Film Society

 THE EGERTON FILM SOCIETY

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Established in 2000 and showing its first film in January 2001, the Egerton Film Society is open to anyone over the age of sixteen. The current annual membership fee is £6, with concessions (£4) for pensioners and full-time students. Screenings are usually held on the last Thursday in the month (except July and August), with occasional special screenings and lectures at other times. A licensed bar is available at each performance. Our films are shown in the Egerton Millennium Hall using high-quality widescreen DVD video projection and Dolby EX 5.1 Surround Sound.

Members, their guests, and members of the public can be admitted to the film screenings, subject to the discretion of the Committee. Admission to performances is usually priced at £4.00 for all members and £5.00 for guests/non-members. Season Tickets are available. Programmes are published and circulated to all members twice each year. All members who wish to do so receive e-mail reminders about the current month’s film.

The Society is run in association with the Egerton Telecottage by a Committee which is elected at the Annual General Meeting, usually held in September.

 Membership applications enquiries telephone Richard on 01233 756592 Application forms for new Memberships also available in the shop Contact the Film Society

As usual we are seeking volunteers to help with setting up the hall, manning the bar, putting up posters (particularly if you live somewhere other than Egerton) and assisting with clerical and technical duties. Thanks to everyone who helps with this already. Do, please, come along (and volunteer, if you can), for we really do need your help and support for the Egerton Film Society to continue to flourish. We look forward to seeing you.

THE COMMITTEE

DAVE AUSTIN,GLENN FISHER,VIVIENNE FOULDS,RUTH HAGGIE,JOHN KING

RICHARD KING,PAT PARR

Thursday 26th December  –7.00 for 7.30pm

“Fisherman’s Friends” (2019)

Following our short AGM, we start our autumn season with director Chris Foggin’s comedy based on the uplifting true story of the part-time Cornish sea shanty group that hit the big time.   Daniel Mays plays an initially cynical music executive who, on a lads’ trip to Cornwall, is persuaded by his mischievous boss to sign up a ramshackle group of shanty-singing local fishermen who value friendship and community above fame and fortune, but who ultimately go on to become a national sensation.    “A formulaic but thoroughly amiable and upbeat British comedy with a flavour of Ealing Studios and The Full Monty about it.” – Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent.  “This gentle, sweet-natured comedy has warmth and a certain X factor of likability, helped by big-hearted performances from a cast including Daniel Mays and Tuppence Middleton.” – Mike McCahill, The Guardian.  “I can’t deny that I sauntered out of the screening of this clunky, sometimes clumsy, but redeemingly engaging and warm-hearted film with a smile on my face.” – Brian Viner, Daily Mail.         112 mins.

Thursday 31st October – 7.00 for 7.30pm

“To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)

Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his brilliant performance as the Southern lawyer who defends a black man wrongfully accused of rape in this much- loved and critically acclaimed film version of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel about small-town insularity in the American South. The way in which director Robert Mulligan captures a time, a place and particularly a mood, makes this film a masterpiece. Set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s, Peck’s character’s compassionate defence costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.  This moving and uplifting film is a ‘must-see’ classic of the American cinema.  “Since its release, this intelligent, atmospheric film has been warmly received by audiences responding not only to their own childhood, but also to the heroic image portrayed by Peck, a shining example of citizenship and affectionate fatherhood.”– TV Guide.  “One of Hollywood’s finest achievements, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is truly timeless.”- Film 4.     129 mins.

Special Event (Subject to confirmation)

Thursday 14th November 7.00 for 7.30pm
“The Gathering Storm”  (2002)

Albert Finney’s performance in this BBC Television Film (co-produced with HBO in America) is arguably the most memorable portrayal of Churchill ever committed to film and gained him many accolades including BAFTA and Emmy best actor awards. Mark Lawson of The Guardian wrote This BBC-HBO account of Churchill’s return from exile to save his nation will always be the one to beat. Finney doesn’t take many roles, and his meticulous preparation is apparent: he uncannily walks and talks almost exactly as Churchill did, while also vividly suggesting – especially in a scene where the leader, nude in his bathroom, dictates a speech to a secretary – the character’s battles between body and mind.”  Vanessa Redgrave is highly convincing as Winston’s wife, Clemmie, and the supporting cast includes Jim Broadbent, Derek Jacobi, Ronnie Barker, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Bonneville and Tom Hiddleston.  Egerton’s Richard Hopkins appears briefly as the driver of the dragline excavator digging a pond at Chartwell and will tell us what it was like working as an extra in this prestigious production.                                               96 mins.

Thursday 28th November 7.00 for 7.30pm

“Woman at War”  (2019)

Halla, the appealing, fierce and focused heroine (the formidable Halldóra Geirharõsdóttir) seems to lead a quiet and routine existence, but her happy and upbeat exterior hides a secret double life as a committed environmental activist, waging war on Iceland’s aluminium industry to stop it completely destroying the local environment. As this eco-warring Mountain Woman begins to plan her boldest operation, she receives unexpected news that forces her to choose between her environmental crusade and the chance of fulfilling another, more personal dream. Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson’s pleasingly off-the-wall story is playful, touching and funny. Confidently and stylishly made, it winningly combines absurdist comedy with a tense thriller. “A subversive romp that splendidly overturns action-movie cliches, putting a DIY twist on Mission: Impossible riffs, presenting its life-or-death struggles in thrillingly offbeat fashion.”  – Mark Kermode, The Observer. “This timely satire touches upon parochial and global issues with rare wit, intelligence and nuance.”  – David Parkinson, Radio Times.             101 mins.

Thursday 19th December – 7.00 for 7.00pm

“Toy Story 4” (2019)

Our Xmas offering is a worthy addition to Pixar’s “Toy Story” series. It’s 25 years since we first met Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep, Jessie and the rest in the original “Toy Story” and nearly a decade since the last instalment. Here the gang embark on a road trip with new owner Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. On the adventurous journey, Woody is unexpectedly reunited with his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they begin to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy. “I was dubious about the first sequel to Pixar’s wonderful Toy Story, which turned out to be terrific. This is a highly enjoyable film with laugh-out-loud gags, ingenious plotting, and endearing new characters.”  – Leonard Maltin. “A funny, clever, inventive, richly endearing film.”  – Nigel Andrews, Financial Times.                                   100 mins.                               

Thursday 30th January 2020 –7.00 for 7.30pm

“Yesterday” (2019)

Screenwriter Richard Curtis teams up with Director Danny Boyle to create this genial romantic comedy about a struggling musician (an endearing Himesh Patel) who regains consciousness after an accident during a global blackout to discover that The Beatles never existed and no-one knows their songs. This enables him to pass them off as his own and achieve instant stardom. With Lily James as his best friend, this is a surprisingly sweet and touching celebration of the music that continues to give fans joy – a modern day fairytale and off-beat love story with a cornucopia of Beatles’ songs.  “Rallies in style for a beautifully judged and surprisingly moving finale, which owes a lot to Patel and James’s chemistry.”  – Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph. “A film to make you cry, laugh and leave with a song in your heart, …by the time the credits rolled all my troubles seemed so far away.”  – Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro. A glowing tribute to The Beatles and their music, this is both a toe-tapping pleasure to watch and a smart, occasionally scathing look at how we get things wrong.”  – Helen O’Hara, Empire. 116 mins.