Tag: cinema

FEASTFilm ‘The French Connection’ (18) – Weds 18 May

The French Connection is William Friedkin’s gritty, Oscar®-winning police drama where two tough New York City cops try to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. Police partners Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) put a candy store under surveillance based on a hunch that something fishy was going on. Eventually it turns out that the proprietors are involved in one of the biggest narcotics smuggling rings on either side of the Atlantic, and the cops go to work. Popeye Doyle is a short-tempered alcoholic bigot, but he is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer. Doyle’s nemesis is Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), a suave and urbane gentleman who is a criminal, and one of the largest suppliers of pure heroin to North America. As money troubles begin for the hoods they decide to kill Popeye and Buddy to give them enough room to bring in the heroin.

Doors open 7.30pm
Plus Bar
£5 on the door or click the button below to book in advance

FEAST Film – Whiplash

The Portico Gallery in association with FEAST Film Nights presents a screening of the award winning and critically acclaimed movie Whiplash.


A young and ambitious jazz drummer enrolls at a prestigious New York music academy. There he comes up against an unorthodox and abusive tutor who will stop at nothing to achieve perfection and demands the same from his charges.

Winner of 3 Oscars and 3 BAFTAS (including Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons) Whiplash is an instant cult classic, an intense study of what it takes to become a truly great artist.

Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser

With a musical performance pre-film from The Whiplash Quartet playing jazz standards and original compositions.

FEAST Film Nights bring together people who love film and their com­munity, in an area that cur­rently has no cinema (yet!). The group get together regularly to programme and show interesting, quirky, cult or clas­sic films and documentaries twice monthly in the Portico Gallery. The gallery itself is a huge space with plush red cinema seats (on wheels), an enormous screen — and there’s even a bar just like in the olden days.

The emphasis is not just on the film itself but also the whole ‘get­ting together’ experience. We show the feature but also include DJs, live music, short films, intervals with themed drinks and food, sometimes even dressing up — anything to make the experience several steps up from simply going to the local Odeon. And a lot cheaper!


Doors open at 8pm

8.30pm – 9pm  Live music from The Whiplash Quartet
9pm  Whiplash

Tick­ets £5 on the door
Bar and snacks available

The Por­tico Gal­lery
23a Knight’s Hill
West Nor­wood
SE27 0HS

0208 761 7612


Jodorowsky’s Dune + special guest DJ Food (Ninja Tune)

FEAST Film Nights in association with The Portico Gallery presents….
Jodorowsky’s Dune – Sat 12th September, 7.30pm.
The tale of one-of-a-kind director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but doomed attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s sprawling, sci-fi novel, Dune, for the big screen.
Jodorowsky's Dune
Almost a decade before David Lynch’s love it or hate it adaptation hit the cinemas, Jodorowsky led a band of “spiritual warriors”, including HR Giger (Alien) and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud, on a mission to create his magnum opus; a prodigious 14-hour feature starring Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, Pink Floyd, and Salvador Dali.Having mythic status among sci-fi fans and film makers alike, Jodorowsky’s unfinished masterpiece influenced the making of some of the genre’s greatest movies including Alien, Star Wars, and The Terminator.

The night will feature a post-screening DJ set from Strictly Kev (aka DJ Food, Solid Steel/Ninja Tune).

Together with Jonathan More and Matt Black from Coldcut, and Patrick Carpenter (who would later grace the turntables for The Cinematic Orchestra), Strictly Kev released a slew of sample-heavy, breakbeat-laden nuggets under the guise of DJ Food. Throughout the 1990s DJ Food’s Jazz Brakes series laced the turntables of any self-respecting hip-hop DJ in the UK.

Two decades on Strictly Kev is running the kitchen alone, DJing to sold out crowds and entertaining clubbers globally with eclectic and artistically crafted DJ sets of hip hop, funk, jazz and vinyl obscurities.

Sci-fi fanatic, vinyl connoisseur, and a true fan of the genius of Alejandro Jodorowsky, there is no one better than Strictly Kev to provide the soundtrack to your post-movie musings.

Strictly Kev’s DJ set will be accompanied by cosmic geometric explorations and animations by Ambigraph.


7.30pm Doors open
8pm Film screening
9.30pm DJ Strictly Kev

Tickets £5
Licensed bar & snacks

Contact details for The Portico Gallery are: info@porticogallery.org.uk and 0208 761 7612.


Picturehouse Cinema for West Norwood….

Picturehouse Cinemas and Lambeth Council present the proposal for a new joint public library and cinema on the site of Nettlefold Hall, West Norwood.

Please come along to our informal exhibition at The Portico Gallery, 23a Knights Hill, SE27 0HS
on Thurs 23 April, 6-9pm and Sat 25 April 9.30am-3.30pm

We are now working on the detail of the planning application, and we would love to share our ideas with you.  This joint venture is possibly the first of its kind in the country, and we look forward to seeing you on one of the dates above!

In the meantime, if you have any questions do email them to: westnorwood@picturehouses.co.uk

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