The programme is currently suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions. It will be revised when these are lifted.
All films are shown at 7.30pm, at Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe GL54 5QH, usually on the last Friday of the month, with refreshments served from 7.00pm.
Click on any titles in red to go straight to more information and a trailer for the film, eg for The Guardians.
Friday 3 January: Can you ever forgive me? (UK 2018 1hr 40 Cert 15)
Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) made her living profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Estee Lauder but when she falls out of fashion, she turns to forgery, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E Grant). Based on the true story of the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat-lover).
Friday 31 January: Timbuktu (Mauretania 2014, 1hr 37m, Cert 12A)
A cattle herder and his family living in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives abruptly disturbed when Jihadists arrive. A vivid and moving portrait of lives controlled by extremists. Metacritic, the site that averages professional critics’ reviews, scored this a remarkable 92/100
Friday 28 February: Cold War (Poland 2018, 1hr 29m, Cert 15)
A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet irrevocably drawn to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
Friday 27 March: The Guardians (France 2017, 2hr 18m, Cert 15)
Life at the Paridier farm in 1915 has changed dramatically since the men left to fight . At harvest time, only an orphan girl Francine is available to help. When soldier Georges returns on leave he falls in love with her, with dramatic consequences. A beautifully shot story of coping with hardship and loss.
Friday 24 April: With a friend like Harry (France 2000, 1hr 57m, Cert 15)
Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel’s life… and things take a sinister turn. “A thriller that would have made Hitchcock grind his teeth in envy,” Alexander Walker, Evening Standard.
Friday 29 May: The death of Stalin (UK 2017, 1hr 47m, Cert 15)
Moscow 1953: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin collapses unexpectedly so when his body is discovered panic spreads among senior Politburo members as they scramble to maintain order and weed out the competition, ie each other. No-one is safe, not even the feared chief of the secret police, Lavrenti Beria. In the end, who will prevail after the death of Stalin? A terrific black comedy scoring 88/100 among leading critics.
Under review Friday 26 June: Calvary (Ireland 2014, 1hr 42m, Cert 15)
Father James (Brendan Gleeson), a small-town Irish priest hears a confession that includes a threat to kill him in a week’s time. He tries to carry on norally but is confronted with spiritual challenges from his estranged daughter and parishioners as his time runs towards a confrontation that seems to crystallize his values.
Friday 31 July: Summer 1993 (Spain 2017, 1hr 37m, Cert 12)
After her mother’s death, six-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle’s family to live with them in the countryside. But the rebellious Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life. A beautiful and insightful portrait of a girl struggling to find her identity.
Friday 28 August: The kindergarten teacher (USA 2018, 1hr 36m, Cert 12A)
Maggie Gyllenhaal as a kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students whom she believes is a child prodigy, but whose family fail to value his outstanding ability. How far will she go in trying to put the child’s interests first? The movie won the Directors’ prize, Sundance film festival 2018.
Friday 25 September: Free solo (USA 2018, 1hr 36m, Cert 12A)
You’ll be gasping with astonishment and tension as Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan, that means with nothing but his boots and bare hands. The film won the 2019 Oscar for best documentary. ‘I try to expand my comfort zone by practicing the moves over and over again. I work through the fear, until it’s just not scary anymore,’ Alex said. Well, maybe not scary for him.
Friday 30 October: Behind the candelabra (USA 2013, 1hr 58m, Cert 15)
Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) meets the flamboyant Liberace (Michael Douglas, Golden Globe best actor) and they soon begin a long affair, but Scott comes to find the wealth and excess suffocating. Forced into submission and even plastic surgery he eventually rebels and when the pianist finds a new lover, Scott is tossed on the street. He then seeks legal redress for what he feels he has lost. But throughout, the bond between the young man and the star never completely tears.
Friday 27 November: Apostasy (UK 2017, 1hr 35m, Cert PG)
A faithful Jehovah’s Witness (ex-Corrie star Siobhan Finneran) is forced by the church to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God’s love. A hard-hitting but even-handed examination of the sect directed by Daniel Kokotajlo who was brought up as Jehovah’s Witness, but later broke away.
Friday 18 December: The apartment (USA 1960, 2hr 05m, Cert A)
Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon star in the poignant comedy classic set over Christmas and the New Year. Mild-mannered C.C. Baxter tries to impress his boss by working late and often cannot return home because his apartment has been loaned to executives for affairs. Which causes a problem when he falls for the lift girl.