Film Club

From Martin Wheeler:

Our Film Club represents a fun, friendly and sociable night out, meeting regularly to watch some great movies on a big screen in our Parish Hall. All are welcome and entry is free. Tables and chairs are arranged so everyone can sit in comfort and enjoy any food and drink they might bring along.

Our programme for Autumn 2017 is as follows:

15 September 2017: Best in Show (2000)

27 October 2017: Nosferatu (1922)

24 November: Klute (1971)

15 December: Groundhog Day (1993)

On Friday 15th September at 7pm Holy Name Film Club will be showing the inspired comedy “mockumentary” Best in Show (2000), written and directed by Christopher Guest. Like the best sort of “fly on the wall” documentary, the film follows the experiences of five very different entrants in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show in Philadelphia and is a by turns hilarious, wickedly observant, but ultimately affectionate observation of the foibles and downright peculiarities of human nature. Best known for the now cult classic This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Guest is a master of this sort of improv comedy – so come along for a fun night out and see just how much people really can resemble their pets! (Contains occasional sexual references.)

On Friday 27th October at 7pm Holy Name Film Club will be showing the ghoulish horror Nosferatu (1922), directed by FW Murnau and starring Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim and Greta Schröder. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the film is a pioneering classic of the German expressionist movement. Don’t be put off by its age and the fact that it’s a silent film! This is a film of immense visual power (including one image that is a classic of the entire cinematic oeuvre) and is accompanied by a musical score of sumptuous dramatic intensity by the acclaimed film music composer James Bernard. It also has the distinction of being one of fifteen listed in the “Art” category on the Vatican Film List. That’s right – it’s the Pope’s favourite film! Come and see why! (Contains scenes you might find very scary!)

On Friday 24th November at 7pm Holy Name Film Club will be showing the neo-noir crime thriller Klute (1971), directed by Alan J Pakula and starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Roy Scheider. Sutherland is a detective searching in New York for a missing businessman, but it is Fonda in the role of the high-class prostitute Bree Daniels – surely one of the pinnacles of her career – who absolutely dominates the film in a towering, Oscar-winning, multi-faceted performance, mesmerising to watch and utterly, utterly human. It is a story of alienation, paranoia and repression, a classic of the period that is a masterclass in film making and not to be missed. (Contains scenes of a sexual nature.)

On Friday 15th December at 7pm Holy Name Film Club will be showing the fantasy comedy Groundhog Day (1993), directed by Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott. The film tells the story of an arrogant TV weatherman who, sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day celebrations in Puxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself trapped in a time loop that condemns him to live the same day over and over again. The film won a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay and is recognised by the American Film Institute as a classic. As a comedy that addresses the tough philosophical question “how should I live?”, it is often seen as an allegory of spiritual redemption, and is the best Christmas film that isn’t actually about Christmas – so come and have your heart’s cockles warmed in time for the festive period.

All viewings are at 7pm in the Holy Name Hall on Towers Avenue, Jesmond.  You do not have to be a Catholic to join us. Admission is free and all are welcome.