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 the coming year, 2018, is as follows:

On Friday January 19 Film Club will be showing Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, directed by Howard Hawks in 1953 and starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. The film is an undisputed classic, a Technicolor feast for the eye and a confection of comedy, gags and irresistible musical numbers, including the iconic ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’. Hawks provides us with two charismatic strong female leads who have the measure of the patriarchal world around them, and the pairing of Monroe and Russell is a joy to watch – but it is Monroe who ultimately claims the film as her own. It’s funny, it’s musical, on the big screen it’ll look gorgeous – how can you resist?


Poetry and love are on the cards in this month of Saint Valentine, and on Friday February 16 Film Club will be showing Bright Star, written and directed by Jane Campion in 2009 and starring Ben Wishaw and Abbie Cornish. The film observes the growing relationship between the poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in Regency Hampstead and is a beautiful, thoughtful evocation of its subjects and time; with strong performances from the cast, but most especially from Cornish as Brawne and Wishaw as Keats, it is a film which one critic has described as “an artistic monument to his life, love, poetry and soul”.


On Friday March 23 Film Club will be showing the BAFTA-winning, Academy Award nominated black comedy Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes), written and directed in 2014 by Damián Szifrón, produced by the Almodóvar brothers and starring Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez and Leonardo Sbaraglia. Inventive, absurd and grimly comical, the film is an anthology of six tales united by a common theme of violent vengeance, ranging from an outrageous “I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of you!” to a shockingly hilarious example of the dangers of road rage, and offers two hours of consummately stylish and masterful cinematic storytelling. The New York Times reported that it became a cultural phenomenon on its release – a must-see! (Contains scenes of a violent nature. Spanish with subtitles.)


On Friday April 27 Film Club will be showing the Academy award-winning Napoleonic epic Master and Commander, directed in 2003 by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Robert Pugh and David Threlfall. Set almost exclusively onboard ship, it tells the story of Royal Navy Captain Jack Aubrey, captain of HMS Surprise, and his pursuit of the French privateer Acheron. The film is a vivid recreation of the danger and adventure and camaraderie of the great age of seafaring and discovery, of the age of Cook and Bligh, and, in the words of the film critic Roger Ebert, “achieves the epic without losing sight of the human”.


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.