Our first new film, unannounced at the beginning of the season, will be Apollo 11. We will be showing it on Tuesday 3 December at 19:45. Apollo 11 is a remarkable documentary about the first mission to the moon, directed by Todd Douglas Miller and constructed from archive footage, photographs and audio recordings made on the ground and by the astronauts during their trip. The story is told with no [cont'd.]
A generally favourable response to Sweet Country, with a few sharp exceptions. It achieved an appreciation score of 79.19 per cent. Some comments: “A visually captivating film. A reminder of how appallingly the native Australians were treated. A moving film.” “Revealing account of racism in Australia.” “Such a powerful piece. We need more films that show the brutality of British colonialism.” “Shocking in many ways. Good for the filmmakers. Not [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 5 November at 19:45, is another intriguing tale of urban Japanese life by CFS favourite Hirokazu Kore-eda. A couple working part-time supplement their inadequate income by shoplifting, with help from the whole extended family. Then they open their doors to a young girl they find abandoned. An insightful, touching film in the realist tradition.
We’re pleased to say our autumn event, Musicals!, was a great success. We drew at least 125 people across the three films, far ahead of the target of 95 laid down for us by the BFI. The after-show party was well-attended and people seemed to have a good time. Thanks to the excellent band and to the staff and volunteers at Cheltenham Playhouse. If anyone has a completed feedback form, [cont'd.]
Last night’s film, Custody, was much appreciated, with an appreciation score of 84.93 per cent. Attendance was 315. Some of your comments: “Incredible, moving, thought-provoking film. Wonderful acting.” “Brilliantly realistic and quite uncomfortable watching.” “But terrifying. Also I wonder if some members of the audience could be traumatised by it.” “A tense diatribe about toxic masculinity and coercive control.” “Absolutely fantastic, terrifying, harrowing.” “Thanks! Great, but so powerful.” “Traumatic but [cont'd.]