Free Film, Cheap Comedy, Prizewinning Photography

This year’s Free Film Festival begins on Thursday, 19th March and runs for eleven days, showing 19 films at 18 venues. There are films for families (The Lego Movie, Frozen), old classics (The Night of the Hunter, Pretty in Pink), documentaries (The Punk Singer, Finding Vivian Maier)… it’s pretty unlikely there won’t be anything to your taste. My recommendation is Two Days, One Night, showing at The Crooked Well, but you can find the full schedule at the FFF website.

On the subject of events, there’s a new comedy club in town. Called Up In Arms, it takes place monthly above The Camberwell Arms (hence the name). I heard that it’s organised by the comedy editor of Time Out, so manages to get some quite well-known names on the circuit — the first one, this month, had Tim Key and Stuart Francis, and next month’s will feature Nick Helm. Tickets are pretty cheap, and available now.

The Friends of Ruskin Park have announced this year’s photography competition will take the theme ‘Park Life’ (how unexpected!). First prize winner will get a year’s membership of the Tate galleries, with cash and voucher prizes also on offer.

Update: The team at Camberwell Arts Festival say:

Plans for Camberwell Arts Festival are underway! Keep 20th-28TH JUNE 2015 free in your diaries. The 2015 Festival theme is: FEAST. We want this year’s festival to be a feast for the senses, a feast for the soul and a feast for the stomach! It’s time to celebrate not just about the diverse range of food that attracts people to Camberwell, but also the cultural feast of art and creativity.

GET INVOLVED! Whether you’re an artist with idea for a commission, you want to be part of the Open Studio weekend, you’re a fringe partner with a event that could happen during the festival and would like marketing support, a local organisation that just wants to be involved, or a local business who would like to sponsor us… get in touch with us.

In food news, The Hill Bakery has opened and is already a huge success — I tried twice on Saturday and they had sold out both times. I’m hoping for a bit of better luck this weekend. Update: I managed to buy a loaf today. It was properly tasty. But they really need to find a way to meet the weekend demand.

Author: Peter

Long-time resident of Camberwell, author of this blog since July 2004.

13 thoughts on “Free Film, Cheap Comedy, Prizewinning Photography”

  1. Love The Hill Bakery, but I still haven’t been able to buy any bread!
    Totally agree about weekend demand. I’m going to try going early this Saturday.

  2. Their bread is great and modestly priced — £2.50 for a large loaf is good, worth every penny. I was wanting to sneer — Ladybird Book frontage and all that — but I can’t. The bread is dead good.

  3. Is there any danger of knowing when this shop is open?
    My partner has visited many times at all times of the day and it’s been shut.

  4. As far as I can remember, it is open:
    Monday 9 to 5
    Wednesday 9 to 5
    Thursday 9 to 5
    Friday 9 to 4
    Saturday 9 to 4

    Closed Sunday and Tuesday

  5. @Dagmar
    I took Mr Eilean on a Gissing pilgrimage to 76 Burton Road today-the very building in which he wrote ‘In the Year of Jubilee’, whose first
    title was ‘Miss Lord of Camberwell’. His biographer said ’ Gissing chose to live in South London because he was both fascinated and appalled by it’. A sentiment shared by many people even today.

    Sadly Mr Eilean knows little of Mr Gissing and was keen to have his morning coffee. Even more sadly, when we got to the Little Cat Cafe in Myatts Field Park, the shutters were up and not a froth of cappuccino was to be seen. Has it been shut for long?

  6. Fab, Eilean, many thanks, will pilgrim up there myself, quill in hand or maybe in hat. Mrs & Mr Eilean — “Fascinated” and “Appalled”.

    Never mind — here’s our Edith’s — E. Nesbit’s — really rather good spring poem — she who wrote the “Railway Children”, etc., was a founder of the Fabian Society and probably died of modern, independent woman’s fags. She was brilliant and incredibly beautiful.

    She was, to reiterate, born in Kennington, travelled widely and lived most of her life in south-east London.

    Camberwell has a thing about the spring, so without more ado, let’s hear it.


    PLAGUE take the dull and dusty town,
    Its paved and sordid mazes,
    Now Spring has trimmed her pretty gown
    With buttercups and daisies!

    With half my heart I long to lie
    Among the flowered grasses,
    And hear the loving leaves that sigh
    As their sweet Mistress passes.

    Through picture-shows I make my way
    While flower-crowned maids go maying,
    And all the cultured things I say
    That cultured folk are saying.

    For I renounce Spring’s darling face,
    With may-bloom fresh upon it:
    My Mistress lives in Grosvenor-place
    And wears a Bond-street bonnet!

  7. hi Eilean,

    re. the Little Cat Cafe in Myatts Fields- it’s been shut over the winter as demand drops in the colder months but it will re-open on April 3. Friday, Sat, Sunday I believe at first — more if demand picks up so let’s hope for good weather in April…

  8. Agree bread is good but opening times bit sporadic and late (10am at times) for morning bread. Daily goods sells small amount of lovely bread and opens earlier at moment. (Bread Pedlar)

  9. Camberwell Free Film Festival 2015 was a great success…venues were full and people being turned away!

    Errr… We’ve created a monster…albeit a benevolent one…which is probably the best kind really…

    Many thanks for the support 🙂

    Roll on, 2016

  10. Slow crawl through Congresbury on the way back from Cornwall, this Easter, to avoid tailbacks on the M5. Passed the turning to Churchill where I worked in the mushroom factory. I wonder if it’s still there. The women who worked there were terrifying.

    After a week away, the blossom of Camberwell is in full swing. Amazing how much blossom comes from a scraggy urban tree.

    The Piano Factory cherry blossom will soon be heart-breakingly beautiful.

  11. I was raised in Congresbury and my sister and friends still live there. Went to school in Churchill, past the mushroom farm. Every day when the smell hit us, someone would waft their nose and say “Cor, you could’ve waited!”.

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