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 11th SEPTEMBER 7.00pm Bar opens at 6.15pm
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976, 15)
Based on the non-fiction book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward – the two
journalists who investigated the Watergate break in – this 1976 political action thriller
shows us how the story developed from what appeared at first to be a minor
burglary. Winning no fewer than four Academy Awards (and nominated for four
more) this received universal acclaim and, for a film based on fact is one of the most
thrilling even committed to the screen. Starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman
as Woodward and Bernstein, the film concentrates on the first seven months of the
scandal, from the time of the break in to Nixon’s second inauguration. With relevance
today as arguments about a free press resurface, this is just the film to launch our
SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER 4.30pm Bar opens at 4.00pm
We are pleased to announce the HCVAS is screening an American screwball comedy set in their newspaper industry. A must see film!
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
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
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.