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Get Out (2017)

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Oct
9

Get Out (2017)

Dir. Jordan Peele / Cert. 15 / 102 mins

Friday 27 October 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.

After the Storm

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Oct
9

After the Storm (2016)

Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda / Cert. PG / 115 mins

Friday 20 October 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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In Japanese with English subtitles

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Internationally celebrated filmmaker, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s (I Wish, Like Father, Like Son, Our Little Sister) latest film is possibly his most personal yet. Prompted to the write the script after his own father died and seeing how his mother was coping,After The Storm follows a young father trying to rekindle his relationship with his family.
Author turned private detective, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), struggles to make ends meet as he flitters away all the money he earns on gambling, barely able to pay child support for his son. After his father passes away his mother (Kiki Kirin) seems to have moved on, but family tensions are high with both Ryota and his sister believing each other are taking advantage of their mother. When a typhoon hits, holed-up in his mother’s house with his estranged wife and son Ryota attempts to rekindle his relationships with his family.
A sensitive and powerful story of family ties remade, After the Storm stands with the best of Kore-eda’s work.

 

Hidden Figures (2016)

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Aug
23

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Sunday 17th September 2017 / 7pm / £5 (concessions £4)

 

 

 

Welcome back to the new season of Stony Scala Film Club. Our first film is the American biographical drama, Hidden Figures, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. It tells the story of African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the space race and supported the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

The film was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2016 and was nominated for numerous awards. It won the Screen Actors’ Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

As well as considerable commercial success, the film has been shown widely in America in free screenings to celebrate Black History Month and to inspire more girls to study mathematics and science

Doors open at 6.30pm. Buy your tickets from The Cock Hotel or reserve them online at stonyscalafilm@aol.com and pay on the night.

 

 

Their Finest (2016)

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Aug
23

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Dir. Lone Scherfig / Cert. 12A / 114mins

Friday 29 September 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.

Queerama (2017)

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Aug
23

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Dir. Daisy Asquith / Cert. 15 / 70mins

*Friday 13th October 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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*Please note that this is a new date. This event was originally scheduled for 22nd September

Queerama is a film created from the treasure trove of BFI archive. The story traverses a century of gay experiences, encompassing persecution and prosecution, injustice, love and desire, identity, secrets, forbidden encounters, sexual liberation and pride. The soundtrack weaves the lyrics and music of John Grant and Hercules & Love Affair with the images and guides us intimately into the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women in the 20th century- a century of incredible change.

Starting with the first gay relationship on film released in 1919, Different From the Others, Queerama offers a wealth of unknown newsreel and amateur film from the 20s and 30s, the sub textual references in 40s cinema, the arrests and prosecutions of gay men for ‘gross indecency’ in the 50s, the early gay rights marches and decriminalisation of the 60s and 70s, the campaigns for an equal age of consent and against section 28, the Pride movement and AIDS crisis in the 80s and 90s, the sexual liberation of the 00s queer and transgender scene and the chemsex, gay parenting and marriage campaign of recent years.
The team behind Queerama includes award-winning documentary maker Daisy Asquith (After the Dance, Greatest Motherf**ker), producer Catryn Ramasut (Separado! and American Interior), editors Kenny McCracken and Alan Mackay (How to Change the World), filmmakers Mike Nicholls (From Karma to Calamity) and Campbell X (Stud Life, Different for Girls).

A Man Called Ove (2015)

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Aug
23

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Dir. Hannes Holm / Cert. 15 / 113mins

Friday 15 September 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Meet Ove (Rolf Lassgård), an isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse – the quintessential angry old man next door. Having entirely given up on life, his days are spent in a constant monotony of enforcing housing association rules and visiting his beloved wife Sonja’s grave.

Ove’s somewhat contend existence is disrupted, however, with the arrival of a boisterous young family who move in next door. Heavily pregnant Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) and her lively children are the complete antithesis of what ill-tempered Ove thinks he needs. Yet, from this unhappy beginning an unlikely friendship blooms and Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks come to light.

Based on the international bestselling novel by Fredrik Backman, the award-winning A Man Called Ove is a wistful, heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and a wonderful reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.

Britain on Film: Black Britain (1901 – 1985)

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Aug
23

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Dir. Various / Cert. 12A / 91mins

Friday 8 September 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Explore the history of the UK through the eyes and voices of black Britons throughout the 20th century.

Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen. Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and ‘mother country’ in World War I. See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival.
Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain is not just an important way to understand our collective history – offering audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality – but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.

Machines (2016)

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Aug
22

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Dir. Rahul Jain / Cert. 12A / 71mins

Friday 1 September 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Moving through the corridors and bowels of an enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a descent down to a dehumanized place of physical labor and intense hardship. This gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India might just as well be the decorum for a 21st century Dante’s Inferno. In his mind-provoking yet intimate portrayal, director Rahul Jain observes the life of the workers, the suffering and the environment they can hardly escape from. With strong visual language, memorable images and carefully selected interviews of the workers themselves, Jain tells a story of inequality, oppression and the huge divide between rich, poor and the perspectives of both.

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

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Aug
15

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Dir. Raoul Peck / Cert. 12A / 92mins

Friday 25 August 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work, award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck (Murder in Pacot, Moloch Tropical, Sometimes in April, Lumumba), has completed the cinematic version of the book Baldwin never wrote – a radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Whilst it is partly anchored in the struggle for equality in the 50s and 60s, I Am Not Your Negro is about what it means to be black in America today.

By confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three men we uncover a larger narrative of America’s historical and current denial and irrational relationship with race. This ‘history of violence’ is also told through the long simplified narrative that Hollywood recounts as a story between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ or ‘right and wrong’, reflects our current racial precariousness. I Am Not Your Negro is also the autopsy of the American racial imagery and iconography.

The Sense of an Ending (1985)

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Aug
15

The Sense of an Ending (1985)

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Dir. Ritesh Batra / Cert. 15 / 106mins

Friday 18 August 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

Tony Webster, divorced and retired, leads a reclusive and relatively quiet life. One day, he learns that the mother of his university girlfriend, Veronica, left in her will a diary kept by his best friend who dated Veronica after she and Tony parted ways.
Tony’s quest to recover the diary, now in Veronica’s possession, forces him to revisit his flawed recollections of his friends and of his younger self. As he digs deeper into his past, it all starts to come back; the first love, the broken heart, the deceit, the regrets, the guilt… Can Tony bear to face the truth and take responsibility for the devastating consequences of actions he took so long ago?