Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, U)
Sunday 18 September, 3.00pm
We’re delighted to launch our new season with a very special event marking the centenary of author Roald Dahl’s birth.
With the kind support of Film Hub Wales, as part of their nationwide Roald Dahl on Film season, we’re going to transform the village hall into a chocolate factory (complete with a chocolate fountain!) for a screening of director Mel Stuart’s 1971 cult adaptation starring Gene Wilder as the unconventional confectioner Willy Wonka.
Everyone arriving in a costume based on their favourite Roald Dahl character (from this or any other film) will be awarded a special prize, plus we’ll be running other competitions at the event.
So join us for an afternoon of madcap fun for all ages: expect the unexpected! All profits from the event are going to support the work of local charity The Cerys Potter Foundation.
Our Kind of Traitor (2015, 15)
Friday 14 October
“Director White has an eye for striking and sometimes melodramatic imagery […] Skarsgård is in flamboyant form, urbane and charming one moment, utterly brutal the next […] McGregor is also engaging as the innocent British everyman, somehow caught up in the great game of international espionage.”
“Ewan McGregor plays the Jimmy Stewart-like everyman in a globe-trotting espionage thriller that puts an ordinary Brit at the center of a high-profile defection.”
While holidaying in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple (Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris) befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian (Stellan Skarsgård) who turns out to be a money launderer for the Russian mafia.
The couple are drawn into the dangerous world of international espionage when the Russian asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services (look out for Damian Lewis, who plays a ruthless and determined MI6 agent).
This taut thriller is adapted from John le Carré’s acclaimed novel, and should appeal to anyone who enjoyed the BBC’s recent adaptation of The Night Manager.
Love & Friendship (2016, U)
Friday 18 November
“A fresh, beguiling movie, and the wittiest Austen adaptation to grace the screen.”
“Breathlessly funny […] Beckinsale doesn’t miss a beat.”
“A devious delight […] Beckinsale is a hoot to watch.”
Based on the Jane Austen novella ‘Lady Susan’, Love & Friendship relates the story of beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), seeking refuge with her in-laws from the colourful rumours about her love life swirling around polite society.
While there, Lady Susan decides to find another husband for herself and one for her eligible, but reluctant, daughter. Matters get complicated when she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring.
The film is directed and scripted by Whit Stillman (The Last Days of Disco) and the excellent cast also includes Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Tom Bennett, Stephen Fry and James Fleet.
The Library Suicides / Y Llyfrgell (2016, 15)
Thursday 8 December
“There’s plenty to admire about this nifty, twisty Welsh-language thriller from director Euros Lyn.”
Little White Lies
Our second Cariad Film presentation brings a stylish and offbeat murder mystery to Llancarfan Village Hall. Based on Fflur Dafydd’s bestselling novel, this Welsh-language thriller stars Catrin Stewart as twin sister librarians Nan and Ana who plan revenge when their author mother commits suicide, with her final words suggesting her biographer murdered her.
The film is set within the stately National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, where it was filmed on location. This is director Euro Lyn’s first feature, but he knows a thing or two about what makes a good contemporary thriller, having directed the first season of ITV’s acclaimed drama Broadchurch and the BBC’s Happy Valley. He’s also directed episodes of Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sherlock.
The BFG (2016, PG)
Saturday 10 December, 3.00pm
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“[F]or all its digital wizardry, The BFG remains a flesh-and-blood film, a story of two living, breathing misfits in whose emotional bonds we can invest, believe and rejoice. Bravo!”
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“Steven Spielberg creates a landscape of astonishments”
We end the season where we began, with another acclaimed Roald Dahl adaptation. This time, master cinematic storyteller Steven Spielberg brings to life Roald Dahl’s uproarious tale of a big hearted giant who befriends a lonely young orphan, with Mark Rylance as the eponymous hero.
All proceeds from this special festive screening will go to the Llancarfan Primary School PTA.