This is an archive page, showing what we watched in the 2015 / 16 season, complete with links to  film notes etc.

The Smallest Show On Earth (1957)

Comedy, UK.

Directed by:Basil Dearden

Featuring: Peter Sellers, Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford, Bernard Miles.

Description: A young couple inherit a debt-ridden old cinema, appropriately nicknamed “The Flea Pit,” and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there. Projectionist Percy Quill is considered by critics to be the best film role of Peter Sellers’s career. A sidelong satire of the best and worst of film-going in 1950s Britain.

Screening: Monday 15th June 2015


Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

Drama; France.

Directed by: Louis Malle

Featuring:  Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette.

Description: A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of the top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Screening: Monday 20th July 2015


Wadja (2012)

Drama Saudi Arabia.

Directed by: Haifaa Al-Mansour

Featuring: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani.

Description: An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. The first feature film to be directed by a woman in conservative Saudi Arabia, it was nevertheless nominated as the country’s official entry for the 2014 Oscars.

Screening: Monday 17th August 2015


Ed Wood (1994)

Comedy, US.

Directed by: Tim Burton

Featuring: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker.

Description: Notoriously inept filmmaker Edward D Wood Jr., known for his hilariously bad 1950s sci-fi flicks (Plan 9 From Outer Space, Wild Women Of Wongo, Glen Or Glenda?), bizarre lifestyle, and angora sweater fetish, is paid loving tribute in this comedic fictionalization of his life. The film focuses on the “peak” of Wood’s career, especially his close friendship with ageing horror star Bela Lugosi.

Screening: Monday 21st September 2015


Las Acacias (2011)

Drama, Argentina.

Directed by: Pablo Giorgelli

Featuring: German de Silva, Hebe Duarte, Nayra Calle Mamani

Description: Ruben is a lonely truck driver who has been covering for years the motorway from Asuncion del Paraguay to Buenos Aires, carrying wood. However, today’s journey will be different. This morning, in a motorway stop near Asunción, Jacinta shows up an hour late to begin a journey by truck which is going to take her to Buenos Aires. What’s more, Ruben finds out at that very moment that little Anahi, 8 months old, will travel with them. It is not the best beginning...

Screening: Monday 19th October 2015


THX 1138 (1971)

Si-fi, US.

Directed by: George Lucas

Featuring: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley

Description: George Lucas’s feature debut presents a 25th- century totalitarian state where mankind is stripped of any individuality, people are numbered drones, and a government-enforced program of sedating drugs controls the populace. THX is a factory worker whose life is changed when he stops taking his mind-numbing drugs.

Screening: Monday 16th November  2015


The DMZ (1965)

Drama; North Korea

Directed by: Park Sang-ho

Featuring: Jo Mi-lyeong, Nam Kung-won, Ju Bin-a

Description: The DMZ had long been talked about as a “mythical masterpiece” because the whereabouts of the actual film remained unknown for decades. Park Sang-ho’s film exposes the atrocities of war through the eyes of two children who are stranded in the Demilitarised Zone after the end of the Korean War. The DMZ, strewn with abandoned tanks, dead bodies, land mines, and unexploded shells, is an exceedingly dangerous place for children. But what most endangers them in the end are not weapons but people.

Screening: Monday 21st December 2015


Daisies (1966)

Comedy, Czechoslovakia

Directed by: Vera Chytilová

Featuring: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Cesková

Description: A dark but gloriously colourful comedy that eschews a traditional narrative for a Dadaist construction of events. Maybe the Czech New Wave’s most anarchic entry, Vera Chytilovã’s absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” Marie and Marie embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. Daisies is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that is widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.

Screening: Monday 18th January 2016


The Killers (1946)

Noir Thriller, US

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

Featuring: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien

Description: Adapted from an Ernest Hemingway short story. Two mysterious men muscle their way into a small town and kill an ageing boxer (Burt Lancaster, making his screen debut), who offers no resistance and seems to be welcoming his death. An insurance investigator is hired to locate the beneficiary to Lancaster’s policy, and in the course of his investigation reopens a long-dormant robbery case.

Screening: Monday 15th February 2016


Camera Buff (1979)

Comedy; Poland.

Directed by: Krysztof Kieslowski

Featuring: Jerzy Stuhr, Matgorzata Zabkowska, Ewa Pokas

Description: Kielowski’s most autobiographical film follows Filip, a factory worker who has recently acquired an 8mm camera which he uses to film his newborn daughter. After Filip films some celebrations at the factory, as requested by his boss, he begins to see how his hobby can be turned into art, and perhaps change his life. Drama-documentary at its best.

Screening: Monday 21st March 2016


Belleville Rendezvous (2003)

Animation; France.

Directed by: Sylvain Chomet

Featuring: Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin

Description: When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters—an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire - rescue him.

NB: Ely Film Society's Annual General Meeting will precede this screening.

Screening: Monday 18th April 2016


Control (2007)

Drama/music, UK

Directed by: Anton Corbijn

Featuring: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson

Description: A profile of lan Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23. Directed by the band’s regular photographer in evocative monochrome.

Screening: Monday 16th May 2016

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