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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 — Man with a Movie Camera – Sat 9th January 2016

The Portico Gallery in association with FEAST Films is proud to present…

An evening of multi-layered sounds and music including a new live score by Graeme Ross (Radioolio) to acclaimed 1929 experimental Soviet documentary film
‘A Man with a Movie Camera’ (U)

A journey through fractured radio broadcasts, field recordings and original music.

7.30pm – Doors open
8.00pm – Film screening featuring score by Graeme Ross (Radioolio)
9.00pm – Post-film music and visuals

Tickets – £5
Licensed bar & snacks

Feast Film — Howl & open mic poetry , Sat 21th November

Dir­ec­ted by: Rob Epstein & Jef­frey Fried­man
Graph­ics: award win­ning New York designer Eric Drooker
Star­ring: James Franco & Jon Hamm
Offi­cial Selec­tion at Sund­ance and Lon­don Film Festivals.

The poem that rocked a gen­er­a­tion
The obscen­ity trial that star­ted a revolution”

Dir­ec­ted by lead­ing film­makers Rob Epstein and Jef­frey Fried­man – and bril­liantly part-animated by Eric Drooker, the vis­ion­ary former street artist respons­ible for some of the most bril­liant New Yorker cov­ers of recent dec­ades – Howl (released in 2010, thir­teen years after Allen Ginsberg’s death) tells the story of the gen­esis of the Beats in the 1940s; the cre­ation, in the early 1950s, of the most import­ant (and sys­tem­at­ic­ally icon­o­clastic) Amer­ican poem of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury; and the abso­lute cliff-hanger of a land­mark obscen­ity trial that fol­lowed its publication.

With all the fero­city of an Old Test­a­ment prophet, Gins­berg – a per­man­ently thought­ful young man from Pater­son, New Jer­sey, and, in his own way, a bit of a nebbish, as Woody Allen might have said – fought back against an age of anxi­ety and crush­ing con­form­ity, shat­ter­ing almost every poetic con­ven­tion in order to cre­ate the totally new type of verse – sham­an­istic and incantat­ory, jazz-inflected and drug-addicted, unashamedly sexu­ally expli­cit, vis­ibly haunted by mad­ness – with which he wanted to register his pro­found oppos­i­tion to the insti­tu­tional insan­ity and social stul­ti­fic­a­tion he saw all around him in Eisenhower’s Amer­ica – an Amer­ica of polit­ical witch tri­als, racial segreg­a­tion, and mind­less pre­par­a­tion for Armaged­don. Howl, first read in pub­lic at San Francisco’s Six Gal­lery on 7 Octo­ber 1955, turned out in the end to be the lit­er­ary equi­val­ent of a city-busting hydro­gen bomb. It changed the land­scape of poetic lan­guage forever.

This superbly edited and beau­ti­fully paced movie holds three ele­ments in per­fect equi­lib­rium – the lives of the Beats (‘just a bunch of guys,’ in Ginsberg’s words, ‘try­ing to get pub­lished’), the courtroom drama (Ginsberg’s pub­lisher, Lawrence Fer­linghetti, was facing pro­fes­sional and per­sonal ruin), and the anim­a­tion, in which Eric Drooker, backed by a team of tech­nical wiz­ards, gives a sort of ‘second voice’ to the poem, prob­ing a Dantean under­world of wak­ing night­mares and des­ol­ate dreams. It’s one big walk on the wild side in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge and fully deserves every accol­ade – there have been many – that it’s earned.

So … all you ‘skinny legions’ – quot­ing from Part III of Howl here – ‘run out­side’ on 21 Novem­ber, down to the West Nor­wood Feast Films Night at the Por­tico Gal­lery, where local people will be doing a lot of work to bring you not just a cel­eb­ra­tion of a won­der­ful writer from another time and place but also a trib­ute of sorts – a ‘Stand Up & Spout’ open-mic ses­sion, after the screen­ing, where YOU TOO can throw your­self into the deep end of poetry by read­ing a poem of your choice in pub­lic. By read­ing a poem that DOES IT for you. Don’t be shy – Allen was a bit of wall­flower in his youth, but when he had some­thing to say, he really SAID IT!

O vic­tory for­get your under­wear we’re free’

7.30pm Doors
8.00pm Screen­ing
9.30pm Stand Up & Spout – open-mic. spoken word.

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

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.


FEAST Film – Soy Cuba (PG) – Sat 13 June

The Portico Gallery is proud to host FEAST Film’s Cuba Night…with Soy Cuba… in association with Mambista.  Plus a DJ set from Gerry Lyseight of the popular Mambista night, photographic images of Cuba by Anna Hindocha and a selection of Cuban cocktails to accompany the film.

Made in 1964, Soy Cuba is a Soviet-Cuban production conceived as an epic cinematic poem using innovative techniques including breathtaking tracking shots created with rudimentary equipment. From the opening scene the hallucinogenic and visually stunning camerawork envelops the viewer in a tropical world on the brink of massive change. Through four different stories, the film shows the transition of the island from American oppression to socialist revolution. Removed from distribution in Cuba and Russia after only a week, Soy Cuba was virtually unknown until the 1990s when it was rediscovered and championed by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

8pm Doors open
8–8.45pm DJ Gerry Lyseight (Mambista)
8.45pm Soy Cuba (I am Cuba)

Tickets just £5.  Bar, cocktails and snacks available.

FEAST Film Night – Judex (PG)

Magic, decep­tion and kid­nap­ping as a mys­ter­i­ous pulp-fiction hero, Judex, con­fronts a crooked banker.

Judex (1963) is a French-language crime film remake of the 1916 French film serial of the same name con­cern­ing the adven­tures of pulp hero Judex. Dir­ec­ted by French film­maker Georges Franju, the film stars Chan­ning Pol­lock as Judex/Vallieres, Adith Scob as Jac­queline, Fran­cine Berg as Diana and Michel Vit­old as Favraux.

Run time 93 minutes 23 seconds
Pro­du­cer Georges Franju

Saturday 30th May
08.00 Doors open
Music from Michael John­son & a few sur­prises…
08.30 Judex
10.15 Djs Michael John­son and Pete W

Tickets £5 on the door
Bar and snacks available


FEAST Film Matinee – Bugsy Malone (U) – Mon 4 May

This Bank Holiday Monday FEAST Film matinee presents “Bugsy Malone” Cert. U

The classic gangster musical from 1976.  Prohibition retold with child actors and splurge.  A young Jodie Foster stars.

Monday 4th May – doors open 1.30pm
Film screening at 2.00pm

Tickets £5, £2 for kids floor seats
Licensed bar and snacks available

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FEAST Film Night – I’ll Show You Mine – Sat 25 April

The Portico Gallery will be hosting the next FEAST Film Night “I’ll Show You Mine…” on Saturday 25th April

FEAST Film Nights opens its screen to submissions from the public of their favourite online video clips based on a theme – this month the theme is music!

Whether it’s a music video, live performance, excerpt of a documentary or something music related – as long as its under five minutes your submission stands a chance of being screened at The Portico Gallery on Saturday the 25th of April.

The videos will be shown in three twenty minute groups with intermissions and guest DJs filling the gaps – a true South London audio visual melting pot!

To submit your video follow this link:

Saturday 25th April
Doors 7.30 

Film screenings start 8.00pm 

Tickets £5 on the door
Bar and snacks available