Latest News 29 April 2018

Last week’s screening of A Fantastic Woman, was preceded by a screening of our current BRIT School Showcase short A Bright Girl She Was, and a short interview and Q&A with its directoNancy-Belle Hannah-Griffiths with Alex Tylerr Nancy-Belle Hannah-Griffiths (on the left of the picture), ably conducted by the Campaign’s Youth and School’s Coordinator Alex Tyler. Nancy-Belle is in her last year at the BRIT School. She apologised for the dark theme of the film, but promised that the short she is working on as her final year project concerning the downside of social media, will have an upbeat ending! Hopefully we can screen it at the David Lean in the future. May’s BRIT School short is Living with Autism, a thoughtful film about how a mother deals with her young son’s condition.
Everyone was most impressed by A Fantastic Woman, a subtle portrayal of the transgender experience. Finding Your Feet proved very popular – there’s another screening on Wednesday, at the time of writing only one ticket remains.
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Latest News 22 April 2018

A Fantastic Woman, winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award is our presentation on Tuesday evening. This outstanding piece of cinema from director Sebastian Lelio is the story of Marina, a transgender woman whose life falls apart when her older lover, Orlando, dies. The film is all about Marina’s fight not only to grieve for Orlando but for her rights following his death. Daniela Vega is superb in the lead role – moving, impassive and long-suffering as she’s constantly stripped of her dignity in the midst of her grief. Some seats remain to see this low-key, but powerful, moving film.

And a reminder that Nancy-Belle Hannah-Griffiths, the director of the current BRIT School Showcase short A Bright Girl She Was will be present at the main feature on Tuesday and looks forward to taking part in a short Q&A following her film.
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Latest News 15 April 2018

Last week’s new films were a couple of gems. A modest audience came to see On Body and Soul on Tuesday. The fact that this was a Hungarian film with an 18 certificate and a somewhat bizarre premise may have put people off, but it turned out to be a very touching story about two emotionally starved co-workers whose shared dreams bring them together. Very positive feedback from those who saw it. We like to think that this is the kind of film the David Lean champions. Thursday’s more mainstream offering was no less delightful. Lady Bird is Greta Gerwig’s possibly autobiographical study of a teenage girl growing up in Sacramento, dreaming of a better life and enduring an often fractious relationship with her mother. It featured another standout performance from Saoirse Ronan, and again audience reaction was very positive. There is a further chance to see it on Wednesday 16 May at 19:30, and it is also our next Babes in Arms screening.

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Latest News – 11 March 2018

Unusually we are screening five films this week. First up is The Greatest Showman, a last chance to see this dazzling, foot-stomping musical starring Hugh Jackman. This is our Babes in Arms show on Tuesday morning, and the combination of music and colour should please mothers and babies alike!

The film in the evening is Loveless, director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s follow-up to Leviathan, which I’m sure many of you remember from our screening back in January 2015.  The plot concerns an estranged couple and the son that they ignore until he goes missing. This bleak parable of modern Russian society was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, but lost out to A Fantastic Woman, which we will be showing in April.

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