Starting 14th Apr 2016 See all Dates for this event
Reel Solutions present a series of acclaimed films that have missed out on the commercial circuit (and a few neglected classics, to boot). Screenings include background notes and occasional (brief) speakers, all presented cabaret style in the Crossley Gallery. Donations taken for refreshments.
All films start at 7.30 pm. Get venue details on 01422 255266 or via http://www.deanclough.com, Tickets £7.50/£5.00 concs
Future Screenings at a glance:-
14.4.16 @ 7.30pm
Dir. Amber Fares. Palestine 2016. 1hr 18mins. EST. Cert PG.
The Speed Sisters are the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East – and they’re tearing up tracks all over Palestine. Amber Fares’ documentary could have been stridently feminist or covertly political; but while (for those unfamiliar with the country) it is certainly eye-opening it is – first and foremost – fun and full of heart.
“A full-throttle but sensitive take on the adventures this female team face.” – Guardian
28.4.16 @ 7.30pm
A WAR (KRIGEN)
Dir. Tobias Lindholm. Denmark 2016. 1hr 55mins. EST. Cert 15.
Tobias Lindholm’s taut examination of a tragic incident during the Afghan war switches from battlefield to courtroom to family home. Denmark’s 2016 Oscar submission is a nail-biting ride that offers the added bonus, for fans of ‘Scandi drama’, of some familiar faces – notably from ‘Borgen’.
“…engrossing, impeccably sensitive Afghanistan War drama” – Variety.
12.5.16 @ 7.30pm
LA GRANDE ILLUSION
Dir. Jean Renoir. France 1937. 1hr 54 mins. EST. Cert U.
During WW1 two French soldiers are imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress. Renoir’s classic anti-war movie vainly sought to avert WW2 not by shock or pathos, but by illustrating that people have more in common with each other than classes and nations seek to acknowledge. A great, influential and enjoyable film… probably no less pertinent to June’s EU Referendum than it is to the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.
“Perfection… a film not frozen in time, but open to different readings across times and cultures” – Sight and Sound.
26.5.16 @ 7.30pm
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Dir. Robert Mulligan. USA 1962. 2hr 10 mins. Cert PG.
The most perfect book adaptation ever made? ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ harbours a host of forgotten treats (including Robert Duvall’s screen debut and Elmer Bernstein’s nonchalantly brilliant soundtrack) – but is shown here in tribute to Gregory Peck (who was born 100 years ago) and author Harper Lee (who died this year). Lee’s tale of small town children exposed to the evils of poverty, ignorance and bigotry has come to be viewed askance by anti-racism campaigners for its ‘patronising liberalism’ – but first and foremost the book and the film both remain archetypal evocations of childhood.
“Storytelling doesn’t get much better than this” – Empire.
9.6.16 @ 7.30pm
Dir S. Craig Ahler. USA 2015. 2hr 12 mins. Cert 18.
Kurt Russell’s querulous posse sets out into the wild west to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers. There is some stark, inventive gruesomeness in this ‘horror western’ – but its many fans adore it for the more amenable values of precise characterisation and exquisitely wry dialogue. The budget is small, the acting is exceptional… and, yes, most people will close their eyes at certain key points of the movie. Like the last 20 minutes, for example.
“A most violent delight” – Variety