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FREE cinema screenings as Into Film Festival comes to Crawley

All events are free and can be transformed into a full educational experience.



It is just three weeks until the sixth “Into Film Festival”, and Crawley is hosting six special events and screenings at Cineworld.

The festival runs from 7 – 23 November and boasts nearly 3,000 free screenings and special events, featuring over 150 films in 550 venues across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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The programme for Crawley includes:

  • A screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power with a talk by the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, on Tuesday 20 November at 10am
  • A screening of A Beautiful Planet (in Imax) featuring a talk by the UK Space Agency on Wednesday 21 November at 10am
  • A screening of Peter Rabbit on Wednesday 7 November at 10am
  • A screening of Mary and the Witch’s Flower on Thursday 8 November at 10am
  • An autism-friendly screening of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs on Friday 9 November at 10am
  • An autism-friendly screening of the poignant coming-of-age story Love, Simon on Thursday 22 November at 10am

“Into Film is a really brilliant initiative because anything that facilitates the arts in our current climate, particularly with regards to younger people, is really vital as we are seeing increasing cuts and less funding in schools.” – Gwendoline Christie, Actor

All events are free and can be transformed into a full educational experience for educators through Into Film’s Primary and Secondary festival resources as well as festival guides for all age groups; both available for free through the Into Film website.

Actors and COTY 13 and Over presenters Gwendoline Christie and Will Poulter.

The Into Film Festival welcomed 487,000 young people from all backgrounds and corners of the UK last year and engages youngsters in all aspects of filmmaking from the popular Review Writing Competition, which keeps the Festival experience alive and encourages literacy and critical thinking, to learning about careers in the film industry with industry experts lifting the lid on a vast range of topics including VFX; Directing; Screenwriting; Foley Artistry and Sound Design; Prop Making; Costume Design; Audio Describing; Copywriting, Film Classification and Acting, to name a few.

The Festival is hosted by film education charity, Into Film, which is supported by the UK film industry through Cinema First and the BFI through National Lottery funding, engaging with over half of UK schools.

Board member at Cinema First and CEO of the UK Cinema Association, Phil Clapp said:

“The UK cinema industry is immensely proud to support the Into Film Festival. This wonderful event provides a unique opportunity for audience development, engaging and introducing many young people for the first time to the magic of the big screen experience.”

The Festival is free to all students, supporting education through a carefully curated programme of films and events for schools with topical themes, resources, debates, special events and careers activity.

See more information about screenings and book tickets here.


Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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