2024 Programme

 

2024 Programme

Handbill 2024 Film Season


16th February (3rd Friday)

DELICIOUS [Délicieux]

France | 113 mins | 2020 | History Drama | Dir: Éric Besnard
Cast: Grégory Gadebois, Isabelle Carré and Benjamin Lavernhe

Set in France, 1789, just before the Revolution, Délicieux is beautiful tale about the origins of the first restaurant, which was opened by a chef who was sacked by his master and finds the strength of will to free himself from his position as a servant.
The cinematography is breathtaking, every scene like a painting. The costumes are
gorgeous, as are the settings.
This wonderful story has themes that are still relevant to this day. An uplifting film not to be missed.

 

 


15th March (3rd Friday)

SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN

USA/South Africa | 86 mins | 2012 | Documentary Musical | Dir: Malik Bendjelloul
Cast: Sixto Rodriguez, Stephen Segerman and Dennis Coffey

Though he faded into obscurity in the USA, an early 1970s musician known only as
“Rodriguez” became a huge hit in South Africa (with a reputation and following larger than Elvis at the height of his career) and was widely rumoured to have died.
Two obsessed fans set out to learn the man’s true fate which leads them on a road to
discovery.
You do not need to be a groupie to enjoy this engrossing detective story about an intelligent musician.

 


19th April (Third Friday)

THE LADYKILLERS

UK | 1955 | 97 mins | Crime Comedy | Dir: Alexander Mackendrick
Cast: Katie Johnson, Alec Guiness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellars and Danny Green

Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) likes to report suspicious behaviour to the police.
Unaware of her reputation, the dapper thief Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) rents rooms in the elderly widow’s home for himself and his band of cohorts. Posing as a string quintet, the thieves pull off a bank robbery, but slip up in front of the old woman as they try to escape.
Agreed that they need to murder her, the bumbling crooks wind up double-crossing each other and slowly killing themselves off.
One of the best of the “Ealing comedies,” this 1955 crime caper remains as entertaining today as it did then.
The Ladykillers has darkly humorous moments and features a strong vibrant cast, as well as a great soundtrack and a brilliant premise.

 


17th May (Third Friday)

THE GLENN MILLER STORY

USA | 1954 | 116 mins | Romance Drama | Dir: Anthony Mann
Cast: Jimmy Stewart, June Allyson and Harry Morgan

A towering performance by Jimmy Stewart as Glenn Miller, Mann’s film chronicles the life and career of Miller, one of the great swing bandleaders of the late 30s to mid-40s, charting Miller’s rise from obscurity and poverty to fame and fortune and then giving it all away to entertain the troops during World War II.
The music in this wonderful film is composed by Glenn Miller, Joseph Gershenson and Henry Mancini.
You do not need to be a fan of big band swing music to enjoy this hugely enjoyable biopic of a great musician.

 


21st June (Third Friday)

THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS

Italy | 2020 | 84 mins | Documentary/Food | Dir: Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw
Cast: Maria Cicciù, Sergio Cauda, Aurelio Conterno and Piero Botto

A handful of men search for rare, expensive, and delicious white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy.
A strange, funny, mysterious, and rather beautiful film about an activity that is recherché to say the least: truffle hunting, and it is a taste on which our palates still need educating.
This film will leave you with a smile on your face.

 


19th July (Third Friday)

NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

Itay | 1957 | 108 min | Drama Romance | Dir: Frederico Fellini
Cast: Giulietta Masina, François Périer and Franca Marzi

Practicing the world’s oldest profession in the archaeological walk of Rome’s Parco di Porta Capena, the trusting, stubbornly-optimistic streetwalker Cabiria refuses to lose faith in love.
After escaping death by the skin of her teeth, the hurt and momentarily disenchanted, Cabiria continues to confront life with a mixture of naivete and arrogance. One evening she ventures into the elegant Via Veneto and gets picked up by suave film star Alberto Lazzari.
Disappointment awaits once more, and as poor Cabiria prays to Virgin Mary for guidance and a blessing, the man of her prayers, Oscar D’Onofrio, barges into her life after a chance encounter at a vaudeville theatre. But do miracles happen?
This is one of the most perfect films ever committed to celluloid.

 


16th August (Third Friday)

I AM LOVE

Italy | 2009 | 120 mins | Romance Thriller | Dir: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Pippo Delbono and Alba Rohrwacher

Over two decades ago, Emma (Tilda Swinton) left Russia to follow her husband, Tancredi Recchi (Pippo Delbono), to Milan. Now a member of a powerful industrial Milanese family, Emma is the respected mother of three children: two sons, Edoardo (Flavio Parenti) who is engaged to Eva and Gianluca are both businessmen and daughter, Elisabetta (Alba Rohrwacher), who lives in Nice. Emma, although not unhappy in her marriage, feels unfulfilled. One day Edoardo brings a friend, Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini), to the family home for dinner. Antonio is a talented chef and he and Edoardo become partners in a restaurant. Emma is strangely attracted to Antonio and decides to pursue her feelings for him, which are reciprocated in return. Edoardo discovers the affair of his mother.
Exquisitely directed and acted, with an amazing Tilda Swinton perfectly conveying the discovery of love, this is a beautiful and sumptuous Italian drama.

 

 


20th September (Third Friday)

A UNITED KINGDOM

UK/Botswana | 2016 | 111 mins | Romance Thriller | Dir: Amma Asante
Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike and Tom Felton

Based on the true story of the former king of Botswana and the British woman whose
marriage in the late 1940s caused an international uproar, A United Kingdom is an
undeniably inspiring story to tell.
An incredible story of love, life, and history. Sir Seretse and Ruth Khama embody the challenges and struggles of being in a mixed-race relationship during their time, which are still relevant to this day. But what’s more important is the political scene at a time in which Africa was a British Protectorate and how Africa was going through this enlightened period of self-realization and the need to run its own affairs without the choking influence of its colonies.

 


18th October (Third Friday)

PAN’S LABYRINTH

Spain | 2006 | 119 mins | Fantasy War | Dir: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil and Sergi López

Set in Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells the girl that she is a princess but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the true princess and will never see her real father again. Escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Pan’s Labyrinth is touted by Roger Ebert (25 August 2007) as, “…one of the greatest of all fantasy films, even though it is anchored so firmly in the reality of war.”

 


15th November (Third Friday)

THE YEAR MY VOICE BROKE

Australia | 1987 | 103 mins | Romance Drama | Dir: John Duigan
Cast: Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen and Ben Mendelsohn

Danny (Noah Taylor) is a gawky 15-year-old. He is in love with his best friend, the beautiful and free-spirited Freya (Loene Carmen). They are misfits in a country town in NSW in 1962.
When Freya falls for Trevor (Ben Mendelsohn), football star and apprentice delinquent, Danny’s sexual longing turns to jealous confusion. As he tries to win Freya back, Danny uncovers a dark secret in the town’s past.
Not an adolescent wish-fulfillment fantasy film, Duigan evokes tortures and exquisite longings of adolescence. Set in 1962 in the ravishingly stark Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, The Year My Voice Broke sets up a dreamy coming-of-age saga, but then delivers something tougher, moodier, and more challenging.
In 1987, The Year My Voice Broke was nominated for five Australian Film Institute Awards, and won three: Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ben Mendelsohn). Then, in 1988, it was Feature Film joint winner of the Australian Writers’ Guild Awgie Award.
Make sure to pencil The Year My Voice Broke into your calendar or diary.