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Summer Sizzle 19th July 2019

Summer Sizzle event

Summer Sizzle

Friday 19th July
A sultry evening of jazz and summer sizzle

The FB Pocket Orchestra

The FB Pocket OrchestraThe FB Pocket Orchestra takes its listeners back to the days of hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular dances, with their cool and confident sounding music. They have no trouble in capturing the genres of the 1930s, the 1920s and even earlier. In their discography you can clearly hear the glamour and style of these eras. It is atmospheric, yet vibrant, and these two qualities together combine to make great music, meaning that the FB Pocket Orchestra are perfect for almost any social environment.

Doors: 7pm

Bar: Cash bar until 10.30pm

Music: 8 – 10pm

Close: 10.30pm

Tickets: £15 including first drink and a BBQ sizzler. Accompanied children under 16 free.

Bookings: By advance payment only (BACS, cheque, cash)

Email: filmnight@rockbournevillagehall.org.uk

Enquiries: Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Click here to download the flyer

Classical Music Concert – Peter Stark and Friends

Rockbourne Village Hall Summer Events 2019

Friday 28th June

Peter Stark, Conductor, & Friends – A Classical Music Concert

Peter Stark and FriendsPeter Stark is Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music and Rehearsal Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra. With a renowned international reputation as a teacher, Peter travels extensively to teach and conduct famous youth orchestras around the world, and has been a consultant for BBC television and radio productions. Peter lives in Rockbourne when he is not travelling, and the concert on 28th June is the product of four days’ work with students in Rockbourne Village Hall – his 60th conducting course in the UK alone. 12 musician friends of Peter’s will perform pieces by Haydn and Richard Strauss.
Classical Music Concert

Doors: 7pm

Bar: Cash bar until 10pm

Music: 7.30 – 9.30pm

Close: 10pm

Tickets: £10

Bookings: By advance payment only (BACS, cheque, cash)

Email: filmnight@rockbournevillagehall.org.uk

Enquiries: Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Download the flyer for this event here

FILM NIGHT –
Green Book – 19th June 2019

Green Book RVH Film Night

Green Book

2018 Feature – 127 mins – Cert 12A
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: Peter Farrelly
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

Bookings: email filmnight@rockbournevillagehall.org.uk or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

BBFC Summary: GREEN BOOK is a drama in which an Italian-American takes a job as driver to a black pianist on tour through the Deep South.

Green Book won this years’ academy award for the best film, but, lest that should put you off (past ‘Oscar’ winners don’t always go down well in Rockbourne) let me assure you that Green Book is a delight. The film is straightforward, brilliantly well executed and often very funny (directed by There is Something About Mary’s Peter Farrelly), although the underlying subject is far from a laughing matter. What is more this is based on a true story.

It is 1962, Tony ‘’Tony Lip’’ Vallelonga, a New York Goodfella, strip club bouncer and small part player in gangster movies, is out of work. Don Shirley, a famous African American concert pianist, books Tony, played by the wonderful Viggo Mortensen, to drive him for a concert tour of the Deep South states in his extravagant, head-turning, bright blue Cadillac and to act as a minder in the intractably segregated corner of the USA.

Tony is not enthused at working for a black man, but he needs the work. Don, Jamaican by birth, played with arrogant insouciance by the imperious Mahershal Ali, is a highly educated doctor of music. He is also an irritating snob who hardly gets along with the crudely practical bouncer. They begin their sometimes arduous journey armed with ‘The Negro Motorist Green Book’, a travel guide for safe travel through the segregated South.

As the disparate pair witness and endure appalling injustices on the road, for example when the famous pianist is invited as guest of honour to a reception in an antebellum mansion and is obliged to use the servant’s lavatory, they begin to face the circumstances together. In doing so they build a collegial respect and affection for each other which, in fact, lasted all their lives.

In some ways this is a typical Hollywood ‘buddy’ movie, well made and uncomplicated. But it is more than that: a heart-warming, funny, and sincerely felt crowd pleaser, which we are sure you, like the millions who have seen it, will enjoy enormously.        John Crome

Click here to read about Green Book on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 16th June

Next film 18th September: tbd (future films 2019, Oct 16, Nov 20)

SAVE THE DATES FOR ROCKBOURNE VILLAGE HALL SUMMER MUSIC EVENTS
FRIDAY 28TH JUNE – CLASSICAL MUSIC: concert and talk
FRIDAY 19TH JULY – SUMMER SIZZLE: BBQ and live music

FILM NIGHT –
The Favourite – 15th May 2019

The Favourite - Film Night

The Favourite

2018 Drama – 117 min – Cert 15 (very strong language, strong sex)

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Cast includes: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

Bookings: email filmnight@rockbournevillagehall.org.uk or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

BBFC Summary: THE FAVOURITE is a period drama in which a servant and a courtier vie for the affections of their monarch, Queen Anne.


“The Favourite is one of those films you simply have to see.” –  Daily Mail

 “A vibrantly vile creature of failing flesh: Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite” – The Times

 “The Favourite is so assaultively entertaining that you keep wanting to go outside for fresh air.” – FT


Once in a while, Rockbourne film night has the opportunity to show a film that is a mini masterpiece; The Favourite is just that. A mêlée of baroque malice, royal indecency and twisted intrigue makes this a deliciously diabolical, outrageous period drama interspersed with bawdy Restoration farce, endowed with three outstanding performances from Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz.

The film largely takes place in the palace of portly, petulant and self-doubting Queen Anne (the ever-perfect Olivia Colman who won the ‘best actress’ Oscar for this performance), at the beginning of the 18th century. The Queen suffers from gout, piles and stomach ulcers. She passes the time with her dozens of pet rabbits, while toffs race ducks and lobsters along the marbled halls. The ballroom is given over to extravagant parties which feature some of the silliest dancing since the heyday of Monty Python.

Against this background, England is essentially governed by the Queen’s old friend and lover Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), Duchess of Marlborough, whose husband is off fighting the French. Sarah is the present Favourite, with the licence to mock Anne, manipulate her finances to her husband’s advantage and, sometimes, maliciously advise her on politics. When Sarah’s impoverished cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) joins the household, she is exiled to the kitchens by Sarah who spots a beautiful competitor. But Abigail happens to know which herbs will alleviate the Queen’s aches and pains, and this attractive young woman soon rises through the ranks of the Queen’s servants to be her confidante, replacing Sarah as The Favourite for the Queen’s friendship, bed and purse.

The Favourite is not for the prim or faint-hearted. It oozes bad behaviour, but is nevertheless very funny and strangely touching, almost as if it was written by Jane Austin with all restraint removed. The deft script and the universally superb performances ensure that Sarah and Abigail aren’t just one-dimensional schemers, but sympathetic individuals, and the pain-wracked Queen a woman to be pitied as well as scorned.

This film bends every rule of the carriages-and-country-houses costume drama. It is an experience which we urge you to share.                                           John Crome

Click here to read about The Favourite on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 12th May

Next film 19th June: tbd (future films Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20)

SAVE THE DATES FOR ROCKBOURNE SUMMER MUSIC EVENTS
FRIDAY 28TH JUNE – CLASSICAL MUSIC: concert and talk
FRIDAY 19TH JULY – SUMMER SIZZLE: BBQ and live music

FILM NIGHT –
A Star is Born – 17th April 2019

RVH Film Night - A Star is Born

A Star is Born

2018 – 133 min – Cert 15 (strong language, drug misuse)
Director: Bradley Cooper
Cast includes: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott

Bookings: email filmnight@rockbournevillagehall.org.uk or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

“Lady Gaga electrifies in a Hollywood musical for the ages” – The Telegraph

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“Is the price of stardom a broken heart?” – Dorothy Parker

When Warner Bros. announced that they were remaking A Star Is Born for the fourth time, and that Bradley Cooper would direct and Lady Gaga star, eyebrows reached hair lines. But nobody need have worried: the film is a huge, Oscar nominated, success. Bradley has starred in enough good films, made by very good directors, to have acquired a sure touch, and Lady Gaga gives a stunning performance as an ingénue country rock singer on her way to mega stardom.

Household name musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), one drunken night, finds Ally (Lady Gaga) singing an Edith Piaf number in a down-at-heel and out-of-the way bar. He is smitten. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer, until Jack pushes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off towards stardom, the personal side of their booze-fuelled relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

This is a familiar story, particularly for those who have seen the earlier versions. The first, in 1937 with Janet Gaynor and Frederick March, was wittier, with a script by Dorothy Parker. The Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson version was weepier, but best of all was the 1954 remake with Judy Garland and James Mason. But there is plenty to enjoy in this version, especially the great music, great performances and slick direction. A fine evening out’s wallow.

John Crome

Click here to download the flyer for A Star is Born at RVH

Click here to read about A Star is Born on IMDb

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 10:00 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 14th April

Next film 15th May: tbd (future films Jun 19, Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20)

SAVE THE DATES FOR ROCKBOURNE SUMMER MUSIC EVENTS
FRIDAY 28TH JUNE – CLASSICAL MUSIC: concert and talk
FRIDAY 19TH JULY – SUMMER SIZZLE: BBQ and live music

 

FILM NIGHT –
The Wife – 20th March 2019

Film Night - The WifeThe Wife

2017 – 96 min – Cert 15

Director:  Bjorn Runge

Cast includes: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Alix Wilton Regan

 

 

 

Bookings: email filmnight@rockbournevillagehall.org.uk or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

A smart, supremely watchable and entertaining film, and Close gives a wonderful star turn.”
– Marc Kermode, The Guardian

After enjoying a ‘duke box’ movie (Mamma Mia 2) and a spooky ghost story (The Little Stranger) we can now sit back and enjoy a rather serious (but very entertaining) and more mature film starring the ever-magnificent Glenn Close. Nominated for this year’s ‘Oscar’ having already won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards of 2019 for her superlative performance in The Wife, Glenn Close is near to perfection as the self-effacing spouse of a Nobel prize winning author, played by the always reliable British actor Jonathan Pryce. They are In Stockholm to receive the prize, when internal tensions and bad behaviour surface. Christian Slater is at his oily best as an unreliable juror who muddies the water and just makes things worse.

After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) have, in the past, complemented each other effectively. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. THE WIFE interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage thirty-plus years later – a lifetime of shared compromises, secrets, betrayals and mutual love, culminating in a third act revelation, which, although anticipated, is still an elegant shock.                                                                                                John Crome

Click here to read about The Wife on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:30 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 17th March

Next film 17th April: A Star is Born
2019 Film Dates: May 15, Jun 19, Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20

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FILM NIGHT-
The Little Stranger – 20th February 2019

MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Owing to circumstances outside our control, we were unable to show The Little Stranger on 16th January as scheduled, and showed Mama Mia – Here We Go Again, scheduled for showing in February, in its place. The Little Stranger will now be shown on 20th February. 

We regret the inconvenience caused by this change, which resulted from our supplier HMV going into administration.


 Film Night - The Little StrangerThe Little Stranger

2018 – 111 min – Cert 12A

Genre:  Mystery, Drama

Director:  Lenny Abrahamson

Cast includes: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling, Kate Phillips, Anna Madeley

 

Bookings: email filmnight@rockbournevillagehall.org.uk or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

‘One of the most original British horror films of recent times.’ – The Independent

‘The twisting and cracking of the British class system is always fascinating to observe.’ – The New York Times


Summary: a British mystery drama based on a Gothic novel by Sarah Waters, set in the class-conscious 1940s, in which a country doctor is called to treat a patient at a crumbling estate.


Sarah Waters is perhaps best known for her celebrated writing of novels with a lesbian theme: ‘Tipping the Velvet’ and ‘Fingersmith’ were both successfully serialised on the BBC. But ‘The Little Stranger’ is quite different. It has a more or less classic Gothic novel trope, with all the mystery and ambiguity of the genre. The film, directed by the Irish helmsman Lenny Abrahamson, whose last film was the wonderfully spooky ‘Room’, does not disappoint when it comes to atmospheric gloom and doom. Hundreds Hall in rural Warwickshire, where the story is set, has terrifying secrets to reveal.

Doctor Faraday (Domnhall Gleeson – ‘The Revenant’), the son of a housemaid, has built a life of quiet respect and respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in dilapidated decline and its inhabitants – mother (glorious Charlotte Rampling), son (Will Poulter, a young actor on his way to becoming a huge star) and daughter (the radiant and brilliant Ruth Wilson, recently seen in the BBC serial ‘Mrs Wilson’) – are haunted by something more ominous than a fading way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

From small acorns dark mysteries grow.                                                               John Crome

 

Click here to read about The Little Stranger on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 17th February

Next film 20th March: To Be Confirmed
2019 Film Dates: Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, Jun 19, Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20

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Rockbourne Village Hall Christmas Party 2018

Rockbourne Village Hall Christmas Party 2018

Friday 14th December 2018

Rockbourne Village Hall

Winter Punch in the Gallery from 7:30pm

Dinner 8:00pm

Home Made Chicken Liver Pâté

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Roast Gammon, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Petits Pois

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Vanilla Meringue Roulade with Red Berries and Coulis

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Cheddar Fingers, Clementines & Chocolates

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☺Half bottle of wine per person included

White wine: Viña Santico Chardonnay, Chile 2018
Red wine: Baccalo Appassimento Rosso, Veneto 2017
Pudding wine: Château Septy, Monbazillac 2014

☺ Tickets £22.50 + Extra wine at £12 / Bottle


Western Downlands residents and regular filmcomers welcome


First come first served – bookings after Sunday 9th December may not be accepted

Book your place with our booking form only please, download it here

FILM NIGHT-
The Greatest Showman – 21st November 2018

The Greatest Showman - Film NightThe Greatest Showman

2017 – 1 hr 45 mins – Cert PG

Genre: Biography / Drama / Musical

Director: Michael Gracey

Writer: Jenny Bicks / Bill Condon

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

 

Bookings: email filmnight@rockbournevillagehall.org.uk or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

The rise to success of P.T. Barnum…with songs.

Rather like Mamma Mia, when The Greatest Showman opened last year the critics were ‘mixed’, but the audiences loved it and it went on to unexpectedly be one of the greatest hit movies of all time. That may be mainly due to the star quality of Hugh Jackman (everyone’s favourite ‘X’ Man ‘Wolverine’, and Valjean in Les Misérables) as Barnum. However, we are also treated to the teen appeal of Zac Efron, the stellar Michelle Williams (Marilyn Munroe in ‘My Week with Marilyn’), Zendaya, a massive online star, and Rebecca Ferguson (a very affecting Elizabeth Woodville in ‘The White Queen’ on TV) who plays Jenny Lind ‘The Swedish Nightingale’ – the most successful opera singer of her day. That was the key to P.T.’s phenomenal success: he gave the public what they wanted, or at least what he thought they wanted, from Tom Thumb to Jumbo the elephant and ‘the bearded lady’.The film tells of his early struggle and eventual triumph.

Set in the late 19th century world of American circuses, this is a razzmatazz, all singing all dancing middle of the road family movie with universal appeal. Whatever you think about musical films, the circus or light entertainment you are bound to enjoy The Greatest Showman…after all ‘why wouldn’t you’?

THE IMPOSSIBLE COMES TRUE

John Crome

Click here to read about The Greatest Showman on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30pm £6, Supper 9:30pm £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 18th November

SAVE THE DATE: RVH Christmas Party Friday 14th December. Booking details to follow.

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FILM NIGHT-
Finding Your Feet – 17th October 2018

Finding Your Feet Film Night

Finding Your Feet

2017 – 1 hr 54 mins – Cert 12A

Genre: Drama/Romance

Director: Richard Loncraine

Writer: Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft

Stars: Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley

Bookings: email filmnight@rockbournevillagehall.org.uk or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

We have unearthed a very pleasant surprise to lighten and warm the drawing-in autumn evenings. This is a much better than usual British movie, made to please the ‘grey audience’. Funnier and more intelligent than the ‘Marigold Hotel’ films, ‘Finding Your Feet’ too stars Celia Imrie. This time she plays Bif – the outspoken, serial dating, bohemian sister of ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbot (the always wonderful Imelda Staunton). When Sandra finds out that her husband of forty years (lovely John Sessions) is having an affair with her best friend (Josie Lawrence) she seeks refuge with her estranged sister Bif who lives in a run-down, inner city, council flat. They could not be more different. Sandra is a fish out of water, especially when she is dragged along to a community centre dance class. There she meets Bif’s friends Jackie (the delicious Joanna Lumley) and down-to-earth Charlie (Timothy Spall, relishing a rare romantic lead).
This is a heart warming modern romantic comedy. A colourful group of defiant and lively mature ladies and gentlemen show that retirement is only a beginning and that divorce might just bring a new lease of life – and, who knows – love.
Perhaps not an award winner, but ‘Finding Your Feet’ is big-hearted, affecting, well written and beautifully performed by a familiar and hugely talented (and very funny) array of great British actors.  John Crome

Click here to read about Finding Your Feet in IMDb

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30pm £6, Supper 9:45pm £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 14th October

Click here to download the flyer

Next film 21st November – to be decided