing instead on the narrative of Whitney’s rumoured bisexuality.

Mcdonald’s film also promises controversy, with allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, and the film’s poster makes the bold claim that his version is ‘The Untold Story. For The First Time.’ Will it be? We shall see. Mcdonald claims that when he started working on the film, he wanted to know how and why a beautiful young woman with the voice of an angel ended up a despised drug addict?

Whether or not the documentary answers that billion dollar question which continues to haunt us every time we hear her songs, will, likewise,  remain to be seen.  However, one thing is almost guaranteed: watching the diva in all her glory and revisiting the tragic  spectacular of her public decline: some people are bound to get so emotional, baby.  Come back for our review. (NR).


Rhythm & Views and Lambeth Libraries presents a BLACK HISTORY MONTH special: films to educate, entertain & inspire:

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (Dir. Raoul Peck, 2016)                                       

This bold, prescient, award-winning documentary, directed by esteemed director Raoul Peck, features the dynamic civil rights activist and writer James Baldwin.                                                                          

It is a challenging and insightful film that has been described as “… unsparing as history and enthralling as biography…a film that uses Baldwin’s spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights” (Wall Street Journal). Running time: 93 mins. Certificate 12.




WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMON?                 (Dir. Liz Garbus, 2015).

Fascinating Oscar-nominated film about Nina Simone, outstanding civil rights activist and one of the greatest musicians of her generation. A powerhouse of creativity – and composer of the soundtrack to the civil rights movement.
This compelling film gives us Nina’s spell-binding voice, views and music. It also name-checks a whose-who of political, social and cultural activists, from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, to Stokely Carmichel and Dick Gregory.
Not to be missed.    Running time: 1hr 41mins. Cert. 15


Refreshments on sale.                                                 Early bird booking advised.

Archive                                                                                           AND THE BEAT GOES ON…

Lambeth Libraries and Rhythm & Views Film Festival presents a special BLACK HISTORY MONTH screening of the award-winning:
20 FEET FROM STARDOM, on Thursday 13th October 2016. Time: 7pm
Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Road, London SW16 1PL.
Cert. 12A        Dir. Morgan Neville

Screening followed by Q&A with accomplished singer, Mary Pearce, who has sung with Prince, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Calvin Harris, and a host of others.
Free, but book to avoid disappointment.
Bookings: Tel: 020 7926 6768 / 6777


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Keep checking back for festival programme, and book early to avoid disapointment!

  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • Basically, Johnny Moped
  • Beuna Vista Social Club
  • The Gospel
  • Get on Up
  • Annie (2014)
  • A Moment to Move
  • Short films
  • Professional film training workshops

SPECIAL SCREENING EVENT ON 16TH JULY 2016.                                            20 FEET FROM STARDOM    

20 Feet From Stardom
Film: 20 Feet From Stardom (Dir. Morgan Neville)                   Cert. 12A  (91 mins.)                                                                                Venue: David Lean Cinema, Croydon Clocktower,  Katherine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET.  Old town hall building, upstairs next to Croydon Central Library and Croydon Museum.                                                                                                          
Tickets are very limited, early birds book at Eventbrite:

This is a stunning film about the backing singers who sacrificed their own ambition for fame to build the careers of singers like Mick Jagger, Bruce Springstein, etc. Real unsung heroines – a must see. 

The screening is followed by a Q&A with Andrea Grant,  accomplished backing singer with the likes of Robbie Williams, Lisa Stansfield, and a band-member with the BBC’s SCD Band.   Music, socialising, food on sale.

Andrea Grant

Film synopsis: Backing singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. Director: Morgan Neville Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer | See full cast & crew »Trailer:

                                Buena Vista Social Club 

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Beuna Vista Social Club

Presented by Stanley’s Film Club

Saturday 30th July 2016                                                               Film Festival Finale                                                                              Film: Buena Vista Social Club (Dir. Wim Wenders)          Plus, Stanley’s Summer Fiesta                                                Venue: Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill,           London, SE25 6AB


Beuna Vista Social Club
A vibrant celebration of Cuban music

Time: Doors 6pm. Film 7pm                                                 Price: £8 / £6 members                                                              Film Certificate: U                                                                          More info and  tickets here:

Enjoy a flavour of sun-drenched Havana in exotic South Norwood this summer with a screening of Wim Wender’s much-loved documentary, Buena Vista Social Club.

Sip a mojito and soak up the true story of a group of legendary Cuban musicians, all but forgotten in Castro’s Cuba, reunited to play together once more. The result is a melting pot of incredible music, breathtaking performances and the happiest ending ever.

The film will be followed Stanley’s Summer Fiesta –  with dancing, and live Cuban music from Kandela Mi Son. With tropical beats courtesy of Shut the Front Door DJs, hand-crafted rum cocktails from Syrup Junkie and street food in the yard, Stanley’s Summer Fiesta is set to be a vibrant celebration of one nation’s music, culture and individuality. Book early to avoid disappointment.                      More Information from Stanley’s Film Club:

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Matinee Screenings for Families


Dates: 20th, 22nd, 23rd July   Showtimes: 11am  &  2pm        Venue: Film Club, Thornton Heath Library, 190 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath,  CR7 7JB              Booking essential. For details telephone: 020 3700 1023

Basically, Johnny Moped


A retro night of film and music hosted by Club Soda, a group run by people with special needs.

25th July 2016                                                                                 Film: Basically, Johhny Moped (Dir. Fred Burns, 2013)  77 mins.   Plus, live music night.                                            Matthew’s Yard, 1 Matthew’s Yard, off Surrey Street, Croydon CR0 1FF Time:                                                             Doors 7pm. Wheelchair accessible                                           Price:  Free. Suggested £3 donations (on the door). More info and booking:  @clubsodacroydon

“At last, the great forgotten punk band been have been, well, remembered. Fred Burns’s poignant film about a bunch of mates specialising in good-natured mayhem and strange, succinct songs, is the real – and occasionally surreal – deal.” – The Guardian

“A funny and often moving account of one of UK music’s great lost treasures. Formed in 1974 by a group of school friends from JM-DVDCroydon, Johnny Moped were the band fronted by, and named after, the enigmatic Paul Halford aka Johnny Moped. By 1977 the group found themselves at the heart of the burgeoning punk scene in London and for a brief moment even looked like contenders. Despite being able to count both Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible as past members, success was not to come their way and Johnny Moped are now largely forgotten, punk rock’s great lost band. Their story is however a fascinating one that, along with some of the era’s most innovative music deserves to be heard.” – IMDb

The Gospel

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Idris Elba and Boris Kodjoe star as ‘brothers’ from different sides of the track

29th July 2016: doors 6pm. Film: 7pm                                 Film: The Gospel (Dir. Rob Hardy) 125 mins. PG            Hall 1, WCBC (West Croydon Baptist Church, Whitehorse Road (corner with St James’ Road), Croydon CR0 2JH. Free.  Book here:           Donations welcome

Boris Kodjoe
Boris Kodjoe

Fused with uplifting gospel music, this film tells the story of David, a preacher’s son, who turns his back on church and family to pursue a successful music career. When tragedy strikes, he returns years later to find his father’s church in turmoil and his childhood friend scheming to take control, setting David on a collision course that will either make or break him.

Music by: Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, and other gospel artistes.

Rhythm & Views FF presents a celebration              of short films including:

A Moment to Move


26th July 2016: 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm  Free              Film: A Moment to Move (Dir. Georgia Parris)               20 mins. PG   Screening plus Q&A with the director     Trailer:                         Also screening: Ways of Seeing (Dir. Jasmin John)  Trailer:                                                           The Fridge (Dir: Christine Fonthes)   Trailer:

Venue: Film Club, Thornton Heath Library, 190 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath,  CR7 7JB. Tel: (Film Club): 020 3700 1023 R&V FF: 07598 195050

Synopsis: “Martha is a woman ‘of a certain age’, and she’s feeling it, but she’s not quite ready to adhere to a stereotype just yet. Problem is, she’s come to that realisation on the day of her daughter’s wedding, as she bears the role of ‘Mother of the Bride’ and all that comes with it. A Moment To Move is a warm, funny and honest film about women, age and expected stereotypes in the 21st Century” – IMDb

Get On Up

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The story of “Soul Brother Number One” – James Brown

23rd July 2016: 7pm                                                                      Film: Get on Up (Dir. Tate Taylor) 139 mins.  12A            Venue: Project B Cafe, Middle Street (off Surrey Street) Croydon.   Free with donation.                              Tickets:

“Chronicle of James Brown‘s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.”

A stunning performance from Chadwick Boseman in the lead role. Tell a friend to tell a friend.


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