Screening Diary

For a trial period we are not producing our usual glossy printed leaflets. You can download (and print if you wish) the April list of full details here: BF April 2018

Monday 16th April 7.30pmLoving Vincent (12)
2017 UK/Poland/USA
Most of us know something of the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh. The mixture of personal tragedy and despair with his intensely distinctive vision has reached deeply into Western culture. This film focuses on Vincent’s last days. To call the film an animation would be to understate the technique. Over 60,000 frames were painted to create moving representations of Van Gogh’s canvasses. Visually gorgeous, the story is compelling and moving.
Monday 23rd April 7.30pmA Ghost Story (12)
2017 USA
When this film premiered last year critics were near unanimous simply in urging us to see it. A Ghost Story is difficult to talk about without spoiling the viewing experience. Written and directed by David Lowery it stars Rooney Mara as ‘M’ who is grieving for ‘C’ (Casey Affleck). She is emotionally torn, disoriented. Beautifully composed and with a soundtrack that helps tell the story - rather than tell us how to feel - A Ghost Story is much more than a supernaturally disturbing.
Monday 30th April 7.30pmWind River (15)
2017 USA/Canada/UK
Wind River is a Native American reservation in Wyoming. It can be a bleak, harsh, inhospitable place and Taylor Sheridan’s film shows how hard it can be to live, let alone thrive, in such an environment. At one level this is a thriller; a young woman is dead - who killed her and why? There are also matters of investigating outsiders gaining the confidence of a suspicious community. And then there is the snow - as far from a sentimental Christmas as you can get.
Monday 7th May 7.30pmThe Magic Flute (U)
1975 Sweden
Ingmar Bergman will be remembered as one of the great European filmmakers of the 20th Century. His world view strikes many as bleak and pessimistic. So when he made a version of Mozart’s comic opera in 1976 many were surprised, and delighted. This is more than a film of a staged production - it’s something more ambitious than the opera live screenings we have become used to. We screen The Magic Flute, just re-released by the British Film Institute to mark the centenary of Bergman’s birth.
Monday 14th May 7.30pmA Taste of Honey (12)
1961 UK
Shelagh Delaney was 19 when she wrote A Taste of Honey - she wrote it quickly as a response to what she perceived to be the middle class stuffiness of some English theatre. The story of 17-year-old Jo (Rita Tushingham) and her mother, Helen (Dora Bryan) is set in Salford. Helen is alcoholic and erratic in her behaviour; she relies on money she gets from boyfriends. Jo has a brief relationship with a black sailor before befriending a gay student. There is much to talk about after seeing this landmark film. You are welcome to join us to discuss A Taste of Honey after the screening.
Monday 21st May 7.30pmSanctuary (15)
2016 Ireland
‘A valuable film with honesty and heart’ wrote Peter Bradshaw about this award-winning Irish film which became a word-of-mouth success. Larry and his girlfriend Sophie are keen to spend some time together, maybe have sex. Ordinary enough as a premise but Larry has Down’s Syndrome and Sophie’s epilepsy can be severe. They need the help of their care worker if the romance is to blossom. Full of fun and laughter Sanctuary also challenges us to re-examine our ideas about who we can love and how.
Monday 28th May 8.00pmThree Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (15)
2017 UK/USA
One of the most talked about and relished films of the year, here is another chance to catch up with some tremendous performances and writing. Mildred (the brilliant Frances McDormand) wants justice and she is fed-up waiting for the local police to get results. Police Chief Willoughby (a sensitive Woody Harrelson) struggles to reassure Mildred that he and his officers are doing all that they can. London-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s script is packed with wit, pathos, anger and surprise.
Monday 4th June 7.30pmA Fantastic Woman (15)
2017 Chile/Ger/Spain/USA
The winner at this year’s Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film this Chilean drama about Marina (Daniela Vega). She is transgender and works as a singer and a waitress in Santiago. Her boyfriend, Orlando, is older than her - has been married before. His family struggles to accept Marina. This ground-breaking film is gripping - thanks in no small part to Vega’s performance - and has much to say about the lives and experiences of people still at the sharp end of violence and hostility.
Monday 11th June 7.30pm120 Beats per Minute (15)
2017 France
This enthralling French drama is set in Paris in the 1990s. The gay community is being devastated emotionally and physically by AIDS and how to cope and react to that is the subject of the film. At one level it is about a collective response - in this case Act Up-Paris a direct action group whose ‘actions’ are sometimes calamitous, sometimes hard hitting. It is also a personal story about Nathan and Sean who become lovers and have to confront illness. Amidst the fear and anxiety there are also the joys of dance and sex.
Monday 18th June 7.30pmAfter the Storm (PG)
2016 Japan
This prize-winning Japanese family drama combines melancholy and a wistful, gentle humour. Ryota is a gambler and fails to provide financial support for his son; unsurprisingly ex-wife is fed-up with his excuses. Meanwhile Ryota suspects that his sister is trying to take advantage of their elderly widowed mother. A film about how ‘you can’t always have the life you want, or be who you want to be.’ Families, eh?