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 27th September– 7.00 for 7.30pm

https://youtu.be/LtJ60u7SUSw

Following a short AGM, we start our autumn season with the film most requested by members in a spring poll. Gary Oldman’s tremendous Oscar winning-performance as Winston Churchill dominates this ultimately uplifting story of how Churchill only just became Britain’s Prime Minister in May 1940, and of the fraught early days of his premiership. Director Joe Wright captures the immediacy, uncertainty and electric atmosphere of the time, and we easily forgive some of Anthony McCarten’s screenplay’s more eccentric fictional moments. The exceptional supporting cast includes Kirstin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill and Ronald Pickup as Chamberlain. “Gary Oldman is breathtaking” – Daily Mail. “A rousing, immensely entertaining crowd-pleaser with a thoroughly mesmerising performance from Oldman in one of the finest hours of his career” – Allan Hunter, Daily Express. “This film must be seen” – Empire. 92 mins.

Thursday 25 October – 7.00 for 7.30pm

The Roaring Twenties” (1939)

This is one of the last, and to some the finest, of the Warner Brothers’ great 1930s gangster movies and is based on a short story by Mark Hellinger, a journalist who worked in New York during the prohibition period. James Cagney is on terrific form and brings a touch of poignancy to the rise and fall of a decent World War 1 veteran who tries to go straight then yields to bootlegging and becomes a gangland boss, with Humphrey Bogart’s vicious sneering hoodlum as his ruthless second fiddle and then rival. Priscilla Lane and Gladys George provide the love interest. Director Raoul Walsh’s quasi-documentary style looks back at the prohibition era from a late 1930s perspective as history, creating a convincing world of speakeasies and corruption that had already passed. The film’s closing line – “He used to be a big shot” – became one of the classics of the cinema. Radio Times Film Guide gives it a 4 star rating. “Amongst the last of the Warner gangster cycle, this was perhaps the best production of them all, despite the familiar plot line: stars and studio were in cracking form.” – Halliwell’s Film Guide. 107 mins.

Thursday 15th November 7.00 for 7.30pm
“Special Event”  

rare opportunity to see on the big screen Richard King’s feature length documentary film of the journey he and eight companions made around the world in a double-decker bus between 1969 and 1972. Initially to win a pint of beer, their three-year journey took them across Europe to Iran and Afghanistan, through the Khyber Pass to Pakistan and India, then to Australia and finally the United States and Canada. Shot on a shoestring on 16mm film in glorious Kodachrome, Richard’s light-hearted account of their journey across deserts and mountains, and the group’s ingenuity and initiative in tight corners – finally paying their way bysinging folk songs – must be one of today’s most genuinely original travellers’ tales. As well as introducing the film, Richard will also talk about the more recent adventures of the bus, including this year’s trip to Scandinavia. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Egerton’s Community Store project. 95 mins.

Thursday 29th November 7.00 for 7.30pm

“Western”  (2018)

This acclaimed international/German co-production features an incredibly strong performance from newcomer Meinhard Neumann in the story of a group of German construction workers who start a tough job at a remote building site in the Bulgarian countryside close to the Greek border. This European “wild frontier”, suggested by the title, awakens their sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust. A new member of the team causes confrontation to loom on all sides. German writer/director Valeska Grisebach patiently puts together a corrosive portrait of men’s desire to dominate, and how they use posturing threats to get their way. “Like the Hollywood westerns it references, it’s a story of economic imperialism as an assertion of male dominance, the political implications of colonisation hanging in the air like stale sweat.” – The Observer. “Free of affectation and distinguished by a generosity and sincerity exceedingly rare in cinema, Western’s poignant celebration of human resilience is nothing short of spectacular.” – Sight and Sound. “One of the films of the year has arrived – maybe the best of the year – a work of unmatched subtlety, complexity and artistry.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. German/Bulgarian with sub-titles. 119 mins.

Thursday 27th December –6.30 for 7.00pm

“Paddington 2”  (2017)

Director and co-writer Paul King’s joyous and critically acclaimed sequel sees Michael Bond’s beloved children’s character (again perfectly voiced by Ben Wishaw) settled in London with the Brown family. When he is unjustly imprisoned for stealing a unique pop-up book from Mr. Gruber’s antique shop it is up to the young bear and the Browns to unmask the thief (a magnificent scene-stealing performance from Hugh Grant). Even more engaging and enchanting than the original, this is a delightful, compassionate family film, with a perfect cast including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Peter Capaldi. “The film is pitched with insouciant ease and a lightness of touch at both children and adults without any self-conscious shifts in irony or tone”. – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. “A sheer delight” – Allan Hunter, Daily Express.“One of the best movies of the year” – Radio Times. 105 mins.

Thursday 31st January 2019 –7.00 for 7.30pm

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” (2017)

Writer/director Martin McDonagh deftly balances black comedy against searing drama, drawing unforgettable performances from a veteran cast, including a superb Frances McDormand as a hard-nosed mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter. With no arrests after seven months, she puts up three roadside signs to goad Ebbing police chief (Woody Harrelson) into action. But the law – and especially Sam Rockwell’s hot-headed deputy – don’t take kindly to the provocation. In some ways an astute commentary on modern-day America, this unexpectedly moving film garnered accolades worldwide, with McDormand and Rockwell winning Oscars for their powerful performances. “Martin McDonagh’s pulsatingly enjoyable film is a thriller, a dissection of small-town America, and a forensic study of what makes ordinary people tick, all in one” – Brian Viner, Daily Mail. “Frances McDormand holds it all together: a Mother Courage resolved on action and toughly holding on to her sense of order and sense of humour” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. 115 mins.