Film Listings December 2017

Our monthly guide to independent film screenings in and around Stroud...


Sun 10th Lansdown Film Club: The Fencer A touching 1950s-set drama about love and a man who finds meaning in his life through the children who need him. Endel Nelis is a young man who leaves Leningrad to escape the secret police. Arriving in Haapsalu, Estonia, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students, teaching them his great passion – fencing. But Endel is faced with a hard choice when the children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad. 8pm £6/£5 concessions with an annual membership fee of £2


Thurs 14th Stroud Film Society: Hunt for the Wilder People New Zealand, the present. Ricky (Julian Denison) is fostered to a family in a house close to the bush. The Mother dies, leaving her husband Hec (Sam Neill). Ricky runs away, but is found by Hec in the bush, but their disappearance sets off a national man hunt. An amusing and entertaining film.7:30pm £6guest ticket/£40 season membership


Sat 16th Children’s Film Matinee: Paddington After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear (Ben Whishaw) makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed "Paddington" for the london train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). Although Paddington's amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: Taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) has designs on the rare bear and his hide..2pm check website for tickets and further info


Fri 1st Nailsworth Film Club: Hunt for the Wilderpeople Raised on foster care, defiant city kid, Ricky, gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship him off to yet another new home, he and his cantankerous foster father, Uncle Hec, decide to go on the run. What follows creates a convincing emotional bond between two strong characters. Highly acclaimed, often quite emotional and very entertaining. 7:30pm £6guest ticket/Season Membership: £27.50 single adult/£49.50 couple (see trailer above)


Sun 3rd Bolshoi: The Nutcracker As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince! Soon joined by her other toys that have also come to life, Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy unforgettable adventure. 2:45pm

Mon 4th Human Flow Live Premiere An epic documentary focusing on war, famine and climate change, as well as the plight of refugees across the globe. Ai Weiwei in conversation with Jon Snow and special guests. Time tba

Tues 5th The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew? 7pm

Thurs 7th National Theatre Live: Young Marx Broke and restless, a 32-year-old Karl Marx is hiding out in Soho, England. Step into 19th century London and discover Marx at the midway point in his life. 6:45pm