South Bank Community Cinema – alternate Fridays

SBCC screen films on alternate Fridays at Clements Hall. For all evening showings the bar is open at 7.30pm with the film starting at 8pm, and there's informal seating at tables and a fully licensed bar in the superbly-refurbished hall.

Tickets are £4, or just £3 for members (membership is £5 for the year). You can buy them on the door or up to two weeks in advance from Cycle Heaven on Bishopthorpe Road or from the Hall itself.

This autumn our choice of films reflects the many ways in which music runs through our lives both on and off the screen. From pop, rock and jazz by way of Bollywood, Michel Legrand and G&S, there’s something for all tastes.

Upcoming films:

14 September Quadrophenia 15 (1979 Franc Roddam) 120 mins

Join us as the Mods and Rockers arrive at South Bank. Phil Daniels stars as a teenager who seeks escape from his life in 1960s London in the scooters and music of the Mods. Inspired by the Who’s rock opera, music underscores the clash of Mods and Rockers on Brighton front. Quadrophenia’s cast includes many familiar faces such as Leslie Ash, Phil Davis, Sting, Ray Winstone and Toyah Wilcox.


28 September 20 Feet from Stardom 12A (2013 Morgan Neville) 91 mins

Winner of the American Academy award for best documentary among many others, 20 Feet from Stardom focuses on the world of backing singers.  The film explores the fascinating careers and experiences of a group of women who have shaped pop music and includes thoughts from Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Sting and Mick Jagger on this under-appreciated art. It probably goes without saying but the music’s pretty good too!


12 October English Vinglish PG (2012 Gauri Shinde) 134 mins

Described by The Times of India as “[e]asily one of the best films of 2012”, we give you the opportunity to see this charming film. Sridevi gives a compassionate and sensitive performance as the mother mocked for her inability to speak English. When in New York for a family wedding, she secretly takes English lessons and, with the support of her international classmates, builds the confidence to shine. And in true Bollywood style, there are just a couple of songs too.


We’re also delighted to be supporting a screening on 19 October of:
Belleville Rendez-vous (Les triplettes de Belleville) 12 (2003 Sylvain Chomet) 88 mins. The fundraising event is organised by Clements Hall and York Cycle Campaign. Come and enjoy this delightful animated story of a grandmother and her friends who cycle to the rescue of her grandson, kidnapped during the Tour de France. SBCC members will receive admission at the normal member rate of £3 (£4 non-members).


26 October Whiplash 15 (2014 Damien Chazelle) 107 mins

In a multi award-winning performance, J.K. Simmons pushes a talented young drummer at a prestigious music conservatory to the limit. Miles Teller’s performance keeps pace with that of Simmons, as the frenetic relationship between teacher and pupil culminates in his solo performance at an illustrious jazz festival. Raising questions about the rights and wrongs of such a search for perfection, the film keeps you on the edge of your seat to the end.


9 November The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg) U (1964 Jacques Demy) 91 mins

Marking Catherine Deneuve’s arrival as the star of cinema she remains today, her performance lights up the screen in Jacques Demy’s chef d’oeuvre. Justly winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes among others, the picture charts the difficult decision a young woman in 1960s provincial France faces when separated from her lover by war.  The unforgettable and ground-breaking score by Michel Legrand is sung throughout: a truly glorious classic for the big screen.


23 November Topsy-Turvy PG (1999 Mike Leigh) 154 mins

This most sumptuous of productions takes us to the theatrical world of 1880s London where Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) and Sullivan (Allan Corduner) are having creative difficulties. And while some of us might love The Mikado, you don’t need to be a G&S devotee to enjoy this film. Delight in the comic clash of temperaments that go into putting on a show, brought to life by an excellent supporting cast which includes Timothy Spall, Leslie Manville and Shirley Henderson to name but a few.


7 December ????? 12A, PG or U, under 2 hours

What better way to mark our 8th birthday than with a surprise? What will we show? All we will say is that the film befits a party – uplifting, enjoyable and, we hope, unexpected. Keep an eye out for clues during the autumn season then come along to see if you’re right…but remember, there may be some red herrings!


21 December Buena Vista Social Club U (1999 Wim Wenders) 105 mins

We finish the season by casting off the gloom of midwinter with a trip to Havana. Wim Wenders documents the life and work of a group of aging Cuban musicians, rediscovered in the 1990s. Coming out of retirement, they record a hit album which brings them to worldwide prominence. The picture’s heart-warming exploration of the vitality both of a collection of individuals and Cuba’s musical history is the perfect note on which to conclude this year’s films.

Please note that licensing arrangements are constantly changing and so on occasion we are unable to show the planned film for reasons beyond our control.