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we meet at The County Hotel, High Street, Selkirk
doors open 7.30, film usually starts about 8.oopm
17th October THE WAY: Written and directed:Emilio Estevez, 2011, USA/Spain, PG, 128 mins. Estevez’ real-life father Martin Sheen plays the part of Tom, an irascible American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life". Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey and finds himself in the company of initially unwanted fellow travellers, each with a tale to tell. What follows is exuberant, uplifting and revealing, a real joy of a movie!
24th October LES MISERABLES 25th anniversary sing-a-long: Nick Morris, 2010, UK, U, 178 mins. Special screening, fund-raiser for Selkirk Amateur Operatic Society. A chance to come and sing along to the world’s longest running musical. This is the live recording of this awe-inspiring musical production with a star-studded cast from The O2 in London.
14th November UNDER THE SKIN: Jonathon Glazer, 2013, UK/USA/Switzerland, 15, 108 mins. This is a special screening for the Sci-fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season sponsored by BFFS. Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious woman travelling around Scotland meeting and seducing men who think it’s their lucky night. It isn’t. Thought provoking, memorable and invigorating (oh yeah, and a bit scary!).
21st November THE BIG CHILL: Lawrence Kasdan, 1983, USA, 15, 105 mins. A group of old college friends, now all grown up and worldly wise come together for the funeral of Alex, a barely glimpsed corpse. At one time the brightest and the best of them yet he never managed to achieve half as much as any of the others and ended his life in suicide. The friends use the occasion to become reacquainted with each other and the memory of their younger, perhaps more idealistic selves and to ponder what, if anything, they could have done for their friend. A delightful, thoughtful, sometimes humorous ensemble piece.
19th December SHELL: Scott Graham, 2012, UK, 12, 91 mins. Graham's feature debut would at first look seem grim and bleak: a 17 year old on the brink of adulthood abandoned by her mother early on and living and working in a windswept highland filling station with her epileptic father. But a sly sense of humour and stunning cinematography stops this film from becoming an essay in miserabilism.
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Saturday 17th January TRACKS: John Curran, 2013, Australia, 12A, 112 mins. The remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who, in 1977, leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert. With only her dog and four unpredictable camels for companions she sets off on a life-changing journey. This is not so much a story of self-discovery or a woman trying to find herself than of a woman desperate to avoid the company of humanity. Annoyingly then, she attracts the attention of National Geographic photographer Rick Smolman who turns out to be less of a nuisance than she would have anticipated.
20th February NASHVILLE: Robert Altman, 1975, USA, 15, 159 mins. A restored re-release for this remarkable film. Director Robert Altman here honing his trademark style of multiple story and character lines set against the big picture backgrounds of a political rally and Nashville’s music scene. Made at a time when America was coping with political jiggery-pokery (Watergate) and a seemingly endless involvement in an unwinnable foreign war (Vietnam) it is still sharp and relevant.
20th March 20 FEET FROM STARDOM: Morgan Neville, 2013, USA, 12A, 90 mins. They shimmy and shake and provide the memorable vocal backdrop to many a smash hit, they are sometimes way more talented than the stars they support but remain largely unknown and, dare I say it, unsung. The life stories of some of the backing singers whose voices we have all heard but whose names we barely know, are worthy of their own films and for the first time they have a chance to speak with their own voice, backed up by some of the stars whose records they enhance including Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Sting, Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen (who married one of his). You’ll come out singing – guaranteed!