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PAST PRODUCTIONS 2014/15

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Friday
26 September
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SAVING MR BANKS   (2013)   [PG] - 2 hour 5 mins

Director: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley


Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks are wonderful in this enjoyable film about the extraordinary story of how Walt Disney came to produce “Mary Poppins”, one of the most popular films of all time.
After promising his daughter that he would make a film of her favourite book it then takes the aggressively charming Walt Disney 20 years to persuade the prickly and uncompromising author, L.P.Travers, to hand over the film rights to her most treasured creation. After endless refusals and negotiations, the cash-strapped author eventually gives in, but not before driving everyone involved to distraction.

“Emma Thompson is superb”- (Mark Kermode - Guardian)

Friday
24 October
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THE SELFISH GIANT   (2013)   [15] - 1 hour 31 mins

Director: Clio Barnard
Cast: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder


This exceptional and moving film is a contemporary fable, loosely based on a children’s story by Oscar Wilde, about two 13 year old boys (Arbor and Swifty) living, and behaving badly, on a tough Bradford housing estate. When they are excluded from school they begin collecting scrap metal, which they sell to the local scrap dealer, Kitten.
When Kitten begins to favour mild mannered Swifty over Arbor tensions build between the boys resulting in a tragic event that transforms them all.

“ An affectingly truthful movie that touches the heart” (Mark Kermode – Observer)

Friday
7 November
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LIKE FATHER LIKE SON   (2013)   [PG] - 2 hour 1 mins [Subtitled]

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Cast: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki


Ryota is a successful Tokyo architect working long hours to provide for his wife, Midori, and 6 year old son Keita. When a blood test reveals that Keita and another baby were accidentally switched at birth two socially very different families are forced to face the heart-breaking prospect of having to exchange their children. Ryota must also confront his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father.

"A deceptively rich and rewarding dramas, small of gesture and huge of heart" (Mark Kermode - Guardian)

Friday
12 December
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THE INVISIBLE WOMAN   (2013)   [12A] - 1 hour 51 mins

Director: Ralph Fiennes
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas


At the height of his fame and trapped in a loveless marriage, with a wife whom he clearly despises, Charles Dickens falls in love with a young actress called Nelly Turnan (Felicity Jones). They embark on a passionate affair but because of Dickens’ celebrity and the mores of Victorian England her role as a mistress is never acknowledged. For a number of years, because the affair is kept secret, Nelly leads a life of “invisibility” and years later she looks back on this period with guilt and remorse.

“This is an engrossing drama with excellent performances” (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday
9 January
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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL   (2014)   [15] - 1 hour 44 mins

Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F.Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric


The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a preposterous luxury European hotel between the wars, and Zero Mustafa (Tony Revoloni) the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
It is a hugely entertaining farce stuffed full of bizarre character studies and brilliantly crafted by Anderson with his typical ingenuity and obsessive attention to detail. Ralph Fiennes is a revelation as Monsieur Gustave and gives one of his finest performances.

“Anderson’s staggeringly realised hotel of secret passions is an exhilarating and intelligent drama”
(Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday
6 February
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12 YEARS A SLAVE   (2014)   [15] - 2 hour 14 mins

Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender


In this Oscar winning film Chiwetel Ejifor stars as Solomon Northup, the American citizen and free man who was tricked, drugged and kidnapped in Washington then sold in chains into slavery and forced to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1840’s. Northup was a refined and educated man and this harrowing account of his experiences as a slave is based on his own memoir. It takes an unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery using a near documentary style of film making.

"It is simply a masterpiece" (Ryan Gilbey – New Statesman)

Friday
6 March
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CABARET   (1972)   [15] - 2 hour 4 mins

Director: Bob Fosse
Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem


This wonderful 1972 musical based on Christopher Isherwood’s book, “Goodbye to Berlin”, has never lost its appeal.

It tells the story of Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), a flamboyant American entertainer in 1930’s Berlin and a young British writer (Michael York) who falls under her spell. The decadent and vulgar cabaret where Sally performs (The Kit Kat Club) is used as a mirror image of German society sliding toward Nazism.

It is filled with exceptional musical numbers and won 8 Oscars including best director and best actress.

"This deliriously inspired musical stands the test of time" (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday
3 April
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WHERE DO WE GO NOW   (2011)   [12A] - 1 hour 50 mins   [subtitled]

Director: Nadine Labaki
Cast: Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Leyla Hakim, Nadine Labaki


This bitter-sweet comedy is set in a remote village in Lebanon where the church and the mosque stand side by side. It follows the antics of the local women to keep their menfolk from starting yet another religious war. The women, who are heartsick over sons, fathers and husbands lost to previous flare ups, unite to distract their hot-headed men with clever ruses. The film was shot on location in three remote Lebanese villages with a cast made up entirely of non-professional actors.

"Vibrant performances and splendid storytelling" (Mark Kermode - Observer)

Friday
1 May
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PRIDE   (2014)   [15] - 2 hours

Director: Matthew Warchus
Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West


This hugely enjoyable film is inspired by an extraordinary true story. During the 1984 miners’ strike a group of gay and lesbian activists in London decided to collect money to support the strikers’ families. After being snubbed by the miners’ union the group identified a small village in south Wales and set off to deliver their donation in person. As the strike drags on the two very different groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

"One of the most irresistibly uplifting films of the year" (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

Friday
19 June
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SUNSHINE ON LEITH   (2013)   [PG] - 1 hour 40 mins

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Cast: Paul Brannigan, George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie


This appealing, heartfelt Scottish musical, an adaptation of a stage hit, features the irrepressible music of “The Proclaimers”, and is the perfect film to welcome in the summer.
At times the plot tends to be secondary to the music but it is no less enjoyable for this. It is about the power of home, hearth, family and love and is a tale of one tightknit family and the three couples bound to it as they experience the joys and heartbreaks that come with all relationships.

“A rough but lovable hit in the making” (Tim Robey - The Telegraph)

Friday
10 July
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BOYHOOD   (2014)   [15] - 2 hours 45 mins

Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke


This superb, ground-breaking movie was filmed over 12 years with the same cast and is the story of a boy named Mason who literally grows up on the screen before our eyes in a divided and mildly dysfunctional family. It charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film before and is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It is a daring film that has had consistently rave reviews and all the actors are exceptional.

“A film of extraordinary elegance, wit and beauty” (Robin Collins - The Telegraph)

Friday
7 August
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MR TURNER   (2014)   [12A] - 2 hours 30 mins

Director: Mike Leigh
Cast: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson


This impressive film explores the last years of the great eccentric English painter J.M.W.Turner (1775-1851) We see him travelling, painting, staying with the country aristocracy, delivering rambling lectures at the Royal Academy, wooing his landlady, visiting brothels (for inspiration!) and mocking his fellow painter John Constable. At one stage he has himself lashed to the mast of a ship in order to authentically paint a raging storm at sea.
In a role that seems made for him, Timothy Spall gives a magnificent growling-bear performance.

“Mr Turner is a funny, humane and visually stunning film” (Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian)

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