1st March 2016 newsletter

1 Mar 3: Annual silent at Saint Nicolas’ Church

2 Mar 10: Leviathan: early start time

3 Mar 24: Season 15-16 final screening: EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES

4 Apr 9 – 11: ICO Spring Screening Days at BFI Southbank

5 Cause for concern: Academy chooses ABCD favourite!

1 Mar 3: Annual silent at Saint Nicolas’ Church

The film this year is Buster Keaton’s OUR HOSPITALITY, with Andrew Youdell accompanying on piano, as he has done once a season since 1985. Please note that the screening will begin at 7.30pm at Saint Nicolas’ Church in the Abingdon Market Place. The car park in front of VWHDC building in Abbey Close is recommended – about 150 yards away.

As ever, we would be delighted to welcome new one week members (£7) and your personal guests (£6).

2 Mar 10: Leviathan: earlier than usual start time

At 140 minutes Leviathan is a little longer than most of our films, so the start time is set for 7.30pm.

Director Andrei Zvyagintsev made this film in 2014 and there’s quite an interesting interview with him, including how he sees Putin’s role in the Russian film industry, at:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/russia-submits-leviathan-after-all-andrey-zvyagintsev-talks-20140929 .

3 Mar 24: 2015-6 final screening: EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES

We conclude our current season on this date with this very interesting and entertaining adaptation of Erich Kästner’s famous Berlin-set children’s story. The film was scripted by Billy Wilder and Emeric Pressburger, who went on to become internationally revered filmmakers.

The event is jointly presented by ABCD and ADTTS (the local twinners). Refreshments (bread, cheese etc and soft drinks) will be available from 7pm, and the screening will begin soon after 7.45pm. You are most welcome to bring a bottle of wine etc, for which we will provide glasses. As usual on such occasions we will set out the tables “cabaret-style”. Contributions to cover the costs of this will be requested.

4 ICO Spring Screening Days at BFI Southbank 9-11 April

The ICO (Independent Cinema Office) holds screening days a number of times every year, when films that are soon to be released can be previewed by film society representatives, amongst others. The forthcoming days are being held at BFI Southbank (aka National Film Theatre) in Waterloo. If you would like to attend, full information is available at:
http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/screeningdays/spring2016?films=1.


5 Cause for concern: Academy shares our taste

The award for “best animated short film” went to BEAR STORY, made by Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala. This was the film that the majority of ABCD members selected as their favourite on February 18 (when we showed all five nominated films in this category.

Our next newsletter is planned for early May, and will include information on our annual members’ open meeting on May 12, when we reveal the progress we have made to date towards the 2016/7 programme.