Films for the Summer season

27th April
A Month in the Country
PG (1987 Pat O’Connor) 96 mins
This beautiful version of J. L. Carr’s Booker nominated novel takes us to a summer in the aftermath of World War I. Colin Firth stars as a restorer of medieval murals in a rural church who meets fellow veteran, Kenneth Branagh, investigating historic graves. Through their encounter and work, the two men begin to come to terms with the horrors of their wartime experience. With an excellent supporting cast, including Natasha Richardson, this is a subtle film which is deeply satisfying whether seen for the first time or for a repeat viewing.
Preceded by our AGM at 6.45pm

11th May
Do the Right Thing
18 (1989 Spike Lee) 120 mins
Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year and tempers fray. Tackling racial tensions, Spike Lee’s combination of comedy and violence remains as powerful, provocative and relevant today as when it was first released almost thirty years ago. As the New York Times put it at the time: “it is one terrific movie.”

25th May
Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti)
15 (2010 Ferzan Ozpetek) 110 mins
An Italian hit, Loose Cannons is set in a conservative family in the southern summer heat of Puglia. Returning from Rome, Tommaso plans to tell his family that he is gay only to be pipped at the post by his brother. Complications ensue as he is forced to takeover the running of his family’s pasta-making business and further secrets emerge. An engaging comedy from la bella Italia.

8 June
15 (1968 Lindsay Anderson) 111 mins
Fifty years on since May ’68, we look at the spirit of student revolution on this side of the Channel. A major figure in British film-making despite directing only six feature films, Lindsay Anderson brings wit and emotion to his take on events at a public school. Malcolm McDowell leads the rebellion in this iconic film’s challenge to the Establishment. Make sure you take advantage of this rare chance to see If… on the big screen. We can’t wait!

22 June
Wuthering Heights
PG (1992 Peter Kosminsky) 105 mins
As we approach 200 hundred years since Emily Brontë’s birth, we turn to the passions of her famous novel. Marking the feature film debut for both director, Peter Kosminsky, and Ralph Fiennes as Heathcliff, it also features Juliette Binoche as Cathy. Filmed in Yorkshire although, controversially, not at Haworth, this most tempestuous of love stories and rolling moors demands the big screen treatment.