6/02/2020 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Director Ken Loach and his long-time writer Paul Laverty once again turn their gaze onto the policies of austerity and how they have affected ordinary working people in the last decade. Sorry We Missed You focuses on one such Newcastle family, where the father, Ricky, has to work in the ‘gig’ economy as a self employed van driver for a large distribution franchise. His wife, Abby, is an essential worker in the care system on a zero-hours contract: they have two school-age children.
Loach, without any sentimentality, portrays a scenario currently widespread across Britain, where the so-called ‘working poor’ struggle to survive without proper job security. An ensemble cast delivers the naturalistic performances so characteristic of Loach’s narratives.
Dir: Ken Loach, Britain, 91mins, 2019
5/03/2020 19:30 at St Nicholas' Church, Market Place, Abingdon.
Continuing our annual tradition of screening a silent classic, with piano accompaniment by Andrew Youdell of the National Film Theatre. We meet in St Nicolas’ Church, Market Place, Abingdon.
The Doll is the comedic story of the Baron of Chanterelle’s determination to find a suitable wife for his shy nephew Lancelot, in order to continue the family line. Lancelot finds himself enthusiastically pursued by all the eligible local village girls. Eventually Hilarius, a local doll maker, is called upon to assist but, through a series of events of mistaken identity, his daughter Ossi is the one that Lancelot only has eyes for.
Plus supporting programme.
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch, Germany, 64 mins 1919
2/04/2020 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Our annual joint presentation with the Abingdon & District Twin Towns Society for this bring-and-share social event, with a cheese and light refreshment buffet. Voluntary contributions to cover our costs, please. Doors open: 19:00 for 19:45 screening
As a follow-up to the Ann Miller event last October, when she introduced Agnes Varda’s film Jacquot de Nantes, a loving tribute to her late husband Jacques Demy, we now present his classic film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
This delightful, magical and elegantly choreographed musical, with music by renowned composer Michel Legrand (who died a year ago), tells the story of the beautiful, pregnant and impoverished Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve) whose mother owns a local umbrella shop. When Genevieve’s adored suitor, a car mechanic, is posted to Algiers for military service, her mother sets about introducing her to a more suitable, and wealthy, beau.
Dir: Jacques Demy, France, 1964, 91mins.