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PAST PRODUCTIONS 2012/13

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Friday
21 September
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THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL   (2011)   [12A] - 2 hours 4 mins

Director: John Madden
Cast: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith


If you missed this film, which proved to have easily understood popularity when released earlier this year, here's another opportunity. Undeniably a 'feel-good movie' the wonderful cast, includes some of the biggest names in film and theatre.
A group of British retirees who decide to make their pensions go further move to the Indian city of Jaipur. Although the new environment is somewhat less luxurious than they had imagined they are all transformed by their shared experience.

"A great exercise in British acting" (Dennis Schwartz - World Movie Reviews)

Friday
19 October
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CORIOLANUS   (2011)   [15] - 2 hours 3 mins

Director: Ralph Fiennes
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler and Brian Cox


Ralph Fiennes plays and directs this film adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. The citizens of Rome are hungry. Coriolanus, the hero of Rome, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot. Rome is bloody. Manipulated and out-manoeuvred by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, Coriolanus is banished from Rome. He offers his life or his services to his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius.

"Visceral and intelligent, beautifully acted, vividly staged" (Phillip French - Guardian)

Friday
23 November
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A SEPARATION   (2011)   [PG] - 2 hours 3 mins [Subtitled]

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat


Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012 this production also received the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bear for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. It is the first Iranian film to win all these awards. The plot focuses on an Iranian middle-class couple who separate and the conflicts that arise when the husband hires a lower-class caretaker for his elderly father, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

"remarkably poised marital thriller from Iran, full of surprise developments and suppressed volatility
(Jason Solomons - Guardian)

Friday
7 December
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BRASSED OFF   (1996)   [15] - 1 hour 47 mins

Director: Mark Herman
Cast: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Stephen Tomkinson and Ewan McGregor


In existence for a hundred years, Grimley Colliery Brass band is as old as the mine. But the miners are now deciding whether to fight to keep the pit open, and the future for town and band looks bleak.
Although the arrival of flugelhorn player Gloria injects some life into the players, and bandleader Danny continues to exhort them to continue in the national competition, frictions and pressures are all too evident. And whose side is Gloria actually on?

"Funny, Moving...a rare treat" (Daily Mail)

Friday
1 February
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THE GRAPES OF WRATH   (1940)   [PG] - 2 hours 9 mins

Director: John Ford
Cast: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine

Based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, director John Ford's 1940 film stars Henry Fonda.
An Oklahoma family lose their farm in the Great Depression of the 1930s, leading them to take an arduous journey across the United States of America, as they travel to California in search of opportunities and work for all the family.

"This 1940 film is one of the best literary adaptations ever" (Film4)

Friday
15 February
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ANNA KARENINA   (2011)   [12A] - 2 hour 10 mins

Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson


Tom Stoppard's new screenplay, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's 1877 novel is directed by Joe Wright.
The story unfolds in late 19th century Tsarist Russian high-society and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna Karenina questions her happiness, she finds change coming to her family, friends, and community.

"...a bold and creative response to the novel" (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday
1 March
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UNTOUCHABLE   (2011)   [15] - 1 hour 52 mins [Subtitled]

Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sy and Anne Le Ny


In this French comedy drama an aristocrat who has become a quadriplegic as a result of a paragliding accident, living in a mansion in Paris requires a live-in carer. A young offender turns up for an interview, though he does not really want the job. To his surprise he is hired and the two men develop a close friendship.
Voted the cultural event of 2011 in France.

"...many moviegoers will find it irresistible." (Philip French - Guardian)

Friday
26 April
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BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD   (2012)   [12A] - 1 hour 33 mins

OSCAR Nominated - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress & Best adapted screenplay

Director: Benh Zeitlin
Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly


Described as beautiful, funny, timely and tender, this is the American arthouse movie of the year.
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community, cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, six-year-old Hush Puppy, exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality.
Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

"Ambitious and sprinting with energy" (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday
31 May
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A ROYAL AFFAIR   (2012)   [15] - 2 hours 17 mins [Subtitled]

Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard


This is a sumptuous and absorbing eighteenth century Danish costume drama. It is also the intriguing true story of the relationship between the young queen, her increasingly mad husband and the German royal physician, Struensee, played by Mads Mikkelson the recent best actor Oscar winner. Struensee is a man of enlightenment and idealism in backward Denmark and for a year he, in effect, rules the country. Unfortunately for him he loses track of the real world in his passion to remake Denmark as an Enlightenment stronghold and the stoimages/film/ry's inevitable conclusion is a sad cautionary tale.

"This highly polished costume drama is exceptionally well made" (Los Angeles Times)

Friday
28 June
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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT   (1967)   [12] - 1 hour 49 mins

Director: Norman Jewison
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates


This 1967 Oscar winner, starring Sydney Poitier and Rod Steiger, continues the Heron's Classic Film Series.
It is set in a small Mississippi town at the time of the civil rights movement where a bizarre murder is committed. The racist and bigoted sheriff finds himself forced into collaboration with an arrogant black FBI agent from the city who happens to be passing through the town and is initially arrested as a suspect. Not surprisingly it addresses many of the racial issues of the time, but it is also a very interesting and well-paced murder mystery

"Probably Jewison's best film" (Empire Magazine)

Friday
26 July
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LES MISERABLES   (2012)   [12A] - 2 hour 38 mins

Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe & Anne Hathaway


This is the movie of the worldwide hit musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel set amongst the deserving poor of 19th century France. It tells the story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackamn) imprisoned for a minor offence and then, once released, viciously pursued by the police officer Javert (Russel Crowe)
Hugh Jackman gives a performance of great dignity and intelligence and has a mesmerising screen presence. All the singing was recorded live on set with the orchestral sound track added later.
Even for those not normally enamoured of musicals this powerful production is hard to resist.

"An awe-inspiring and colossal effort" (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

Friday
23 August
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QUARTET   (2012)   [12A] - 1 hour 38 mins

Director: Dustin Hoffman
Cast: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay & Billy Connolly


Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with a stellar cast in this bittersweet tale of ageing opera singers forced to face their mortality. It is adapted by Ronald Harwood from his play of the same name.
The story is basically about the group dynamics of a disparate collection of artists brought together by a love of music and a need to have a roof over their heads.
The cast includes such big names as Maggie Smith, Trevor Peacock, Tom Courtney, Billy Connelly and Michael Gambon, and all the other residents are in fact retired professional musicians who are all credited at the end.

"Moving, truthful and amusing" (Phillip French- The Observer)

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