Your Neighbourhood Cinema for Fine Films

Hayle Film Club meets on the second Saturday evening of each month, plus the third or fourth Thursday (check the schedule), upstairs at our village hall, the Passmore Edwards Institute, 13-15 Hayle Terrace. Screenings begin with an introduction at 7.30pm. On Saturdays, everyone is welcome to stay for free homemade refreshments after the film ends.

Tickets remain a reasonable £5 per person for general admission, £4 per person for members (membership is £7.50 per year).

NOTE: Films classified as F Rated (two this season) are those that: 1) are directed by a woman; 2) are written by a woman; and/or 3) feature significant women on screen in their own right. Developed by the Bath Film Festival, the rating is designed to support and promote women and redress the imbalance in the film industry. Highlighting these films sends a clear message to distributors, producers and funders that women can and should have more than just a supporting role within the industry.

Our 2019 Summer Programme

SATURDAY, 11 MAY – 7.30pm


2018 | US | Comedy-Drama | Directed by Peter Farrelly. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini. 130 min. Rated 12A..

Director-screenwriter Peter Farrelly has undoubtedly moved upmarket from his earlier gross-out comedies like There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber and Shallow Hal.

Winner of three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali (who also won the Bafta) and Best Screenplay, Green Book is a crowd-pleasing if paint-by-the-numbers tale of discrimination and interracial friendship, saved from treacle by a superb cast.

When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), an Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx, is hired in 1962 to drive Dr Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class black pianist, on a concert tour from New York through the segregated Deep South, they must rely on The Negro Motorist Green Book to guide them to the few restaurants and hotels that were then safe or accessible for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity and humour, Tony and Dr Shirley must set aside differences to survive and grow on the road trip of a lifetime.

Green Book is a delight. The advice is to suspend the racial angst for 130 minutes and luxuriate in a charming film expertly steered to the right side of the line between the sweet and the saccharine by two stellar performances.” – Matthew Norman, Evening Standard ★★★

“Right through to the feelgood Christmas-set finale, there’s something about the film that feels primed to be a hit and while its race-switched take on Driving Miss Daisy might seem oversimplified for more refined audiences, there’s an importance to preaching beyond the choir.” – Benjamin Lee, The Guardian ★★★

Mortensen turns in a charming, nuanced and comedically gifted performance that feels like his most accomplished yet. Ali is even finer, playing an isolated, angry and often inebriated character unable to fully identity with, nor find acceptance within, either white or black communities. A man of few words and well-concealed emotions, the discreet way that he conveys Don’s heartache is, at points, terrifically moving.” – Radio Times

THURSDAY, 23 MAY – 7.30pm


2018 | UK-Germany | Historical Romance | Directed by Marcus H. Rosenmuller. Starring David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw, Gary Lewis, Harry Melling. 120 min. Rated 15. 

Here it is, a hybrid film for almost everyone: a football bio-pic for sports fans, a slice of history for WWII buffs, a romance for softies, and a feel-good story for anyone exhausted by current events.

This is the extraordinary, sympathetic and true tale of German POW Bert Trautmann. Talent-spotted playing football in the POW camp by the manager of St Helens Town, he stayed on in England at the end of the war and married the manager’s daughter.

Trautmann went on to be signed by Manchester City, playing for the team from 1949 to 1964, initially enduring hostility and abuse for being German, particularly among Manchester’s Jewish community. But Trautmann’s sincere disgust at Nazi war crimes, his decency, humility and marriage to a British woman won the city over. Most impressively, he secured victory for his team in the 1956 Cup Final despite a broken neck. 

Let’s cheer – and cheer up – together!

“A really watchable film, more substantial than most sports movies and many postwar dramas.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ★★★

“Rosenmüller very nearly hits the back of the net with this handsome period weepy.” – Ed Power, The Telegraph ★★★

“A delightful slab of Hovis . . . the story’s underlying message has ended up more relevant than the film-makers can ever have anticipated.” – Donald Clarke, The Irish Times ★★★

SATURDAY, 9 JUNE – 7.30pm


2018 | US | Biographical Comedy-Crime Drama | Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Jane Curtin. 106 min. Rated 15.

An odd-couple caper that is indeed odd – and horribly hilarious.

Based on her 2008 confessional autobiography, Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a curmudgeonly cat-loving New York writer, turns to a lucrative trade in literary forgeries when demand dries up for her trademark biographies of famous women, which had included the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead and Estee Lauder.

Israel’s partner in crime is lounge lizard and co-dependent loser Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant), one of the few friends she has not alienated by her cantankerous behaviour, who helps peddle the forgeries. But her newfound wealth soon arouses the suspicion of the FBI.

McCarthy and Grant were Oscar-, Bafta- and Golden Globe-nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor.

“McCarthy is simply stupendous as a bright, bored woman galvanised by financial insecurity. She never begs us to find Israel adorable, but nor does she overplay the character’s darker aspects. The result is wail-out-loud funny.”  – Charlotte O’Sullivan, Evening Standard ★★★★

“A brilliant performance by McCarthy . . . [she] and Grant have genuine chemistry, of a vinegary sort.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ★★★★★

“Melissa McCarthy brings passion and poignancy to the role of the real-life Lee Israel.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker, Best Movies of 2018

THURSDAY, 20 JUNE – 7.30pm

CAPERNAUM (Capharnaüm)

2018 | Lebanon-France-US | Drama | Directed by Nadine Labaki. Starring Zain al-Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar al-Haddad, Elias Khoury. 126 min. Rated 15. In Arabic, with English subtitles.

An exhilarating, breathtaking and urgent story of social realism.

Having fled his abusive family, 12-year-old Zain is alone on the streets of Beirut. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old ‘adult,’ surviving through his wits.

When Zain meets Ethiopian migrant worker and single mother Rahil, she provides him with shelter and food, in exchange for taking care of her baby son Yonas. Zain forms a strong bond Yonas, but the relative idyll is cut short when Rahil is jailed and Zain is faced with supporting the baby.

Inspired by real-life experiences of its young cast, the film’s events are bookended by an astonishing framing device: Zain’s attempt to sue his parents for giving him life, after he’s jailed for committing a violent crime.

This is director and screenwriter Nadine Labaki’s third film, which won the Jury Award at Cannes and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (along with Cold War and Shoplifters).

NOTE: Our screening of Capernaum is partially funded by the BFI Cinematheque scheme, which encourages audiences to explore more diverse and independent films.

“Harsh and abrasive, and sometimes difficult . . . but Labaki has layered the film with just enough moments of kindness to break your heart.” – Kevin Maher, The Times ★★★★

“Labaki’s direction of her young leads is miraculous, while the handheld cinematography and electrifying editing convey the chaos of the milieu and the grimness of the global crisis that has precipitated it.”  – Radio Times

SATURDAY, 13 JULY – 7.30pm


2018 | UK | Comedy-Drama | Directed by Carl Hunter. Starring Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter, Tim McInnerny. 91 min. Rated 12A.

This is an offbeat, quirky, deadpan and stylised comedy-drama comparable to the films of Wes Anderson (Moonlight Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Royal Tenenbaums et al).

Alan (Bill Nighy) has two passions: making suits and playing Scrabble. He has two sons, but Michael went missing 10 years ago, storming out after a particularly acrimonious Scrabble session. Alan and his other son, Peter (Sam Riley), are on a quest to find Michael, and suspect a mysterious online Scrabble master holds the key to Michael’s fate. But it’s Alan’s relationship with Peter that he must repair, so that the family can finally move on.

Carl Hunter’s debut film, based on Frank Cottrell Boyce’s powerfully tragicomic script, boasts a wonderful supporting cast and explores family rifts alongside sharp wordplay and even sharper gentlemen’s attire.

“The film positively twinkles with insouciance, and is performed with aplomb, particularly by Bill Nighy, who brings a droll sprightliness and deadpan wit to the lead part, but shows how these mannerisms mask emotional pain.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ★★★★

This delightfully offbeat British movie . . . has a surprisingly light touch and manages to be emotionally moving without being overwrought.” – Wenlei Ma, news.com.au ★★★★

THURSDAY, 25 JULY – 7.30pm


2018 | US | Drama-Romance | Directed by Barry Jenkins. Starring Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo. 119 min. Rated 15.

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, this adaptation is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne).

In 1970s Harlem, teen sweethearts Tish and Fonny (Stephan James) dream of a future together, but are torn apart when Fonny is wrongly arrested for the rape of a Puerto Rican woman through the machinations of a racist cop. Tish’s mother Sharon (Regina King, winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar) embarks on her own crusade to seek justice for Fonny, while Tish, who is pregnant, turns to her family and community for support.

Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honours Baldwin’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.

NOTE: Our screening of If Beale Street Could Talk is partially funded by the BFI Cinematheque scheme, which encourages audiences to explore more diverse and independent films.

“Magical filmmaking which looks for, and finds, beauty in the most unlikely places.” – Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent ★★★★★

“If proof were needed that Barry Jenkins’s directing achievement [for Moonlight] was far from a one-off, it pulses and dances through every sequence of his follow-up . . . in all its gorgeous romantic melancholy and sublimated outrage.” – Tim Robey, The Telegraph ★★★★★

“A powerful condemnation of endemic and structural racism, a sweet love story and, at a technical level, a beautifully produced film.” – Eye for Film