What’s on in Austwick?

Our forthcoming presentations depends on a willing group of volunteers on the day of the film showing to help organise the hall. Please contact Merna (mernasolutions@gmail.com). 

Films begin at 7:30pm with doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are availabe at the door or can be purchased in advance at our village shop Cross Leigh Store. 

FILM PRESENTATIONS ( with themed refreshments available) 2017/2018

Friday November 17th – JACKIE 

A fictionalised version of this encounter provides the framework for the Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s Jackie, a dizzying kaleidoscope of reconstruction, reportage and reinvention that mirrors its heroine’s fragmented state of mind in the days surrounding JFK’s death. At its heart is an extraordinary performance by Natalie Portman as the icon caught in the eye of a violent storm of grief, politics and media management. With her husband’s blood hardly dry on her clothes (scenes of Jackie removing grotesquely stained hosiery have a horrible intimacy), the former first lady must pack her bags, comfort her children and stage-manage a funeral to rival that of Abraham Lincoln.

Friday December 15th – SOUND OF MUSIC ( yes that one but its our Christmas song-a-long)

The original smash hit Singalonga is still wowing audiences around the world!Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music is your chance to test your vocal range with  other assorted nuns, Von Trapp family members and Julie Andrews look-a-likes! Enter into the Merry Christmas spirit! 

Sit back and watch the original 1965 movie in glorious Technicolor (™) with the lyrics for all the songs on the screen, so you won’t miss a chance to sing your hearts out!


Friday January 19th – DUNKIRK 

Like all great war films, it’s every bit as transfixing up close: at the wheels of the civilian boats scudding across the Channel, inside the cockpits of the fighter planes tearing overhead, and most of all on the beach, with those uniformed boys barely out of their teens, wrestling with the strange notion of defeat with honour even as they fight for their lives. 

Friday February 16th – HIDDEN FIGURES

HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Friday March 23rd LION

There’s something unbearably potent about the image of a tiny, fragile child alone in a vast empty space. The audience fills the frame with dangers of our own making, crowding in on the little lost figure at the centre of the shot. From the moment director Garth Davis places his camera high above a desolate railway station to capture five-year-old Saroo (the remarkable Sunny Pawar), vulnerable and separated from his older brother, we are emotionally snared by this story.

Accompanying his older brother to work on a station one night, Saroo falls asleep on a bench. When he wakes, he’s alone. His search leads him on to an empty train, where he dozes off again. But the train is decommissioned and Saroo wakes again to find himself stuck in a carriage on a speeding train that takes him 1,600km from home, to Kolkata. Speaking Hindi rather than Bengali, he nonetheless quickly learns the rules of survival from watching other street children. One of them mutely passes him a piece of torn cardboard to sleep on. Although the kids are driven that night from their patch by police, Saroo goes back later to collect his cardboard and carries it, neatly folded under his arm, his one and only possession. It’s a poignant, eloquent detail.

A bulked-up Dev Patel deploys star-making charisma in the role of Saroo as an adult, shaped more by his loving adoptive family and an outdoorsy Tasmanian childhood than by his early trauma. And Nicole Kidman delivers some of the finest work of her career as Sue, mother to Saroo and his adoptive brother, Mantosh. A MUST SEE FILM! 

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