Hawkley & Empshott : What's on

What's On?- Film club info below


Hall opens at 7 pm and films start at 7.40 pm
£5 in advance on email to nick@hawkleycc.co.uk or £6 on the night
Drinks and hot dogs available

Thursday 20 September - PHANTOM THREAD (15) Romantic drama

A stylish, suspenseful, romantic thriller with a 1950s Hitchcock vibe.  In the rôle that he declares will be his last, Daniel Day-Lewis plays a successful dress designer whose obsessively controlled lifestyle is disrupted by the young woman he chooses as his latest muse.  Seductively filmed, with elegant, Oscar winning designs and a superb musical score.

Thursday 4 October – LADY BIRD (15) Family drama/comedy

Christine (whose given name is Lady Bird, “Given to me by me”) longs to leave her comfortable small-town life in Sacramento, California and go to college on the East Coast, “Where the culture is.”  The film is a perceptive portrait of the loving but combative relationship she has with her mother as she seeks to assert her own identity, reject her parents’ advice, make her own mistakes and grow into adulthood. 

Thursday 18 October – THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY (12A) Historical drama/romance

It’s 1946 and Juliet (Lily James), a writer living in London, receives a letter from a Guernsey book club founded during the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands.  Intrigued, she goes to delve into the bittersweet story of the club and soon becomes involved in its joys and tragedies.  The film features an ensemble of seasoned British actors and is beautifully filmed (largely in Devon and Cornwall!).  Lovely 1940s costumes by the designer of last year’s Their Finest.

Thursday 1 November – JOURNEY’S END (12A) World War I drama

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War we are showing this new film version of R. C. Sherriff’s classic play set in the trenches.  The drama, focussing strongly on character and emotions, portrays a group of war-weary soldiers waiting to go “over the top”.  Sam Claflin (as Captain Stanhope, “holding it together for the sake of the men”) and Paul Bettany (as “Uncle”, a calm, compassionate ex-teacher) have won high praise for their acting.

Thursday 15 November – THE MERCY (12A) True-life drama

In 1968 The Sunday Times launched a round-the-world, single-handed yacht race, open to all comers.  Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor and unsuccessful businessman, entered the race in a boat he designed himself.  A typical “courageous underdog” story begins to unfold.  For those who don’t remember what happened next, we won’t reveal the outcome.  Stars Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

Thursday 29 November – SPITFIRE Documentary

To mark the centenary of the RAF, this is a celebration of the most famous fighter aircraft ever made, with spectacular new sequences filmed air to air, remastered newsreel footage,  and interviews with surviving pilots from the Battle of Britain.  A stirring story of courage, vision and determination, told with emotion and humour.

13 December – LEAN ON PETE (15) Coming-of-age drama

Troubled teenager Charley takes a job at a racing stable where he meets a horse called Lean on Pete and forms a strong bond with him.  The surly owner of the stable hints the horse is nearing the end of his career and will be “sent to Mexico” (the knacker’s yard) next time he fails to win a race.  Charley makes a brave but foolhardy attempt to save the horse by running away with him and, in doing so, saves himself. A heart-wrenching story with strong performances, especially from Charlie Plummer in the leading rôle.

© nick davis 2009