The schedule for the second 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.
Despite the best (or worst) efforts of omicron and covid we are still here, and restarting the restart so to speak.
We have decided on a programme that accentuates the positive, as we have all had to put up with the negative for the last two years. We start with a film that had to be cancelled due to covid; Little Women, too good a film to miss.
Covid Restrictions – On the Night.
The pandemic means that our Friday evenings will still be organized slightly differently. When you arrive there will be hand-wash available. You will need to wear a mask until you take your seat. You will also be expected to wear a mask when moving around the building.
We also have track and trace procedures in place. Chairs will be socially distanced, and you will be able to take a red cross marker to ensure distancing once you are seated by placing it on the seat next to you.
Sadly, we won’t be providing snacks, but the usual drinks will be available, as will the library of DVDs, books, and film notes.
We look forward to seeing you again.
Peter, Marion, Sue, Doug, Ulrike, Donald, Alison and Lewis
March 11th Little Women 7.30
US 2019 Dir: Greta Gerwig
Cert: PG 129 mins Genre: Historical Drama
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern
Greta Gerwig’s interpretation of the novel is as outstanding as the cast. Evading the pitfalls of sentimentality, Gerwig has crafted a ‘Little Women’ that draws on both the classic novel and the personal writings of Louisa May Alcott. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters- four young women determined to live life on their own terms – is both timeless and timely.
March 25th Official Secrets 7.30
UK 2019 Dir: Gavin Hood
Cert: 15 112 mins Genre: Docu-Drama
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes
The true story of a GCHQ employee, Katherine Gunn. She leaked information to the press about Tony Blair’s involvement in an illegal National Security Agency spy operation. The subterfuge was designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. President Bush decided that he didn’t need UN backing and invaded anyway. And Gunn was arrested.
April 8th Patagonia 7.30
USA 2010 Dir: Marc Evans
Cert: 15 120 mins Genre: Drama
Cast: Mathew Gravelle, Marta Lubos, Nahauel Perez Biscayart, Nia Roberts
Patagonia explores the heritage of the forgotten Welsh communities of Argentina, through journeys taken by two different women as they attempt to escape from their mundane lives in order to find peace within themselves in a new setting. Argentinean Cerys (Marta Lubos) is an elderly woman who, accompanied by her anxious teenage nephew Alejandro (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), returns to the Welsh farmlands where her mother was raised. In a parallel story, Wales native Gwen (Nia Roberts) an aspiring actress, is in a faltering relationship with her photographer boyfriend Rhys. To save the relationship the couple travel to Patagonia where Rhys is commissioned to photograph the forgotten Welsh Chapels of Patagonia.
April 22nd Minari 7.30
USA 2020 Dir: Lee Isaac Chung
Cert: PG 115 mins Genre: Drama
Cast: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Youn Yuli-jung
Yearning to own a small patch of land and be more than a chicken sexer, the ambitious paterfamilias, Jacob Yi, relocates his Korean-American family: sceptical wife, Monica, and their children, David and Anne, from California to 1980s rural Arkansas. The plan is to start afresh and capture the elusive American Dream, by developing a 50 acre farm selling Korean vegetables. The family is challenged by the climate, the finance industry and their own shortcomings in this gentle re-framing of the American Dream.
May 13th The Personal History of David Copperfield 7.30
UK 2020 Dir: Armando Iannucci
Cert: PG 120 mins Genre: Historical Drama
Cast: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi
Armando Iannucci’s wry interpretation of the Dicken’s classic is supported by a cast of industry ‘A- listers’ on top form; as good a way as any to start a weekend.
May 27th A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 7.30
UK 2019 Dir: Marielle Heller
Cert: PG 120 mins Genre: Docu-Drama
Cast: Tom Hanks, Mathew Rhyss, Susan Kelech-Watson, Chris Cooper
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Through his TV programme Fred Rogers Neighborhood, Fred Rogers was the beloved neighbour of millions of American children. His programme stressed kindness and compassion. Jaded magazine writer Lloyd Vogel, (name changed Junod character) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers; he is determined to discover the sordid truth behind the T.V. persona. His budding friendship with Rogers teaches Vogel as much about himself as the subject on which he is writing.