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A Fantastic Woman (2017)

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May
22

A Fantastic Woman (2017)

MK Gallery

Dir.  Sebastián Lelio / Cert. 15 / 104 mins

Friday 15 June / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Gloria director Sebastián Lelio returns with A Fantastic Woman, a groundbreaking, captivating and deeply humane story about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance. Anchored by a powerhouse central performance from rising star Daniela Vega, this Oscar-nominated film is an urgent call for compassion towards a community that faces bigotry and hostility on a daily basis.

Vega plays Marina Vidal, a young singer whose life is thrown into turmoil following the sudden death of her partner, Orlando. Met with suspicion from the police and contempt from her lover’s relatives, Marina finds herself placed under intense scrutiny, with no regard for her privacy, or her grief. As tensions rise between Marina and Orlando’s family, she is evicted from their shared home and banned from attending his funeral. But faced with the threat of losing everything, Marina finds the strength to fight back.

From the producers of Jackie, Spotlight and Toni Erdmann, A Fantastic Woman is an outstanding, timely work that recalls the very best films of Pedro Almodóvar. Soaked in luminous visuals and elevated by elegant flights of surrealism, it is a courageous, audacious and defiant declaration of Marina’s status as a woman – and a fantastic one, at that.

 

The Square (2017)

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May
22

The Square (2017)

MK Gallery

Dir. Ruben Östlund / Cert. 15 / 115 mins

Friday 1 June / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

Clash (2016)

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May
18

Clash  (2016) 

STONY SCALA FILM CLUB

with Vagabond Cinema present:

Sunday 20 May at The Cock Hotel

+ Bar

Doors open at 6.30pmFilm starts at 7.00pm

Tickets: £5 and £4 (Concession)

Reservations are available via email to stonyscalafilm@aol.com.

About the film

Dir. Mohamed Diab/ Cert. 15

In Arabic with English sub-titles

It is set just after the political events of June 2013 in Egypt, when the army has just unseated Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, and pro-army and pro-Muslim Brotherhood factions are clashing on the street. A reporter and photographer are arrested and thrown into the back of a police van, which is the sole camera setting of the film. Soon, other demonstrators from both sides are thrown in. In the next few hours they get glimpses of the turmoil on the streets.

The film was officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival and was the Egyptian entry for the best Foreign Language film at the 2016 Academy Awards.

The film will be remembered as one of the most telling depictions of Egypt yet filmed   Deborah Young The Hollywood Reporter

If there’s any way you can see Clash by Egyptian director Mohamed Diab you must. You simply must. The film will break your heart but enlighten all  Tom Hanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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May
18

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Dir. Martin McDonagh / Cert. 15 / 115 mins

Friday 25 May / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

MK Gallery Events Space

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A darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Genre: 

Crime / Drama

I Am Not a Witch (2017)

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Apr
25

I Am Not a Witch (2017)

Dir. Rungano Nyoni / Cert. 12A / 92 mins

Friday 27 April / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni is set to make her mark on British cinema with her groundbreaking first feature I Am Not a Witch. Sharply satirical and boldly provocative, the film garnered incredible praise from audiences and critics alike at the Cannes 2017 Directors’ Fortnight.

When eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.

At times moving, often funny and occasionally surreal, I Am Not a Witch offers spellbinding storytelling with flashes of anarchic humour. Audacious and unforgettable, it showcases Rungano Nyoni as a fresh and fearless new voice in British film.

 

The Ballad of Shirley Collins (2017)

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Apr
25

Dir. Rob Curry, Tim Plester / Cert. 12A / 92 mins

Friday 18 May / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song, Shirley Collins is someone who was born to invoke the old songs.

Alongside her sister Dolly, Shirley stood at the epicentre of the folk music revival during the 1960s and 1970s. But in 1980 she developed a disorder of the vocal chords known as dysphonia, which robbed her of her unique singing voice and forced her into early retirement.

Deliberately eschewing a straightforward biopic approach, Rob Curry and Tim Plester Way of the Morris, is a lyrical response to the life-and-times of a totemic musical figure. Granted intimate access to recording sessions for Shirley’s first album (Lodestar) of new recordings in almost four decades, the film also features contributions from the comedian Stewart Lee and David Tibet of Current 93 What emerges is a meditative and carefully textured piece of portraiture. A timely delve into the arterial blood, loam and tears of our haunted island nation.

Counterpointing the film’s contemporary journey with a more literal one taken from the opposite end of Shirley’s life, The Ballad Of Shirley Collins also proves itself to be something of a time-travelling Transatlantic road-movie of sorts – utilising a motherlode of genuine archive audio to recount the tale of her seminal 1959 song-collecting trip around America’s rural Deep South alongside her then-lover (and legendary ethnomusicologist) Alan Lomax.

Living the Change (2018)

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Apr
24

Dir. Jordan Osmond, Antoinette Wilson / 85 mins

Friday 4 May / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Sometimes it can feel like the environmental, economic and social issues the world is currently facing are too big, too overwhelming, to be dealt with by individuals. Climate change, resource limits, economic downturn, social disconnection. Surely these issues can only be properly managed by our governments?

Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have brought together stories from their travels around New Zealand, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, Living the Change offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live.

Sing Street (2016)~Part of St Patricks Day celebrations at MK Irish Centre

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Mar
8

Sing Street (2016)

Recommended for families with children aged over 12 years.

Part of celebrations for St Patricks Day **** The Guardian/ Empire

Sunday 25th March, 3pm

Tea, Coffee, Cake & Biscuits

MK Irish Centre, Manor Fields, Bletchley, MK2 2HX

Book your tickets in advance via Gill Pezella 

Pay on the door price: £4 each (Please bring a cash!)

Cert. 12A/ Dir. John Carney/ 105 mins

About the film

When his family falls on hard times, Conor is moved from his fee-paying school to a rough local one. In a bid to make friends, work out who he is and impress a girl, he starts a band.

The band practise in Eamon’s living room, playing a bunch of 1980s covers until his sibling Brendan encourages him to drop the covers and develop the band’s own style.

“It’s a full-hearted celebration of laying yourself out for love, even if you get a bit trampled in the process.”Empire

 

The Party (2017) Plus Q&A from producer Kurban Kassam

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Mar
8

The Party  (2017) Plus Q&A from producer Kurban Kassam

Stony Scala Film Club are  pleased to announce that the producer of the film will attend the screening to introdcue film & post screening Q&A

Kurban Kassam is the producer of The Party, alongside other recent films such as “The Hungry” (a modern day adaptation of Titus Andronicus) for Amazon Studios and “Brakes”, starring Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. The Party won two Evening Standard Film Awards on 8 February 2018. 

Sunday 18th March, 7pm

Stony Scala Film Club, The Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, MK11 1AH

Cert. 15/ 69mins/ Dir. Sally Potter/ Bar Open

This screening is likely to be very popular so please book tickets in advance: Available from The Cock Hotel reception or email for reservations stonyscalafilm@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends at her North London home to celebrate her appointment as Shadow Health Minister, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet’s best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson), soon arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement from Bill provokes a series of revelations that totally changes the mood of the party, leading Janet’s right-thinking, left-leaning friends to turn on each other.

“Potter’s first film since 2012’s Ginger and Rosa is an impressively lean affair, shot in a single location with no frills and no fuss- just an A-list cast at the top of their game. Potter looks towards Chekhov, Albee and Bunuel as inspirations, alongside such 60s Brit film classics as Karel Reisz’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Brian Forbes’ The L-Shaped Room.” Mark Kermode The Guardian

Kaleidoscope (2016)

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Jan
24

Kaleidoscope (2016)

MK Gallery, MK9 3PX

Dir. Rupert Jones / Cert. 15 / 99 mins

Friday 30 March / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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This intense, twisty thriller unfolds in the darkest corners of a man’s mind. Recently released from prison, mild-mannered Carl (Toby Jones) quietly attempts to move on with his life. Just as he embarks on his first date in 15 years, Carl’s fresh start is shattered by the sudden reappearance of his domineering mother (Anne Reid), whose presence awakens within him a deep-seated trauma. What unfolds is a brain-warping puzzle as reality and illusion, past and present collide and explode in violence. The debut feature from Rupert Jones is a provocative psychological mystery that asks: is it possible to escape our past?