The 2011 Free Film Festival, September 8th-18th

A Matter of Life & Death, Nunhead Cemetary, the 2010 Free Film Festival. Copyright Helen Jermyn.

Dale Arden: I'm a New York City girl. It's a little too quiet around here for me.
- Flash Gordon

What this area lacks in multiplexes, it makes up for in pop-up film events, from Silent Cinema in Deptford to the Brockley Jack Film Club. Now, we're pleased to bring you news of the 2011 Peckham Free Film Festival, which includes special screenings of Up, Spirited Away and Flash Gordon, among many others. The organisers say:

Local people have arranged an eclectic and exciting selection of films and venues to choose from. The twenty films and film related events – all entirely free to attend – are spread across Peckham, Nunhead, Herne Hill and Brixton, and include bike powered films, walking tours of lost cinemas, children’s films and a collection of stories from Uganda.

The Festivals, being held between 8 and 18 September, are organised entirely on a voluntary basis by a small group of dedicated local residents. The ethos of the Festivals is to provide a wide range of films to attract as wide an audience as possible. We are entirely not-for-profit and events are funded thanks to partnerships with community organisations and other supporters.

Co-Founder Howard Francis said; “This is our second year and we’re really excited that we have been able to expand to 20 different events. We want to show films in interesting local venues and give local communities a chance to meet and share their enjoyment of some truly classic films in stunning locations”.

Highlights will include Flash Gordon and Safety Last on Peckham Rye, Battleship
Potemkim on the roof of Peckham multi-storey car park, Baraka at the Centre for Wildlife
gardening, and Breaking Away at the Herne Hill Velodrome.

Full details, age guidance, venues and times are on the Festival’s website –