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 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 7.30pm

Trinity Church basement room
A 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.

Due to the unavailability of the Arts Centre on this date we have hired a room in Trinity Church for this screening. Seating is limited to 40 for this event and ticket prices will be only £4. There will be no advance booking for this film but if you would like us to reserve you a seat for you please email us (
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?