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 28th September– 7.00 for 7.30pm

“Sully” (2016)

Following our short AGM, we start our Autumn season with senior BA Captain Stratton Richey introducing director Clint Eastwood’s film about the pilot, Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (a ‘typically superlative’ performance by Tom Hanks) who successfully glided his disabled plane onto the icy waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people on board. However, even as Sully was being heralded a hero by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of incredible aviation skills, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. “It’s a tale of quiet, unfussy heroism; of highly trained professionals doing their jobs in the most challenging circumstances imaginable.” – Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent. “Eastwood steers the story with deceptive expertise while Hanks gives a peerless study in unassuming heroism as his character, Sully, makes one of the most extraordinary escapes in aviation history as if it was all in a day’s work.”- Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express.                              92 mins.

Thursday 26th October– 7.00 for 7.30pm

“Hell or High Water” (2016)

Two brothers (career-best performances from Chris Pine and Ben Foster) go on a bank robbing spree across the parched, dusty expanse of west Texas, while being pursued by a Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) and his partner (Gil Birmingham) in this smart, brilliantly executed, solidly crafted latter-day western from British director David Mackenzie. Taylor Sheridan’s BAFTA and Oscar nominated script – full of laconic, raw-boned humour – slowly reveals the brothers’ motivation, while Bridges gives a masterpiece performance as the grizzled, almost-retired lawman on the thieves’ trail. “A smartly crafted heist thriller that quietly peels back the layers from its macho male characters to reveal the pain and tenderness inside.”- Kate Muir, The Times. “What you don’t expect is how deeply it cuts and how much you care about the characters and the people caught in the crossfire of their impossible dreams.” Allan Hunter, Daily Express. “One of the best pictures I have seen all year.” – Brian Viner, Daily mail. 102 mins

Thursday 9th November– 7.00 for 7.30pm

Special Event

Alex Barrett’s “London Symphony” (2017)

To introduce our special event this evening we are delighted to welcome independent filmmaker Alex Barrett, who talks about his newly released documentary and the creative non-fiction films that flourished in the 1920s, known as ‘city symphonies’, that inspired it. These early films attempted to build poetic portraits of city life, and this year is the 90th anniversary of Walter Ruttmann’s “Berlin, Symphony of a Great City”, one of the most important examples of the original genre. As well as serving as a form of virtual tourism, city symphonies raised important and universal questions about the nature of community life – questions that still resonate today. Launched at a special screening at The Barbican in September with a live orchestra, Alex Barrett’s film has a specially composed orchestral soundtrack by James McWilliam. Featuring stunning visuals and stirring music, it takes us on a wonderful, poetic journey through the city of London and is an artistic snapshot of the city as it stands today, and a celebration of its rich diversity of culture, architecture and religion.        72 mins

Thursday 30th November 7.00 for 7.30pm
“Lion”  (2017)

The directorial debut feature film of Australian Garth Davis, internationally renowned for his work as a director of commercials, this heart warming and uplifting Australian film is the true story of five-year-old Saroo (a brilliant performance from Sunny Pawar) who gets lost on a train which takes him to Calcutta, thousands of miles from home and family, and who is eventually adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination and the revolutionary technology of Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Giving his strongest performance to date, Dev Patel won a BAFTA award for his mature and thoughtful portrayal of the adult Saroo, while Nicole Kidman gives a sterling supportive performance as his adoptive Australian mother. “A deeply empathetic performance from Dev Patel and an unflinching view of child poverty on the streets of Calcutta provide a winning edge.” – Kevin Maher, The Times.             120 mins.

Thursday 28th December–6.30 for 7.00pm

“A Street Cat Named Bob”  (2016)

Veteran director Roger Spottieswoode’s  heartwarming, feel-good film is the life-affirming and moving true story of James Bowen (sympathetically played by Luke Tredaway), a homeless young busker, whose life changes for the better as a result of his friendship with a stray ginger cat called Bob (played by Bob himself, aided by stand-ins). Voted Best British Film at the 2017 National Film Awards, and based on Bowen’s best-selling autobiography “the man-and-moggy partnership provides a warm backdrop to a solid, responsible and never preachy chronicle of homelessness, addiction and recovery – the script by Tim John and Maria Nation neither condemns nor condones.” – Terry Staunton, Radio Times. “An irresistible heartwarmer.” – Allan Hunter, Daily Express.                                                  103 mins.

Thursday 25th January 2018 –7.00 for 7.30pm

“Dunkirk”  (2017)

Not to be missed, the box-office hit of last summer is a truly epic picture – an astonishing feat of storytelling which has achieved wide critical acclaim. It eschews CGI technology and instead relies on a real cast of thousands and is filmed on the actual Dunkirk beaches where the evacuation of 338,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers took place over ten days in May and June 1940. Acclaimed auteur director Christopher Nolan – a top-notch filmmaker at the height of his powers – pulls out all the stops in this powerful, intense, nerve-wracking depiction of a key moment in our nation’s history. With a cast that includes Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead and Cillian Murphy, this is a relentless and captivating cinematic experience. “Brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye”- Allan Hunter, Daily Express. “Dunkirk the event may have been ‘a colossal military disaster’ according to Churchill, but Dunkirk the movie is a glorious, breathtakingly vivid triumph from a director at the top of his game.”- Jeremy Aspinall, Radio Times.                                    107 mins.