SUN 8 SEP: BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (@StGeorgesSE18) and LIFE OF BRIAN (@SwanPubSE7) for #cwfff19 Day Three

On Day 3 (Sun 8 September) of our Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival we have another two films for Sunday evening, both of which take place outside. Please wrap up warmly – however brightly the sun has shone during the day it’s definitely getting quite cold outside in the evenings.

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All films are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Bridge on the River Kwai and Life of Brian composite image from film poster thumbnails











OUTDOORS (bring something warm to wear, there will be seating)
St George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich
Film starts at 8pm, doors 7.00pm

OUTDOORS (bring something warm to wear, there will be seating)
The White Swan pub, Charlton Village
Film starts at 8pm, doors 7.00pm

1. The Bridge on the River Kwai (U) – 8pm, St George’s Garrison Church [OUTDOORS]

The Bridge on the River Kwai opens in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1943, where a battle of wills rages between camp commander Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) and newly arrived British colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness). Saito insists that Nicholson order his men to build a bridge over the river Kwai, which will be used to transport Japanese munitions. Nicholson refuses, despite all the various “persuasive” devices at Saito’s disposal. Finally, Nicholson agrees, not so much to cooperate with his captor as to provide a morale-boosting project for the military engineers under his command. The colonel will prove that, by building a better bridge than Saito’s men could build, the British soldier is a superior being even when under the thumb of the enemy. As the bridge goes up, Nicholson becomes obsessed with completing it to perfection, eventually losing sight of the fact that it will benefit the Japanese.

Meanwhile, American POW Shears (William Holden), having escaped from the camp, agrees to save himself from a court martial by leading a group of British soldiers back to the camp to destroy Nicholson’s bridge. Upon his return, Shears realizes that Nicholson’s mania to complete his project has driven him mad. Filmed in Ceylon, Bridge on the River Kwai won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary British filmmaker David Lean, and Best Actor for Guinness.

The screening is outside but there is canopy covering available if it rains.

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Travel options for St George’s Garrison Church
[Google Maps] [What3Words: area.common.prone]
Nearest rail: Woolwich Arsenal & DLR
Buses stopping nearby: 122, 161, 178, 244, 469 (180 stops only a little further away, see Google Maps for more info)
[Contact St George’s]
Plan a journey with Citymapper (free online and phone app)

Other films showing nearby
Woolwich Centre Library
Akeelah and the Bee (Sat 14th Sep) – 2pm

Royal Artillery Square, Woolwich
First Man (Sat 14th Sep) – 8pm

2. Life of Brian (15) – 8pm, The White Swan [OUTDOORS]

Starting life as a joke movie title – ‘Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory’ – Monty Python’s 1979 biblical satire delighted audiences and outraged Mary Whitehouse. Deciding against a focus on JC (Christ, not Cleese), the film features a baby born in the stable next door to Him on the same night, who grows up to be… Brian.

Regarded by many, including Michael Palin, to be the best Python film, Life of Brian gave birth to a lifetime of memorable lines and characters, and still holds up brilliant today, 50 years after release. But remember, he’s not the messiah…

Festival stalwarts, Dirty South and Dulwich Raider from @Deserterblog return to present an evening of hilarity, irreverence and booze, but not necessarily in that order.

Fancy Dress strongly encouraged, beards advisable for women.

We plan to screen this event in the pub garden, so please wear appropriate clothing. In the event of poor weather, the screening will take place inside.

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Travel options for The White Swan
[Google Maps] [What3Words: skill.burns.change]
Buses stopping nearby: 53, 54, 380 (longer journey times), 422
[Contact The White Swan]
Plan a journey with Citymapper (free online and phone app)

Other films showing at The White Swan
One Cut of the Dead (Mon 9th Sep) – 8pm (gardens)
They Shall Not Grow Old (Wed 11th Sep) – 7.45pm (indoors)

Other films showing nearby at Charlton House
Faces of Genocide & Shooting Dogs, aka Beyond the Gates (Thu 12th Sep) – 7pm (indoors)
Dean Spanley (Fri 13th Sep) – 8.30pm (outdoors, bring your dogs!)

All 2019 Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival events
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Full listing of other films in our festival are shown below.

The Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival is funded by Royal Borough Greenwich.






Other films at #CWFFF19