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Guildhall films October-November
24 Sep - 02 Dec | £4.50
GMG members get £1 off (bring proof of membership)
Dir: Fritz Lang
(Germany 1927. 150 minutes)
Silent film, subtitled in English
In a city of the future the son of an all-powerful industrialist falls in love with one of his workers. His father orders the inventor Rotwang to make an evil cyborg in her image who will incite the masses to revolt. In the resulting struggle between people and machines the whole city is on the brink of disaster. Bladerunner? Dr Who? Terminator? This Expressionist classic from the 20s is the mother of them all. Following the recent discovery of several lost reels in a small museum in Buenos Aires it has been restored and remastered to the glory of its original release.
Friday 24th September at 7.45pm, Monday 27th September at 10.45am (Big Scream), 2pm and 7.45pm, Tuesday 28th, (Film Society) Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th September at 7.45pm
The Girl Who Played with Fire (15)
Flickan som lekte med elden
Dir: Daniel Alfredson
(Sweden/Denmark Germany 2009. 129 mins)
Subtitled; original language Swedish
In this adaptation of the second book in Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, computer hacker Lisbeth is framed for murder when she returns to Stockholm. Trying to prove his former partner’s innocence, journalist Mikael Blomkvist uncovers a sex trafficking operation and reveals more about Lisbeth’s horrifically troubled past.
Friday 1st October at 7.45pm, Saturday 2nd October at 10.45am, Monday 4th October at 2pm and 7.45pm, Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th October at 7.45pm
The Illusionist (PG)
Dir: Sylvain Chomet
(UK/France 2010. 80 mins)
Part-subtitled; original language French
Ageing vaudeville magician Tatischeff travels to 50s Scotland to escape his nemesis – a rock n’ roll band – and meets young Hebridean barmaid Sophie. Together they settle in Edinburgh where Tatischeff struggles to keep Sophie in semi-luxury, but neither can ignore the passing of time.
As well as being an exquisitely beautiful hommage to JacquesTati, this long-awaited animation from the director of Belleville Rendezvous is based on a screenplay by the master of French comic film.
Friday 8th October at 7.45pm, Saturday 9th October at 10.45am, Monday 11th October at 10.45am (Big Scream), 2pm and 7.45pm, Tuesday 12th October at 7.45pm (Film Society), Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th October at 7.45pm
Dirs: Dyl Jones, Gruff Rhys
(UK /Argentina/Brazil 2009. 84mins)
Made in Welsh, English and Spanish, this freewheeling documentary follows Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys as he goes in search of relatives who emigrated to Patagonia from north Wales in the 19th century. He’s also looking for the Welsh-Argentinian singer René Griffiths, a star of Welsh TV when Rhys was a teenager. This slightly psychedelic exploration of the Welsh diaspora in Latin America turns up some interesting characters, some bizarre cultural hybrids and a surprise discovery.
Black History Month Screening
We are Barton Street (NC) (logos for Artshape, Big Lottery and Arts Council)
Dir: Tajinder Dhami
(Gloucester 2010. 11mins)
Did you know that there are over 60 languages spoken in Gloucestershire, including Welsh and Tibetan? Tajinder, an acclaimed animator and artist, spent time with the people who live and work in and around Barton Street to create this animation which celebrates the diversity and community in the area. The film includes images taken by the people of Barton Street themselves, some of them from immigrant communities settled in Gloucester for nearly three generations. There are also some myth-busting facts about refugees and asylum seekers who also live in this area and who are often misrepresented in the mainstream media.
A wonderful celebration of the common humanity of peoples who live in a small district of Gloucester and who come from all parts of the globe.
Friday 15th October at 7.45pm, Saturday 16th October at 10.45am, Monday 18th October at 2pm and 7.45pm, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st October at 7.45pm
NATIONAL SCHOOLS FILM WEEK 2010
The world’s largest festival for cinema and young people
National Schools Film Week (NSFW) provides teachers and their students the opportunity to see a wide range of films at local cinemas entirely free of charge.
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang [U, 109]
Suitable for: KS1/2 Literacy, PSHE
Keywords: live action, fantasy, comedy, history, magic
Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) arrives to help a harried young mother Mrs Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. Nanny McPhee uses her magic to teach the woman’s children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons.
Monday 18th October
Doors open 9.30am, performance begins 10am
For more information or to book tickets from September visit www.nsfw.org or call 020 7292 7300
Scott Pilgrim vs The World (12A)
Dir: Edgar Wright
(USA 2010. 112mins)
Twentysomething Scott plays bass guitar in a Toronto garage band and lives a blameless life of geeky arrested development until he falls for the vampy, mysterious Romana. To win her reluctant heart he must do battle to the death with her seven evil exes. The resulting carnage mixes manga, video games, music videos and comic book iconography into a stylish romcom; what else would you expect from the director of Shaun of the Dead?
Friday 22nd October at 7.45pm, Saturday 23rd October at 10.45am, Monday 25th October at 10.45am (Big Scream) 2pm and 7.45pm, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th October at 7.45pm
Charity Film Night
Hot Fuzz (cert 15)
Dir: Edgar Wright
(UK 2007. Dur tbc)
PC Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is so good at his job he makes everyone else in the Met look rubbish, including his superiors. Consequently London’s top cop finds himself transferred to the sleepy West Country village of Sandford. Angel finds it hard to adapt to his new beat and gormless partner PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) is starting to get on his nerves until a series of grisly accidents sends him on the offensive with the faithful Butterman in tow. Is Angel simply losing his mind in the safest, sweetest village in Britain? Or is something far more sinister at work?
Gloucester-born movie mega-star Pegg gets back-up from Steve Coogan, Bill Bailey, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman and Edward Woodward.
Saturday 23rd October at 7.30pm
£12 (includes nibbles and disco)
Gloucester Film Society presents
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (U)
Dir: Howard Hawks
(USA 1953. 91 mins)
Friends Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy (Jane Russell) are on a Paris-bound liner. Lorelei’s lovesick millionaire suitor is unable to make the trip but his father – eager to end his son’s attachment to her – has sent a private eye along to spy for misdemeanours. Jane takes an interest in the handsome detective but soon tape recordings and photos, plus a missing tiara, spell trouble for the flightly Lorelei. Will she keep her man or are diamonds really a girl’s best friend?
Tuesday 26th October at 7.45pm
In Association with the Midcounties Co-operative Membership
Vanishing of the Bees (U)
Dir: George Langworthy
(USA 2009. 92 mins)
This whatdunnit documentary examines the mystery of why honeybees have begun to vanish, often without a trace. Their hives are found full of food but their untended young are starving and there isn’t a bee in sight. Predators? Disease? Chemicals? The beekeeping profession is in crisis and the implications for the food chain suggest we need answers quickly.
Thursday 28th October
The evening will include honey-tasting, a talk on beekeeping and a Q and A session. For more information call 01865 256273
Tamara Drewe (15)
Dir: Stephen Frears
(UK 2010. 111mins)
Tamara (Gemma Aterton) once left her isolated village in the West Country an ugly duckling. Now she has swanned back from London a successful journalist and is causing havoc. Obnoxious rock star Ben, gentle farmhand Andy and philandering novelist Nicholas are all competing for her attention, much to the chagrin of Nicholas’ long-suffering wife (Tamsin Greig). But bored teenager Jody’s scheme to get closer to her idol Ben is about to bring real tragedy to the festering rural community.
Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel comes to the screen ‘Like the filthiest possible feature-length episode of The Archers… with…a dash of Straw Dogs’ The Guardian
Friday 29th October at 7.45pm, Saturday 30th October at 10.45am, Monday 1st October at 2pm and 7.45pm. Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th November at 7.45pm
Dir: Javier Fuentes-Leon
(Peru/Columbia/France/Germany 2009. 100mins)
Subtitled; original language Spanish
In a small Peruvian village fisherman Santiago is about to become a father. He’s also having a secret affair with wealthy painter Miguel, who wants him to go public. When Miguel drowns his ghost returns to ask Santiago to bury his body so his soul can rest, but his lover’s invisible presence suits Santiago just fine. But how long can he put off the inevitable? Somewhere between Brokeback Mountain and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), this winner of the 2010 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award is a magical tale of forbidden love in a macho society.
Friday 5th November at 7.45pm, Saturday 6th November ay 10.45am, Monday 8th November at 2pm and 7.45pm, Tuesday 9th November (Film Society) and Wednesday 10th November at 7.45pm
Down Terrace (15)
Dir: Ben Wheatley
(UK 2009. 89 mins)
There’s black comedy, kitchen-sink suspense and a high body count in a cramped Brighton house as a family of criminals try to work out who grassed them up for drug dealing. Dad is an ex-hippie gone wrong, mum (Julia Deakin from ‘Spaced’) is passively aggressive and son Karl is very, very angry. When their chemically-assisted quest for revenge gets out of control brutal slayings become part of the domestic routine.
Like ‘The Royle Family’ as directed by Shane Meadows’ Film 4
Friday 12th November at 7.45pm, Saturday 13th November at 10.45am. Monday 15th November at 2pm and 7.45pm, 17th and 18th November at 7.45pm
Made In Dagenham (15)
Dir: Nigel Cole
(UK 2010. 113mins)
In 1968 three hundred female machinists walk out of the Ford plant because – despite the complications of sewing seat covers – they are classed as unskilled workers. Feisty Rita (Sally Hawkins) leads the struggle for the same pay grading as the men with help from Albert (Bob Hoskins) on the shop floor and Barbara Castle (Miranda Richardson) in Parliament. On the way she and her co-campaigners discover that the path to equality is a bumpy one. This latest film from the director of Calendar Girls has a stellar cast – including Rupert Graves, Geraldine James and Kenneth Cranham – and a Billy Elliot/Full Monty feelgood real life happy ending.
Friday 19th November at 7.45pm, Saturday 20th November at 10.45am, Monday 22nd November at 2pm and 7.45pm, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th November at 7.45pm
Gloucester Film Society presents
I’m All Right Jack (U)
Dir: Jack Boulting
(UK 1959. 105 mins)
In postwar Britain tricky Bertram Tracepurcel (Dennis Price) plans to get an Arab arms contract for his missile company then arrange for a strike to drive up the price. Central to the scheme is his naïve upper-class nephew (Ian Carmichael) whom he persuades to take a job on the shop floor knowing he is bound to cause union problems. With communist shop steward Fred Kite (Peter Sellers) always ready to assert the workers’ rights and the Personnel Manager (Terry-Thomas) running a time-and-motion study trouble is guaranteed, but Bertram gets more than he bargained for.
Tuesday 23rd November at 7.45pm
Mr Nice (18)
Dir: Bernard Rose
(UK 2010. 121 mins)
Howard Marks is an ex-teacher who became a drug smuggler and was once Britain’s most wanted man. As played by Rhys Ifans he’s also a Welshman in need of a haircut. Mr Nice (one of his aliases) is based on Marks’ autobiography, written after his release from prison. At Oxford he helps out a chum, which leads him almost casually into a globetrotting quest for marijuana involving the CIA, MI6, Mexican Secret Service, the IRA and the Mafia. Chloë Sevigny, David Thewliss and Omid Djalili head a top-notch supporting cast and the 60s-70s setting is so convincing you can almost smell it.
Friday 26th November at 7.45pm, Saturday 27th November at 10.45am, Monday 29th November at 2pm and 7.45pm, Tuesday 30th November – Thursday 2nd December at 7.45pm
24 Sep - 02 Dec | £4.50
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