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First of several showings this month
JANUARY

Tuesday 14th - 7.30pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature

"Managed to be both very funny and very meaningful - down to excellent performances and real feeling for characters and place."
"Great sense of place and super dynamic between the kids, particularly the two brothers."
"Best line - 'Dopeheads laugh at nothing and cry at everything' - I'm still laughing."
"Delightful - and touching. Lovely NZ scenery
."

And the short - Family Dinner
"Camerawork dizzying, though showed the zig-zag of conversation."
"Very witty and slick sequence of dialogue."
"Well-constructed, captured the modern family dinner table well."


Director: Taika Waititi, New Zealand, 2010, 88 minutes English and Maori with some subtitles
James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi
New Zealand, 1984. An 11-year-old boy, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father.
Outwardly simple, yet inwardly complex, this soulful coming of age debut from
Taika Waititi tells of a young boy's harsh reality deflected by fantasy.

Comic yet poignant with wonderfully natural performances
NY TIMES

Plus short
Family Dinner
Director: Ashley P Saunders, UK, 2017, 140 seconds
A typical family dinner where the conversation could lead anywhere.

THIS MONTH BRACKNELL FILM SOCIETY CELEBRATED ITS 60TH BIRTHDAY.
SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS OF FILMS SHOWN DURING OUR SPECIAL WEEKEND OF SHOWS.

Quarterly Classic
JANUARY

Thursday 30th - 7.30pm
certificate U

SPECIAL EVENT
Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO

Director: Vincente Minnelli, US, 1943, 99 minutes
Cast: Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong
Finding himself in purgatory, a compulsive gambler is sent back to Earth to prove he deserves to be in heaven. With a truly fantastic all-black cast, this parable of salvation showcases a remarkable debut from a director exploring his craft.

Plus short
For George
Director: Francesca Jaynes, UK, 2012, 24 minutes
A poignant and gently funny look at three generations as they come together for the funeral of ballroom dancing champion, George.
We welcome writer-director Francesca Jaynes and producer Auriole Wells (subject to availability
).

FEBRUARY
Tuesday 11th - 7.30pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

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

Main Feature
"If that was the director's debut, it was very promising. Well drawn characters. So much unspoken."
"Portrayed the hardness of farming and the awkwardness of finding your sexuality."
"A very clear-eyed, poignant and beautiful film. Great colour and cinematography."
"Outstanding and beautiful. The big screen really highlights the beautiful cinematography. Stunning performances."


And the short - Winnow

"More Alice in Wonderland than Winnow."
"Striking animation. Shedding the chaff of modern life to re-connect with nature."


Director: Francis Lee, UK, 2017, 102 minutes
Cast: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu,
Gemma Jones
A young man struggles with his sexuality and the challenges of running the family farm, when a Romanian migrant worker arrives. A refreshing atmosphere of acceptance permeates this intense, moving work, in a stunning directorial debut.

An eerily beautiful love story between two men and the wild Yorkshire landscape
SIGHT AND SOUND

Plus short
Winnow
Director: George Lewis, UK, 2017, 140 seconds
A man from the city is intoxicated by the power of an ancient tree.

MARCH
Tuesday 10th - 7.30pm
certificate 18
Director: Brian Welsh, UK, 2019, 101 minutes
Cast: Cristian Ortega, Lorn Macdonald, Laura Fraser
Two teenage friends share one last experience of their love of rave culture in 1994 Scotland. A universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth. With strong language, this rollicking buddy movie has an exuberant, nihilistic Trainspotting-esque spirit.

A hands-in-the-air joyride TIMEOUT

Plus short

Rubber Guillotine
Director: Bryan M Ferguson, UK, 2017, 80 seconds
An angsty teenager sucker punches her parents' aspirations for her future by donating her skeleton to gelatine.

The BFS AGM followed this screening.


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