Newsletter – 23 June 2017

Screening of The Divide on June 29

We said in our last message that the next newsletter would not appear until late August or early September. But we thought you wouldn’t mind being reminded of this event on June 29.

The Divide is a 78 minute documentary based on the well known 2009 book, The Spirit Level : Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better, by Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The film is presented by Abingdon Quakers, with assistance from ABCD. Admission is free, but a donation of £5 towards costs is requested. ABCD members and friends are of course welcome.

The film will be introduced and discussed by Martin Wilkinson, who is the brother of the book’s co-author. The film features, amongst others, Noam Chomsky and Max Hastings and you can read reviews in the May 2016 edition of Sight & Sound and on . The film’s official website is:

dir. Katherine Round; UK/US, 2015; 78 minutes; Certificate 12A
showing at 19.30 at the Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre

To contact Abingdon Quakers about this screening email

Next season’s programme

Once again, there will be 22 films in the programme as a whole. Here is some information about our special events:

  • Ian Christie will be back to introduce a silent Russian comedy in November. This year it’s 100 years since the revolution, of course, and Ian is the perfect person to front this event for us – he curated the film element in the recent Royal Academy show.
  • In March Andrew Youdell will accompany a celebrated silent comedy made by a Sutton Courtenay lad.
  • Ann Miller’s film in January will be one of the most famous early François Truffaut nouvelle vague classics.
  • Our Japanese film expert, Alex Jacoby, will introduce the Ozu classic, Late Spring (you may remember the same director’s I Was Born, But… a few years ago).

And, as in previous years there will be a couple of cheese buffet events, one at Christmas and one in conjunction with the local twinning association in March.

We hope all this whets your appetite.

The next newsletter will appear at the latest in late August or early September, to coincide with the new programme brochure’s publication.

Enjoy the summer.