The next film to be shown in Morpeth Town Hall
Friday 5 October 2018 at 7pm
Darkest Hour (2017)
Running Time 2 hours 5 mins
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristen Scott Thomas
Screenplay: Anthony McCarten
Genres: Biography, Drama, History
This inspiring true story begins after the “phoney war” of 1939. In May 1940, within days of becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or fight for the liberty and freedom of a nation. The seemingly invincible German army is progressing rapidly through Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent. With an unprepared public, a sceptical King and his own political party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of history.
Gary Oldman gives a terrific and faithful portrait of Churchill for which won both the Oscar and BAFTA for best actor in 2018. “ Gary Oldman is in phenomenal form as Churchill.....This isn’t an uncritical celebration of British bulldog spirit but a nuanced portrait of Churchill at a key point early in the war...... He tackles the role in bravura fashion, showing us the character’s weaknesses and how far he had to go to overcome them.” The Independent
Fri 2 November
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks,
Screenplay: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer
Genres: Biography, Drama, History
This is a true story about challenges to the freedom of the press just before Watergate. “The Pentagon Papers” - top secret documents exposing the futility of American involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967 - were leaked to the press in 1971. The film tells the story of The Washington Post’s decision to publish details in the face of legal action by the Government, and potentially serious consequences for the newspaper’s proposed stock market launch. Meryl Streep portrays the owner of The Post, Katherine Graham, who is close to the Washington elite and coming to grips with the role after her husband’s death. Tom Hanks plays the editor, Ben Bradlee, determined to publish after the New York Times is prevented from doing so by a Government injunction.
“This is a thriller with a breakneck tempo. It makes for very rousing viewing. “The Post” manages the feat of being nostalgic and topical. Although it is set in the early 1970s, the references to a bullying president trying to ride roughshod over the media have an obvious contemporary resonance”. The Independent
Fri 7 December
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Screenplay: Martin McDonagh
Genres: Crime, Drama
Mildred Hayes, a hard-nosed mother, is seeking justice for her murdered daughter. With no arrests after seven months, Mildred puts up three roadside signs to provoke some action from the Ebbing police chief, a respected figure played by Woody Harrelson. But the law - and especially the hot-headed deputy chief - don't take kindly to the provocation. But Mildred doesn't care about ruffling a few feathers in dark drama that goes in unexpected directions and encompasses comedy, tragedy, anger, hate, love, and redemption.
Frances McDormand gives a blistering performance as Mildred for which she won both the 2018 Oscar and BAFTA for best actress. In the words of the BBC’s Arts Editor she ...”is an uncompromising, unflinching, and unappeasable big character, with the courage of someone for whom consequences are inconsequential..... (It is) one of the finest black comedies I have seen this century..... a modern classic”.
Cert 15: contains very strong language, strong violence, and sex references