Thursday, March 29, 2012

Season Finale: AGM & Coriolanus

A quick reminder that the club AGM takes place before the film at 4.00pm in the Alhambra Circle for those who want to come. The final film, at 5.00pm as usual, is 'Coriolanus'.  This is the first film directed by Ralph Fiennes and is a very clever re-interpretation of Shakespeare's play, bringing it right into the present day and going nowhere near a stage. Set in a Balkan state, we see war scenes and street fighting that remind us of the conflicts there, and arguments over democracy reminiscent of the Arab Spring in Syria today.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mother and Child - Sunday 25th March 5pm

This Sunday's film is Mother and Child from the writer/director of Nine Lives, Rodrigo Garca. "Emotionally engaging, sharply written and powerfully acted" and "sure to make all but the hardest-hearted shed tears".

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Albatross - Sunday 18th March 5pm

Our film this Sunday is Albatross, "a hugely enjoyable coming-of-age drama" according to viewLondon

Sunday, March 11, 2012

AGM - Sunday 1 April, 4.00pm at the Alhambra

This years AGM will take place on Sunday 1st April, at 4.00pm at the Alhambra, just before the final film of the season, Coriolanus. Please come along, especially if you have any ideas to share about how the club is run or what we should be doing next year.

The committee changed a lot this year, with a new chair, vice chair and membership secretary and several new members and we hope we have kept the club running at the level you expect. All of us are willing to continue next year, except Tom Rennie who feels that his role as Treasurer could lead to a conflict of interest with his new role running the Alhambra. Tom is happy to remain on the committee. We are sure you will join us in thanking him for the incredible job he has done for the club over the years...and for keeping the Alhambra running for us now!

It does mean we need a new Treasurer, however. This role is vital for the club in itself and obviously would also give you a say in how the club is run as well. If you think you could take this on, please get in touch.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Shame - Sunday 11th March 5pm

This weekend we have one of the highlights of the season for you - Steve McQueen's Shame.

McQueen's first film - Hunger - was a hard hitting look at the IRA hunger strikers, showing the anger and sadness on both sides of the divided Ireland. I, for one, have been looking forward to his follow up ever since and, judging from the critical acclaim, the world has been too...

"Steve McQueen's follow-up to Hunger is an icily compulsive portrait of damaged siblings and sex addiction, fuelled by brilliant performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan" - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian...

"McQueen's film is breathtaking in its execution. Fassbender delivers his finest performance yet. Why he hasn't received the expected Oscar remains a mystery."- Ed Gibbs, Sun Herald

That said, a word of warning. This is an '18' rated movie whose subject matter is sex addiction. Dont expect pornography, but do expect explicit detail. This is one of the best films of 2011, but... "Shame is interested in the stark immediacy of one man’s world and drawing us into that world without easy explanations" - Dave Calhoun, Time Out.


Thursday, March 01, 2012

Shorts Night - Sunday 4th March 5pm

We have what might be a first for the club; an evening of short films. After the success of the Osprey Awards at the Festival, we thought we should show more shorts at the club nights; they are not just films made by people who can't afford to make a full length film! If you want to see what can be done with almost no time to develop a theme, come along and see the winner of the Virgin Media Shorts Competition, for instance - how to make a thriller in just over 2 minutes! (Cleverly call '2:20' so no prizes for the actual length...)

We have a variety of films, some local, some international, some award winners, some we just liked; come and see for yourself what these directors of a different sort can do. The full list can be seen in the programme notes (pdf).