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,ALISON RICHEY,STRATTON RICHEY

Thursday 16th March-7.00 for 7.30pm

“Citizen Kane”  (1941)

Universally accepted as one of the greatest movies ever made, this epic tale of a publishing tycoon’s rise and fall is entertaining, poignant, inventive in its storytelling, and well deserves its reputation as a landmark achievement in film. Acclaimed by critics and film-makers alike, it has consistently topped “Sight & Sound’s” list of the ‘Top Ten Films of All Time’. “Orson Welles’s unmissable debut (as director and star) challenges the conventions of storytelling using flashbacks, overlapping dialogue, deep focus, long takes, ceilinged sets and psychologically dense characterization” – Radio Times Film Guide. “A brilliant piece of Hollywood cinema using all the resources of the studio… almost every shot and every line is utterly absorbing both as entertainment and as craft” – Halliwell’s Film Guide.                119 mins.

Thursday 30th March– 7.00 for 7.30pm

“Swallows and Amazon” (2016)

This is a splendid re-telling of Arthur Ransome’s classic tale of an idyllic summer holiday in the Lake District in the 1930’s, where the Walker children sail out to camp on an island on a lake in a dinghy named ‘Swallow’ and encounter the feisty ‘Amazons’, with whom they battle for the island. This is a delightful and warm family film. Phillipa Lowethorpe, directing Andrea Gibbs’ script involving juvenile pirates and adult spies, makes good use of the beautiful Lakeland setting, and fills the film with gentle English period detail. Kelly Macdonald plays the mother and Rafe Spall and Andrew Scott are assorted spies, while Dane Hughes as the elder brother, John, leads a cast of young unknowns who begin by bobbing about in boats and who ultimately become involved in a big adult adventure. “A charmingly old-fashioned family adventure” – Time Out.              93 mins

Thursday 27th April 7.00 for 7.30pm

“Things To Come”  (2016)

This terrific French-language art-house movie may be among the very best films ever made about the lives of intellectuals. The talented Isabelle Huppert gives a warm, wry performance as a chic philosophy professor sharing an elevated existence with her grumpy academic husband (André Marcon), who comes home one day and tells her he’s met someone else. This is a subtle and profound work from French director Mia Hansen-Løve, with Huppert on beguiling form, achieving a brittle mix of confidence and vulnerability, as someone whose life unexpectedly unravels. “The story unfolds gently, showcasing a central performance, which, in its deft shadings of vulnerability, anger and stoic self-preservation, is truly superb – even by Huppert’s elevated standards” – Radio Times.   “Hansen-Løve distils the chaos of life and the life of the mind into a warm, thoughtful, surprising drama” – Time Out.       102 mins.

Thursday 25th May- 7.00 for 7.30pm
“Love and Friendship”  (2016)

Adapted and directed by Whit Stillman with great warmth and wit from Jane Austen’s little-known novella “Lady Susan”, this is a stylish, quick, clever and delightful, very funny and hugely entertaining film. Kate Beckinsale shines in the title role as a beautiful, seductive and manipulative young widow who attempts to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter (Emma Greenwell). “This is the zingiest Austen adaptation you’ll ever see, with the usual pastel palette and slow decorum abandoned in favour of acid colours and acid remarks, which keep the audience in stitches.” – The Times. “An unexpected delight… Beckinsale gives an enrapturing performance as a femme fatale whose deadly glamour lies not just in her looks but in her very winning way with words” – The Independent. “Pitch perfect… the best Jane Austen film ever made” – Evening Standard.               92 mins         

Thursday 22nd June–7.00 for 7.30pm

“Hilary and Jackie”  (1998)

Emily Watson gives a virtuoso performance as the often difficult, selfish and driven cellist, Jacqueline du Pré, in this controversial telling of the unusual relationship between her and her sister Hilary (Rachel Griffiths). Shown in conjunction with the Egerton Music Festival, the film is a fascinating, no holds barred account of Jackie’s musical career and private life. This emotionally gripping tale marked the directorial debut of Anand Tucker, whose elegant direction complements Frank Cottrell Boyce’s thoughtful, scrupulous script, and both Watson and Griffiths were deservedly nominated for Academy Awards. “Hilary and Jackie has all the brio and the heart-tugging you’d expect – but they’re just the sugar-coating on a film of real commitment and intelligence” – The Guardian. “One of the most insightful and wrenching portraits of the joys and tribulations of being a classical musician ever filmed”Stephen Holden, New York Times.               124 mins