BAKEWELL AND ASHFORD FILM SOCIETY LIBRARY

For loan to members of the Society (all DVDs except where noted)

 

A Bunch of Amateurs (2008), Certificate 15. Starring Burt Reynolds, Samantha Bond, Derek Jacobi, Imelda Staunton & Charles Durning. Comedy.

 

A Late Quartet (2012) 15  After a classical string quartet's 25 years of success, Peter, the cellist and oldest member, decides that he must retire when he learns he has Parkinson's Disease. For the others, that announcement proves a catalyst for letting their hidden resentments come to the surface while the married members' daughter has disruptive desires of her own. All this threatens to tear the group apart even as they are famous for playing Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14, opus 131, a piece that is played non-stop no matter how life interferes.

 

A Night at the Opera (1935) Cert. U  A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies. A Marx brothers classic

 

About Elly (2009)  “Darbareye Elly” A group of middle-class friends travel from Tehran to spend the weekend at the seaside. Sepideh invites Elly, who is her daughter's teacher, to travel with the three families in order to introduce her to their recently divorced friend Ahmad, now living in Germany. The next morning, the two women go shopping in the town and Elly says that she has to return to Tehran because her mother has been recently submitted to hospital for heart surgery, but Sepideh asks her to stay and hides her luggage. The children are playing in the sea and one mother asks Elly to watch them. After rescuing the little boy they seek out Elly, questioning whether she has drowned or returned to Tehran.

 

Alice in Wonderland (2010), Certificate PG.  Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.  The 19 year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.

 

All is Lost (2013) Cert. 12A After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

 

Argo (2012)  Certificate 15,  In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was eventually ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: to create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceed to Iran as its associate producer. However, time was running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House had grave doubts about the operation themselves.  Stars Ben Afflek

 

A Royal Affair (2012), Certificate 15,  The plot revolves around the machinations of power behind the throne of a simpleton monarch.  Christian may be King but he simply wants to play like a child. He is married and fathers a son quite brutally but he loves his dog more than his family. And so a German Doctor is called to treat him. Christian befriends his physician and leaves more and more power in the hands of this foreign commoner. And then the Doctor falls in love with the Queen.... and it's all true - a beautiful, sad and touching Danish story.  In Danish with English subtitles

 

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) Certificate PG, A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.  In French with English subtitles

 

Avatar (2009), Certificate 12A. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver. When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid. He fights back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.

 

A Very Long Engagement (2004), Certificate 15. Starring Audrey Tautou.  The film is set in France énear the end of World War I in the deadly trenches of the Somme, in the gilded Parisien halls of power, and in the modest home of an indomitable provincial girl and her relentless search to find her fiancée, who has disappeared. (2 discs)  French with English subtitles

 

An Education (2009), Certificate 12.  A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960’s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.  3 Oscar nominations and winner of the BAFTA Film Award.   Carey Mulligan plays Jenny.

 

Belleville Rendez-Vous (2003), Certificate 12.  Noticing her grandson, Champion, is a lonely boy Madame Souza buys him his first bicycle.  A visual treat for young and old alike, a unique blend of classic animation and razor-sharp wit.  French with English subtitles

 

Black Swan (2010), Certificate 15. (Nina Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

 

Blancanieves (2012) Cert. 12  A band of bullfighting dwarfs save the life of a young woman with amnesia. They end up taking her under their wing when they find out that she has seemingly natural skills as a bullfighter, upon which they can capitalize not only for their act but for her own personal gain. As she does not know her name or background, the dwarfs coin her Blancanieves, after the famed fairy tale. What they are all unaware of is that she is really Carmen, the daughter of the once great matador, Antonio Villalta. On the day Carmen was born, her father suffered a career ending accident, and her mother died in childbirth. Her father quickly remarried his nurse, the evil Encarna. Although raised by her grandmother during her early years, Carmen, following the death of her grandmother, went to live with Encarna while an adolescent, Encarna who treated her as a slave. Carmen eventually found her disabled father, who was hidden away and treated poorly by Encarna.

 

Brooklyn (2015) Cert. 12A 1951/2 young Irish woman immigrant to Brooklyn finds romance. Her past catches up with her.

 

Captain Phillips (2013) Cert. 12A  The film is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

 

Cold Comfort Farm (2009) Certificate 15,  In England in the early 1930's, 20 year old Flora Poste, recently orphaned and left with only 100 pounds a year, goes to stay with distant relatives on Cold Comfort Farm. Everyone on the gloomy farm is completely around the twist, but Flora tries to sort everything out...  Stars Stars: Eileen Atkins, Kate Beckinsale, Sheila Burrell, Stephen Fry, Freddie Jones

 

Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Cert. 15  Dallas 1985. Electrician and sometimes rodeo bull rider Ron Woodroof lives hard, which includes heavy smoking, drinking, drug use (primarily cocaine) and casual sex. He is racist and homophobic. While in the hospital on a work related injury, the doctors discover and inform him that he is HIV+, and that he will most-likely die within thirty days. Ron is initially in angry denial that he would have a disease that only "faggots" have, but upon quick reflection comes to the realization that the diagnosis is probably true. He begins to read whatever research is available about the disease, which at this time seems to be most effectively treated by the drug AZT. AZT, however, is only in the clinical trials stage within the US. Incredulous that he, as a dying man, cannot pay for any drug which may save or at least prolong his life, he goes searching for it by whatever means possible.

 

Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), Certificate PG, (Meryl Streep) A young boy tells the story of growing up in a fatherless home with his unmarried mother and four spinster aunts in 1930's Ireland. Each of the five women, different from the other in temperament and capability, is the emotional support system, although at times reluctantly, for each other, with the eldest assuming the role of a 'somewhat meddling' overseer. But then into this comes an elderly brother, a priest too senile to perform his clerical functions, who has "come home to die" after a lifetime in Africa; as well, there also arrives the boy's father, riding up on a motorcycle, only to announce that he's on his way to Spain to fight against Franco. Nevertheless, life goes on for the five sisters, although undeniably affected by the presence of the two men, they continue to cope as a close-knit unit... until something happens that disrupts the very fabric of that cohesiveness beyond repair.

 

Eye in the Sky (2015) Cert. 15 Katherine Powell, an officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them(2016) Certificate 12A The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

 

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) Cert. 12A  In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.

 

Female Agents (2008), Certificate 15.  Starring Sophie Marceau and Julie Depardieu.  Based on true events, set in the spring of 1944, a five women commando unit parachute into occupied France on a daring and dangerous mission to protect the secret of the D-Day landings.  (2 discs) French with English subtitles.

 

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Cert. PG  The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

 

Hail Caesar! (2016) Cert. 12A  Follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry. But when studio star Baird Whitlock disappears, Mannix has to deal with more than just the fix.

 

Intouchables (2011) 15  In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer, with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, the rude African Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.   In French with English subtitles

 

I’ve Loved You So Long (2008), Certificate 12A. Starring Kristin Scott Thomas.  Juliette was 15 years in prison.  Confronted with the unexpected goodness of her younger sister Léa, who makes Juliette a part of her family, this slowly breaks up Juliette’s ice and bitterness and she carefully opens up. French with English subtitles.

 

Jean de Florette (1986), Certificate PG   

In a rural French village a scheming uncle and his only remaining relative cast their covetous eyes on an adjoining vacant property. They need its spring water for growing their flowers, so are dismayed to hear the man who has inherited it is moving in. They block up the spring and watch as their new neighbour tries to keep his crops watered from wells far afield through the hot summer. Though they see his desperate efforts are breaking his health and his wife and daughter's hearts they think only of getting the water. Starring Gérard Depardieu and Yves Montand.  French with English subtitles.

 

La Famille Bélier (2014, France)  A girl, who lives with her deaf parents, discovers that she has the gift of singing.

 

La Vie En Rose (2007), Certificate 12.  Starring Marion Cotillard.  From the slums of Paris to the limelight of New York, Edith Piaf’s life was a battle to sing and survive, live and love. French with English subtitles.

 

Legend (2015) Cert. R  Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1950s and 1960s.

 

Made in Dagenham (2010), Certificate 15. Starring Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Andrea Riseborough.  In 1968, the Ford auto factory in Dagenham was one of the largest single private employers in the United Kingdom. In addition to the thousands of male employees, there are also 187 underpaid women machinists who primarily assemble the car seat upholstery in poor working conditions. Dissatisfied, the women, represented by the shop steward and Rita O'Grady, work with union rep Albert Passingham for a better deal.  What follows would test the patience of all involved in a grinding labour and political struggle that ultimately would advance the cause of women's rights around the world.  

 

Manon des Sources (1986), PG

A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her her father's land caused his death years earlier. This is the follow on or part two from Jean de Florette.  French with English subtitles.

 

ModernTimes - Charlie Chaplin (1936), Certificate U. The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman (2 discs)

 

My Week with Marilyn (2011), Certificate 15,  When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to see the blonde bombshell, while Olivier is struggling to meet her many demands and acting ineptness.  Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the film set. Colin is intrigued when Marilyn invites him into her inner world where she struggles with her fame, her beauty and her desire to be a great actress.  Olivier damned her as “the stupidest, most self- indulgent little tart I’ve ever come across.”

 

Nowhere Boy (2009) Certificate 15.   Starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff.  The story of John Lennon’s childhood … Liverpool 1955.  A spirited teenage, curious, sharp and funny, growing up in the shattered city.  Two extraordinary sisters tussle for his love – Mimi, the formidable aunt who raised him from the age of five and Julia, the spirited mother who gave him up to Mimi’s care.

 

Oranges and Sunshine (2010) Certificate 15.  Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunite the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain.

 

Philomena (2013) Cert. 15 When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

 

Potiche (2010) Certificate 15, Starring Catherine Deneuve & Gérard Depardieu.  When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and personal complications arrive in the form of her ex-lover a former union leader.

 

Pride (2014, UK) Cert. 15 U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

 

Quartet (2012) Certificate 12A, Cecily, Reggie, and Wilfred are in a home for retired musicians. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on... and it does.  Comedy starring - Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon.

 

Renoir (2012) Cert. 12  Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his side is Andrée, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son.

 

Rififi (1955), Certificate 12.  After five years in prison, Tony le Stéphanois meets his dearest friends Jo and the Italian Mario Ferrati and they invite Tony to steal a couple of jewels from the show-window of the famous jeweller Mappin & Webb Ltd, but he declines. Tony finds his former girlfriend Mado, who became the lover of the gangster owner of the night-club L' Âge d' Or Louis Grutter, and he humiliates her, beating on her back and taking her jewels. Then he calls Jo and Mario and proposes a burglary of the safe of the jewelry. They invite the Italian specialist in safes and elegant wolf Cesar to join their team and they plot a perfect heist. They are successful in their plan, but the D. Juan Cesar makes things go wrong when he gives a valuable ring to his mistress.  French with English subtitles

 

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), 12A  A visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain's leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable.  That is, until the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a 'good-will' story.  Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.

 

Selma (2014, UK) Cert. 12A  A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

 

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), 12A  Sherlock Holmes is transformed into a man of action in Guy Ritchie's latest re-imagining of the Victorian sleuth.  The background mood is right, a complacent, seemingly optimistic 1890s bustling with energy, but with something dangerous rumbling underneath that is more than the tube station being built near 221B Baker Street.  Starring Robert Downey Jr. Jude Law, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry and Noomi Rapace.

 

Sing Street (2016) Cert 12A  A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

 

Skyfall (2012) 12A  When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows - aided only by field agent, Eve (Naomie Harris) - following a trail to the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

 

Suffragette (2015) Cert. 12A  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.

 

Summer in February (2013) 15  The Newlyn School of artists flourished at the beginning of the 20th Century and the film focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, which included Alfred Munnings and Laura and Harold Knight. The incendiary anti-Modernist Munnings, now regarded as one of Britain's most sought-after artists, is at the centre of the complex love triangle, involving aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood and Gilbert Evans, the land agent in charge of the Lamorna Valley estate. True - and deeply moving - the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the approaching shadow of The Great War.

 

Swimming Pool (2003), Certificate 15.  Starring Charlotte Rampling.  An erotic and psychological thriller. Sarah Morton is a famous British mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher John Bosload to stay at his home in Luberon, in the South of France. Their interactions set off an increasingly unsettling series of events, as Sarah's creative process and a possible real-life murder begin to blend dangerously together.  French with English subtitles.  

 

Testament of Youth (2014) Cert 12A A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I. A story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.

 

The Angel’s Share (2010) Certificate 15,  This bitter sweet comedy follows protagonist Robbie as he sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time. Overwhelmed by the moment, he swears that Luke will not have the same tragic life he has had. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, he's given one last chance......  Directed by Ken Loach

 

The Artist (2011), PG

“The Artist, an utterly beguiling silent, black-and-white celebration of early Hollywood, won Best Picture at the  Oscars 2012. It turns out they do make ’em like they used to. The Artist is a silent movie, screened in black and white and projected in the old-fashioned boxy  Academy ratio, with its occasional lines of dialogue printed on inter-title cards.”   The Telegraph.

 

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Certificate 12A

“We're used to depressing news stories about old people being treated with disrespect, so it’s a treat to see a feel-good movie in which elderly heroes triumph over adversity - and their own pessimistic expectations.” Daily Mail.  Calendar Girls director repeats his success with this amiable comedy starring - Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton.  

 

The Buster Keaton Chronicles (1920-27), Certificate PG. Pack of 6 discs with 28 black and white silent movies.

 

The Constant Gardener (2005), Certificate 15.  Ralph Fiennes stars as a mild-mannered diplomat investigating the murder of his wife in a remote area of northern Kenya. A John Le Carré adaptation from Fernando Meirelles, director of City Of God.

 

The First Grader (2010), Certificate 15, The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Certificate 18. Based on Stieg Larsson’s best seller.  Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.  Swedish with English subtitles or dubbed in English

 

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009), Certificate 15. Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation.

 

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009), Certificate 15. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence. In doing this she plays against powerful enemies and her own past.

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Cert. 15 The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

 

The Help (2011), Certificate 12A  “The racial imbalances of 1963 are well illustrated in "The Help," and will, no doubt, underscore how far America has come, as well as how little progress we've made in the last 50 years. Either way, this is a powerful movie that needs to be seen…”   “Not only does this movie depict the coloured-folks' side of the story, but it also equally shows the feelings of the white-folks, as well.” USA  reviewers

 

The Illusionist (2006) PG  In late nineteenth century Vienna, renowned illusionist Eisenheim is reunited with the Duchess von Teschen when she is volunteered from the audience to participate in an illusion during one of his performances. Despite having not seen each other in fifteen years when they were teenagers, they almost immediately recognize each other.  They had a doomed romance at that time due to their class differences.  Duchess, who realizes that she still loves Eisenheim and he her, but the Duchess is soon to be wed to the Crown Prince Leopold in what would be for him a marriage solely in pursuit of power:

 

The Imitation Game (2014) Cert. 12A, During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

 

The Invisible Woman (2013) Cert.12A  In the 1850s, Ellen Ternan is a minimally talented actress who catches the eye of the hailed British author, Charles Dickens. Bored with his intellectually unstimulating wife, Dickens takes the educated Ellen has his mistress with the cooperation of her mother. What follows is a stormy relationship with this literary giant who provides her with a life few women of her time can enjoy. Yet, Ellen is equally revolted by Charles' emotional cruelty and determination to keep her secret. In that conflict, Ellen must judge her own role in her life and decide if the price she pays is bearable.

 

The King’s Speech (2010), Certificate 15. Starring Colin Firth & Helena Bonham Carter.  Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.

 

The Lady in the Van (2015) Cert. 12A The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett’s strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home.

 

The Last King of Scotland (2007), Certificate 15.  Starring Forest Whittaker. Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s

 

The Lunch Box (2013) Cert. PG,  A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

 

The Monuments Men (2014) Cert. 12A  Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.

 

The Queen (2006), Certificate 12A.  Starring Helen Mirren.  The film is as much about the New Labour project and its values as the sleeve-pulling which Blair inflicted on the Queen to persuade her to acknowledge the overwhelming public response to Diana’s death.

 

The Railway Man (2013) Cert. 15  Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did?

 

The Red Shoes (1948), Certificate U.  Starring Marius Goring. Under the authoritarian rule of charismatic ballet impresario Boris Lermontov, his protégés realize the full promise of their talents, but at a price: utter devotion to their art and complete loyalty to Lermontov himself. Under his near-obsessive guidance, young ballerina Victoria Page is poised for superstardom, but earns Lermontov's scorn when she falls in love with Julian Craster, composer of "The Red Shoes," the ballet Lermontov is staging to showcase her talents. Vicky leaves the company and marries Craster, but still finds herself torn between Lermontov's demands and those of her heart.

 

The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), Certificate 15. Film by Ken Loach.  Set in 1916 in Ireland, the story of Damien (Cillain Murphy), a young Irishman about to fulfil his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. When his friend is brutally murdered for standing up to a band of British soldiers, Damien abandons his medical career and joins his brother Teddy (Padraic Delany) in the fight for freedom.

 

To where it begins (2010), A piece of artwork for The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.  The piece follows a curious figure as she races through seasons, spaces, places and views along this fascinating and historic valley.

 

Wadjda (2012) Cert. PG  An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

 

West Side Story (1961), Certificate PG. Starring Natalie Wood. Westside story is the award winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliette. The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs- the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway - whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heart-breaking ending.

 

Winged Migration (2001), Certificate U.  This documentary follows several species of migratory birds over a four year filming period. These birds travel several hundreds if not thousands of miles toward the equator in the autumn, and make the return journey to their higher latitude summer homes in the spring, always taking the same route, using the natural compasses of the universe, the stars, to find their way. Some species, like the arctic tern, even fly from pole to pole. These long and often torturous treks are a matter of survival, to live in a hospitable climate and find sources of food. With the exception of migratory penguins, travel over oceans is especially difficult as the birds have little refuge unless there is something floating on the water, such as a ship, on which to land. Otherwise they must continue flying until they reach land. Some will not survive the migration due to predators, including man, illness or injury...

 

Winter’s Bone (2010), Certificate 15. With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She's taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week's time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people's business. She refuses to listen, even after her father's brother, Teardrop, tells her he's probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed.

 

Witness for the Prosecution (1958) Cert. U  Leonard Vole is arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly acquaintance. He employs an experienced but aging barrister as his defense attorney.

 

Films may be requested from BASH Films secretary and loaned for a period of two weeks.  

To request a film email joythrower@yahoo.com to arrange collection/ delivery.  Please return by hand or post by the due date.

 

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