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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 4 September

Nebraska 115 min cert 15  TRAILER

Bruce Dern plays Woody Grant, a 77-year-old man living in a small town in Montana who believes he's won a million dollars from a publisher's craftily worded mailshot. When the movie opens, we see him on foot, heading off to Nebraska to claim his prize and it quickly becomes clear that alcohol, age, the bleak northern US Midwest, and the long line of life's events have left Woody just a little bit addled. After Woody ignores his family’s arguments and makes several attempts on his own to escape home and make it to Nebraska, his son David agrees to take him in his truck. Events along the way take both Woody and David to Woody's tiny fictional hometown in northeast Nebraska where Woody's past awaits.

The central relationship between Dern's stubbornly gullible dad and his passively irritated son gradually deepens as the movie makes its way through middle America. What makes the film such a delight to watch are the individuality of its characters. Each one is fun to watch in their own right; the father's relentless determination, the mother's humorous outbursts, the reactions of the people they encounter on the journey, and the son's sympathy and desire to bond with his father.

This is a very funny movie with some poignant statements to make about aging, familial relationships, and the past's influence on the present.   Read a review from the Guardian.

Thursday 2 October

20 Feet from Stardom 91 min cert 12A  TRAILER   REVIEW

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, including stars such as David Bowie and Ray Charles, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era.

With fascinating life-stories and great music, this film won the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary.

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."

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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