Bury St Edmunds Film Society | What's On

What's On

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 £5 on the door. New members always welcome!

WINTER


FILM AND FELLINI SEASON

SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER 7.00pm. Bar opens at 6.15pm

  

ALL THAT JAZZ (1979, 15)

Written and directed by the legendary Bob Fosse, this semi-autobiographical tale involves Fosse in what some have described as self-flagellation. Released in 1979 the film is about Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) who when he is not working on his Hollywood films as choreographer and director, is popping pills to cope with his life style as he sleeps with a seemingly endless line of women. The physical and mental stress, however, begin to take their toll. Soon he has to decide whether all this is really worth risking his life for. An analysis of the excesses available in life and their inevitable consequences, a great film to close the year.

DESIRE SEASON

SUNDAY 8TH JANUARY

  

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Hong Kong 2000 PG)

Doors and bar open 6.15p.m. Film starts at 7.00p.m. Originally entitled 'The Age of Blossoms' in Chinese, we commence our three part Desire Season with this tale of two next door neighbours, left alone in their Hong Kong apartments while their partners are away working. Trying to remain in a platonic relationship, they find that they are increasingly drawn closer to each other, helped by their growing suspicions about the behaviour of their own partners. Directed by Wong Kar-Wei, this story of a search for love was shot in Bangkok, Singapore and Cambodia since the Director failed to find adequate images of 1962 Hong Kong at home. A long journey of many emotions through different cultures, but will it end in happiness?

SUNDAY 29 JANUARY

  

WINGS OF DESIRE (France-Germany 1987 12)

Doors and bar open 6.15p.m. Film starts at 7.00p.m. This romantic fantasy film was directed by Wim Wenders, the German title translating as 'The Sky/Heavens Over Berlin'. We are taken on a journey seen through the eyes and experiences of invisible and immortal angels who 'tune in' to the thoughts of unsuspecting Berliners. One angel becomes frustrated that they are not able to experience human sensory pleasures and decides to become human, after falling in love with a trapeze artist. Nominated for a BAFTA Award and selected as a German entry as the best foreign language film, we are invited to think of the reversal of 'real life' as we explore another dimension.

SUNDAY 19TH FEBRUARY

  

HUNTER CLUB VISUAL ARTS SOCIETY

Members are invited to this matinee screening, commencing at 4.30p.m.

SUNDAY 19TH FEBRUARY

  

UNDER THE SKIN (UK 2013 15)

Doors and bar open 6.15p.m. Film starts at 7.00p.m. We conclude our Desire Season with this science fiction-horror movie, directed and written by Jonathan Glazer. Originally written as a film about an alien husband and wife team, the husband to be played by Brad Pitt, Glazer decided to write out the husband part altogether, allowing Scarlett Johansson to exploit fully her role as an otherworldly woman who drives around Scotland preying on a whole range of unsuspecting men folk. Using non-actors for many of the roles, the film used unusual techniques, including hiding hidden microphones to capture unscripted conversations! Glazer uses stark images to explore the potentiality of the complex and destructive behaviours which can be present even in a woman.

UNITED KINGDOM DIRECTOR DEBUTS SEASON

SUNDAY 12TH MARCH

  

THE DUELLISTS (UK 1977 PG)

Doors and bar open at 6.15p.m. Film starts at 7.00p.m. A 1977 historical drama film starts off our British Director Debut season, allowing us to see the early work of people who, little known at the time, went on to achieve fame. Winning the Best Debut Film Award at the Cannes Festival, the director Ridley Scott introduces us, in this his first film, to Gabriel Feraud (Henry Keitel) who plays the part of an obsessive Bonapartist duellist during the early 1800s, when duelling in France was still used to settle disputes. Feraud attempts to improve his skills in various skirmishes as he continues to challenge opponents, in one case on horseback. As Feraud is promoted in rank in the French army as the Napoleonic Wars escalate, Scott allows us to consider the dangers implicit in trying to resolve prejudice through violence. Known for its visual impact, you will be there, at the heart of the action!

SUNDAY 2ND APRIL

  

TRULY MADLY DEEPLY (UK 1991 PG)

Doors open at 6.15p.m. Film starts at 7.00p.m. Kicking off the career of Anthony MInghella who wrote and directed this, his inaugural film, we are introduced to pianist Nina (Juliet Stevenson) grieving for her recently deceased cellist boyfriend Jamie (Alan Rickman). Jamie re-appears as a ghost and starts behaving in strange and oddly annoying ways, making Nina wonder about what their relationship had actually been based on. In what has been billed as a fantasy music drama film, Nina, becoming more disorientated, decides to see a psychologist Mark, played by Michael Maloney. As she is drawn towards him in real life, her ghostly boyfriend continues to influence events, but why? This important film became a great hit on the American Art House circuit, winning awards for Best Actor and Best Actress.

SUNDAY 23RD APRIL

  

HUNTER CLUB VISUAL ARTS SOCIETY

Members are invited to another matinee screening, commencing at 4.30p.m.

SUNDAY 23RD APRIL

  

SHALLOW GRAVE (UK 1994 18)

Doors and bar open at 6.15p.m. Film starts at 7.00p.m. Marking the cinematic directorial debut of Danny Boyle, with original screenplay by John Hodge, this 1994 British black comedy crime film concludes our 'Debut' season. Little known actors at the time take the leading roles of three people looking for a fourth to share their flat. Finding increasingly cruel interview methods through which to shame and embarrass applicants, the clue is given to events which unfold shortly after the successful interviewee moves in. With Christopher Ecclestone as an accountant, Kerry Fox as a doctor and Ewan McGregor as a journalist, the three find themselves in increasingly deep and dark waters. Drawn into the world of gangsters of which they have little experience they try to outwit the various forces of evil ranged against them. As the plot unfolds, behaviours induced by desperate situations are revealed. But will good triumph over evil? Later made famous by many films, including Slum Dog Millionaire, as well as directing the opening of the UK Olympic Games, Danny Boyle’s first film sheds light on his early brilliance.

BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE

SUNDAY 14TH MAY

  

DR ZHIVAGO (UK 1965 PG)

Doors and bar open at 6.15p.m. Film starts at 7.00p.m. Our Society uses the 'sign off' 'For films you have loved...and films you will love'. We trust that this film is in the former category, allowing us all to see again this classic film from 1965. This British-Italian epic romantic drama is set in Russia in the early years of the 1900s and leading up to and including the Russian Civil War of 1917-22. This 'Debut' slot falls to David Lean who did, of course, base his film on the book by Boris Pasternak, banned for decades in the Soviet Union. Omar Sharif plays the part of Yuri Zhivago to the full, ably supported by Julie Christie (Lara Antipova). With many famous actors in the supporting cast we are allowed to turn our thoughts once more to the historic events in pre-revolutionary and revolutionary Russia. A truly visual feast to be fully engaged with using our Big Screen! Initially received coolly by the critics, the film won later plaudits, winning five Oscars at the 38 th Academy Awards, only to lose four more to the Sound of Music! So come with us to Russia once more, with love...

OTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  

SATURDAY 1ST JULY SUMMER CHARABANC TRIP TO THE ELECTRIC PICTURE PALACE SOUTHWOLD (FILM TBA) Member priority booking opens in January - early booking advised!

SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER

SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER

SUNDAY 12TH NOVEMBER

SUNDAY 3RD DECEMBER