Sunday 23 April

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The Knack . . . and how to get it (15)

2.00pm

15, 1965, 84 mins

DIRECTOR Richard Lester

WRITERS Charles Wood

SCREENPLAY Anne Jellicoe 

STARS Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford

Venue – Bridport Arts Centre

In England, the times are a changing: it’s mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the sexual revolution. He begs his smooth (and misogynistic) pal Tolen to teach him ‘the knack’ – how to score with women. Serendipitously, Colin and his new lodger Tom meet up with Nancy while Colin’s buying a bed larger than Tolen’s. The three hit it off, but their simple fun ends when Tolen meets Nancy. Colin is jealous but impotent, and Tolen both attracts and repels her. She swoons, wonders what happened, and cries ‘rape.’ Impish serendipity rubs against unsettling ambiguity; Tolen bolts.

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moonlight (15)

moonlight7.30pm

15, 2017, 111 minutes

Oscar winners Best Picture. Best Supporting Actor, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

DIRECTOR Barry Jenkins

STARS Mahershala Ali, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes

ORIGINAL NOVEL Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

SCREENPLAY Barry Jenkins

Venue – Bridport Arts Centre

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, moonlight tells the story of a young man’s coming-of-age in 1980s Miami.

At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

Moonlight is what the cinema was made for: a truly intoxicating experience.

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hidden figures (pg)

hf-gallery-02-gallery-image5.00pm

PG, 2017, 127 mins

DIRECTOR Ted Melfi

STARS  Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

ORIGINAL NOVEL Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

SCREENPLAY Allison Schroeder

Venue – The Electric Palace 

Without three gifted mathematicians, America might not have put its first man into space in 1961. That they were also female and black in a country where racial segregation still had a sour normalcy only adds piquancy to the story.

The trio are plucked from numeric drudgery by a NASA systems boss to help meet a timetable accelerated by presidential decree. As if things weren’t already challenging enough, the women also face the routine prejudice of their work colleagues.

Hidden Figures deftly avoids clichéd melodrama to celebrate amazing achievements in a society in the throes of change.

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UP THE JUNCTION (12)

The Wednesday Play

Director: Ken Loach
Writer: Nell Dunn
Stars: Carol White, Geraldine Sherman, Vickery Turner

Fragments of the life of three working-class women, and the people around them, in South London in the 1960s. Scenes in homes, streets, pubs, prison and their workplace cover family, friendship, romance, sex, and abortion.