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    We screen these iconic films on a LARGE SCREEN in convivial surroundings at the Hunter Club, St Andrews St South, Bury St Edmunds. All over 16's welcome. Members Free; Non-members £6 on the door. New members always welcome!

    SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER

      

    THE CRYING GAME (1992 UK 18 112 min.)

    Written and directed by Neil Jordan, this important film allows us an insight into the minds of people involved in the dark days of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. With complex themes of sexuality, race, gender and perhaps, above all, nationality, we are invited to consider the behaviour of a people at war with each other as well as themselves. Members of the IRA capture an English soldier (note how he has to be described as ‘English’) and use him as a bargaining chip. Into this dark and charged atmosphere transgender issues arrive, making the plot even more complex. Stars Stephen Rea as Fergus and Forest Whitaker as Jody. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

    2018

    SUNDAY 7 JANUARY

      

    ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (1999 Spain 15 101 min.)

    Directed by Pedro Almodovar and starring Cecilia Roth and Penelope Cruz, this drama concludes our subverting gender season. The film won a host of awards including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, two BAFTAs and a Golden Globe. The film also won no fewer than six Goyas – the top Spanish film award. Investigating the problems of how to handle the emotional impact of making organ donor decisions soon after a fatal crash of a young person. Themes include homosexuality, transsexualism, existentialism, faith and Aids. This moving film examines the emotions and reactions of people when faced with circumstances which many would argue are not talked about enough – and certainly not well enough understood – in the modern world. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

    COMEDY SEASON

    Now more than ever, the world could use a laugh!

    SUNDAY 28 JANUARY

      

    DR STRANGELOVE or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (UK/USA, 1964, PG, 95mins)

    Director and writer Stanley Kubrick's first and only comedy. Starring Peter Sellers (in three roles), George C Scott and Sterling Hayden, it's a film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button – and it played the situation for laughs. An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. This film came out at the height of paranoia of the nuclear age and the Cold War, right around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Nominated for several awards including four Oscars, and winning two BAFTAS, this satirical comedy remains as funny and razor-sharp today as it was in 1964. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

    SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY

      

    BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (USA, 1967, PG, 106mins)

    Master of Broadway comedy Neil Simon adapted his hit play about a conservative young lawyer and his off-the- wall bride for this warm film classic, directed by Gene Saks. Set in Greenwich Village, it centres on Paul and Corie Brettenham, played by Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. Paul is a button-down, uptight attorney, while Corie is a free spirit. Chaos follows as Corie attempts to convince Paul to go with the flow, and he attempts to get her to settle down. Mildred Natwick was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Corie’s mother. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

    SUNDAY 11 MARCH

      

    YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (USA, 1974, 12A, 106mins)

    Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman star in director Mel Brooks' Academy Award-nominated comedy horror spoof, filmed in glorious black and white – a rarity for the 1970s. An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. With a screenplay written by Brooks and Wilder, this multi-award winning film ranks among the top 10 funniest movies of all time and has inspired a musical that is currently wowing audiences in London. A comedy classic! Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

    DISABILITY SEASON

    With the media becoming ever more prominent in our 21st century lives, how we see disabled people and the disability experience being represented on the cinema screen is becoming increasingly important. Our two films aim to encourage discussions about what it really means to be disabled.

    SUNDAY 8 APRIL

      

    CHARLY (USA, 1968, PG, 103mins)

    Directed and produced by the Emmy Award-winning television director Ralph Nelson, this moving film is based on the the classic Daniel Keyes novel ‘Flowers for Algernon’ . When an intellectually disabled man named Charly is selected by two doctors to undergo a surgical procedure that triples his IQ, he is miraculously freed from the prison of his own mind. As his IQ soars to genius proportions, Charly's eyes are opened to a world he's never truly seen. Featuring an Academy Award-winning performance by Cliff Robertson as Charly, with a score by Ravi Shankar, the screenplay was written by Stirling Silliphant. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    SUNDAY 22 APRIL

      

    INTOUCHABLE (Untouchable) (France, 2011, 15, 112mins) Subtitled

    This award-winning French comedy drama is based on the true story of a wealthy quadriplegic (François Cluzet) and his down-and- out personal aide (Omar Sy). Like most odd-couple stories, the drama includes lessons about friendship being deeper than the superficial differences that divide people, in this case, race, wealth, education, and physical ability. It gives the audience permission to laugh with, not at, people with disabilities, and see their lives as they have never seen them before. Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the film received several award nominations. In France, the film won the César Award for Best Actor for Omar Sy, the first French-African actor to receive this honour. On 20 March 2012, Untouchable became the highest-grossing movie in a language other than English breaking the previous record set by the Japanese film Spirited Away (also shown by BSEFS). It also broke the record for the highest-grossing French film. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    CINEMA AND THE SEA

    The sea – we know it can be calm and serene one moment, then suddenly stormy and turbulent. People experience the sea in contradictory ways: as powerful but serene, beautiful but dangerous.

    SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

      

    FINDING NEMO (USA, 2003, U, 100mins)

    Written and directed by Andrew Stanton with co-direction by Lee Unkrich, the Pixar film features the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Willem Dafoe. After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, an overprotective clown fish named Marlin who, along with a regal blue tang named Dory, sets out on a journey to bring him home. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and comes to terms with Nemo taking care of himself. Stunning underwater adventure, with memorable characters, humour and heartfelt emotion, Finding Nemo won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and became the highest-grossing animated film and is the best-selling DVD title of all time. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER

      

    LE GRAND BLEU (The Big Blue) (France/USA/Italy, 1988, 15, 168mins)

    A captivating film known for its beautiful cinematography of uniquely surreal quality and directed by Luc Besson, the film is a heavily fictionalized and dramatized story of the friendship and sporting rivalry between two leading contemporary champion free divers in the 20th century. The main characters are Jacques Mayol (played by Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo Maiorca – renamed to "Enzo Molinari" (played by Jean Reno), and involves Mayol's fictionalized relationship with his girlfriend Johana Baker (Rosanna Arquette). Jacques feels an unusual bond with the sea and Enzo is in it for the sheer danger involved. Featuring gorgeous underwater photography and spectacular location shooting in the French Antibes, the Greek islands, Peru, and Taormina in Sicily, the film was nominated for several César Awards, winning two for Best Music written for a film (Éric Serra), and Best Sound. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER

      

    THE SEA HAWK (USA, 1940, U, 127mins)

    This classic swashbuckling Errol Flynn movie was directed by Michael Curtiz. In the 1580s, Captain Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) is the boldest of Sea Hawks – the name given to the bold privateers who prowl the oceans taking Spanish ships and treasure on behalf of the British Crown. When he captures the vessel carrying ambassador Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba (Claude Rains), the dashing captain falls for his niece, the beautiful Dona Maria (Brenda Marshall). At the time The Sea Hawk boasted the most opulent production values of a Warner Bros period film to date, and boasts an excellent adventure film score by Erich Wolfgang Kongold. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm