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 8th March — SENSE OF AN ENDING
  Friday 16th March — I, DANIEL BLAKE
Thursday 5th April — HOTEL SALVATION
  Thursday 26th April — My LIFE AS A COURGETTE
Thursday 10th May — THE PARTY
Thursday 14th June — ALL ABOUT EVE
Thursday 12th July — THE BIG SICK
Thursday 9th August — LUCKY
  Thursday 23rd August — THE WOMEN’S BALCONY

 

Thursday 8thMarch 6pm & 7.30pm

PRE-FILM MEAL AT THE RIVERSIDE

From 6pm — More details here.

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

Drama — (2016) — 106 mins — Cert 15
suicide references

Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast includes Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Freya Mavor, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer

The Sense of an Ending is based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Julian Barnes. Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.

TRIVIA

Matthew Goode and Michelle Dockery both appeared in Downton Abbey, which itself is also mentioned at the pub with Adrien Jr.’s group.

 

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Friday 16thMarch

I, DANIEL BLAKE

Drama — (2016) — 100 mins

See below for more details of the times & tickets for this film.
 
Director: Ken Loach
Cast includes Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan, Briana Shann, Sharon Percy, Kema Sikazwe

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the latest from legendary director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Graced with humour and heart, I, Daniel Blake is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers.
 

The award-winning film I, Daniel Blake, which won both a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for director Ken Loach, will be shown on Friday 16th March in the Guildhall of St George, at a special fund-raising showing organised by the King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club (KLCCC) and Lynn charity the Purfleet Trust.   Money raised from the event will go towards helping the homeless and vulnerable in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

A KLCCC spokesman said: “The film was only shown for one week last year in King’s Lynn and so KLCCC has organised this special performance to give people another opportunity see a work of such quality while at the same time raising funds for the Purfleet Trust.”

Described as a ‘quietly fearsome piece of drama’, the film in a blend of irony, humour and compassion follows Daniel Blake, a 59-year-old widower with serious heart problems.   Despite being eligible for employment and support allowance, he has to wrestle with the toils of the welfare system and the difficulties of a manual worker who has to combat the digital age.    Proceeds from this event will go towards providing computer tuition as well as specialist welfare support to individuals struggling to navigate this often complex system.

“We aim to help people with support needs living in our community to overcome the very difficulties which Daniel faces in the film,” explains Paula Hall, chief executive of the trust.

The event begins with a drinks reception with canapés held in the Shakespeare Barn at the Guildhall Complex from 6pm.   Food will be prepared by Francis Bone, chairman of Purfleet Fundraisers and owner of Lynn’s The Gravy Boat, who will be assisted by clients of the trust who have completed their catering training programme.   It is anticipated that the canapés will be made from surplus food, donated by suppliers, which might otherwise have gone to waste — and will demonstrate how such ingredients can be turned into tasty, wholesome fare. 

The reception in the Shakespeare Barn will be launched by the Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Cllr Carol Bower as the trust is one of her chosen charities during her year of office.   This will be followed by a short film at 7.30pm showcasing the work of the Purfleet Trust, produced by film maker and KLCCC committee member Martins Strals.   The main feature of I, Daniel Blake will begin shortly thereafter, both in St George’s Guildhall.

Ken Loach has donated a signed copy of the DVD of the film to be raffled at the event.

Thanks to the support of the Borough Council and other local organisations and businesses no expenses are being incurred organising this event, so all ticket money will go directly towards the work of the Purfleet Trust.

Tickets for the combined reception and film are available for a donation of £10 from the Corn Exchange box office 01553-764864.   Seats for the film alone are available for just £5 donations from the box office or on the door. To book online go to www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

 

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Thursday 5thApril 7.30pm

HOTEL SALVATION

Comedy Drama — (2016) — 102 mins — Cert PG
Hindi : Subtitled — infrequent drug references

Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Cast includes Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl, Anil K. Rastogi

An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near He takes the news to his son Rajiv, knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv, is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father.Daya and Rajiv check into Mukti Bhawan(Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi, a guesthouse devoted to people to die there. But as the days go by, Rajiv struggles to juggle his responsibilities back home, while Daya starts to bloom in the hotel.Rajiv gives his father a shot at salvation but as family bonds are tested, he finds himself torn, not knowing what he must do to keep his life together.

 

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Thursday 26thApril 7.30pm

MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE

Animation, Comedy, Drama — (2016) — 66 mins — Cert PG
mild sex references, references to traumatic childhood experiences

Director: Claude Barras
Cast includes Will Forte (voice), Nick Offerman (voice), Ellen Page (voice), Amy Sedaris (voice), Gaspard Schlatter (voice), Sixtine Murat (voice), Paulin Jaccoud (voice), Michel Vuillermoz (voice), Raul Ribera (voice), Estelle Hennard (voice)

After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. Brought to life through striking character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. Beginning with its debut at Cannes, the film has stirred up an overwhelming response on the festival circuit, taking home top jury and audience prizes at Annecy, Melbourne and Angoulême.

TRIVIA

About halfway through the credits, we see an animated sequence based, apparently, on the lead actor’s audition tape.

 

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Thursday 10thMay 7.30pm

THE PARTY

Drama Comedy — (2017) — 71 mins — Cert 15
Strong language, drug misuse

Director: Sally Potter
Cast includes Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall

In Sally Potter’s new dark comedy THE PARTY, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet’s acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson), arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that gradually unravel the sophisticated soiree, and a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay.

TRIVIA

Filmed on a West London studio set in two weeks.

The Party was awarded the Guild Film Prize at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

 

 

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Thursday 14thJune 7.30pm

ALL ABOUT EVE

Drama — (1950) — 133 mins — Cert U
Contains very mild sex references

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast includes Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Gregory Ratoff, Barbara Bates, Marilyn Monroe, Thelma Ritter, Walter Hampden, Randy Stuart, Craig Hill, Leland Harris, Barbara White, Ed Fisher, William Pullen, Claude Stroud, Eugene Borden, Helen Mowery

Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, All About Eve is an elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Eve is waiting backstage to meet her idol, ageing Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Only playwright/critic DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve’s evil plan, which is to take her parts and her fiancé, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill). When the fiancé shows no interest, she tries for playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe), but DeWitt stops her. After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where a young woman named Phoebe has sneaked into her room and fallen asleep. This is where the “Circle of Life” now comes to fruition as Eve will get played like she played Margo.
All About Eve received 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

TRIVIA

Bette Davis fell in love with her co-star Gary Merrill during the shoot of this movie, and the two married in July 1950, a few weeks after filming was completed. They adopted a baby girl, whom they named Margot.

Zsa Zsa Gabor kept arriving on the set because she was jealous of her husband George Sanders in his scenes with the young blonde ingénue Marilyn Monroe.

Bette Davis’ marriage to William Grant Sherry was in the throes of breaking up while she was making the film. Her raspy voice in the film is largely due to the fact that she burst a blood vessel in her throat from screaming at her soon-to-be-ex-husband during one of their many rows. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz liked the croaky quality so he didn’t have Davis try to work around it.

Bette Davis filmed all of her scenes in 16 days.

Margo Channing’s famous cocktail dress was an Edith Head creation. To Head’s horror, just as they were about to go film the cocktail party, she found that the dress didn’t quite fit Bette Davis in the shoulders. There was no time to fix the dress but fortunately Davis hit on the bright idea of simply slipping the dress off her shoulders.

The character played by Marilyn Monroe is called Miss Casswell; Caswell was the middle name of Mary Orr, the uncredited author of the short story the movie was based on.

 

 

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Thursday 12thJuly 7.30pm

THE BIG SICK

Romance comedy — (2017) — 117 mins — Cert 15
strong language, moderate sex references

strong language, moderate sex references
Cast includes Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Bo Burnham

Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), in the middle of becoming a budding stand-up comedian, meets Emily (Zoe Kazan). Meanwhile, a sudden illness sets in forcing Emily to be put into a medically-induced coma. Kumail must navigate being a comedian, dealing with tragic illness, and placating his family’s desire to let them fix him up with a spouse, while contemplating and figuring out who he really is and what he truly believes.

TRIVIA

The screenplay for The Big Sick is written by Emily V. Gordon and her husband Kumail Nanjiani, and is loosely based on the real-life courtship between them before their marriage in 2007. According to Nanjiani, the idea to make a script about them was first inspired by the film’s eventual co-producer Judd Apatow when the two met while appearing in a 2012 episode of the You Made It Weird podcast. Developed over the course of three years, the script has been called semi-autobiographical because, in addition to the two lead characters modeled after them, many of the events occurring during Gordon and Nanjiani’s relationship are noted as being portrayed to an extent in the film. Though not part of the original script, a real-life incident involving Holly Hunter heckling an unnamed player during a US Open tennis match inspired a similar scene in the film where Nanjiani’s character is heckled during one of his stand-up sets.

The decision to add the real-life photos of Emily and Kumail in the credits was suggested by actress Leslie Mann after seeing an early cut of the film.

While writing the script, Kumail wanted his on-screen family to reflect the jokey and humorous traits of his real life family. He bemoaned that so many Muslim characters were so frequently depicted as overly serious and aimed to avoid that stereotype.

Emily V. Gordon: co-writer and the “real” Emily can be seen in the last scene of the film in the comedy club sitting near CJ and Mary.

 

 

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Thursday 9thAugust 7.30pm

LUCKY

Drama — (2017) — 88 mins — Cert 18

Director: John Carroll Lynch
Cast includes Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston

LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut “Lucky”, is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.

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The film reunites Harry Dean Stanton and Tom Skerritt after 38 years since they appeared in Alien (1979).

Shot in eighteen days.

Director John Carroll Lynch and Beth Grant previously acted together in Jackie (2016).

 

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