Category Archives: Film

Next feature – Jackie – 8pm, Monday 6th November

Jackie is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Noah Oppenheim. The film stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy and tells the story about her life after the 1963 assassination of her husband John F. KennedyPeter SarsgaardGreta GerwigBilly Crudup and John Hurt also star; it was Hurt’s final film released before his death in January 2017.

The film follows Jackie Kennedy in the days when she was First Lady in the White House and her life immediately following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. It is partly based on Theodore H. White‘s Life magazine interview with the widow at Hyannis PortMassachusetts.

The film was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and was nominated for three Oscars at the 89th Academy AwardsBest Actress (Portman), Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.

NATALIE PORTMAN

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Next feature – Manchester By the Sea – 8pm, Monday 16th October

After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked that Joe has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams), and the community where he was born and raised.

Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, the film picked up two Oscars, best male actor and best screenplay, and an additional four nominations in this year’s Academy Awards.

Next feature – Their Finest – 8pm, Monday 2nd October

Their Finest is a slight, warm, funny delight, informed by a gently etched feminist agenda. Continuing director Lone Scherfig’s interest in young women coming into their own (see An Education, One Day), this follows Welsh scriptwriter Catrin, played with an impressive mixture of steel and warmth by Gemma Arterton, on a journey into making propaganda films during World War II.

It’s an occasionally obvious, handsomely mounted hymn to both valuing women in the workplace and the power of cinema to provide solace in times of tumult. It also features various scenes shot in Pembrokeshire.

Next feature – A Monster Calls – 8pm, Monday 18th September

A Monster Calls is a 2016 dark fantasy drama film directed by J. A. Bayona and written by Patrick Ness, based on his novel of the same name. The film stars Sigourney WeaverFelicity JonesToby KebbellLewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson, and tells the story of Conor (MacDougall), a child whose mother (Jones) is terminally ill; one night, he is visited by a giant tree-like monster (Neeson), who states that he will come back and tell him three stories.

A Monster Calls premiered on September 10, 2016, at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

A MONSTER CALLS

Next feature – Moonlight – 8pm, Monday 4th September

Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney‘s unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It stars Trevante RhodesAndré HollandJanelle MonáeAshton Sanders, Jharrel JeromeNaomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali.

The film presents three stages in the life of the main character. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney.

MOONLIGHT

Next feature – The Light Between Oceans – 8pm, Monday 7th August

The film tells the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who rescue and adopt an infant girl adrift at sea. Years later, the couple discovers the child’s true parentage and are faced with the moral dilemma of their actions.

Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance and based on the 2012 novel of the same name by M. L. Stedman, this 2016 film stars Michael FassbenderAlicia VikanderRachel WeiszBryan Brown, and Jack Thompson.

LIGHTHOUSE FILM

Next feature – Arrival – 8pm, Monday 17th July

Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors.

Based on a short story by Ted Chiang and directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film also stars Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner and Michael Stuhlbarg.

AMY ADAMS