It’s always great fun putting together the next season of film for the Cinema Club, but it’s also quite frustrating, as inevitably we just don’t have the time to fit in everything we would like to show.
We are particularly sad to have had to leave out some great documentaries including Tim’s Vermeer and Next Goal Wins and unfortunately release dates mean that we couldn’t run How To Train Your Dragon 2 at half term.
But, we do think that we’ve come up with another great programme of films.
Tracks is a virtual one-woman film, carried throughout by a remarkable central performance by Mia Wasikawska and featuring amazing cinematography to capture the scale and beauty of the Australian outback.
Calvary is a blacker-than-black comedy which has Brendan Gleeson’s priest trying to work out which member of his congregation has promised to kill him in a weeks time in retribution for his past abuse at the hands of the Church.
The Two Faces of January is an atmospheric thriller adapted from the book by Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote the ‘Ripley’ series of novels. With great central performances, and an atmosphere that swelters in the heat of Athens & Istanbul viewers will be left guessing as no-one is quite what they seem.
The Lego Movie was one of the surprise animated hits of the year, but as it was produced by the team behind Cloudy with Meatballs, viewers should expect enough wild imagination and great story telling to keep all of the family happy.
Frank is one of the sleeper hits of the year so far. What begins as a black comedy romp through the thinly veiled life of comedy creation Frank Sidebottom ultimately becomes something much deeper and more meaningful as it considers the price of creativity and the impact of mental illness on those we love.
Belle is a sumptuous drama, loosely based on the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the daughter of Admiral John Lindsay and a slave, Maria Belle, who was brought up in the house of her great uncle Lord Mansfield. Mansfield went on to become Lord Chief Justice and effectively ended slavery in the UK when he declared it had no basis in English law.
Chef is a feel-good movie with a great heart. Warm, funny and uplifting it features a great ensemble cast including Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johannson, Dustin Hoffman & Robert Downey Jr. and tells the story of a man rediscovering the passion and joy in life by giving up everything and going back to doing a job that he loves.
Finally, we finish with Boyhood, a truly remarkable piece of film-making, charting the journey of a six year old boy through childhood, adolescence and finally to the brink of adulthood. Filmed with the same cast over a 12 year period, viewers watch as the whole family develop, grow up and grow old before our eyes. Both epic in scale and yet intimate it captures the very essence of what it is to be a family and provides an unforgettable journey for the viewer that resonates with us all .