The Doo Dah Man (+Q&A w dir Claude Green), and the #cwfff18 Short Film competition

On Day Seven (Thursday 13th September 2018) of the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival we have two events – The Doo Dah Man showing at Starbucks in Charlton (Bugsby’s Way) and at Charlton House we have our 3rd International Short Film competition. Both free, both starting at 7.30pm.









The Doo Dah Man (n/a as it has not yet been certified, assume 18)
INDOORS screening (up one flight of stairs, no lift)
Starbucks, Charlton
Unit D, 1C Greenwich Shopping Park, Bugsby’s Way, Charlton, London SE7 7ST
7:30PM (Doors open 7.00PM) – please note that doors close at 8pm so essential to arrive before then.
Thursday 13th September 2018
FREE (No ticket required – First come first served)

International Short Film Festival (18)
INDOORS screening
Charlton House, Charlton
7:30PM (Doors open 7.00PM)
Thursday 13th September 2018
FREE (No ticket required – First come first served)

Thank you to our festival partner and sponsor


The Doo Dah Man

The year is 1980, and Jake (Will Brittain) seems to have his life going in all the right directions. He’s got a supportive mother and an adoring girlfriend. An aspiring photographer, he’s getting ready to go to college and begin his adult life.

But when his absentee father shows up and wants to come back home, Jake wants no part of it. Frank is a Vietnam vet whose alcoholism has caused him to be abusive in the past, and Jake decides it’s better to hit the road and hitchhike to California.

He is arrested in New Mexico, where the cops take his last fifty bucks. Broke and desperate, he bums a ride with Smitty (Glenn Morshower, Agent Aaron Pierce in 24), a fast-talking ex-con who is likewise on the ropes but more than happy to enlist Jake in his grifting schemes. Jake balks at first, then reluctantly begins to participate and eventually discovers that he’s good at the game, too… maybe even better than Smitty.

Rolling along easily like a car trip through tiny Texas towns, the film develops an irresistible rhythm of its own. Morshower’s Smitty can easily charm the birds from the trees, and Brittain does a credible job transforming Jake from an angry youth to a self-assured conman. Director Claude Green and co-writer Jack Ballo’s screenplay doesn’t pass judgment on either of them, and that’s what makes it work so well. Refreshingly lacking any Hollywood-style dramatic explosions, we’re given a character study reminiscent of the work of Horton Foote.

(Source: San Antonio Film Festival Movie Review, Kurt Gardner, 2015)

Claude Green will be attending to hold a Director’s Q&A after the film. Come and meet Claude and hear about the making of the film and his own journey from City of London executive to the world of American film!

Refreshments: American-style coffee, cookies and muffins are available to buy at the downstairs counter if wished, to get you into that US vibe…  Or enjoy a Frankie & Benny’s burger next door, before the show!

The film is being shown on the first floor of Starbucks and there is no lift so it won’t be suitable for anyone with mobility challenges.  It’s one flight of fairly easy stairs though.

The venue will be giving 10% off all non bottled beverages bought on the night. Just say  “The Doo Dah Man” when placing your order!

[CWFFF event page] [Facebook event page]

See Travel options to Starbucks below.

3rd International Short Film Competition

And the winner is…

The 3rd edition of the Charlton and Woolwich Short Film Competition will bring a selection of very exciting short films under the theme “Diversity and Future”.

The winner will receive a £500 prize towards the production of their next project. We will also be showing the winner from last year. Food and drink for all on sale on the night.

[CWFFF event page] [Facebook event page]

See Travel options to Charlton House below.

Other films showing at Charlton House

  • 14 Sep – Fri, 7.00pm – The Dish, Charlton House OUTDOORS SUBTITLES

Travel options to Starbucks

Plan a journey with Citymapper (free online and phone app)

Nearest rail station is Charlton and plenty of buses drop off nearby on Woolwich Road (Victoria Way stop) on either side of the road: 161, 177, 180

Travel options to Charlton House

Plan a journey with Citymapper (free online and phone app)

  • Buses stopping nearby: 53, 54, 380, 422, 486
  • Rail: Charlton (exit station and head right, going up the hill – the 486 bus from outside the station (slightly to the left, opposite the Post Office) will take you up the hill (Charlton Church Lane), the 380 bus turns onto the hill a little further up. The best bus stop at which to alight is Stop S (Warren Walk) and continue walking upwards to Charlton House, or continue round past the church and stop a little further along at Stop R (Charlton Village) and walk back on the flat bit. [Live DEP / ARR info for Charlton]
  • Rail: Westcombe Park – you can take the 422 bus all the way to Charlton House and stop either the Charlton Road Victoria Way bus stop (just before Charlton House) or at Stop R (Charlton Village).
    [Live DEP / ARR info for Westcombe Park]
  • Area: Blackheath Royal Standard – 53, 54 and 422 are the best buses, all stop at Charlton Road Victoria Way bus stop (just before Charlton House) or at Stop R (Charlton Village). The 380 eventually stops at Stop R but it takes a  different and much longer route to get there.
  • Rail: Blackheath – the 54 bus will take you all the way there, alight at the Charlton Road Victoria Way bus stop (just before Charlton House) or at Stop R (Charlton Village). The 108 or 202 buses from the station will take you to Blackheath Royal Standard, as will the 380 from a little further up by The Crown pub.
    [Live DEP / ARR info for Blackheath]
  • Rail / DLR: Woolwich Arsenal – buses 53, 54 and 422 will drop you off at Bus Stop P which is right outside Charlton House. Beware buses 380 or 486 which will drop you at Bus Stop Q (with a short walk) as after that they turn RIGHT into Charlton Church Lane and head in the wrong direction.
    [Live DEP / ARR info for Woolwich Arsenal rail]
    [Live ARR info for Woolwich Arsenal DLR]
    [Live DEP info for Woolwich Arsenal DLR]
  • Ferry: Woolwich Arsenal Pier – buses as for Rail / DLR above.
  • Ferry: North Greenwich Pier – buses as for tube, below
  • Tube: North Greenwich – 422 or 486 bus will drop you at Bus Stop R (see above). Other buses will only take you part of the way.
  • Cars: There is limited car-parking available, including for blue badge holders (venue has an accessible loo on ground floor).
    [Contact Charlton House]

Other films at #CWFFF18

  1. 7 Sep – Fri, 7.30pm – Yellow Submarine, Shrewsbury House Community Centre Library
  2. 8 Sep – Sat, 7.30pm – Mary Poppins, Charlton House OUTDOORS
  3. 9 Sep – Sun, 8pm – This is Spinal Tap, The White Swan OUTDOORS
  4. 10 Sep – Mon, 7pm – Silver Linings Playbook, STIR café SUBTITLES
  5. 10 Sep – Mon, 7.30pm – Arena – Stanley and his Daughters, artFix Woolwich
  6. 11 Sep – Tue, 7.30pm – Journey’s End, Charlton House
  7. 11 Sep – Tue, 7.30pm – Get Out, artFix Woolwich SUBTITLES
  8. 11 Sep – Tue, 7.30pm – Jargon – More Than You Ever Wanted To Know & The Joy of Essex, Tramshed
  9. 12 Sep – Wed, 7.30pm – Snatch, The Star
  10. 12 Sep – Wed, 7.30pm – Do the Right Thing, artFix Woolwich SUBTITLES
  11. 13 Sep – Thu, 7.30pm – The Doo Dah Man, Starbucks
  12. 13 Sep – Thu, 7.30pm – 3rd edition of the International Short Film Competition, Charlton House
  13. 14 Sep – Fri, 6.30pm – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Shrewsbury House Community Centre Library SUBTITLES
  14. 14 Sep – Fri, 7.00pm – The Dish, Charlton House OUTDOORS SUBTITLES
  15. 14 Sep – Fri, 7.45pm – Young Frankenstein, Severndroog Castle OUTDOORS