Monday 25 March 2019 at 7.45 pm.

SUMMER 1993 (12)

Spain 2018.  97 minutes.  In Catalan with English subtitles.  

Directed by Carla Simon.

A coming-of-age drama set in the beautiful Catalan region of Northern Spain.  After the death of her mother, six year old Frida has to move from Barcelona to live with her uncle’s family in the country.  Despite the warmth of the welcome, Frida struggles to acclimatise.  In this sunlit period piece, Simon achieves the rare feat of faithfully recreating the mysterious consciousness of a child and obtains extraordinary performances from her young stars.

 

 

 

Monday 29 April 2019 at 7.45 pm.

BLACKKKLANSMAN (15)

USA 2018.  135 minutes.  

Directed by Spike Lee.  Starring: John David Washington and Adam Driver.

BLACKKKLANSMAN is based on the extraordinary but true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American to serve as a detective in the Colorado Police Department.  In the early 70s, Stallworth undertook an implausible mission: to infiltrate and expose the Klu Klux Klan.  BLACKKKLANSMAN blends comic irony and brutal fact, but still works very effectively as a crime drama.  It is funny, fast-paced and never loses its dramatic tension.  

 

 

Monday 20 May 2018 at 7.45 pm.

SHOPLIFTERS (15)

 

Japan 2018.  121 minutes.  In Japanese with English subtitles.

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.  Starring: Lily Franky and Mayu Matsuoka.

A warm and understated Japanese drama about a family who take in a small child they find left outside in the freezing cold.  Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets and tests the bonds that unite them.  In the hands of a different director, a plot like this could be the basis of a thriller, but the story feels more like that of a contemporary Dickens.  

 

 

Monday 24 June 2018 at 7.45 pm.

FACES, PLACES (12A)

 

France 2017.  89 minutes.  In French with English subtitles.

Directed by Agnes Varda and JR.

A beguiling French documentary created by veteran New Wave director Agnes Varda in collaboration with JR, a young photographer.  The two set off on a road trip across rural France, exploring villages and small towns and creating portraits of the people they meet on the way.  FACES, PLACES is a charming and life-affirming exploration of both the power of community and the inspiration that comes from the most cross-generational of friendships.

 

 

Monday 29 July 2018 at 7.45 pm.

THE GO-BETWEEN (12A)

 

 

UK 1971.  111 minutes.  In English with hard of hearing subtitles.

Directed by Joseph Losey.  Starring: Julie Christie, Alan Bates and Michael Redgrave.

A classic British drama scripted by Harold Pinter and based on the LP Hartley novel of the same name.  Norfolk 1900.  Leo is spending summer on the estate belonging to his friend Marcus’ wealthy family.  Leo develops a crush on Marcus’ sister, a beauty soon to be engaged to Hugh, a viscount and jolly good sort.  Marian makes a favourite of Leo and asks him to carry messages for her.  Elegant and stylish, this wonderful evocation of England before WWI was shot in Melton Constable Hall, Heydon and Norwich.