Dartmouth Film Society committee do not view all films before showings. We aim to put together programmes which offer a mix of film genres and styles, and we base our choices on a range of factors, including society members’ and committee’s suggestions, reviews, which films are actually available to film societies and what other societies are showing. For more details and reviews for any of our up-coming films, we recommend the following websites:
www.independent.co.uk www.imdb.com www.guardian.co.uk www.rottentomatoes.com www.metro.co.uk www.timeout.com

13th September


Director: Aisling Walsh

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke,

Kari Matchett

Ireland, 2017; 115 minutes

Cert. 12A. Biography, Drama, Romance

A talented cast, with a spectacular and moving performance from Sally Hawkins in the title role, tell the story of a fascinating life and talent. Maudie, based on the story of Maud Lewis, one of the most beloved folk artists of 20th century Canada, 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 tiny, bent of frame, fingers crippled by rheumatoid arthritis, 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. Maudie 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.



27th September


Director: Sally Potter

Cast: Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Kristin Scott Thomas,

UK, 2017; 71 minutes Cert 15. Comedy/Drama

Sally Potter’s 71-minute film The Party is a short, sharp, funny shock of a movie; a theatrical drawing-room comedy which plays out in real time with elegance and dispatch, cantering up to a cheeky punchline twist which leaves you laughing over the final credits.

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet's acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson), arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that gradually unravel the sophisticated soiree, and a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay.....




Director: Sebastián Lelio

Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes,

Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim

Chile, 2018; 100 minutes

Cert 15. Drama

Subtle and tender, A Fantastic Woman handles its timely, sensitive subject matter with care. Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer; Orlando, 20 years older than her, owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina's birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he dies just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion: a detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death; Orlando's ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral; Orlando's son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando's family, her sexual identity is an aberration. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

25th October


Director: Mike Newell Cast: Lily James, Tom Courtenay,

Michiel Huisman UK, 2018; 123 minutes

Cert. 12A. Drama/History/Romance

In the aftermath of World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

London, 1946. Juliet (Lily James), a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Michiel Huisman), the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet's growing attachment to the island, the book club and her affection for Dawsey will change the course of her life forever.


8th November


Director: Jennifer Peedom

Cast: Willem Dafoe (narrator) Australia, 2017; 74 minutes

Cert. PG. Documentary

Mountain offers a visually thrilling look at man's relationship with some of Earth's most imposing natural wonders.
Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway armed with drones, Go-Pros and helicopters, director Jennifer Peedom has fashioned an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers. Willem Dafoe provides a narration sampled from British mountaineer Robert Macfarlane's acclaimed memoir Mountains of the Mind , and a classical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra accompanies this majestic cinematic experience.


22nd November


Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks,

Sarah Paulson

USA, 2018; 115 minutes
Cert. 12A. Biography/Drama/History

A stirring defence of freedom of the press, The Post arrives at a time when the words 'fake news' echo through almost every political conversation.

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers - and their very freedom - to help bring long-buried truths to light.


Thursday 6th December


Director: Paul King
Actors: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville

UK 2017; 105 minutes
Cert. PG. Animation/Adventure/Comed

Paddington 2 honours its star's rich legacy with a sweet-natured sequel whose adorable visuals are matched by a story perfectly balanced between heart-warming family fare and purely enjoyable all-ages adventure. PADDINGTON 2 finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the com- munity, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief...




Dartmouth Film Society committee do not view all films before showings. We aim to put to- gether programmes which offer a mix of film genres and styles, and we base our choices on a range of factors, including society members’ and committee’s suggestions, reviews, which films are actually available to film societies and what other societies are showing. For more details, clips and reviews for any of our up-coming films, try the following websites:

www.independent.co.uk; www.imdb.com; www.guardian.co.uk www.rottentomatoes.com; www.timeout.com; www.rogerebert.com