This autumn our choice of films reflects the many ways in which music runs through our lives both on and off the screen. From pop, rock and jazz by way of Bollywood, Michel Legrand and G&S, there’s something for all tastes. But the film’s the thing so, whatever the musical genre, we hope you’ll enjoy the picture. As ever, we’re a relaxed and friendly venue with licensed bar. Doors and bar open at 7.30pm, films start at 8pm and there’s a short interval. Admission: £3 for members, £4 non-members, £3 under-18s when accompanied by an adult (please check film certification). Membership (Jan-Dec): £5.

23 November Topsy-Turvy PG (1999 Mike Leigh) 154 mins
This most sumptuous of productions takes us to the theatrical world of 1880s London where Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) and Sullivan (Allan Corduner) are having creative difficulties. And while some of us might love The Mikado, you don’t need to be a G&S devotee to enjoy this film. Delight in the comic clash of temperaments that go into putting on a show, brought to life by an excellent supporting cast which includes Timothy Spall, Leslie Manville and Shirley Henderson to name but a few.

7 December ????? 12A, PG or U, under 2 hours
What better way to mark our 8th birthday than with a surprise? What will we show? All we will say is that the film befits a party – uplifting, enjoyable and, we hope, unexpected. Keep an eye out for clues during the autumn season then come along to see if you’re right…but remember, there may be some red herrings!

1.    Can you see a link between the following films: a Joan Crawford classic, a Woody Allen homage to jazz and a biopic with Reese Witherspoon? Could our entertaining mystery film have anything in common with them?

21 December
Buena Vista Social Club U (1999 Wim Wenders) 105 mins
We finish the season by casting off the gloom of midwinter with a trip to Havana. Wim Wenders documents the life and work of a group of aging Cuban musicians, rediscovered in the 1990s. Coming out of retirement, they record a hit album which brings them to worldwide prominence. The picture’s heart-warming exploration of the vitality both of a collection of individuals and Cuba’s musical history is the perfect note on which to conclude this year’s films.