Devizes Film Club – Members and Non-Members Welcome

Spring Season 2018

Welcome. Please note that films will be shown on Sunday or Tuesday evenings this season. As usual, all films start at 8pm prompt unless otherwise stated. If you have any questions, please contact us

For full brochure click Spring 2018 (PDF).

Membership Details

The membership subscription fee for this year has been reduced to £10, down from the usual £12.50. This is due to restrictions imposed on the club allowing us to show only six films this season instead of the usual ten. Membership is renewable each September – or you can have half year membership in January for £5 (normally £6.50). You do not have to be a member to come to the films but having that commitment from our audience helps us to thrive! On production of membership cards, members pay a reduced entrance fee for each film.

Please download our Membership-Form-17-18 (PDF – Requires Adobe Acrobat).

Membership forms can also be picked up from the Palace Cinema or Devizes Books.

Email us Here! Devizes Film Club (c/o Margaret Bryant).

Spring Programme

THE OLIVE TREE 15

Sunday 14th January

Director: Icíar Bollain

Spain 2016 100 mins (subtitles)

Starring: Anna Castillo, Manuel Cucala

A heartfelt and sweet natured movie directed by the internationally acclaimed director Icíar Bollaín. Anna’s Grandfather becomes depressed and his dementia worsens when his family sell off his beloved 2,000 year old Olive Tree which he has tended and loved for much of his life. The Tree is taken to Germany as part of a supposed “Green” advertising campaign. Anna and her friends with the help of German environmentalists start driving from deep in the The Spanish countryside to Düsseldorf with a rescue plan.

Roger Day

THE PARTY 15

Tuesday 6th February

Director: Sally Potter

UK 2017 71 mins

Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz

This is a short, sharp, funny shock of a movie; a theatrical drawing-room comedy which plays out in real time with elegance and dispatch. Newly appointed to a post in the Shadow Cabinet, Janet (Scott Thomas) and her curmudgeonly husband Bill (Spall) host a party to celebrate, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine. Patricia Clarkson steals the show, but everyone in Potter’s gifted cast gets their moment to shine. With such a cast, it really can’t fail!

Sue Weber

YOUNG OFFENDERS 15

Tuesday 27th February

Director: Peter Foott

Ireland 2016 83 mins

Starring: Alex Murphy, Chris Wallers

This film, based on the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine bust in 2007, is a very Irish tale of two inseparable 15-year olds who see their chance to make literally millions and escape their desperate single-parent families. A ship carrying drugs capsizes off the coast and several packs of cocaine are unaccounted for. The two cycle 100 miles across County Cork pursued by a Garda sergeant who knows them all too well. The scenery is glorious, the soundtrack excellent and the pacing of their troubles, jokes and heartfelt moments is impeccable. A hoot that must be experienced.

Charles Slater

IN BETWEEN 15

Sunday 4th March

Director: Maysaloun Hamoud

Israel 2016 102 mins (subtitles)

Starring: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh and Shaden Kanboura

This film is a lively, vibrant and engaging story about three Palestinian women sharing a flat in the heart of Tel Aviv. Each fights her own battles for independence and fulfilment as they try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture. Layla is a free spirited lawyer, Selma an aspiring DJ who is gay and Nour a strait-laced young Muslim woman from northern Israel. Despite the culture clash the three find common ground in their romantic struggles and feelings

of alienation and a bond develops between them. Maysaloun Hamoud was issued with a fatwa for In Between, her debut feature film.

Jean Covington

NERUDA 15

Sunday 11th March

Director: Pablo Larraín

Chile 2017 107 mins (subtitles)

Starring: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán

Neruda is a delightful mishmash of biopic and film noir set in Chile in 1948. The poet and communist senator Pablo Neruda, on the run from a newly installed right wing government, is pursued by the detective Peluchonneau. From the casting to the camera work the film is a balancing act. Blending fact with invention it portrays an artist in conflict with an emerging dictatorship: Politics v Creativity. Neruda is not portrayed heroically nor is Peluchonneau an automaton policeman. It is not a film about Neruda’s life or controversial death; it is a film to introduce people to his poetry and possibly to poetry in general.

Joe Partridge

QUEEN OF KATWE PG

Tuesday 13th March

Director: Mira Nair

USA 2016 124 mins

Starring: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o

Although Phiona Mutesi lived with her mother and siblings in the grim slum of Katwe she became an international chess player. Robert Katende was a footballer turned missionary who started a chess club for underprivileged children where Phiona learnt the game. He realised her immense talent and coached her to become a top player although this meant he had to make considerable sacrifices. Phiona learnt more than just the game when she was exposed to life outside Katwe and her story inspired people across the socioeconomic spectrum of Uganda. In the final credits the real characters pose with the actors who played them in this warm and watchable film.

Ailsa Cuttell

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