Four children (the Swallows) on holiday in the Lake District sail on their own to an island and start a war with rival children (the Amazons). In the meantime, a mysterious man on a houseboat accuses them of a crime they did not commit.
STARS Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank, Bill Fellows
ORIGIONAL NOVEL Lady Macbeth by Alice Birch
SCREENPLAY Nikolai Leskov
Venue – The Electric Palace
Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Skunk is 11, diabetic, and pretty cool. The summer holidays have just begun and her days are full of easy hopes. Then Mr. Oswald, the ugly man who lives opposite, beats up Rick, the sweet, but unstable boy next door and Skunk’s innocence begins to be drained away at a speed and in a way she cannot control.
Her home, her neighborhood, her school – all become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and a complex, broken world fills her future.
Skunk seeks solace in the last remaining place where she knows she can find it – the unspoken friendship with sweet, damaged Rick – and falls into a chaos where suddenly, joyfully, she has choice thrust back into her hands. The choice to remain in this place she was never promised, or to leave it entirely – to live or to die.
ORIGIONAL NOVEL Parfumerie/Illatszertár by Miklós László
SCREENPLAY Samson Raphaelson
James Stewart, an ambitious head clerk in Budapest’s Matuschek and Company, finds himself drawn to a feisty new employee, Margaret Sullavan, though she spurns his advances in favor of a pen pal she has never actually met.
Ernst Lubitsch expertly juggles comedy, heartbreak and near tragedy against a backdrop of pre-war Hungary at Christmastime in this Golden Age great.
The films literary source inspired two musicals (the Judy Garland vehicle In the Good Old Summertime and the Broadway hit She Loves Me) as well as an Internet-age remake, You’ve Got Mail.
Lubitsch himself remarked that “never did I make a picture in which the atmosphere and the characters were truer.”
SCREENPLAY – Miloš Forman, Ivan Passer, Jaroslav Papoušek
Venue – Bridport Art Centre
This movie is in Czech with English subtitles
A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Milos Forman’s first color film The Firemen’s Ball (Horí, má panenko) is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire. A hilarious saga of good intentions confounded, the story chronicles a firemen’s ball where nothing goes right—from a beauty pageant whose reluctant participants embarrass the organizers to a lottery from which nearly all the prizes are pilfered. Presumed to be a commentary on the floundering Czech leadership, the film was “banned forever” in Czechoslovakia following the Russian invasion and prompted Forman’s move to America.