WELCOME TO THE HAYLE FILM CLUB!

Hayle’s Community Cinema

The 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 2016 Autumn Programme

SATURDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER – 7.30pm

EDDIE THE EAGLE

2016 | UK | Biography/Comedy/Drama | Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tom Costello. 106 min. Rated PG.

A feel-good, crowd-pleasing triumph, this terrific underdog tale, based on the astonishing real-life sporting exploits of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, Britain’s hopeless but courageous ski-jumper, has that touch of The Full Monty/Billy Elliot Brit-crafted magic, with dashes of Ealing comedy thrown in. Combined with a star-making turn from Taron Egerton, as the Cheltenham plasterer’s son, and adroit direction by Dexter Fletcher, the undeniable power and emotional richness of the entire endeavour makes for a captivating success.

“Briskly jolly, and given a dash of class by Jim Broadbent, Christopher Walken and a wonderfully unctuous Tim McInnerny.” – ★★★ Jonathan Romney, The Observer

“There’s a reason mainstream film-makers stick to the formula: it works.” – ★★★ Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

THURSDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER – 7.30pm

MUSTANG

2015 | Turkey/France/Qatar/Germany | Drama | Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. Starring Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu | 97 min. Rated 15. In Turkish, with English subtitles.

Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the recent Oscars, the only female filmmaker this year to receive such a nod, actress and director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang is a heady, emotional and deeply personal story and a paean to female power. It’s set at the start of summer in a village in northern Turkey, when Lale (the youngest sister, through whose innocent eyes the film is seen) and her four sisters are spotted playing with boys while at the beach; and the supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended onsequences. Forbidden from leaving the house by their strict uncle and grandmother, they are forced to cook and do housework instead of going to school; then, their grandmother decides to start marrying them off. But the sisters, driven by the same insatiable desires and a common understanding of their right to freedom, rebel in their own ways. Telling a very particular, character-based story, Ergüven’s incendiary film is nonetheless a parable for the more widespread need for female education and independence; brilliantly acted by its affecting young cast.

“A powerful, uplifting portrait of defiance.” –  ★★★★ Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph

“Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut is an accomplished study of what it means to be young and female in Turkey.” – ★★★★★ Wendy Ide, The Guardian

SATURDAY, 8 OCTOBER – 7.30pm

LOVE & FRIENDSHIP

2016 | US | Comedy/Drama/Romance | Directed by Whit Stillman. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry, Morfydd Clark, Tom Bennett. 93 min. Rated U.

A fun tale of matchmaking and heartbreaking adapted from Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan. Set in the 1790s, Love & Friendship is dominated by a mesmerising performance from Kate Beckinsale as the notorious Lady Susan Vernon. Recently widowed and leaving a trail of scandal behind her, ‘diabolical genius’ and legendary flirt Lady Susan arrives at Churchill, her estranged in-laws’ country estate, to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, aided and abetted by her loyal friend Alicia (Chloe Sevigny), who’s married to upright killjoy Mr Johnson (Stephen Fry), Lady Susan torments young admirer Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) and plots to marry off her meek daughter (Morfydd Clark) to a wealthy fool (a hilarious, scene-snatching Tom Bennett). Excellent cast, deliciously acerbic, witty and delightful.

“Channelling and embellishing the source material’s subversion, Stillman toys with the traditional trappings of period drama, throwing out the stuffiness in favour of something terrifically fresh and oh-so wonderfully wicked.” Emma Simmonds

THURSDAY, 20 OCTOBER – 7.30pm

OUR LITTLE SISTER

2015 | Japan | Comedy-Drama | Directed by Hirokazu Korreda. Starring Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Ryo Kase, Rhyohei Suzuki. 128. Rated PG. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

A gentle, fascinating story from Japan of three grown-up sisters who go to their father’s funeral (he having deserted them years before) and meet their ‘little’ sister by his second marriage – who turns out to be a delight and moves in with them. A lovely film, beautifully acted and photographed, giving us a taste of life in Japan.

“A richly pleasing film, bringing in the classic imagery from the Japanese provincial family drama . . . a vitamin boost for the soul.” ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

SATURDAY, 29 OCTOBER – 7.30pm (a Halloween special screening)

TALE OF TALES

2015 | Italy/France/UK | Fantasy-Drama | Directed by Matteo Garrone. Starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson. 133 min. Rated 15.

Inspired by the 17th-century Neapolitan fairytales of Giambattista Basile and drawing from a madly varied palette of influences, Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone’s English-language debut is a gorgeously grotesque triptych of fables. It begins with a king and queen (John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek), unable to conceive a child until a sorcerer tells the queen to consume the heart of a sea serpent. The second tale stars Toby Jones in a note-perfect performance as a king who nurses a pet flea until it reaches the size of a small car. Finally, Vincent Cassel’s sex-obsessed king is tricked into an undesirable sexual tryst. Deliriously inventive and shot through with an outrageous and twisted beauty, Tale of Tales is a riot of gothic fantasy, with a triumphantly unique vision of cinema at its macabre heart.

“Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is fabulous in every sense […] gloriously mad, rigorously imagined, visually wonderful.” – ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

SATURDAY, 12 NOVEMBER – 7.30pm

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

2015 | UK | Biography-Drama | Directed by Matt Brown. Starring Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm Sinclair, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam, Stephen Fry. 108 min. Rated 12A.

Growing up poor in the Madras of colonial India in the early 1900s, self-taught maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar (Dev Patel) earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Patel is a brilliant choice, especially playing opposite Jeremy Irons as his mentor at Cambridge, Professor Hardy, a total opposite emotionally and spiritually. Where Ramanujan is deeply religious and believes his remarkable solutions to mathematical mysteries come from his god, Hardy is an atheist. Where Ramanujan is quite an emotional and impulsive character, Hardy is measured, reticent and meticulous. Yet they grow to be the closest of friends. It is in the development of this friendship that the film excels and makes us care for them both, giving the biography depth and texture. These central performances (together with contributions from Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam and Stephen Fry) elevate the film to something of lasting value.

“A true story brimming with noble intentions to the point where you feel guilty resisting it.” – ★★★ Tim Robey, The Telegraph

“Both acutely acutely observed and very moving.” – ★★★★ Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

THURSDAY, 24 NOVEMBER – 7.30pm

LEARNING TO DRIVE

2014 | US/UK | Comedy-Drama | Directed by Isabel Coixet. Starring Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer, Sarita Choudhury, Samantha Bee. 90 min. Rated 15.

Made two years ago and thus a long time coming to the UK, this is a well-acted, absorbing story of an unusual partnership. Patricia Clarkson plays a clever Manhattan critic looking for a new centre for her life. Ben Kingsley is a Sikh driving instructor, himself looking for meaning in life – and about to engage in an arranged marriage with a much younger girl from India.

From Andrew Urban: “Patricia Clarkson is perfectly cast as Wendy, the wife who, despite having her own successful writing career, suffers a sense of loss when her husband leaves for a younger woman. The cliché is not allowed to burden the film too much, and it provides propulsion for the drama. Ben Kingsley carries himself with sturdy formality as the proud Sikh, Darwan, who has the opportunity to teach Wendy about driving a car … as if living life. They work well together. Grace Gummer [Meryl Streep’s daughter] is lovely as Wendy’s daughter Tasha, as is Sarita Choudhury as Darwan’s arranged wife, although she doesn’t quite manage to look as uneducated and unsophisticated as the screenplay make out. Spanish director Isabel Coixet handles Sarah Kernochan’s screenplay with a deft touch, avoiding potential potholes of goo or contrivance. She crafts an edge to the seemingly soft material, enough to make the film a universal story with a variety of elements, including clash of cultures and racial / ethnic identity.”

SATURDAY, 10 DECEMBER – 7.30pm

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

2015 | UK | Biography-Drama | Directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alan Corduner. 111 min. Rated PG.

Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena, My Beautiful Laundrette) directs Meryl Streep in the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York heiress who believed, incorrectly, that she could sing. A significant patron of the arts during the Second World War, Foster Jenkins provided musical instruments for underprivileged children and set up The Verdi Club where she produced, directed and starred in tacky shows for select members of high society. But she always wanted to sing opera, despite her tone-deafness and distinct lack of talent — blissfully unaware that while the voice she hears in her head is beautiful, to her audience, it’s comically bad. Her manager-husband, aristocratic English actor St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), lovingly protects her from this painful reality, while her exasperated accompanist (played by The Big Bang Theory‘s Simon Helberg) works hard to keep a straight face. But when she decides to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair faces his greatest challenge yet.

An almost unbelievable true story of self-delusion (it was recently tapped as inspiration for the French-language film Marguerite) but also a heartening look at the power of self-belief, Florence Foster Jenkins offers excellent central, poignant performances – with Streep typically brilliant (a trained coloratura soprano, she had to work hard at singing badly) and Grant on restrained, unusually steely form – in a film that’s got warmth, humour and charm to spare. As the real Florence summed up her life, ‘People may say I can’t sing, but no one can say I didn’t sing.’

In our now annual tradition, Christmas refreshments will be served after the film.