Biggar Little Cinema

The Community Cinema at the Corn Exchange

All our proceeds go to local organisations and Rotary charities

As we are sure you know, The Corn Exchange remains closed because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation. The Trustees will be responding to Government advice as it develops, but it is expected that the closure will be for a considerable time yet.

Biggar Little Cinema would like to thank all our supporters for their patience and understanding during these unusual and difficult times. We await further news about the closure of The Corn Exchange, and we trust that we may be able to safely show films at some time later this year.

Our Most Popular Films

Our cinema-goers often ask us which have been our most popular films over the years. With this in mind, we thought we would rummage through our archives going back to our opening night in 2011, and remind ourselves of the films which have been most appreciated by our audiences. Many of these have been 'full houses' (which we love to see!) and some have become classics in their own right.

So, here we go .... an occasional feature of our most popular films, starting with our very first screening. We hope you will enjoy the trip down memory lane!

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Not surprisingly, our first full house was for our opening night film, Hope and Glory, shown on Saturday 26th March 2011. Directed by John Borman in 1987, it starred David Hayman, Sarah Miles and Ian Bannen, and featured 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.

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Actor David Hayman at the Corn Exchange on 26th March 2011

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