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Ethel and Ernest (2016)

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Jan
24

Ethel and Ernest (2016)

Sunday 28th January 7pm

The Cock Hotel, Mk11 1AH

Part of StonyWords 2018 23 January 23 – 4 February, with full details at www.stonywords.org.uk.

Ethel and Ernest, is the adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ biographical graphic novel of the same name.

The story is a moving tribute to his parents, and their long happy marriage. Ethel was a lady’s maid and  Ernest a milkman who liked the look of the new Labour Party. They had just one child, Raymond, having bought a terraced south London house in 1930. Ernest is a fireman in the war and then returns to his old life in a rapidly changing world.

The screening will be in two parts. The first, short, part explains how the book has been carefully translated to the screen with interviews with the author, director and an insight into the laborious work of the many animateurs involved. The actors, including Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent, Luke Treadaway, Pam Ferris, Roger Allam and June Brown, are seen providing the voiceovers.

 The second part of the screening is the film itself.

 Gentle, poignant and vividly animated, Ethel and Ernest is a warm character study with an evocative sense of time and place. Critic consensus Green Tomatoes

 The film will be a popular one, so buy your tickets soon from the reception of The Cock Hotel or reserve on stonyscalafilm@aol.com

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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Jan
23

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

MK Gallery, MK9 3PX

Dir. Denis Villeneuve / Cert. 15 / 163 mins

Friday 16 February / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

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Jan
22

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Dir. Juho Kuosmanen / Cert. 12A / 93 mins

Friday 9 February / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli’s small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There’s only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside the ring, it’s Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention. This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was .

Dunkirk (2017)

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Jan
22

Dunkirk (2017)

Dir. Christopher Nolan / Cert. 12 / 107 mins

Friday 2 February / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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When 400,000 men couldn’t get home…home came for them.

From filmmaker Christopher Nolan (InterstellarInceptionThe Dark Knight trilogy) comes the epic action thriller Dunkirk.

Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.

Dunkirk features a multigenerational ensemble cast, including Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

The Work (2017)

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Jan
22

The Work (2017)

MK Gallery, MK9 3PX

Dir. Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous / Cert. 15 / 89 mins

Friday 26 January 2018 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, follow three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways. A powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

 

Living Archive MK presents: Channel 40 archive film screening

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Jan
21

Living Archive MK presents:

Channel 40 archive film screening

Sunday 21 January 2018 / 3pm / Free, pre-booking required

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Channel 40 archive film screening. Channel 40 was a unique experiment in community access cable television that broadcast from a purpose-built studio in Fishermead to new-build areas of Milton Keynes between 1976 and 1979. Since its closure, the remaining videotape recordings have been stored at the Bucks County Archive in Aylesbury, but thanks to a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund it is now possible to convert these vulnerable recordings to an accessible digital format. In this special video presentation, Colin Barrett – a digital video specialist and a former staff producer at Channel 40 – will show not only some examples of the recordings that have so far been digitised but will also offer an insight into the technology employed in the conversion process.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the video presentation.

Running time: Approx. 30 mins

Living Archive             Heritage Lottery Fund

Graduation (2016)

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Dec
8

Graduation (2016)

Stony Scala Film Club first screening of 2018

The Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, MK11 1AH

Sunday 7th January 2018 at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm).

Dir. Romanian Palme d’Or winner, Cristian Mungiu / 128mins

It stars the Romanian stage and screen actor, Adrian Titieni, as surgeon Dr.Romeo Aldea. He and his wife have returned to Romania, hoping to help rebuild the country, following the end of Ceausescu’s rule. Their disappointment in the slow rate of change means that their hopes become fixed on their bright and hard-working only daughter, who has the chance of a scholarship to an English university if her final high school examination goes well.

Things go badly wrong though, and the family are faced with choices between their ethics and dishonest pragmatism, when planning the future.

The film tells us a lot about Romania but throws a light on more universal public and private family dilemmas.

Graduation is a masterly, complex movie of psychological subtlety and moral weight, about the shabby choices people make as they claw their way up. It is a deeply intelligent film and a picture of a state of national depression in Romania where the 90’s generation hoped they would have the chance to start again. There are superb performances. ***** Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

Scala films in early January are always popular, so we recommend that you buy your tickets early from The Cock Hotel reception, or book on stonyscalafilm@aol.com.

 

After the Storm (2016)

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Dec
8

After the Storm (2016)

Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda / Cert. PG / 115 mins

Friday 5 January 2018 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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.

 

The Red Turtle (2016)

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Dec
8

The Red Turtle (2016)

Ideal for Children and Families

Dir. Michael Dudok de Wit / Cert. PG / 79 mins

Friday 22 December 2017 / 6.30pm

Mk gallery, MK9 3PX

£3 / Family ticket (max. 2 adults, 2 children) £6

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From acclaimed director Michaël Dudok de Wit, and produced by the legendary Academy Award-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away), comes a magical castaway story that combines beauty, nature and mystery. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated feature, The Red Turtle is a stunning and touching animation about the transience of life.

Tom of Finland (2017)

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Dec
8

Tom of Finland (2017)

Dir. Dome Karukoski / Cert. 18 / 114 mins

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

In Finnish, German and English with English subtitles

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Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds post-war Helsinki rampant with homophobic persecution, and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhabitations. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.