The Bigger Picture Film Club is ‘about as perfect as you could get’

The Bigger Picture film club audience

The Bigger Picture film club audience

The acclaimed film blog, MostlyFilm, said this about the East Dulwich film club, The Bigger Picture:

The Bigger Picture follows the basic principles of the traditional film society but the technology means that they can push the group experience a little further with themed evenings (a recent screening of The Big Lebowski offered free cocktails and people were encouraged bring their dressing gowns) or building programmes around the films they want to watch rather than what the distribution companies are churning out.

Free White Russians, dressing gowns optional

Free White Russians, dressing gowns optional

We missed the free cocktails but managed to catch Whiplash, a film about jazz drumming that my grumpy jazz musician husband had wanted to see but being parents with a Spurs-supporting babysitter, we had missed it while it was on general release. The prospect of listening to endless drum solos wasn’t particularly tempting but I was told there would be burgers and beer, and a sofa. A big, comfy sofa.

Big comfy sofas

Big comfy sofas

The Bigger Picture’s latest venue is a spacious upper room at the East Dulwich Tavern, furnished with a bar, tables and lots of lovely big, comfy sofas, arranged around a big pull-down screen. There were gastro-pub burgers, and good beer and a warm, friendly welcome from the Film Society members on the door. The film was good, and the tasty food ensured that I didn’t do my usual dozing off during the extended periods of frenetic sweaty drumming. After the film came a Q&A session with a locally based pro drummer who had been on Top of The Pops and everything. Thinking about it afterwards, it was charming and ever so slightly educational, though we got some good Eurovision gossip. As an evening at the flicks, it was about as perfect as you could get: relaxed, informal, but still achieving the buzz and excitement of a communal experience.

'Phoenix' with Nina Hoss

‘Phoenix’ with Nina Hoss

The next showing is Christian Petzold’s Phoenix on Thursday 21 January. Tickets are £7 in advance and on the door (space permitting). Buy advance tickets from the nice barfolk at the East Dulwich Tavern or online.

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Ingrid

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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