Sunday, January 15, 2017

Our First Programme and 1000th Film

It was back in 1999 when we first welcomed people to "Cumbria's newest film society" and now we've reached our 1000th film screening. To celebrate this amazing feat, we've decided to show the first film again. We dug into our archives to find the very first programme and here it is:

So on Sunday 22nd we'll be showing Minnie Driver in The Governess. Were you there in 1999? Have you been coming along ever since? We'd love to hear from you and here's to another 1000 films.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Chocolat - Sunday 15th January 5pm

We have the welcome return of the hugely charismatic Omar Sy (remember Untouchable?) this Sunday at 5.00pm in Chocolat. The true story of a black immigrant into France in the late 19th century who became famous as a clown alongside an Englishman – George Footit (played here by James ThierĂ©e, the very recognisable grandson of Charlie Chaplin). Unfortunately, his fame was based on the stereotypical black fool, which drove him off the rails.
"A box office success, the film operates on many levels: as a family-friendly conversation-starter about racism in France, as an exploration of the history of taste and cultural appropriation, as a vehicle for Mr. Sy to flex his comic muscles and as a story about the hazards of success." – Rachel Donadio, New York Times

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Hunt For The Wilderpeople - Sunday 8th January 5pm

We will start the Spring season with the worldwide Kiwi hit Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill and the new, young find, Julian Dennison, who play Hec and Ricky. Ricky is a troublesome youth who ends up being fostered by Hec and his wife Bella in the middle of nowhere, until further trouble with social services drive Rick and Hec deep into the Kiwi bush...

"Uncle Hec and Ricky's journey together is hysterical, the laughs coming often, the two central characters’ relationship becoming the ginormous and heartwarming soul of the film. There's brilliant chemistry between Dennison and Neil, the pair quite obviously bouncing off each other; a joy to watch on screen, and as the story progresses you begin to feel like a member of their special pack, gleefully part of the adventure" – Jack Shepherd, Independent

Monday, December 19, 2016

2017 Festival & Spring Programme

We're taking a short break between programmes and would like to this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It's already looking like 2017 will be a great year for films. The festival programme is looking strong with many films picking up award nominations such as La La Land, LovingToni Erdmann and Manchester by the Sea.

We'll be back in our regular slot on Sunday 8th January with Empire magazine's best film of 2016 Hunt For The Wilderpeople. The full spring programme is now available and you can download a copy of the brochure or pick one up from the usual places.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Our Little Sister - Sunday 18th December 5pm

So we reach our last film of this season: we finish as we started with a gentle Japanese film - Our Little Sister.

By the same director – Hirokazu Koreeda – as the perfect  Still Walking from 2010, this promises the same beautiful, thoughtful episodes from the lives – rather than a story – of three girls who only find out at their father's funeral that they have another, younger step sister.

"There are minor conflicts and revelations, but these never seem like plot points. Rather they feel like the fabric of everyday life, observed with limpid simplicity and given powerful emotional effect with natural, easy, unforced performances" - Allison Gilmour Winnipeg Free Press.

"A delicate, unforced meditation on the bonds of family and the joys and wonders hidden in everyday life, this film is able to move audiences without apparent effort, and that must be experienced firsthand to be appreciated and understood"– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Anyone in the mood for two hours of sheer, unadulterated loveliness ... will be amply rewarded." – Mike D’Angelo, AV Club.

...which should leave you feeling rested and relaxed for the Christmas break! We will be back on 8th January with the Kiwi Hunt for the Wilderpeople. A very Happy Christmas to you all!