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Film Club

Film Club

Film Club meets once a month. It is membership only - £40.00, payable in cash £12.00 for a one off session.

Each screening is introduced by Simon Frampton. After each screening a discussion group will take place for those who desire it.  The club's emphasis is to join like-minded people and give us all an excuse to watch some remarkable and often overlooked films.

For information about the club or details of future club dates
please ring Simon Frampton on 01787 580453.


Thursday July 13th 10.30am

Importance of Sound Design In Film

Tickets £40 per 4 sessions.  Or £12.00 for a one-off trial (join on the day)

This month I want to look at the use of sound in films. Chiefly I will be concentrating on diegetic sound that is sound that is sourced from within the logic of the film’s world. So we will not be looking at soundtracks! Sound, often seen as the poorer cousin to cinematography, is in fact one of the most creative of all the cinema processes and as Robert Bresson said can bring us closest to the human experience. This month gives us the wonderful opportunity to consider films from all eras and nationalities. Imagine the D Day landing section in Private Ryan without sound. I think this could be a particularly exciting session!


Thursday August 10th  10.30am

Canadian Cinema                                                 

Living adjacent to the largest film producing nation on the planet has certainly overshadowed Canada’s film industry. Canadian actors, directors, producers and other film workers often end up being involved in projects south of the border and American films are frequently filmed in Canada.

When looking at significant Canadian films, spanning decades and covering a wide variety of genres, themes and styles, a more coherent picture begins to emerge. Certain not-always-so-obvious elements reveal themselves continuously – Canadian self-deprecating humour, emotionally charged drama, tight connections to various ethnicities of immigrant populations, beautiful vistas and homages to nature. Expect some beautiful and testing films from this lecture.


Thursday September 14th 10.30am

Jack Nicholson 

John Joseph "JackNicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker, who has performed for over 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopathic characters. In many of his films, he has played the "eternal outsider, the sardonic drifter," someone who rebels against the social structure. He is a three times academy award winner. Thursday October 12th 10.30am


Thursday October 12th 10.30am

Nicole Kidman 

Nicole Mary Kidman, (born 20 June 1967) breakthrough roles were in the 1989 feature film thriller Dead Calm. Appearing in several films in the early 1990s, she came to worldwide recognition for her performances in the stock-car racing film Days of Thunder (1990), the romance-drama Far and Away (1992), and the superhero film Batman Forever (1995). Other successful films followed in the late 1990s. Kidman's performance as Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002) received critical acclaim and earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Thursday November 9th 10.30am

Role of The Producer

The role of Film Producer is often overlooked when discussing Cinema and in this session we hope to shine some light on some of the extraordinary characters who have held this important position. Producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing. Some of the larger than life characters we will be looking at will include Sam Spiegel, Hal B. Wallis, Stanley Kramer and Robert Wise.


Thursday December 14th April 10.30am

Winners of Best Foreign Film Academy Awards

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is handed out annually to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.  Over the years, the Best Foreign Language Film Award and its predecessors have been given almost exclusively to European films: out of the 68 awards handed out by the Academy since 1947 to foreign language films, 56 have gone to European films, six to Asian films, three to African films and three to films from the Americas. We have a marvellous choice of films to discover!