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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

21st September

HIDDEN FIGURES

Director: Theodore Melfi

Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia

Spencer, Janelle MonŠe, Kevin Costner

USA 2016; 127 minutes

Cert. PG. Biography/Drama

In heart-warming, crowd-pleasing fashion, HIDDEN FIGURES celebrates overlooked - and crucial - contributions from a pivotal moment in American history. As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow them as they rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

 

5th October

LIFE, ANIMATED

Director: Roger Ross Williams

Cast: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Jonathan Freeman

USA 2016; 89 minutes Cert PG. Documentary

The great Disney movies have an irresistible power – and so does this lovely documentary about an autistic child who used the Disney classics he watched over and over on VHS to learn how to speak, think and understand the world. Owen Suskind is a young man in the US who, at three years old, developed almost overnight a severe developmental disorder, retreating into silence or gibberish. But then his parents, Cornelia and Ron Suskind, made an extraordinary discovery: Owen seemed to be quoting fragments of Disney movies, an ability his doctor at first wrote off as mere mimicking or echolalia. Then, one afternoon, Ron, on a whim, used Owen’s glove puppet of Iago (from Aladdin) to speak to him in his bedroom in character, asking how it felt to be him. Miraculously, Owen replied: that he was lonely. It was a breakthrough. Disney movies became his new alphabet, his building blocks for making sense of the world. This tremendous true story of family love and emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.

 

12th October

SWEET BEAN

Director: Naomi Kawase

Cast: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida

Japan 2015; 113 minutes Cert PG. Drama

Sweet Bean's deliberate pace demands patience, but the satisfying simplicity of its story -- and Kirin Kiki's absorbing performance -- yields an array of riches well worth the wait. Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is sceptical about the eccentric old lady's ability to endure the long hours. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to the perfect sweet bean paste, Sentaro agrees to take her on. With Tokue's new home cooked sweet bean paste recipe, Sentaro's business begins to flourish, but Tokue is afflicted with an illness that, once revealed, drives her into isolation once again.

 

2nd November

LION

Director: Garth Davis

Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman,

Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

UK 2016; 114 minutes

Cert. PG. Drama/Biography

Lion tells the extraordinary true story of how a young Indian boy, estranged from his home village by the cruellest stroke of fate and growing to adulthood far from home, used Google Maps to find his birth mother. Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometres across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
Screenwriter Luke Davies and first-time feature director Garth have responded to this incredible situation with a heartfelt film combining intelligent attention to detail with a necessary sense of their story’s simplicity and strength. Dev Patel brings his A-game to the leading role, newcomer Sunny Pawar is wonderful as his character’s younger self and Nicole Kidman gives an excellent performance as the adoptive mother.

 

16th November

HACKSAW RIDGE

Director: Mel Gibson

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Luke Bracey

USA 2016, 139 minutes Cert. 15. Drama/Biography/War

HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honour.

Hacksaw Ridge uses a real-life pacifist's legacy to lay the groundwork for a gripping wartime tribute to faith, valour, and the courage of remaining true to one's convictions.

30th November


GLEN CAMPBELL:I’LL BE ME

Director: James Keach
Cast: Glen Campbell, Kim Campbell,

The heartrendingly honest ‘Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me’ offers a window into Alzheimer's that should prove powerful viewing for Campbell fans and novices alike. In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. They thought it would last 5 weeks instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a "Goodbye Tour." The film documents this amazing journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Glen's progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice.
Special appearances include Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Bill Clinton among many others.

CHRISTMAS FILM & PARTY NIGHT

Thursday 14th December

CONFETTI

Director: Debbie Isitt
Cast: Martin Freeman, Jessica Hynes, Olivia Coleman


UK 2006; 100 minutes

Cert. 15. Comedy/Romance

"Confetti" is a hilarious and affectionate comedy that follows three couples as they fight it out to win a bridal magazine contest for 'Most Original Wedding of the Year.' Matt and Sam envision a ceremony filled with music and dancing, Josef and Isabelle want a tennis theme, and nudists Michael and Joanna would like their nuptials to be clothes-free. The film features an ensemble of now-famous comedy talents including Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Love Actually, 'The Office'), Jessica Hynes (Shaun Of The Dead, Spaced, The Royle Family), Stephen Mangan (Green Wing), Felicity Montagu (I'm Alan Partridge), Rob Webb (Peep Show), award-winning comedian Jimmy Carr and Alison Steadman (Topsy-Turvy, Life Is Sweet).

 

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