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Sci-Fi Season
JANUARY
Tuesday 13th - 7.45pm
certificate U


AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

"Super film. Hugely unusual for 1951"
"Very good remastered print. Stood the test of time well. Good special effects"
"A very thought-provoking film - not at all what I was
expecting + with a "message". I was not disappointed (and I expectedI would be!!)"
"Surprisingly topical! (paranoia about the "other", the role of media in stoking fear and paranoia)"
"Cool flying saucer! Obviously de rigueur for TV news
reporters to wear hats. Great music, especially the
theremin*"
"Interesting from historical perspective but scarcely gripping"

*An early electronic musical instrument. Original patent 1928.

An alien lands in Washington DC to warn the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. Classic sci-fi fable with an incisive script by Edmund North and a Bernard Herrmann score that reinforces the atmosphere of strangeness and potential menace.

Quarterly Classic
JANUARY

Thursday 29th - 7.45pm
certificate PG

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

"Outstanding. Wonderful, sometimes framed cinematography; terrific acting, very moving, shocking, sad – and then the poignant, ‘open’ending"
"A film that stood the test of time"
"A universal road move. The stars? Ma Joad and that automobile".
"One of the best “Golden Oldies"

"Cinematically very powerful but too obvious ‘set piece’ scenes"

A poor Midwest family, forced off of their land, is compelled to search for work in Depression-ridden California. Ford's film, shot by Gregg Toland with magnificent, lyrical simplicity, captures the stark plainness of the migrants, stripped to a few possessions, left with innumerable relations and little hope.

FEBRUARY

Please note the main feature only is also being shown on Monday evening.
The BFS selection including a short film is on Tuesday
10th - 7.45pm
certificate 12A

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

"Polish history and reality in one masterpiece. Totally brilliant"
"Amazing journey back to 60’s in Poland. Extremely detailed
stunning picture"
"Breathtaking scenes, really beautifully made, sad and subtle"
"Highly atmospheric, but some loose ends"


On the verge of taking her vows a young novitiate nun discovers a dark family secret dating back to the Second World War. Tender and bleak, funny and sad, superbly photographed in luminous monochrome, this powerful, poignant story features fine, intelligent performances.

A masterwork TELEGRAPH

Plus
short film on 10 Feb
'Rosemary Jane'
Director: Carolina Petro, UK, 2013, 17 minutes.
A recently bereaved woman seeking something to help her relax encounters a different way of life.

Winner Best British Short, Encounters Film Festival 2013

MARCH

Tuesday 10th - 7.45pm
certificate PG

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
6 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature
"Fantastic"
"A real surprise, a great print and wonderful dialogue – so modern!"
"Strangely compelling"
"Very dark – like a Greek tragedy – depressing – well made"
"Tedious and pretentious tosh. I was praying for it to end"

Short
"For someone of my age this was a real trip into another time"
"As a propaganda film for the requirements of the day, an interesting backward look"
"Reverent tone contrasted with today’s inclination to mock"
"Almost embarrassing to hear the commentary!"

Blanche is the young, pure, beautiful wife of an aged baron. Every man is in love with her, including the King and his servant Bartolomeo. Rarely seen, this idiosyncratic film revels in a unique visual style resembling a medieval fresco, and a period-instruments soundtrack years ahead of its time.

A mesmerising tapestry ELECTRIC SHEEP

Plus short film

Royal Road
British Movietone News, UK, 1941, 10 mins
A look at both the public-facing activities and private life of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during the Second World War.
The Annual General Meeting of Bracknell Film Society will be held in the cinema commencing at approximately 9.45pm,
following the screening of 'Blanche'

APRIL
Tuesday 14th - 7.45pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature
"Captured the man warts and all"
"Moving, vibrant and inspirational"
"An amazing experience and eye opener of life in Nigeria at
that time. Food for thought"
"Confused"
"Very tedious"

Short

"Very sad - must be the experience of so many"
"Portrayed a somewhat tragic story of displacement & loss"
"Great impact for such a short film"
"Thought provoking - but too short to make a real impression"


Absorbing documentary exploring Nigerian musician and
political activist Fela Kuti, the man who created Afrobeat and fought the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. With his audacious music and considerable personal courage Kuti helped Nigeria towards democracy.

Music as a pulsating form of protest comes through loud and clear TIME OUT

Plus short film

Adrift
Above the Arctic Circle a displaced Ugandan ruminates on how he got here.

Quarterly Classics
APRIL

Thursday 30th - 7.45pm
certificate PG

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS
"First saw this in the early 60's and thought it was brilliant. Pleased
to say I still feel the same about it."
"A timeless masterpiece."
"Sombre but compelling. Superb imagery."
"Each time I see it, I see more in it."
"Very impressive & I agree - classic. A very worthwhile experience.""
"Beautifully shot, interesting & sometimes scary - but I found it a bit
tedious!"
"Naïve."
"Beyond me!"

A Crusader knight seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against Death in Plague-ravaged medieval Sweden. A brilliant metaphor for man's attempt to defy mortality's gravity through his accomplishments, Bergman's dark masterpiece effortlessly sees off the revisionists and the satirists.

Austerely beautiful OBSERVER

MAY
THE BFS 1000th FILM SHOWING
Tuesday 12
th - 7.45pm
certificate PG

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
10 out of 10
Short
8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature
"Two well matched films"
"Truly superb!"
"Outstanding, excellent choice for special occasion"
"Near perfect film!"
"Rather boring"

Our audience awarded the main feature the best score possible 10/10!
Short
'It Was Called Film'
"Wonderful idea and a gem to keep as memento"
"Nostalgic, enlightening. Bit like the loss of steam trains"
"Very interesting, well done"
" Poor sound, spoilt this film"

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's cinema and formed a deep friendship with the projectionist. A truly delightful film about the magic of cinema. What better film to celebrate the 1000th title shown by Bracknell Film Society in its 55 years?

JUNE
Tuesday 9th - 7.45pm
certificate TBC

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature
"Hauntingly beautiful, very colourful, you could immerse yourself and almost be in this lovely country"
"Restores your faith in human beings"
"Heartfelt story, told well with wonderful photography and wonderful young actors!"
"A very beautiful and elegant film"


In an exclusive preview for Berkshire, Bracknell Film Society is delighted to show 'The Forgotten Kingdom' the first feature film to be produced in Lesotho

Directed by Andrew Mudge, Southern Sotho with subtitles
Cast: Zenzo Ngqobe, Lebohang Ntsane, Nozipho Nkelemba

A young man reluctantly journeys to his ancestral land of Lesotho to bury his estranged father, and finds himself drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and his homeland. Lesotho's mountainous landscapes, communities and complex cultural identity provide the backdrop to this richly layered delight.

Plus short film

Home
Director: Thomas Gleeson, NZ, 2013, 11 mins
Documentary about an abandoned mobile home transported across New Zealand where it is lived in and loved.

This evenings programe is also discussed in the 'APRÈS FILM' feature. See link below.

First of two films this month.
JULY

Tuesday 14th - 7.45pm
certificate 12A

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
Short
6 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature
"Fabulous photography and great twist. Very enjoyable"
"Absorbing, smooth, perfect ending"
"Slow but stunning. Wonderful soundtrack"
"Interesting if a little shallow plot"
"Very slow-strange it did not capture the period"
"Started off well, but descended into self-indulgence. Odd".


Short
"Unique/original"
"Hilarious - loved the animation"
"Nice idea but too whimsical"
"Missed the point"


A disfigured concentration-camp survivor, unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged post-war Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis. A dark, intricate and psychologically complex film noir confirming Petzold as one of the most accomplished filmmakers working today.

Plus short film

In the Air is Christopher Gray
Director: Felix Massie, UK, 2013, 10 mins
In an attempt to impress a girl Christopher determines to perform a stunt on his bicycle. Entertaining animation.

Second of two films this month.
JULY

Thursday 30th - 7.45pm
certificate U

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

"Great fun from beginning to end"
"Stellar cast, polished, witty, the best kind of American romantic comedy"
"Perfect; scintillating- who could ask for anything more?"

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey
When a privileged woman's ex-husband and a tabloid reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. Cukor's dazzling, elegant firecracker of a comedy is a highpoint of sophisticated Hollywood comedy.

Utterly beguiling, funny and romantic GUARDIAN

AUGUST
Tuesday 11t
h - 7.45pm
certificate 12A

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
Short
8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature
"gorgeous and heart-breaking"
"a remarkable film"
"a profound story, well-told
"

Short
"a little gem
"
"intriguing and thought-provoking"
"exquisite animation style"

A once bustling city is now near-silent, kept in order by men who patrol the winding streets dispensing swift justice to anyone who contravenes their law. Hard-hitting, moving portrayal of a recent reality.

A brilliant portrait of a place ruled by religion and a people traumatised by division GUARDIAN

Plus short film

Cargo Cult
Dir. Bastien Dubois, Fr, 2013, 12 mins
During the Pacific war on the coast of Papua New Guinea, the Papuans want to claim the god Cargo's gifts by developing a new rite.

SEPTEMBER
Tuesday 8th - 7.45pm
certificate PG

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature
" what a treat!"
"surprisingly modern with spot-on visual gags"
"really fresh, funny and relevant"

A flapper with a questionable reputation enjoys a lively night of dancing and finds herself romantically linked to her boss. Colleen Moore, 30 going on 15, is dazzling in this elegant late silent-era romantic comedy.

First of two films this month.
OCTOBER
Tuesday 13th - 7.45pm
certificate PG TBC

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

"splendid cinematography and performances"
"beautifully filmed, atmospheric music, touching and difficult storyline"
"a well-rounded story that builds inexorably to a satisfying conclusion"

Short
"a little gem"
"amusing"
"a shame it was so short"

Western Arabia, 1916. A young Bedouin boy and his brother embark on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer on a mission. Striking coming-of-age drama shot on location against the ravishing landscape of Jordan.

Plus short film

'Behind the Journey'
Directors: Luka Bajt and Yoon Duck Kim, UK, 2013

Quarterly Classic
Second of two films this month.

OCTOBER
PLEASE NOTE EARLY START and THURSDAY IS NOT OUR USUAL DAY
Thursday 29
th - 7.00pm
certificate PG

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10

A poor village recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves against attack by bandits. Beautifully constructed, Kurosawa's masterpiece testifies to his admiration for John Ford; and the percussive power of his editing still grips today. Pure cinematic dynamite.

THERE WILL BE A 15 MINUTE INTERVAL DURING THIS SHOWING.

Bracknell Film Society presents….
Rock Docs

Three enthralling documentaries about contemporary music groups - each an intimate portrait of the individuals behind the band and their not-always harmonious interplay: Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Oil City Confidential, The Punk Syndrome.
First of three films. Part of the 'Rock Docs' sequence of three shows

NOVEMBER
Tuesday 10th - 7.45pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

"surprisingly, a very deep film"
"gripping stuff"
"heavy metal in a new light"
"it's only rock and roll, but I like it - yes, I do!!"


Headbangers meet the headshrinker in this faultlessly brilliant and savagely funny documentary, as the middle-aged rockers confront personal demons and their relationships with a $40,000-a-month therapist to guide them through tailor-made group therapy.

Whether you know everything or nothing about Metallica, it will rock you BBC FILMS

Second of three films. Part of the 'Rock Docs' sequence of three shows

NOVEMBER
Tuesday 24th - 7.45pm
c
ertificate 15

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
8 out of 10
The story of Dr Feelgood, four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early 70s. With contributions from members of The Clash, Blondie and The Sex Pistols, Julien Temple expertly documents ground-breaking British musicians with a rugged piece of pulp entertainment.

Beautifully photographed, superbly edited and utterly involving TIMEOUT

Plus short film

'Cool Unicorn Bruv'
Director: Ninian Doff, UK, 2013, 90 secs
Mythical and modern transport choices.

Third of three films. Part of the 'Rock Docs' sequence of three shows

DECEMBER
PLEASE NOTE MONDAY IS NOT OUR USUAL DAY
Monday 7th - 7.45pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
Forthcoming
Representing Finland in this year's Eurovision, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät is a punk band whose middle-aged members are all learning disabled. Opening a window on their world, this film makes a tacit but eloquent case for punk being a great, liberating musical medium.

Candid and compassionate EMPIRE

Plus short film

'Fear of Flying'
Director: Conor Finnegan, UK, 2013, 9 mins
A small bird with a fear of flying avoids heading south for the winter.

*Audience members are handed a voting slip at the begining of a performance, inviting
them to vote and comment on the film(s) shown that evening.
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