Sidestreet Cinema Event Schedule (May, June & July)

Date(s) - 31/05/2019 - 26/07/2019
6:30 pm - 2:00 am

Whirled Cinema and Bar

Sidestreet Cinema Presents..

Friday 31st May 2019

Get Your Tickets Now For Our Themed Musical Icons
Film Screenings & Sing-A-Longto Your Fav Songs!
Double-Bill Film Extravaganza Featuring Two Great Music Icons

After-work film
 Whitney (15)
Film starts: 7.30pm (Doors: 6.30pm / DJ in bar)

Late Nite Special
(Back by popular demand after our recent successful screening we again present..)
Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me By Now (15)
11.00pm start (Doors: 10.00pm)
+ DJ’s spinning best of Teddy Pendergrass & soul before/after the film till 2.00am

Admission: £10 (each film / one screening only)
(Spend the Evening Watching both films)
Double-Bill Tickets: £17
(inc 5% discount at bar and bag of Free popcorn)


Whirled Cinema
259 Hardess St, London, SE24 0HN

See the acclaimed & controversial new documentary film detailing Whitney Houston’s
tumultuous life and for the first time ever a new stunning revelation is revealed! 

With over 200 million album sales worldwide, and remaining the only artist to chart seven consecutive US No. 1’s, Whitney Houston was the voice of a generation. Coming from an esteemed lineage of singers, Whitney was destined to be plucked from her gospel-singing roots to rule the world stage. She inspired a generation of singers from Mariah Carey to Beyoncé and her unforgettable performance of The Star-Spangled Banner unlocked an anthem that had for so long been dismissed by many black artists.

But all these achievements have become a footnote to a story of addiction and self-destruction. With salacious stories filling the columns of tabloid papers and magazines, Whitney had the voice of an angel onstage, but was being torn apart by her demons offstage.

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (MARLEY, TOUCHING THE VOID) and from two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (MAN ON WIRE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN), the film will for the first time, give audiences an unprecedented and unique look into Whitney’s life. This will be an unflinching and honest portrait of a rare talent told by those closest to her.

Made with full access to her family and collaborators, the film will showcase exclusive audio and never-before-seen video archive from her time as a recording artist and performer. By casting her story and her work in a new and revealing light, WHITNEY will reassess the life and legacy of one of music’s biggest stars.
Dir: Kevin MacDonald
US / 2hr, 2 mins / 15

The inspiring story of Teddy Pendergrass, who was poised to be the greatest soul singer of all time. His was the immortal voice of Don’t Leave Me This Way, The Love I Lost and Close the Door. He was also the first black male artist to have five consecutive platinum albums in the US, before a devastating accident changed his life forever.

Featuring interviews with his family, friends and colleagues including Philadelphia soul legends Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, rare archive footage and a superb soundtrack, this revealing and poignant documentary charts the life of Teddy Pendergrass. His rise to fame within the complexities of 1960’s America, his tragic fall and his triumphant comeback.

Director: Olivia Lichtenstein
UK / 2019 / 106 mins

June Films & Bookings:

Thurs 13th June

Fri 14th June

Sun 16th June (see main event page)


Thurs 13th June, 7.15pm (£10)
John Singleton Tribute + Talk (Invited guests Andrew Muhammad & Paul Lawrence)
Rosewood (15)

Rosewood, Florida, is a small, peaceful town with an almost entirely African-American population of middle-class homeowners, until New Year’s Day 1923, when a lynch mob from a neighbouring white community storms the town. Among the carnage, music teacher Sylvester (Don Cheadle) and mysterious stranger Mann (Ving Rhames) stand tall against the invaders, while white grocer John (Jon Voight) attempts to save the town’s women and children. The film is based on a true story.
Dir: John Singleton
US / 1997 / 2hr, 21 mins / 15


Fri 14th June
Reggae Reggae Music History Film Double-bill (£10 each film or £17 double-bill)
7.30pm: 1. Duke Vin and The Birth of Ska (12)

Detailing soundman Duke Vin and Windrush generation and the origins, history of sound systems in the UK.
UK /2008 / 50 mins /12a


11.00pm: Film 2. The Story of Lovers Rock (12a)

The much-loved and very popular film retelling the birth of British reggae genre Lovers Rock
Dir: Menelik Shabbazz
UK / 2011 / 1 hr, 37mins / 12a

Sun 16th June

8.30pm (£5)
Kush International Invitational Short Film Programme: Stories of Migration & Identity

We will screen a number of fantastic International short films with a theme of migration (inc Windrush) & Identity; this will be followed by an audience discussion with Windrush spokesman and activist Patrick Vernon OBE and attending fellow guest international filmmakers like Emiel Martens (Dutch producer of Gifts From Gambia) & others, talking about the history of migration and identity lost & found.

Gifts from Babylon (Gambia/Netherland /24 mins )
The Dead Sea (UK / Libya / 15 mins)
Brixton Rock (UK / 13 mins)
Showtime (US / 16 mins)
Melody (UK / 23 mins)
Stories of Friendship (UK / 5 mins)

See main event page: Here

JULY 2019:

Thurs 11th July
BOSS: The Black Experience in Business (Private Screening /Invited Attendees by Request Only)

A brand new in-depth 2019 documentary on the history of black entrepreneurship in America, covering Black Wall Street, Ida B Wells and much more by award-winning director Stanley Nelson.
US /2019 / 2 hrs

*Note: We will not be charging an admission at the door for the BOSS screening but will instead ask attendee’s to make a small online DONATION (equivalent to what we would normally charge: £10) prior to event made to our charity arm
Kush Community Arts & Media Development


Sun 14th July
If Beale Street Could Talk (15)

The Oscar winning film about beautifully depicting black Love adapted from the James Baldwin book of the same name.
In 1970’s Harlem a young in-love couple with plans for a family are devastated when the boyfriend is falsely accused of a crime he did not commit and imprisoned. Life is turned upside down and bitter families must come together!
Starring: Stephan James, Regina King, Kiki Layne, Colman Domingo & Teyonah Parris.
Dir: Barry Jenkins
US /2019 / 1 hr, 59 mins /15

Fri 26th July

Films tbc

(General Times: Thursday’s: 7.15pm (doors: 6.15pm) & 9.30pm (doors: 9.15pm) | Friday’s: 7.30pm (doors: 6.30pm) & 11.00pm (doors: 10.00pm) | Sunday’s: 8.30pm (doors: 8.15pm)

Whirled Cinema
259 Hardess Street, London, SE24 0HN
(off Herne Hill Rd and venue down side-alley on Hardess St)

From Brixon Tube (Victoria Line) it’s a 10 min walk (straight down Cold Harbour Lane) or a 5 min bus ride: P4, 345, 35, 45 to Loughborough Junction. You can also get Trains directly to Loughborough Junction Train station (which is 1 min from venue). If coming from North/East London catch the ‘Loughbough Junction’ train from Kings Cross Int, Farringdon or Black Friars (15 min journey). If coming from somewhere in South London, then get connecting trains direct to Loughborough Junction).