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2014 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.

To see the latest result, click HERE

Thursday 6 November

Cinema Paradiso

We showed the 2 hour version but there is also a Director’s Cut of 170 minutes that has an alternative ending to the story. You may have noticed a young girl on a scooter riding past during the funeral procession at the end. You can read about who she is on Wikipedia and decide which version you prefer.

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 in the struggle to end slavery in England. Miranda Richardson and Penelope Wilton also feature in a splendid cast.

For a bit more historical background, see Wikipedia and the website of the Jane Austen Society.




No film in January because Loddon Players have their pantomime but here are some dates to put in your diary. Watch this space for more details:


     Thursday 5 February

    PRIDE (15) 120 Mins    TRAILER     REVIEW

Not many films get an audience appreciation score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes but this fact-based comedy of opposites delighted both critics and audiences.

Set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. The activists are not deterred and they decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership. A faith-restoring, heart-warming tale with plenty of humour based on real events and characters.


Thursday 5 March
Helen Mirren as a snooty French restaurant owner faced with a new Indian restaurant across the road. Love and Food conquer all.

Thursday 2 April
A hugely enjoyable British comedy with real dramatic bite in its agonisingly truthful depiction of family problems.  Starring David Tenant, Rosamund Pike, Billy Connolly
and scene-stealing children.

Thursday 16 April
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in the race to crack the enigma code.


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