February 2011 newsletter

Reminders, updates and notes for your diaries:

ABINGDON ARTS FESTIVAL 17th March – 3rd April

THURSDAY 17st MARCH 7.30pm at Saint Nicolas’ Church’
‘The Kid Brother’ Harold Lloyd classic silent movie with live piano accompaniment by Andrew Youdell. (No extra charge for members).

SATURDAY 26st MARCH 7.30pm at St Nicolas’ Church: ‘The Sea’ Tickets: £10.50 [£8.50 concessions] An evening of film, music and song, please see Arts Festival brochure or go to www.abingdonartsfestival.org.uk. This is special event for the Arts Festival and we hope very much it will appeal to members.

THURSDAY 31st MARCH 7.45pm at Abingdon & Witney College
‘Morris: A Life With Bells On’ UK 2009 Dir: Lucy Akhurst. No extra charge for members, but please arrive by 7.30 pm to be sure of your seat.

Thursday 7th April Event with Abingdon Twin Towns Society to be held at ABINGDON & WITNEY COLLEGE at 7.30PM

‘Quand J’Etais Chanteur’ France 2006 Dir: Xavier Giannoli. More information below, including admission costs; please note this is an extra event.

SECRETARY – currently we have no secretary. This is really quite a difficult situation and is untenable in the medium and longer term. Secretary’s tasks: corresponding (typically by email) with e.g. the College, the Federation (the BFFS) and the Charities Commission (once a year normally), and taking minutes of the relatively few ‘business’ committee meetings.(See box below).

TREASURER [from AGM 2011]

HELP! Could you contribute any of your time to the running of the society? All members are welcome to attend committee meetings.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING. This will take place at 7.30 on Thursday March 10th, prior to the screening of MOTHER. The sole business will be the election of an Hon. Secretary and three other (non-officer) members.

2011 /2012 SEASON
Your feedback is valuable to the society. Please submit your next season film suggestions before 1st March.

An event is planned in June. Details to follow re: film and location.

adtts & abcd film society present

on Thursday 7th April 2011
7.15pm – Abingdon College (Lecture Theatre)

French title: Quand j’étais chanteur

Director: Xavier Giannoli (2006) (Cert 12) 110 miniutes, English sub-titles

Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Cécile de France, Mathieu Almaric

Admission: £5.50 (includes cheese and other non-alcoholic refreshments – please bring own wine)

7.15 pre-screening nibbles
7.40 screening
9.30 (onwards) wine and cheese party

“Gerard Depardieu is brilliantly cast as provincial dance hall singer Alain Moreau in The Singer; a huge hit across the Channel. While crooning through his way through various classics at a club one night, Alain meets beautiful, troubled Marion (Cecile de France). When they fall into bed that night, a tentative, uneasy relationship starts to unfold, despite Marion’s initial reluctance. This is a subtle, always engaging love story with two brilliant performances at its heart” (BBC website)

“Depardieu is great as Alain, the ageing singer who has a strong local following, and plays in clubs and dance-halls to the over-40s single/divorcee crowd who need his sentimental tunes, even more than booze, to help break the ice. Alain also plays retirement homes, crooningly passing among the audience and gently stroking the cheeks of beaming old ladies, his CDs laid out on a trestle-table for purchase” – Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian.

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