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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 £6 on the door. New members always welcome!


    With the media becoming ever more prominent in our 21st century lives, how we see disabled people and the disability experience being represented on the cinema screen is becoming increasingly important. Our two films aim to encourage discussions about what it really means to be disabled.



    CHARLY (USA, 1968, PG, 103mins)

    Directed and produced by the Emmy Award-winning television director Ralph Nelson, this moving film is based on the the classic Daniel Keyes novel ‘Flowers for Algernon’ . When an intellectually disabled man named Charly is selected by two doctors to undergo a surgical procedure that triples his IQ, he is miraculously freed from the prison of his own mind. As his IQ soars to genius proportions, Charly's eyes are opened to a world he's never truly seen. Featuring an Academy Award-winning performance by Cliff Robertson as Charly, with a score by Ravi Shankar, the screenplay was written by Stirling Silliphant. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm



    INTOUCHABLE (Untouchable) (France, 2011, 15, 112mins) Subtitled

    This award-winning French comedy drama is based on the true story of a wealthy quadriplegic (François Cluzet) and his down-and- out personal aide (Omar Sy). Like most odd-couple stories, the drama includes lessons about friendship being deeper than the superficial differences that divide people, in this case, race, wealth, education, and physical ability. It gives the audience permission to laugh with, not at, people with disabilities, and see their lives as they have never seen them before. Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the film received several award nominations. In France, the film won the César Award for Best Actor for Omar Sy, the first French-African actor to receive this honour. On 20 March 2012, Untouchable became the highest-grossing movie in a language other than English breaking the previous record set by the Japanese film Spirited Away (also shown by BSEFS). It also broke the record for the highest-grossing French film. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm




    KAGEMUSHA (Japan, 1980, 12)

    Written, produced and directed by Akira Kurosawa. Containing epic battle scenes of astonishing beauty and scope, this emotionally touching and philosophical story won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. "Kagemusha" is a samurai drama by the director who most successfully introduced the genre to the West (with such classics as "The Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo". Set in 16th Century feudal Japan, it centres on the power struggle between the powerful warlord Shingen Takeda (Tatsuya Nakadai) and two rival clans. A petty thief (also Tatsuya Nakada) with an astonishing resemblance to the warlord Shingen is chosen as the lord's double. When the warlord is mortally wounded in battle the thief is forced to take up arms in his place so their enemies will not learn that Shingen is dead. Through stunning visuals and meticulous attention to every physical and stylistic detail, Kurosawa made a film that restored his status as Japan's greatest filmmaker, and the success of Kagemusha enabled the director to make his 1985 masterpiece, Ran. Doors and bar open at 5.30pm. Film starts at 6pm



    On the Town (USA, 1949, U))

    Annual Summer Coach Trip to Southwold and the Electric Picture Palace

    Pre-booked tickets only – contact BSEFS.contact@gmail.com


    The sea – we know it can be calm and serene one moment, then suddenly stormy and turbulent. People experience the sea in contradictory ways: as powerful but serene, beautiful but dangerous.



    FINDING NEMO (USA, 2003, U, 100mins)

    Written and directed by Andrew Stanton with co-direction by Lee Unkrich, the Pixar film features the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Willem Dafoe. After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, an overprotective clown fish named Marlin who, along with a regal blue tang named Dory, sets out on a journey to bring him home. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and comes to terms with Nemo taking care of himself. Stunning underwater adventure, with memorable characters, humour and heartfelt emotion, Finding Nemo won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and became the highest-grossing animated film and is the best-selling DVD title of all time. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm



    LE GRAND BLEU (The Big Blue) (France/USA/Italy, 1988, 15, 168mins)

    A captivating film known for its beautiful cinematography of uniquely surreal quality and directed by Luc Besson, the film is a heavily fictionalized and dramatized story of the friendship and sporting rivalry between two leading contemporary champion free divers in the 20th century. The main characters are Jacques Mayol (played by Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo Maiorca – renamed to "Enzo Molinari" (played by Jean Reno), and involves Mayol's fictionalized relationship with his girlfriend Johana Baker (Rosanna Arquette). Jacques feels an unusual bond with the sea and Enzo is in it for the sheer danger involved. Featuring gorgeous underwater photography and spectacular location shooting in the French Antibes, the Greek islands, Peru, and Taormina in Sicily, the film was nominated for several César Awards, winning two for Best Music written for a film (Éric Serra), and Best Sound. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm



    THE SEA HAWK (USA, 1940, U, 127mins)

    This classic swashbuckling Errol Flynn movie was directed by Michael Curtiz. In the 1580s, Captain Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) is the boldest of Sea Hawks – the name given to the bold privateers who prowl the oceans taking Spanish ships and treasure on behalf of the British Crown. When he captures the vessel carrying ambassador Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba (Claude Rains), the dashing captain falls for his niece, the beautiful Dona Maria (Brenda Marshall). At the time The Sea Hawk boasted the most opulent production values of a Warner Bros period film to date, and boasts an excellent adventure film score by Erich Wolfgang Kongold. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm