FILMS

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Forthcoming Film Dates for your Diary

Additional film dates
Special Events
We are delighted to once again be working in partnership with the King’s Lynn Festival and have arranged these films as part of the Festival.   Tickets for these films will be £4 for members and £5 for the public and will be available from the Corn Exchange.   Details have been sent to you on how to purchase at the reduced rate.
 
  Thursday 27th April — ADULT LIFE SKILLS
Thursday 11th May — HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
Thursday 8th June — PATERSON
Thursday 13th July — NIGHT AND THE CITY
  Saturday 22nd July 12 noon — BALLETBOYZ – YOUNG MEN
  Saturday 29th July 12 noon — DEAN SPANLEY
Thursday 10th August — JACKIE
  Thursday 24th August — THE HANDMAIDEN
Thursday 14th September — LION
Thursday 12th October — A MAN CALLED OVE
  Thursday 26th October — PERSONAL SHOPPER

 

Thursday 27thApril

ADULT LIFE SKILLS

Comedy — (2016) — 94 mins — Cert 15
Contains strong language

Director: Rachel Tunnard
Cast includes Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Brett Goldstein

Anna is stuck: she’s approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum’s garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered. She spends her days making videos using her thumbs as actors — thumbs that bicker about things like whether Yogi Bear is a moral or existential nihilist. But Anna doesn’t show these videos to anyone and no one knows what they are for.

TRIVIA

Filming locations:
Huddersfield — Main House and Sailing ClubEdale, Derbyshire — Rock Pool and Cycling

 


 

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Thursday 11thMay
Pre-Film Meal 6pm
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HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Adventure, Comedy, Drama — (2016) — 101 mins — Cert 12A
Contains moderate bad language, innuendo, infrequent bloody moments

Director: Taika Waititi
Cast includes Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rhys Darby, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Taika Waititi

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.

TRIVIA

Filmed entirely in New Zealand over 5 weeks in locations including the Central Plateau and the Waitakere Ranges. Almost the entire film was shot using a single camera.

Based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump

 

 

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Thursday 8thJune

PATERSON

Comedy, Drama, Romance — (2016) — 115 mins — Cert 15
Contains strong language

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast includes Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Helen-Jean Arthur

Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey — they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windscreen and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

TRIVIA

The poems in the film came from Ron Padgett, one of Jim Jarmusch’s favourite contemporary poets, who agreed to write the poems for the film and who let Jarmusch use some of his existing poems.The conversation between the two construction workers in the bus was a real conversation Jarmusch overheard at a bar.

Co-stars Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman who both made their debuts in the Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom (2012), in which they played lovers.

The last poem Paterson writes with the line; “Would you rather be a fish”, is from the song ‘Swinging On A Star’ (Burke/Van Heusen): A fish won’t do anything but swim in a brook He can’t write his name or read a book And to fool the people is his only thought Though he slippery — he still gets caught But then if that sort of life is what you wish You may grow up to be a fish.

Adam Driver underwent training and became a licensed bus driver. He wanted to be able to be on “auto pilot” while driving the bus. It also meant that the film could feature more authentic footage opening up the possibilities for a greater variety of camera shots. He was taught over a period of three months in Queens, New York City, passing the test one week before filming began.

 


 

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Thursday 13thJuly

NIGHT AND THE CITY

Feature — (1950) — 95 mins — Cert PG
Contains mild violence

Director: Jules Dassin
Cast includes Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan, Herbert Lom, Stanislaus Zbyszko, Mike Mazurki, Charles Farrell, Ada Reeve, Kenneth Richmond

Harry Fabian is a London hustler with ambitious plans that never work out. One day, when he encounters the most famous Greco-Roman wrestler in the world, Gregorius, at a London wrestling arena run by his son Kristo, he dreams up a scheme that he thinks will finally be his ticket to financial independence. As Fabian attempts to con everyone around him to get his scheme to work, he of course only ends up conning himself. An interesting tale of blind ambition, self-deception, broken dreams, and how a man who always thinks he’s ahead of the game ends up tripping himself very badly.

TRIVIA

Director Jules Dassin made the film while in the process of being blacklisted. Daryll Zanuck told him it may be the last filmed he’d ever direct, so he should shoot the most expensive scenes first so the studio wouldn’t be able to blacklist him until it was completed.

In one of Harry’s trips the London at night, a theatre advertises the play, ‘The Third Visitor‘. This play would be made into a film in 1951.

Director Jules Dassin claims people have accused him of lifting elements from John Huston’s “The Asphalt Jungle” even though Dassin only saw Huston’s film long after “Night and the City” was made.

 


 

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Partnership with The King’s Lynn Festival
This is the first of two films we are offering in partnership with the King’s Lynn Summer Festival. Tickets are £5 but film club members and their guests can purchase them for £4 through the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange Box Office using the password which has been sent to all our members.

 

Saturday 22ndJuly 12noon

BALLETBOYZ – YOUNG MEN

Feature length dance film without dialogue — (2016) — 60 mins

Director: Michael Nunn
Dancers: Andrea Carrucciu, Simone Donati, Flavien Esmieu, Elizabeth McGorian, Oxana Panchenko, Edward Pearce, Leon Poulton. Harry Price, Matthew Rees, Matthew Sandiford, Bradley Waller, Jennifer White


A group of young men brought together by the indiscriminate brutality of war struggle to maintain their humanity in an unending cycle of combat and death. A potent combination of music and choreography, this film without words is an immersive emotional journey into the reality facing young men at the extremes of human experience.
These young men succumb to the terror of their situation in a myriad of ways. The ruthless, indiscriminate brutality of war takes its mental and bodily toll on these comrades, as they struggle to survive one day’s destruction, only to wake to another’s mortal threats.
Based on the hugely successful stage production of the same name that premiered at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, in 2015, it is choreographed by Iván Pérez with a commissioned score by composer Keaton Henson.
The production is realised by Artistic Directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt who were formerly leading dancers with The Royal Ballet. Since forming their own company in 2001 they have built a reputation for bringing dance to the screen in a variety of innovative ways, winning an International Emmy, a Rose d’Or and a Golden Prague along the way
 

 

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Partnership with The King’s Lynn Festival
This is the second of two films we are offering in partnership with the King’s Lynn Summer Festival. Tickets are £5 but film club members and their guests can purchase them for £4 through the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange Box Office using the password which has been sent to all our members.

 

Saturday 29thJune 12noon

DEAN SPANLEY

Comedy, Drama — (2008) — 100 mins — Cert PG

Director: Toa Fraser
Cast includes Jeremy Northam, Peter O’Toole, Sam Neill Bryan Brown, Judy Parfitt, Dudley Sutton

Peter O’Toole adds yet another offbeat role to his long resume with the mystical comedy-drama Dean Spanley. Adapted from Lord Dunsany’s popular novella My Talks with Dean Spanley and directed by Toa Fraser, the film stars O’Toole as Horatio Fisk, an irascible, cantankerous septuagenarian living out his final days at the turn of the 20th Century. Despite his distant and slightly strained relationship with his son Henslowe (Jeremy Northam), Horatio willfully joins the young man on regular outings; the tedium and monotony of these routines eventually grow so overwhelming, however, that the two decide to attend a lecture on the Transmigration of Souls by a visiting Hindu Swami. At the meeting, their paths intersect with the eccentric Dean Spanley (Sam Neill), and a friendship blossoms between Spanley and Henslowe.

TRIVIA

Filming Locations
Norwich Cathedral & Elm Hill
Elveden Hall, Suffolk
Holkham Hall
Wisbech, Wisbech Castle and Peckover House
New Zealand

 


 

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Thursday 10thAugust

JACKIE

Biography, Drama, History — (2016) — 97 mins — Cert 15
Brief strong violence

Director: Pablo Larraín
Cast includes Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt, Max Casella, Beth Grant, Richard E. Grant


Jackie is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.

TRIVIA

Director Pablo Larraín estimates that a third of the shots in the film were the first take.

Filming moved swiftly over 23 days on stages in Paris, with 10 days in Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

A challenge for costume designer Madeline Fontaine was the dark red, two-piece, bouclé wool dress Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) wears during her White House tour that most people only associate with the greyed-out 1960s television image. “There do in fact exist some photos of the dress in colour so we were able to see the original red. But we had to make two different pieces, one red and one pink, to get just the right shade of grey for the black and white television images,” Fontaine explained.

 

 

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Thursday 14thSeptember

LION

Drama — (2016) — 118 mins — Cert PG
Scenes of emotional intensity, mild threat

Director: Garth Davis
Cast includes Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, David Wenham, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Aditya Roy Kapoor

The true story of a life lost and found.
Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

TRIVIA

The film was developed by Australian producers Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian. They stubbornly refused to change the Australian setting of the film to America and hereby received several rejections from American film production companies. By the time of release, the two producers had spent four years on the film.

Based on Saroo Brierley’s memoir “A Long Way Home“, the true story of his own search for his childhood home. The film was originally set to feature the same title as the book on which it is based.

Dev Patel’s initial audition lasted six hours. There was concerns among the producers that he was too obvious a choice for a lead role with Indian heritage. This has also previously prevented Patel from possible roles, as he was refused an audition for “Life of Pi” and other parts.

 


 

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