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2014 Film Programme

Two of the films in this programme (Nebraska and 20 ft from Stardom) are subsidised by the British Film Institute Neighbourhood Cinema project.

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

Thursday 6 November

Cinema Paradiso 120 min cert PG  TRAILER REVIEW

This all-time classic is the beautiful, enchanting story of a young boy’s lifelong love affair with the movies. Set in an Italian village in the 50s and 60s, Salvatore finds himself entranced by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, yearning for the secret of the cinema’s magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agrees to reveal the mysteries of moviemaking, a deep friendship is born. The day comes for Salvatore to leave the village and pursue his dream of making movies of his own. Thirty years later he receives a message that beckons him back home to a secret and beautiful discovery that awaits him.

Cinema Paradiso was first released 25 years ago and this new edition is being supported by the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema scheme. You can read about the life of Salvatore Cascio who played the 8-year old Toto in the film "Cinema Paradiso is about the power of dreams," he says. "In the film, we see the people go to the cinema to dream: by watching great movies, they forget all their problems. In becoming a great film director, Totò achieves his own personal dream, too. In today's world, with this crisis that we're all experiencing both in politics and in society, the film reminds us that we can, and must, keep on dreaming."

For more programme notes, click here.

Thursday 4 December

Belle 100 mins cert 12A  TRAILER REVIEW

BELLE takes its inspiration from a 1779 painting made at Kenwood House and tells the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral in late 18th century England – a period familiar to us from the works of Jane Austen.

Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.

Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change (Matthew Goode) who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Miranda Richardson and Penelope Wilton also feature in a splendid cast.

For a bit more historical background, see Wikipedia.

 

Are you interested in getting involved as a volunteer at our cinema?

We are looking for help with various activities including advance publicity, projecting up on the balcony on the night, greeting people and selling tickets at the door, preparing and tidying the hall and so on.

The time commitment is not great but it is fun and we believe worthwhile. Part of the pleasure is in choosing the films for each season. If you are interested please speak to one of the busy-looking people at a show or use our contact details.

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