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PAST PRODUCTIONS 2013/14

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Friday
20 September
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LAD - A Yorkshire Story   (2013)   [12A] - 1 hour 36 mins

Writer & Director: Dan Hartley
Cast: Nancy Clarkson, Oliver Exley & Alex Froom


When Tom Proctor's father dies his world falls apart and he gets into trouble with the police. However, his life is turned around when he is paired up with a park ranger (based on a real person) and they spend time together roaming the delightful Yorkshire Dales countryside.
This enchanting coming-of-age film is shot in and around Settle, where Dan Hartley grew up, and it is presumably partly autobiographical.
The film has been shown at a number of film festivals in the USA where it has received numerous awards including best feature film.

"Impressively accomplished" (Eye for Film)

Friday
25 October
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THE HUNT   (2012)   [15] - 1 hour 55 mins [Subtitled]

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen & Annika Wedderkopp


Mads Mikkelsen won best actor at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a small town kindergarten teacher down on his luck. He is a popular member of his close-knit community but when a false accusation is casually made by a child in his care he is forced into a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
There is no doubt that Lucas is innocent and yet we see how rational people might believe the opposite and how they reach a no-turning back moment of collective hysteria.

"A superbly thrilling drama" (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday
29 November
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A LATE QUARTET   (2012)   [15] - 1 hour 45 mins

Director: Yaron Zilberman
Cast: Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken & Philip Seymour Hoffman


When the beloved cellist of a world renowned string quartet receives a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance. Only on hearing the news do the other 3 realise that they are not individual free agents but have grown together into an organic entity that is the quartet. Suppressed emotions and competing egos then threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration.
As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy.

"A movie of clarity and grownup complexity" (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday
13 December
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MY WEEK WITH MARILYN   (2011)   [15] - 1 hour 39 mins

Director: Simon Curtis
Cast: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne & Julia Ormond


Based on a true story, the film depicts Marilyn Monroe at her most gorgeous and most frustrating.
In 1956 the young movie-mad Colin Clark worked as a lowly assistant on the film "The Prince and the Showgirl" directed by Laurence Olivier and starring MM. The standoff between Marilyn and the director while making the film is wonderfully entertaining.
MM was on honeymoon in England with Arthur Miller and when he left a week early the coast was clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life.

"Intensely enjoyable" (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday
17 January
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Argo   (2012)   [15] - 2 hours

Director: Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin


This tense, exciting and at times very funny, film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2013. It recounts the true story of the storming of the US Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 at the height of the Iranian revolution.
52 Americans were taken hostage by the militants and in the midst of the chaos six of them managed to escape and find refuge at the home of the Canadian Ambassador.
A specialist CIA agent (Ben Affleck) is flown in and devises a risky and outrageous plan to get them all safely out of the country.

"A wonderfully lively and engrossing movie" (Phillip French, The Observer)

Friday
7 February
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Monsieur Lazhar   (2012)   [12A] - 1 hour 34 mins [Subtitled]

Director: Philippe Falardeau
Cast: Danielle Proulx, Émilien Néron, Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse


In Montreal a primary school teacher dies suddenly and tragically. An Algerian asylum seeker, Monsieur Lazhar, ( Mohamed Fellag), who has no teaching experience offers himself to the school as a replacement and is taken on. While helping the children deal with their own grief he establishes himself as a popular teacher, but neither pupils nor colleagues are aware of his painful past, nor do they suspect that he is at risk of imminent deportation.
The film was nominated for an Oscar for the best foreign language film in 2012.

"A serious unsentimental film of real insight into loss and grief and exile." (Philip French – The Observer)

Friday
21 March
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Much Ado About Nothing   (2012)   [12A] - 1 hour 47 mins

Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg


Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary Californian setting while at the same time sticking more or less to the original text. The story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game of love, all beautifully filmed in black and white. The film’s giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy and although the actors are American they understand the rhythms of the Shakespearean prose and verse and speak it well.

"A charming witty triumph" (Phillip French –The Observer)

Friday
11 April
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What Maisie Knew   (2013)   [15] - 1 hour 39 mins

Directors: David Siegel, Scott McGehee
Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan


This fine modern-day adaptation of the Henry James novel is about a little girl caught in the middle of her parents’ bitter custody battle. The story is told through six year old Maisie’s eyes ,as she navigates the increasing turmoil, with innocence and charm. She listens, eavesdrops and takes note as she is seduced, manipulated and lied to by her shallow and selfish parents.
There are excellent performances from Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan as well as the delightful Onata Aprile.

"This is an accomplished engaging work." (David Gritten - Daily Telegraph)

Friday
23 May
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Blue Jasmine   (2013)   [12A] - 1 hour 38 mins

Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Sarsgaard, Sally Hawkins


In this film, in which Woody Allan is most definitely back on form with his most satisfying directorial effort for years, Cate Blanchett gives an outstanding performance as Jasmine, a self-deluding, former Manhattan socialite. Fallen on hard times, she travels to San Francisco to live with her, much put upon, sister Ginger, superbly performed by Sally Hawkins. Jasmine is haughty and arrogant, addicted to drink and prescription drugs and constantly giving her sister advice on her love life, as well as haranguing anyone unlucky enough to be in earshot.

"An outstanding movie, immensely satisfying and absorbing – 5 stars" (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Thursday & Friday
26 & 27 June
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The Epic of Everest   (1924)   [U] - 1 hour 27 mins

Directors: John Noel & Herbert Ponting

The 1924 Everest expedition culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine and sparked a still ongoing debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit.
Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a specially adapted camera, Captain John Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet but what resonates so deeply is Noel's ability to frame the vulnerability, isolation and courage of people persevering in one of the world's harshest landscapes.
The restoration by the BFI National Archive has transformed the quality of the surviving elements of the film and reintroduced the original coloured tints and tones. Revealed by the restoration, few images in cinema are as epic or moving as the final shots of a blood red sunset over the Himalayas.

"The Epic of Everest must be seen" (Financial Times)

Friday
18 July
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PHILOMENA;  (2013)   [12A] - 1 hour 38 mins

Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark


This powerful and heart-felt film is based on the true story of Philomena Lee, played by Judy Dench, who had a child out of wedlock in 1950's Ireland and was sent to work in one of the notorious Magdalen laundries run by the Catholic Church. From here she was forced to give up her son for adoption to a childless couple in the USA .
Decades later she meets the BBC reporter Martin Sixsmith, played by Steve Coogan and together they go in search of her long lost son.
Both Dench and Coogan (who also wrote the script) are excellent.

"A moving and exhilarating film" (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian))

Friday
15 August
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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS   (2013)   [12A] - 2 hour 14 mins

Director: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman


This almost unbearably tense hijack thriller is based on a true story from 2009 about a Somali pirate attack on an American container ship.
The film focuses on the relationship between the Captain (Tom Hanks) and the leader of the pirates (Bakhad Abdi) who takes him hostage. Both men find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
A riveting drama about quiet heroism and the clash of cultures. Tom Hanks is at his emotional best and Bakhad Abdi, who had never acted before, won an Oscar for his extraordinary performance.

"A triumph, deserving of all the plaudits that come its way" (David Gritten - Daily Telegraph)

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