We welcome help from our members
Wadhurst Community Cinema is run on a shoe-string by a small team of volunteers. We do appreciate members helping with the running of our film nights by volunteering (email: email@example.com) for any of the following:
Serving on Film Selection Panel : Front of house (e.g. usher, entry) : Selling of refreshments : Giving older members a lift : Help on the technical side : Marketing : Serving on the committee : film projection (with training!).
WADHURST COMMUNITY CINEMA SEASON 7
SEPTEMBER 2019 – MAY 2020
WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 2O19
STAN & OLLIE (2019) Comedy Drama. Running time: 1hr 37mins.
Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can’t quite shake the spector of Laurel and Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other. Starring: John C. Reilly (Golden Globe Best Actor), Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson and Ida Kitaeva Lau. Rating: PG (for some language, and for smoking)
Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer, and film director who was part of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. He appeared with his comedy partner Oliver Hardy in 107 short films, feature films, and cameo roles.
In 2009, a bronze statue of the duo was unveiled in Laurel’s home town of Ulverston.
WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2019
GREEN BOOK (2018) Drama. Running time: 2hrs 10mins.
When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger – as well as unexpected humanity and humour – they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. Critic’s comment: Green Book takes audiences on a surprisingly smooth ride through potentially bumpy subject matter, fuelled by the Director’s deft touch and a pair of well-matched leads, played by: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Rating: 12A (for thematic content, language including racial epithets, smoking, some violence and suggestive material)
WEDNESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2019
THE KEEPER (2018) Drama, Romance, Sport. Running time: 2 hrs.
The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. Struggling for acceptance by those who dismiss him as the enemy, Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test. Also starring: John Henshaw, Dervla Kirwan, Gary Lewis and Dave Johns. Rating: 15
WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2019
MARY POPPINS RETURNS (2018) Family film. Running time: 2hrs 10mins.
The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Starring Emily Blunt, Ben Wishaw, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. Rating: U (for mild thematic elements and brief action)
THURSDAY 16TH JANUARY 2020
FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS (2019) Comedy. Running time: 1hr 52mins
Inspired by the true story of the Fisherman’s Friends, an all-male a capella folk singing group from Port Isaac in Cornwall, who in the noughties became an unexpected hit for their authentic sea shanties. Danny (Daniel Mays) is a music executive who travels to Cornwall on a stag weekend with a bunch of his shallow London music PR mates – joining in with their inanities just to soothe his secret loneliness – and he’s pranked by them into offering to sign the local sea shanty singers, led by Jim (James Purefoy), Jago (David Hayman) and Leadville (Dave Johns). But of course something in the music speaks to Danny’s romantic soul; he starts to fall in love with Jim’s single-mum daughter Alwyn (Tuppence Middleton) and he makes it his mission to bring the Fisherman’s Friends and their music to the world. Also starring Noel Clarke. Rating: 12A
WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2020
THE WIFE (2017) Drama. Running time: 1hr 41mins
After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950. The Wife interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later – a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love. The film relies on the strength of Glenn Close’s Award-nominated performance to drive home the power of its story – and she proves thoroughly, grippingly up to the task. Also starring: Alix Wilton Regan, Max Irons, Christian Slater & Elizabeth McGovern. Rating: 15 (for language and some sexual content)
WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH 2020
SWIMMING WITH MEN (2018) Drama/sport. Running time: 1hr 43mins
His job is a drag, his wife may be cheating on him, and he’s not getting any younger. Accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) is simply treading water when he discovers a newfound sense of purpose thanks to an unexpected source: a group of similarly stuck-in-a-rut guys who have found camaraderie and self-worth through synchronized swimming. Sure, they may be a bit paunchy, but they’re determined to prove they have what it takes to be a whirling, twirling, scissor-kicking aquatic dream team. And they’ve set their sights on the ultimate prize: the world championship. Showcasing the sharp wit of The Trip series’ Rob Brydon, Swimming With Men is a big-hearted, delightfully offbeat ode to answering your calling, no matter where you are in life. Starring: Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Jane Horrocks and Thomas Turgoose. Rating: 12A
WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL 2020
THE FAVOURITE (2018) Drama. Running time: 119 mins
The major multi Award-winning film of 2019. Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. Starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn. Rating: 15 (for strong sexual content, nudity and language)
THURSDAY 14TH MAY 2020
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (2018) Drama/Biography. Running time: 2hrs 13mins
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. Starring: Rami Malek (Academy Award for Best Actor) Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Brian May, Ben Hardy. Rating: 12A (for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug content and language)