The Herne Hill Free Film Festival is back this December with the 12 free film of Christmas! Come and see Santa and his elves, like you’ve never seen them before, in the very child-unfriendly Rare Exports.
About the film
Something buried deep inside Koryatunturi in Lapland has been awakened, and reindeer have started to die. Come to find out why the snow is red with blood in Finland and why you might look twice at Santa Claus next time you go past a window display on Oxford Street, and start running.
About the festival
Running from 4 to 19 December, the Herne Hill Free Film Festival will present Christmas classics from the forties to the noughties. There may not be many drummers drumming, maids a milking or Lords a leaping but there will be a clutch of Oscars, a handful of new venues and something for everyone, from the most sentimental to the most Scrooge-like.
Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life are being shown in two of the most beautiful churches in the area, Holy Trinity Church and All Saints Church, and there are also afternoon screenings of Frozen and Elf so kids can be part of the festival too.
For adults the programme doesn’t disappoint, delivering a dose of Christmas animation, comedy and horror. Herne Hill will be hiding behind the sofa for The Nightmare Before Christmas, and it’ll be both Trading Places with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy and being a Bad Santa with Billy Bob Thornton.
Those that don’t embrace Christmas aren’t left behind though. The festival is also showing Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winner The Great Beauty (one of our favourites from the last few years) and Bill Maher’s Religulous, which is both ridiculous and religious. Or should that be religious and ridiculous? Of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Love Actually, and this is taking pride of place at Rosendale School. Since part of the film was shot in SE24, and as one of the lead actors grew up nearby, it would be rude not to give it an outing!