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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. Together with our new Blu-Ray disc player we hope this will increase your enjoyment.

We have no screening in January as Loddon Players are busy in the hall with their pantomime Sleeping Beauty

Thursday 4th February    

Suffragette (12A) 106 mins   TRAILER     REVIEW

This film was the one most requested by our regular audience so we hope you will enjoy this drama (made by an all-female team) that focuses on the story of the working class members of the movement rather than the better-documented educated Pankhursts. The contrast is strongly brought home in a scene where a group of protesters is arrested and the middle class wife is released when her husband simply pays the fine but the others must languish in prison, isolated from their families.

Thursday 3rd March

The Martian (12A) 144 mins (no shorts this evening)      TRAILER     REVIEW

Given all the interest in Major Timís trip to the International Space Station, we though it timely to show Ridley Scottís 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 Bennettís 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 Bennettís diaries (6 January and mid-October when filming started in 2014).

 

 

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