BREATHE (12A) – 2017 UK 117 min

Screenings at 11.00 am. & 7.30 pm.
Director: Andy Serkis
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander, Hugh Bonneville

 Image of film appears hereThe true story of Robin Cavendish (Garfield) who is struck down with polio soon after his marriage to Diana (Foy), who is shortly to give birth. We follow the dramatic attempts of Diana and her brothers to keep her husband alive, enabling him to lead a life worth living, and Robin’s subsequent quest to improve the lives of others.

Image of film appears hereProduced by the son of the real couple, Breathe chronicles “a triumph of joy over adversity” (The Guardian).

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 07 December 2017

Shows start at 11.00 am & 7.30 pm, ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Hacksaw Ridge (2016 USA/Aus) Cert. 15 – partially subtitled

Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Based on the real-life story of Desmond T. Doss, a conscientious objector who volunteered as a medic during WWII, but refused to carry a weapon.

Despite being repeatedly victimised for his stance, Desmond persisted – winning the ‘right’ to participate in one of the bloodiest battles of the war in the Pacific, for the heavily garrisoned Hacksaw Ridge on Okinawa.  Braving enemy fire, he evacuated the wounded and singlehandedly removed 75 comrades from the battlefield.

 

 

 

 

The Congressional Medal of Honor was eventually bestowed upon him – see the archive photo of President Truman presenting the medal on the right.

 

 

Mel Gibson’s comeback film is a visceral, riveting experience with a first-rate performance from Garfield.

 

Here is the Review of the film in The Telegraph and also a link to a deeper discussion of the film within the context of Mel Gibson’s directorial career – seemingly over after a series of ‘politically incorrect’ gaffes – published in The Guardian

 

In addition to the link to a Trailer, in the newspaper articles, the ‘official’ version can be seen below

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 14th March 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Silence (2016, Mex/Taiwan/USA), 161 mins, Cert. 15 (partially subtitled)

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Screenings at 2.30pm and 7.00pm*

* note early start for the evening screening owing to the length of the film
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson

In 17th century Japan, Christians are hunted down and persecuted unless they renounce their faith.silence-banner-600

Despite this grave danger, two Portuguese Jesuit missionaries (Driver and Garfield) travel to Japan to search for their missing colleague (Neeson).

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Depicting the harrowing trials that they witness and experience, “Silence” raises questions of faith, doubt and morality with “passionate ferocity” (Financial Times). 

 

It is a film that has been a long time in the making, an interview with the director in The New York Times indicating that Scorsese first read Shusake Endo’s (1966) novel in 1989, at a time when his “The Last Temptation of Christ” had been vilified by some reviewers.

After over 25 years of wondering ‘how’ and overcoming studio and financial backer reluctance, here is the result. (In contrast, it only took Otto Preminger 2 years to persuade the movie industry that the Broadway musical “Carmen Jones” could translate to the big screen…)

 

Here is a Review from The Guardian and links to deeper discussions of the film within: the context of Scorsese’s career – New York Times, cited above; and the genre of faith focused films – The Atlantic

 

The Guardian review includes a link to a Trailer, the ‘official’ version can be seen below

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 23rd February 2017

Shows start at 2.30PM or 7.00PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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