This spring our films celebrate gastronomy and the way food and drink enrich the human experience. There is plenty to whet the appetite and, as ever, a licensed bar on hand serving drinks and snacks to satisfy at our relaxed and friendly venue. Doors and bar open at 7.30pm, films start at 8pm and there’s a short interval unless otherwise stated below. Admission: £3 for members, £4 non-members, £3 under-18s when accompanied by an adult (please check film certification). Membership (Jan-Dec): £5.

25 January
The Angel’s Share 15 (2012 Ken Loach) 101 mins
Burn’s Night gives us the excuse should it be needed to head North of the Border for this comic caper. Nominated for the Palme d’Or and winning a Jury Prize for Ken Loach at Cannes, The Angel’s Share combines the director’s concern for social justice with a humorous yet compassionate look at youngsters from the housing schemes of Glasgow trying to make good. Raising a laugh as well as questions, join us as we go in search of that ‘angel’s share’ of whisky. Whisky and shortbread will be available!

8 February Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf) 12A (1974 Rainer Werner Fassbinder) 92 mins
A rare opportunity to see this film which is as relevant today as when first made. Telling the story of an older Munich cleaner who falls for a Moroccan migrant working as a mechanic, this film remains compact, engaging and moving without shying away from the complexity of the situations it presents. Deeply thought-provoking and with excellent performances, this is an absolute must-see from one of Germany’s most renowned directors.

22 February The Lobster 15 (2015 Yorgos Lanthimos) 119 mins
Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell star as two people who must find love or be turned into an animal in this surreal comedy drama. Forced to visit a hotel managed by Olivia Colman in order to find a partner, their story spirals into an increasingly weird near-future which evokes many of today’s realities. With excellent turns from a supporting cast which includes Ben Whishaw and Ashley Jensen among others, this is a film quite unlike any other you’re likely to see this year.

8 March Babette’s Feast (Babettes gæstebud) U (1987 Gabriel Axel) 103mins
Perhaps one of the most fondly-remembered winners of the American Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, revisit Babette’s journey from nineteenth century France to Denmark. Contrasting austere Danish rural life with the exuberance and enjoyment of French gastronomy, Parisienne Babette’s arrival in the lives of two sisters creates a beautiful and touching film which culminates in one of the most sumptuous meals to ever grace the screen.

22 March Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) 15 (2017 Cédric Klapisch) 113 mins
The charms and realities of that most quintessential of French industries – wine-making – are beautifully evoked in this recent film. When their father becomes ill, three siblings return to the family vineyard and have to find ways to come together for the good of the farm. Capturing the picturesque Burgundian scenery alongside well-judged performances, director Cédric Klapisch once again shows his sure touch for droll dramas of family life which has earned him acclaim and success at the French box-office and beyond.

5 April Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di ferragosto) U (2008 Gianni Di Gregorio) 75 mins (preceded by AGM and Social – see below)
We round off the season with an Italian comedy gem. The laid-back Gianni’s summer takes an unexpected course when his landlord’s mother comes to stay in consideration of unpaid rent. Shortly joined by his doctor’s mother, when he also wants to go away, Gianni finds himself with a Roman holiday full of surprises.
Doors will re-open at 8pm for those only able to come for the film, which will begin at 8.15pm. Tickets for the film only are as usual £3 for members, £4 non-members.

+ AGM and social
Doors open at 6.45pm for our AGM which will begin at 7pm.
Afterwards, we will have drinks and antipasti (at 7.30pm for those not attending the AGM) before the film begins.
Film, fizz and antipasti tickets: £6 for members, £7 for non-members.

Please note that licensing arrangements are constantly changing so on occasion we may have to alter our proposed programme at the last minute for reasons beyond our control.