Sunday, September 14, 2014

Omar - Sunday 21st September 5pm

Our second film of the season takes us, very timely, to Palestine. We join ‘Omar’ as he climbs the wall into Israel to see his lover, and to do his bit to free his country; whether he is a freedom fighter or a terrorist depends on which side of the wall he stands on.

Director Hany Abu-Assad has created a gripping thriller from this plot but he is equally interested in the effects on the characters’ normal lives as he is on the morals and politics of the situation. The resulting movie is ‘A tense, involving combination of love story and thriller’, as Allan Hunter says in the Express...Will he be caught? What would his friends and family think? What does his lover think? The film was nominated for ‘Best Foreign Film’ at the Oscars this year and should give us a thought-provoking night out.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Past - Sunday 14th September

As the summer comes to an end, our Autumn Season is with us again, and with it the club’s 16th Year. We start the season on Sunday 14th September at 4.15 with your chance for a FREE DRINK and a chat, while you sign up for this year’s membership (STILL just £7 to get you £1 off all films you attend during the whole year!) and maybe a season ticket for all 16 films in this season for just £38).Then we get down to the film at 5.00...

The Past’ is the latest film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi... Farhadi’s two previous films (‘About Elly’ and ‘A Separation’) both went down well at Keswick Festivals and ‘A Separation’ brought him an Oscar. ‘The Past’ continues this trend, with a nomination for the Cannes Palme D’Or plus Best Actress for Berenice Bejo as Maria. The plot follows Ahmad’s return to Paris from Iran to finalise his divorce from Maria and the complex relationships that arise there – ‘an intensely gripping emotional drama with a superb script and a trio of terrific central performances from Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim and Ali Mossaffa’ – Matthew Turner, View London. A French film with a great director and award-winning acting; why would you miss it?!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

One Week To Go

There's only a week to go to the first film of the season! I hope you are looking forward to it as much as we are.

We start, as usual with a FREE DRINK at 4.15 on Sunday 14th September. This gives you time to sign up for membership for the year if you want to; we have managed to hold the price to £7 again, for which you get £1 off all films you see for the whole year (through to Easter 2015), which includes ALL the festival films too - great value for money! If you received a brochure in the post, it will save a lot of time if you could fill in the application form you received with (or print it from here) it and bring it with you, please.

You also have the chance to buy an Autumn season pass for £38 - which gives you entry to see all the films till Christmas - that is about £2.50 each!!

You can see the full programme here and the first film will be at 5.00 on Sunday 14th September - Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past'.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Alhambra Centenary Film

Lights, Camera.... Alhambra! was commissioned to mark the centenary of Keswick’s Alhambra Cinema and made by Cockermouth film-maker, Joel Baker. Research for the film discovered a host of local people with memories of the cinema, dating back to the days of silent films and the first talkie – Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer.

Joel met and filmed those who had worked there, courted on the back row there and those who had misbehaved there, usually during the Saturday morning matinees.

The film also featured an interview with Nick Simpson, son of Jack who owned the cinema during the 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s. Nick, who effectively grew up in and around the Alhambra, gave an insight into the way in which his father ran the cinema and created programmes around local bus timetables and a sure knowledge of what played well in the town. One of his perks was to choose the film to be screened on his birthday – it was always a cowboy movie!

The Film is available to view on vimeo:

To obtain the password contact or try the name of the cinema where Keswick Film Club holds its Sunday Screenings.