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Thamesmead Travelling Cinema

Join talented filmmakers this spring to screen their independent films at this community open air micro cinema.

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Saturday 4th May 2024 , 7:30pm to 11:59pm

The Thamesmead Travelling Cinema are back this spring with recent films by independent filmmakers, which includes Andrew Leavold, Dick Dale, and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.

Join these talented filmmakers at the Lakeside Centre on Sunday 7th April and Saturday 4th May as they introduce their critically acclaimed films!

Expect beer and popcorn, good vibes, clear skies from this award-winning open air micro cinema based in Thamesmead.

A local discount is available, quote BOWARTS for 50% off tickets.

BOOK HERE for Sunday 7th April

BOOK HERE for Saturday 4th May

Sunday 7th April 2024:


The filmmakers & Fred Negro will be present for the film’s introduction and Q&A.

Socialise with fellow film devotes from 6:30pm at The THAMESMEAD TEXAS Art Bar. The film will start at 7:30pm and closes at midnight.

Tickets are from £10, and can be booked here.


Sunday 7th April 2024

The AUSSIE PUNK ROCK MASSACRE 2024 are two mad punk-inspired films. The three Australian cult film legends are hitting the road to introduce their outrageous new features. Andrew Leavold (The Search for Weng Weng) presents his new punk documentary PUB: THE MOVIE, alongside Dick Dale who unveils his splatter comedy RIBSPREADER. Also, the subject of PUB and actor in RIBSPREADER, Melbourne artist and punk rocker Fred Negro, is along for the gonzo adventure!


A beautiful rock’n’roll love letter to a bygone era and staying true to one’s art and featuring interviews with rock legends including Tum Rogers (You Am I), Greg Macainsh (Skyhooks), Ross Knight (Cosmic Psychos), and Paul Stewart (Painters And Dockers). PUB: THE MOVIE was a smash hit at the 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival where it broke the Astor Theatre’s bar record! (78 mins)


“Smokin’, it’ll kill you in the end. One way or another…” Decades after his career as a tobacco advertising icon, Bryan Burns’ life is in ruins. After his mother dies of lung cancer, he is tormented by a talking cigarette from an anti-smoking billboard who blames him for his mother’s death. Bryan’s already fragile mental state can’t handle the abuse and he snaps, transforming himself into The Ribspreader – a killer stalking the city streets, extinguishing smokers one-by-one and cutting out their lungs to make his macabre smoking jacket. But in a city of murderers, freaks, and perverts, The Ribspreader isn’t the only killer out there and its not long before a turf war for victims erupts into a horrific showdown of explosive violence and bloody carnage. (90 mins)

Saturday 4th May 2024:

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present a special preview screening of WAYFARING STRANGER (69 mins). Commissioned and funded by The Wapping Project.

The filmmaker will be present for the film’s introduction and Q&A.

Socialise with fellow film devotes from 7:30pm at The THAMESMEAD TEXAS Art Bar. The film will start at 8:30pm and closes at midnight.

Tickets are pay what you can, and can be booked here.


Saturday 4th May 2024

Filmed in landscapes marked by centuries of ceaseless, often destructive, human interaction, Wayfaring Stranger asks what it takes to find a livable life on one’s own terms without conflict with others and the environment.


Wayfaring Stranger charts the life of an itinerant character, embodies by seven performers, across seven days, representing seven decades. Running from the city, through post-industrial edge lands and manicured enclaves, they find themselves in forests, farms, mountains, and the shore.

Along the way, they undergo a transformation, through the seasons and changing geographically, both physically and emotionally, from youth to elderhood, and from a single, alienated being into an accepted element of the wider world. Each ‘day’ is a ‘station’ that signifies a turning point in a character’s emotional development: from escape, through loss, grief, and waywardness, to solitary and co-existence.

About Andrew Leavold

Andrew Leavold is owned and managed by Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a filmmaker, published author, researcher, film festival curator, musician, TV presenter, and above all, unrepentant and voracious fan of the pulpier aspects of genre cinema.

About Dick Dale

South Australian’s Dick Dale has been creating short horror and bad taste comedies and filthy films since 1993. He spawned and has been curating the infamous and irrelevant Trasharama-ago go Film Festival, which is now celebrating its twenty-fifth year. Trasharama is the premiere and undisputed nastiest Film Festival in Australia. It annually screens short horror, bad taste comedy, and other cinematic oddities from all over this planet.

About Andrea Luca Zimmerman

Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a Jarman Award winning artist, filmmaker, and cultural activist whose multi-layered practice calls for a profound reimagining of the relationship between people, place, and ecology.

About Thamesmead Travelling Cinema

The Thamesmead Travelling cinema is a 25-seater mobile outdoor community cinema made for the people of Thamesmead! Build using recycled materials, including almost 500 vinyl records, they launched in spring 2021 and host seasonal screenings co-programmed for, by and with local residents from Thamesmead.

Lakeside Centre
London, SE2 9AN United Kingdom
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Access Information

The nearest public transport station is Abbey Wood (National Rail, Elizabeth Line).

The Lakeside Centre can be accessed by bus routes 177, 244, 229, 301, 401, 472, 601, 602, and 669.

Please note parking is not available.

The Lakeside Centre has disabled access.

Facilities: Public toilets with wheelchair access and baby changing facilities.