Film Listings March 2017


Sun 12th The Death of Klinghoffer (Stroud Film Festival) Penny Woolcock’s powerful film adaptation of John Adams’ critically acclaimed and controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer. Based on a 1985 hijacking of a Mediterranean cruise ship by Palestinian terrorists, culminating in the murder of passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Introduced by composer Emily Hall and sound designer David Sheppard. 3pm £6


Thurs 9th Halas and Batchelor (Stroud Film Festival) For 50 years John Halas and Joy Batchelor ran the UK's prime and most prolific animation studio in Stroud. Stroud Film Festival welcomes Vivien Halas to present their local involvement and introduce Animal Farm based on George Orwell's brilliant satire, and shorts The Symphony Orchestra, Birds, Bees & Storks, and Automania 2000. 8pm £6.50/£5.50concs


Weds 15th The Lunchbox The first of a series of fabulous films inspiring fabulous food at The Malthouse Bar and Kitchen. Alongside a local, Indian cook, the Malthouse Chef will deliver a wonderful Indian meal after the film. Award-winning The Lunchbox is a gentle romance flowering after one man’s lunchbox is delivered to the wrong desk in Mumbai. (Cert PG) 7pm £20 (includes film and Indian meal)


Sat 11th Lansdown Film Club: The Red Turtle (Stroud Film Festival) Animation for all the family from Studio Ghibli, Japan, this film won’t be officially released in the UK until May. Michael Dudok de Wit’s hypnotizing and entrancing fable of a boy and a turtle.2:30pm £5/£4concs/£3children

Sun 12th Lansdown Film Club: All Sorts of Shorts (Stroud Film Festival) An evening of screenings of a superb variety of short films, from 10 to 20 minutes each, to include drama, horror, romance, comedy and the bizarre. A stimulating feast of contemporary cinematography. 7:30pm £6/£5concs

Sun 19th Lansdown Film Club: Versus – the Life and Films of Ken Loach (Stroud Film Festival) A sharp-witted documentary about the work of film director Ken Loach. The making of I, Daniel Blake, which brought the 79-year-old Loach out of retirement to rail against punitive Tory austerity policies and their ramifications, forms a central component of this film, but also there are well chosen clips from his incendiary early work for the BBC. 7:30pm £6/£5concs

Sun 26th Lansdown Film Club: Under the Shadow After Shideh's building is hit by a missile during the Iran-Iraq War, a superstitious neighbor suggests that the missile was cursed and might be carrying malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits. She becomes convinced a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess her daughter Dorsa, and she has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself. 8pm £6/£5concs/£2members


Thurs 9th Stroud Film Society: Phoenix Nelly (Nina Hoss) is a concentration camp survivor, who has had her shattered face reconstructed. She returns to Berlin seeking her husband Johnny (Ronald Zerfeld). He was the pianist, she the singer, in nightclubs before the war. She finds him, he does not recognise her but asks her to pose as his dead wife. She does so but is warned that he was the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. (Cert 12A). 7:30pm £40 for full year membership/£22 from Jan 2017. Contact Beth Cheyne on 01453 823551 for membership details and guest tickets, which cost £6 and must be booked in advance.

Thurs 30th Stroud Film Society: The Pearl Button Beautiful, haunting and tinged with melancholy, this film is a fascinating journey through Chiles troubled past. Tracing back 3000 years, with archival images and gorgeous new footage, Guzman tells a deeply affecting history of Chile's lost tribes and political prisoners.(Cert 12A) 7:30pm see booking details above.


Weds 29th I, Daniel Blake Highly acclaimed by critics and festival audiences across the globe, director Ken Loach  (Cathy, Come Home) took home his second Palme d'Or from Cannes Film Festival for this unapologetic criticism of a flawed system that seems to hurt the people it's designed to help...(Cert 15) 7pm Free


Fri 17th Nailsworth Film Club: Mustang A tale of five sisters who are subjected to the norms and values of their rural society in northern Turkey with sometimes hilarious, sometimes sombre results. Conflict is always there and despite its languid human style, it bristles with tension. A Turkish Delight of a film. (Cert 15) Bar opens at 7:30pm/film starts at 8pm See website for membership details.


Fri 3rd Wick Flix: Sully Tom Hanks stars in this thrilling portrait of Chesley Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot who, in 2009, brilliantly landed his damaged Airbus on the Hudson River saving the lives of all his passengers and crew. (Cert 12A). 7:45pm £6 (includes one free drink!)