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.
▓ Tuesday 23rd October — PADDINGTON 2
▓ Thursday 25th October — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Thursday 8th November — JOURNEY’S END
Thursday 13th December — THE BISHOP’S WIFE
Thursday 10th January — WONDERSTRUCK
Sunday 27th January — THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
Proposed films for 2019. All to be confirmed
Thursday 7th February — Tully (2018) US comedy drama starring Charlize Theron
Thursday 14th March — Cold War (2018) drama/romance set in post-war Poland
Thursday 11th April — The Wife (2017) UK/US/Scandi drama starring Glenn Close
Thursday 25th April — Lucky (2017) US drama/black comedy starring Harry Dean Stanton
Thursday 9th May — BlackKklansman (2018) US comedy drama directed by Spike Lee
Plus Festival Film Friday 29th March The Seagull (2018) UK period drama starring Annette Bening
Tuesday 23rdOctober 2.30pm
Comedy, Children, Adventure — (2017) — 101 mins — Cert PG
Director: Paul King
Cast includes: Jim Broadbent, Brendan Gleeson, Sally Hawkins, Ben Whishaw (voice), Hugh Grant, Julie Walters
PADDINGTON 2 finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.
Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, passed away six months before the release of this film, at the age of 91. His last book about the titular character was released in April 2017. Books on Paddington have sold more than 35 million copies throughout his career.
One day after completing her demanding underwater scenes for The Shape of Water (2017), Sally Hawkins flew from Toronto, Canada to London, England in order to begin production on this film, only to find out she would have to shoot underwater scenes for this film as well.
The “pop-up-book” of London used in the film was created in reality for a limited edition collector’s item containing six illustrated pop-up scenes that have been taken directly from the film.
The train that the Brown family uses to chase the other train with Paddington on it, is pulled by newly-built A1 Peppercorn steam locomotive 60163 ‘Tornado’.
Pre-film Meal at the Riverside
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Comedy, Drama, Crime — (2017) — 115 mins — Cert 15
very strong language, strong violence, sex references
Director: Martin McDonagh
Cast includes Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Samara Weaving
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.
Director Martin McDonagh was inspired to write the movie after seeing billboards about an unsolved crime while traveling “somewhere down in the Georgia, Florida, Alabama corner.”
There is no town in Missouri named Ebbing. The movie was filmed in a small mountain town in western North Carolina called Sylva.
Production staff welcomed locals to watch outdoor scenes being filmed at public locations, provided they were not disruptive. Each shooting day, crowds would form to watch the proceedings, often upwards of 100 people. During breaks in shooting, the actors would approach the crowds to sign autographs and take pictures.
Frances McDormand’s Oscar for Best Actress which she received for this film was stolen (and immediately retrieved) the day after the awarding ceremony.
Thursday 8thNovember 7.30pm
War, Drama — (2017) — 105 mins — Cert 15
moderate violence, infrequent strong language
Director: Saul Dibb
Cast includes Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge
March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of northern France, led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Claflin). With a German offensive imminently approaching, the officers (Bettany, Graham, Sturridge) and their cook (Jones) use food and the memories of their lives before the war to distract themselves, while Stanhope soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with the dread of the inevitable. A young officer, Raleigh (Butterfield), arrives fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting — not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer.
While researching his family history, Sam Claflin discovered that his great-great-grandfather was in a battalion posted to the Battle of St. Quentin: the same battle depicted at the end of the film.
The film’s general release (apart from a few earlier screenings at festivals) in 2018 coincides with the centenary of the events shown in the film, which take place toward the end of WW1 in March 1918.
Journey’s End is a British film adaptation of the play Journey’s End by R. C. Sherriff.
Pre-film Mulled Wine & Mince Pies
THE BISHOP’S WIFE
Comedy , Drama , Fantasy — (1947) — 109 mins — Cert U
Director: Henry Koster
Cast includes Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven
An Episcopal Bishop, Henry Brougham, has been working for months on the plans for an elaborate new cathedral which he hopes will be paid for primarily by a wealthy, stubborn widow. He is losing sight of his family and of why he became a churchman in the first place. Enter Dudley, an angel sent to help him. Dudley does help everyone he meets, but not necessarily in the way they would have preferred. With the exception of Henry, everyone loves him, but Henry begins to believe that Dudley is there to replace him, both at work and in his family’s affections, as Christmas approaches.
Originally Cary Grant played the bishop and David Niven the angel. When original director William A. Seiter left the film, Henry Koster replaced him and viewed what had been shot so far. He realized that the two were in the wrong roles. It took some convincing because Grant wanted the title role of the Bishop. He eventually accepted the change and his role as the angel was one of the most widely praised of his career.
The harp playing for Cary Grant was done by Mr. Gail Laughton, Laughton’s hands are seen in the film during close-ups of Grant’s character playing the harp.
In the version of the Christmas sermon dictated to the typewriter by Dudley, the following is shown typed onto the paper: “You give me a tie. I give you a book.” However, in the pulpit on Christmas morning the Bishop reverses these two sentences when he reads, “I give you a book. You give me a tie.”
Thursday 10thJanuary 7.30pm
Drama — (2017) — 113 mins — Cert PG
Director: Todd Haynes
Cast includes Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, Cory Michael Smith, James Urbaniak, Damian Young, Patrick Murney
Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress whose life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.
Newcomer Millicent Simmonds sent a recording of her audition to director Todd Haynes who in turn sent it on to Julianne Moore who instantly approved of the 14-year-old. Millicent, who is deaf in real life, had to communicate on-set primarily through American Sign Language interpreters.
In the book, the story of Rose is told alternatively without text, but with graphics to allow the readers’ to experience Rose’s story in the same way she felt escaping to New York City through her eyes and the silence of her life.
Director Todd Haynes had some of the hearing cast go on a walking tour of New York City with noise canceling headphones to be able to relate to Rose’s story and experience some of their other senses heightened.
1927 is the year often remembered as the point in history where sound was introduced to film with Warner Bros’ “The Jazz Singer.”
Times to be confirmed
Post-Film Meal details to follow
Post-Film Meal details to follow
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
Romance, Drama — (2018) — 121 mins — Cert 12A
moderate bloody images, sex references
Director: Mike Newell
Cast includes Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Michiel Huisman, Matthew Goode, Katherine Parkinson, Glen Powell
A correspondence begins between Juliet Ashton and members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, with them sharing their experiences of Nazi Occupied Guernsey. When an idea for a book catches Juliet she goes to visit the island, making lifelong friends and taking life changing steps along the way. This book is told by way of letters and as the reader, you become enchanted by the writers of them and the love Juliet comes to feel for each of the Islanders. A beautiful story of love, friendship and the sadness of friends lost.
Exteriors for Guernsey were filmed at The Charterhouse in London which is also a location used in Downton Abbey (2010)
Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode, Lily James and Penelope Wilton have all starred in Downton Abbey.
The harbour scenes were shot in Clovelly in North Devon.
Filming took place on Saunton Sands in North Devon, UK on 28th April 2017 with a Dakota landing and taking off. Photos on Saunton Sands page on Facebook.