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First of two films this month
JANUARY
Tuesday 12th - 7.45pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
6 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature


" Beautifully made, sensitive and thought-provoking"
"A wonderful illustration of man’s inhumanity – and humanity, to man. Fabulous"
"Brilliant, memorable, sad"
"Powerful and poignant. Subtle performances"
"Rather slow
"

Short
"Very clever and beautifully drawn"
"No idea what that was about"
"Didn’t understand it but liked the way the sound matched the graphics"
"Strangely menacing"
"No more student films ever please"


During the war in Georgia in 1990, an Estonian man Margus stays behind to harvest his crop of tangerines. Ivo, his friend, also remains to manufacture the crates to carry the crop to market. In a bloody incident, Ivo is forced to take in a wounded man. A deeply affecting anti-war movie, weaving rich drama, pathos and dark humour.

Plus short film

Anomalies

About the human compulsion to meddle, probe and fiddle with things that are better left alone.

Quarterly Classics
Second of two films this month

JANUARY

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT OUR USUAL DAY
Wednesday 27
th - 7.45pm
certificate U

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature


"Dazzling ensemble work by three leads"
"Wonderful direction, perfect dialogue, delicious repartee"
"Deliriously funny!"
"Some fast paced dialogue was indistinct and hard to follow"
"Judy Holliday - brilliant"

Short
"Beautifully made, if ultimately sad reminder of past glory"
"Too long. Music much too loud"
"Very interesting insight into 1940s fashion"
"Good documentary"

Embarrassed by his girlfriend's lack of sophistication, a boorish tycoon hires a personal tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette. This backfires when pupil and teacher start to fall for one another. Based on the play by Garson Kanin this lively comedy drama is full of fabulous verbal sparring.

Plus short film

Queen Cotton
Dir. Cecil Musk, UK, 1941, 14 mins

A Technicolor introduction to the manufacture and design of woven and printed cotton fabrics.

FEBRUARY

Tuesday 9th - 7.45pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
6 out of 10
This show is featured in
APRÈS FILM
see link at the foot of this page

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature


"Wonderfully humorous with pathos"
"A gentle, thoughtful delight"
"Nothing wasted, nothing superfluous, just perfect"


Short
"Intriguing"
"Excellent animation"
"Enjoyable"

Working at Norway’s Bureau of Weights and Measures, Marie lives in a world of precisely controlled measurements and unshakeable logic, until she attends the Kilogram Convention in that most romantic of cities, Paris. This gentle, beguiling film is an absolute charmer.

Plus short film

Stardust
Director: Mischa Rozema, UK, 2013, 4 minutes
Voyager 1 witnesses unimaginable beauty and destruction

MARCH

Tuesday 8th - 7.45pm
certificate 15


AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature


"Extraordinary insight into this period; a big surprise"
"Completely absorbing"
"Really great film about so much more than hockey"
"Excellent understanding of what makes Russians tick!"
"Fascinating and what a surprise! Super choice"
"More documentaries like this, please, rather than the usual flim-flam"
"Fascinating"
"Wonderful, moving and mesmerising"
"Not very interesting"


Spellbinding history of the Red Army hockey team. As much about the propaganda machine of Cold War Soviet Union as the blood-spattered battleground of international ice hockey, this energising, often hilarious, film transcends typical sports documentaries with serious reflection and insight.

As entertaining as the slick interplay on the ice EMPIRE

APRIL

FIRST OF TWO SHOWINGS THIS MONTH
Tuesday 12t
h - 7.45pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature

"Unbelievably realistic acting. Blown away!"
"A difficult subject handled truthfully and sensitively"
"Interesting, unusual and well made"
"Thought-provoking"
"Excellent"
"Well made, touching, acting terrific"
"Unlikeable characters, but so real!"
"Too clever (or confusing) for me to engage with
"

An adolescent girl's path to independence is accelerated when her mother starts the process of gender transitioning. A distinctly original Australian indie with a dark and knowing Antipodean humour that adroitly expresses issues around gender, identity and family.

Told with ingenuity, compassion and an impressive fearlessness GUARDIAN

Quarterly Classic
APRIL

SECOND OF TWO SHOWINGS THIS MONTH
Thursday 28t
h - 7.45pm
certificate PG
NOT OUR USUAL DAY

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10

 

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature

"Sophisticated, thrilling and relentlessly gripping"
"Extraordinary tense drama with a very modern debate"
"Ahead of its time"
"Striking sound design"
"An amazing work of timeless art"
"Brilliant"

A compulsive child murderer is hunted by a desperate police force and Berlin's criminal underworld. Peter Lorre is the quietly credible psychopath in Fritz Lang's first sound film. A striking psychological thriller, a trenchant treatise on crime and justice, and a vivid portrait of the rapidly disintegrating Weimar Republic.

Razor-sharp dissection of crime and punishment OBSERVER

MAY
Tuesday 10th - 7.45pm
certificate PG
AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature


"A touching, gentle film. I felt I'd seen the "real" Japan."
"A gentle and perceptive film although a little slow."
"Beautiful, gentle film of traditions. Wonderful music."
"Superb film, excellent acting."
"Emotional story that lacked the showing of the emotion. Could have been ½ hour shorter. Beautifully shot."
"Very mediocre".


When their estranged father dies, three sisters meet their smart younger half-sister. Beautifully graceful, meticulously filmed tale of sisterly love. Kore-eda's brilliance lies in turning a story with seemingly limited dramatic potential into a heart-breaking family saga of immense emotional power.

Lovingly crafted, full of characters you won't want to leave behind
TELEGRAPH

Special Live Music Event
JUNE
Tuesday 14th - 7.45pm
certificate PG
AUDIENCE
REACTION

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

Main Feature


"Very sophisticated in plot, lighting, denouement"
"Complex, absorbing, absolutely ace! Really interesting and well composed - advanced for its time"
" So innovative and forward-thinking. Clever stuff" "Sophisticated filmmaking – plot, camera movement, gripping editing. Jillian was excellent"
"Complex, good looking, multi-layered"
"Remarkably assured given that cinema was still in its infancy – brilliant ending"
"Great framing and use of light . Good plot twist
at the end"
"
Very interesting ‘behind the scenes’ view of
early movie making"
"
Final shot worthy of any director today"

Local archive shorts:

"Priceless! A great selection; what a treat"
"Great to see"
"
Very good to pack such a lot in"
"Fascinating. Pity they were so short"

A British movie studio in the 1920s; a western and a slapstick comedy are being filmed back to back. Not only a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse at movie-making but also a searing comment on the shallowness of the star system. And there's a killer ending too!

Plus four one-minute shorts from the Archives

Motorists Make Merry (1929); motorcycle fun in Egham
Henley Finals Witnessed by Enormous Crowds (1914); the Henley Regatta
Nearing the Goal (1929); football in Reading
So This is Staines (1926); flooding along the Thames

Part of BFI Britain on Film
bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film

Quarterly Classics
Second of two films this month

JULY
Thursday 28th - 7.45pm
certificate U
AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature


"It sucked me in. A fab yarn, full-bloodedly told. Technicolour was amazing"
"Wonderful stirring stuff; terrific streams of warriors and not a CGI in sight!"
"
Still an exciting film, even though the dialogue was dated."
"Spiffing!"
"Cinematography excellent, but content farcical and ludicrous."
"Brilliant if slightly clichéd."
"Skilfully made, rousing stuff. Alas, in attitude, of its time."

"Just couldn’t relate to any of the characters or situations.
"

Director: Zoltan Korda, UK, 1939 119 minutes
Cast: John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C Aubrey Smith, June Duprez
The son of a war hero is branded a coward
by his friends and fiancée when he resigns his military commission. A rousing boys-own adventure story, exceptionally well-crafted with stirring battle scenes and plenty of British 'stiff upper lip'. All in glowing Technicolour.
Life Through a Lens
First of two films this month
JULY
Tuesday 12th - 7.45pm
certificate U
AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature


"Not like any other film I have seen"
"Amazing technique"
"Intense, intriguing, gobsmacking"
"Exuberant and playful; remarkable for its time"
"Dislike Michael Nyman's music but it was perfect for this film"
"Music too loud and a monotonous racket"
"Far too disjointed
"

Short
The Factory
"Striking"
"Love the monochromatic, industrial grunge"
"Clever but a little weird for my taste"
"Grim"
"Too gloomy"


Director: Dziga Vertov, Russia, 1929, 68 minutes silent with intertitles

Voted Sight & Sound's Greatest Documentary of All Time, this narrative-free portrait of city life uses all the cinematic techniques at Vertov's disposal - dissolves, split screen, slow motion and freeze-frames - to produce a work that is exhilarating and dazzlingly inventive. Featuring an exuberant and energetic score by Michael Nyman.

Plus short film Winner at DepicT! 2015

The Factory
Directors. Thomas Phelan/George Lewis/Jack O'Dowd, UK, 2014, 2 minutes
An old man ruminates about an ominous factory's hold on the world and possibly himself

Life Through a Lens
AUGUST
Tuesday 9th - 7.45pm
certificate 15
AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature


"Superbly crafted, totally engaging documentary. Another insight into the complex mess that is contemporary American culture"

"Sad, interesting, informative, incredible – can’t believe this happens in a ‘developed’ nation"
"Brilliant"
"Electrifying, heart-breaking and a persuasive indictment of US gun law and Florida’s gormless ‘Stand Your Ground’ law"
"Powerful and moving, material expertly assembled into a gripping documentary"
"A hard watch. An important film; well-made, very difficult to consider ‘entertainment’. Compelling"


Short

A2042

"Disturbing for all the right reasons"
"Perhaps a bit too short!"
"Thoughtful and thought-provoking"
"A good prequel to the main feature"


Director: Marc Silver, US, 2015, 99 minutes
Cast: Leland Brunson, Angela B Corey, Ron Davis, John Guy

In 2012, teenager Jordan Davis was the victim of a brutal gun crime that shocked the citizens of Jacksonville, Florida. With unprecedented access to everything from police tapes to trial recordings to private phone conversations, this searing documentary is a uniquely compelling real-life legal thriller.

Plus short film Winner at DepicT! 2015

A2042
Director: David Castro González, Spain, 2013,
2 minutes
A man has a panic attack in the street. Why?

Life Through a Lens
First of two films this months
SEPTEMBER

Tuesday 13th - 7.45pm
certificate
U AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature

"I cannot imagine how this subject could have been filmed better"
"Fascinating. I would have liked to know detail at each stage- but what an art!. Timeless…(and so tidy!)"
"Riveting (but no H&S!!)"
"Good to know these techniques are still alive and by such dedicated people"
"Fine editing created suspense as the process was revealed. A meditation on art and craft. So intriguing!"
"I knew the process, but what a revelation as to how much effort was involved"
"Showed the timeless skill in controlling the process"
"The interplay of the archive material and modern film was amazing"
"Compulsive and absorbing"
"Fascinating and very satisfying"
"A cross between watching paint dry, frustration at not understanding the process and interest!"

Short
Hand Maid

"Hands reveal so much"
"Effective in transmitting its meaning in only 90 seconds."
"Silly woman! She should have hidden some of the money before she got home!!"
"How versatile the hands are"
"Telling"
"An original take on some women’s lot
"
"Perfect accompaniment to main feature"
"Really too short to comment on"
"Too short to tune in to"
"Not sure what the point was"
"Excellent "

Director: Francesco Clerici, Italy, 2015, 77 minutes Italian with subtitles
Featuring: Velasco Vitali, Lino De Ponti, Luigi Contino
Taking you inside the heart of an historic bronze foundry in Milan that still uses lost-wax casting, a technique that dates back to the 4th-century BC, this visually poetic film shows how integral both artist and artisan are

to the act of creation.

Plus short film

Hand Maid

Directors: Karim Souissi/Robin Wijnhold/Reda Zniber, Moroco, 2012, 2 minutes
A day in the life of a Moroccan maid told through her hands.
Winner at DepicT! 2015

Life Through a Lens
Second of two films this month
SEPTEMBER
Tuesday 27th - 7.45pm
certificate U

Director: David Evans UK, 2014, 94 minutes

The long shadow of the Nazi legacy that hangs over modern Germany is examined in this uncomfortable, riveting film; its focus is on the very personal experience of two men - sons of key architects of Hitler's policies in the Nazi empire.

Plus short film

Home Movie
Dirrctor: Caroline Pick, UK, 2013, 17 minutes
A story of immigration, dislocation, assumed identities and secrets.
Winner Best Documentary Short and Winner Audience Choice Award at WOFFF 2015.


First of two films this month

OCTOBER

Tuesday 11th - 7.45pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
7 out of 10
Short
8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature


" Very grim but clever - I didn't like it very much but it's compelling."
" Enjoyed the cinematography, the music, the film references; expect I'd have given it a higher rating if I'd seen it in the 60s."
" Lots to admire. Ravishing to look at and haunting music, but for me, lacks something."
" I didn't understand it then either. BB was gorgeous of course"
" Slow and a bit boring."
" Cardboard characters in contrived situations, speaking circular dialogue that comes perilously close to disappearing up its own artistry - nicely shot, though"

Short
Conformity Juice
" Good idea explored with wit."
" Very enjoyable but short."
" Great fun. Silly but made me laugh. Very enjoyable."
" Conformity brilliantly put over in a few moments."
" Wonderfully pithy."

Director: Jean-Luc Godard, French, 1963
103 minutes. French with subtitles.
Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli
Bardot's best performance in this emotionally raw account of a marital break-up set against the intrigues of the international film industry. With its sumptuous Mediterranean colours, it has the weight and resonance of classical tragedy.

Plus short film
'Conformity Juice'
Director: Rosa Fisher, UK, 2015, 2 minutes
Exploring what it takes to break the mould.

Quarterly Classics
Second of two films this month
OCTOBER
Wednesday 26th - 7.45pm
certificate PG

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
Short
6 out of 10
Director: Jean-Luc Godard, French, 1960
90 minutes. French with subtitles
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
In an audacious directorial debut, Godard redefines the rules of cinematic storytelling in this thrilling homage to American gangster flicks. It immortalized Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg and continues to influence film and fashion to this day.

Plus short film
'Somewhere Else'
Director: Edwin Mingard, UK, 2015, 2 minutes
A young couple reminisce about meeting, and getting lost, in night-time London.

NOVEMBER

Tuesday 8th - 7.45pm
certificate 151

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
6 out of 10


AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature


"Full of literary, political and other references. Elements in common with A Bout de Souffle, including a clearly doomed relationship. Should have been Marianne la Folle. Belmondo was as cool as ever cf Steve McQueen. Didn't like it but it was absorbing."
"As baffling second time around as the first! Colour and score lovely and some witty dialogue.
"Le Fou" sums it up. Quiet surreal, some amusing moments. Good photography."
"Self-indulgent. Needed some editing."
"I fully understand the impact at the time but it looked so dated - the forced 'wackiness', the posing. So unsubtle. Best thing was the cinematography, which was glorious!"
"Pretty pointless. Couldn't wait for it to end. At least I gave it a try".
"Comprenez? Non."


Director: Jean-Luc Godard, French, 1965
107 minutes. French with subtitles
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Dick Sanders
A triumphant summation of everything Godard had so far achieved, this pulp-noir anti-thriller was shot in dazzling primary colours and loaded with references to literature, painting, other movies and pop culture.

Plus short film
'The Date'
Director: Johannes Andersson, Sweden,
2015, 1 min
Everyone dreams of a perfect first date. But things don't always go as planned
...
[Due to technical difficulties, the short film The Date was not screened.]

DECEMBER

Tuesday 13th - 7.45pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature


"The best Christmas film I've ever seen!"
"Sinister and different."
"Really excellent choice for Christmas. The location was wonderful and the cinematography superb."
"Great story with real dark subject matter - be good or else!"
"Very quirky, unusual, and original."
"Child actor very good, natural performance."

Director:
Jalmari Helander, Fin/Now/Fr/Swe, 2010, 83 mins Finnish with subtitles
Cast: Tommi Korpela, Per Christian Ellefsen, Ville Virtanen, Jorma Tommila

In the depths of the Lapland mountains lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas - the original Santa has been unloosed. Black humour and a strange mix of revisionist mythology, gruesome horror and authentic Christmas spirit make this a must for all bah-humbug types after an alternative festive classic.

A rare treat VARIETY


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