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BASICALLY, JOHNNY MOPED (2013, UK, Dir Fred Burns, 77 mins) & Q

Film South Norwood Arts Festival 5 Tuesday 8 July Harris Academy South Norwood

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#1 charlie



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 06:04 PM



Another chance to see the acclaimed feature film that was a sell out hit at the Save The David Lean Campaign's two launch screenings at the David Lean Cinema. A funny and sometimes moving account of “punk rock’s lost legend”. Formed in 1974 by a group of school friends from Croydon, Johnny Moped were fronted by, and named after, the enigmatic Paul Halford (aka Johnny Moped). By 1977 they were at the heart of the burgeoning London punk scene and they recorded a classic album for Chiswick Records the following year. But as fame beckoned, Johnny’s mother-in-law became one of the obstacles in their way. With contributions from former members Captain Sensible and Chrissie Hynde, ‘Basically, Johnny Moped’ tells a fascinating story and features some of the era’s most innovative music. It's also a film full of nearby locations and Croydon characters.


There will be a Q&A after the film featuring Fred Burns, the film's director. The auditorium has raked, padded seating without backs. Seats are unreserved.


Doors open at 7.00pm, refreshments available.

Harris Academy South Norwood, London on Tuesday 8 July 2014
Starts at 7:30PM
Ticket Price: £5.00





And the latest from the South Norwood Tourist Board:


We have some late-breaking news concerning tomorrow’s South Norwood Arts Festival and the Save the David Lean Campaign screening of Basically, Johnny Moped tomorrow night!


We have just heard that two of the band’s current line-up, Rob Brook and Jaco Pistorius (guitar/bass) plan to come.


Furthermore, councillor Stuart Collins will be also be there.  He has been a staunch supporter of the Sensible seat and garden project in South Norwood, and has been a fan of the Moped group since the early days.  While Mayor of Croydon in 2003 he actually introduced the Damned (in which Captain Sensible now plays) on the stage of the Fairfield Halls!  It is very fitting that a former mayor should be attending at Harris, as the then mayor was present when the film was shown at the launch night of the David Lean cinema in March.


The director of the film, Fred Burns, will participate in a Q & A session after the screening.

Fred Burns is the son of Captain Sensible.  He recently said: “My dad’s always told me about his mischievous days as a student in South Norwood. He’s very pleased that the film, and the band, will be on the big screen in a place that has so many memories for him – and is so connected to the story!”

He has posted the Captain’s song Croydon on the film’s Facebook page, which starts with the words “I attended Stanley Tech in South Norwood…”


The film is being shown at Harris Academy, Cumberlow Road, Stanley Tech’s successor school.


Whether you like punk rock or not, the film has a lot to offer, with plenty of human interest and a strong Croydon period feel: it’s often very funny, with lots of quirky stories.


More information is attached. Advance tickets are available on-line at the discount price of £5 at:http://www.davidlean...ketsource.co.uk


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