I’m pleased to say the delay is over, and we can now re-commence screening movies at the village hall. New blinds have been fitted in the hall to block out sunshine, enabling us to show movies all year round. The club has also acquired a third speaker to expand the sound in the centre of the screen, making dialogue easier to hear.
I wanted to include Oscar-winning Roma in the programme. However, that film was produced by Netflix and so far isn’t available to license for our purposes.
Here is the proposed programme in a nutshell – I hope there is something to excite everyone. More details are shown below, with ratings and trailers so that you can learn more about each film.
- Mon 27th May: BlackKKlansman (drama / comedy)
- Mon 10th June: Stan & Ollie (biopic)
- Mon 1st July: A Star is Born (musical drama)
- Mon 29th July: Apollo 11 (factual reality)
- Mon 2nd September: Free Solo (factual reality)
- Mon 7th October: Fisherman’s Friends (light entertainment)
- Mon 4th November: TBA
- Mon 2nd December: TBA
Most of these films can be licensed now, but a couple aren’t clear yet. If necessary the programme will be adjusted as we go along. If you have any feedback on the programme please let me know.
We will operate the same membership scheme as earlier this year. There are six films lined up, meaning a membership price of £30 for the season, or £6 on the door.
Live Events Update
The hall committee has agreed to invest in a satellite TV installation, enabling us to show opera, theatre and ballet. A sub-committee of Valerie, Beate and Kate are beginning to develop a programme of events from the two distributors available to us (More2Screen and CinemaLive).
The Royal Opera House will be announcing their new season soon, from which they will pick events. Once they are broadcast we aim to show them within a seven day period after their initial screening date, avoiding showing them on the same day as the Regal. This gives opera fans a second chance to see these shows.
If anyone knows a good satellite TV fitter, please let me know – so far it’s proving difficult to find someone to turn up and fit the equipment. And if anyone would like to volunteer to pick and organise sports and other live TV events at the hall, please get in touch.
Each film includes the user review score and critics’ ratings at the top.
BlackKKlansman (7.5 / 83%)
Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
Stan & Ollie (7.3 / 75%)
Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan & Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour.
A Star is Born (7.8 / 88%)
Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers – and falls in love with – struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight.
Apollo 11 ( 8.5 / 87%)
A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon, led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Taken from archival footage and containing previously unseen 70mm film of the launch.
Free Solo (8.2 / 83%)
Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person ever to free solo-climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.
Fisherman’s Friends (7.0 / N/A)
A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend, where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy).
Rocket Man (Not yet released)
Bonus: Rocketman (musical biopic) – subject to licensing
A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.