Our Next Film: ‘Ethel And Ernest’

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

ONLINE BOOKING - Pontardawe Arts Centre

2016, UK, 94 minutes, (PG)
Director – Roger Mainwood

 

Raymond Briggs’ moving tale of his parents, from their courtship to their deaths. Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn voice Ernest and Ethel from their meeting in 1920 through 40 years of social and political upheaval and the birth of their son through to the 1970s when they died. A wonderfully evocative portrayal of past times.

Quiz on animated films after the film – all welcome

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Ethel And Ernest
Rotten Tomatoes – Ethel And Ernest
Official website – Ethel And Ernest

Audience Reaction: ‘I, Daniel Blake’

A new record, 97.53% for the first film of the season, ‘I, Daniel Blake

COMMENTS BELOW

  • Excellent social commentary – perhaps slightly one sided – not all job centre staff are hostile
  • Very well made. They could have gone over the top but this was just right and exactly as it is in real life as I have witnessed
  • Heart-breaking and extremely moving. Sadly very true
  • Brilliant – thought provoking
  • Should be compulsory viewing for everyone – especially MPs
  • Very down to earth, true to life which is a pity
  • Where is empathy in our society?
  • Excellent film having been affected by these issues ourselves
  • A moving expose of our so called caring society. We’re all in this together? I think not.
  • Hard hitting and absolutely real and true
  • Completely changed my views on the benefits system – harrowing film
  • This is not fiction – it UK now – our shame
  • Brilliant as only Ken Loach can do. So sad, such an indictment of Britain today
  • British film making at ist best an intelligent and deeply moving protralay of the realities of modern Britain beyond the bullshit of sound-bite politicians. Remarkable.
  • One less statistic for the government to worry about.
  • Awesome but a sad indictment of our society
  • Full frustration – I wonder how I would do in similar circumstance
  • Very moving. The single mum reminded me of me moving into a home with my child struggling. Really felt for the characters. Made the injustice of the benefits system really clear
  • It’s a heart-breaking yet heart-warming film, and it challenges ones assumptions about the state supporting attitude to its citizens
  • As powerful a film as you would expect from Ken Loach – just wish I could have understood all the dialogue – perhaps I should see the subtitled French version next!
  • Incredible – everyone should see it – distraught
  • Shows the lethal consequences of lack of respect
  • Dickens in modern dress – oh brave new world
  • Tragic
  • Too close to the truth – well acted
  • Personal truth heart-wrenching film – ken loach’s best film – truthful to the core – time for a revolution
  • I cant stop crying and I feel angry – I do not understand how the system works
  • Absolutely wonderful, powerful, profound, looking-glass into real life for many citizens of our society. Should be compulsory viewing for everyone

Our Next Film: I, Daniel Blake

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, UK, 100 minutes, (15)
Director – Ken Loach

A moving and fiery rail against social injustice. Daniel Blake, a middle aged widower in the North East unable to work or get benefits after a heart attack befriends a struggling single mum who is reduced to using food banks to feed her family. Heart-breaking and passionate.

Preceded by short film from Shelter Cymru. Wine reception after the film for members

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – I, Daniel Blake
Rotten Tomatoes – I, Daniel Blake
Official website – I, Daniel Blake

AUDIENCE REACTION:

A new record, 97.53% for the first film of the season, ‘I, Daniel Blake':

COMMENTS BELOW:

  • Excellent social commentary – perhaps slightly one sided – not all job centre staff are hostile
  • Very well made. They could have gone over the top but this was just right and exactly as it is in real life as I have witnessed
  • Heart-breaking and extremely moving. Sadly very true
  • Brilliant – thought provoking
  • Should be compulsory viewing for everyone – especially MPs
  • Very down to earth, true to life which is a pity
  • Where is empathy in our society?
  • Excellent film having been affected by these issues ourselves
  • A moving expose of our so called caring society. We’re all in this together? I think not.
  • Hard hitting and absolutely real and true
  • Completely changed my views on the benefits system – harrowing film
  • This is not fiction – it UK now – our shame
  • Brilliant as only Ken Loach can do. So sad, such an indictment of Britain today
  • British film making at ist best an intelligent and deeply moving protralay of the realities of modern Britain beyond the bullshit of sound-bite politicians. Remarkable.
  • One less statistic for the government to worry about.
  • Awesome but a sad indictment of our society
  • Full frustration – I wonder how I would do in similar circumstance
  • Very moving. The single mum reminded me of me moving into a home with my child struggling. Really felt for the characters. Made the injustice of the benefits system really clear
  • It’s a heart-breaking yet heart-warming film, and it challenges ones assumptions about the state supporting attitude to its citizens
  • As powerful a film as you would expect from Ken Loach – just wish I could have understood all the dialogue – perhaps I should see the subtitled French version next!
  • Incredible – everyone should see it – distraught
  • Shows the lethal consequences of lack of respect
  • Dickens in modern dress – oh brave new world
  • Tragic
  • Too close to the truth – well acted
  • Personal truth heart-wrenching film – ken loach’s best film – truthful to the core – time for a revolution
  • I cant stop crying and I feel angry – I do not understand how the system works
  • Absolutely wonderful, powerful, profound, looking-glass into real life for many citizens of our society. Should be compulsory viewing for everyone

Audience Reaction: ‘Truman’

The audience gave Truman a score of 90%

Comments as follows

  • We enjoyed this film very much.  Poignant, touching, funny and amusing.
  • A roller coaster of emotions – joys and griefs – poor Truman seemed almost incidental – the perfect, quiet companion animal
  • A very brave, sad film,  guitar music was very emotive
  • Really emotional and very truthful about men (and women’s) relationships  excellent film.  One of the best this season
  • Heart-warming.  Brilliant acting
  • I found the son’s choice to go to a concert with his girlfriend rather than spend time with his dying father rather unbelievable and the relationships were all rather shallow – in the circumstances I would expect more sincerity
  • Too emotional to comment
  • Moving and accurate picture of men’s relationships.  Use of dog clever!
  • A gentle stroll through a man’s last days told with gentle aplomb and some touching moments
  • Well told well acted  could have ben over sentimental but was moving
  • Lovely soundtrack  extremely moving  captivating acting
  • Sorry ! thought the ethics were awful

Film Club Festive Feast (Tamarind Pontardawe)

Film club members have asked if we could return to the Tamarind for another festive feast… Sorry for the short notice but we will meet at the Tamarind on Tuesday the 6th of December at 8pm

Our Next Event: K2D, Q&A + Indian Buffet, 19th November 6pm

Saturday, 19 November 2016, 6:00 pm


£8 members £12 non members – including food and music

Director – Tom Woodrow

k2d-logoK2D, a family motorcycle adventure with a purpose . Two couples went from Katmandu (Nepal) to Dhaka (Bangladesh) with their children on Royal Enfield motorbikes.

Highly involved with the organisation called Interburns in training medical staff to look after burned patients , they use this amazing trip to raise the awareness about their work and also to raise funds .

Travelling on Royal Enfield Motorcycles was a challenge but also a way to experience those countries and get to know another way than the pure medical work . It was also about doing something unforgettable with their children whom were old enough to remember it all their lives.

The film was shot by Tom Woodrow (an experienced adventure motorcycle adventure film maker).  Find out more at http://www.interburnsk2d.org and http://interburns.org

TRAILER:

Interburns is a charity committed to transforming global burn care and prevention through education, training, research and capacity-building

Audience Reaction: ‘Horror Shorts III’

Another wonderful experience of film and music brought to us by Paul Shallcross…. Horror Shorts III

The event scored an incredible 95.71%

And the comments as follows

  • Magical.  Perfect piano.  Timeless and delightful.  I felt delighted, amused and entertained
  • Another wonderful selection of silent era films
  • Loved the piano accompaniment
  • Fabulous
  • A rare treat excellently delivered.  Will be back next year.  Paul’s enthusiasm makes the evening
  • A real treat to see the films and to hear Paul play along in just magic
  • Very enjoyable.  Never knew that there were such interesting early films.  Excellently presented
  • Brilliant as usual
  • As always very entertaining, and also informative.  Music is inspired.  Paul is obviously very passionate about what he does
  • Charming, quirky and uniquely entertaining
  • The music suited the films very well.  Very entertaining
  • An atmospheric session of cinematic treats.  Live piano music extremely effective.
  • Entertaining Shallcross’s music great and his selection of knowledge of the films is rare
  • Erudite, informative and entertaining introductions.  Please let us have more of the genius that is Paul Shallcross
  • I really enjoyed the evening.  Info, films and music were fantastic.  I’m going home to read some Poe
  • Quirky as ever and very entertaining
  • Wonderfully entertaining and well presented
  • Very informative and some hilarious moments
  • Wonderful glimpse at history, and the music and talk were fantastic.  As a film novice and first timer at film club I was very impressed and will definitely be returning
  • Both educational and entertaining.  A most enjoyable evening
  • Really enjoyed The Fall of the House of Usher.  Inspirationally shot
  • Fabulous.  Great music, entertaining presentation, educational and interesting and fun.

SELECTION MEETING: 8th of November 7pm

Hello All

We will be selecting films for the new season starting January, on Tuesday 8th November at the Arts Centre starting at 7.00pm – hope you can come.

We thought it would be helpful, if you have films in mind, if you could share them on this email group in advance of the meeting so everyone can have a look. Please do this whether you can come to the meeting or not and they will all be considered.

Thanks

John

Next Film: Men & Chicken

Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, Denmark, 104 minutes, (15)
Director – Anders Thomas Jensen


Riotous, bawdy and transgressive black comedy. Discovering their father isn’t really their father two brothers go in search of their biological parent. They discover a unique place – where bestiality is gleefully accepted, casual violence the norm and unusual passions are indulged – and start to uncover the mysteries of their origins. Not for the faint hearted.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)
Rotten Tomatoes – Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)

Next Event: Silent Horror Shorts III

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 7:30 pm


Commissioned by Abertoir, this collection of silent horror shorts celebrates the inventive and imaginative in early cinema with a selection of rarely seen films on the lighter side of horror and, forming the programme’s centrepiece, one of the truly dark but little known masterpieces of the avant-garde in silent cinema.

All the films will be introduced and accompanied on the piano by Paul Shallcross, presenting his own brand new scores.

Those Awful Hats

1909, USA, 3 minutes, (NR)
Director – D.W. Griffith


Possibly the earliest example of a public announcement film and from none other than the director later famous for Birth of a Nation, a film which features some very unexpected happenings in a cinema audience.

LINKS:
IMDb – Those Awful Hats
Rotten Tomatoes – Those Awful Hats

The Invisible Thief (Le voleur invisible)

1909, France, 5 minutes, (NR)
Director – Segundo de Chomón


The darker undertones of H. G. Wells’ story are transformed into a delightful skit on crime with Chomón’s camera techniques exploring every possibility of stop-motion and double exposure photography. This is the earliest recorded film to make use of the renowned author as source material.

LINKS:
IMDb – The Invisible Thief (Le voleur invisible)
Rotten Tomatoes – The Invisible Thief (Le voleur invisible)

An Over-Incubated Baby

1901, UK, 1 minutes, (NR)
Director – Robert W. Paul


Robert W. Paul was a pioneering engineer of movie cameras and a filmmaker with a keen eye for the fantastic and the bizarre. His films, such as this one and Undressing Extraordinary, are often cited as being some of the earliest manifestations of horror in film. A cautionary tale of what happens if you leave a baby cooking for too long…..

LINKS:
IMDb – An Over-Incubated Baby
Rotten Tomatoes – An Over-Incubated Baby

The Man with a Rubber Head

1901, France, 3 minutes, (NR)
Director – Georges Méliès


The inventor of inventive cinema applies his teeming imagination to his own remarkably distensible skull.

LINKS:
IMDb – The Man with a Rubber Head
Rotten Tomatoes – The Man with a Rubber Head

The Fall of the House of Usher

1928, USA, 13 minutes, (NR)
Director – James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber


This is unusual in being the work of a group of amateur filmakers with both financial and artistic clout. The use of prism photography suffuses the whole film with an eeriness and claustrophobia which lead inexorably to the truly horrific catharsis. In many ways the definitive cinematic version of the Edgar Allan Poe short story.

LINKS:
IMDb – The Fall of the House of Usher
Rotten Tomatoes – The Fall of the House of Usher

There It Is

1928, USA, 22 minutes, (Unrated)
Director – Charley Bowers


One of the now almost forgotten comedians of the silent era Charley Bowers is both actor, animator and inventor in this film. A thinly veiled ghost-house story is the vehicle for some extraordinarily surreal humour, for elaborate sequences of stunning camera effects rarely if ever seen in silent comedy, and for an eye-boggling array of Heath-Robinson-like contraptions which continually thwart the efforts of the two detectives (Charley and his midget assistant) to apprehend the malevolent spirit in the Daffydil Sanatorium.

LINKS:
IMDb – There It Is
Rotten Tomatoes – There It Is

AUDIENCE SCORE:  95.71%

And the comments as follows

  • Magical.  Perfect piano.  Timeless and delightful.  I felt delighted, amused and entertained
  • Another wonderful selection of silent era films
  • Loved the piano accompaniment
  • Fabulous
  • A rare treat excellently delivered.  Will be back next year.  Paul’s enthusiasm makes the evening
  • A real treat to see the films and to hear Paul play along in just magic
  • Very enjoyable.  Never knew that there were such interesting early films.  Excellently presented
  • Brilliant as usual
  • As always very entertaining, and also informative.  Music is inspired.  Paul is obviously very passionate about what he does
  • Charming, quirky and uniquely entertaining
  • The music suited the films very well.  Very entertaining
  • An atmospheric session of cinematic treats.  Live piano music extremely effective.
  • Entertaining Shallcross’s music great and his selection of knowledge of the films is rare
  • Erudite, informative and entertaining introductions.  Please let us have more of the genius that is Paul Shallcross
  • I really enjoyed the evening.  Info, films and music were fantastic.  I’m going home to read some Poe
  • Quirky as ever and very entertaining
  • Wonderfully entertaining and well presented
  • Very informative and some hilarious moments
  • Wonderful glimpse at history, and the music and talk were fantastic.  As a film novice and first timer at film club I was very impressed and will definitely be returning
  • Both educational and entertaining.  A most enjoyable evening
  • Really enjoyed The Fall of the House of Usher.  Inspirationally shot
  • Fabulous.  Great music, entertaining presentation, educational and interesting and fun.

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