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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 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

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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)

FRIDAY 28TH JUNE – CLASSICAL MUSIC: concert and talk

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 or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

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


“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)

FRIDAY 28TH JUNE – CLASSICAL MUSIC: concert and talk


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 or
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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

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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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The Little Stranger – 20th February 2019


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 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

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 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’?


John Crome

Click here to read about The Greatest Showman on IMDb

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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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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 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

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 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





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 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.



Darkest Hour – 20th June 2018

Darkest Hour Film NightDarkest Hour

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 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