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2017 - Dir.: Ron Howard - HD Digital presentation - UK/USA

This new documentary by Ron Howard is a must for anyone who was young in the 1960s - and for anyone who has the slightest curiosity about what it was like to be young in that heady decade. The material it covers is familiar enough but it is still a poignant and very entertaining account of its subject, one that makes excellent use of archive material and that is driven along at frantic pace by The Beatles’ music.

"By the end, it became quite complicated; in the beginning, things were very simple," Paul McCartney sums up the story in a nutshell. The film captures brilliantly the sheer sugar rush of euphoria surrounding the band at the height of Beatlemania. More than half a century later, it is impossible not to be taken aback by the shrieking hysteria of the fans clamouring for a piece of John, Paul, Ringo and George.

What makes the film magical is the sheer richness of the archive material and the pace at which it has been edited. The documentary never feels like an exercise in nostalgia. Howard manages to make the “live” music sound as fresh as ever. He eschews voice-over narration and doesn’t try to analyse The Beatles phenomenon in too academic a way…. and there’s at leat 30 minutes of concert footage that you won’t have seen anywhere else!








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2016 - Dir.: Garth Davis - HD Digital presentation - USA.

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles 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.

Director Garth Davis, with strong assistance from a cast of dignified, charismatic criers and the music of Hauschka and Dustin O’Halloran, floods the viewer with big feelings. If you have ever been a child, raised a child, lost a child or met a child — or a mother — this movie will wreck you. As a purely emotional experience it succeeds without ever feeling too manipulative or maudlin. A story with this much built-in emotion doesn’t need milking, but a certain holding back: it’s a smart move to have the dropped pins and smudged details of online mapping do all this for us. It’s a film that depends on strong performances - and it gets them from Dev Patel, showing he’s worth more than his “Marigold Hotel” character, and young Sunny Pawar - heart-wrenching as the lost child. Bring a spare hankie… or two!!







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1968 - Dir.: Peter Yates - HD Digital presentation - USA.

Everybody knows that this thriller includes one of the most famous car chases ever filmed… but it does actually have a plot: Senator Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn) is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross (Vic Tayback) with the help of testimony from the criminal's hothead brother Johnny (Pat Renella), who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen). When a pair of mob hitmen enter the scene, Bullitt follows their trail through a maze of complications and double-crosses. .

As for that chase scene. McQueen (doing his own driving) is chased by, and chases, a couple of gangsters up and down San Francisco's hills. They slam into intersections, bounce halfway down the next hill, scrape by half a dozen near-misses, sideswipe each other, and leave your stomach somewhere in the basement for about 11 minutes.

As well as being thrilling this film is a total period piece. Director (Englishman) Peter Yates (and genius cameraman William Fraker) make San Francisco fresh and alive while makingsure we clock such details as the pointy, elongated shirt collars and umpteen other touches that give us a clue that this is very, very firmly rooted in the 1960s





Friday, 18th August  at 8pm.