Biggar Little Cinema was founded in February 2011, and is run as a community cinema on a non-profit basis by members of the Rotary Club of Biggar. We are a not-for-profit organisation, and our aim is to disburse all the surplus from our screenings to support local organisations and Rotary projects..
We also aim to provide the opportunity for members of an isolated rural community to enjoy good films without having to make a round trip of 60 miles or more to the commercial cinema.
We conducted a detailed audience survey at the end of our first full season, asking viewers which of our films they had especially enjoyed, and the type of film they would like to see in the future. We have been informed by these comments, and have borne them in mind when selecting titles for our screenings. Hence, our objectives are to choose up-to-date films, many of them award winners, with a wide audience appeal, as well as films which we believe offer something a little unusual, and hence of special interest to cinemagoers.
On this page you will find information on each of our films, in chronological order of screening. To view more details on any of them, just click on the poster at the left of each synopsis.
Our first film, shown on Saturday 26th March 2011, was Hope and Glory, directed by John Borman in 1987, starring David Hayman, Sarah Miles and Ian Bannen, and featuring Sebastian Rice-Edwards. To launch Biggar Little Cinema, David Hayman made a personal appearance and introduced the film. Proceeds from the evening went to David Hayman's charity 'Spirit Aid'.
Hope and Glory won 5 international awards, and was nominated for 23, including 5 Oscars. The film won a BAFTA Award for Susan Wooldridge as Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Among others, it won the US Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. It also won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Film.
A semi-autobiographical project by acclaimed Director John Boorman, the film tells the story of a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the Blitz of World War II. For a young boy, this time in history was more of an adventure, a total upheaval of order, restrictions and discipline. Seen through his eyes, the fireworks provided by the Blitz every night are as exciting as they are terrifying. As the bombing continues, his family's will to survive brings them closer together.
During this period, Bill learns about sex, death, love, hypocrisy, and the faults of adults as he prowls the ruins of bombed houses on Rosehill Avenue. His father is off chasing patriotic dreams of glory from behind a military clerk's typewriter; his mother can't cope; his teenage sister runs wild; and Bill's life is about to change forever.
Saturday 26th March 2011 at 7.30pm
Actor David Hayman at the Corn Exchange on 26th March 2011
Made in Dagenham (2010) - Cert 15
Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Jaime Winstone star in this comedy drama about the Ford car workers' strike of 1968.
In 1968, the Ford car factory in Dagenham is one of the largest single private employers in the United Kingdom. In addition to the thousands of male employees, there are also 187 underpaid women machinists who primarily assemble the car seat upholstery in poor working conditions.
Dissatisfied, the women, represented by the shop steward and Rita O'Grady, played by Sally Hawkins, work with union rep Albert Passingham, played by Bob Hoskins, for a better deal. However, Rita learns that there is a larger issue in this dispute considering that women are paid a fraction of the men's wages for the same work across the board on the sole basis of their gender. Refusing to tolerate this inequality any longer, O'Grady leads a strike by her fellow machinists for equal pay for equal work.
What follows would test the patience of all involved in a grinding labour and political struggle that ultimately would advance the cause of women's rights around the world.
Saturday 30th April 2011 at 7.30pm
The King's Speech (2010) - Cert 12A
Winner of 4 Oscars, The King's Speech stands to be the most successful British film of all time.
This biopic charts the lifelong struggle of King George VI, played by Colin Firth, to overcome his speech impediment. Suffering from a stammer from the age of 4 or 5, the young Prince Albert dreads any public speaking engagement.
He tried many different therapies over many years, but it was only when he met Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, a speech therapist, that he truly began to make progress. Logue did not have a medical degree, but had worked as an elocution coach in the theatre and also with shell-shocked soldiers after World War I. Through a variety of techniques - and much hard work - George VI learns to speak in such a way as to make his impediment a minor problem, and delivers a faultless speech, heard around the world by radio, when Britain declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939. The King and Logue remained lifelong friends.
A wonderful supporting cast, including Helana Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth and Derek Jacobi as Archbishop Cosmo Lang, make this a film not to be missed.
Friday 27th May and Saturday 28th May 2011, both evenings at 7.30pm
Unstoppable (2010) - Cert 12A
Based on the true story of the CSX 8888 Incident in 2001, where a train ran through North-Western Ohio with nobody at the controls, the film stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pine as railroad employees who attempt to stop a runaway freight train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals.
As in the original incident, a number of the train's tank wagons contain thousands of gallons of molten phenol, a toxic ingredient of paints and dyes harmful when it is inhaled, ingested, or comes into contact with the skin.
Directed by Tony Scott, who also directed Man on Fire (2004) and The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), this Oscar-nominated film is undoubtedly an action movie, but is also a political allegory about an economy out of control and industries that are weakened by layoffs, under-staffing and corporate callousness.
Saturday 25th June 2011 at 7.30pm
True Grit (2011) - Cert 15
The first adaption of Charles Portis' 1968 novel was released in 1969. John Wayne starred as US Marshal Rooster Cogburn. He won his only Academy Award, for Best Actor, for his performance in the film. He also won a Golden Globe. Wayne reprised his role as Cogburn in the 1975 sequel Rooster Cogburn.
Ethan Coen, one of the brothers who directed and produced the 2011 film, said that it would be a more faithful adaptation of Charles Portis' novel than the 1969 version.
Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest US Marshal she can find, a man with 'true grit', Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn.
Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not support her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes.
The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has their 'grit' tested.
Sunday 30th October 2011 at 7.30pm and Monday 31st October 2011 at 7.30pm
Black Swan (2010) - Cert 15
This dark psychological thriller premiered at the Venice Film Festival to an astonished audience, and received intense critical praise upon its release, particularly for Natalie Portman's performance and Darren Aronofsky's direction. Portman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film, as well as many other Best Actress awards in several guilds and festivals, while Aronofsky was nominated for Best Director. In addition, the film itself received a nomination for Best Picture, and was commended as the best US produced film of the year.
Its plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet by a prestigious New York City company. The production requires a ballerina to play both the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. One dancer, Nina (Portman), is a perfect fit for the White Swan, while Lily (Mila Kunis) has a personality that matches the Black Swan. When the two compete for the parts, Nina finds a dark and sinister side to herself.
This provocative film is a deep and unsettling psychological twister, in which the line between reality and imagination becomes increasingly blurred. It contains strong language, numerous bloody images and sexual references.
Friday 25th November 2011 at 7.30pm and Saturday 26th November 2011 at 7.30pm
The Lion King (1994) - Cert U
Disney's The Lion King was originally released in 1994, and re-released in 2011. The combination of Disney's animation and songs by Tim Rice and Elton John made the film the year's most successful release, and the highest-grossing hand-drawn animated feature film of all time. The stage musical based on the film debuted in the West End's Lyceum Theatre in October 1999 and is still running.
The story takes place in a kingdom of anthropomorphic lions in Africa, and was influenced by the Bible tales of Joseph and Moses, the Epic of Sundiata, and the William Shakespeare play Hamlet. The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton and produced by Don Hahn. It starred a range of actors and actresses who voiced the parts, including Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson, and Whoopi Goldberg.
The Lion King won two Academy Awards, for Best Original Score, by Hans Zimmer, and Best Original Song with "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" by Elton John and Tim Rice. It also won two Golden Globes, for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Original Score.
Thursday 29th December 2011 at 2.30pm and Friday 30th December 2011 at 7.30pm
The Conspirator (2011) - Cert 12
Directed with great attention to detail and filmed with a fine period feel, this historical drama tells the story of events following the assasination of US President Abraham Lincoln in Washington D.C. in 1865. In the wake of the assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, the Vice-President, and the Secretary of State.
The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks.
Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. As the trial unfolds, Aiken realises that things are not entirely as they seem, and that there may be an unexpected twist to the story of events.
The film was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, and was released in the UK on 1st July 2011.
Friday 27th January 2012 at 7.30pm and Saturday 28th January 2012 at 7.30pm
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) - Cert 15
Directed by Thomas Alfredson, and starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy, the film is based on the 1974 best-selling novel of the same name by John le Carré.
In the bleak days of the Cold War, a mole within MI6 is undermining British counter-intelligence efforts against the Russians, leaving a trail of murder, doubt and double-crosses in his wake. An espionage veteran, George Smiley, played by Gary Oldman, is recalled from semi-retirement to uncover the double agent, leading to a spy hunt that shakes the British Secret Intelligence Service to its very foundations.
Smiley is asked to find him, without official access to any of the files in the Circus or revealing that anyone is under suspicion. With only a few old friends, his own powers of deduction, and secrecy as weapons, Smiley must unearth the spy who turned him out of the Circus.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was filmed between October and December 2010 in London, Budapest and Istanbul.
It premiered at the Venice International Film Festival on 5 September 2011, and was released in the UK on 16 September 2011.
Friday 24th February 2012 at 7.30pm and Saturday 25th February 2012 at 7.30pm
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) - Cert 15
We Need to Talk About Kevin, directed and adapted by Scottish Director Lynne Ramsay, stars Scottish actress Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Mille. It is based on American author Lionel Shriver's remarkable novel of the same name, published in 2003.
No synopsis of the film would be possible without giving away the story. Suffice to say that this is a tense and taughtly-filmed thriller about a harrowing family crisis.
The film premiered In Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it was met with considerable praise from film critics.
In December 2009, the film was acquired for distribution in the UK by Artificial Eye, with a cinema release date of 21 October 2011. In May 2010, Oscilloscope Laboratories announced that they had secured the distribution rights to release the film in North America in the winter of 2011.
Friday 30th March 2012 at 7.30pm and Saturday 31st March 2012 at 7.30pm
The Descendants (2011) - Cert 15
The film stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Beau Bridges. It was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures in the United States on 18 November 2011 after being screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
The screenplay by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash is based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Tracing the journey of land baron Matt King, struggling with unexpected occurrences in his monotonous life, The Descendants was released to widespread acclaim from critics and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It also won two Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture - Drama and Best Actor - Drama for Clooney.
Sunday 28th October 2012 at 7.30pm and Monday 29th October 2012 at 7.30pm
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) - Cert 12
The film stars an ensemble cast, featuring Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton. It is directed by John Madden, written by Ol Parker and based on the 2004 novel, These Foolish Things, by Deborah Moggach.
A desperate group of British pensioners travels to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel, a seemingly luxurious sanctuary for ‘the elderly and beautiful’ in Jaipur.
Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Friday 23rd November 2012 at 7.30pm and Saturday 24th November 2012 at 7.30pm
The Pirates! (2012) - Cert U
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is a British-American stop-motion animated adventure comedy film produced by Aardman Animations in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation. It was directed by Peter Lord, the director of Chicken Run.
The film features the voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven and Imelda Staunton.
The film is based on the first two books from Gideon Defoe's The Pirates! series, Set in 1837, it relates the story of the Pirate Captain, who leads a, rag-tag group of amateur pirates who are trying to make a name for themselves on the high seas. Other characters in the film include Charles Darwin, Queen Victoria and a trained chimpanzee named Mr Bobo!
Friday 28th December 2012 at 2.30pm and Saturday 29th December 2012 at 7.30pm
The Artist (2011) - Cert 12
The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. It was written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius and stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo.
The story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the 'talkies'.
The Artist was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five, including Best Picture, Best Director for Hazanavicius, and Best Actor for Dujardin, who was the first French actor ever to win.
It was the first French film ever to win Best Picture, the first mainly silent film to win since 1927's Wings (the first recipient of the Best Picture Award, in 1929), the first film presented in the 4:3 aspect ratio to win since 1955's Marty, and the first black-and-white film to win since 1993's Schindler's List.
Saturday 26th January 2013 at 7.30pm and Sunday 27th January 2013 at 7.30pm
Hugo (2011) - Cert U
Hugo is a 2011 US adventure drama based on Brian Selznick's novel 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' and directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a co-production of Graham King's GK Films and Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil.
The film tells thge story of a 12 year old boy who lives alone in a Paris railway station, the Gare Montparnasse. The film stars Asa Butterfield as Hugo, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helen McCrory, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law and Christopher Lee.
At the 84th Academy Awards in 2012, Hugo received five Oscars – for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing – and its 11 total nominations, including Best Picture, were the most for the evening. The film also won two BAFTAs and was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, earning Scorsese his third Golden Globe Award for Best Director.
Hugo was selected for the Royal Film Performance 2011 with a screening at the Odeon, Leicester Square in London on 28 November 2011 in the presence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, in support of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.
Friday 22nd February 2013 at 7.30pm and Saturday 23rd February 2013 at 7.30pm
Skyfall (2012) - Cert 15
Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes, featuring Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain.
James Bond's loyalty to M is challenged over secrets from her past. When MI6 is attacked, it falls to Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless of the cost to himself.
Like Quantum of Solace, the previous Bond film, Skyfall is produced by Eon Productions for MGM, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Skyfall was named as one of the top ten films of 2012 by the prestigious Producers Guild of America, which also included the film in its list of nominees for the Darryl F Zanuck award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures.
Friday 29th March 2013 at 7.30pm and Saturday 30th March 2013 at 7.30pm
Argo (2012) - Cert 15
Argo is a 2012 historical drama thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. This dramatisation is adapted from the book "The Master of Disguise" by CIA operative Tony Mendez, and Joshuah Berman's 2007 Wired article "The Great Escape" about the "Canadian Caper", in which Mendez led the rescue of six US diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
The film stars Affleck as Mendez with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman in supporting roles. It was released in North America to critical and commercial success on 12 October 2012. The film was produced by Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney.
Upon release, Argo received widespread acclaim. It also received seven nominations for the 85th Academy Awards and won three, for Best Picture, Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also won Best Film, Best Editing, and Best Director at the 66th British Academy Film Awards.
Argo also earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning Best Picture – Drama and Best Director, while being nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Arkin. It won the award for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards, with Alan Arkin being nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
Sunday 27th October 2013 at 7.30pm and Monday 28th October 2013 at 7.30pm
Life of Pi (2012) - Cert 12
Directed by Ang Lee, Life of Pi is based on an adapted screenplay by David Magee, and stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Gérard Depardieu, Tabu, and Adil Hussain.
The storyline revolves around a 16-year old Indian boy named Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, who survives a shipwreck in which his family dies. Pi is stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
The film had its worldwide premiere as the opening film of the 50th New York Film Festival at both the Walter Reade Theatre and Alice Tully Hall in New York City on 28 September 2012.
Upon release, Life of Pi became a critical and commercial success, earning over $600 million worldwide. At the 85th Academy Awards it had eleven nominations, including Best Picture, and won four (the most for the evening) including Best Director for Ang Lee. It won three BAFTAs at the 66th British Academy Film Awards. Life of Pi was also nominated for three Golden Globe Awards which included Best Picture – Drama and the Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.
Friday 22nd November 2013 at 7.30pm and Saturday 23rd November 2013 at 7.30pm
Brave (2012) - Cert U
A 2012 American computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, Brave was written by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman, and Irene Mecchi, directed by Andrews and Chapman and co-directed by Purcell.
The film's voice cast features Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, and Robbie Coltrane. To make the most complex visuals possible, Pixar completely rewrote their animation system for the first time in 25 years. It is the first film to use the Dolby Atmos sound format.
In the film, set in the Scottish Highlands, a skilled archer named Merida defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in her kingdom. After consulting a witch for help, Merida accidentally curses her family and is forced to undo the spell herself before it is too late. Brave premiered on 10 June 2012 at the Seattle International Film Festival, and was released in North America on 22 June 2012 to both highly positive reviews and box office success.
Brave won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Animated Film, the 2013 BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, and the 2013 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
Friday 27th December 2013 at 2.30pm and on Saturday 28th December 2013 at 7.30pm
Quartet (2012) - Cert 12
Quartet is a 2012 British comedy-drama film based on the play of the same title by Ronald Harwood, which ran in London's West End from September 1999 until January 2000.
It was filmed at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire, in autumn 2011. The film is actor Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut.
Quartet tells the touching and often hilarious story of Reg, Wilf and Cissy, retired former opera singers who often worked together, living in Beecham House, a retirement home for gifted musicians. The singers and musicians living in the house put on a gala concert on Giuseppe Verdi's birthday every year. Finances threaten closure of the home, but proceeds from the concert hold hope for a revival.
The arrival of Reg's ex-wife, Jean, has old rivalries and theatrical temperaments flaring up again, and it becomes unclear if the show will or will not go on. Three of the four are keen to recreate the third act quartet 'Bella figlia dell'amore' from Rigoletto - and one is not.
Sunday 26th January 2014 at 7.30pm and Monday 27th January 2014 at 7.30pm
Les Misérables (2013) - Cert U
The film stars stars an ensemble cast led by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried. It is based on the musical of the same name by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg which is in turn based on Les Misérables, the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo.
The film tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who becomes mayor of a town in France. Soon exposed, Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of the dying Fantine, but as a fugitive must also avoid being captured again by police inspector Javert. The plot spans 17 years and is set against a backdrop of political turmoil, which in the film culminates in the June Rebellion.
Les Misérables premiered in London on 5 December 2012, and was released on 25 December 2012 in the United States, on 26 December 2012 in Australia, and on 11 January 2013 in the United Kingdom. The film has received very positive reviews, with many critics praising the cast, especially the acting of Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Jackman and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Hathaway. It has also won four BAFTA Awards, including the Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hathaway). It received eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture (the first musical nominated since 2003's winner Chicago) and Best Actor for Jackman, and won three, for Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Supporting Actress for Hathaway.
Friday 28th February 2014 at 7.30pm and Saturday 1st March 2014 at 7.30pm
The Great Gatsby (2013) - Cert 15
The Great Gatsby is a 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous 1925 novel of the same name. The film is co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke.
It follows the life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his neighbour Nick, who recounts his encounter with Gatsby at the height of the Roaring Twenties.
Filming began on 5 September 2011, in Sydney, Australia. Originally scheduled for a December 2012 release, in August 2012 it was reported that the film was being moved to a Summer 2013 release date, due to conflicts in the production schedule. In September 2012, this date was confirmed as 10 May 2013, as opening film of the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
Friday 28th March 2014 at 7.30pm and Saturday 29th March 2014 at 7.30pm
Captain Philips (2013) - Cert 12A
Captain Phillips is an American thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is based on the true story of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking, an incident during which merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by pirates in the Indian Ocean led by Abduwali Muse.
The screenplay was written by Billy Ray, and is based on the 2010 book 'A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea' by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca served as producers on the project. It premiered at the 2013 New York Film Festival, and was theatrically released in the US on 11 October 2013.
The film emerged as a box office success with earnings of over $217 million against a budget of $55 million. In 2014, Captain Phillips received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Abdi. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. It also won awards from the American Film Institute, the American Cinema Editors' Institute, and the London Film Critics' Circle.
Friday 31st October 2014 at 7.30pm and Saturday 1st November 2014 at 7.30pm
Gravity (2013) - Cert 12A
Gravity is a British science fiction thriller and space drama film. It was directed, co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón, and stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts involved in the mid-orbit destruction of a space shuttle and their attempt to return to Earth.
Cuarón wrote the screenplay with his son Jonás and attempted to develop the film at Universal Studios. The rights were sold to Warner Bros, where the project eventually found traction. David Heyman, who previously worked with Cuarón on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, produced the film with him. Gravity was made in the UK, where British special effects company Framestore spent more than three years creating most of the film's visual effects, which comprise over 80 of its 91 minutes.
Gravity won seven awards at the 86th Academy Awards, the most for the ceremony, including Best Director for Cuarón, Best Cinematography for Lubezki, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Score for Price. The film was also awarded six BAFTA Awards, including Outstanding British Film and Best Director. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and seven Critics Choice Awards.
Friday 14th November 2014 at 7.30pm and Saturday 15th November 2014 at 7.30pm
Philomena (2013) - Cert 12A
Philomena is a British-French-American drama film directed by Stephen Frears, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by journalist Martin Sixsmith. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, it tells the true story of Philomena Lee's 50-year-long search for her son.
Journalist Martin Sixsmith has lost his job as a Labour government adviser, and is contemplating writing a book. He is approached at a party by the daughter of Philomena Lee. She suggests that he write a story about her mother, who was forced to give up her baby boy, Anthony, fifty years ago. Although he initially scorns the idea of writing a human interest story, he eventually meets with Philomena and after hearing her shocking story, he decides to investigate further.
Philomena received critical acclaim from reviewers upon release: "Based on a powerful true story and led by note-perfect performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena offers a profoundly affecting drama for adult filmgoers of all ages."
The film was nominated in four categories at the 86th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Dench, Best Adapted Screenplay for Coogan and Pope, and Best Original Score for Desplat. It was also nominated for four BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes.
Friday 26th December 2014 at 7.30pm and Saturday 27th December 2014 at 7.30pm
The Railway Man (2014) - Cert 15
The Railway Man is a British film, released in the UK in 2014, directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. It is an adaptation of the bestselling autobiography of the same name by Eric Lomax, and stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Hiroyuki Sanada and Jeremy Irvine.
During World War II, Eric Lomax (Irvine) is a British officer who is captured by the Japanese in Singapore and sent to a POW camp, where he is forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. During his time in the camp, Lomax is tortured by the Kempetai primarily for building a radio.
Years later and still suffering the psychological trauma of his wartime experiences, with the help of his wife Patti (Kidman) and best friend Finlay (Skarsgård), Lomax (Firth) decides to find and confront one of his captors. He returns to the scene of his torture after he has tracked down Japanese officer Takashi Nagase (Sanada) "in an attempt let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate".
The film was shot in Edinburgh and North Berwick in East Lothian and St Monans in Fife, and later in Thailand and Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
Friday 30th January 2015 at 7.30pm and Saturday 31st January 2015 at 7.30pm
12 Years a Slave (2014) - Cert 15
12 Years a Slave is a British produced and directed historical drama film. It is an adaptation of the 1853 memoir 'Twelve Years a Slave' by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African American man, who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. Northup worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for twelve years before his release. The first scholarly edition of Northup's memoir, co-edited in 1968 by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon, carefully retraced and validated the account and concluded it to be accurate.
This is the third feature film directed by British director Steve McQueen. The screenplay was written by John Ridley. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard are all featured in supporting roles. Principal photography took place in New Orleans, Louisiana. The locations used were four historic antebellum plantations: Felicity, Magnolia, Bocage, and Destrehan. Of the four, Magnolia is nearest to the actual plantation where Northup was held.
12 Years a Slave received widespread critical acclaim, by critics and audiences, for its acting (particularly for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o), Steve McQueen's direction, screenplay, production values, and its faithfulness to Solomon Northup's account. It was named the best film of the year by several media outlets. It also proved to be a box office success, earning over $178 million on a production budget of $18 million. The film won three Academy Awards: Best Picture (becoming the first film made by a black director or producer to receive the Academy's highest honour), Best Supporting Actress for Nyong'o and Best Adapted Screenplay for Ridley. It was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts recognised the film with the Best Film and the Best Actor award for Ejiofor.
Friday 27th February 2015 at 7.30pm and Saturday 28th February 2015 at 7.30pm
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) - Cert PG
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a 2014 British/American comedy-drama, directed by Lasse Hallström from a screenplay written by Steven Knight, adapted from Richard C. Morais' 2010 novel of the same name. The film stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte Le Bon, and tells the story of a feud between two adjacent restaurants - one operated by a recently-relocated Indian family and the other managed by a French sous chef (Mirren).
Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa, move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French restaurant.
The Hundred-Foot Journey was produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey for DreamWorks Pictures through their respective production companies, Amblin Entertainment and Harpo Films, in association with Participant Media and Image Nation. The film was released in the UK by Touchstone Pictures on Friday 5th September 2014, and has received very positive reviews since its release.
Friday 27th March 2015 at 7.30pm and Saturday 28th March 2015 at 7.30pm
What We Did On Our Holiday (2014) - Cert 12A
What We Did on Our Holiday is a BBC comedy film starring David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, and Billy Connolly. It is Directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, the makers of the BBC TV series 'Outnumbered'.
Doug and Abi are taking their three children on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering. They are in the midst of a difficult divorce, and have asked the kids to keep it a secret from their extended family. But as the inevitable feuds kick in, a completely unexpected turn of events involving the children causes further tensions to rise to the surface. And with the repercussions that ensue - hilarious and emotional in equal measure - the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear.
The film received praise from the critics as a classic British comedy. 'The script has winning sentimentality and a morbidly funny Ealing flavour. [It has] sincerity and genuine charm': The Telegraph. 'It’s impossible not to enjoy this big-hearted and sweet-natured British family movie from Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin - ambitious and likable family fun': The Guardian.
What We Did on Our Holiday was filmed on location in Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands between 27th June and 2nd August 2013. The film was released in the UK on 26th September 2014.
Friday 30th October 2015 at 7.30pm and Saturday 31st October 2015 at 7.30pm
The Imitation Game (2014) - Cert 12A
The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore based on the biography 'Alan Turing: The Enigma' by Andrew Hodges. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who helped solve the Enigma code during the Second World War.
The film's screenplay topped the annual Black List for best unproduced Hollywood scripts in 2011. The Weinstein Company acquired the film for $7 million in February 2014, the highest amount ever paid for U.S. distribution rights at the European Film Market. It was released theatrically in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2014 and the U.S. on 28 November 2014.
The Imitation Game was a commercial and critical success. By March 2015, it had grossed over $212 million worldwide against a $14 million production budget, making it the highest-grossing independent film of 2014. It was nominated in eight categories at the 87th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Tyldum), Best Actor (Cumberbatch), and Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley). It won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It received five nominations in the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, and was nominated in three categories at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. It also received nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.
Friday 13th November 2015 at 7.30pm and Saturday 14th November 2015 at 7.30pm
Paddington (2014) - Cert PG
Paddington is a 2014 British comedy film, directed by Paul King, written by King and Hamish McColl, and produced by David Heyman.
Based on 'Paddington Bear' by Michael Bond, the film stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of the title character, along with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Nicole Kidman in live-action roles.
Paddington received very positive reviews from film critics. The Times: 'Endearing, hilarious, and for humans of a certain vintage, tearfully nostalgic'. The Guardian: 'A charming and sweet-natured family film, full of wit and fun, skewed towards young children but cheekily speckled with sly gags pitched at the older audience'. Empire Magazine: 'Marmaladen with gloriously silly jokes, pitch-perfect performances and incidental detail, this is a warm, witty and wondrously inventive great big bear-hug of a movie'. Tomatometer: 'Paddington brings a beloved children's character into the 21st century without sacrificing his essential charm, delivering a family-friendly adventure as irresistibly cuddly as its star'.
The film tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you." and offer him a temporary haven. But little do the Browns realise just how much chaos one small bear can cause – and they soon discover that their lives will never be the same again!
Sunday 27th December 2015 at 7.30pm and Monday 28th December 2015 at 7.30pm
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - Cert 15
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy film directed by Wes Anderson. The screenplay by Anderson is from a story by Anderson and Hugo Guinness, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig. It stars Ralph Fiennes as a concierge who is framed for murder, and teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence. The film features a truly wonderful ensemble cast, including Tony Revolori, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson.
The film is a British-American-German co-production, and was filmed in Germany.
The Grand Budapest Hotel was released to general acclaim from film critics, and many included it in year-end top 10 lists.
The film received 11 BAFTA nominations, more than any other film, including Best Film and Best Director for Anderson, and Best Actor for Fiennes. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and garnered three more Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Director for Anderson.
It also received nine Academy Award nominations, the joint most (with Birdman) for the ceremony, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won the Academy Awards for Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Friday 29th January 2016 at 7.30pm and Saturday 30th January 2016 at 7.30pm
The Theory of Everything (2014) - Cert 12A
The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British-produced biographical romantic drama film, directed by James Marsh. It was adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir 'Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen' by Jane Wilde Hawking, which deals with her relationship with her ex-husband, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of motor neuron disease, and his success in physics. The film stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones with Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, Christian McKay, and David Thewlis featured in supporting roles. The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September 2014.
The Theory of Everything opened to a positive reception worldwide and was nominated for a variety of accolades in award shows and film festivals. For his performance as Stephen Hawking, Eddie Redmayne won several awards and nominations including the 2015 Academy Award for Best Actor. The film received four 2015 Golden Globe Award nominations, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for Redmayne and Best Original Score for Jóhannsson. It received three 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, winning one for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Redmayne.
The Theory of Everything received 10 nominations for the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), and went on to win three: Outstanding British Film, Best Leading Actor (for Redmayne) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for McCarten).
Friday 26th February 2016 at 7.30pm and Saturday 27th February 2016 at 7.30pm
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) - Cert PG
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2015 British comedy-drama film directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker.
It is the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and features a magnificent ensemble cast consisting of stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Tamsin Greig, Tena Desae, Dev Patel, Lillete Dubey, David Strathairn and Richard Gere.
As the story begins, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, and co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion. They've found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship. Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny's mother, Mrs. Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. As his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is Muriel, the keeper of everyone's secrets. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding.
Friday 25th March 2016 at 7.30pm and Saturday 26th March 2016 at 7.30pm
Some Like it Hot (1959) - Cert U
Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The supporting cast includes George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown, Joan Shawlee and Nehemiah Persoff.
Two struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. In an attempt to hide from their pursuers, Jerry and Joe cross-dress into an all female band. In addition to hiding, each has his own problems - one falls for another band member but can't tell her his gender, and the other has a rich suitor who will not take "No" for an answer.
Some Like It Hot is one of the best-loved and enduring comedy films of all time. For many, this is the greatest comedy ever made in Hollywood. Over 55 years later, it is still very funny and not the least bit dated. It is one of the true classics in the history of film.
All the proceeds from the special screening of the film were donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Saturday 30th April 2016 at 7.30pm
The Lady in the Van (2015) - Cert 12A
The Lady in the Van is a 2015 British comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner, written by Alan Bennett, and starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings. It tells the true story of Mary Shepherd, an elderly woman who lived in a dilapidated van on Bennett's driveway in London for 15 years. Smith previously portrayed Shepherd twice: in the original 1999 theatrical production, which earned her a Best Actress nomination at the 2000 Olivier Awards; and in the 2009 BBC Radio 4 adaptation.
Hytner directed the original stage production at the Queen's Theatre in London, while Bennett adapted the screenplay from his 1999 West End play of the same name, which was nominated at the 2000 Olivier Awards for Play of the Year. The film was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s, before allowing her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years. As the story develops Bennett learns that Miss Shepherd is really Margaret Fairchild (died 1989), a former gifted pupil of the pianist Alfred Cortot. She had played Chopin in a promenade concert, tried to become a nun, was committed to an institution by her brother, escaped, had an accident when her van was hit by a motorcyclist for which she believed herself to blame, and thereafter lived in fear of arrest.
Saturday 29th October 2016 at 7.30pm and Sunday 30th October 2016 at 7.30pm
Bridge of Spies (2015) - Cert 12A
Bridge of Spies is a 2015 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. The film stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda. Based on the 1960 U-2 incident during the Cold War, the film tells the story of lawyer James B. Donovan, who is entrusted with negotiating the release of Francis Gary Powers, a pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union, in exchange for Rudolf Abel, a captive Soviet KGB spy held under the custody of the United States. The name of the film refers to the Glienicke Bridge, which connects Potsdam with Berlin, where the spy exchange took place.
Principal photography began on 8th September 2014, in Brooklyn, New York City, and the production proceeded at Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam. The film was released by Touchstone Pictures on 16th October 2015, in North America and distributed by 20th Century Fox in the UK and other territories.
It was a box office success, grossing $164 million worldwide, and received critical acclaim, with special praise for its direction, screenplay, acting, score, and production merits. The film received six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Rylance.
Saturday 19th November 2016 at 7.30pm and Sunday 20th November 2016 at 7.30pm
The Intern (2015) - Cert 12A
The Intern is a 2015 American comedy film directed, produced and written by Nancy Meyers. The film stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in the two leading roles, with supporting performances from Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Christina Scherer, and Zack Pearlman.
Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you're already retired. Feeling bored and looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker's charm, wisdom and sense of humour help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules.
The film had its premiere in Belgium on 17th September 2015 and was released by Warner Bros in the United States on 25th September 2015.
Thursday 29th December 2016 at 7.30pm and Friday 30th December 2016 at 7.30pm
Brooklyn (2015) - Cert 12A
Brooklyn is a 2015 British-Irish-Canadian romantic drama directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Tóibín's novel of the same name. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters.
Set in 1951 and 1952, the film tells the story of a young Irish woman's immigration to Brooklyn. Eilis Lacey is a young woman from Enniscorthy, a small town in southeast Ireland. Her older sister, Rose, has arranged for her to go to the United States to find a better future. Although part of the Irish community in New York, she is still homesick. She meets Tony, from an Italian family, who is quickly interested in her and becomes her boyfriend. With these developments, Eilis begins to feel more comfortable in New York. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within them for her.
Brooklyn premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. It opened in limited release on 4th November 2015 in the United States and the UK on 6th November 2015.
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Friday 27th January 2017 at 7.30pm and Saturday 28th January 2017 at 7.30pm
Eye in the Sky (2016) - Cert 15
Eye in the Sky is a 2016 British thriller film starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, and Barkhad Abdi. The film is directed by Gavin Hood and based on a screenplay by Guy Hibbert. Filming began in South Africa in September 2014.
Eye in the Sky stars Helen Mirren as a UK army Colonel and Alan Rickman as her commanding General, in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from 'capture' to 'kill.' But actions on the ground trigger an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. As taut as it is timely, Eye in the Sky offers a powerfully acted, and unusually thought provoking, variation on the modern wartime political thriller.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was distributed in the United States with a limited release on 11th March 2016. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 8th April 2016. It was the actor Alan Rickman's last film, and is one of two national posthumous releases starring Rickman, who died of pancreatic cancer in January 2016.
The film has received very positive reviews. Alan Rickman's performance as Lieutenant General Frank Benson has been particularly well received by critics, with Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times saying "Mr. Rickman was never nominated for an Academy Award and it's probably a long shot for a posthumous supporting actor for this film - but his work here is a reminder of what a special talent he possessed."
Friday 24th February 2017 at 7.30pm and Saturday 25th February 2017 at 7.30pm
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) - Cert PG
Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin. The film stars Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who became an opera singer known for her painful lack of singing skill. Hugh Grant co-stars, and supporting cast members include Simon Helberg, Nina Arianda and Rebecca Ferguson.
In the 1940s, New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) dreams of becoming a great opera singer. Unfortunately, her ambition far exceeds her talent. The voice Florence hears in her head is beautiful, but to everyone else it is dreadful! Her husband, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), goes to extreme lengths to make sure his wife never finds out how awful her voice truly is. When Florence announces her plans for a concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair soon realizes that he's facing his greatest challenge yet.
Filming began in May 2015, and the premiere was held in London on 12 April 2016. The film was released on 6th May 2016 in the United Kingdom, 13th July in France and 12th August in the United States.
Friday 31st March 2017 at 7.30pm and Saturday 1st April 2017 at 7.30pm
The Jungle Book (1967) - Cert U
The Jungle Book was inspired by the stories about the feral child Mowgli written by Rudyard Kipling. The stories were first published in magazines in 1893–94, and subsequently, with others, as a collection, entitled The Jungle Book, in 1894.
Released on 18th October 1967, the film was the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The movie contains a number of classic songs, including The Bare Necessities and I Wan'na Be Like You. Most of the songs were written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, The Jungle Book was the last to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production. Through its original release, and two further cinema releases, the film became Disney's highest grossing cartoon, and is undoubtedly one of the greatest animated films of all time, appealing to children and adults alike.
All the proceeds from the special screening of the film were donated to Revive MS Support, Scotland.
Saturday 29th April 2017 at 7.30pm
La La Land (2016) - Cert 12A
La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The film's title refers both to the city of Los Angeles and to the idiom for being out of touch with reality.
La La Land received very high critical acclaim and was regarded as one of the best films of 2016. Critics praised Chazelle's screenplay and direction, Gosling and Stone's performances, Justin Hurwitz's score and the film's musical numbers.
The film won in every category for which it was nominated at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, with a record-breaking seven wins. It received 11 nominations at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, winning five. It received 14 nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, tying the record for most nominations with Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950), and won the awards for Best Director, Best Actress (Stone), Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song ('City of Stars') and Best Production Design.
Friday 27th October 2017 at 7.30pm and Saturday 28th October 2017 at 7.30pm
Churchill (2017) - Cert PG
Churchill is a 2017 British historical war drama film directed by Jonathan Teplitzky about the life of Winston Churchill in the hours leading up to D-Day. The film stars Scottish actor Brian Cox in the title role, with Miranda Richardson and John Slattery in supporting roles.
On 4th November 2015, it was reported that Scottish actor Brian Cox would star as Winston Churchill in a new film about the days leading up to the Normandy Landings.
On 12th February 2016 it was reported that Jonathan Teplitzky would direct the film, from a script by Alex von Tunzelmann.. Miranda Richardson and Stanley Tucci would also join the cast as Clementine Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower, respectively. On 28th April 2016, John Slattery replaced Tucci.
On 24th May 2016 it was announced that principal photography had begun. Many scenes were shot in Edinburgh and Glasgow; Arniston House was used as film location for a number of the scenes between General Eisenhower and Churchill, specifically the Oak Room, as General Eisenhower's war room, and the North exterior.
Friday 17th November 2017 at 7.30pm and Saturday 18th November 2017 at 7.30pm
Zootropolis (2016) - Cert PG
Zootropolis is a 2016 American computer-animated buddy comedy-adventure film, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 55th Disney animated feature film. It was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, co-directed by Jared Bush, and stars the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Tommy Chong, J. K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, and Shakira.
Zootropolis details the unlikely partnership between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist as they uncover a conspiracy which involves the disappearance of predator inhabitants of a mammalian metropolis. The film premiered at the Brussels Animation Film Festival in Belgium on 13 February 2016, and went into general theatrical release in the United States on 4 March.
The film received universal critical acclaim, with praise directed toward its animation, voice cast, humour, screenplay, and themes about discrimination and social stereotypes. It opened to a record-breaking box office success in several countries and has earned a worldwide gross of over $1 billion, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2016 and the 26th highest-grossing film of all time. The film was chosen by American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of 2016. The film won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Movie Award and Annie Award for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as receiving a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film.
Friday 29th December 2017 at 7.30pm and Saturday 30th December 2017 at 7.30pm
Lion (2016) - Cert 12A
Lion is a 2016 biographical film directed by Garth Davis - in his feature debut - and written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose. The film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman.
The film tells the true story of a five year old Indian boy, Saroo, who gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. He must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
The film, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2016, was given a limited release on 25 November 2016, before opening generally on 6 January 2017. It was released in Australia on 19 January 2017 and in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2017.
Lion received very positive reviews, and received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Patel), Best Supporting Actress (Kidman) and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also received five nominations at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, winning two for Best Supporting Actor (Patel) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Friday 26th January 2018 at 7.30pm and Saturday 27th January 2018 at 7.30pm
Sully (2016) - Cert 12A
Sully (also known as Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The film stars Tom Hanks as Sullenberger, with Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara in supporting roles.
The film follows Sullenberger's January 2009 emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, in which all 155 passengers and crew survived with only minor injuries, and the subsequent publicity and investigation.
Sully premiered at the 43rd Annual Telluride Film Festival on 2 September 2016, and was released in the United States by Warner Bros on 9 September 2016, in conventional and IMAX theaters.
The film received very positive reviews from critics and The American Film Institute selected it as one of its ten Movies of the Year.
Friday 23rd February 2018 at 7.30pm and Saturday 24th february 2018 at 7.30pm
Hidden Figures (2016) - Cert 12A
Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions, and also features Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson, with Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles.
Principal photography began in March 2016 in Atlanta and was wrapped up in May 2016. The film was released on 25 December 2016 by 20th Century Fox.
Hidden Figures received very positive reviews from critics and was chosen by National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2016. It was nominated for numerous awards, including three Oscars (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Spencer) and two Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actress (Spencer) and Best Original Score). It won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Friday 30th March 2018 at 7.30pm and Saturday 31st March 2018 at 7.30pm
Casablanca (1942) - Cert U
Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play 'Everybody Comes to Rick's'. The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; it also features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. Set during contemporary World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate who must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her husband, a Czech Resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.
Exceeding expectations, Casablanca went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, while Curtiz was selected as Best Director and the Epsteins and Koch were honoured for writing the Best Adapted Screenplay – and gradually its reputation grew. Its lead characters, memorable lines and pervasive theme song have all become iconic, and the film consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films in history.
Saturday 28th April 2018 at 7.30pm
Darkest Hour (2017) - Cert PG
Darkest Hour is a 2017 British and American war drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten. It stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and is an account of his early days as Prime Minister, as Nazi Germany swept across Western Europe, threatening to defeat the United Kingdom during World War II. It leads to friction at the highest levels of government between those who would make a peace treaty with Hitler, and Churchill who refused to accept the idea. The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, and Ronald Pickup.
Many critics noted Gary Oldman's performance as one of the best of his career. For his performance, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. At the 90th Academy Awards the film earned six nominations, including Best Picture, and won for Best Actor and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards it received nine nominations, winning two.
Saturday 27th October 2018 at 7.30pm and Sunday 28th October 2018 at 7.30pm
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) - Cert 12A
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a 2018 British-French historical comedy-drama film directed by Mike Newell and written by Don Roos and Tom Bezucha. The screenplay is based on the 2008 novel of the same name, written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The film stars Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, Matthew Goode, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton.
Set in 1946, the plot follows Juliet (Lily James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer who receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started during the War in German-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Michiel Huisman), the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet begins to form a picture of what it was like during the occupation. She forms an unexpected bond with the residents of the island when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. Her growing attachment to the island, the book club and her affection for Dawsey will change the course of her life forever.
Friday 23rd November 2018 at 7.30pm and Saturday 24th November 2018 at 7.30pm
Paddington 2 (2017) - Cert PG
Paddington 2 is a 2017 British live-action animated comedy film, directed by Paul King and written by King and Simon Farnaby. Based on the stories of the character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond, it is the sequel to the 2014 film Paddington, and is produced by Heyday Films and StudioCanal.
The film stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Hugh Grant in live-action roles.
Principal photography began in October 2016, and ended in June 2017. The film was released on 10th November 2017 in the United Kingdom. The film has a remarkable 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a rare occurrence, and was nominated three times at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, including for Best British Film and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for Grant.
Friday 28th December 2018 at 7.30pm and Saturday 29th December 2018 at 7.30pm
The Post (2018) - Cert 12A
The Post is a 2017 American historical political thriller film, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. It stars Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of The Washington Post, with Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, and Matthew Rhys in supporting roles.
Set in the early 1970s, The Post depicts the true story of attempts by journalists at The Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents regarding the 30-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War.
The Post received very positive reviews, with critics praising the performances in the film, particularly those of Streep, Hanks, and Odenkirk, and noting the references and allusions to the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. The Post was chosen by the National Board of Review as the best film of the year and was named as one of the top 10 films of the year by Time and the American Film Institute. The film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress (for Streep) at the 90th Academy Awards, and also received six nominations at the 75th Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actress – Drama (for Streep), Best Actor – Drama (for Hanks), Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.
Friday 25th January 2019 at 7.30pm and Saturday 26th January 2019 at 7.30pm
The Children Act (2018) - Cert 12
The Children Act is a 2018 drama film directed by Richard Eyre, produced by Duncan Kenworthy, and written by Ian McEwan, based on his 2014 novel of the same name. It stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead.
Fiona Maye (Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack (Tucci) is at a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Whitehead), a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.
Friday 22nd February 2019 at 7.30pm and Saturday 23rd February 2019 at 7.30pm
Finding Your Feet (2017) - Cert PG
Finding Your Feet is a 2018 British romantic comedy-drama directed by Richard Loncraine from an original screenplay by Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard.
The film stars Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, John Sessions and Josie Lawrence.
‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years (John Sessions) is having an affair with her best friend (Josie Lawrence). She seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie).
Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling who lives on an inner-city council estate. But difference is just what Sandra needs, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class where she meets her sister's friends, Charlie (Timothy Spall), Jackie (Joanna Lumley) and Ted (David Hayman). This colorful group of defiant and energetic third-agers start to show Sandra that retirement is a beginning, and that divorce could be her new lease of life and love.
Friday 29th March 2019 at 7.30pm and Saturday 30th March 2019 at 7.30pm
Singin' in the Rain (1952) - Cert U
Singin' in the Rain is one of the great classic films of all time, a 1952 American musical-romantic comedy film directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. It stars Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to ‘talkies’.
When the change is being made from silent films to ‘talkies', everyone has trouble adapting. Don and Lina have been cast repeatedly as a romantic couple, but when their latest film is remade into a musical, only Don has the voice for the new singing part. After a lot of practice with a diction coach, Lina still sounds terrible, and Kathy, a bright young aspiring actress, is hired to record over her voice.
Saturday 13th April 2019 at 7.30pm
Stan & Ollie (2018) - Cert PG
Stan & Ollie is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Jon S. Baird and written by Jeff Pope. Based on the later years of the lives of the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, the film stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. It premiered in October 2018 at the BFI London Film Festival. The film was released in the United States on 28 December 2018 and in the UK on 11 January 2019.
Laurel and Hardy -- the world's greatest comedy team -- face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them. The duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953. The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can't quite shake the past as long-buried tension and Hardy's failing health start to threaten their precious partnership
At the 76th Golden Globe Awards, Reilly was nominated for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards the film earned three nominations, including Best British Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Coogan.
Saturday 26th October 2019 at 7.30pm and Sunday 27th October 2019 at 7.30pm
First Man (2018) - Cert 12
First Man is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle and written by Josh Singer. Based on the book 'First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong' by James R. Hansen, the film stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, alongside Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, and Lukas Haas, and follows the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in 1969. Steven Spielberg served as an executive producer.
The film was very well received by audiences and critics alike, and received numerous accolades, including two nominations at the 76th Golden Globe Awards (winning Best Original Score), ten nominations at the 24th Critics' Choice Awards (winning Best Editing and Best Score), seven nominations at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards, and four nominations at the 91st Academy Awards (winnning Best Visual Effects).
Friday 15th November 2019 at 7.30pm and Saturday 16th November 2019 at 7.30pm
Smallfoot (2018) - Cert U
Smallfoot is a 2018 computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Warner Animation Group. Based on the children’s book 'Yeti Tracks' by Sergio Pablos, the film stars the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, and Jimmy Tatro.
An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down. Migo is a friendly Yeti whose world gets turned on it's head when he discovers something that he didn't know existed -- a human. He soon faces banishment from his snowy home when the rest of the villagers refuse to believe his fantastic tale. Hoping to prove them wrong, Migo embarks on an epic journey to find the mysterious creature that can put him back in good graces with his simple community.
The film was highly praised for appealing to both children and adults, and for raising more serious themes like friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.
Friday 27th December 2019 at 7.30pm and Saturday 28th December 2019 at 7.30pm
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) - Cert 12A
Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biographical film about Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the British rock band Queen. It follows the singer's life from when he joins the band in 1970 to their 1985 Live Aid performance at the original Wembley Stadium in London.
The film was directed by Bryan Singer from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, and produced by Graham King and Queen manager Jim Beach. It stars Rami Malek as Mercury, with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, and Mike Myers in supporting roles. Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor served as consultants.
Bohemian Rhapsody received numerous accolades, including a leading four awards at the 91st Academy Awards for Best Actor (Malek), Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing; it was also nominated for Best Picture. The film won Best Motion Picture – Drama at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, and was nominated for the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture and BAFTA Award for Best British Film, while Malek won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA for Best Actor.
Friday 31st January 2020 at 7.30pm and Saturday 1st February 2020 at 7.30pm
Green Book (2018) - Cert 12A
Green Book is a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. Set in 1962, the film is inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Italian American bouncer Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard.
The film was written by Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie and Vallelonga's son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother. The film is named after 'The Negro Motorist Green Book', a mid-20th century guidebook for African-American travellers, written by Victor Hugo Green.
The film won the National Board of Review award for the best film of 2018, and was also chosen as one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute. The film received numerous accolades and nominations, and at the 91st Academy Awards in 2019 won Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. The film also won the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, while Ali won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA awards for Best Supporting Actor.
Friday 28th February 2020 at 7.30pm and Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7.30pm
Fisherman's Friends (2019) - Cert 12A
Fisherman's Friends is a 2019 British biographical comedy-drama directed by Chris Foggin from a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth. The film is based on a true story about Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends, a group of Cornish fishermen from Port Isaac, who were signed by Universal Records and achieved a top 10 hit with their debut album of traditional sea shanties.
A fast living, cynical London music executive reluctantly heads to Cornwall on a colleague’s stag weekend where he is pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty-singing fishermen. He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’, struggling to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely band who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. Attempting to overcome the fishermen’s scepticism about the music business, he finds himself drawn into the community, has his integrity tested and is shown the meaning of loyalty, love and friendship. This forces him to re-evaluate what really matters in life, ultimately giving him the chance of a different kind of success.
Fisherman's Friends stars an ensemble cast headed by Daniel Mays, James Purefoy and Tuppence Middleton with David Hayman, Noel Clarke, Dave Johns, Maggie Steed, Sam Swainsbury and Christian Brassington playing key supporting roles. The film was produced by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and James Spring, who produced the hit film Finding Your Feet.
Scheduled for Friday 27th March 2020 at 7.30pm and Saturday 28th March 2020 at 7.30pm, but screenings cancelled due to closure of The Corn Exchange