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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

 

26th September

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS

Director: Chris Foggin Cast: Tuppence Middleton,

James Purefoy, Daniel Mays UK, 2019; 112 minutes

Cert. 12A. Comedy/Drama/Music

Fast-living, cynical London music executive Danny (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he's tricked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen led by Jim (James Purefoy).

He becomes the ultimate 'fish out of water' as he struggles to gain the respect and enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families, including Jim’s daughter Alwyn (Tuppence Middleton), who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he's drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he's forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

Fisherman's Friends is an easy-going, gently moving treat which will surely go down as one of the most crowd- pleasing British films of the year.

 

 

 

3rd October

SHOPLIFTERS

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda tober

Cast: Lily Franky, Mayu Matsuoka, Miyu Sasaki, Kirin Kiki

Japan, 2018; 121 minutes Cert 15. Drama

Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, this Palme d’Or-winning drama adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Kore-eda's richly humanistic filmography.

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.

‘Shoplifters is a complex, subtle, mysterious film that builds to the most extraordinary surprise ending, a twist-reveal worthy of psychological suspense noir.’

 

 

17th October

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Director: Marielle Heller Cast: Melissa McCarthy,

Richard E. Grant, Jane Curtin USA, 2018; 106 minutes

Cert 15. Drama/Black Comedy/Biography

 

‘Melissa McCarthy is magnificent as an odious literary forger abetted by Richard E Grant as her lounge-lizard drinking buddy’...

In Can You Ever Forgive Me? Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer and boozy cat-lover, who made her living in the 1970s and 80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, and desperate for money, she found a new vocation. Turning her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant), she began forging letters from people such as Dorothy Parker and Noël Coward, selling about 400 to credulous or cynical dealers before getting her collar felt by the FBI.

 

31st October

FREEDOM FIELDS

Director: Naziha Arebi Cast: Fadwa, Halima, Naama

UK/Libya, 2018; 97 minutes Cert. PG. Documentary

Filmed over four years following the 2011 revolution, half-British, half-Libyan director Nahiza Arebi’s visually arresting documentary provides an intimate look at post -revolution Libya through the eyes of an aspiring all-female soccer team, whose struggle to gain mainstream acceptance mirrors the broader challenges facing women in contemporary Libyan society.

Freedom Fields follows three women (amiable player of the year Fadwa, ice-cream- loving goalkeeper Halima, and the lean and determined Naama, a refugee from Tripoli) and their team as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade. Through the eyes of these accidental activists, we see the reality of a country in transition, where personal stories of love and aspiration collide with history. A love letter to sisterhood and the power of 'team'.

 

 

14th November

ARCTIC

Director: Joe Penna Cast: Mads Mikkelsen,

Maria Thelma Smáradóttir Iceland, 2018; 98 minutes

Cert. 12A. Adventure/Drama

Arctic proves that a good survival thriller doesn't need much in the way of dialogue to get by - especially when Mads Mikkelsen is the one doing the surviving.

Mikkelsen’s character is listed in the credits as Overgård, but that’s pretty much all we ever learn about him. We do know he is a pilot of some sort and his plane has crashed, stranding him in a remote corner of the Arctic. Overgård has made the best of the situation, building from his ordeal a quotidian routine. Each day he catches fish in the frigid waters beneath the ice, sends a distress call using a wind-up transmitter and carefully tends to the enormous SOS sign he has etched in the snow. But after a search and rescue helicopter crashes during a snowstorm, killing the pilot and badly injuring the co-pilot, Overgård must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive.

 

28th November

COLETTE

Director: Wash Westmoreland

Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West Fiona Shaw, Arabella Weir

UK, 2018; 111 minutes
Cert. 15. Biography/Drama/History

‘Formally familiar but a brilliant match for its lead, Colette is a thoroughly entertaining biopic and an overdue testament to Keira Knightley's underrated gifts.’

After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghost-write for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionising literature, fashion and sexual expression.

 

CHRISTMAS FILM & PARTY NIGHT

Thursday 12th December

YESTERDAY

Director: Danny Boyle
Actors: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Meera Syal

UK 2019; 112 minutes

Cert. 12A. Comedy/Drama/Music

YESTERDAY is a sweetly charming fantasy with an intriguing premise. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation ... and finds himself with a very complicated problem indeed.

 

FILM CHOOSING AND FUTURE FILMS

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