Here are details of the last five films that make up the rest of our 2018-19 season. For Saturday shows, if you wish come long before 7:30, with a plate of food to share, then we have about an hour of social chat over the meal. Otherwise the film starts at 8:30 or so. For the Buffs Night shows on Fridays, expect something a bit different but distinctly engaging whether it is black-and-white or foreign or both! The films start at 7:30 but there are FANTASTICALLY CHEAP wines and nibbles available from 7 o’clock onwards.
Saturday 2 March THE CHILDREN ACT (cert 12A) 1 hour 45 mins. Fiona Maye, an eminent High Court judge, presides with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage is at a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam, a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.
Friday 15 March COLD WAR (cert 15) 1 hour 28. In postwar Europe, a star-crossed couple come together and apart in a tumultuous love story that explores themes of freedom and incarceration as it moves between Poland, Paris and Yugoslavia. Pawlikowski, the director of Ida, has chosen to use black and white in a boxy 4 x 3 frame – and the stunning images are complemented by music ranging from Polish folk tunes to jazz to Bill Haley to overwhelming effect. (In Polish with English subtitles)
Saturday 6 April THE LITTLE STRANGER (cert 12A) 1 hour 51 mins. Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants — mother, son and daughter — are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.
Friday 19 April LEAVE NO TRACE (cert PG) 1 hour 49 mins. A troubled army veteran and his teenage daughter struggle to live off-grid in a huge forest park in Oregon, while avoiding the authorities who would undermine their Eden-like existence. Director Debra Granik shows great insight into the struggles of those who choose to “opt out,” those who just want to be left alone, those who literally can’t “fit in” to the larger world. At its very best, it is an immensely moving portrait of a father and daughter who love each other, and who can’t bear to be apart.
Saturday 4 May SWIMMING WITH MEN (cert 12A) 1 hour 36 mins. Rob Brydon plays Eric Scott, a man suffering a midlife crisis who finds new hope after he joins a synchronised swimming team of troubled men. This gentle, feel-good film also features the Swedish swimming team whose real-life story inspired it.