I KNOW A JEWEL WHEN I SEE ONE
Says Nick Smedley, a CCNP course tutor and passionate cinephile.
New Park is one of those jewels which has survived the years of spoliation of cultural treasures outside our major cities. It has kept alive the tradition of exciting new cinema from around the world, interspersed with wonderful classics and a wealth of educational events where film-lovers can meet to discuss and celebrate one of the greatest art forms of our time.
Whether we are watching the latest Oscar-contender from Hollywood or chewing over the sub-texts of Tarkovsky’s mise-en-scène in a gloomy hall on uncomfortable chairs, one thing you know about New Park – cinema is alive!
I’m a regular punter and I also give innumerable seminars which regularly attract record low numbers of people who clearly haven’t got anything better to do, or who may have walked in to the wrong venue by mistake. It’s got something for everyone, and the place is always humming with film talk, whether it’s Charlie Chaplin or independent cinema in Paraguay. It’s my favourite place to watch films, to talk films and to teach films. Here’s to the next xx years.
Nick Smedley teaches at London University, is a senior advisor to the BFI, writes on Hollywood from the 1930s and ‘40’s.