21st May 2013 newsletter

Two forthcoming events to remind you of:

Thursday May 23rd : Informal Members’ Meeting at which you can hear the film selection group’s plans for next season, as they presently stand, and then discuss them. This is not absolutely the final list, but we are allowing ourselves only one more meeting (on June 13) to reach final decisions. This means you may be able to exert some influence on the outcome, if you come along.

The process started with a long list of 87 titles to which all members were invited to contribute. We have whittled it down to a short list of just over a quarter of its original length, paying attention at all times to the various broad category headings we use, amongst other criteria, to ensure a balanced programme (old films, new films, English language films, non-English, silent films etc). This is how we have approached the task for many years and we think it works quite well. We will give you a copy of the list at the meeting, but if you would like to see it in advance, email us at info@abfilms.org.uk and we will send you a copy.

The evening will start with another short film by John Krish, Our School. (Krish made The Elephant Will Never Forget and I Want to Go to School, both of which we have recently screened). Tonight’s film is about a secondary modern, while I Want to Go to School was made in a primary.

Where and when: Resource and Wellbeing Centre, Crabtree Close, Audlett Drive, OX14 3GD; at 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday June 8th THE BAND WAGON and indoor picnic. The film, (dir. Vincente Minnelli, 108 minutes) stars Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in their prime. “… 1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank, along with Singin’ in the Rain as the finest of the MGM musicals, although it was only a modest box-office success. It tells the story of an aging musical star who hopes a Broadway play will restart his career. However, the play’s director wants to make it a pretentious retelling of Faust and brings in a prima ballerina who clashes with the star” – Wikipedia. Lots of brilliant songs and wonderful dance routines.


  • Doors open: 5.15 pm
  • Indoor picnic: 5.30 pm (There’s direct access to a garden, incidentally, if you wish to brave the weather).
  • Film: 6.30 pm
  • After the film: coffee etc.
  • Event ends at approx. 9.00 pm

Other important information: We will provide tea, coffee, soft drinks, but the food will be on a “bring and share” basis. But the sharing is not compulsory – it’s up to you! Alcoholic drinks cannot be provided, so by all means bring your own. We will provide glasses etc.

Venue: Resource and Wellbeing Centre, Crabtree Close, Audlett Drive, OX14 3GD

Admission: £7.00

If you can let us know that you hope to come (no commitment) please do so – info@abfilms.org.uk Otherwise just turn up and perhaps bring a guest or two? It should be a great Saturday evening.

The next newsletter will appear in mid-June.