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Their Finest – 15th November 2017

Their Finest - Film NightTheir Finest

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 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

Viceroy’s House – 18th October 2017

Viceroys House Film NightViceroy’s House

2017 – 1hr 44min – Cert 12

Genres: Drama

Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal, Simon Callow, Om Puri


Bookings: email or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

“A gripping political drama with a populist edge” – The Guardian

The supposedly peaceful transfer of power from Britain to India took place in 1947, before the British-Indian director of Viceroy’s House, Chadha’s Sikh, was born. But the ensuing horrors of Partition engulfed her Sikh relatives, with one of her aunts, a mere child, being starved to death. The division of the country between religious factions is now known to have brought about the largest mass migration in human history, during which 14 million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were displaced.

Chadha’s film stars Downton Abbey mainstay Hugh Bonneville who is very much on home ground as Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy appointed by George VI. Gillian Anderson as Edwina Mountbatten is an outspoken voice of conscience, nevertheless having ripe fun with an accent somewhere between HM and Mrs T declaring that her new home “makes Buckingham Palace look like a bungalow”. Cameo performances by Michael Gambon and Simon Callow add to the rich mix. Downstairs, Manish Dayal’s handsome Jeet pines for Huma Qureshi’s Aalia (“a Hindu boy like you and a Muslim girl!”), their putative romance becoming a symbolic microcosm of the divide-and-rule conflict playing out across the country. Upstairs, politicians and dignitaries argue about the fate of a nation, with Mountbatten portrayed as an increasingly powerless patsy, an unwitting pawn in this imperial game being played in London by Churchill and his ministers without Mountbatten’s knowledge.

The film has warm wit and occasionally boisterous charm, and its melodramatic contrivances turn out to be more rooted in fact than one might imagine. Together with a rich score and lush, lavish and arresting visuals, this is a handsome period drama which delights the senses, stimulates the mind and casts some revealing light on a seminal event in modern history. It is a ‘must’ for all those who have not seen it, and a worthwhile and sociable re-visit for those who have.

(John Crome is in recovery from surgery. This piece draws heavily on a review by Mark Kermode in The Guardian – DG)

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:30 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 15th October

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

Next film: 15th November: Their Finest, tbc

Save the Date: Friday 15th December Village Hall Christmas Party

La La Land – 20th September 2017

La La Land - Film Night

La La Land

2016 – 2hr 03 min – Cert 12A: infrequent strong language

Genres: Musical, Romance, Comedy

Directed by: Damien Chazell

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone


Bookings: email
or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

“A sun-drenched musical masterpiece” – The Guardian

Rockbourne Film Night offers you the treat of this delightful film to welcome you back after the summer break. La La Land is as light and frothy as the topping on the coffee that Emma Stone serves in the cafe in LA where she encounters the movie folk. Ryan Gosling (perhaps now the biggest star in Hollywood) plays jazz piano and struggles for an audience.

This romantic comedy, unusually, is adorned with music and dance. It’s true to say that Ryan Gosling is no Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly, and Emma Stone, lovely as she is, can’t match Ginger Rogers or Cyd Charisse, but they both do their best, which is all brilliant writer/director Damien Chazelle asks of them – and all we the captivated audience should expect. I watched this film with a wide grin which didn’t leave my face for hours after I had said goodbye to the bright colours and optimism of La La Land.

It won no fewer than 6 Oscars and 8 BAFTAs. And, of course, took squillions at the box office. But you can see it here for the usual £6. Treat yourselves – and ‘be happy’.     John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 17th September

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

Next film: 18th October: Viceroy’s House or Their Finest, tbd

Lion – 21st June 2017

Lion - Film NightLion

2016 – 1hr 55 min – Cert PG: scenes of emotional intensity, mild threat

Genre: Drama

Directed by: Garth Davies

Stars: Dev Patel, Rodney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman

Bookings: email
or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695





Collecting a whole handful of film awards, Lion is simply a gorgeous life-affirming movie which everybody should see.

Saroo aged five and his slightly older brother are on a train which fails to stop at the poor rural village where they live. His brother manages to jump off but Saroo does not, and is transported a thousand miles across India to Calcutta – a huge city where they even speak a different language. Little Saroo cannot remember the name of his village and is soon swept up in the life of a street kid, getting by and surviving with the help of other children. He is eventually rescued in a philanthropic move to ‘save’ street kids and is sent off to Tasmania, where he is lucky enough to be found by the prosperous Brierley family who adopt him, with Nicole Kidman as his foster mum. He grows up as a typical Aussie youth, but never quite forgets where he comes from. So, 25 years later, he goes in search of his family in India.

Sunny Pawar, a 7-year-old who was reportedly one of around 2,000 auditioned for the part, came from the slums of Mumbai, and gives an astonishing central performance as the young Saroo. Saroo’s persona in his twenties is taken over by Dev Patel, who won a BAFTA for his sympathetic performance.

The film is based on the written account by Saroo Brierley of his search. Although I defy you not to shed a tear at the conclusion of the film, it is surprisingly unsentimental and satisfying.                                                              John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 18th June

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

Download a pdf version of this post here

Next film: 20th September, tbd – La La Land, Jackie or ?

Fantastic Beasts – 17th May 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - RVH Film NightFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

2016 – 2hr 10 min – Cert 12A: moderate threat

Genre: Fantasy, drama

Directed by: David Yates

Cast includes: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Carmen Ejogo, Samantha Morton


Bookings: email
or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

“JK Rowling’s spectacular feat of world-building” – The Telegraph (4*)
“JK Rowling goes steampunk …. a wonderfully enjoyable adventure” – The Guardian (5*)
“And now for something completely different…” – DG

Director David Yates and author JK Rowling turn the clock back 70 years from the adventures of Harry Potter to the time of Newt Scamander, the always reliable and very likeable Eddie Redmayne who, holding a mysterious leather suitcase, visits New York in the 1920s. It appears that it was Newt’s book about wizardry that inspired the young Harry at Hogwarts. Inside the case is a wild array of diverse magical creatures.

JK Rowling does not let us down with this latest fantastical story. The special effects, CGI (computer-generated images for those not in the know!) and creature animatronics are the best ever and you will be astonished and impressed. This is not entirely a children’s film, but director David Yates does ask us all to find our inner child and accept a world of wizards, magic, and phantasmagorical goings on. Frankly the plot is too complicated and daft to précis here, so give it up and relax in a ‘world of true imagination’.                                                                    John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 14th May

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

Download a pdf version of this post here

Next films: tbd – Lion, Jackie or La La Land

A United Kingdom – 19th April 2017

A United Kingdom - Film NightA United Kingdom

2016 – 1hr 48 min – Cert 12A: racist language, moderate violence

Genre: Romance, drama

Directed by: Amma Asante


Cast includes: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Jack Davenport, Charlotte Hope


Bookings: email
or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947 Seretse Khama is the soon to be the chieftain of the largest tribe in the Protectorate of Bechuanaland which later became the Republic of Botswana. Khama was studying law in London when he met Ruth Williams, a Lloyds insurance clerk, at a dance. They had much in common and quickly fell in love, but their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families and the tribal chiefs, but also by the South African and British governments. For South Africa, in the process of introducing apartheid, the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighbouring country was intolerable. South Africa threatened the UK government: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African gold and uranium and face the threat that they might invade their neighbour. The British foreign office had a traditional horror of miscegenation: love had a virtually impossible task to ‘conquer all’. They nevertheless married in London in 1948, and Seretse Khama later became the first President of Botswana when it gained independence in 1966, when he was also knighted.

Believe it or not, this film is a gentle, very touching and inspiring romance, largely because of the superb creative team. Director Amma Asante, who made the charming Elle which was shown at a Rockbourne film night last year, has a sure touch when dealing with this potentially tricky subject Actors Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo are, as always, very strong and believable. Their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they inspired the world.

A ‘feel-good’ film of the highest quality.          John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 16th April

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

Download a pdf version of this post here.

Next film (tbc): Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Girl on the Train – 15th March 2017

The Girl on the Train Film Night at Rockbourne Village HallThe Girl on the Train

2016 – 1hr 56 min – Cert 15: strong language, sex, violence

Genre: Thriller, Drama

Directed by: Tate Taylor

Starring: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Laura Prepon, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans, Justin Theroux, Lisa Kudrow


Bookings: email or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Every now and then a book is published which everybody seems to have read (usually except me!). The Girl on the Train spent 15 weeks at the top of the bestsellers list, so it was inevitable that Hollywood would come knocking and a film would result.

Our film is closely based on Paula Hawkins’s debut novel – except that the scene is moved from London to New York. The story remains an exciting Hitchcockian edge-of-your-seat mystery, and is so unpredictable that you will have to join us in the village hall to find out how it all ends. The luminous Emily Blunt, who is of course English, plays the alcoholic Rachel Watson who, post divorce, takes the train every day in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house – the house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down – Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes obsessed with the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan and where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.                                                    John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 12th March

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

Click here to download the flyer.

Bridget Jones’s Baby – 15th February 2017

Bridget Jones's BabyBridget Jones’s Baby

2017 – 120min – Cert 15 strong language, sex references

Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy

Directed by: Sharon Maguire

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, Shirley Henderson, Sarah Solemani


Bookings: email or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Consistently both touching and very funny from start to finish, Bridget Jones’s Baby holds few surprises.

It has a very strong cast: Emma Thompson in particular is a wonderful addition as Bridget’s obstetrician, as is Sarah Solemani who plays Bridget’s friend and colleague, the TV presenter Miranda. The scenes at the TV station are hilarious. And of course Colin Firth is as reliable as ever as the hapless Mark Darcy from whom Bridget has split some years before.

As a single woman, Bridget has a one–night stand with a gorgeous American (Patrick Dempsey) who, as it happens, is a billionaire internet entrepreneur. A few days later she gets drunk and hooks up with Mark Darcy again after a christening. A few weeks later she takes a pregnancy test and then, naturally, has no idea which of the two is the baby’s father. She declines a DNA test and spends the entire pregnancy with the two potential fathers fighting over both her and the baby.

You know you’re in for a 100% happy ending with a film like this, so you can really sit back and enjoy the ride. There’s only one way the plot could really end, but it does very well to keep you guessing nonetheless. Relax, you are in very good hands!  John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 12th February

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


The Nice Guys – 18th January 2017

The Nice Guys - Film NightThe Nice Guys

2016 – 1hr 56min – Cert 15

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Thriller

Directed by: Shane Black

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Kim Basinger, Margaret Qualley, Yaya DaCosta, Matt Bomer


Bookings: email or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

“The Nice Guys is no Casablanca, but it’s a hell of a party.” The Telegraph

We often hear the plea for films ’like the studios used to make’, with laugh-out-loud comedy and just good uncomplicated entertainment. Well here we are, The Nice Guys is self-consciously ‘old fashioned’, set in 1970s Los Angeles.

Two of the most popular stars in Hollywood, Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, are at their slickest and most effective best. The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed private eye Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (scene-stealing Angourie Rice), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye / enforcer Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe). Essentially a ‘buddy movie’, The Nice Guys is not so old fashioned that it eschews a little bad language, sex and nudity and, of course, our two intrepid heroes find themselves deeper in the mire than they, or indeed we, expected. But go with the flow and we defy you not to end the evening with a smile on your face for the whole human race!   John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:15 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 15th January 2017

Next film: Bridget Jones’s Baby – Wednesday 16th February

Click here to download a pdf version of the flyer

Love & Friendship – 16th November 2016

Love and Friendship Film NightLove & Friendship

2016 – 1hr 31min – Cert U

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Directed by: Whit Stillman

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Chloë Sevigny





Bookings: email or 
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

All of Jane Austen’s most famous works have been filmed, several times over, resulting in some of the best and most popular movies ever made. So it is with great pleasure that Rockbourne Film Night is able to introduce you to ‘Love and Friendship’, a screen adaptation of Austen’s lesser known novella ‘Lady Susan’. Although the adaptor and film director Whit Stillman is an American, and the fantastic cast ‘international’, and the story, set in Hampshire, is filmed in Ireland, this is the most English costume drama you will ever see. Many of the familiar Jane Austen tropes are here: the pushy mother, Lady Susan (a fantastic performance from Kate Beckinsale), is trying to find a new husband for herself and at the same time to marry off her reluctant daughter. Life in the country houses of Hampshire is treated with the wit and delicious disdain so familiar to Jane Austen readers, who will not be disappointed with this clever, gentle, and wryly amusing film. Handsome Australian actor Xavier Samuel is suitably dashing, Cloë Sevigny is suitably lovely, and there is a delicious cameo from Stephen Fry. An uncomplicated delight of a film.                                                              John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:15 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 12th November

(in the event of full bookings, those who cancel late or fail to show up may be asked to pay in full)

Next event RVH Christmas Party Friday December 16th – booking details to follow.