Newsletter – 15 September 2019

Abingdon Carbon Cutters Special Event

On Thursday September 26th, we will be hosting a special pre-season event presented by Abingdon Carbon Cutters (ACC) to screen the thought provoking documentary A Plastic Ocean (2016, Britain/Hong Kong, 102 mins, no BBFC certification). The event will feature an introduction and discussion by Edward Burke, representing Friends of the Earth.

Doors open and refreshments are available from 19:00. The introduction starts at 19:30 and the screening at at 19:45.

Please note: this event is not included in your subscription but ACC are asking for a donation of £5.00 from anyone who comes to see the film, at what will be a memorable evening

New Season

On Thursday October 3rd, we will be starting our brand new season in style with Double Indemnity, marking the 75th anniversary of this landmark Billy Wilder film noir, starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson. Ranked 108th in IMDb’s Top 250 Movies, this Oscar-nominated film (1944, USA, 107mins, Cert A) is based on the James M. Cain novel in which an insurance agent (MacMurray) stumbles on a deadly fraud scheme that causes his good friend and claims adjuster Barton Keyes (Robinson) to investigate the shady goings-on.

Doors open at 19:30, with the screening starting as close as we can get it to 19:45.

Short Films

Anyone who has seen the new season brochure will note that we have not listed any shorts in the programme. Luckily, we can now reveal that none other than Sabina Sattar will be visiting ABCD to give an introductory talk about her romantic comedy, Flowers (2014, Britain, 8 mins) on Thursday October 10th, our second event of the season. Her film precedes that evening’s feature presentation Rafiki.

Sabina has worked in film, TV and theatre as a production designer since the early 1990s. Her Website ( details her extensive filmography and production projects, including the BBC soap Eastenders and the 2010 TV movie The First Men in the Moon starring Mark Gatiss. She has written and produced numerous other films, including the 2004 short comedy Just the Ticket, which we will be screening with Bonnie Scotland on Thursday December 19th, as part of our annual Christmas social event.

The Mystery of R W Paul

As a follow-up to the well received Ian Christie Special Event, when he visited ABCD in February 2017, you may be interested to know that a graphic novella entitled Time Traveller: Robert Paul and the Invention of Cinema and co-authored by Ian Christie, has just been published by Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre The Nerve Centre ( Funding for production of the novella was provided by the Department of Communities through Northern Ireland Screen. The book, (ISBN: 978-1-910225-08-0) is narrated from Paul’s point of view, while its scope gives many broader insights into his work that Ian was unable to address in the limited time he was with us.