ALL THE DATES FOR THIS SEASON:
Friday 21st June 2019
the old man and the gun (dir: David Lowery, cert 12)
The last film in our 2018/19 season, The Old Man & The Gun (2018: Cert. 12), is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford). Following his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70, Tucker commits an unprecedented string of bank heists in the early 1980s that confound the authorities and enchant the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are police detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.
Robert Redford says this warm, bittersweet crime drama will be his last film as an actor. It is directed by David Lowery and also stars Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Elizabeth Moss.
Friday 17th May 2019
bohemian rhapsody (dir: Bryan singer, pg 13)
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Directed by Bryan Singer and written by Anthony McCarten, the film also stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Joseph Mazzello.
Friday 12th april 2019
The Wife (Dir: Björn Runge)
After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman are complements for one another. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950.
The Wife interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later—a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.
March 7-10th: 3rd Annual Chorleywood Film Festival
FRIDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2019
THE CHILDREN ACT (dir:Richard Eyre)
Fiona Maye is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack is at breaking-point.
In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of a brilliant boy (Adam) who is refusing the blood transfusion which will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live?
Fiona visits Adam in hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and longâ€buried feelings in her.
Adapted from Ian McEwan’s novel of the same name and directed by Richard Eyre, the film stars Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead and Ben Chaplin.
FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY 2019
The Breadwinner (DIR: Nora Twomey)
The film tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her, and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive. Equal parts thrilling and spellbinding, The Breadwinner is a timely and inspiring tale about the transcendent power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal us all.
FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2018
(Part of the Chorleywood Armistice Centenary Remembrance Weekend)
JOURNEY’S END (Dir: SAUL DIBB)
The latest screen version of R.C. Sherriff’s powerful WW1 drama ‘Journey’s End’ . Directed by Saul Dibb and starring Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield and Toby Jones. Set in the trenches in Northern France in March 1918, it gives a glimpse into the experiences of the officers of a British Army infantry company. The story plays out in the officers’ dugout over four days as they await the German Army’s Spring Offensive. (Cert. 12)
Friday 12th October 2018
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Dir: Martin McDonagh)
Mildred Hayes, is seeking justice for her daughter’s murder. Frustrated at the local police force’s ineptitude, Mildred takes matters into her own hands to ensure that the media, local citizens and the police take her plight seriously and find her daughter’s killer.
One of the best films of the last year – winning 2 Academy Awards, 4 Golden Globes and 5 BAFTAs – this dark comedy drama stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.
Cert: 15 / 115 mins / contains some violence and very strong language.
Friday 21st September 2018:
“The Post” (Steven Spielberg)
his thrilling drama is based on true events and stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk and Sarah Paulson.
In the summer of 1971, the Washington Post faces a historic dilemma: whether or not to publish the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret document that reveals the U.S. government knew for decades the Vietnam War was unwinnable. Executive editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and publisher Kay Graham (Streep) debate the best course of action. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.
The film is a timely reminder about the importance of the freedom of the press…