Dean Spanley (U) – dog-friendly 🐶, open air screening at Charlton House, SE7

A free open-air, dog-friendly screening of Dean Spanley (dir: Toa Fraser, with Peter O’Toole, Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown and Judy Parfitt) at Charlton House, Charlton. If it rains we’ll be indoors (and still dog-friendly).

“Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.” – IMDB

Reviews of Dean Spanley
“…a delightful, oddly moving film, immaculately acted, carefully skirting whimsy…” – Philip French, The Guardian

“…under the sensitive, subtle direction of Fijian New Zealander Toa Fraser, it is beguiling, sweet, and ultimately has something to say not only about dogs and their masters, but about fathers and their sons. Delightful. [Telgraph rating: * * * *]” – David Cheal, The Telegraph

“There’s this film that not many people have seen called Dean Spanley, with Peter O’Toole and Jeremy Northam, and Sam Neill. God, this film, every time… every time the soundtrack even comes on my playlists I get a tear. There’s something really profound, about the human experience, and relationships and lives and past lives. It’s just a beautiful film.” – Gillian Anderson, The Guardian

Dean Spanley is a unique, captivating piece of filmmaking which utilises both the traditional characteristics of old-fashioned storytelling and the modern penchant for the quirky and unusual.” – Andy GouldingBlueprint Review

The screening is part of the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival running from 6-14 September 2019 and funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Find the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too. Hashtag #CWFFF19

Dean Spanley event details
Where: Charlton House, the gardens at the back of the house (SE7 8RE, What3Words map: clear.bids.assets)
When: Friday 13th September 2019, 8.30pm to ~10.30pm (film lasts 1hr 40mins)
Dogs: please keep your dogs safe and happy – there’s a lovely scene in the film where some dogs run through a field which we think they’ll enjoy
BBFC Rating: U – suitable for all, some very mild language. The film is a comedy with some emotional moments relating to bereavement. Despite the rating the film is not aimed at children, it is more “an adult fairytale“, though everyone is welcome.
Refreshments: Feel free to bring a picnic and something to drink (for you and your pooch) as the café will not be open.
Chairs: There will be some chairs available or bring a picnic mat to sit on the grass.
Loos: Yes (accessible loo also available)
Subtitles: English
Ambience: relaxed, open-air, you can move around and come and go (but please try not to walk in front of the screen!). As it’s a dog-friendly screening we might have some excitable pups and barking.
Suggested attire: Bring something warm to wrap round you as however warm it might be in the daytime it will feel cool sitting outside.
Misc: Torches always a good idea 🙂 For general information about the event please contact

Travel: Please use public transport if you are able – Charlton Station is the nearest rail station on Southeastern and Thameslink lines and the 486 bus from across the road will bring you up Charlton Church Lane then turn left into Charlton Village. The nearest stop is at the top of the hill (Warren Walk (Stop S) the 380 also stops there) or you can get off in the village and walk back to Charlton House. Other nearby buses include 53, 54 and 422. There is limited parking, also disabled parking is available.

Accessibility: The screening will be subtitled in English. The venue is accessible for wheelchair users but please contact them directly if you have any specific queries (there is an accessible loo) – “Most of the house is accessible by wheelchair but some areas may need assistance. Please ask us for help. Disabled parking is also available with designated bays in the house car park complimentary for blue badge holders.” – Charlton House information.

Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival logo 2019 funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich - logo

One thought on “Dean Spanley (U) – dog-friendly 🐶, open air screening at Charlton House, SE7

  1. Pingback: Laylow FM – News

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s