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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 £5 on the door. New members always welcome!

    BRITISH WOMEN DIRECTORS

    Our autumn season celebrates the work of three British female directors

    SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

      

    4.30pm HUNTER CLUB VISUAL ARTS SOCIETY

    You are invited to an animation film that complements our season.

    SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

      

    BELLE (2013 UK 12 104 min.)

    This period drama, directed by Amma Asanta, opens the season. The plot may be fiction but the idea for the film came from a portrait of Dido Belle, hanging in Kenwood House which depicts a West Indian woman who was an illegitimate daughter of the nephew of the Earl of Mansfield. The Earl agrees to rescue Dido from poverty after she has been located by his nephew. This experience may have pricked the conscience of the Earl and as Lord Mansfield he later became involved in helping to stop the transport of slaves in ‘coffin’ ships, contributing to the abolition of slavery in 1807. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

    SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER

      

    GINGER & ROSA (2012 UK 12 90 min.)

    Written and directed by Sally Potter, this drama film centres on the lifelong friendship between two women who meet while their mothers are giving birth to their siblings. This emotionally charged story investigates troubled relationships in an atmosphere of personal chaos and loss. Starring Elle Fanning as Ginger and Alice Englert as Rosa, we are taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride as they seek stability and happiness in 1960s London. The film will be preceded by a short film. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

    SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER

      

    PRIEST (1994 UK 15 98 min.)

    Nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTAs (losing to Shallow Grave), this was the debut of director Antonia Bird. This challenging film takes us through the personal agonies of a Catholic priest who when faced with deciding how to help people finds the only way to do so may be to reveal information given in the confessional, the secrecy of which is a binding tenet of the Catholic faith. Set in inner city Liverpool, the young priest is astounded when the true nature of his colleague’s relationship with their housekeeper is revealed. So what does he do? What would you do? The film caused great offence to many when it was released over an Easter weekend. We are also screening a short film before the main feature. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm.

    SUBVERTING GENDER

    Gender and gender challenges and changes feature large in our modern society. Our three films allow us to enter worlds of which we may know little or certainly less than we should. So what IS ‘subverting gender?’

    SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER

      

    6pm-6.30pm ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016-17

    SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER

      

    THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994 Australia 15 103 min.)

    Nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTAs (losing to Shallow Grave), this was the debut of director Antonia Bird. This challenging film takes us through the personal agonies of a Catholic priest who when faced with deciding how to help people finds the only way to do so may be to reveal information given in the confessional, the secrecy of which is a binding tenet of the Catholic faith. Set in inner city Liverpool, the young priest is astounded when the true nature of his colleague’s relationship with their housekeeper is revealed. So what does he do? What would you do? The film caused great offence to many when it was released over an Easter weekend. We are also screening a short film before the main feature. Doors and bar open at 5.45pm. Film starts at 7pm.

    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 9 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.