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
▓ 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.
▓ Special Events
▓ Tuesday 10th March 2.30 — MR TURNER
Thursday 12th March 6.00 — PRE-FILM MEAL AT THE RIVERSIDE
Thursday 12th March 7.30 — PRIDE
Thursday 9th April 7.30 — IDA
Thursday 14th May 7.30 — KEEPING ROSY
▓ Thursday 28th May
Thursday 11th June
Thursday 9th July
▓ Wednesday 15th July
▓ Wednesday 22nd July
Thursday 13th August
Thursday 10th September
▓ Friday 2nd October — COLOUR COMES TO THE MOVIES
Thursday 8th October
▓ Thursday 22nd October
Thursday 12th November
Thursday 10th December
Tuesday 10th March 2.30pm
(2014) 149 mins Cert 12A
Contains moderate sex, sex references
Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson
Twice before, first with ‘Topsy-Turvy’ and then with ‘Vera Drake’, Mike Leigh has punctuated his bittersweet studies of contemporary life with period dramas. Now, with ‘Mr Turner’, the British director of ‘Naked’ and ‘Secrets and Lies’ takes us back to the nineteenth century and the later years of the celebrated, groundbreaking, difficult painter JMW Turner (1775-1851). Sad and joyful, ‘Mr Turner’ offers a wonderfully rich tapestry of experience and digs deeply into a complicated, contradictory life.
Timothy Spall — a veteran of Leigh’s films — plays this eccentric, determined London bohemian like a bronchial, cantankerous, randy old toad with backache. He grunts and grimaces and gropes his way through life. He talks like a market trader after a crash course in the classics. Leigh, meanwhile, explores Turner’s life unburdened by any sense of purpose other than an intense, contagious fascination with this man, his work, his times and, increasingly, the inevitable, slow, irresistible trudge towards death.
We observe Turner’s fondness for his elderly father; his sexual relationship with his meek housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson); his rejection of his children and their mother; his arms-length acceptance by the lions of the Royal Academy; his late-life relationship with a Margate widow (Marion Bailey); and the mockery of the crowd when his work turns experimental. ‘Vile’ and a ‘yellow mess’ concludes Queen Victoria at an exhibition: the presence of royalty in a Mike Leigh film is just one of its many welcome surprises here. Mortality hangs heavily over ‘Mr Turner’, which covers roughly 25 years and is a poetic, brilliantly choreographed patchwork of moments and episodes. The film often has a wistful, regretful air, but alongside sadness sits great joy — there are moments of wicked humour.
Thursday 12th March 7.30pm
Pre-Film Meal at The Riverside 6pm
See the Social page for details
(2014) 120 mins Cert 15
strong language, sex references : Drama, Comedy
Cast includes Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott, Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Freddie Fox, George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Faye Marsay
PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
Thursday 9th April 7.30pm
(2014) 82 mins Cert 12A
Suicide scene : Drama : Polish, subtitled
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
The Guardian top ten best films of 2014.
From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past.
18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.
In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.
Thursday 14th May 7.30pm
(2014) 93 mins Cert 15
Contains strong language, violence, sex : Drama/Thriller
Director: Steve Reeves
Stars: Maxine Peake, Blake Harrison, Elisa Lasowski
Charlotte is a career-obsessed workaholic whose world suddenly takes a bitter downwards turn, disintegrating further with the introduction of violent, psychopathic security guard Roger. As Charlotte’s life becomes ever darker and twisted, we follow her journey into self-discover and atonement amid heart racing moments as she fights for a future that is Rosy.
Friday 2nd October
COLOUR COMES TO THE MOVIES
David Cleveland and Nigel Lister will return to the Town Hall on Friday 2nd October 2015 with a show that will be just as entertaining and informative as A Century Ago at the Picture Palace.
This time they will fascinate us with their presentation Colour Comes to the Movies — a special presentation which recreates what it was like to go to a cinematograph show over 100 years ago when many films were in colour.
There will be more details soon.
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