Saturday night films: Doors open at 6.30 pm. At 7.00 pm we share a meal (everyone brings a dish of food to share) and there is a bar providing wine and soft drinks. We aim to start the film at 8.00 pm. Those who want to see the film only without the meal should arrive by 7.45 pm. Entrance fee is £5 for members and £6 for non-members.
Friday night films are selected from the very best of world cinema, often foreign language films which don’t always appear at the multiplexes. There is no meal, just wine, soft drinks and snacks. Doors open at 7.00 pm, film start at 7.30 pm.
Autumn and Winter Programme 2023/24
3rd February 2024 The Great Escaper (2023) 1 hr 36 mins UK Drama Cert 12A
Cast includes: Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson Directed by Oliver Parker
This is the true story of octogenarian Bernie Jordan, who, in 2014, escaped from his care home to join fellow war veterans in Normandy. A big hearted film featuring Glenda Jackson in her last ever fil role as Bernie’s wife, Irene.
16th February 2024 The Eight Mountains (2022) 2 hrs 27 mins Italy Biographical Drama Cert 12
Cast includes: Alessandro Borghi, Luca Marinelli Directed by Felix von Groningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch
Two year-old boys become friends when Pietro’s family spends the summer in the Italian Alpine valley where Bruno is being raised by his farmer uncle and aunt. The film charts the course of their friendship over the next 20 or more years, as the innocence of youth gives way to the disappointments of adulthood and each has to struggle to find his own place in the world, but the mountains remain a place of refuge and healing.
In Italian with English subtitles.
2nd March 2024 Past Lives (2023) 1hr 45 mins USA Drama Cert 12A
Cast includes: Teo Yoo, John Magaro, Directed by Celine Song
Nora and Hae Sung, who had been inseparable childhood friends in South Korea, re-unite in New York two decades later. A touching bittersweet and very contemporary romance.
This film is partly in English, partly in Korean with English subtitles.
15th March 2024 Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (2019) 1hr 49 mins Bhutan Drama Cert PG
Cast includes: Sherman Dorji, Ughen Norbu Lhenup
Ughen, a young teacher, plans to leave Bhutan to become a singer in Australia, but first he must complete his teaching service. As reprimand for neglecting his duties, he is sent to the Himalayan village of Lunana to be the teacher at the most remote school in the world.
In Bhutan with English subtitles.
6th April 2024 One Life (2023) 1hr 50 mins UK Biographical Drama Cert PG
Cast includes: Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Jonathan Pryce Dano Directed by James Hawes
The true story of Nicholas Winton, who, on a visit to Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s, formed a plan to rescue Jewish children before the onset of war in an operation that became known as the Kindertransport.
19th April 2024 Full Time (2021) 1 hr 28 mins France Drama Cert 12
Cast includes: Laure Calamy Directed by Eric Gravel
Julie is a single mother struggling to cope with the pressure of raising two small children and holding down a demanding job – while looking for a better-paid one to get her out of debt. Will a paralysing transport strike in Paris turn out to be the last straw Laure Calamy projects great warmth as well as strength as a woman just keeping her head above water.
In French with English subtitles
4th May 2024 The Miracle Club (2023) 1 hr 30 mins UK Comedy Drama Cert 12A
Cast Includes: Maggie Smith, Laura Linney,, Kathy Bates , Stephen Rea Directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan
Set in 1960’s Ireland, The Miracle Club features four women each hoping for a miracle as they set off on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. A gentle film with a great cast and a good heart.