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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


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‘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


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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 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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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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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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

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



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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

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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

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Next film 19th September – to be decided

The Death of Stalin – 16th May 2018

the death of stalinThe Death of Stalin

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


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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!

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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 12:00pm Sunday 13th May

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Next film 20th June: Darkest Hour

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

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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

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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 15th April

Next Film: The Death of Stalin on 16th May

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.

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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

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Victoria and Abdul – 21st February 2018

Film Night - Victoria and AbdulVictoria and Abdul

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 


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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

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My Cousin Rachel – 17th January 2018

My Cousin Rachel - Film NightMy Cousin Rachel

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



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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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