Newsletter – 3 February 2020

2020 Programme Reminder

We shall continue screenings at the on the first Thursday of each month up to Easter.

Thursday February 6th: Sorry we missed you

Start time: 7.45pm at the Health and Wellbeing Centre

Director Ken Loach and his long-time writer Paul Laverty once again turn their gaze onto the policies of austerity and how they have affected ordinary working people in last decade. Sorry We Missed You focuses on one such Newcastle family, where the father, Ricky, has to work in the ‘gig’ economy as a self employed van driver for a large distribution franchise. His wife, Abby, is an essential worker in the care system on a zero-hours contract: they have two school-age children. Loach, without any sentimentality, portrays a scenario currently widespread across Britain, where the so-called ‘working poor’ struggle to survive without proper job security. An
ensemble cast delivers the naturalistic performances so characteristic of Loach’s narratives.

Thursday March 5th: Die Puppe (The Doll)

Start time: 7.30pm at St. Nicolas’ church, Market Place, Abingdon

As noted in last October’s brochure, we continue our annual tradition of screening a silent classic , with piano accompaniment by Andrew Youdell of the National Film Theatre – and long-time friend of ABCD.

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, Die Puppe is the comedic story of Baron of Chanterelle’s determination to find a suitable wife for his shy nephew Lancelot, in order to continue the family line. Lancelot finds himself enthusiastically pursued by all the eligible local village girls until
finally Hilarius, a local doll maker, is called upon to assist. However, his daughter Ossi is the only one that Lancelot has eyes for.

Thursday April 2nd: Les parapluies de Cherbourg

Doors open: 7.00pm for 7.45pm screening at the Health and Wellbeing Centre

Our annual joint presentation with the Abingdon & District Twin Towns Society for this bring-and- share social event, with a cheese and light refreshment buffet. Voluntary contributions to cover our costs, please.

As a follow-up to the Ann Miller event last October, when she introduced Agnes Varda’s film Jacquot de Nantes, a loving tribute to her late husband Jacques Demy, we now present his classic film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.

This delightful, magical and elegantly choreographed musical, with music by renowned composer Michel Legrand (who died a year ago), tells the story of the beautiful, pregnant and impoverished Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve) whose mother owns a local umbrella shop. When Genevieve’s adored suitor, a car mechanic, is posted to Algiers for military service, her mother sets about introducing her to a more suitable, and wealthy, beau.