Solemn silence during Testament of Youth

There was an almost reverential silence in the hall as we watched Testament of Youth, a film that reminded us of the horrors of the Great War while showing, through the eyes of one woman, the impact on the families back in England. This was perhaps one of the more challenging films we have screened.

We have a break in December for Christmas but will be back in January with a more light-hearted offering,
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

In February we have Maggie Smith in
My Old Lady, which again should lift the spirits.

More applause!

Woman in Gold once again prompted our audience to applaud at the end of the film, which is satisfying as it confirms that our selection was appreciated. Turnout was down a bit, but being half-term we suspect that a few people had other things to do.

Next month it's
Testament Of Youth based on the celebrated First World War memoir by Vera Brittain.

There won't be a film in December as our film day falls too close to Christmas, but we'll be back in January with a change of pace, as we're showing
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Based on the successful TV series of the 60s, the film is set during that era, but it benefits from all the modern advances in cinematography. Those of you familiar with the series will know that it's a special agent story but it also contains a lot of humour, so don't be put off by thinking that it will be overly serious.

Applause for this month's film

Far From The Madding Crowd turned out to be one of those films that prompted spontaneous applause as the credits began to roll. There may have also been a few emotional tears!

Unfortunately we didn't quite have a full house but it was a good audience none the less. The usual thanks to everybody who came along.

Next month we have
Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren. This film is based on a remarkable true story whereby Helen Mirren's character, Maria Altmann, lodged a family claim for a famous painting that, to Austria, was the equivalent of what the Mona Lisa is to France. Needless to say the Austrian authorities resisted her claim by every means available to them, but Altmann had the moral high ground.

In November we are showing
Testament Of Youth, based on the celebrated First World War memoir by Vera Brittain.

Download the programme from the
Home page.

Second Marigold didn't disappoint

It wasn't a full house for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but August has historically been a month when our audience drops a bit. In fact we didn't screen a film in August last year for this reason, but this year we thought that The Marigold may bring people along.

In fact the audience was just under two-thirds of our seating capacity, which in the circumstances was more than acceptable. We hope, however, to get more people in for Thomas Hardy's
Far from the Madding Crowd, our film for September. This is a not to be missed period love story set in rural England.

In October Helen Mirren plays Maria Altmann, the woman who took on the Austrian Government in an attempt to recover a family painting by Gustav Klimt. The painting, known as
The Woman in Gold, was taken by the Nazis during the war. This is a true and quite remarkable story.

And for November we've selected
Testament Of Youth, based on the celebrated First World War memoir by Vera Brittain. A woman's view of the Great War.

You can download our programme on the
Home page.

Stephen Hawking's story was popular

We had a good audience today for The Theory of Everything, the story of Stephen Hawking.

As always, a big thanks to those of you who came along to support us. It makes it all worth while.

Next month we return to
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, with the sequel to the original film. Often sequels can be a disappointment, but be assured that this one is just as good as the first, and maybe better.

So if you can manage to free yourselves from the August holiday duties, please come along and join us.

Looking further ahead, in September we are showing
Far from the Madding Crowd. Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel this is an unmissable period drama.

And in October, Helen Mirren plays Maria Altmann, the woman who took on the Austrian Government in an attempt to recover a family painting by Gustav Klimt,
The Woman in Gold, that was taken by the Nazis during the war. This is a true and quite remarkable story.

You can download our programme on the
Home page.

Almost a full house

Another half a dozen people and we would have had a full house, but thank you to everybody who came along to see The Imitation Game.

Next month we have
The Theory of Everything, for which Eddie Redmayne deservedly received the best actor Oscar. Another brilliant British produced film.

We look forward to seeing you on 28 July.



Smaller audience for Pride

Perhaps it was the choice of film, or maybe people had other things to do, but our run of almost full houses unfortunately didn’t continue with Pride.

Please use the
contact page if you have views on our choice of films. We try to ‘read’ your reactions to the films we show and think we now have a fairly good idea what you like. But obviously we can’t actually read minds. Feedback always helps.

There’s no film next month but in June we’re back with
The Imitation Game, which was extremely popular in the cinemas.

As always, we look forward to seeing you.



Another good audience

I’m sorry that I couldn’t be there this month, but I’m told that The Hundred Foot Journey was a success with a near-capacity audience.

April’s film
Pride will, I think, also be appreciated. It’s based on a true story and, besides being amusing, shows how two groups of oppressed people from entirely different walks of life came together and formed the most unexpected friendships.

Just to remind you that there won’t be a film in May because it’s the bank holiday week.



Important notice

Please note a change to our previously publicised programme.

We overlooked the fact that the May film date falls during the Spring Bank Holiday week. People often have other commitments during Bank Holiday periods so we decided a while ago not to show films at these times. The film previously programmed for May, namely
The Imitation Game, will, therefore, now be screened in June.

We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience that this change may cause.

You enjoyed Saving Mr Banks

It’s always encouraging when people applaud at the end of a film, which was the case this week after Saving Mr Banks.

Although not quite as popular as last month’s showing of
Before I Go to Sleep, we still had a good audience, for which we thank everybody.

There was, unfortunately, a slight problem at the beginning of the film that meant that the first few scenes were missed. We apologise for this. A similar thing happened last year when we showed
Lincoln, at which time we thought it was the fault of the DVD disc. We now suspect the DVD player and will, therefore, be replacing it before next month’s film, which will be The Hundred-Foot Journey.

We look forward to seeing you all for what promises to be a very entertaining film.



A fantastic start to the year

There was an amazing turnout for Before I Go To Sleep on Tuesday. Our audience of 48 people is probably the largest we’ve had, requiring us to put out some extra tables and chairs! Thank you for your understanding while we made these adjustments.

More importantly, it seems that the film was a great success. If the silence in the hall was anything to go by, it certainly held the audience’s attention, and I think most were surprised by the plot twist towards the end. There were also a few tears I think.

Next month we are showing
Saving Mr Banks, the story behind how Walt Disney convinced the very reluctant author P L Travers to allow him to make the film Mary Poppins, based on her book. You may be surprised by the very human story behind this delightful children’s story.

We look forward to seeing you all again.



Forthcoming films

Our films for the first part of 2015 start off this month with Before I Go To Sleep, a tense drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

Then in February we lighten the mood somewhat with
Saving Mr Banks. While containing plenty of humour this film also tells the background story to Mary Poppins, which isn’t perhaps quite how you may have imagined it.

In March we really lighten up with
The Hundred Foot Journey, which more than qualifies for the title of a feel-good movie.

We look forward to seeing you all.



Best wishes for the New Year

And so another year begins.

We would like to wish everybody a happy 2015 and look forward to seeing you all on the fourth Tuesday of each month, starting on 27 January, when we shall be showing ‘
Before I Go to Sleep’, a suspense drama with an unexpected twist.

While you are still in the holiday mood why not try our first
Quiz for 2015.