Saturday, August 26, 2023

Autumn Programme

We get our Autumn Programme off with a bang on September 10th with ‘And then Come the Nightjars’, based on the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, which should raise a lot of local memories, especially as the Director is coming for a Q&A too. We have a couple of big stars for you - Penelope Cruz in ‘L’immensità’ and Isabelle Huppert in ‘La Syndicaliste’, not to mention Sigourney Weaver in ‘Master Gardener’ or Ben Whishaw in ‘Passages’. 

We always try to go around the world; this season is not quite as all-encompassing as some years, but we do manage Italy, France, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Spain and Canada outside the UK and USA. Talking of Germany, we were pleased you voted for ‘Afire’, as German films are a pretty rare thing for us. We have four films from the UK this year, which include ‘Scrapper’ - a classic Keswick film - and ‘Pretty Red Dress’ - with Tina Turner music a-plenty from Alexandra Burke and an interesting looking plot…‘Past Lives’ looks like a potential ‘Film Of the Season’ to me, with a cross-decades, cross-continents love story from South Korea and the USA. ‘Small, Slow but Steady’ might be the most unusual little film, about a deaf girl who takes up boxing to escape her isolation. Recommendation: Try to avoid reading reviews of ‘Master Gardener’ to get the best out of it… A rare 18-rated film, ‘Passages’ comes with great acting reviews...and it is 18 for a reason! ‘Brother’ looks good to us, which ‘unpacks Black grief in a way we haven’t seen often’, and we finish back in the UK with ‘Nobody Needs to Know’, set in the wild beauty of the Hebrides. Hopefully a film for all tastes here; we hope you enjoy all the ones you get to see