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2016 Film Programme

Several  of the films in our programme are subsidised by the British Film Institute Neighbourhood Cinema project.

We are very grateful for their support and, as they ask us to survey our audiences, we will be issuing a very simple questionnaire after certain films to assess your responses.

We were successful in our bid for a new, more-powerful, projector from the BFI Equipment Fund in 2015 and obtained assistance from the BFI in upgrading our sound system in 2016.

 Thursday 10th August (note change from usual 1st Thursday)

Jackie (15)   100 mins    Trailer     Review

Where were you when Kennedy was shot?

A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy.

John Hurt appears as a priest in what was his final film released before his death in January this year.

You can read about how Natalie Portman prepared for the part here.

Thursday 7th September

Their Finest (12A) 117 min. Drama/Romance     TRAILER     REVIEW

With the nation struggling under the blitz in 1940, the British Ministry of Information turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home and gain American sympathy. Realizing their films could use "a woman's touch," the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin's natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.

Click here for more background on WWII film-making.

 

Thursday 5th October

Going in Style (12A) 96 min. Comedy     TRAILER     REVIEW

Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

 

Thursday 2nd November

Denial (12A) 109 min. Drama/Biography     TRAILER     REVIEW

When university professor Deborah Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall and based on the book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier." More background here.

 

Thursday 7th December

Beauty and The Beast (PG) 129 min. Musical/Fantasy     TRAILER     REVIEW

Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated Disney classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Read about the differences in the two versions here.

Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome but shallow villager who woos Belle and also features Ewan McGregor as the candelabra, Ian McKellen as the clock and Emma Thompson as the teapot.

There are many different variations of the Beauty and the Beast fable (including Jane Eyre?) that you can read about here.

 

 

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