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Circus (1928) (U) with Workshop from Circus Stars

Charlie Chaplin’s film won him an Oscar and is a brilliant slapstick comedy of a tramp who escapes to a circus only to get into all sorts of trouble.

Frome’s Circus Stars will workshop circus skills before the main feature, including tightrope walking, juggling, and ball walking. Suitable for ages 3-13. Places limited to 15 so book early to avoid disappointment.

A Field in England (2013) (15) Effects Workshop with Dan Martin & Youth Cinema Foundation

Ben Wheatley’s psychological horror shot in black and white. Jonathan Romney of the Independent called it “Apocalypse Now among the hedgerows”. The Hollywood Reporter called it “A strikingly original historical thriller spiced with occult mysticism and mind warping hallucinogens”.

Youth Cinema Foundation & Dan Martin, Ben Wheatley’s figurative and make up effects designer talk about how you deliver these effects for horror and shows audience how to make an exploding head (safely).

Withnail & I (1987) (15) + Talk from Actor Scott Handy

The seminal cult Bruce Robinson film about two unemployed actors finding themselves through a haze of drink and drugs. This is a touching farewell to a lost era (the sixties) and a coming of age comedy about friendship.

Scott Handy, actor, and Head of Drama at Eton College (“the Other Place”) talks about how “Withnail & I” is a peculiarly British film that has shadowed his professional life, from encounters with “I” and “Uncle Monty” to his choice of drama school, and working with the original “Withnail” who inspired writer and director Bruce Robinson. Gin and Cider will be served..

Let the Right One In (2009) (15) with Effects Workshop Youth Cinema Foundation

A very modern Swedish vampire film. This romantic horror tells the story of 12 year old Oskar, bullied at school and left alone whilst his single mum works nights, and his friendship with a mysterious girl who moves in next door. The film won Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca in 2008, and was such a cult hit that Hollywood remade it. Trust us - the original is better.

Bruton's Youth Cinema Foundation and Sound Effects Person - Adrienne Taylor, or Antonis Tsoukatos - workshop which fruit makes the best vampire bite sound with the audience on their phones. A must for any aspiring filmmaker, or indeed anyone curious as to how to make the best vampire bite sound.

The Wave (2008)(15) + Talk from Actor, Writer Rhashan Stone

A social experiment about fascism in a high school goes horrifically wrong. This movie couldn’t be more timely after Brexit. If you are interested in filmmaking, storytelling or how tribal we all are then this is for you.

Writer and actor Rhashan Stone) talks about how the film works as a story for our time. Rhashan Stone talks about his favourite film of 2014. Rhashan is a writer, film and television actor with a wealth of credits including; Agatha Raisin, The A Word, The Smoke, Strike Back, Black Mirror, Outnumbered, Mutual Friends and Bodies. His writing credits include; City Hall for Sky Arts (which won the CDN Best Writer Award 2013). The Eighth Day for Sky Drama, Lost & Found for SKY Comedy (starring Celia Imrie and Paul O’Grady) and two series for KUDOS Film & Television - The Hook and Guilty Creatures.

Singin’ In the Rain (1953) (U) Talk from Prof Millie Taylor

Singin’ In the Rain (1953) (U) directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, this is perhaps “the greatest of movie musicals” (Sight and Sound 2012). It tells the story of Hollywood’s troubled transition from silent to talking pictures at the end of the 1920s. Stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor. We salute you all.

Millie Taylor is Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Winchester and author of several books on musical theatre including "Musical Theatre, Realism and Entertainment". She started her career as a freelance director of musicals and toured Europe for 20 years with a variety of pantomimes and musicals including West Side Story, Rocky Horror Show, and Sweeney Todd. Here she talks about the greatest musical ever and why it is so embedded in our culture.

The Producers (1968) (PG) + Talk from Producer/Writer Anil Gupta

Mel Brooks’s satirical comedy about two producers trying to make a Broadway flop (for tax reasons) won him an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. “Springtime for Hitler” will ring in your ears for months. Stars Gene Wilder, and the amazing Zero Mostel.

Speaker is writer and producer Anil Gupta, who is credited with bringing comedy with a British Asian twist to mainstream TV. His credits include, Goodness Gracious Me, Citizen Khan, The Office, and Spitting Image. Broadway cocktails will be served.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2006) (PG) + International Towel Day Quiz

Garth Jennings made this film with the cream of British comedy talent, and is a fantastic tribute to the late great (humanist) writer Douglas Adams. Following the film we shall be running the …

Towel Day Quiz – May 25th is designated Towel Day in celebration of Douglas Adam’s life. From the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have… any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is clearly a man to be reckoned with.” Stephen Mangan (Winner of Celebrity Mastermind on this subject) sets the hard questions. Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster to the winner. Towel is necessary for entry (and may be rented at the door).

Bugsy Malone (1976) (U) + Film Workshop Youth Cinema Foundation & Castaways Theatre Group

the fantastic Alan Parker musical gangster film entirely acted by children, including a very young Jodie Foster. The Castaways Theatre Group from Yeovil will be on hand to ensure that audiences have the most authentic experience.

Youth Cinema Foundation workshops how to make a film with the wonderful Castaways Theatre Group as actors (aimed at children aged 7-13) – places limited to 15 so book early to avoid disappointment. Then we watch the main feature.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) (PG) + Talk from Actor Olivia Williams

this film based on Harper Lee’s Pullitzer prize-winning novel of the same name, the film stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. It tells the story of a small time lawyer in Alabama in the 1930s defending a black man from a rape allegation.

Actor Olivia Williams (Sixth Sense, Rushmore, The Postman, Lucky Break, The Halcyon) talks about why this is one of her favourite films, and what we can learn from it about its time, and the themes it explores.

Dazed and Confused (1993) (15) Talk from Tom Hodgkinson of The Idler

A coming of age comedy about a group of Texas teenagers on their last day of school. Features a heap of young actors who later become big stars (Matthew MacConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Jason London).

Tom Hodgkinson, writer and Editor of The Idler talks afterwards about teenage philosophy and how this film manages to be funny and profound. Sometimes at the same time.

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