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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!

    UNITED KINGDOM DIRECTOR DEBUTS SEASON

    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 5.00p.m. Film starts at 5.30p.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...

    SATURDAY 1 JULY

      

    Southwold Charabanc Trip. Join us as we make our way for a day to Southwold, which will include a visit to the unique Electric Picture Palace where we will see Singin’ in the Rain (1952 USA U 103 min.)

    Set in Hollywood in the late 1920s, this all-time classic is regarded by many as the best musical ever made. Gene Kelly (who also co-directed with Stanley Donen) stars as one of three actors making the transition from silent movies to the new-fangled ‘Talkies’. We will enjoy the ambience of a 1912 cinema, including the organist rising from the floor in the interval! A cartoon completes the afternoon’s entertainment. Due to popular demand, this is our fourth trip to the seaside. For tickets, please use the contact page. £20 members, £25 guests.

    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.