Mystified by the choice of films that we show or why we often have TBC against dates until late in the day? Then we can help to answer those questions with this informative contribution.
Films start at 7.30pm in The Guildhall of St George. Members and their guests can sign in from approx 7pm
Films we are hoping to show in the next few months
- Rebel Without A Cause — James Dean at his finest in this 1955 classic.
- We Are the Best (2014) Stockholm, 1982 — three teenage girls decide to form a punk band. Sterling Swedish comedy from Lukas Moodyson.
- Calvary (2014) an Irish black comedy from the team that brought us The Guard — Brendan Gleeson as a priest determined to make the world a better place, but when threatened during confession he must battle the dark forces closing in on him.
- DOUBLE BILL
From Up On Poppy Hill — A Japanese animated film about a group of Yokohama teens trying to save their school’s clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
A Story Of Children And Film — A documentary about kids in global cinema. It’s a passionate, poetic portrait of the adventures of childhood – its surrealism, loneliness, fun, destructiveness and stroppiness – as seen through 53 great films from 25 countries.
- We are also hoping to include one or two short films in the programme.
Forthcoming Film Dates for your Diary
▓ Additional Dates
▓ We have arranged these 2 films as part of the King’s Lynn Festival. Tickets for these films will be £4 for members and £5 for the public. Tickets will be available from the Corn Exchange and details have been sent to you on how to purchase at the reduced rate.
Thu 8th May – The Selfish Giant
▓ Thursday 22nd May – Enough Said
Thu 12th Jun
Thu 10th Jul AGM at 6.45 – The Invisible Woman
▓ Wed 16th Jul – The Red Violin
▓ Mon 21st Jul – Oh! What A Lovely War
▓ Fri 8th Aug
Thu 14th Aug
Thu 11th Sep
Thu 9th Oct
▓ Fri 24th Oct
Thu 20th Nov
Thu 11th Dec
Thu 8th Jan
Thu 12th Feb
Thu 12th Mar
Thu 9th Apr
Thu 14th May
Thu 11th Jun
Thu 9th Jul
Thu 13th Aug
Thu 10th Sept
Thu 8th Oct
▓ Thu 22nd Oct
Thu 12th Nov
Thu 10th Dec
Thursday 8th May
The Selfish Giant (2013) 91 mins
14-year-old best mates Swifty and Arbor are trying gamely to make the best of things, though each faces chaos at home and disinterest at school. Encounters with local illegal scrap metal dealers lead them to Kitten, the gruff overlord of a massive scrapyard that, for the kids, is full of opportunity.
An outstanding film by any measure, The Selfish Giant was filmed in Odsal, Buttershaw and surrounding areas and stars first-time actors Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas, who were cast from auditions in their schools. The film has already won Best European Film in the Critics’ Fortnight section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
“So hauntingly perfect is Barnard’s film, and so skin-pricklingly alive does it make you feel to watch it, that at first you can hardly believe the sum of what you have seen: the astonishingly strong performances from her two young, untutored leads; Barnard’s layered script; Mike Eley’s snow-crisp cinematography that makes the streets of Bradford shine.” 5 stars – Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph.
Thursday 22nd May
Enough Said (2013) 93 mins
A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) – a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems “almost perfect” except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much.
ENOUGH SAID is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again.
Thursday 10th July
The Invisible Woman (2013) 111 mins
Nelly, a happily married mother and school teacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity.
Dickens — famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success — falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens — a brilliant amateur actor — a man more emotionally coherent in his work, or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of ‘invisibility’.
Directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, and rising talent Felicity Jones. Based on the book by Claire Tomalin.
Wednesday 16th July 2.30pm
The Red Violin (1998) 130 mins
Francois Girard directed this drama tracing the history of a musical instrument through five countries and three centuries. In 1681, to keep the spirit of his wife alive, an Italian paints the violin with a red varnish made from her blood. It is later found in the Austrian Alps when a prodigy gives a performance in the court of Vienna in 1792. Taken by gypsies, the instrument is acquired by a Dionysian composer. After a journey by boat to China in 1966, it is hidden during the Cultural Revolution. In contemporary Canada, it is spotted at an auction house by a violin expert (Samuel L. Jackson) who becomes obsessed with it. Filmed on a $10 million budget in Montreal, China, Italy, Austria, and Oxford.
Monday 21st July 2.30pm
Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) 144 mins
Oh! What a Lovely War is a 1969 musical film directed by Richard Attenborough, with a cast including Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, John Mills, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Maggie Smith, Ian Holm, Paul Shelley, Malcolm McFee, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Nanette Newman, Edward Fox, Susannah York, John Clements, Phyllis Calvert and Maurice Roëves.
The film is based on the stage musical Oh, What a Lovely War!, originated by Charles Chilton as a radio play, The Long Long Trail in December 1961, and transferred to stage by Gerry Raffles in partnership with Joan Littlewood and her Theatre Workshop in 1963.
The title is derived from the music hall song Oh! It’s a Lovely War, which is one of the major numbers in the film.
The tragedy of World War I is redefined in bawdy music-hall terms, beginning with a verbal free-for-all involving the Crowned Heads of Europe. The war is presented as the “new attraction” at the Brighton Amusement Pier, complete with syrupy cheer-up songs, shooting galleries, free prizes and a scoreboard toting up the dead. Throughout the proceedings, the camera concentrates on a middle-class family, whose five sons end up as cannon fodder. The final image is a proper British picnic on a graveyard. Of the many fleeting satiric images parading past the camera, one of the most indelible is the sight of several generals playing leapfrog as the world all around them goes to hell in a handcart.