Thursday 3rd March
The Martian (12A) 144 mins (no shorts this evening) TRAILER REVIEW
Given all the interest in Major Tim’s trip to the International Space Station, we though it timely to show Ridley Scott’s space adventure about an astronaut accidentally left behind on Mars, his battle for survival and attempts to rescue him. The bulk of the film rests on Matt Damon as the castaway. There has been much discussion about the scientific plausibility of the film (see Wikipedia) but NASA gave unprecedented access to its facilities to the film makers (presumably in the hope of good PR for their space programme) and physicist Brian Cox said, "The Martian is the best advertisement for a career in engineering I've ever seen."[
This film is far from the first film to have someone stuck on Mars - there are at least 30 others, in most of which the voyagers encounter aliens or monsters of some kind, in total contrast to the problems of isolation and loneliness featured here.
Thursday 7th April
The Lady in the Van (12A) 104 mins TRAILER REVIEW
Maggie Smith gives an exceptional performance as Miss Mary Shepherd, an enigmatic and eccentric old woman who takes up residence in the driveway of writer Alan Bennett’s Camden house in 1973.
Running alongside what are presented as the facts of the story are scenes showing the conflicts experienced by Bennett as both protagonist and writer - just who is exploiting whom as the story is unfolded?
You can read an excerpt from Bennett’s diaries (6 January and mid-October when filming started in 2014).