Friday, February 21, 2014

I Wish | Sunday 2nd March 2014 7.30pm

APPLETON FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS
I Wish (Kiseki)

Sunday 2nd March 2014 7.30pm

Director: | 2012 | Japan | 128 mins | PG


I Wish was released without fanfare in the midst of Oscar season. It came tip-toeing in from the sidelines to spin a tale of everyday magic and remind us that miracles can happen, if we can only be bothered to put ourselves in their path. It was the year's most purely joyous picture, dappled with warmth and wit and mystery. If it passed you by, you've got a treat in store.
 Review:   GUARDIAN

Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their parents' divorce and Koichi's only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open, linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed. With help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle that will improve their difficult lives.
 Review:   ROTTEN TOMATOES (C) Magnolia


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Friday, January 17, 2014

Caesar Must Die | Sunday 2nd February 2014

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Caesar Must Die

Sunday 2nd February 2014 at 7.30pm

Director: , | 2013 | Italy | 76 mins | 15


Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die deftly melds narrative and documentary in a transcendently powerful drama-within-a-drama. The film was made in Rome's Rebibbia Prison, where the inmates are preparing to stage Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. After a competitive casting process, the roles are eventually allocated, and the prisoners begin exploring the text, finding in its tale of fraternity, power and betrayal parallels to their own lives.  Review: Rotten Tomatoes 

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

A Late Quartet | Sunday 5th January 2014

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A Late Quartet

Sunday 5th Janaury 2014 at 7.30pm

Director: Yaron Zilberman | 2012 | USA | 105 mins | 15


In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot's minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile freeReview: Peter Bradshaw / Guardian Film Reviews  

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NO | Sunday 1st December 2013

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NO

Sunday 1st December 2013 at 7.30pm

Director: Pablo Larraín | 2012 | Chile | 118 mins | 12a


In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot's minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile freeReview: (c) Sony Classics  

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Friday, November 01, 2013

The Sapphires | Sunday 3rd Nov 2013 at 7.30pm

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The Sapphires

Sunday 3rd November 2013 at 7.30pm

Director: | 2012 | Australia | 103 mins | 12a


As a lover of Australian film who was lucky enough to be at the Cannes premiere, I was filled with pride at the accomplishments of The Sapphires. Not only does the film tackle a huge story- it does so with heart, humor and a stellar soundtrack. It's exciting to see an Australian film diverge from suburban monotony and celebrate our countries vibrant culture and history. Deborah Mailman made me cry, Chris O'Dowd made me laugh and the superb Jessica Mauboy had me singing in my seat. The Sapphires is a timely dose of optimism that had me falling in love with soul music all over again.
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 Review: (Australia) 

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Friday, October 04, 2013

About Elly | Sunday 6th Oct 2013 7.30pm

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About Elly (Darbareye Elly)

Sunday 6th October 2013 at 7.30pm

Director: | 2012 | Iranian | 119 mins | 12a


FAbout Elly confirms Farhadi's shrewd judgment of pace, dramatic technique and formal control of an ensemble cast. Anyone who admired A Separation will want to see it (one cast member of that film, Peyman Moadi, appears here) but it stands on its own as a fascinating psychological drama.  Review: THE GUARDIAN 

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Untouchable | Sunday 8th September 2013

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Untouchable

Sunday 8th September 2013 at 7.30pm

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano | 2012 | French | 112 mins | 12a


For once, the hype is justified. This is a charming, uplifting French drama – an irreverent, humorous take on disability, closely drawn from real-life. It focuses on a superficially mismatched friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic and his ex-con carer – brilliantly played by François Cluzet and Omar Sy. Each has his own disadvantage – one, physical, following a paragliding accident, the other socioeconomic.  Review: GUARDIAN REVIEWS  

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Appleton Film Programme 2013 – 2014

Screenings for the new season are on the first Sunday of the month at 7.30pm except Sept 8th.
  

2013

7.30pm Sunday September 8th – Untouchable

7.30pm Sunday October 6th – About Elly

7.30pm Sunday November 3rd – The Sapphires

7.30pm Sunday December 1st – NO

2014 

7.30pm Sunday January 5th – A Late Quartet

7.30pm Sunday February 2nd – Caesar Must Die

7.30pm Sunday March 2nd – I wish

7.30pm Sunday April 6th – Karenina

7.30pm Sunday May 4th – Village at the end of the world

7.30pm Sunday June 1st – Rust and Bone

7.30pm Sunday July 6th – Cria Cuervos (Raise Ravens)

7.30pm Sunday August 3rd – Renoir


Venue: The Reading Room, Appleton le Moors YO62 6TE
Membership: Annual membership £6.00 
Tickets: Members £4.00, Children: £2.00
Day member, including admission £5.00
Unwaged £4.00
Bookings and Membership: Steve Lonsdale
Tel. 01751 430 676 | Email: Steve@lonsdale.freeserve.co.uk
General Enquiries: Henry Iles
Tel. 07876 565962 | Email: Henryiles@mac.com
Directions: Take Appleton le Moors turning from A170. Look for green corrugated building after about a mile on the left. Watch out for the sheep in the dip. (The nearest loo is in the village hall - 5 mins walk).
Performances: Saturdays at 7.30pm. There are 32 seats.
Book to ensure a seat otherwise tickets are on a first-come, first-served.

2013 / 2014 Programme

Friday, August 02, 2013

Even the Rain | Saturday 3rd August 2013

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Even the Rain

Saturday 3rd August 2013 at 7.30pm

Dir. | 2010 | Spanish | 103 mins | 15


TAMBIEN LA LLUVIA sets up an intriguing dialogue about Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place some 500 years apart, while examining the personal belief systems of the members of a film crew headed by director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his producer Costa (Luis Tosar) who arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about the conquest of Latin America. Set in February and March of 2000 when real-life protests against the privatization of water rocked the nation, the film reflexively blurs the line between fiction and reality in what Variety calls "a powerful, richly layered indictment of the plight of Latin America's dispossessed.".  Review: Official site  

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Incendies | Saturday 6th July 2013

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Incendies

Saturday 1st June 2013 at 7.30pm

Dir. Denis Villeneuve | 2010 | French & Arabic | 139 mins | 15


Incendies is a devastating mystery thriller from Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve that grabs you hard and won't let go.  Review: Rollingstone/Peter Travers  

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Monday, May 27, 2013

The Angel's Share | 1st June 2013

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The Angels' Share

Saturday 1st June 2013 at 7.30pm

Dir. | 2012 | English | 101 mins | 15a


This is a feel-good film which discusses a lot of important, dark Scottish issues. It also has some great comedy and fantastic dialogue making this film one of the best British films of 2012.   Review: IMDB  

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Monsieur Lazhar | Saturday 4 May 2013

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Monsieur Lazhar

Saturday 4th May 2013 at 7.30pm

Dir. Philippe Falardeau | 2012 | English | 94 mins | PG


Only the most obstreperous delinquent could fail to be charmed by Monsieur Lazhar, in which an Algerian refugee plays ramshackle Mary Poppins to the kids at a Montreal primary. This sweet, soulful drama plays out to the scrape of desks and the echo of voices, and showcases a glorious performance from Mohamed Fellag as the substitute teacher who is not quite what he claims. Lazhar gatecrashes the school in the wake of a tragedy. He flounders, he flourishes and is eventually found out. There is just time to deliver one final, moving life lesson before the bell sounds, and the past rolls in to claim him.
  Review:  Gruaniad

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dawn chorus guided walk

A 2 hour dawn chorus guided walk was held on Saturday 27th April 2013. 

View this photo on the BBC Wales website.
The free walk organised and led by ornithologist Chris Blakeley attracted around 20 people despite the rain and start time of 5am.

Chris helped people locate, listen to and watch a variety of birds singing in a mixture of habitats including farmland, deciduous and coniferous woodland and scrub.


At the end of the walk Nicola organised a fried breakfast for walkers in the village hall. Many thanks to Chris and Nicola for a great event.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Carnage | Saturday 6th April 2013

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Carnage

Saturday 6th April 2013 at 7.30pm

Dir. Roman Polanski | 2011 | English | 80 mins | Cert. 15


Carnage is a film about four people who hate each other and are unable to leave the room. Sometimes they make it far as the door and once or twice to the lift, though on each occasion they are pulled back by the unfinished business of their exquisite loathing and bitter contempt. With this stealthy adaptation of the Yasmina Reza stage play, director Roman Polanski has rustled up a pitch-black farce of the charmless bourgeoisie that is indulgent, actorly and so unbearably tense I found myself gulping for air and praying for release. Hang on to your armrest and break out the scotch. These people are about to go off like Roman candles.
  Review:  Gruaniad

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Friday, March 01, 2013

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Saturday 2nd March 2013

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

7.30pm Saturday 2nd March 2013

Dir. | 2011 | UK | 150 mins | Cert. 15


In the dead of night, a group of men - including a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murder suspect - drive through the tenebrous Anatolian countryside, the serpentine roads and rolling hills lit only by the headlights of their cars. They are searching for a corpse, the victim of a brutal murder. The suspect, who claims he was drunk, can't remember where he buried the body. As the night draws on, details about the murder emerge and the investigators' own secrets and hypocrisies come to light. In the Anatolian steppes, nothing is what it seems; and when the body is found, the real questions begin.
  Review:  Official Site

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Coriolanus Saturday 2nd February 2013

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Coriolanus

7.30pm Saturday 2nd February 2013

Dir. | 2011 | UK | 123 mins | Cert. 15


At once visceral and intelligent, this beautifully acted, vividly staged film brings a powerful, challenging honesty to bear on class, political life and the demands we make on our leaders. It reaches out in many different directions, and in ways that Shakespeare could never have foreseen.
  Review:  Philip French/The Guardian

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Love me till Monday

Private screening at the Reading Room
28th December 2012 at 3pm.


Visit the website: www.lovemetillmonday.com


Written and created by: Justin Hardy, Muireann Price and Jack Fishburn
    Directed by Justin Hardy
    Produced by Jack Fishburn and Muireann Price
    Director of Photography Matt Wicks
    Edited by Damian Knight
Starring: Georgia Maguire, Tim Plester, Royce Pierreson, Sara-Jayne Butler, Sarah Barratt and Christopher Leveaux.


Love me till Monday follows the story of an English girl trying to find love between the office and her home life. The film looks at how a generation of twenty-somethings go in search of love. They don't 'date', or 'grab a coffee', or walk romantically along the Seine in perfectly cut trench coats. They don't hold tight to a handsome man on the back of a Vespa. They dance ironically in circles, drink far too much and snog a friend. They eat cheesy chips or cold quiche at 3am. ‘Love me till Monday’ is a story about a 25 year old middle-middle class English girl and everything she wants and deserves.



The Team

The team are all in their twenties, from Producer to Director of Photography. They came out of university and found England in a recession. The only films being made were safe, genre-based films, full of gangsters and serial-killers. England is a middle-classed nation and there was nothing to reflect this, where are the real girls? Where are the real boys? Where are the real towns and jobs and failures? They wanted to make a film that lay somewhere between Downton and TOWIE, between The City and the countryside, between ASBO and PhD.


The aim was to create a film which had a sense of reality and spontaneity. They wrote a tight 45 scene structure to follow, while improvising dialogue that would keep their voices alive and fresh. They managed to beg, steal and borrow camera equipment and locations. They shot in houses and on the streets of their home towns. The film is set in Reading and shot both there and in London. The people of Reading were incredibly giving with their time and resources. The film was shot over two weeks at the end of July 2012 with everyone pulling together and playing many parts. The whole film cost less than a day's shoot on Downton.

The end result is a film full of realism, imbued with a sense of magic and charm: a film for the funny, ugly and slightly magical English - Love me till Monday.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The kid with a bike – Saturday 5 January

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The Kid with a bike (Le gamin au vélo)

7.30pm Saturday 5th January 2013

Dir. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne | 2011 | Belgium | 87 mins | Cert. 12a


Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, the deeply moving new film by the Dardenne brothers delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret). When his father (Jérémie Renier) abandons him, Cyril obsessively searches for his bicycle - placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser (Cécile de France), who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her - though she refuses to give up without a fight.
  Review: Rotten Tomatoes  

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Saturday, December 08, 2012

Christmas film in the Reading Room

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Miracle on 34th Street
Minced pies & mulled wine

7.30pm Friday 21st December

Dir. George Seaton | 2011 | 96 mins | Cert. U

Screen grabs from the movie
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
  Review: IMDB  

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Separation - Saturday 1st December 2012

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A Separation

7.30pm Saturday 1st December 2012

Dir. Asghar Farhadi | 2011 | Persian | 123 mins | Cert. PG


Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.
  Review: Sony Pictures  

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