October Update

Follow up on last movie “Broke”

Not a very big  attendance this month with less then 20 on the night .

The film was enjoyed by all members though and was good entertainment.
This was another movie where subtitles would have been helpful with some of us finding it hard to understand the Queensland slang.

Our next film on the 6th of November is the 2016 biographical drama “Maudie” directed by Aisling Walsh

Maudie, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper.
Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love.

The film charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter. A co-production of Ireland and Canada, the film is about the life of folk artist Maud Lewis, who painted in Nova Scotia.

The film was shot in Newfoundland and Labrador, requiring a recreation of Lewis’s famously small house

Looking forward to see you all on Tuesday the 6th of November.

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September Update

Follow up on last movie “School Life”

Very good attendance with 21 Members and 3 Guests on the night.
The teachers were very perceptive in this film and all the school teachers present really enjoyed the example of life at a boarding school in Ireland.
While a few members found it a bit slow going most still really enjoyed this very recent documentary.
The children appeared to really benefit from the outdoors,  musical experiences and teaching style. I  thought it was quite revealing how some of the children grew and opened up over time at the school

Our next film on the 2nd of October is the 2016 Australian Drama
“Broke” directed by Heath Davis

There’s no game plan for life. For Australians though, to see their heroes of the field fall from grace is a bleak affair. Some fans are forgiving, blind to the disappointing reality, others are all too ready to sink the boots in. This forms the subject of Broke.
Ben Kelly, or BK, is the fallen hero, a former rugby star, now a degenerate gambler and drunk. Beautifully filmed with an impressive score, we are guided through the nuances of the story.
There is a lot to feel watching the film and the score keeps the film at just the right emotional level. Stars Steve Le Marquand as BK (Janet King, Blue Murder, Underbelly).

Looking forward to see you all on Tuesday the 2nd of October.

August Update

Follow up on last movie “Sunshine on Leith”

The movie was well attended  with 15 Members and 3 Guests on the night.
It was a again at times a fun film and also at the same time quite dramatic. The story was good and kept building up throughout the movie.
The real bonus and enjoyment though was the music; there was pretty much consensus about this by all the members I talked to during supper.

Our next film on the 4th of September is the 2016 UK Documentary
“School Life” directed by Neasa Ni Chianain, David Rane       

A year in the life of two passionate and inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort School, housed in an 18th Century Hogwarts-like estate, embraces tradition and modernity, and this is John and Amanda Leyden’s life.
For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion.
For Amanda the key to connecting with children is the book and she uses all means to engage the minds of her young charges with literature.
For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds but now they must start making preparations for their retirement? What will keep them young if they leave?

The original title for this film was “In Loco Parentis”.

Looking forward to see you all on Tuesday the 4th of September.