Focus on Film

By Steven Libowitz   |   August 20, 2020

Despite a lack of socializing and being forced to sit on a car seat rather than a blanket or lawn chair, fans have still taken to UCSB Arts & Lectures’ 2020 free Summer Cinema series Game On! Grit, Grace & Glory, which has proven to be almost as popular as previous years held at the Sunken Gardens downtown. So the coming-of-age soccer film Bend It Like Beckham has been added to the sports-themed lineup as the season closes. Starring Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra as teens in West London who dream of playing professional soccer like their idol David Beckham, the comedy about friendship and family was a surprise hit when it premiered back in 2002.

Gates open at 7 pm for the 8:30 pm screening on Wednesday, August 26, at the West Wind Drive-In, and patrons can enjoy food trucks, standard drive-in concessions, and entertainment before the film. Info at (805) 893-3535 or


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