American Beauty and a Brixton Horse Charity

audience 2 (2)The East Dulwich film club, The Bigger Picture, is in a cosy and friendly space upstairs at the East Dulwich Tavern.  Its doors open an hour before the film starts so you can have a drink and snacks and a social time before and after the film.  There are comfy sofas, candles, sometimes music and always great films.


The Bigger Picture is run by volunteers and all their profits go to local charities. Info about January’s charity, Ebony Horse Club, below.

On Thursday 17 January they are screening American Beauty (1999) 122 mins cert 18, directed by Sam Mendes with Kevin Spacey and Annette Beningamerican_beauty_006

Released in America to a tumult of superlatives and Oscar chitchat, British director Sam Mendes’ exceptional take on pre-millennial American ordinary people going nuts is simultaneously achingly funny and bitingly moving. It also presents he-who-can-do-no-wrong, Kevin Spacey, with the kind of richly-textured, grandstanding centrepiece that he just devours, rocking the screen with scintillating comic timing while instilling the film with an understated sadness that beautifully expresses its magical but troubled heart. He is surrounded by brilliant turns from Annette Bening, Chris Cooper, Thora Birch and new boy Wes Bentley.

‘This is intelligent, exhilarating, effervescent film-making, and a remarkable debut from Sam Mendes’ – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

FREE RAFFLE PRIZE  kindly donated by Rye Books 45 Upland Road, SE22HomePage

Ebony Horse Club is a charity that helps improve the life skills, education and aspirations of disadvantaged children and young people growing up in Brixton, South London, by providing access to horse riding, outdoor activities and mentoring. Ebony uses access to horses and riding to teach five key social skills: punctuality, regular attendance, commitment to improvement, team work and exam preparation.


7pm–   bar/themed snacks
7.50 – Short talk about Ebony Horse Club, Brixton – our next charity to benefit from your ticket sales
8pm –  film

Tickets £7 online from WeGotTickets
Or in person from:
Push Studios, 7-19 Blackwater Street SE22
Rye Books, 45 Upland Road SE22
Locale Restaurant, 58-60 East Dulwich Road SE22
East Dulwich Tavern, 1 Lordship Lane SE22
or on the door.

Upstairs at the East Dulwich Tavern,  1 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22
For more details and future films visit The Bigger Picture Website



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About Ingrid

Co-Editor and ex-Chair of the Friends Committee. I’m a teacher. I’ve worked in the education department of Dulwich Picture Gallery for 14 years, guiding, lecturing and teaching anyone from 7 years old to degree level. I have run a number of education projects (in a remand home, a prison, a local primary school) and am now the e-learning project developer. I commission articles rather than write them and am mainly in charge of the Gallery related articles.
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