September 2018 to February 2019 Programme

Programme leaflets can be collected at a screening, or a printable version can be found here.   (S) denotes film has subtitles. Click Play trailer  to view a trailer. Controls along the bottom allow you to Pause, show in Full Screen mode. From Full Screen mode click Esc key to return to the page.

Friday 7th September 2018, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (15) - Drama UK 2017 – Director: Paul McGuigan Annette Bening is mesmerising as Gloria Grahame, the Hollywood star who came to work in England. As Gloria becomes gravely ill, the film charts her romantic relationship with young actor Peter Turner. Julie Walters shines as Peter’s strong-minded Liverpudlian mother.  Running Time: 105 minutes. 

Audience ratings: Unmissable 19 (21%), Really Good 53 (58%), OK 16 (17%),Not My Thing 4(4%), Poor Choice 0.

Saturday 22nd September 2018, A Fantastic Woman (S) (15) - World Cinema

Chile 2017 – Director: Sebastian Lelio Daniela Vega gives a dignified and sensitive performance as an enigmatic transgender heroine. Deeply moving film about Marina’s emotional survival, as she faces verbal, physical and psychological abuse after her older partner dies suddenly. She is marginalised by both his family and the authorities. Well-deserved Oscar winner as Best Foreign Language Film.  Running Time: 100 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. 

Audience ratings: Unmissable 9 (14%), Really Good 35 (52%), Good 18 (27%), Not My Thing 4(6%), Poor Choice 1 (1%)

Friday 5th October 2018, Nocturnal Animals (15) - Mystery

USA 2016 – Director: Tom Ford A wealthy art gallery owner in an unsatisfactory second marriage receives the manuscript of a novel by her first husband.  She finds the content violent and distressing and interprets it as a symbolic revenge tale of the author’s view of their breakup.  An intriguing “story within a story” film of great visual style.   Running time:  116 minutes.  Book Now 

Audience ratings: Unmissable 16 (21%), Really Good 29 (39%), Good 9 (12%), Not My Thing 16 (21%), Poor Choice 6 (7%)

Saturday 20th October 2018, 10th Anniversary Celebrations (6:45pm for 7:30pm) Our guest will be the film director, Sir Alan Parker. His films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and six Oscars. In 2013 he was awarded the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award "in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image", which is the highest honour the British Academy can bestow.  He has selected our film for tonight. Birdy (15) - Classic USA 1984 - Director: Alan Parker Two schoolboy friends, Al and Birdy, return from Vietnam. Al has severe injuries with Birdy seemingly emotionally scarred and unable to speak.  Despite his own medical issues, Al travels to the institution where Birdy is being kept to attempt to get Birdy out of his near-comatose state.  Running time 120 minutes.

Audience ratings: Unmissable 33 (35%), Really Good 48 (50%), Good 6 (6%), Not My Thing 6 (6%), Poor Choice 3 (3%)

Friday 2nd November 2018, Lean on Pete (15) - Drama USA 2017 – Director: Andrew Haigh 15-year-old Charley lands a job at a local racetrack, caring for an ageing quarter horse named Lean on Pete. Working there, Charley finds a sense of camaraderie. But he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life.   Powerful and poignant film making.  Running time: 121 minutes.

Audience Ratings:  Unmissable 11 (12%), Really Good 51 (52%), OK 31 (32%), Not my Thing 4 (4%) ,  Poor Choice 0

Saturday 17th November 2018, Metro Manila (S) (15) - World Cinema UK, Philippines 2013 – Director: Sean Ellis Oscar Ramirez is a poor farmer who takes his family to Manila to seek a brighter future. They are quickly overwhelmed and fall prey to unscrupulous locals. Oscar gets lucky and finds a job. But the perils of his new job and life may prove too much. A very moving exploration into how far a man will go for his family.   Running time 115 minutes. Tagalog with English subtitles.

Audience Ratings:  Unmissable 5 (7%), Really Good 38 (53%), OK 25 (25%), Not my Thing 9 (12%) ,  Poor Choice 2 (3%)

Friday 7th December 2018, Sweet Bean (S) (PG) - World Cinema

Japan, France, Germany 2015 – Director: Naomi Kawase Beautifully played and photographed, this is a film of great gentleness and compassion.  It is about redemption, friendship and nature.  Each of the central characters has had profoundly affecting incidents in their lives, but there is no disturbing imagery.  Poetic, captivating and absorbing, this is a very satisfying film.   Running time: 113 minutes. Japanese with English subtitles.

Audience Ratings:  Unmissable 18 (17%), Really Good 66 (65%), OK 18 (17%), Not my Thing 4 (4%)

Saturday 15th December 2018, Edie (12A) - Drama

UK 2018 – Director: Simon Hunter 83 year old Edie believes that it is never too late – she packs an old camping bag, leaving her life behind and embarking on an adventure she never got to have - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland. Stunning performance from Sheila Hancock.   Running time: 102 minutes.

Audience Ratings: Unmissable 26 (24%), Really Good 65 (61%), OK 14 (13%), Not my Thing 2 (2%) Total: 107

Friday 11th January 2019, Funny Cow (15) - Drama

UK 2017 – Director: Adrian Shergold Working men’s clubs and the stand-up comedy circuit in the 1970s and 80s are the backdrop here. From her troubled childhood to her turbulent adult relationships, a comedienne uses the raw material of her life experiences to bring her unique style of comedy to the stage. One of the best British 2017 films.    Running time: 103 minutes plus Things to Come, our short film filmed at the house of two of our members..

Audience Ratings: Unmissable 18 (15%), Really Good 80 (64%), OK 18 (14%), Not my Thing 8 (6%) Poor Choice 1 (1%)  Total: 125

Saturday 26th January 2019, Wind River (15) - Crime

USA 2017 – Director: Taylor Sheridan Set on an Indian reservation, a seasoned tracker discovers the frozen body of a young Native American.  An inexperienced FBI agent is dispatched.   Together they want to see justice done. Inspired by true events.  Received an 8 minute standing ovation at the Cannes film festival.   Running time: 111 minutes.

Be aware that this film has strong violence, a rape, disturbing images and language.

Friday 8th February 2019, Loving Vincent (12A) - Animation
Poland, UK, USA 2017 – Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman This feature-length painted animation – the first film of its kind - explores the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his artworks.  An impressionistic visual delight.  Running time: 94 minute.
The director, Nick Cinelli and producer, Carla Tarnawski of the film PIDGEON will be giving a short excerpt and demonstration with original models followed by an interview.  Pidgeon is one of the three films funded by BFS last Autumn.


Saturday 23rd February 2019, Their Finest (12A) - Drama
UK/Sweden 2016 – Director: Lone Scherfig Love blossoms during the Blitz, as the Ministry of Information's film unit exploits artifice and "the magic of cinema" to raise the nation’s spirits. Heartwarming comedy drama with Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin. Includes a standout performance from Bill Nighy.  Running time: 117 minutes.