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

1th January


Director: Joel Hopkins
Actors: Brendan Gleeson, Diane Keaton,

James Norton, Simon Callow

UK, 2017; 102 minutes

Cert. 12A. Comedy/Drama/Romance

Hampstead is a charming and funny life-affirming tale about how love can be found in the most unexpected places and proves once and for all that age is no barrier to second chances.

This London-set, golden years romcom stars Diane Keaton as Emily, an all-at- sea American widow, and Brendan Gleeson as Donald, a gruff Irish loner, living on different sides of the tracks in the same north London suburb. It is based on the real-life case of ’Harry the Hermit’, a homeless man who fought the authorities to be able to remain on a patch of Hampstead Heath that he’d occupied for 17 years. When Emily and Donald fall for each other, their on-off romance has to face the prejudices of everyone around them.


25th January


Director: Carroll Ballard

Actors: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany

USA, 1996; 107 minutes Cert PG. Adventure/Family/Drama

Director Carroll Ballard returns to the form of his 1979 classic, "The Black Stallion" with this touching, stunningly photographed tale about a father and daughter who train a flock of abandoned geese to follow their ultra-light planes from Canada to a winter home in North Carolina.

Amy is only 13 years old when her mother is killed in a car crash in New Zealand. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life, reeling from the trauma of losing her mother and uncertain how to survive her grief. ...that is until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when developers began tearing up a local forest. The eggs hatch and Amy becomes "Mama Goose". When winter arrives, the young birds must fly south for the winter, but who will lead them there? With a pair of ultra-light airplanes, Amy, her dad and their friends must find a way to do it.


8th February


Director: Hannes Holm Actors: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars,

Filip Berg, Börje Lundberg Sweden,

2015; 116 minutes Cert 15. Comedy/Drama

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door, an isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse.

Spending his days enforcing housing association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife's grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox while moving in and earn his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning, an unlikely friendship forms between Ove and his new neighbour Parvanah. We come to understand Ove's past happiness and heartbreaks, and that for all his comic tantrums, his despair is real. What emerges is a heart-warming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.


22nd February


Director: Lone Scherfig Actors: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin,

Bill Nighy
UK, 2016; 117 minutes

Cert. 12A. Comedy/Drama/Romance

The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home.

Realising their films could use "a woman's touch," the ministry hires Catrin Cole as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin's natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley . Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colourful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.


8th March


Director: Icíar Bollaín

Actors: Anna Castillo, Manuel Cucala, Javier Gutiérrez

Spain, 2016; 100 minutes Cert. 15. Drama


Fresh from his I, Daniel Blake triumph with Ken Loach, screenwriter Paul Laverty brings a new work to the UK: a heartfelt, low-key, sweet-natured movie he scripted for his partner, the Spanish director Icíar Bollaín.
Anna Castillo is Alma, a young woman very close to her grandfather (Manuel Cucala). The old man has retreated into depression and dementia since his grownup children cynically uprooted and sold off his beloved 2,000-year-old olive tree, against his will, to pay for a now bankrupt tourist-restaurant business. Alma discovers that the buyer of the tree is a Düsseldorf energy company, which has placed it in its glitzy lobby and uses it as the letterhead symbol for its entirely spurious green credentials. Alma borrows a flatbed truck and bamboozles friends and family into accompanying her on a mission on to rescue the tree and bring it back home. This inevitably grabs the attention of German environmental campaigners....and so the adventure begins!


22nd March


Director: Stephen Frears

Actors: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal,

Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard

UK, 2017; 111 minutes
Cert. PG. Drama/Biography/History

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's remarkable rule (deemed so controversial and scandalous by her family members that, upon the monarch’s death in 1901, they scrubbed his existence from royal history)

When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.


12th April


Director: Jeffrey Walker
Cast: Osamah Sami, Helana Sawires, Don Hany Australia, 2017; 110 minutes

Cert. 12A. Comedy/Drama

Winner of the 2017 audience award at the Sydney Film Festival, Ali’s Wedding

is an Australian romantic comedy that, as crazy as the story sounds, is based on actual events. Born in 1983, Osamah Sami, who wrote the screenplay and stars in the leading role, had a tough upbringing in war-torn Iran. His family emigrated to Australia in the mid-1990s and that too came with its challenges.
The film’s focus is a few key events spread across the weeks where his character has just finished high school and is studying to sit the medical school entrance exam at the University of Melbourne. His father is a high-profile, much-loved cleric and that only adds to the pressure on Ali’s shoulders. Everyone in the tight-knit Muslim community assumes he is destined for great things and will pass comfortably. Ali knows he hasn’t studied hard enough and that’s confirmed when the results arrive in the mail. He scored just 65% - well below the required cut-off. Adding to his sense of failure is the fact that Dianne, a girl he’s had a crush on for some time, scored 98%. So what does Ali do? He makes a rash, spur-of-the- moment decision and tells everyone that he scored 96%. One lie becomes two.. which becomes three. It’s not long before Ali has gone down a path of deception for which there is no easy road back. It threatens to destroy his family’s reputation and his chance of winning the heart of the strong-willed Dianne.




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