September 2017 to February 2018 Programme

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Friday 8th September 2017, A Man Called Ove

Sweden, 2016 – Director: Hannes Holm.  Forced to reconsider many prejudices when new neighbours arrive, widowed Ove’s past is revealed as his future is reshaped.  The “grumpy old man” is gradually revealed to be so much more. Oscar-nominated in 2017, this film is poignant, as well as darkly comic.  Running Time: 116 minutes. Swedish with subtitles.

Audience Ratings: Unmissable 37 (37%), Very Good 58 (58%), Good 4 (4%), Not my thing 1 (1%)


Saturday 23rd September 2017, Lion

Australia, 2016 - Director:  Garth Davis.  By misadventure Saroo (5) is locked in an empty train and carried from his rural home across India to Kolkata.  Destitute, he is taken into care and adopted by a loving Australian couple.  25 years later, clever and well educated, he is determined to find his lost family and home.  A moving true story.  Running time:  118 minutes.

Audience Ratings: Unmissable 44 (53%), Very Good 34 (41%), Good 5 (6%)


Friday 6th October 2017, The Salesman

Iran, 2016 - Director: Asghar Farhadi.  Emad and Rana star in a production of Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’. Their apartment begins to collapse one night, and they must move somewhere else. A fellow actor finds them accommodation which has recently been vacated by a female resident. Emad returns one night to find Rana missing, and blood in the bathroom.  Running time: 125 mins.  Persian, with subtitles.

Audience Ratings: Unmissable 2 (2%), Very Good 36 (39%), Good 33 (36%), Not my thing 18 (20%), Bad choice 3 (3%)

Audience Comment: “As always, an interesting and challenging film from Farhadi that shows a more complex Iran than we usually see. Very moving performance from the leads.”


Saturday 21st October 2017, Hidden Figures

USA, 2016 - Director: Theodore Melfi.  Incredible true story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962.  The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.  Running time 127 minutes.

Audience Ratings: Unmissable 84 (72%), Very Good 32 (28%)


Friday 10th November 2017, Things to Come

France 2016 - Director Mia Hanson Love.  Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job, and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. As family circumstances change, Nathalie must reinvent her life. Running time: 102 mins, French with subtitles.

Short -  A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune) France 1902, a silent film.

Audience Ratings: Unmissable 2 (2%), Really Good 31 (35%), OK 41(45%), Not My Thing 9 (10%), Bad Choice 4 (4%)


Saturday 25th November 2017, Letters from Baghdad

France/Great Britain/USA 2016 - Directors Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl.  This fascinating documentary explores Gertrude Bell’s role –  much less familiar than TE Lawrences’s – in shaping today’s Middle East. Both explorer and British spy, she learnt Farsi and Arabic and became an archaeologist.  Tilda Swinton’s voice reading from Bell’s eloquent letters combines with archive and modern footage to portray this little-known part of history.  Running Time 95 minutes.   English and Arabic with subtitles.

Short: Poles Apart (National Film and TV School).  Shortlisted for the 2017 Animation BAFTA’s and one of a string of successes that included four winners in four years.

Audience Ratings: Unmissable 17 (15%), Really Good 67 (60%), OK 25 (22%), Not My Thing 2 (2%)


Friday 1st December 2017, Tanna

Australia, 2015 - Directors Martin Butler, Bentley Dean.  Shot entirely on a remote Pacific island covered in rainforest and dominated by an active volcano, this true and heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.   Running time 104 minutes. Nauvhal with English subtitles

Short: Tête-à-Tête, National Film and TV School.

Audience Ratings: Unmissable 20 (30%), Really Good 32 (49%), OK 13 (20%), Not My Thing 1 (1%)


Saturday 16th December 2017, The Hundred Foot Journey

USA, 2014 - Director: Lasse Hallstrom.  An uplifting and feel-good cultural feast full of Indian spices, French sophistication and British wit. The Kadam family, fleeing political violence in India, decide to open an Indian restaurant in France directly across the road (100 feet) from snobbish Madame Mallory's (Helen Mirren) acclaimed haute cuisine establishment.  The resulting rivalry between the two restaurants escalates to all out war.   Running time 122 minutes

Audience ratings: Unmissable 20 (28%), Really good 45 (63%), OK 6 (8%), Not my thing 1 (1%).


Friday 12th January 2018, Handmaiden (Rating: 18)

South Korea, 2016 - Director: Park Chan-wook.   In this disturbing tale of love and betrayal, a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to seduce and trick a Japanese woman (Kim Min-hee) out of her inheritance, with help from a stunning orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri). A heady mix of sensuous cinematography, cutting wit and superb characterisation.  Running time: 145 mins.  Korean and Japanese, with subtitles.  

Audience ratings: Unmissable 8 (13%), Really good 40 (40%), OK 11 (17%), Not my thing 13 (21%), Poor Choice 6 (10%)


Saturday 27th January 2018, Locke

UK/USA, 2013 - Director:  Steven Knight.  A nail-biting thriller revealing a man’s life unravelling in a tension-fuelled race against time.  Ivan Locke has the perfect family and his dream job. Tomorrow should be the crowning moment of his career - but one phone call will force him to make a decision that will put it all in jeopardy.  Running time:  85 minutes.

Short: Automania 2000 (1963), an Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning cartoon satire, imagines a frightening future caused by the relentless pursuit of happiness through science at the cost of common sense.  Made by Halas & Batchelor whose Cartoon Films occupied a unique place in British cinema. The studio was formed in 1940 and produced films for the next fifty years. It was the country's largest and most influential producer of animated films from the early forties until the mid- seventies known as ‘Britain’s Walt Disney’. Running time: 12 minutes.


Friday 9th February 2018, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
France & USA, 2007 - Director: Julien Schnabel.  This award winning biographical drama depicts the life of Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor of Elle magazine, struggling to cope with the effects of a devastating stroke. The director goes to extraordinary lengths to capture near-total paralysis and locked-in syndrome, and to show how Bauby painstakingly dictates his memoir in the only way he can.  Running time: 112 mins.  French, with subtitles


Saturday 24th February 2018, Rabbit-Proof Fence

Australia, 2002 - Director Phillip Noice.  Western Australia, 1931.  Mixed race children are forcibly taken from their Aboriginal mothers, and sent a thousand miles away to what amounts to indentured servitude, "to save them from themselves." Three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and they set off on a journey across the Outback.  Running time 94 minutes.

Short: Comedy Cocktail (1951). The famous little man with the bowler hat and the stick in some of his best sketches.  Charlie Chaplin in top form as he entertains us in this recently restored archive material.  Patrick Burns commentates. Running time: 18 minutes.