Directed by: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Duration: 105 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Greek – English Subtitles
Winner of Best Film at the London Film Festival, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier is a funny, perfectly pitched satire that puts masculinity under a microscope.
Taking competitive spirit to the extreme, six men holidaying together on a luxury yacht go to bizarre lengths to prove that he is ‘The Best in General’. Concocting an increasingly absurd series of contests to test each other’s manhood, they score each other on everything from flatpack furniture assembly to morning erections. Rivalries and insecurities emerge, allegiances shift, tempers fray, and all good sportsmanship goes well and truly out the window and it’s only a matter of time until the knives come out…
Tsangari, a long time collaborator with Yorgos Lanthimos (who made last year’s smash The Lobster), is one of the most exciting directors at work in Europe today. At once a wonderfully weird comedy and an incisive study of the games men play, Chevalier is an indie hit to watch out for.
Tickets £4.00 – available on the door and online.
Come and join us for a knit and a natter, all ages/abilities welcome. As usual we will have a light meal, tea and cake available, as well as wool, needles, hooks etc, for you to have a go with. Bring your own project or help us with our next yarnbombing adventures.
£3.50 as usual…Look forward to seeing you there!
Aunty Social is on the hunt for at least one new Director to join the board of this creative and crafty community interest company based in Blackpool.
Our aspirations are to grow the Aunty Social projects that we already have and strengthen their sustainability and impact. We’re also interested in how we can develop as an organisation to ensure that we’re geared up to access larger funding opportunities and deliver services on behalf of public bodies.
With this in mind we have three key goals for 2017…
- Increase opening hours in Charabanc Shop by at least 50%
- Increased trading income (shop sales, film box office and advertising)
- Securing of at least one large funded project to include project management fees
We’re looking for Director(s) with the following skills to join the board…
- Business development
- Commercial business experience (small business retail especially)
- Financial management and/or accountancy
- Human resources and/or legal
- Private sector philanthropy
- Social investment
- Advertising sales
Details of the level of commitment and legal duties associated with being a Director are contained in the recruitment pack.
For more information download the recruitment pack here.
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday 13 February at 5pm.
So, what are you waiting for? Become an Aunty and get your New Year going with a new challenge.
When Marnie Was There (U)
Thursday 29 December, Start 7pm
Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi,
Genre: Animation, drama
Language: Japanese, English Subtitles
Awards: 2016 Oscar Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film, Winner: Best Animated Feature Film – Chicago International Film Festival 2015
From legendary animation house Studio Ghibli comes this exquisitely crafted film based on the novel by British author Joan G. Robinson. Their final release, When Marnie Was There, is a suitably nostalgic and overwhelmingly moving story, as well as another superb artistic achievement.
Anna, an artistically gifted but timid girl, is sent to live with relatives on the coast to recover from an illness. While out exploring, Anna discovers an abandoned mansion, where she meets Marnie, a mysterious girl she spies through a window. Sometimes this strange house looks new, clean and full of guests; but at other times it’s empty and dilapidated. Which is real? Why are Anna’s dreams being invaded, and what is Marnie’s secret? With all the gentle, highly imaginative narrative complexity and visual grace that’s made the studio’s reputation, this is a beautiful drama and a fitting tribute to Ghibli’s filmography.
Tickets £4.50 available online soon and on the door.
Free unlimited tea and coffee.
The Tree Fairy + family craft workshop (U)
Thursday 29 December, 2pm
Directed by: Louis Neethling Genre: Family, Drama
Language: BSL, English Subtitles
Awards: Best British Film, Best Director,
Best Actress – Deaffest 2015
Struggling to fit in with her new step-family, a young deaf girl called Libby, makes three wishes to the Christmas Tree Fairy. She is delighted when the fairy appears and can communicate with her using sign language. But will she get what she wished for?
This screening also includes a Christmas craft workshop, where you can make your very own felt fairy and book tree. Suggested age range for workshop 5-10yrs.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
BSL interpreter support provided.
Tickets £2.50 available online soon and on the door.
On Friday 9 December, we took a trip back to the 1940s for an event cinema screening of Stormy Weather (1943). We experienced this fabulous film in the atmospheric Grand Foyer of the Winter Gardens, then had a swinging time dancing to the sounds of our live band the Billionaires.
We hope you enjoy these photos by CJ Griffiths photography.
For more Winter Gardens Film Festival events, please visit: www.wintergardensfilm.co.uk
Notes on Blindness (U)
Monday 19 December, Start 7pm
Directed by: Peter Middleton, James Spinney Genre: Documentary Language: English
After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him.
In 1983, he began to keep an audio diary to help him make sense of the forthcoming upheaval in his life. Based on these original recordings and his published diaries Touching the Rock, Notes on Blindness recreates Hull’s fascinating and deeply moving experiences through a clever mixture of documentary, dramatic reconstruction and highly sensory cinematic techniques and sound design.
John’s recordings form a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, documenting his discovery of ‘a world beyond sight’.
Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work; one of the most essential British documentaries of the year.
Tickets £4.50 available online soon and on the door.