Nocturnal Tea Party plus Alice in Wonderland

The abbreviation is a little cryptic, but it’s the first New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival (April 27 to May 6) – so if you live in South London or are from north of the river and daring enough venture into alien territory, here’s a film festival for you. The best bit: not only are the screenings free, they are totally wacky. With Lewisham being one of the only two cinemaless London boroughs, films will be screening on a ceiling, in prison cells and in a lorry-turned-mobile-cinema (among other places). Some events will be outdoors, others powered by bicycles (you can pedal if you like), so if you want to have a not-quite-so-typical cinema experience, this film fest is for you.


  • Watch La Science des rêves (The Science of Sleep, France/Italy, 2006) on the ceiling while you dream away.
  • Get lifted by Pixar’s Up (US, 2009) in the park while having a night picnic.
  • Following a Mad Hatters Tea Party – which you are invited to attend dressed as your favourite character – Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (US/UK, 2010) will screen in the Sandbourne Road Community Garden.
  • Go for miles (in one place) by bicycle-powering Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2) (US/UK, 2011) and/or Sherlock Holmes (US/UK, 2009) – Given that I still haven’t seen Deathly Hallows 2, maybe this is a screening I should attend!

I heard about NuXDFFF (bit of a tongue twister, ahem) from the Deptford Film Club, which a living-south-the-river friend of mine told me about. The film club organises cheap (£3) fortnightly film screenings in New Cross. You can find out more about it here. They have interesting and diverse film picks and past showings (which I all missed) have included 마더 (Madeo/Mother, South Korea, 2009)  and 박쥐 (Bakjwi/Thirst, South Korea, 2009), パーフェクトブルー (Pāfekuto Burū/Perfect Blue, Japan, 1997) and ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ (Lung Bunmi Raluek Chat/Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Thailand, 2010).

Two wonderful films that are coming up at the Deptford Film Club in April are Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas  (Paris, Texas, West Germany/France/UK/US, 1984) and and Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire, France/West Germany, 1987).

Dream time with La Science des rêves (The Science of Sleep)