Films normally start at 7.30pm in The Guildhall of St George, King Street. Members and their guests can sign in from approx 7pm.
Forthcoming Film Dates for your Diary
▓ Special Events
▓ We are delighted to once again be working in partnership with the King’s Lynn Festival and have arranged these films as part of the Festival. Tickets for these films will be £4 for members and £5 for the public and will be available from the Corn Exchange. Details have been sent to you on how to purchase at the reduced rate.
Thursday 12th October — A MAN CALLED OVE
▓ Thursday 26th October — PERSONAL SHOPPER
Thursday 9th November — FRANTZ
▓ Tuesday 21st November 2.30pm — MR PIP
▓ Wednesday 29th November 2.30pm — RESTORATION
Thursday 14th December — TRADING PLACES
▓ Sunday 28th January 3.30pm — HOBSON’S CHOICE
Thursday 8th February — MAUDIE
Thursday 8th March — SENSE OF AN ENDING
Thursday 5th April — HOTEL SALVATION
▓ Thursday 26th April — My LIFE AS A COURGETTE
Thursday 10th May — LUCKY
Thursday 14th June — ALL ABOUT EVE
Thursday 12thOctober 6pm & 7.30pm
PRE-FILM MEAL AT THE RIVERSIDE
From 6pm — More details here.
A MAN CALLED OVE
Swedish, subtitled — Drama, Comedy — (2015) — 116 mins — Cert 15
Some disturbing images, and language
Director: Hannes Holm
Cast includes Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg
Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.
The film was nominated for six awards, winning two, at the 51st Guldbagge Awards in 2016. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Make-up and Hairstyling categories at the 89th Academy Awards.
Two different ragdoll cats, Magic and Orlando, were used in the movie. After a casting, Magic was selected due to his adherence, curiousness and never could be startled away. Orlando was a stand-in used for the scenes when required to stay put or be carried for long periods of time. Both cats were born in Poland.
Rolf Lassgård, the actor playing Ove, was 59 years old when the shooting of the movie begun. The same age as the character he plays.
Thursday 26thOctober 7.30pm
Horror, Drama — (2016) — 105 mins — Cert 15
Strong language, threat, infrequent bloody images
Director: Olivier Assayas
Cast includes Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie, Ty Olwin, Hammou Graïa, Benjamin Biolay
A brazenly unconventional ghost story.
Olivier Assayas, the internationally-acclaimed director of Clouds of Sils Maria and Summer Hours, returns with this ethereal and mysterious ghost story starring Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.
Stewart and the crew were filming in Paris and left to start filming in Prague just 48 hours before the 2015 Paris attacks. They were together when the news broke on TV with many of the crew frantically making phone calls to check on the safety of family and friends.
Olivier Assayas describes this as a companion piece of sorts to Clouds of Sils Maria (2014). In both films, Kristen Stewart plays a woman on the fringes of wealth and celebrity.
Olivier Assayas didn’t originally intend to make two consecutive films with Kristen Stewart. However, in 2015 he was working on a American production, which fell apart and subsequently created the script for this film in a short matter of time. In an interview, Assayas said he didn’t think he would’ve written the Personal Shopper screenplay if he hadn’t known Stewart.
Thursday 9thNovember 7.30pm
Romance, Drama — (2016) — 114 mins — Cert 12A
French & German, subtitled — Infrequent moderate violence
Director: François Ozon
Cast includes Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber, Johann von Bülow, Anton von Lucke
In 1919 Quedlinburg, Germany, a young woman named Anna is still mourning the death of her fiance, Frantz Hoffmeister, in the Great War while living with his equally devastated parents. One day, a mysterious Frenchman, Adrien Rivoire, comes to town both to pay his respects to Frantz’s grave and to contact that soldier’s parents. Although it is difficult for both sides with the bitterness of Germany’s defeat, Adrian explains that he knew Frantz and gradually he wins Anna and the Hoffmeisters’ hearts as he tries to connect with them.
Tuesday 21stNovember 2.30pm
Drama — (2012) — 116 mins — PG13
Director: Andrew Adamson
Cast Includes: Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah Matsi, Healesville Joel, Eka Darville, Kerry Fox, Florence Korokoro Florence Korokoro
Based on the best-selling novel, Mr. Pip is a film by Andrew Adamson (Chronicles of Narnia, Shrek) and stars Hugh Laurie as Mr. Watts, the last Englishman remaining in a tropical village in Bougainville during its civil war in the 1990s. He begins to teach the local children by reading them Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. Matilda, an imaginative young girl (played by newcomer Xzannjah), is transported into the story of the novel, believing that Dickens’ character Pip is her friend. Matilda’s “Pip” world is an extraordinary fusion of Dickens’ Victorian London with the environment and people she knows on the island. This wildly imaginative hybrid place is set alongside the film’s unflinching portrayal of the horrors of war. Matilda’s passion for storytelling brings terror to the village when Pip’s identity is misunderstood by the invading army. Ultimately, her courage and imagination must sustain her if she is to survive.
Wednesday 29thNovember 2.30pm
Drama — (1996) — 115 mins — Cert 15
Director: Michael Hoffman
Cast Includes: Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, Meg Ryan, David Thewlis, Polly Walker, Ian McKellen, Hugh Grant
This lavish historical drama based on the acclaimed novel by Rose Tremain won Oscars for Costume Design and Art Direction.
An aspiring young physician, Robert Merivel found himself in the service of King Charles II and saves the life of a spaniel dear to the King. Merivel joins the King’s court and lives the high life provided to someone of his position. Merivel is ordered to marry one of the King’s mistresses in order to divert the suspicions of another one of his mistresses. He is given one order by the king and that is not to fall in love. The situation worsens when Merivel finds himself in love with his new wife. Eventually, the King finds out and relieves Merivel of his position and wealth. His fall from grace leaves Merivel where he first started. And through his travels and reunions with an old friend, he rediscovers his love for true medicine and what it really means to be a physician.
Thursday 14thDecember 7.30pm
Christmas party from 6.30pm
Celebrate Christmas with mince pies and mulled wine or a soft drink before the film
Feature — (1983) — 116 mins — Cert 15
Contains strong language, drug use and nudity
Director: John Landis
Cast includes Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, Maurice Woods
Brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke are wealthy commodity brokers, who decide to mix one of their bets with a little social experiment. So after setting up one of their leading employees, Louis, for crimes he didn’t commit, they give his job and home to a homeless hustler, to see what happens to both of them.
The film was conceived as a vehicle for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. But when Pryor dropped out and Eddie Murphy came on board, he made a motion to get Wilder replaced because he didn’t want people to think he was just trying to be another Pryor.
Several funny moments in the film came about by accident. The scene where Mortimer is trying to catch the money clip and having trouble wasn’t supposed to happen that way, but both kept going with it and not breaking character, so it was kept in.
Ophelia’s “Swedish” disguise came about because Jamie Lee Curtis couldn’t do the correct Austrian accent.
Randolph and Mortimer always wear matching suits and tie patterns, only Randolph with a bow tie and Mortimer a necktie.
This was Ralph Bellamy’s 99th film and Don Ameche’s 49th film. This was Eddie Murphy’s second film and he joked: “Between the three of us, we’ve made 150 movies!”.
The original title: “Black and White”.
Thursday 11thJanuary 7.30pm
Feature — (2012) — 111 mins — Cert 12
Contains a moderate sex scene
Director: Régis Roinsard
Cast includes Romain Duris, Déborah François, Bérénice Bejo, Shaun Benson, Miou Miou
Spring, 1958: 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that’s not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift — she can type at extraordinary speed. Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she’ll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He’ll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world! But a love of sport doesn’t always mix well with love itself.
The typewriter Rose uses in the shop is an Adler Triumph, a European model which uses the ‘AZERTY’ keyboard, a popular style used especially among European-based French speakers (as opposed to the English QWERTY). Switzerland and Luxembourg use a variant called ‘QWERTZ’.
The golf-ball shaped Selectric element drawn by Louis and shown at the end of the movie was patented by Leon E Palmer of IBM in 1957. Leon was not French, the rounded shaped was indeed his idea, and he even patented 19 other items for the Selectric.
Sunday 28thJanuary 3.30pm
POST-FILM MEAL ???PM
More details here.
Comedy, Drama, Romance — (1953) — 103 mins — Cert U
Director: David Lean
Cast includes Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson, Prunella Scales, Richard Wattis, John Laurie
Henry Hobson runs a successful bootmaker’s shop in nineteenth-century Salford. A widower with a weakness for the pub opposite, he tries forcefully to run the lives of his three unruly daughters. When he decrees ‘no marriages’ to avoid the expensive matter of settlements, eldest daughter Maggie rebels and sets her sights on Will Mossop, Hobson’s star bootmaker. Maggie and Will leave to start up in competition, and she then turns her mind to helping her sisters marry their chosen partners.
In the middle of the movie, Henry Hobson staggers drunk out of his favourite bar, The Moonrakers, and pursues the full moon’s reflection in a puddle. This is likely an allusion to the legend of the Wiltshire moonrakers. An exciseman caught smugglers using rakes to retrieve barrels of contraband brandy hidden in a pond, but they explained they were after a wheel of cheese, pointing to the reflected moon; so the exciseman laughed at them and left them in peace.
John Mills was only nine years younger than Charles Laughton.
The original Broadway production of “Hobson’s Choice” by Harold Brighouse opened at the Princess Theatre on 2nd November, 1915 and ran for 135 performances. The play moved to the Comedy Theatre during the first month.
Although playing a 30-year-old, Brenda de Banzie was actually 45.
Thursday 8thFebruary 7.30pm
Biography, Drama, Romance — (2016) — 116 mins — Cert 12A
infrequent moderate violence, sex
Director: Aisling Walsh
Cast includes Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett, Zachary Bennett, Gabrielle Rose, Billy MacLellan
MAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
The project was in development for thirteen years.
An entire replica of Lewis’ house was built for the production.
The fully restored house of Maud Lewis is on permanent display in Halifax at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The decorated house was saved from deterioration by a group of concerned local citizens, that went through a 25 year-long struggle to maintain the house.
Was filmed in six weeks in autumn 2015, then returning at the end of January 2016 for the winter shoot.
Thursday 8thMarch 6pm & 7.30pm
PRE-FILM MEAL AT THE RIVERSIDE
From 6pm — More details here.
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING
Drama — (2016) — 106 mins — Cert 15
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast includes Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Freya Mavor, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer
The Sense of an Ending is based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Julian Barnes. Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.
Matthew Goode and Michelle Dockery both appeared in Downton Abbey, which itself is also mentioned at the pub with Adrien Jr.’s group.
Thursday 5thApril 7.30pm
Comedy Drama — (2016) — 102 mins — Cert PG
Hindi : Subtitled — infrequent drug references
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Cast includes Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl, Anil K. Rastogi
An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near He takes the news to his son Rajiv, knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv, is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father.Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan(Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people to die there. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel.Rajiv gives his father a shot at salvation but as family bonds are tested, he finds himself torn, not knowing what he must do to keep his life together.
Thursday 26thApril 7.30pm
MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE
Animation, Comedy, Drama — (2016) — 66 mins — Cert PG
mild sex references, references to traumatic childhood experiences
Director: Claude Barras
Cast includes Will Forte (voice), Nick Offerman (voice), Ellen Page (voice), Amy Sedaris (voice), Gaspard Schlatter (voice), Sixtine Murat (voice), Paulin Jaccoud (voice), Michel Vuillermoz (voice), Raul Ribera (voice), Estelle Hennard (voice)
After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. Brought to life through striking character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. Beginning with its debut at Cannes, the film has stirred up an overwhelming response on the festival circuit, taking home top jury and audience prizes at Annecy, Melbourne and Angoulême.
About halfway through the credits, we see an animated sequence based, apparently, on the lead actor’s audition tape.
Thursday 10thMay 7.30pm
Drama — (2017) — 88 mins — Cert 18
Director: John Carroll Lynch
Cast includes Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston
LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut “Lucky”, is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.
The film reunites Harry Dean Stanton and Tom Skerritt after 38 years since they appeared in Alien (1979).
Shot in eighteen days.
Director John Carroll Lynch and Beth Grant previously acted together in Jackie (2016).
Thursday 14thJune 7.30pm
ALL ABOUT EVE
Drama — (1950) — 133 mins — Cert U
Contains very mild sex references
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast includes Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Gregory Ratoff, Barbara Bates, Marilyn Monroe, Thelma Ritter, Walter Hampden, Randy Stuart, Craig Hill, Leland Harris, Barbara White, Ed Fisher, William Pullen, Claude Stroud, Eugene Borden, Helen Mowery
Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, All About Eve is an elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Eve is waiting backstage to meet her idol, ageing Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Only playwright/critic DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve’s evil plan, which is to take her parts and her fiancé, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill). When the fiancé shows no interest, she tries for playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe), but DeWitt stops her. After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where a young woman named Phoebe has sneaked into her room and fallen asleep. This is where the “Circle of Life” now comes to fruition as Eve will get played like she played Margo.
All About Eve received 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Bette Davis fell in love with her co-star Gary Merrill during the shoot of this movie, and the two married in July 1950, a few weeks after filming was completed. They adopted a baby girl, whom they named Margot.
Zsa Zsa Gabor kept arriving on the set because she was jealous of her husband George Sanders in his scenes with the young blonde ingénue Marilyn Monroe.
Bette Davis’ marriage to William Grant Sherry was in the throes of breaking up while she was making the film. Her raspy voice in the film is largely due to the fact that she burst a blood vessel in her throat from screaming at her soon-to-be-ex-husband during one of their many rows. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz liked the croaky quality so he didn’t have Davis try to work around it.
Bette Davis filmed all of her scenes in 16 days.
Margo Channing’s famous cocktail dress was an Edith Head creation. To Head’s horror, just as they were about to go film the cocktail party, she found that the dress didn’t quite fit Bette Davis in the shoulders. There was no time to fix the dress but fortunately Davis hit on the bright idea of simply slipping the dress off her shoulders.
The character played by Marilyn Monroe is called Miss Casswell; Caswell was the middle name of Mary Orr, the uncredited author of the short story the movie was based on.