Autumn and winter programme unveiled

After much careful deliberation, informed by our recent survey results, we’re delighted to announce the following films in our opening line-up. Further details to follow, including ticket and membership prices, but we hope this is enough to whet your appetite. Save the dates!

FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2012:

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

“Charming, delightful and highly amusing – just what you’d
expect from the star-studded cast of veterans.”
Empire

“…sweet-natured, good-hearted and decent.”
The Daily Telegraph

Director: John Madden
Writer: Ol Parker

(12A) 100mins

Come and luxuriate in some early autumn sunshine as we open our inaugural programme with an Indian-themed champagne reception before screening this bittersweet comedy from John Madden (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE).

Based on Deborah Moggach’s novel (THESE FOOLISH THINGS), the film follows a group of British retirees who decide to outsource their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India, with comic and touching consequences.

The top-notch cast boasts more dames than a Blackpool panto season (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith), alongside the ever-watchable Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel.

Even if you’ve seen the film before, come again because you won’t have experienced it like this!

FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER 2012:

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

“A hoot of an old-fashioned British horror film.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Director James Watkins expertly uses shadows and empty
spaces to create a percolating sense of dread.”
The Daily Telegraph

Director: James Watkins
Writer: Jane Goldman

(12A) 97mins

As a creepy scene setter for Halloween we bring you this dark tale, which could have been subtitled Harry Potter and the House of Horror.

Legendary British studio Hammer Films returns with this atmospheric ghost story, based on Susan Hill’s best-selling novel and hit stage play. It tells the story of widowed lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), forced to confront the eponymous nasty menacing a remote community.

Don’t be fooled by the film’s ‘12A’ rating: this is definitely one for older children and adults in search of spine-tingling escapism. An early evening screening should ensure the film ends well before the witching hour…

*NEW DATE* FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2012:

MOONRISE KINGDOM

Moonrise Kingdom breezes along with a beautifully
coordinated admixture of droll humor, deadpan and slapstick.”
The New York Times

“A worthy addition to Anderson’s canon – his deadpan wit
meshes nicely with a generous view of human imperfections.”
The Daily Telegraph

Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola

(12A) 94 mins

Wes Anderson (THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS) returns on golden form with this offbeat comedy, which caused quite a stir in Cannes earlier this year.

Set in 1960s New England, the film follows a pair of young lovers heading into the wilds to escape their small town lives just as a hurricane rolls into the area. Their disappearance causes quite a storm back home…

The film is jam packed with A list talent as you’ve never seen them before, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel and Frances McDormand.

SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER 2012:

WE BOUGHT A ZOO

“There’s a lot of fun waiting at We Bought a Zoo, but it’s
the feelings that run through every scene that’ll
make you glad you came.”
Rolling Stone

“…an easy-going, likable film.”
The Guardian

Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna, Cameron Crowe

(PG) 120 mins

As we head into deep mid winter, what better prelude to the coming festive season than to cosy up in a darkened hall in front of a warm-hearted movie with family, friends and a bunch of complete strangers?

Snubbing traditional seasonal fare, we’ve gone with Cameron Crowe’s (JERRY MAGUIRE) story of a young widower (Matt Damon) as he begins a new life with his children in a rundown house with a zoo attached. Scarlett Johansson supplies romantic interest, and the film is inspired by a remarkable true story (originally set in Dartmoor): a bit of Christmas cheer for all ages!

This early afternoon performance will be topped and tailed by some good old-fashioned Christmas socialising over mince pies and mulled wine (carol singing optional).

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