2017

The Zookeeper's Wife - And Goodbye

This was the club's final film and judging by our audience's reaction it was a good choice with which to end. Quite a few damp eyes when the lights came back up.

For those who came along we offered a free viewing and complimentary tea or coffee, although many of you it seems would have preferred to pay rather than see the film club end, but the decision had been made.

So with this my final news report from the Wimblington Film Club I would like to thank everybody who has supported us over the years and wish you all the very best for the future.

Bob

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Their Finest - the ending was a shock

Some people had great difficulty getting to the Hall yesterday because of road works that led to horrendous queues at the March roundabout. Thank you to those who persevered.

I'm not sure if it was these road works, or the fact that it was half-term, but the attendance was very low, which was a pity as the film was greatly enjoyed by those who came, with enthusiastic applause at the end. However, the ending wasn't what most people were hoping for, and I think there may have been the need for a handkerchief or two.

Next month we have our final film before Christmas,
The Zookeeper's Wife, a tale of bravery and selflessness in Nazi occupied Warsaw.

We look forward to seeing you.

Bob

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Tearful end to Viceroy's House

There was applause at the end of Viceroy's House and a few tears in the audience, not surprising considering the emotional reunion of the two star-crossed lovers, that up to then was looking very unlikely.

The tender love story aside, this was an important historical film that laid bare some of the shenanigans surrounding the partition of India in 1947. It attracted a good audience and we are pleased that people enjoyed it.

There may also be a few tears during next month's film,
Their Finest, although I expect that there will be a lot more in the way of laughs as we watch the making of a propaganda film to boost the country's moral after the disaster of Dunkirk.

In November we are again in the war, but this time in Warsaw with
The Zookeeper's Wife, who with her husband take great risks to rescue Jewish people from persecution by the invading German army.

We hope that a good number of you will be able to come along.

Bob

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Lion was applauded

While it wasn't quite a full house we nevertheless had a good audience come to see Lion, and from the applause and positive comments I received afterwards people obviously enjoyed it.

The acoustics in the parish hall are not very good and, depending on the clarity of the speech in a film, our audience sometimes miss some of the dialogue. Some time ago we added additional speakers at the back of the hall but this hasn't completely resolved the problem. Knowing that there were quiet passages in Lion, I suggested that I enable the English subtitles, noting that the first part of the film is in any event subtitled because the action takes place in India. This was more successful than I could have imagined and I think we will continue to do this with future films.

There is no film in August as we expect many of you may be on holiday or otherwise occupied.

We're back in September with
Viceroy's House, coincidently another film about India, but this time we're in 1947 when Lord Mountbatten was dispatched to supervise the handing back of India to its people, accompanied by his wife and daughter.

And in October we have
Their Finest, an entertaining British film set in London during the Blitz, where we see Gemma Arterton as Catrin, a young woman breaking into the male preserve of film making, and adding her feminine touch to the production of a propaganda film aimed at raising moral after the Dunkirk evacuation. This is a light-hearted film with a mix of comedy and romance.

Bob



You braved the rain to see La La Land

La La Land's multi Oscar winning performance obviously convinced you that it was worth braving the heavy rain to come to see it. We had a near full house and I think most people were pleased they came, even if some were a little perplexed by the ending. The romantics among you were probably also disappointed that Sebastian and Mia didn't end up together. Although with the imaginary 'what could have been' alternative ending perhaps some of you thought they did!

Next month we have
Lion, with Dev Patel (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) playing a young man trying to find his biological mother back in India, having been adopted after becoming lost as a small child.

There is no film in August as we expect many of you may be on holiday or otherwise occupied.

We're back in September with
Viceroy's House, coincidently another film about India, but this time we're in 1947 when Lord Mountbatten was dispatched to supervise the handing back of India to its people, accompanied by his wife and daughter .

A United Kingdom held your attention

There were not so many in for today's film, which was a little disappointing as it was, in my opinion, one of the better films released last year. Those who did come along appeared to be enthralled by the story, with the occasional audible gasp as the British government of the time made yet another disgraceful move to stop the rightful heir to the kingship of the Bechuanaland nation fulfilling his destiny.

Just to remind you that in June we have
La La Land, a hugely successful film that takes us back to the Hollywood musicals.

And for July, it will be
Lion, the story of how a young man, adopted as a child after becoming separated from his family, endeavours to find his biological mother back in India.

In August we won't be showing a film, as experience has taught us that many people are away during the month or otherwise occupied.

Bob (the cat) charmed everyone

You get a sense that a film is going to be popular and this was the case today with A Street Cat named Bob. We normally set out 42 seats and today 41 were occupied. The applause at the end confirmed our feelings.

We were also pleased to welcome a few new faces in the audience. And to put the icing on the cake, literally, Liz Wright, who had asked for this film to coincide with her birthday, kindly shared her birthday cake and made a donation to the club. A big thank you Liz.

We're now entering a run of films that we feel will be ideally suited to you, our audience. Next month,
A United Kingdom tells a true but largely unknown story of the romance between an English office worker and the heir to an African Kingdom in the during the late 1940s.

In June we have
La La Land, a hugely successful film that takes us back to the Hollywood musicals.

And for July, it will be
Lion, the story of how a young man, adopted as a child after becoming separated from his family, endeavours to find his biological mother back in India.

Deepwater Horizon - Lots of action but ...

Deepwater Horizon wasn't an ideal choice for today but sometimes it is quite difficult to find a suitable film for the club. As it turned out I think the action during the second half, and the emotional scenes in the final sequences, may have just swayed some people's overall opinion. The early part of the film, however, suffered from the perennial problem of indistinct American drawl, not helped by the fact that much of the dialogue was drowned out by the loud environment on the oil rig. This, I think, spoiled some people's enjoyment.

The audience was much smaller than for last month's very popular Bridget Jones film, which wasn't surprising. Unfortunately films of the Bridget Jones genre don't come up that often. Next month, however,
A Street Cat Named Bob takes us back into more familiar territory, and with a British actors and a less frenetic setting, we shouldn't suffer the same problems as today.

In May we have
A United Kingdom, which I would suggest will be absolutely ideal for the club. Romance and some beautiful African scenery, what more could you want?

For anybody who wasn't at the film today, please note that I made an error on the forthcoming films hand-out. The film in May will be on the 23rd, not the 27th. If you re-download the sheet from this site, you will find that this error has now been corrected.

Bob

Full House for Bridget Jones

There are some films that one knows are going to be successful, and the latest Bridget Jones instalment was one of them. Today wasn't our biggest audience, that accolade belonging to The Lady in the Van, but we filled all the table seats and had to set out a few more.

A big thank you to everybody who came along. It always makes it more worthwhile when the room is full.

Next month's film,
Deepwater Horizon, is altogether different but we hope that you will come along and see what you think. It's an action movie but with an underlying human story. It also gives an insight into one of the worst engineering catastrophes in history and in so doing pulls no punches.

In April we have
A Street Cat Named Bob, again based on a true story, but this time one that has a very uplifting ending.

Bob

A mixed response to "Hail, Caesar!"

Today it was our first film of 2017, "Hail, Caesar!" The Cohen Brothers' humour is perhaps a bit of an acquired taste and while there were some audible chuckles from the audience during the film, I think a few people may have found the story line a bit too disjointed.

Next month we have
Bridget Jones's Baby and judging by the reaction when I mentioned it today, we may perhaps see quite a few more people in February. Let's hope so.

I took the opportunity today to explain to the audience that we were struggling to attract sufficient numbers of people and as a result the club is losing money every month. People were asked to encourage their friends to support us, as we will not be able to continue unless we cover our costs. I've arranged for a short piece to be included in the Wimblington News for February explaining our situation. A copy of the article can be download
here.

Bob

Welcome to 2017

A New Year and a new programme of films for you.

I'm not sure that everybody appreciates that the club has to license each film we show to remain within the law. The licence is quite expensive and recently we haven't been covering our costs because audiences have been small. We use a company named Filmbank to obtain our licences and last year one of the major film distributors changed its arrangements with Filmbank, resulting in films from that distributor no longer being available to us. This unfortunately limits choice and it is sometimes difficult to find a film that meets the perceived taste of our audience. I know that some films have not been as popular as others.

I have also noted that very few people actually visit this website. As a result, I regret that I am discontinuing the monthly quiz. It takes time to research and configure and I don't think that time is warranted in view of the limited number of people, if any, who actually view it. The quizzes from previous years remain available in the
archive.

We start the year in January with '
Hail, Caesar!' a comedy set in 1950s Hollywood. Then in February we have 'Bridget Jones's Baby', a film I know some of you have been looking forward to. And in March we have some action with Deepwater Horizon, a human story based on the oil rig disaster that took place in the Gulf of Mexico.

We hope you will find time to come along and support us.