After leaving London for the English countryside, writer A.A. Milne starts to spin fanciful yarns about his son’s growing collection of stuffed animals. These stories form the basis for “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “The House at Pooh Corner,” published respectively in 1926 and 1928. Milne and his family soon become swept up in the instant success of the books, while the enchanting tales bring hope and comfort to the rest of postwar England.
Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.
Starring Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams
A country manor mystery that’s actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, The Hippopotamus is a rollicking adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephen Fry. It centers on a lapsed poet, failed drama critic, redundant husband and hard-working drunk, Ted Wallace (the mellifluously voiced Roger Allam in a rare starring role). Fired from his newspaper job, Ted leaps at the chance to drown his sorrows at his old friend’s country estate, Swafford Hall. A series of spiritual healings have recently put the household in a tizzy.
Starring Roger Allam, Fiona Shaw, Matthew Modine, Tommy Knight, Emily Berrington
1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin, an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war. Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley, the pair set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population.
A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack, befriends a single mum and her two kids as they navigate their way through the kafkaesque impersonal benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair. Heartfelt and emotional until the end.
Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hot-spots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!
Starring Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, Julia Sawalha, Celia Imrie, Chris Colfer, Kathy Burke
In this thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel.
Eddie the Eagle follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Michael Edwards (a.k.a Eddie), and his unflinching determination to become Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. Eddie the Eagle is an uplifting, inspirational story that celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man’s refusal to accept defeat.
Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Rune Temte, Tim McInnerney
The film is set during 1944, when World War II was about to reach its end. In Walmington-on-Sea, Captain Mainwaring’s Home Guard suffers from low morale. This is until a glamorous journalist arrives, to report on the platoon’s exploits. Meanwhile, MI5 have discovered a radio signal transmitted from Walmington-on-Sea towards Berlin, apparently the work of a spy, giving the Home Guard a chance to make a real difference in the war. “A very enjoyable film, lots of references back to the TV series, fast moving and good fun!” Flicks promoter.
Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambo, Toby Jones
A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.
A funny, uplifting group with brilliant musicianship, top-notch songwriting, and complex vocal harmonies. Another great group touring as part of Arts Alive’s ‘Canadian Season’, with nominations for Western Canadian’s 2014 Roots Album of the Year and Canadian Folk Award’s Vocal Group of the Year. They’ve opened for Buffy Sainte-Marie and played Glastonbury in 2014 – now enjoy them in your village hall! They have been described as “The missing link between Leonard Cohen and the Pogues”, whilst CBC said: “This show is simply brilliant.”
Sunday 15th November 7.30pm
Tickets £10 inc refreshments
01746 768822 or 01746 789257
Buy Tickets online at Arts Alive
You may be interested to know that Chetton Village Hall Committee has now arranged the Autumn’ Flicks in the Sticks’ programme which will commence on Wednesday, 21st October at 7.30pm.
The film ‘Woman in Gold’ stars Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in a drama based on the real life story of Maria Altman and her legal campaign against the Austrian government. Mirren plays Altman who, since fleeing Europe during the Second World War now lives in Los Angeles. When the death of her sister leads to Altman finding out that a portrait of her aunt painted by Gustav Klimt was stolen by the Nazis from her family home and now hangs in the Belvedere Palace in Vienna, she enlists the help of young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds) and embarks on a legal campaign to reclaim her family losses.
The film has a Certificate 12a. Coffee/tea biscuits etc. will be sold during the interval (£1). Admission £4
The next film on 18th November will be The Theory of Everything which is based on the extraordinary life of Stephen Hawking.