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Sometimes Always Never – 18th March 2020

Film Night – Sometimes Always Never

Film Night - Sometimes Always Never

2018 Comedy/Drama – 91 mins, Cert 12A

Director: Carl Hunter

Starring: Bill Nighy, Alice Lowe,

Jenny Agutter, Sam Riley

Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Released in February 2019, SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER is a British comedy drama, in which a father searches for his son, who walked out on the family years before after an argument about a game of Scrabble.


If you are a habitual three button suit jacket wearer, as I am sure we all are, then you will know the etiquette from top to bottom: you may, according to fashion and style of jacket, sometimes do up the top button, but always use the middle button for its original purpose, that is to be a button; however never, under any circumstances, button up the bottom button which is there for one purpose – to be the third button. None of which will come as any surprise if you are in the expert hands of master-tailor, the immaculate Alan played in this delightfully whimsical British film by that master of “ever so humble” hand wringing, Bill Nighy.

However, in ‘Sometimes Always Never’ Alan is in charge. He is searching for his son who disappeared while playing a game of Scrabble – (in my view a game that is both the waste of a good education and time). As usual with good comedy, there is an underlying sense of peril and potential tragedy, beautifully handled by Nighy and supported by Jenny Agutter, sans wimple, and Sam Riley as the non-disappeared son Peter.

With his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with Peter and solve the mystery of the online player whom Alan thinks might be Michael, so that he can finally move on to reunite his family.

A suspenseful, quasi-thriller with outstanding performances. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words.

John Crome

Click here to read about Sometimes Always Never on IMDb

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

Next RVH FILM NIGHT: WED 15th APRIL Film: Official Secrets

Judy – 19th February 2020

Film Night – Judy

Drama – 118 mins – Cert 12A

Director: Rupert Goold

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley

Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Released in October 2019, JUDY is a drama, based on real events, which concerns US singer and actress Judy Garland’s arrival in England to perform a series of concerts in 1968.

What is it about Judy Garland that has kept generations in thrall? Undoubtedly it is her voice; resonating with a unique melancholy, even when partnering Micky Rooney in the Andy Hardy movies of the 1930s. And why did she become such an icon for young gay men? Rupert Goold’s splendid film JUDY, based on the play ‘The End of the Rainbow’ by Peter Quilter, goes a long way to answering these questions. Of course, the ‘Rainbow’ is the one at the end of the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ that leads to ‘Oz’. I can never hear this song by Arlen and Harburg without succumbing to a few tears; it’s that yearning for the possibility of a better world to which the song and this moving film give expression.

Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones) very bravely sings this and all the numbers herself, when modern dubbing technique would have made it possible to use Judy’s originals. In 1968 Judy, broke and close to despair, took an engagement to perform in London at the Talk of the Town. The theatre sold out, largely to the young gay men of Soho; at that time Old Compton Street was home to a dozen Italian grocer shops (before they became delicatessens), the Helvetia was a refreshment stop for peripatetic striptease artists and the Admiral Duncan was just a boozer. Zellweger is simply stupendous in this award-winning performance, and Jesse Buckley manages to steal a scene or two. The film is moving, rewarding and an accurate depiction of the West End in the late sixties. And if you ever get a chance to see ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ (Vincente Minnelli 1944) you will appreciate why Judy Garland is such an enduring star.

John Crome

Click here to read about Judy on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

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

Next RVH FILM NIGHT: WED 18 MAR, film Sometimes Always Never

Also note: ROCKBOURNE VILLAGE HALL AGM 22 JAN 7:00PM AT THE VILLAGE HALL – Rockbourne residents welcome

Colette – 15th January 2020

Film Night - Colette - 15th January 2020Film Night – Colette


Drama, 109 mins

Cert 15 (sexual scenes, nudity)


Wash Westmoreland

Cast includes:

Keira Knightley, Eleanor Tomlinson, Dominic West




Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

This month’s film night – COLETTE – is a period drama in which a young woman successfully fights for recognition after her first books are published, unwillingly, under her husband’s name, becoming a literary rebel who scandalised turn-of-the-century Paris with her sex life.

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873 -1954,) was a self- proclaimed country girl who wrote scandalous and closely observed novels about a stratum of French society. She married three times and had several children, but it is her devotion to several notable women which, together with her relationship with her second husband’s 16-year old son, caused her notoriety in the Paris of the fin-de-siècle epoch. This beautiful and sensitively made film by British couple Wash Westmoreland and his late husband Richard Glatzer stars Keira Knightley at her best. Witty, deeply intelligent and sensitive, we share her fury at her first husband, strongly played by the always terrific Dominic West, who effectively steals her identity and bullies her to have her early books authored by himself but under a sort of trade mark ‘Willy’.

Colette’s literary fame extended to novels, short stories, memoirs and essays, and, as a journalist, she reported on everything from domestic violence to the front lines of the first World War, from anorexia to literature. She devised silent film scenarios, wrote a libretto for a Ravel opera, and scripted pantomimes – in which she acted. She was a successful mime and dancer and was for a while the literary editor of the newspaper Le Matin.

After Proust’s death many called Colette the most talented writer in France. She was nominated for the 1948 Nobel Prize in literature and was the first French female writer to be given a state funeral. No film could begin to do justice to the range of her genius, but our film wisely does not try, focusing instead on her eventful enough late teens and early 20s.

Engrossing, challenging, adult entertainment of the highest level, don’t miss Colette.

John Crome

Click here to read about Colette on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

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

Next RVH Events:

WED 22 JAN at 7:00pm in the Village Hall: ROCKBOURNE VILLAGE HALL AGM;

WED 19 FEB: FILM NIGHT, film tbd.



Yesterday – 20th November 2019

Film Night - Yesterday Yesterday

2019 Feature – 113 mins – Cert 12A

Genre: Romance, Music, Fantasy

Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ana de Armas, Kate McKinnon, Sanjeev Bhaskar








Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Summary: YESTERDAY is a romantic comedy in which a man wakes up after an accident and finds he is the only person in the world to remember The Beatles.

Danny Boyle, the director of Yesterday, is perhaps among the very few British helmsmen who is internationally recognised for his genius. Who will forget his opening ceremony for the London Olympics? His last film Slumdog Millionaire was sheer joy, and now his latest high-concept movie, Yesterday, arrives in Rockbourne to delight us all. Master of the romantic comedy, writer Richard Curtis weaves his usual spell around a charming bitter-sweet story laced with memorable Beatles music. Here the nostalgia is not the currently popular yearning for a Britain that never existed, no, the Beatles definitely did exist, and they wrote some wonderful songs.

Jack Mallik, a not very successful musician, played with charming insouciance by Himesh Patel, using skill honed during years of acting on EastEnders, wakes from an accident to the realisation that he, alone in the whole world, remembers the Beatles. So, he pretends that the songs are his – who wouldn’t? There is a tear-inducing sequence in the film when he introduces Paul McCartney’s ‘Yesterday’ as his own. In addition to the superb directing and clever script, remember this is a ‘romantic comedy’ and nobody is better than Curtis at conjuring up love in unusual circumstances. And who is better than delightful Lily James at melting hearts and conquering audiences with her infinite charms.

OH, and Ed Sheeran pops up as himself.

Escape the (so far) gruesome autumn with us at Rockbourne film night.

John Crome

Click here to read about Yesterday on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

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

Next RVH Event: save the date Friday 13th December for ROCKBOURNE CHRISTMAS PARTY. Notice to follow: bookings will be accepted only with prior payment. 

Red Joan – 16th October 2019

Red Joan - RVH Film Night

Red Joan

2018 Feature – 99 mins – Cert 12A

Genre: Drama

Director: Trevor Nunn

Stars: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Alfie Allen, Kim Allen, Stephen Boxer, Olivia Buckland, Stephen Campbell Moore

Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

‘Red Joan’ is adapted from Jennie Rooney’s 2013 novel of the same name, inspired by the real-life case of Melita Norwood, the scientific researcher who was in 1999 unmasked as a former Soviet spy.

Out of the blue, a respectable suburban old lady called Joan (Judy Dench) receives a visit from the Special Branch, is arrested for breaching the Official Secrets Act and taken away for questioning.

The questioning triggers extended flashback sequences to Joan as a super-bright Cambridge University physics graduate, interspersed with returns to the older Joan’s interrogation. The young Joan (Sophie Cookson), idealistic, delectable and naïve, is dazzled by worldly, sophisticated student Sonja (Tereza Srbova). Sonja is a member of an anti-war group of idealistic communist sympathisers worried about the possibility of nuclear war. Through this group Joan meets Leo (Tom Hughes), a highly active sympathiser, with whom she has a brief fling. She is later recruited to work in a secret atomic research facility and works as PA to an attractive older professor Max (Stephen Campbell Moore).

The rest, we leave until October 16th….

David Glasgow

Click here to read about Red Joan on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:15 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 13th October

Next film 20th November: TBD. We have decided not to show Bohemian Rhapsody as planned as It has now been extensively shown in the local area. Apologies to those who were looking forward to seeing it with us.

Fisherman’s Friends – 18th September 2019

Film Night - Fisherman's FriendsFisherman’s Friends

2018 Feature – 109 mins – Cert 12A

Genre: Music, Drama, Comedy

Director: Chris Foggin

Stars: Tuppence Middleton, James Purefoy

Christopher Villiers, Daniel Mays,

Noel Clarke, Christian Brassington







Bookings: email or
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of prosecco

Quite often we find it difficult to find a film that we think is both worthwhile and that will appeal to our Rockbourne audience. But there were no such qualms when choosing Fisherman’s Friends for our first film of the autumn season. This is a warm-hearted, uplifting, and very funny comedy based on a true story.

Danny, (the always terrific Daniel Mays) is a brash and cocky recording manager for the mega music company Universal Records. As a wind-up and to bring him down a peg or two, his boss Troy (Noel Clarke) gets him to sign up Fisherman’s Friends, a Cornish sea-shanty-singing amateur ten-man choir. Danny falls in love with them, completely unaware that Troy’s instruction was never serious. However, the album that Danny produces becomes a surprise top-ten hit.

A laugh a minute, lovely and familiar songs, Cornish scenery and some well-loved British character actors, including James Purefoy and David Hayman, make this film a not to-be-missed, delight.

John Crome

Click here to read about Fisherman’s Friend on IMDb

Click here to download the flyer in pdf format

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

Next film 16th October: Bohemian Rhapsody

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 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)

FRIDAY 28TH JUNE – CLASSICAL MUSIC: concert and talk

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

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)

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
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

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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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