The schedule for the first half of the 13th season has been set and you can get the full run-down by clicking here, where you’ll be able to download a PDF of the brochure.
We have missed the regular Friday night screenings – meeting old friends, talking about films and that frisson of excitement when the lights go down, and of course the button vote.
We start with the film that we were to show before we closed down, and a favourite of the committee, Woman at War. One woman’s battle against the corporations to save her landscape. The other five films are all ones that have helped keep our spirits up during the lockdown.
Our third film Sophie and the Rising Sun looks like it might be a British Premier as it has not been licensed in Britain, so expect a red carpet!
Covid Restrictions – On the Night.
The pandemic means that our Friday evenings will be organized slightly differently. When you arrive, there will be hand wash available. The current law states that a mask must be worn at all times in the venue . You will also have to leave your name and contact details. If you are with a group one person will leave his/her details and the names of those in their group.
There will be no membership, instead it will be pay on the night. Payment on the door will be cash and also by card, and the ticket price remains at £4.00
Sadly there will be no refreshments, although people attending can bring their own drinks and nibbles. We would request that you take glasses, bottles and packets away with you.
DVDs, books and film notes will still be available.
We look forward to seeing you after such a long break.
Peter, Marion, Sue, Doug, Ulrike and Donald
Oct 8th Woman at War 7.30
Iceland 2017 Dir: Benedict Erlingsson Subtitles
Cert: 12 101 mins Genre: Drama
Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada.
This is one of the hidden gems we always hope to find. Halla is a choir teacher and a saboteur. A woman with a mission to stop the building of an aluminium plant disfiguring her country. She is happy to risk all to save the ecology of her beloved land – until the unexpected arrival of a small orphan on to the scene. An uplifting film that brilliantly combines humour and suspense.
Oct 22nd Nomadland 7.30
USA 2020 Dir: Chloe Zhao
Cert: 12 103mins Genre: Drama
Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May
Following the closure of a gypsum mine in the Nevada town she calls home, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road. Exploring an unconventional life as a modern-day nomad, Fern discovers a resilience and resourcefulness unlike any she’s known before. Along the way, she meets other nomads who become her mentors in the vast landscape of the American West.
November 12th Misbehaviour 7.30
US 2020 Dir: Philipa Lowthorpe
Cert: 12A 106 mins Genre: Historical Drama
Cast: Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear
In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope (Greg Kinnear). At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demean women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement plan to invade the stage and disrupt the live broadcast of the competition.
November 26th Sophie and the Rising Sun 7.30
USA 2016 Dir: Maggie Greenwald
Cert: 12 105 mins Genre: Drama
Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, Margo Martindale
Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. A wounded Asian stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta, and a friendship, born of their mutual love of art, blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves, the war escalates tragically when Pearl Harbour is bombed.
December 10th The Light Between Oceans 7.30
NZ/Aus: 2016 Dir: Derek Ciafrance
Cert: 12 133 mins Genre: Drama / Romance
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Michael Fassbender
This is a beautiful and heart breaking reminder of the infinite power of love and the lengths that we’ll go to protect it. When lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and his adored wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander) discover a baby adrift in a boat off the re-mote coast of Western Australia, they assume the worst, that her parents are dead. Determined to give her a happy life full of love, they choose to raise the child as their own, but it’s not until years later that the shattering consequences of their decision will change their lives forever.
Dec 28th (Tues) Little Women 7.30
USA 2019 Dir: Greta Gerwig
Cert: PG 129 mins Genre: Historical Drama
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern
This interpretation of the novel by director Greta Gerwig is as outstanding as the cast. She evades the pitfalls of sentimentality. Gerwig has crafted a ‘Little Women’ that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott. As the film unfolds the author’s alter ego, Jo March, (Saoirse Ronan), reflects back and forth on her life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms – is both timeless and timely.