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Just to remind you that KLCCC is offering you the chance to join us for two ‘virtual’ screenings online, on Thursday 15th April and Thursday 13th May respectively. On Thursday 15th April we will be showing ‘Judy’ (2019), a powerful biographical drama looking at Judy Garland’s arrival in London in 1968 for a series of concerts. It stars Renee Zellweger in an Oscar-winning performance as the troubled superstar.

In May, on Thursday 13th you can watch ‘Pain and Glory’ (2019), Pedro Almodóvar’s much-lauded film telling the tale of an ageing film director who has lost his creative spark. It is nostalgic, contemplative and provocative, featuring a career-best performance from Antonio Banderas.

These films will be made accessible to you via your PC or Laptop (other devices such as smartphones or tablets do NOT work). You can connect your PC/ Laptop to a TV or projector via an HDMI cable if you want to watch it on a larger screen.

KLCCC does not propose to charge members for these screenings, but we do need to know whether or not you intend to join us because our costs will be based on the number of viewers.

Please can you let us know if you intend to watch either one or both of the films by sending an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required as soon as possible to enable us to make the booking.

If your circumstances change, you can still let us know by email up to 4 days before each screening.

On the day of the screening, everyone who has indicated they would like to view the film will be sent a URL (the web link to the log-in page), along with your required signin credentials, event start time and technical instructions.

You should join the screening via the URL link and use the supplied sign-in information.

We will time the films to be shown ‘as live’ for everyone, with a prompt 7.30pm start time. Under the terms of the licence, the films CANNOT be paused or saved to be watched later. We therefore recommend that you join at least 15 minutes before the start time, to ensure everything is working — the virtual screening room opens two hours before the film starts.

You will need to use either Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari as your internet browser — Internet Explorer will NOT work. I’m afraid we have no Social Events to report at the moment. However, we’ll explore our options for social activities including meals and trips once we emerge from lockdown and it becomes clear what is permissible.

In case you are in an area of relatively poor wi-fi reception, please be aware that you
will need a connection speed of over 5 Mbps to watch the film (and it is recommended
that you close any other tabs you may have open).

There is a chat bar facility available for you to use to type in your comments and observations during the film if you so wish; please give yourself a user name if you choose to participate. If you prefer to watch your film full screen without a chat bar that is fine, but you can also log in to a second device such as a smartphone or tablet purely to join in any chat.

We hope that you will be able to join us and that you’ll enjoy these online screenings!
All being well we will see you again face-to-face in June, but in the meantime please stay safe

Thursday 15th April 2021 — JUDY Virtual Screening
Thursday 13th May 2021 — PAIN AND GLORY Virtual Screening

In anticipation that we might be able to start screening films from June, we’ve booked up the following film dates at the Guildhall with Alive Leisure for the remainder of 2021.

Thursday 10th June
Thursday 1st July
Thursday 12th August
Thursday 26th August (extra screening)
Thursday 9th September
Thursday 14th October
Thursday 28th October (extra screening)
Thursday 11th November
Thursday 9th December


Thursday 15thApril 7.30pm
JUDY

Virtual Screening
Drama — (2019) — 118 mins — Cert 12
scenes of drug misuse, infrequent strong language

Director: Rupert Goold
Cast includes Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock


Thirty years after starring in The Wizard of Oz (1939), beloved actress and singer Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in London, England to perform sold-out shows at the Talk of the Town nightclub. While there, she reminisces with friends and fans and begins a whirlwind romance with musician Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), her soon-to-be fifth husband. The film follows Judy Garland’s career during the last year of her life when she
relocated her stage career to Britain, coupled with flashbacks to her teenage years, most prominently the filming of her part as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, Garland’s most iconic role. After some initial success for a run of sell-out concerts at the Talk of the Town in London, her efforts eventually stop making progress and even start to worsen due to health issues.
 

TRIVIA

Renée Zellweger was born in 1969, the year Judy Garland died.

Renée Zellweger spent a year training with vocal coach Eric Vetro before shooting began, then rehearsed with musical director Matt Dunkley for four months to master her vocals.

 

 

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Thursday 13thMay 7.30pm
PAIN AND GLORY

Virtual Screening
Drama — (2019) — 108 mins — Cert 15
Spanish subtitled — drug misuse

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast includes Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia


Pain and Glory tells of a series of re-encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation as past and present come crashing down around him.
 

TRIVIA

Julieta Serrano and Antonio Banderas already played mother and son, more than 30 years before, in another two movies by Pedro Almodóvar: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) and Matador (1986)

Has been selected as the Spanish entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

When Federico talks about his family to Salvador during a drink, Antonio Banderas (Salvador) was actually on the verge of tears performing the scene.

 

 

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