Thursday 24 February 2022 at 7.30 pm.

AMMONITE (15)

 

UK/US 2020.  117 minutes.  Written and directed by Francis Lee.

Starring: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, with Gemma Jones and Fiona Shaw.

A British drama very freely based on the later life of Mary Anning, the 19th century fossil hunter, and filmed on location in and around Lyme Regis.  Anning’s pioneering work brought her little financial reward.  Struggling to make ends meet, she agrees to care for Charlotte, the convalescent wife of a geologist.  Kate Winslet gives one of her best performances in this imagined account of the relationship formed between the two women.

 

 

 

Thursday 24 March 2022 at 7.30 pm.

ANOTHER ROUND (12A)

 

Denmark/Sweden 2020.  117 minutes.  In Danish and Swedish with English subtitles.

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.  Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen and Magnus Millang.

A dark Danish comedy from the director of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD.  A group of friends, all disgruntled teachers, become interested in an unconventional suggestion made by the influential Norwegian psychiatrist Finn Skarderud that we are all born with an insufficient blood alcohol level.  When the colleagues decide to test the thesis, the experiment goes so well that they decide to increase their  alcohol intake, experiencing a journey of self-discovery with both tragic and uplifting consequences.  From this unpromising, but intriguing premise comes a film that won the all best foreign film awards in 2021, as well as best actor awards for its star, the ever-watchable Mads Mikkelsen (CASINO ROYALE and THE HUNT).

 

 

 

Thursday 28 April 2022 at 7.30 pm.

MINARI (12A)

 

US 2021.  115 minutes.  In Korean with English subtitles and English.

Directed by Lee Isaac Chung.  Starring: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han and Alan S.Kim.

An award-winning story set in the 1980s about a Korean American immigrant family from California starting a new life in Arkansas.  Amidst the challenges of farming in the strange and rugged Ozarks, the family discovers what really makes a home.  A beautifully filmed blend of comedy and drama, brought to life by a terrific cast playing well realised characters.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 11 November 2021 at 7.30 pm. 

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (15) 

France 2019.  122 minutes.  In French and Italian with English subtitles. 

Directed by Celine Sciamma.  Starring: Adele Haenel and Noemie Merlant. 

A coming-of-age drama set in pre-revolutionary France.  Marianne, is commissioned by a countess to paint the wedding portrait of her daughter Heloise.  While posing as Heloise’s companion, Marianne has to work in secret because her subject is determined that there will be no portrait, and no marriage.  Set on an island off the Breton coast, this is an intelligent and handsome love story, well told and beautifully performed.