Films normally start at 7.30pm in The Guildhall of St George, King Street. Members and their guests can sign in from approx 7pm.
Forthcoming Film Dates for your Diary
▓ 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 June — PATERSON
Thursday 13th July 6.30pm — AGM + 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
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.
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.
Come and join us for drinks and nibbles at Crofters from 6:30 before the AGM and film
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.
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.
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
Saturday 29thJune 12noon
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.
Norwich Cathedral & Elm Hill
Elveden Hall, Suffolk
Wisbech, Wisbech Castle and Peckover House
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.
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.
Drama, Mystery, Romance — (2016) — 144 mins — Cert 18
Korean & Japanese — Subtitled — Strong sex, sex references
Director: Park Chan-wook
Cast includes Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo
From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE, THIRST and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired by the novel ‘FINGERSMITH’ by British author Sarah Waters. Having transposed the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan, Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman’s plot to defraud her of her large inheritance.
Based on the novel “Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters (published in 2002 by Virago Press). The novel is set in London during the 19th century, but the film is set in Korea in the 1930s, under Japanese colonial rule.
Actress Tae-ri Kim was selected for her role through auditions which had approximately 1,500 applicants.
The film title in Korean (Ah-ga-ssi) means ”The Lady” referring to Lady Hideko, while the English/International title is The Handmaiden referring to Sook-hee.
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.
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.