21st March 2013 newsletter

ABCD Members’ Newsletter 21st March 2013

We had said this newsletter would appear early in April, but here we are in March. When we looked at the calendar of films we saw that there would be four weeks between CARNAGE (Mar 14) and HEADHUNTERS on Apr 11th, so we decided to have an extra film on Thursday 4th April:


US, 2012, 93 mins Cert. 12 A

“By far the best American independent movie of the year, Benh Zeitlin’s story, set in a remote Southern delta community, is about the poverty-stricken inhabitants, particularly Hushpuppy, a young girl living on her wits and trying to survive devastating floods. Quvenzhane Wallis is stunning in the lead and this beautiful-looking debut feature feels utterly distinctive” – Derek Malcolm, previewing the London Film Festival in the London Evening Standard.

” … much of Beasts of the Southern Wild consists of bursts of pure, naked emotion, and it cartwheels along at a cracking pace. It’s fleshy and mucky … , but it’s also musical and colourful, with Hushpuppy’s voiceover leading us playfully and innocently through the story and scenes of fireworks and dancing.

“There are hints that the story, with its levees, heavy weather, flooding and refugee camp, is taking place at the time of Hurricane Katrina, but little about it is so concrete. This is a fairytale in which we regularly slip out of the real world and into another one inside an over-imaginative young child’s head. And what a crazy, fun, circus-like world that is, full of poetry and pain” – Dave Calhoun, www.TimeOut.com

Awards include: Caméra d’Or at Cannes, Sundance Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic last year; and nomination for Best Director Oscar, among others.

Tickets: This extra film is not included in your subscription, but we still hope it will be well supported.

Members: £5.00 (also members’ guests)

Others: £6.00

Concessions: £5.00 student & Friend of the Phoenix

Pay on the door, but it would be helpful to know in advance if you are coming (contacts below). PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS about this screening. We need to be better known in the town – for instance, you could forward this message. Or we can send you a copy of the handsome poster that we have made to forward or print out.

Quick recap: after BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD there will be three screenings (11th, 18th and 25th April) which are all in the original programme and which are therefore included in your membership. (for details: www.abfilms.org.uk/dynsite/?page_id=840 ).

Finally, an early reminder of our annual screening jointly presented with Abingdon & District Twin Towns Society on May 2nd – POTICHE. Barbed comedy in which Catherine Deneuve takes over the family umbrella factory and Gerard Depardieu plays a union leader. (Cert 15) Dir: Francois Ozon 99 mins France 2010. Full details in next newsletter in mid-April.

All the above screenings take place at the RESOURCE AND WELLBEING CENTRE, Crabtree Close, Audlett Drive, Abingdon OX14 3GD.
email us at: info@abfilms.org.uk