Last week’s films featured the esoteric Manifesto which elicited mainly favourable comments from the audience: ‘odd, but intriguing’. Patrons loved Jane, the captivating story of naturalist Jane Goodall. The inclusion of groundbreaking 16mm footage of chimpanzees in Tanzania made it seem all the more magical.
There was a repeat showing of Menashe on 27 January to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day and, once again, this glimpse into the secret life of a Hasidic Jewish Community in Brooklyn was appreciated by our audience.
Looking forward to next week, Tuesday’s 19:30 screening sees the superb Isabelle Huppert and co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant in Michael Haneke’s Happy End. This latest film from director Haneke (Hidden, Amour) gives him full rein to explore his preoccupations with dysfunctional relationships. A magnificent mansion in Calais is the setting for the troubles of a self-absorbed haute-bourgeois family, whilst in the city outside, refugees wait for their chance to get through the Channel Tunnel. ‘An eerie and gripping parable for our times…’ A few seats are still available, so book now… Read More……
Last week’s films included a further screening of Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. If you still haven’t seen this true-life love story there is another showing on Wednesday 31 January at 19:30. Menashe, the semi-fictional story of a widower trying to combat strict Hasidic Jewish law to be allowed to raise his son without a wife gets another screening on Saturday 27 January at 14:30 in commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day.
Ingrid Goes West (#socialmedia #moralitytale!) went down very well with those who saw it. One couple emailed to say “What a refreshing modern satire about aspirational lifestyle obsession and loneliness. We both think it’s a future cult film”. It’s pleasing to note that quite a few of the audience had taken advantage of the ‘rush’ ticket scheme. A reminder that this makes tickets available for £5 (cash only) to customers aged 25 or under an hour before the advertised start time of the film, subject to availability. Proof of age may be required. Read More……….
Our films last week could scarcely be more different from each other – the darkly unnerving The Killing of a Sacred Deer on Tuesday – described as being ‘like Marmite’ and the romantic, touching Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool which was thought to be ‘excellent’ with a ‘very fine performance’ from Annette Bening as Hollywood film-star Gloria Grahame. Tickets are available for an extra screening of this stranger-than-fiction love story on Wednesday 31 January at 19:30.
There’s more contrasting viewing this week: on Tuesday we present Menashe – a fascinating portrait of life in a Hasidic Jewish community. Set in Brooklyn, it features a widowed father Menashe (comedian Mensashe Lustig in his first serious role) who attempts to challenge his sect’s rule barring children from living in single-parent homes. An authentic, respectful, yet amusing view of an often unnoticed society combines with an engaging character study from Lustig. We’re showing the film again on Saturday 27 January at 14:30 in commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day. Read More………
A belated Happy New Year to all our supporters. The period between Christmas and New Year gives us the chance to show some more unusual films. We had been looking for a good time to screen Tanna, a film from Vanuatu which went down well with those who saw it. The beautiful scenery and the sense of inevitability over the fate of the lovers made it a great watch. The next day we had The Wages of Fear, a classic French drama that has been revived by the BFI as part of their Thriller programme. Again, audience reaction was very positive – certainly the lady sitting in front of me was totally caught up with the fate of the four protagonists, gasping in horror during the nail-biting set-pieces that form the second half of the film! Read More…….