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.





26 October
Whiplash 15 (2014 Damien Chazelle) 107 mins
In a multi award-winning performance, J.K. Simmons pushes a talented young drummer at a prestigious music conservatory to the limit. Miles Teller’s performance keeps pace with that of Simmons, as the frenetic relationship between teacher and pupil culminates in his solo performance at an illustrious jazz festival. Raising questions about the rights and wrongs of such a search for perfection, the film keeps you on the edge of your seat to the end.

9 November The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg) U (1964 Jacques Demy) 91 mins
Marking Catherine Deneuve’s arrival as the star of cinema she remains today, her performance lights up the screen in Jacques Demy’s chef d’oeuvre. Justly winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes among others, the picture charts the difficult decision a young woman in 1960s provincial France faces when separated from her lover by war. The unforgettable and ground-breaking score by Michel Legrand is sung throughout: a truly glorious classic for the big screen.

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!

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.