Our programme

As the terms of our licence don’t allow us to advertise publicly the best way to get details of the films we show is to join our email list. Send a message to poppadom.pictures@gmail.com to be added.

Here’s a list of films we have shown already, to give you an idea of what we usually show.

Here’s how a typical Poppadom Pictures evening works.

Programme for 2023

Here are our dates for screenings in 2023 up to June. All of them will take place at Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street. The children’s films start promptly at 5:00pm so we can serve food as soon as the film is over. This is usually around 6:30pm but the exact time depends on the length of the first film. The conditions of our licence don’t permit us to advertise the films on this website, so email us to find out when we start serving food: Poppadom.pictures@gmail. com.

We usually show the second film, aimed at an adult audience, at 7:15pm.

For our February event we will serve food around 6:30pm. You can buy tickets for food either before the 5:00pm film or from about 6:20pm onwards. First come, first served!

Dates for 2023 screenings – all Fridays.

  • February 10, 2023
  • March 10, 2023
  • April 14, 2023
  • May 5, 2023
  • June 2, 2023

16 December: Howard Street Films and festive drop in

We know this is a very busy time of year but as a lot of people wanted another chance to see This is Howard Street 2022  we’ll be screening this and the two previous Howard Street films on Friday 16 December at a festive drop-in event at Film Oxford between 4pm to 7pm. 

We’ll be screening the films on a loop so you should get a chance to see your favourite!

The films are: 

  • Howard Street (2002, 9 mins)
  • Howard Street Garden (2004, 5 mins)
  • This is Howard Street 2022 (2022, 12 mins).

There will be free mulled apple juice and snacks and a chance to have a chat and catch up with your neighbours and other film fans. 

If you’d like to bring along some small snacks to share, please do, but this isn’t expected.

If you can bring your own mug for mulled apple juice that would be a big help! Squash will also be available.

This is a free event and everybody is welcome. If you have neighbours who might like to come but might not see this message please let them know about it.

This is Howard Street 2022 now online

As part of Howard Street Jubilee week, a group of local residents made a new film that showing how the street and the residents have changed over recent years. This is Howard Street 2022 was premiered at Poppadom Pictures on 7 October and you can now watch the film online on Film Oxford’s YouTube channel.

9 September event rescheduled to 7 October

The films planned for 9 September will now be shown on Friday 7 October.

In light of the news of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, we cancelled our event on 9 September.

The programme will now run as advertised on 7 October with the same films and timings as originally advertised.

These include the screenings of our usual films for children and adults and the premiere of This is Howard Street 2022.

We’re back for Autumn 2022

UPDATE: Friday 9 September:
In light of the news of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, our scheduled September Poppadom Pictures event was cancelled. The evening will now run as originally planned on Friday 7 October.


We’re delighted to announce that Poppadom Pictures is back again for autumn 2022. The screenings will be held at Film Oxford as usual (54 Catherine Street, OX4 3AH). The dates for autumn are:

Friday 9 September
Friday 7 October
Friday 11 November.

We’re very excited to feature the premiere of the 2022 Howard Street film on 7 October. We will show this at 7.00 pm. Everybody is welcome to come along!

The timings for 7 October are as follows:

  • 5.00 pm sharp – Film for children starts. Please aim to arrive around 4.45-4.55 pm so everybody is seated and settled for 5.
  • 6.25 onwards – Break for food. First come first served. Bring your own bowl and cutlery if you can (bowls/ dishes work better than plates for the dal). Curry is supplied by the Everest Nepalese and Caprino’s pizza is available for children – all vegetarian. Suggested donation £6 for adults / £3 for children.
  • 7.00 pm – 2022 Howard Street film premiere.
  • 7. 30 pm – Film for adults at 7.30pm.

The terms of our licence don’t allow us to advertise the films publicly. To find out what we’re showing please join our email list by sending a message to us at poppadom.pictures@gmail.com.

If you haven’t been to Poppadom Pictures before – or if you’d like a reminder of some important points as we’ve haven’t had regular screenings since March 2020 – please read this info about how it all works.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

Jubilee Week activities

Monday 30 May – Saturday 4 June

Welcome to Howard Street Jubilee week and 6 days of fun, film, food and festivities over the half term week! All activities open to Howard Street and neighbours in the surrounding area.


Daytime workshops
From Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June we’re running a programme of free arts workshops open to all ages (animation, filmmaking, street sculpture, banner making, zine design …). See the full list of workshops.
Places are limited so you will need to book by emailing geron@filmoxford.org. Please include your names and ages (if under 18), the title of the workshop(s) you would like to join and any special needs you may have. If you have any queries, please contact Film Oxford on 01865 244274.

Evening events
On weekday evenings we have a number of performance, film and workshop events. These are all free – just turn up to Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street, Oxford OX4 3AH. See the full list of events

Saturday 4 June – Street Party & Poppadom Pictures films

2pm – games, music, cake share and crafty stuff
6 pm – free veggie curry made by the Everest Nepalese. Bring your own bowl (the daal is runny!)
7pm – children’s film indoors – Encanto
9.00pm – family film – Summer of Soul – in Film Oxford’s car park

Find out more about

Let’s make a film!

As part of Howard Street Jubilee week, we are going to make a new film that shows how the street and the residents have changed.

In 2002 and 2004 Film Oxford (OFVM) got together with Howard Street residents to make a film about Howard Street and about the creation of the Community Garden.

We are looking to put together a production team drawn from people who live on Howard Street, everyone welcome.

The production team will devise the content, shoot the film as well as being involved in the post-production. Training on broadcast spec shooting equipment will be given.

The completed film will be screened before the feature film in the Film Oxford car park on the day of the Street Party, Saturday 4 June. Update: the film will now be ready in July and additional filming will take place at the Street Party.

We don’t have much time to make this happen so an initial meeting is planned for Tuesday 10 May 6.30pm at Film Oxford.

It is envisaged that the production period will be between the May 28 and June 3.

If you would like to be part of the production team or have any questions, please contact Gary Shenton gary@filmoxford.org

Below are a couple of links to the previous films made.

Howard Street (9 minutes)
Howard Street Garden (5 minutes)

Howard Street Jubilee Party

Howard Street neighbours, Poppadom Pictures and Film Oxford are planning a Jubilee street party on Howard Street on Saturday 4 June 2022 and we’d be delighted if you’d join us. Everyone is invited!

We’ll be asking the Council for permission to close the road from the junction with Catherine Street up to Iffley Road – like last year.  The road closure will be between 12 mid-day and 9pm and the party will run from 2pm until 8pm. 

If you have any concerns about this event or would like to contact us with suggestions, please email geron@filmoxford.org  We’d also love to hear from you if you’re interested in leading a party activity or performing on the day. Please email us with your ideas.

There will be free refreshments served on the street including a curry meal provided by the Everest Nepalese restaurant in the early evening. We’re planning to finish the party with a screening of a family film on the big screen at Film Oxford.

The street party will be the culmination of a week of free creative activities available to all local residents — many suitable for children — from 30 May to 3 June, at Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street. Film Oxford will be making an updated Howard Street film with a production team of local residents old and new. Find out how to join the film-making crew!

 More details of these activities and how to sign up for them will be available here shortly.

If you would like to be involved in planning the week or have an idea to contribute please do feel free to drop by at Film Oxford any Tuesday evening between 6.30 – 7:30 when the planning group meet.

Look forward to seeing you soon!

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