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What's On

All over 16's welcome. Each film £5 on the door.


AUTUMN

HOLD THE FRONT PAGE! A NEWSPAPER SEASON…

Given the present focus on the role of the media across the world in shaping our perceptions and opinions, our Autumn film season invites you to consider the role which newspapers play and have played in society; how their stories are printed and how their investigations can influence history. We go back to when the newspaper was the dominant medium for news, long before smartphones, Twitter, Buzz Feeds and the rest – examining the stories behind the stories. We screen these iconic films on a LARGE SCREEN in convivial surroundings at The Hunter Club in St Andrews St South. Non-members (£5) welcome to all Bury St Edmunds Film Society screenings. New members always welcome!

SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER 4.30pm Bar opens at 4.00pm

  

We are pleased to announce the Hunter Club Visual Arts Society is screening an American screwball comedy set in their newspaper industry. A must see film! Free to all members.

SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER 7.00pm Bar opens at 6.15pm

  

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957, PG)

A classic blackly comic drama released in 1957, this Alexander Mackendrick- directed film was made when Mackendrick, who feared unemployment following the sale of Ealing Studios to the BBC in 1954, decamped to the US. Starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis, the screenplay and cinematography have both been acclaimed by the critics. We follow Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) a publicist trying to win influence for his clients with the influential columnist J.J.Hensecker (Burt Lancaster). All about power and influence and ways of achieving nefarious ends, this complicated plot will require your full attention!

SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER 7.00pm Bar opens at 6.15pm

  

ACE IN THE HOLE (1951, PG)

Produced and directed by Billy Wilder – need we say more given how well his many films have been received by Society members? Kirk Douglas stars as Chuck Tatum in this American film noir, playing a cynical and disgraced reporter having ‘worked his way down’ the career ladder. The screenplay examines the seedy relationship between the press, the news it reports and the manner in which it reports it. Trying to ‘go straight’ after being fired by no fewer than 11 newspapers for incidents involving libel and adultery, Tatum is drawn into yet another breaking story which can ‘go big’, testing his journalistic ethics once again. The film allows us to consider how we would handle getting the news in a cut-throat industry with deadlines looming.

SUNDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

  

THE FAMOUS FILM SOCIETY FILM QUIZ!

Now well established in the region our ever popular Film Quiz invites you and your team to pitch your wits as we offer film clips and sound clips and feature dozens of all those questions you always know the answers to – or do you? Not just for film buffs we welcome anyone who enjoys watching film. Prizes galore. Non-members welcome (£5.00)

WINTER


FILM AND FELLINI SEASON

SUNDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

  

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 6.00pm
BURY ST EDMUNDS FILM SOCETY FIFTIETH YEAR CELEBRATION!

Yes, we really have been screening films in the town since the autumn of 1966. Started by John Garbutt, now our President, at West Suffolk College, we brought film to Bury St Edmunds long before the multi-plex was invented. In celebration we will be serving bubbly and cake to our members as we sit back to watch the first of two Fellini/Fellini inspired films.

SUNDAY 13TH November 7.00pm Bar opens at 6.30pm

  

OTTO E MEZZE (EIGHT AND A HALF) (1963, 15)

What better way to celebrate our 50th year than with a Fellini masterpiece? Selected by our President, this 1963 Italian comedy drama stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director. When the film was released Fellini had been responsible for six feature films, two shorts and a collaboration on another, which is why this is called ‘Eight and a Half’! The name stuck of course, going on to win two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language film and Best Costume Design. Today it remains highly influential and is in the BFI‘s top 50 films of all time. Even the Vatican named it as one of the best 45 films made by 1995 – the 100th Anniversary of film production.

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.