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.



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.



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.



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.


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.


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.


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


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

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.

Thumbs up for Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins is a film that is difficult not to like, and it was well received today. Regrettably it did not attract a bigger audience and we had plenty of empty seats.

We close down now until after Christmas, when we kick-off the New Year in January with
"Hail, Caesar!", starring George Clooney.

In February we have
Bridget Jones's Baby, which a number of people have asked about.

We wish you all an enjoyable Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Bob & Pat


The Nice Guys - not so nice!

Once again a small audience, which is disappointing and is also eating in to our financial reserves. Each month we are currently having to make up the shortfall on the cost of the viewing licence to the tune of around £45. Obviously we can't carry on like this as the money will soon run out.

The Nice Guys clearly wasn't universally liked. It was a slight departure from our normal choice of films but I had hoped that the comedy factor would have compensated for the fact it was a bit violent, albeit in a
comédie noire sort of way. However, at least one person said that they thought it was a terrible film when asked, so we obviously got it wrong for some people on this occasion.

Next month there won't be any violence, and hopefully no swearing, as
Florence Foster Jenkins takes to the stage. Let's hope she also brings in a better audience.

Thank you to all of you who came today, your support is greatly appreciated.


Bob Paris 2015

Applause for Eddie the Eagle

The British love of the underdog shone through today as the audience applauded at the end of Eddie the Eagle. They clearly enjoyed the film.

Regrettably we had another relatively small audience but there were some new faces, which is encouraging.

In October there will be more humour with
The Nice Guys, although in this film the laughs are a bit less innocent.

And keeping it light, in November
Florence Foster Jenkins should raise a smile or two, as Meryl Streep plays the eponymous lady who believed that she was a great opera singer, but unfortunately wasn't, her wealth and philanthropy allowing her to live out her dream.

We take a break in December for Christmas.


Bob Paris 2015

The Danish Girl well received

Another small audience for The Danish Girl today, but those who came seemed to enjoy the film. We are considering not screening a film in July or August next year as historically we invariably get small audiences during these months, and with the significant cost of licensing each film we are having to bear the shortfall.

Let's hope that most of you will be back in September when we shall be showing
Eddie the Eagle, a film to laugh at after the last three that have been somewhat on the serious side.

In October we stick with humour, although
The Nice Guys has a bit of a violent edge to it, qualifying as a black comedy I think.

And keeping it light, in November
Florence Foster Jenkins should raise a smile or two, as Meryl Streep plays the eponymous lady who believed that she was a great opera singer, but unfortunately wasn't, her wealth and philanthropy allowing her to live out her dream.


Bob Paris 2015

Carol - I think you liked it

We were a bit worried today as approaching 1:30pm there were only around half a dozen people in the hall. Fortunately quite a few more turned up before the film started and although it wasn't a big audience, we realise that in July and August people are often away or have other commitments.

It's fair to say that the film wasn't perhaps exactly tailored to our audience, but unfortunately we can't have Maggie Smith every month, and occasionally it's good to have a film that asks a bit more of the audience. I hope you agree.

Next month we have another film that pushes the boundaries,
The Danish Girl. We hope that you can come along as August is often the month of our lowest attendance.

In September the mood will be well and truly lightened with
Eddie The Eagle, which I'm sure will be totally undemanding unless you find laughter a challenge.


Bob Paris 2015

Mixed response for Room

Our film today, Room, received very positive reviews and won Brie Larson a best actress Oscar, but I sensed that our audience weren't altogether comfortable with it. It started slowly and if you didn't know the story it could have been a bit confusing. With some films audience reaction at the end makes it obvious that the film has been a success, and at the very least I usually get one or two positive comments, but today people left without saying much. So we're sorry if it was a poor choice.

Audience numbers were down a bit today but I believe that Andy Murray was on court at Wimbledon so some people may have stayed at home to watch, which is fair enough.

Next month we're showing
Carol, an unconventional but tender love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. We hope that you can find time to come along.

Thanking you as always for your support.


Bob Paris 2015

Phenominal turnout for Maggie

The Lady in the Van with Maggie Smith demolished our previous box office record today. In fact, with 81 people we had difficulty fitting everybody in, which is a rare event indeed. As I said to the audience, if we needed proof that Maggie is a national treasure, today's large audience was confirmation.

I don't think anybody was disappointed with the film, although we thank you all for your indulgence as we tried to sort out seating for everybody.

Unfortunately we can't give you a Maggie Smith film every month, but after our brief interlude in May, when there will not be a film, we return in June with
Room, a critically acclaimed film that earned the leading actress, Brie Larson, an Oscar.

And in July we are presenting
Carol, which was heavily tipped for Oscar success, but unfortunately was overlooked, despite outstanding performances from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

We thank everybody for their continuing support and look forward to seeing you all again.


May's quiz is now available

Bob Paris 2015

Suffragette well received

Not quite a full house this month but a respectable attendance none the less. The feedback from the audience seemed positive for this well-acted and often emotional story.

We experimented with some additional speakers at the rear of the hall today. This enabled us to avoid the need to set the volume on the front speakers quite as high and I believe that the overall effect was an improvement. I received one positive comment after the film and assume everybody else found the arrangement acceptable as there were no complaints.

Next month we have
The Lady in the Van, a film that I know a number of you have been waiting for. I'm sure that it won't disappoint.

Just to remind you that there will not be a film in May. We return in June with
Room. Please don't let the subject matter of this film put you off. It has been promoted as unmissable by many film critics and by all accounts Brie Larson's performance, for which she won an Oscar, is outstanding.

April's quiz has now been added; early for a change.

Quiz Archive created

I have been posting a monthly quiz since March 2011 and this amounts to quite a few web pages within our site. These were affecting site administration and as I guess not many people actually refer to the previous quizzes, I have moved them to an archive.

You can link to the
archive at any time from the Quiz page.


The Age of Adaline was a good choice

After all the problems I experienced licensing a film this month, as explained in the previous news item, it was encouraging if a bit embarrassing when we ended up with an almost full house.

Considering most of the people had presumably come to see the advertised film, rather than
The Age of Adaline, which was a replacement, everything turned out rather well. Quite a few people commented on how they had enjoyed the film, which is always satisfying.

Next month we have
Suffragette, the licence for which has already been booked !

And in April we are showing
The Lady in the Van, a film that I know many people are looking forward to.

Thank you all for your continuing support.

Change of Film for February

This month I have been having some difficulties with our licensing company, Filmbank. Our original choice of film, My Old Lady, wasn't listed in their catalogue. That may have been my mistake for not checking when I first chose it.

It was necessary, therefore, to choose an alternative, and I selected
Suite Française, having checked that it was listed by Filmbank. However, when I came to book it, I found that Filmbank couldn't issue a commercial licence for his film, something I've never before experienced. Apologies, therefore, to anybody who visited the site and saw Suite Française advertised as the replacement film for February.

I have now chosen
The Age of Adaline, an intriguing and enjoyable romance that I think you should enjoy. More importantly, it's booked!

Apologies again for this late change of programme and for jumping from one film to another.

U.N.C.L.E. attendance a bit low

There was a bit of a low turnout for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Perhaps some of you had already seen it.

When we choose our monthly film it's always difficult to strike a balance between a film that is so popular it may have already been seen by some of supporters, and one that is relatively unknown and therefore not of immediate appeal. It's alway worth reading the brief review of the film here on the site if it's one that hasn't previously come to your attention.

Next month we have
My Old Lady, perhaps a film that some people do not know. The fact it stars Maggie Smith should reassure you that it's worth seeing, so we hope you will all come along.

Although it's a few days early please note that
February's Quiz is now available.

Suffragette for March

We are pleased to announce that our film for March will be Suffragette.

An emotional and inspiring story of the struggle for votes for women at the beginning of the last century.

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.



Belle very popular

Today’s screening of Belle proved to be very popular with an audience of 42.

It is a beautifully made film with a powerful story.

Unfortunately we had a problem with the heating today, which has now been fixed. We hope this didn’t detract too much from your enjoyment of the film.

There will be no film in December but we shall be back in January with ‘
Before I Go to Sleep’, a gripping drama with an unexpected twist.

We hope to see you all again.



Half-term effect?

Thank you to all who came to see Labor Day yesterday. It wasn’t a large audience but we think that some people may have had other commitments, being that we unfortunately clashed with school half-term. Also, the weather was rather superb for late October.

Next month we’re showing
Belle, a superb period drama. Unlike in the case of Labor Day, many people seem already to know about Belle and let’s hope, therefore, that we have another full house.

There will not be a film in December as the fourth Tuesday is too close to Christmas but we’re back in January with “
Before I Go to Sleep”, a tense drama featuring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, who were so good together in The Railway Man, which we showed in September.



Another good turnout

Not quite a full house but pretty close. It really makes it all worthwhile when we have a large audience.

It’s the second time I’ve seen The Railway Man and if anything I found it even more hard-hitting. At times during the film I heard gasps from the audience. A friend of my wife made the comment that it is a film that all youngsters should be obliged see; as a form of history lesson. We should never forget what those men endured at the hands of the Japanese.

On a lighter note, next month’s film
Labor Day is a much less traumatic affair. Tinged with a bit of sadness but fundamentally a very uplifting story. We hope to see you all at the Parish Hall.


Forthcoming films

A quick update on our forthcoming films, including our choice for November.

In September we will be showing
The Railway Man. With yet another superb performance from Colin Firth, who plays Eric Lomax, a soldier who suffered at the hands of the Japanese and who is haunted by the memories. His new wife, played by Nicole Kidman, supports him on his quest to confront the horrors of the past.

For October we lighten the mood somewhat with
Labor Day, a tender love story starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. This film had mixed reviews as it is very different from earlier films by the same director. But don’t let that put you off. I’ve seen it and the acting is superb, it being very much a visual experience that doesn’t rely heavily on dialogue to convey the story.

In November we have
Belle, a historical drama based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, who was raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, which caused quite a stir in British high society.

We look forward to seeing you at the Parish Hall.


Superb turnout for 12 Years a Slave

We had one of our best audiences to date for 12 Years a Slave and were pleased to see a number of new faces. Thank you to everybody who came along.

I am particularly pleased that people came to see this film. Besides being a fantastic piece of cinematography, it is also an important re-telling of a period of American history that today seems barely credible.

A reminder that there will not be a film next month (August) but we’re back in September with
The Railway Man.


Forthcoming films

Next week we have 12 Years a Slave, a heart-searching true story that picked up three Oscars as well as many other awards this year.

There will not be a film in August, as we have found that many people take holidays or have other commitments at this time of year. Apologies to those who would have liked to come along.

For September we’ve chosen
The Railway Man. With yet another superb performance from Colin Firth, who plays Eric Lomax, a soldier who suffered at the hands of the Japanese and who is haunted by the memories. His new wife, played by Nicole Kidman, supports him on his quest to confront the horrors of the past.

For October we lighten the mood somewhat with
Labor Day, a tender love story starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. This film had mixed reviews as it is very different from earlier films by the same director. But don’t let that put you off. I’ve seen it and the acting is superb, it being very much a visual experience that doesn’t rely heavily on dialogue to convey the story.

We look forward to seeing you at the Parish Hall.


You enjoyed One Chance

Everybody seemed to enjoy One Chance today, and despite the distraction of Wimbledon we had a good audience.

We’re looking forward to seeing you again in July for
12 Years a Slave.


Forthcoming films

I’m told that Philomena was popular while I was away on holiday. As always, a thank you to those of you who came along to see it. A big thank you also to my friend, also Bob, who took over at the DVD player while I was away.

Next week we have
One Chance, the inspiring and often amusing story of how the unassuming Paul Potts realised his dream of becoming an internationally recognised opera singer.

In July we take on a more serious story with
12 Years a Slave, which deservedly received Oscar nominations and awards this year.

There will not be a film in August, as we have found that many people take holidays or have other commitments at this time of year. Apologies to those who would have liked to come along.

For September we’ve chosen
The Railway Man. With yet another superb performance from Colin Firth, who plays Eric Lomax, a soldier who suffered at the hands of the Japanese and who is haunted by the memories. His new wife, played by Nicole Kidman, supports him on his quest to confront the horrors of the past.

We look forward to seeing you at the Parish Hall.


July's film

We have selected 12 Years a Slave for July’s film.

This is a sobering story of how a free man was tricked and sold into slavery. If one was ever in any doubt as to the inhumanity of slavery in the southern states of America, this film should remove those doubts forever.

This film justifiably deserves to be described as unmissable.

Sunshine on Leith was popular

After a very poor audience in February, yesterday was a very pleasant surprise with 43 people coming along to see Sunshine on Leith. If we can continue to see audiences like this the club will break even financially, which will ensure that we are able to continue. A big thank you to everybody.

The film itself seemed to be very well received. It was a joyous mixture of music and happy endings, a pleasant contrast from the day to day troubles of the world.

There will not be a film in April but we’re back in May with
Philomena, a sad but in many ways uplifting story that is based on real events.

February - very poor attendance

We only had 16 people come along to see About Time last Tuesday.

This was disappointing and means that after paying for the licence fee we were £55 out of pocket.

Obviously we cannot sustain such a loss on an ongoing monthly basis, so if you want the club to continue, please support us.

Those who did come along seemed to enjoy the film.

Forthcoming films

A brief update on our forthcoming films.

Next Tuesday we are screening
About Time so please come along and see it with us.

In March we have
Sunshine on Leith, which is guaranteed to raise your spirits.

There is no film in April as it is the Tuesday after Easter Monday, and we felt that many of you would have other things planned. And I shall be in Paris!

We’ve selected
Philomena for May. Many people have asked about this film, and quite rightly so, as it is a truly inspiring story.


Good audience for Silver Linings Playbook

Thank you to everybody who came along today to see Silver Linings Playbook.

There were 31 people and it would be great if we could push that up to 40 for future films, as this allows us to cover our costs.

Next month we have
About Time, another comedy romance, but this time with more of a British cast. We recognise that sometimes ‘American drawl’, combined with the somewhat poor acoustics in the hall, can mar the enjoyment for some people, for which we apologise.

Forthcoming films

It’s the New Year and this month we’re starting it with Silver Linings Playbook.

In February we ares showing
About Time, which combines time travel with romance, leading to some funny moments, and a few unexpected outcomes.

For March we have
Sunshine on Leith. Very much in the genre of Mamma Mia, although in this case the voices are arguably somewhat better. This richly deserves the description of a feel-good movie.

Regrettably we are not screening a film in April. The fourth Tuesday falls directly after Easter Monday and we have found that our audience usually shrinks dramatically when we show a film during a holiday period. Also, I shall be in France during April so shall not be available to lay out the tables/chairs, collect the ticket money and operate the DVD player. We are, unfortunately, only a two-person crew, and while we try to plan holidays around the film club dates, it isn’t always possible.


Mud a success

I think many people were unsure what to expect from ‘Mud’ today, as it wasn’t a well-known film and the title gave little away. The early part of the film also probably wasn’t very enlightening. However, once the plot started to unwind any doubts were, I think, dispelled.

We had a good audience. Not quite as large as for Lincoln, but certainly enough to make us feel that film club is appreciated.

No film next month as Christmas gets in the way, but in January we have the very successful
Silver Linings Playbook. We look forward to seeing you.

Good audience for Lincoln

A big thank you to all who came to see Lincoln today. We have been disappointed with our audiences recently and it was a pleasure to see the hall almost full today.

Apologies for the fact that we had a slight glitch with the DVD player. I had played the DVD at home beforehand and have subsequently checked it on another DVD player, but for some reason the first few minutes of the film wouldn’t play in the hall. We hope that this didn’t spoil your enjoyment too much.

Next month’s film is
Mud. Not perhaps as well known as Lincoln but highly recommended nevertheless.


Applause for Alma Cogan

In Love with Alma Cogan attracted a few more people but still well short of the number needed to cover our costs. A big thank you as always to those who came along.

It’s always a good sign when people applaud at the end of the film, as they did today. At least we feel that our choice was to people’s liking.

Next month we have
Lincoln, a film that has been described as unmissable, a description with which I would fully agree.


Poor audience for Les Misérables

We were surprised and more than a little disappointed with the audience today for Les Misérables. Those who did come thoroughly enjoyed this epic film and it’s a great pity that more people didn’t turn up.

We have had quite poor audiences for the last three months. We realise that it’s summer, but last July saw our best ever audience for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It seems, therefore, that film choice is perhaps more of a factor than the summer weather.

Having said this, two of the last three films have been Oscar winners.

feedback would be appreciated.

October & November films

In October we are showing Lincoln.

A superbly made historical drama that has been described as unmissable by some reviewers.

And for November we have chosen ‘

It may not be a film that you have heard of, but it is highly recommended with fine acting and a heart-warming story, and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.

I have seen it and would agree.


You liked 'Song for Marion'

It wasn’t a big turnout for Song for Marion but those who came enjoyed the film and we received quite a few positive comments at the end of the screening. It was also encouraging to see a few new faces.

Next month we have
Les Misérables and are hoping for full house.

Please don’t disappoint us.

September's film

I know it’s still a little way off, but just to let you know that for our September film we’ve selected In Love with Alma Cogan.

A British production that was filmed on and around Cromer Pier in North Norfolk, we’re sure that you will find this film both entertaining and nostalgic in equal measures.


Argo not popular

It seems that Argo was not a popular choice as we had a very small audience, which was disappointing for a film that won so many awards. Those who came enjoyed the tense drama.

It could be of course that people preferred to stay at home and watch Wimbledon, or perhaps they just wanted to soak up the rare appearance of the sun.

Either way I’m afraid such low attendances eat into to our reserve funds as we still have to pay for the licence. We hope, therefore, that you will be back next month to see
A Song for Marion.

Quartet was a hit

Judging by the spontaneous applause at the end of Quartet I think we can assume that everybody thoroughly enjoyed it. We also had a good attendance. Not quite a full house but not far short, so thank you to everybody for supporting us.

Next month we have a change of pace with the thriller
Argo. As I’ve said previously, this is a brilliant nail-biting drama that has won a host of awards.

In July we have
A Song for Marion. Those of you who came today will have seen the trailer, which can also be viewed on this site.

And for August it will be
Les Misérables, which of course needs no introduction.

You enjoyed The Sapphires

Hello, I’m Bob and I’m back from a month in Paris where I was trying to improve my French. Because of this I missed the April film but understand that The Sapphires was well received, although our audience was unfortunately down a bit on previous months.

This month we have
Quartet, which I think is a very good choice for the club and we are hoping that a few more people will come along and join us.


Good audience for Skyfall

Not quite a full house but a good audience today for Skyfall.

Thank you to everybody who came along and we hope that you enjoyed the film.

Next month we’re showing
The Sapphires. Please come and join us.

Films for June and July

Hi, I’m Bob and I help out at the Hall when we show our films. I also look after this web site.

I’m away for the whole of April so to make sure that you know what films are coming along I’ve set out our programme up until July.

In June we’ve got
Argo, a brilliant nail-biting drama that has won a host of awards this year. Really one not to miss.

For July we’re screening
A Song for Marion. This is a moving story beautifully acted by a British cast. There will probably be a few tears.

And there are a host of other good films that we shall be showing later in the year.


May's film

For May we are bringing you the much admired Quartet.

Starring Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon this is a celebration of British acting.

And the majority of the supporting cast are in fact retired musicians or musical performers, which adds great authenticity to the story.

Not to be missed.

We are thinking of returning to drama in June with Argo, a film that has collected a host of awards for its director, Ben Affleck.

Shadow Dancer reviewed

Quite often I have seen the film before we screen it at the club, but today’s film Shadow Dancer was a bit of an unknown.

I think it’s fair to say that many in the audience found it a bit difficult to follow at times, especially with the Irish accents. And the end was, for me at least, a bit of a surprise, and perhaps it left some people slightly confused. Still, the occasional challenge is good for us.

Next month we’ve got a much more straightforward plot for you with
Skyfall. James Bond is back, as are the Bond Girls and the obligatory villain.

April's film

With Shadow Dancer this month and Skyfall in March we shall be having a fair bit of drama.

For April, therefore, we’ve decided to lighten the mood somewhat and will be presenting
The Sapphires.

This is a real feel-good movie with great singing and we urge you to come along for the experience.

Don’t worry, Argo and Quartet are still in our schedule, as is Les Misèrables for later in the year.

Wintery Ghost Story

Thank you to those who braved the wintery conditions to see The Woman in Black today. It was a small audience but we can understand why some people may not have wanted to tackle the hazardous footpaths in order to get to see the film.

We’re hoping that February will be a little kinder and that more of you can make it to see
Shadow Dancer.

March 2013 film

There have been so many good films released recently that we may face difficult choices for 2013.

Skyfall will become available at the end of February so we have chosen it for our March Film. You can’t beat a good James Bond movie and this is certainly one of the best.

Argo, for which Ben Affleck won best director at the recent Golden Globes, is likely to be released around March and will probably be our April film.

And, of course, there is Quartet, for which we have already received a number of requests. There isn’t currently a release date for this film.

Later in the year we hope to screen Les Miserables, the long-awaited film of the immensely popular stage musical.

All unconfirmed screenings are subject to the availability of licences.

Films for 2013

A new year begins and with it a new batch of films to see at Wimblington Film Club.

This month we have
The Woman in Black, ideal for a winter’s afternoon.

In February we think you will find
Shadow Dancer to be a tense and compelling drama.

Later in the year a number of recent cinema releases should become available subject to us being able to obtain licences to screen them.

The latest James Bond thriller Skyfall is released to DVD in February so could be our March film.

Quartet, which has just been released in the cinema, is highly recommended and subject to licensing we shall endeavour to screen it as soon as possible.

Song for Marion, which is also in cinemas now, is another film that we think will appeal to our audience.

And, of course, the film of Les Miserables is released in the cinemas this month and, subject to licensing, will be an absolute certainty for us to screen when it becomes available on DVD.

A lot to look forward to in 2013.

February 2013 film

For February we’ve selected ‘Shadow Dancer’.

This is a tense thriller based around the troubles in Northern Ireland, and which received very good reviews after it was released earlier this year.

Thanks again for coming along

Another good audience who seemed to enjoy ‘We Bought a Zoo’, although there may have been a few tears in the house.

No film next month because we break for Christmas.

In January we’re showing ‘
The Woman in Black’, which we unfortunately had to cancel in October. Please come along and see this classic ghost story.

January 2013 Film

January’s film is to be The Woman in Black. A gripping ghost story for a winter’s afternoon.

You will probably recall that this film was originally scheduled for October 2012 but we discovered that our normal distributors could not offer us a licence to screen it.

We therefore had to run with a different film, which fortunately we think everybody enjoyed. However, a number of you were disappointed that ‘The Woman in Black’ was not shown, so we made further enquiries and are pleased to say that we have found another distributor who can offer us a licence.

Thank you

Another good turn out today for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Thank you everybody for coming along.

Next month we have
We Bought a Zoo and look forward to seeing many of you again.

Apologies to those who expected
The Woman in Black today. Unfortunately we couldn’t licence this film through our normal source so were unable to show it for legal reasons.

If you are able to, we recommend checking this web site for the latest information.

Good audience for War Horse

It was good to see an almost full house for War Horse today. It is a very good film and everybody seemed to enjoy it.

If War Horse brought a few tears of sorrow at times, next month’s film,
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, should generate some laughter.

We look forward to seeing you on 23 October.

Forthcoming films

We have chosen We Bought a Zoo for our November film.

This is a family comedy that we hope you will enjoy.

Just to remind you that October’s film is
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Yesterday's film

A bit of a low attendance at yesterday’s film, My Week with Marilyn. However, those who came seemed to enjoy the film and we received positive feedback from a number of people at the end.

It is, of course, holiday season and the screening was just after the bank holiday weekend. We hope, therefore, that next month’s film,
War Horse, will see more people in the hall.

New web site design

You will have already noticed that the site has had a bit of a make-over.

We hope you like the new layout.

Change of film for October

Unfortunately the film licensing company we use doesn’t offer a licence for ‘The Woman in Black’, which was to be our October film.

As an alternative we have selected ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’.

Please do not be put off by the title. This is a very humorous and well acted film. Here is a review from an Amazon customer:

This film is so worth watching - acting / storyline / scenery / humour. Emily Blunt is good (as she always is) and this is one of the best performances I have seen ever from Ewan McGregor. His performance is really the thing that makes this such a great film. He starts as the nerdy 'boffin' in the Ministry, and discovers life and love. The plot is great and has a black humour to it about the world of politics and spin doctors that will make most people smile.

Thank you again

Another big thank you to everybody who came along today to see ‘The Most Exotic Marigold Hotel’. It was, I believe, a much anticipated film and from your reaction it lived up to expectations.

Next month we have
My Week with Marilyn.

For September we have selected
War Horse, which some of you today said may be too sad for them, while others praised it enormously. We hope all who haven’t already seen it will come along, as there are uplifting as well as sad aspects to this highly acclaimed film.

And for October we have chosen
The Woman in Black, a classic ghost story for the month of Halloween, probably one of the best ghost stories ever written.

A good attendance again

May’s film was ‘The Help’ and a good number of people came along, some of whom had read the book and wanted to see the film.

The discussions in the room afterwards seemed to suggest that it was very well received.

Just to remind you that:

in July we are showing ‘
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and

in August it will be ‘
My Week with Marilyn’.

Forthcoming films

Regrettably because of holidays there will be no film in June.

In July we are showing ‘
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. We have had a number of requests for this film.

In August it will be ‘
My Week with Marilyn’, a charming film that we think you will enjoy.

Thank you again

Thanks to all of you who came to see Another Year by Mike Leigh. This film was a bit different from the usual Hollywood escapism.

The subject matter was at times depressing but there were also moments of humour, and having spoken to a few people afterwards it seems to have been well received.

Next month, on 22nd May, we shall be showing ‘
The Help’. Please come along again and join us.

Another good attendance

We had another good audience for Jane Eyre on 27th March.

A big thank you to all of you who came along. It makes it worthwhile for us and we’re sure it’s more enjoyable for you, as you can catch up with more friends and neighbours.

Next month we shall be screening
Another Year.

Join us on 24th April.

Film for May

The film for May is ‘The Help’.

Please have a look at the brief
summary and the trailer.

We look forward to seeing you on 22 May.

Film for April

The film for April is ‘Another Year’ by Mike Leigh.

Please have a look at the brief
summary and the trailer.

We look forward to seeing you on 24 April.

An extra big thank you

Thank you all for the amazing turn out today to see Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy. No less than 51 people attended and I think all enjoyed the film, although some may have struggled with the labyrinthine plot.

This has given us renewed faith in continuing the club and we are busy planning new films for the future.

Next month we are showing
Jane Eyre so there shouldn’t be any difficulty with the plot as most people are familiar with this classic story.

We shall be adding details for April’s film shortly.

Join us on 27th March.

Film for March

We have chosen Jane Eyre as our film for 27 March.

This latest adaptation has received very good reviews.

You probably all know the story but please have a look at the brief
summary and the trailer.

We look forward to seeing you on the 27th.

Thank you

Thank you to everybody who came to see Tamara Drewe today. We started the day wondering whether we should continue with the film club because of recent poor attendances, and were pleasantly surprised by the number of people who came. We hope that you all enjoyed the film.

Next month we’re screening
Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, an intriguing spy story set in the 1970s cold war period.

So please join us again on 28 February.

Poor attendance again

Today’s attendance for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was again poor, especially as we screened this film following requests for some of the older classics.

Because recent attendance at the Film Club has not been very good we shall need to consider in the New Year whether in fact we can afford to continue to run the Club.

The next film show will be Tuesday 24th January 2012 when we will be showing
Tamara-Drewe starring Gemma Arterton. The film starts at 2pm and doors open at 1.30pm. Admission £2.50 and refreshments are available.

Films are shown at the Parish Hall on the 4th Tuesday of each month please support us if you can. We have a number of recent releases lined up for 2012 but we do need your support.

Disappointing attendance

We screened ‘Up’ today thinking that it would be ideal for the children on half-term, but unfortunately only one child turned up and there were very few people in total - somewhat disappointing.

Next month we’re screening
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and are hoping that our adult audience will appreciate a trip back to the days of the great Hollywood musicals.

There will be no film in December because of the Christmas holiday.

November's film

Thank you to those who came along to see Water for Elephants. I think everybody enjoyed it.

Our October film is ‘
Up’ and we are hoping that both children and adults will come along to see it.

For November we have chosen
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, taking us back to the hay days of the Hollywood musicals. You may have seen it many years ago but we’re sure that you will find it just as entertaining as it was when it was first made in 1954. As they say, they don’t make films like that any more.

October's film

As it will be half-term on 25 October we’ve selected Walt Disney’s film ‘Up’.

This will appeal to the children but it is also a heartwarming story that will be equally appreciated by the adults in the audience.

Please come along.

Film Update

September’s film is to be Water for Elephants with Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.

A love story in the good old Hollywood tradition and one not to miss.

Come and join us on 27 September.

Film update

We hope everybody enjoyed ‘The Queen’ yesterday.

Next month’s film is
Gnomeo & Juliet, one for both the children and the adults.

In August we’re showing
Ladies in Lavender, a tender story set in Cornwall during the lead up to the second world war.

July’s quiz has also been added for the film trivia buffs.

Film progamme updated

We had a really good attendance for ‘Made in Dagenham’ on 26th April.

Thank you for your support. Everybody seemed to enjoy it.

This month it’s
The King’s Speech, and for June, sticking with the royal theme, we are showing The Queen with Helen Mirren.

For July we’re thinking of showing
Gnomeo and Juliet as the children will be on school holidays.

Future films

We would very much hope that you will contact us to give feedback and opinions on the films we show. We speak to people who attend the screenings but would welcome further comments via this site.

In the interests of satisfying people’s tastes the
Films page has been revised slightly. It now shows a firm date for only the forthcoming month, or occasionally the next two months, after which we list films provisionally to allow some flexibility to incorporate additional films that may be recommended, or requested.

Quiz page revised

I have revised the quiz page slightly in order to allow you to view not only the current month’s quiz but also previous months, thus providing a library of film trivia.

Our news feed

This news page has been added to provide information on changes to the site and to post news items from the Wimblington Film Club.

If you have an RSS Reader (see panel to the right) you can receive notifications of these changes without the need to regularly visit the site itself.