Warkworth Community Cinema

Contact - Mike Kilkenny. Tel: 01665 710180. Email: woodend.kilkenny @ gmail.com

The Community Cinema normally meets on the first Friday of each month at 19:30. It started in 2010 with "A Passage to India" and continues to provide a mix of Mainstream and World Cinema. An entrance donation of £4 is encouraged and goes to support the maintenance/development of the Hall. Refreshments are available in the Supper Room, with profits being donated to charity.

Friday 6 December 2019: Stan and Ollie (2018). Jon S Baird. PG. 1Hr 30Min. Biography/Drama/Comedy. Starring Steve Coogan, John C Reilly and Shirley Henderson. A love letter to cinema‘s odd couple. Steve Coogan and John C Reilly excel in this bittersweet film about the twilight years of the great double act. This affectionate drama balances humour and pathos, laughter and tears. Joined at the hip but sometimes separated at their heart, the film begins with them at the top of their game in 1937 Hollywood, popular but underpaid. Sixteen years later they visit Newcastle during their long decline. Throughout there is an intriguing interplay between the performers real and fictional personas that lends emotional weight to the "stuff and nonsense" of their act. A lovely, generous, tonic for the Christmas season.

Friday Jan 3 2020: Le Havre (2011) Aki Kaurisinaki. 1Hr 33 Min. French - English sub-titles. Comedy Drama. Starring Andre Wilms, Blondin Miguel and Jean-Paul Daroussian. With a Finnish director and a French film company, this is a feel-good fairy tale. When an African boy, smuggled as an illegal immigrant, arrives at the Channel port of Le Havre, an ageing shoe shiner and his friends in a poor community befriend the child and seek to realise his objective of joining his relatives in England.

Friday Feb 7 2020: Rocketman (2019) Dexter Fletcher. R. 2Hr 1 Min. English. Biography/Drama/Music. Starring Tom Egerton, Jamie Bell and Richard Madden. A rousingly good natured version about the legendary singer-song writer Elton John. The film lives up to his sensational songs. Sometimes the songs are woven realistically into the action, belting out one of his standards in a crowded arena or picking out a tune on the keyboard. It skates through the glory days of the 1970‘s and the ups and downs of the singer‘s life.

Friday Mar 6 2020: On the Waterfront (1954) Elia Kazan. PG. 1Hr 48Min. Crime/Drama/Thriller. American. Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J Cobb and Rod Steiger. A savage attack on violence and corruption on the New York docks in the 1950‘s. Mob-connected union boss (Lee J Cobb) rules the waterfront with an iron fist. The police are well aware but witnesses to many killings play deaf and dumb until a washed up boxer doing an errand job (Marlon Brando) is drawn to tell what he knows through the intervention of the sister of a dead docker and a waterfront priest.

Friday 3 Apr 2020: Official Secrets (2019) Gavin Hood. R. 1Hr 52 Min. English. Biography/Drama Romance. Starring Matthew Goode, Keira Knightley and MyAnna Buring. Keira Knightley stars as a very British whistleblower in a sympathetic performance in this true-life shrewd and relevant spy drama about the Iraq war. Quite unlike a Bond movie, more nuclear level office politics. This searching film has much to say about the Establishment under pressure, the eternal duality of cockup and conspiracy and the difficulty of defending a treason charge.

Friday 8 May 2020: The Keeper (2018) Marcus M Rrosenmuller. 15. 2 Hr. English. Biography/Drama/Romance. Starring David Kross, Frya Mawer and John Henshaw. A German P.o.W (Bert Trautmann) is held in a camp in Lancashire and through a chapter of accidents enters and rises through the British football world to be a revered and popular goalkeeper at Manchester City. The film tracks his developing relationship with an English woman, overcoming prejudice, personal tragedy and public hostility.

Friday 5 June 2020: Maudie (2016) Aisling Walsh.P-G13. 1HR 55 Min.Canadian. Biography/Drama/Romance. Starring Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke and Karl Matchett. This biopic set in Nova Scotia, of a reclusive artist turns a tragic tale into an absorbing one. Spurned by her family and seriously disabled she forms an unlikely liaison with a local fish seller who needs a housekeeper. A life which appears unremittingly gloomy is illuminated by Maud‘s love of painting and in time she becomes a minor celebrity but the odd couple continue to live on the fringes, content with what they have settled for.