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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!

    2019

    AN EPIC BEFORE THE SUMMER BREAK...

    Sunday 26 May

      

    WAR AND PEACE (USA, 1956, U)

    Epic American-Italian war drama film directed and co written by King Vidor based on Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel of the same name. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrers, Herbert Lom and Anita Ekberg in one of her first breakthrough roles. Napoleon's (Herbert Lom) tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families. Features stunning panoramic battle sequences that are so expertly handled by second-unit director Mario Soldati that they appear to be Technicolor-and-Vistavision newsreel footage of the actual events. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti with a music score by Nino Rota and cinematography by Jack Cardiff. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film. Audrey Hepburn earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for best actress.

    NOTE: Film starts 6PM

    Saturday 6 July

      

    Trip to Southwold and The Electric Picture Palace

    Il Postino (The Postman, Italy, 1994, U) plus short film

    Pre-booked tickets only – contact

    MADE IN EAST ANGLIA

    East Anglia is no stranger to Hollywood, with breath-taking beaches, stunning stately homes and picture-perfect places, it’s no wonder so many choose to film here. Let’s look East at great movies with starring roles for Suffolk, Norfolk and beyond.

    Sunday 15 September

      

    In Love with Alma Cogan (UK, 2012, 12)

    British romantic comedy filmed in and around the Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier, Norfolk, written and directed by Tony Britten. Starring Roger Lloyd-Pack, Niamh Cusack and Gwyneth Strong. In addition to being a mainstay of the local lifeboat crew Norman (Lloyd -Pack) has been the manager of the little pier theatre in his home seaside town for forty years. In those days the venue played host to popular singers such as the flamboyant Alma Cogan, and meeting her is something Norman still fondly remembers. Now however the council, who own the pier, want to oust Norman to install more commercial management in an attempt to boost audience numbers, so he plans to fight. He is supported by his devoted long-suffering assistant Sandra (Cusack), a would-be singer, who persuades him that perhaps it is time for him to go - this time supporting Sandra as she begins a career as a singer herself. In 2012 the film won the Award of Excellence at the Canada International Film Festival.

    Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    Sunday 29 September

      

    FREE FILM NIGHT

    Sunday 13 October

      

    DROWNING BY NUMBERS (UK/NL, 1988, 18)

    Black comedy drama starring starring Joan Plowright, Juliet Stevenson, Joely Richardson and Bernard Hill, directed by Peter Greenaway. Set and filmed in and around Southwold, Suffolk, England, with key landmarks such as the Victorian water tower, Southwold Lighthouse, and the estuary of the River Blyth. Three generations of women (Plowright, Stevenson and Richardson) - all named Cissie Colpitts - share the same problem: marriage woes, and they want to put an end to it! Story told in a style reminiscent of fairy tales and folklore - amusing dialogues and monologues are matched with cinematographer Sacha Vierny's beautiful photography and Greenaway's distinctive, moody sets and atmosphere. The film won the award for Best Artistic Contribution at the Cannes Film Festival of 1988.

    Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    Sunday 27 October

      

    WITCHFINDER GENERAL (UK, 1968, 18)

    Drama starring Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy and Hilary Dwyer, directed by Michael Reeves (who grew up in Suffolk himself), screenplay by Reeves and Tom Baker based on Ronald Bassett's novel. Features Suffolk’s picture-postcard medieval village of Lavenham, as well as Kentwell Hall near Long Melford, Orford Castle on the coast of East Anglia and Thetford in Norfolk. This 17th century tale of the manipulative exploits of real-life witchhunter Matthew Hopkins remains Suffolk’s most famous bid for cinematic immortality. During the English Civil War Matthew Hopkins (Price) is appointed Witchfinder General by the Puritans under Cromwell. He is empowered to travel the countryside with his henchmen and collect a fee for each witch from whom he extracts a confession - a policy which is exploited to the full. A cult classic, it remains contemporary in its evocation of cynical Puritanism, abuse of power and mass deception. In 2000, Derek Malcolm included Witchfinder General as part of his series The Century of Films, a list of what he considered to be the one hundred most "artistically or culturally important" movies of the 20th Century. In fact, leading actor Vincent Price satyed at the Angel In Bury St Edmunds while making the film.

    Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    Sunday 17 November

      

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

    Sunday 17 November

      

    MOONSTRUCK (US, 1987, PG) (after AGM)

    Sunday 8 December

      

    CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (US, 1977, PG)