Saturday, December 08, 2012

Christmas film in the Reading Room


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  


To book follow this link.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Separation - Saturday 1st December 2012

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  


For general and booking information follow this link.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sharon Gaytor speaks at the Reading Room

Pickering Running Club hosted a talk by world record holding athlete, Sharon Gaytor, in the Reading Room on Friday 16th November 2012.

Sharon Gayter from Guisborough, is one of the world’s top ultra distance runners. On 15th September 2006, Sharon’s long standing dream to break the Guinness World Record by running from Land’s End to John O’Groats came true; 837 miles in a blistering 12 days, 16 hours and 22 minutes and 3 seconds. In 2009, Sharon ran 140 miles (226km) to win the Commonwealth Championships gold medal. Only three women in the world ran better that year.

For more information about Sharon visit her web site at

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Reading Room in the Gazette

The Reading Room has been featured in an article published by the Gazette and Herald (14/11/2012).

The 2 page article, written by feature writer Natalya Wilson was titled Read all about our green room. To read the original article on the Gazette and Herald web site follow this link.

Photo from the Gazette and Herald web site.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

New 2013 Appleton calendar

Blondes and Brunettes of Appleton

The calendar has been produced by Janet Hayton with support from Steve Smith at HPE Print Ltd (Pickering). Design and artwork
provided by Henry Iles.

A big thanks to the following villagers and their animals for joining in:

Jo and James – Oscar
Sue and Gary – Ziggie and Tig
Ann – May
Katrina and John – Tres Amigos
Gill and Andy – Maggie
Jacki and Roy – Alfie and Izzie
Nicky and Jacqui – Archie
Sylvia and Andrew – Pusjkin
Lori and Lizzie – Teddy and Fizz
Alison and Paul – The Ladies
Lindsey and Mark - Layla

All proceeds go to Ryedale Special Families who are a brilliant ‘grass roots’ local charity based in Malton.

To purchase copies please call 01751 417 631
or email RRP £4.00

Midnight in Paris - Saturday 3rd November 2012

Midnight in Paris

7.30pm Saturday 3rd November 2012

Dir. Woody Allen | 2011 | English(US) | 94 mins | Cert.U

 While on a trip to Paris with his fiancé's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight. Midnight in Paris is a cinematic soufflé that rises to perfection, a wry, funny, touching picture, pursuing some of Allen's favourite tropes and themes but with sufficient asperity to give a sting to the nostalgia it embraces..
  Review: IMDB & Grauniad 

Reviews: IMDB | Tomatoes | Guardian

For general and booking information follow this link.

Book club 30th November 2012

8.30pm Friday 30th November 2012
The Reading Room, Appleton Le Moors

The Remains of the Day
by Kazuo Ishiguro

Chosen by Sue

Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Everyman
ISBN-13: 978-1841593494
Next chosen by: Eileen

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Le Havre - AFS Saturday 6th October 2012

Le Havre

7.30pm Saturday 6th October 2012

Dir. Aki Kaurismäki | 2011 | French | 93 mins | Cert.PG

In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoeshiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight.
  Review: Rotten Tomatoes

Reviews: Guardian | IMDB | Tomatoes

For general and booking information follow this link.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Appleton Film Programme 2012 – 2013

Screenings are on the first Saturday of the month at 7.30pm.


7.30pm Saturday September 1st – The Artist | Flyer

7.30pm Saturday October 6th – Le Havre | Flyer

7.30pm Saturday November 3rd – Midnight in Paris | Flyer

7.30pm Saturday December 1st – A Separation | Flyer


7.30pm Saturday January 5th – The kid with a bike | Flyer

7.30pm Saturday February 2nd – Coriolanus | Flyer

7.30pm Saturday March 2nd – Once upon a time in Anatolia | Flyer

7.30pm Saturday April 6th – Carnage | Flyer

7.30pm Saturday May 4th – Monsieur Lazhar | Flyer

7.30pm Saturday June 1st – The Angel’s Share | Flyer

7.30pm Saturday July 6th – Incendies | Flyer

7.30pm Saturday August 3rd – Even the Rain | Flyer

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:
General Enquiries: Henry Iles
Tel. 07876 565962 | Email:
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

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Artist - AFS Saturday 1st Sept 2012

The Artist

7.30pm Saturday 1st August 2012

Dir. Michel Hazanavicius | 2011 | English | 100 mins | Cert. U

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down.
  Review: L. Hamre / IMDB  

Guardian | IMDB | Tomatoes

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Book club 12th October 2012

8.30pm Friday 12th October 2012
The Reading Room, Appleton Le Moors

For Whom The Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway

Chosen by John

Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Arrow
ISBN-13: 978-0099908609
Next chosen by: Sue

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Film 5th August 2012 (AFS)

The Great White Silence

7pm Sunday 5th August 2012

Dir. Dir. Herbert G. Ponting | 1924 | English | 96 mins | U

A BFI restoration of this remarkable 1924 documentary, chronicling Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Its director Herbert G Ponting was the Antarctic Expedition’s official photographer-cum-cinematographer – his camera takes in the otherworldly landscapes, the wildlife (penguins, seals, killer whales, Skua gulls) and the goings-on back at base camp as the men and their animals prepare for their daunting challenge. The footage is accompanied by a haunting original score, while Abide With Me has rarely sounded so poignant.

Guardian | TotalFilm | BFI

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Book club 17th August 2012

8.30pm Friday 17th August 2012
The Reading Room, Appleton Le Moors

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

Chosen by Richard

Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN-13: 978-1407109084
Next chosen by: John

Monday, June 25, 2012

Film 1st July 2012 (AFS)

The Father of My Children (Le père de mes enfants)

7pm Sunday 1st July 2012

Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve / 2009 / French - subtitle | 110 mins | 12

In the first half, Gregoire, a movie producer of great charm, owner of Moon Films, plays with his younger daughters, talks with his wife and his eldest daughter, and tries to keep his studio going while one project hemorrhages money and creditors circle. In the second half, Sylvia, his Italian wife, tries to hold the family together as she looks fully into Moon Films' troubles. She meets with a banker, a temperamental Swede, Russian TV magnates, a film lab exec, and Moon's lawyer. Clémence, the oldest daughter, goes on her own search. Debt can crush; how does a family pick up the pieces?
 Review: / IMDB  

Guardian | Tomatoes | IMDB

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Open Studios 2012

open studios logo
Artist Janet Hayton is exhibiting her ceramics, cards and prints at the Appleton Reading Room as part of Yorkshire Open Studios.

Opening times are 10.30 to 5.30 pm
Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th June
Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th June

Download Janet's Open Studios flyer:

For more information about Janet's work visit:

Friday, June 01, 2012

Appleton Film programme 2011 - 2012

Screenings for the new season are on the first SUNDAY of the month except January 8th at 7pm.

Visit the Yorkshire BFFS website  |  Download 2011-2012 flyer (pdf)

Join the mailing list
To join our mailing list and receive regular email flyers email Henry

2011 - 2012 Programme

7pm Sunday 4 September – Made in Dagenhamview flyer

7pm Sunday 2 October – The Illusionistview flyer

7pm Sunday 6 November – My Afternoons With Margueritteview flyer

7pm Sunday 4 December – How I Ended This Summerview flyer

7pm Sunday 8 January – Of Gods and Men | view flyer

7pm Sunday 5 February – True Gritview flyer

7pm Sunday 4 March – The Maidview flyer

7pm Sunday 1 April – Le Quattro Volteview flyer

7pm Sunday 6 May – The Big Pictureview flyer

7pm Sunday 3 June – The Peddlerview flyer

7pm Sunday 1 July – Father of My Children | view flyer

7pm Sunday 5 August – The Great White Silenceview flyer

Venue: The Reading Room, Appleton le Moors YO62 6TE
Membership: Annual membership £5.00.
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:
General Enquiries: Henry Iles.
Tel. 07876 565962 | Email:

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: Sundays at 7.00pm. There are 32 seats. Book to ensure a seat otherwise tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Film 3rd June 2012 (afs)

The Peddler (El ambulante)

7pm Sunday 3rd June 2012

Dir. Daniel Burmeister / 2010 / Spanish - subtitle | 84 mins |Cert. U

Daniel Burmeister is the most prolific Argentinian filmmaker you've never heard of. Armed with a camera, a lamp for night shoots, and enough charm to persuade entire towns to join in on his dreams, this tireless, jolly DIY veteran rolls in his beat up old car from one backwater Argentine town to another, where, in exchange for room and board, he turns out a feature film in 30 days. From the first call of "Action" to the "world" premiere of each village production, The Peddler is a delightful documentary valentine to the magic of movie making.
  Los Angeles Film Festival / IMDB  

Blog | Tomatoes | IMDB

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Indian night cancelled

Very sorry to say we have not had enough people sign up for the evening so we are cancelling and will re-schedule later in the year. Click here if you'd like us to let you know the new date.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Book club 22nd June 2012

8.30pm Friday 22nd June 2012
The Reading Room, Appleton Le Moors

The Great Gatsby
by F.Scott Fitzgerald

Chosen by Alison

Paperback, 115 pages
Publisher: Wordsworth Classics
ISBN-13: 978-1853260414
Next chosen by: Richard

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Film 6th May 2012 (AFS)

The Big Picture (L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie)

7pm Sunday 6th May 2012

Dir. Eric Lartigau | 2010 | French - subtitle | 114 mins | 15

Paul Exben is a success story -- a great job, a beautiful wife and two wonderful sons. Except that this is not the life he has been dreaming of. A moment of madness is going to change his life...
 Rotten Tomatoes  

Guardian | Tomatoes | IMDB

Book club 11th May 2012

8.30pm Friday 11th May 2012
The Reading Room, Appleton Le Moors

Things Fall Appart
by Chinua Achebe

Chosen by Amanda

Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Pengui
ISBN-13: 978-0141186887
Next chosen by: Alison

Monday, March 19, 2012

Film 1st April 2012 (AFS)

Le Quattro Volte + short

7pm Sunday 1st April 2012

Dir. Michelangelo Frammartino / 2010 / Italian - subtitle | 88 mins | U

A beautiful combination of an old man's struggle to continue his goathearding life; the birth of a baby goats; a tree which becomes charcoal; and the lives of the simple people in the hills of Calabria. We see the stages of life through beautiful imagery at times dramatic and at times comical.
 Review: Jessika Napkin / IMDB  

Guardian | Tomatoes | IMDB

As the main feature is only 88 minutes we will be showing a short film called Imshuradj, A hard-hitting film about the Tuareg people of North Africa, how they have been marginalised, divided, had their land stolen and their culture repressed.

Book club 23rd March 2012

8.30pm Friday 23rd March 2012
The Reading Room, Appleton Le Moors

Cannery Row
by John Steinbeck

Chosen by Jenny

Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN-13: 978-0141185088
Next chosen by: Amanda

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Film 4th March 2012 (AFS)

The Maid (La nana)

7pm Sunday 4th March 2012

Dir. Sebastián Silva / 2010 / Lang: Spanish - subtitles | 95 mins | PG

The story of how a maid called Raquel, who has worked for over 20 years in one affluent Chilean household, rediscovers herself. La Nana is a microcosm of Latin social hierarchy while also focusing on one woman's journey to free herself from a mental servitude of her own making.
Review: IMDB / Elephant Eye Films

Guardian | Tomatoes | IMDB

Film 5th February 2012 (AFS)

True Grit

7pm Sunday 5th February 2012

Dir.Ethan Coen, Joel Coen / 2010 / Lang: Engl | 110 mins | 15

Eight French Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory in Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Charles Portis' original novel. Sticking more closely to the source material than the 1969 feature adaptation starring Western icon John Wayne, the Coens' True Grit tells the story from the young girl's perspective, and re-teams the celebrated filmmaking duo with their No Country for Old Men producing partner Scott Rudin. Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper co-star.
Review:  Jason Buchanan / Rovi

Guardian | Tomatoes | IMDB

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Book club 3rd February 2012

8.30pm Friday 3rd February 2012
The Reading Room, Appleton Le Moors

Brodeck's Report
by Philippe Claudel

Chosen by Henry
Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Quercus
ISBN-13: 978-1906694685
Next chosen by: Jenny

Friday, January 06, 2012

Film 8th January 2012

Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux)

7pm Sunday 8th January 2012

Dir. Xavier Beauvois / 2010 / Lang: Arab/Fr- subtls | 122 mins | 15

Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay... come what may. Loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996.
Review: Rotten Tomatoes

Guardian | Tomatoes | IMDB

The Reading Room Centennial cake!!

The centenary event was a great success with a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.

The highlight was the delicious Green Hut cake below created by local artist Maggie Tebb. See the article from the Gazette & Herald.

There was an excellent display from the Appleton history society based on findings from the recently released 1911 census. More reading material was available on tables to accompany  a cup of tea. This included a copy of The Times from 1911 and a centenary edition facsimile of Womans Weekly originally published in 1911.

On the walls were large prints from the original Reading room minutes book listing the items donated by villagers. Also on show was a poster (above) listing local, national and international events in 1911. Click on full screen for a large view.