Your Neighbourhood Cinema – Fine Films & Friendly Faces

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 £5 per year).

Our 2017 Summer Programme

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.

SATURDAY, 13 MAY – 7.30pm


2016 | US/France | Documentary | Directed by Raoul Peck. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. 93 min. Rated 12A.

“The story of the negro in America is the story of America. It is not a pretty story.”

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to author and public intellectual James Baldwin’s original work, award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck’s (Murder in Pacot, Moloch Tropical, Lumumba) transfixing, revelatory documentary is the cinematic version of the book Baldwin never wrote.

In 1979, when a literary agent asked Baldwin to write about the lives and assassinations of his friends Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, he responded with a 30-page letter explaining why he couldn’t. This manuscript, entitled Notes Toward Remember This House, was entrusted to Peck by the writer’s estate and serves as the backbone of the film. Alongside an exploration of these key Civil Rights figures, Peck gives us a fascinating picture of Baldwin himself while uncovering the deeper narrative of America’s troubled relationship with race.

In a form as radical as the man that inspired it, Baldwin’s words are juxtaposed with interviews, music, archive footage and images of present-day America to create an overwhelmingly powerful, essayistic mosaic that lays bare the persistent violence and systemic inequality suffered by America’s black population. Baldwin’s insights into how race relations underpin society in fundamental ways apply to Britain as well, making it essential viewing.

“A cinematic séance . . . one of the best movies about the Civil Rights era ever made.” – ★★★★★ Jordan Hoffmann, The Guardian

“In Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary, the on-screen imagery testifies to the enduring immediacy of a ‘yesterday’ that helped to form today.” – ★★★★ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

THURSDAY, 25 MAY – 7.30pm


2016 | US | Drama | Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges. 137 min. Rated 15.

Fans of writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s two previous features, the perfectly pitched, exploratory dramas You Can Count on Me (2000) and Margaret (2011), were rewarded for their patience as his latest film has been garlanded with praise and major awards worldwide, including Oscars and Baftas for both Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Best Original Screenplay (Lonergan).

Affleck stars as Lee, a solitary Boston janitor who after a family tragedy must return to his North Shore hometown, Manchester-by-the-Sea, to look after his brother Joe’s (Kyle Chandler) son, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). While there he must not only deal with caring for his nephew, he also comes back into contact with his ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and confronts the traumas and sorrows of the past.

As with his previous work, Manchester by the Sea evinces Lonergan’s eye for lightness amidst tragedy, a sprawling interest in an array of supporting characters and most of all a commitment to reproducing the textures of real life in a family narrative (Irish Catholic) – much of it in flashbacks – including the inarticulateness of men in expressing grief.

With uniformly excellent performances – Hedges is superb as the arrogant and moody teen – this is also perhaps Lonergan’s most fully realised film to date, absorbing us in a near complete, emotionally overwhelming world.

“A marvellous drama of rage and grief, harrowing and haunting in equal measure.”Nigel Andrews, Financial Times ★★★★★

★★★★★ Time Out | The Sunday Post | Washington Post | The Times | Esquire | The Scotsman | New York Daily News | The Mirror

“Lonergan grapples with the complex unmanageability of human experience in a way that is both sensitive and generous.” – Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound (A 2016 Top 10 Film of the Year)

SATURDAY, 10 JUNE – 7.30pm


2016 | Australia | Biographical Drama | Directed by Garth Davis. Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar. 118 min. Rated PG.

Though its professional reviews have been mixed, Lion has won audience awards at film festivals around the world. What do critics know anyway? In short, don’t forget the tissues.

Based on a true story, 5-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) accidentally gets lost on a train that takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family, to an area where another language is spoken (Bengali instead of Hindi), and he can’t even pronounce the name of his village correctly. Eventually, he is reduced to sleeping in tunnels and stealing food from public shrines. But somehow his innate street smarts kick in, allowing Saroo to survive long enough to be happily rescued from a potentially dire fate, when, as a presumed street orphan, he is adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham).

Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, the grown-up Saroo, now played by a beefed-up Dev Patel, with unwavering determination and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Though Patel has been nominated around the world for his role, winning a Bafta for Best Supporting Actor, it’s Mumbai native Sunny Pawar, winning the part after thousands of children were screen-tested, who makes the first half of the film truly compelling.

“This big-hearted film does full justice to the horror, the pathos and the drama of Saroo’s postmodern odyssey.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ★★★★

“Let’s just say if you are human, there is no way that Lion won’t move you.” – Susan Wlosczcyna, Rogerebert.com  ★★★1/2

“A deeply empathetic performance from Dev Patel and an unflinching view of child poverty on the streets of Calcutta provide a winning edge to Lion.” – The Times ★★★★

THURSDAY, 22 JUNE – 7.30pm


2016 | Spain/Germany | Comedy-Drama | Directed by Iciar Bollain. Starring Anna Castillo, Javier Gutierrez, Pep Ambros. 100 min. Rated 15. In Spanish, with English subtitles.

From the team who made the 2010 Oscar-shortlisted Even the Rain (Madrid-born director Icíar Bollain and Scottish screenwriter and regular Ken Loach collaborator, Paul Laverty), this is a small, soulful film that stars a feisty Spanish actress, Anna Castillo, and a thousand-year-old olive tree.

Castillo plays Alma, a young woman who works on her family’s dilapidated hill farm, which has abandoned production of olive oil for mass chicken farming. The family’s grand old olive tree had been dug up 12 years before and sold as a lobby ornament to an ‘eco’ company in Germany.

Alma’s grandfather, now silent with depression, sits sadly where the tree once grew, so she sets out across Europe to reclaim the tree, enduring a mad, cross-border odyssey along the way.

“A touching and emotional story of family, friendship and resilience.” – Kate Muir, The Times ★★★

Warm and gently rousing.” – Time Out ★★★★

SATURDAY, 8 JULY – 7.30pm  (To be preceded by our AGM at 7.15pm)


2016 | US | Biographical Drama | Directed by Theodore Melfi. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali. 127 min. Rated PG.

This is a film that deserves to be seen by anyone interested in little-known but truly inspiring stories – especially ones that celebrate the intelligence and bravery of minority women.

Hidden Figures is a biopic of three brilliant African-American women who worked for NASA in the early 1960s and were pivotal to the success of sending astronaut John Glenn into space and, eventually, of the later lunar landings.

Gifted at mathematics, engineering and computer programming, the three women, beautifully and spunkily portrayed by Henson, Spencer and Monae, are nevertheless subjected to the limitations of overt sexism and racism. Their collective patience, persistence, dignity and problem-solving skills eventually cross gender and race lines, winning over their supervisors and opponents and inspiring future generations to dream big.

Uplifting and triumphant – an antidote for our current challenging times.

“For all its formula, it’s irresistably uplifting . . .” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ★★★★

“Yes, the story may have been panel-beaten into a gleaming, Oscar-friendly shape. That Hidden Figures is still so entertaining and moving is due in large part to a hugely likeable central trio of performances.” – Ed Potton, The Times ★★★★

“A moving, important and furiously upbeat tale for our times.” – Empire ★★★★

THURSDAY, 20 JULY – 7.30pm


2016 | Brazil | Drama | Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho. Starring Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão. 146 min. Rated 18. In Portuguese, with English subtitles.

Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s much-lauded Aquarius continues the concerns he began exploring in 2012’s acclaimed Neighbouring Sounds and features a stunning central performance by Sonia Braga, an icon of Brazilian cinema.

She plays retired music critic and public intellectual Clara, the last hold-out in the battle to protect The Aquarius, the elegant but ageing apartment building in which she lives, from property developers who want to raze it to the ground. When it becomes clear that developer Diego (Humberto Carrão) cannot convince her to leave her home, it provokes a series of escalating actions and reactions.

Beyond its superb central character study, using flashbacks that also celebrate Clara’s bohemian outlook and lifelong sensuality, Aquarius balances an examination of nepotism, corruption and corporate evils with an investigation into the meaningfulness of places and things; offering both a portrait of a particular life in contemporary Brazil and a wider statement of political intent.

“If you thought Sonia Braga had the role of a lifetime in Héctor Babenco’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, wait until you get a load of Dona Clara.” – Robbie Collin, The Telegraph ★★★★★

Aquarius is a marvelous and surprising act of portraiture, a long, unhurried encounter with a single, complicated person.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“The movie rejoices in a big, juicy, slyly mischievous performance by veteran star Sonia Braga . . . she can do nuanced as well as nuclear.” – Nigel Andrews, Financial Times ★★★★

“A drama that’s credible, complex and very satisfying.” – Geoff Andrew, Time Out ★★★★

 “A densely observed and superbly acted portrait of a woman of a certain age.”Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ★★★★