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Born in the USA: American classics come to Barking and Dagenham

Date posted: 08.04.2015

At the end of the month Chadwell Heath Cinema Club launches with a season of American cult classics, from the slapstick Marx Brothers hit Duck Soup (1933) to the landmark coming-of-age story Stand By Me (1986) and the moody and astonishing American Beauty (1999) at Chadwell Heath Community Centre.

The club's inaugural programme is supported by Film Hub London's Community Screen Scheme, and aims to cater to film audiences that don't often visit the cinema in their local area.

Chadwell Heath Cinema Club is run by Green Shoes Arts, a not-for-profit organisation that works together with the residents of Barking and Dagenham to deliver a wide range of innovative, fun and sustainable participatory arts projects.

All screenings cost £3 and tickets can be purchased on the door.

Friday 24 April - Bullitt (15) at 7.45 pm

Steve McQueen at his dynamic best as a San Francisco cop assigned to guard a star witness who soon ends up dead. The definitive detective thriller features one of the screen's greatest car chases, plus razor-sharp Oscar-winning editing.

Friday 15 May - American Beauty (18) at 7.45 pm

Sam Mendes' feature debut, starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch and Mena Suvari, won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. This tale of suburban frustration and midlife crisis has been hailed by critics as a modern classic.

Friday 19 June - Stand By Me (15) at 7.45 pm

A special film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up, this odyssey of self-discovery stars a young River Phoenix in his most iconic role.

Saturday 27 June - Badlands (18) at 7.45 pm

This tale of crime and love stars Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen as murderous lovers on the run through the Midwest to the Badlands of Montana, eluding authorities along the way.

Saturday 25 July - Duck Soup (U) at 6.30 pm

When the tiny nation of Freedonia goes bankrupt, its wealthy benefactor, Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), insists that the wacky Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) become the country's president. Sensing a weakness in leadership, the bordering nation of Sylvania sends in the spies Pinky (Harpo Marx) and Chicolini (Chico Marx) to set the stage for a revolution.

About Film Hub London's Community Screen Scheme

The annual Community Screen Scheme offers training and up to £3,000 of funding to screening initiatives for audiences that don't often have the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of cinema.

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