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FILM NIGHT-
Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society – 19th September 2018

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society filmThe Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

2018 – 2 hr 4 mins – Cert 12A

Genre: Drama, History, Romance

Director: Mike Newell

Cast includes: Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Michiel Huisman, Matthew Goode, Katherine Parkinson, Glen Powell

 

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

For the first film of the new season of Rockbourne film nights, we take you back to 1946, in the aftermath of the war, and to Guernsey in the Channel Islands which were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans. This is a charming and delightfully light romantic drama with an intriguing mystery at its heart.

This past was not a foreign country where ‘they did things differently then’ but a very potent example of the inexecrable advance of the Nazi war machine, which at the time was barely referred to by the British Government for fear of denting the morale of the people in the UK. Of course, the Nazis presented a terrible fate for those in the Channel Islands who were sent to slave labour camps, and to the few Jews who lived there and were mostly murdered. However, Mike Newell’s film is as light and positive as was his ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’.

A group of ‘Downton Abbey’ alumni, the radiant Lily James, the dashingly handsome Matthew Goode, the serene Jessica Brown Findlay, aided by the ubiquitous Michiel Huisman from ‘Game of Thrones’ and some of the greatest vintage British character actors including Penelope Wilton and Tom Courtenay, bring to life the surprising best-selling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

Lily James plays the free-spirited writer who forms a life changing bond with the eccentric book club that was formed during the occupation. The film is produced by the sure-footed makers of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. With an all-star cast, this is a natural ‘must see’ for Rockbourne.     John Crome

Click here to read up on The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society on IMDb

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

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Next event: Gin and Jazz Night – 22nd September 2018 – book now!

October Film Night – to be decided

Gin and Jazz – 22nd September 2018

Gin and Jazz

Gin and Jazz on Saturday 22nd September 2018

DOORS OPEN 7:00PM FOR GIN COCKTAILS, PLOUGHMAN’S PLATTER AND MINGLING

MUSIC FROM 8:00PM

TICKETS £20 PER HEAD INCLUDING ENTRY, GIN COCKTAIL AND PLOUGHMAN’S PLATTER

BOOKING ESSENTIAL – EMAIL EVENTS@ROCKBOURNEVILLAGEHALL.ORG.UK

Jazz FM Review

 

 

Join us on Saturday 22nd September for an indulgent evening of scrumptious gin, delectable nibbles, jazz, glamour and fabulousness!

Doors open at 7:00pm for a gin cocktail, G&T or soft drink, ploughman’s platter and mingling, ready to indulge your senses with this enchanting jazz band, who are joining us directly from their summertime weekly set at The Tate Britain.

The FB Pocket Orchestra takes its listeners back to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime & popular dances of the 1920/30s & earlier. The members originally began playing together in various FB Music & Media projects and officially began playing as The FB Pocket Orchestra in 2012.

We are also bringing to the Village Hall an exclusive gin bar for the evening, with 15 speciality gins to tantalise your tastebuds and fully bring to life the era and atmosphere. Our usual bar will of course be available for anyone who is not a gin lover.

Please email events@rockbournevillagehall.org.uk to book, payment in advance is required. Please note, the bars are cash only.

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Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed. The FB Pocket Orchestra became an ‘official’ project in the spring of 2012 and released its first album in October. The aims of the orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

 

 

FILM NIGHT-
Darkest Hour – 20th June 2018

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2017 – 2 hr 5 mins – Cert PG

Genre: Drama

Director: Joe Wright

Writer: Anthony McCarten

Stars: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James

 

 

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

In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.
Over the years we have seen many fine actors give us their Winston Churchill. It seems that all you need is a fat cigar, a black Homburg and a cut glass full of cognac, a wobbly jowl and a slight lisp, and the audience will fill in the rest. But Gary Oldman (academy award, best actor 2018) inhabits the role in an entirely amazing and truthful way, showing us the humour and humanity of our national hero; there are no superlatives that do this great actor justice. Kristin Scott Thomas brings the enticing Clemmie to life, and Lily James is, as always, very beautiful as his largely fictionalised secretary, Elizabeth Layton. But there are very few liberties taken by talented young British director Joe Wright (Atonement). This is no hagiography, but a truthful portrait of the first four weeks of Winston’s premiership. It must not be forgotten that many in the establishment had been supporters of Hitler and the British fascists led by Oswald Mosley and egged on by the Daily Mail. Many MP’s in his party (perhaps a majority) were in favour of negotiating with the Germans to avoid further involvement in the War, with much of the British army cornered at Dunkirk. So, Winston faced manoeuvring his political rivals to take the fight to the Nazis. His famous speeches (“We will never surrender”) rallied Parliament and the nation, and will inspire all who see this very entertaining movie.       John Crome

Click here to read up on Darkest Hour on IMDb

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

Click here to download a copy of the flyer

Next film 19th September – to be decided

FILM NIGHT-
The Death of Stalin – 16th May 2018

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A comedy of terrors – You’ll laugh or else!

2017 – 1 hr 47 mins – Cert 15

Genre: Drama/Comedy-drama

Directed and written by: Armando Iannucci

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Issacs

 

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

Not many people found a lot laughs in the life of the Soviet dictator; especially in 1953 when Stalin died suddenly. It takes a genius satirist, Armando Iannucci, to show us the gruesome funny side. Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast. The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Amongst the contenders are the emasculated Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale) and the vastly over bemedaled General Zhukov (Jason Isaacs). But, as they brawl and backstab their way towards the top, just who is running the government? Of course, if you don’t remember any of the above, you must be too young to have witnessed it all first-time round. For the rest of us, this is a timely reminder that the present manoeuvres around Brexit are child’s play when compared with the grotesque experts in deathly intrigue. In any case, this is a very fun evening which will be enjoyed by all… or else!

Click here to read up on The Death of Stalin on IMDb

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30pm £6, Supper 9:30pm £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 12:00pm Sunday 13th May

Click here to download a copy of the flyer

Next film 20th June: Darkest Hour

FILM NIGHT-
Paddington 2 – 18th April 2018

Paddington 2 Film Night

Paddington 2

2017 – 1 hour 43 minutes – Cert PG

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Directed by: Paul King

Stars: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Peter Capaldi

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

I think we can safely conclude that there is nothing that we Brits love more than a talking bear. But Rupert, and even Pooh will have to step aside for the champion and most loved Paddington Bear. Not only the Peruvian illegal immigrant, but the whole Brown family are loveable, positive role models in a turbulent and uncaring world.  Paddington, voiced by the brilliant Ben Wishaw (I hope it is not too much of a spoiler to tell you that Paddington is a stuffed toy), is now happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens and is a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr Gruber’s antique shop and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it is up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Can you imagine two better surrogate parents for a displaced Peruvian bear (albeit one stuffed with straw) than Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville as the Browns? Perhaps I need to say that this not exclusively a children’s film, but children of all ages 0-90 are welcome. Whatever your mood, Paddington 2 will lighten it.

John Crome

Click here to read up on Paddington 2 on IMDb

Click here to download a copy of the flyer for Paddington 2

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:30 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 15th April

Next Film: The Death of Stalin on 16th May

FILM NIGHT-
Murder on the Orient Express – 21st March 2018

Murder on the Orient Express - Film Night

Murder on the Orient Express

2017 – 114 min – Cert PG

Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe…and a host of others.

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

It’s 1934, the world’s most famous detective Hercule Poirot decides to have a break to read Dickens on the famous train, The Orient Express (Paris-Istanbul). The train gets stuck in an avalanche and, of course, there is a murder. Can Poirot solve the case and find the murderer before the train moves off again?

By now many of you may know the answer to who did it in Agatha Christie’s most famous whodunit, but that should not impair your enjoyment of this luscious latest version. Directed by, and starring, the multi-talented Kenneth Branagh who, it must be said, seems almost thwarted by his incredible moustache…sometimes more moustache than man. A stellar cast provides the suspects, and the spectacular revelation never ceases to amaze.

So, come and enjoy an evening of fun, mystery and superb service on The Orient Express.

John Crome

Click here to read up on Murder on the Orient Express on IMDb

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 18th March

Click here to download a copy of the flyer

 

FILM NIGHT-
Victoria and Abdul – 21st February 2018

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2017 – 1hr 49 min – Cert PG

Genre: Drama

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon

“Dench is magnificent throughout” – The Independent 

 

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

Dame Judy Dench as Queen Victoria (again): what more could Rockbourne film night’s regulars ask for? With all the ingredients for an exceptional evening out, Victoria and Abdul ticks all the boxes. Firstly, it is a true(ish) story of how the grumpy 69-year-old Queen fell for her Indian servant Abdul, in the face of opposition from her family and the government. The ‘Mother of the Empire’ nevertheless remained a staunch and intimate friend to the young clerk. Secondly, it is the latest film by Stephen Frears whose Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins were such successes for Rockbourne film night. Abdul is played by Ali Fazal, a major young star in Bollywood films, and there is a delightful cameo from Eddie Izzard as Bertie, the Prince of Wales.

Those with a historical perspective may think that much of the film is pure tosh – but will, despite that, thoroughly enjoy Dame Judy’s superb performance, and the optimistic nature of the film.                                 John Crome

Click here to read up on Victoria and Abdul on IMDb

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 18th February

THIS FILM IS LIKELY TO BE A SELLOUT. No-shows or cancellations after last bookings time may be asked to pay for what they have booked.

Next film 23rd March: Murder on the Orient Express tbc

Click here to download a copy of the flyer

FILM NIGHT-
My Cousin Rachel – 17th January 2018

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2017 – 1hr 41 min – Cert 12

Genres: Mystery, Drama

Directed by: Roger Mitchell

Stars: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger

“..a highly enjoyable mystery thriller..” The Guardian

 

 

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

Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 best-seller has been filmed several times before, as well as having a long life as a stage play where it is a stalwart of the repertory and ‘amdram’ circuit. But director Roger Mitchell (Notting Hill), having the opportunity to cast the wonderful and gorgeous Rachel Weisz in the title role, proves that you can never have too much of a good yarn.

Set in 19th century Cornwall, a young Englishman Philip (Sam Claflin – Hunger Games) has recently inherited a large estate from his much-loved guardian and benefactor. He receives a visit from his late guardian’s mysterious, beautiful widow Rachel, played by Rachel Weisz. He becomes besotted and captivated by her despite the fact that the lovely young Louise (Holliday Grainger), daughter of the family lawyer, is in love with him. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself suspecting that Rachel murdered his guardian.

All the superb cast is British. As you would expect from a Daphne Du Maurier tale of mystery and suspense, the plot twists and turns, in a very satisfying way. ‘Did she, or didn’t she?’                                                      John Crome

Click here to read up on My Cousin Rachel on IMDb

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:30 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 14th January 2018

Next film 21st February: Victoria and Abdul

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Rockbourne Village Christmas Party 2017

Rockbourne Village Christmas Party 2017

 

Friday 15th December 2017

Rockbourne Village Hall

 

Winter Punch in the Gallery from 7:30pm

Dinner 8:00pm

 

Menu

Home Made Potted Shrimps

White wine: Chardonnay, Vin de France Dépagneux 2016

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Roast Gammon, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Petits Pois

Red wine: Terre de Mes Ancêtres Carcassonne 2016

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Two Layer Chocolate Mousse with Brandy Snap

Pudding wine: Club des Sommeliers Monbazillac 2015

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Cheddar Fingers, Clementines & Chocolates

☺Half bottle of wine per person included

☺ Tickets £20 + Extra wine at £12 / Bottle


Western Downlands residents and regular filmcomers welcome


First come first served – bookings after Tuesday 12th December may not be accepted

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

FILM NIGHT-
Their Finest – 15th November 2017

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2017 – 1hr 54 min – Cert 12A

Genres: Romantic comedy

Directed by: Lone Sherfig (An Education)

Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E Grant

 

 

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

Having initially expected to show Dunkirk but then hearing indifferent reports of it, our November showing is this lovely film based on the same event.

Their Finest is a romantic comedy (no, don’t groan you chaps, even I very much enjoyed it!) about a wartime propaganda film set in 1939 mid-Blitz London and Devon, commissioned by the Ministry of Information not only to boost British morale which was at a very low ebb after Dunkirk, but also for consumption in the USA to encourage them to join in the war.

The government finds itself struggling to strike the right tone in its public information shorts, so the head of the Ministry’s film division (Richard E Grant) hires a young Welsh woman called Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton). Catrin thought she was interviewing for a secretarial job but found herself accepting an offer of a scipt-writing job to bring a much-needed feminine perspective to their scripts. “Obviously we can’t pay you as much as the chaps,” Grant says in a matter-of-fact manner during her interview – one of countless swipes at Catrin’s sex that pass without a flicker of dissent. Another comes on her first day in the office, when her tetchy but undeniably gifted new colleague Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin) chirpily informs her that the women’s dialogue she’s been hired to write is known around the office as ‘the slop’.

The film bristles with accurate depictions of the gender gap which eventually led to the Equality Act and is in current focus in many ways including BBC R4 Today issues. The film is interspersed with black and white archive clips which include the famous British words “… feel better after a nice cup of tea” as consolation to a factory worker who has just heard that her husband is missing in action.

Gemma Arterton is superb as the Catrin Cole, and Bill Nighy acts somewhat away from his usual typecast characters as the dilapidated and disillusioned matinee star of yore, who still sees romantic lead material in the mirror, but is cast, to his horror, as a boozy old coot. Catrin’s shrewd but respectful handling of Nighy’s character (aptly named Ambrose Hilliard) is one of the plot’s funniest and most rewarding scenes. The excellent period settings and wardrobes add important authenticity which enhance our sense of participating in the making of the film within the film.

This film is not fast-moving, but that is its virtue. The love story, with its wooden, stilted and frustrated emotions, is a reminder of the repressive sexual politics of its day – rather like, in a very different way, the serious religious divide illustrated in the below-stairs love story of Viceroy’s House we showed in October.   DG

Click here to read up on the film on IMDb.

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 11th November

Please note: if fully booked, no-shows may be charged for the film and supper

Next event: Rockbourne Christmas Party Fri 15th December, details later

Click here to download a copy of the flyer