Monday, 17 December 2018

    

January - BAD TIMING - St. Paul's, Tuesday 22th






‼️‼️ IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ‼️‼️ Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, our screening of BAD TIMING will now be on the 22ND JANUARY. 
Screening is still being held at St. Paul's and doors will open at 7.30 for an 8pm start. 
As always, screening is free to members and £5 for non-members. We apologise for any inconvenience but still hope to see lots of you there on the 22nd nonetheless!


January's film from the late great British director Nicolas Roeg is
BAD TIMING (1980). 
Doors open: 7.30pm
Film: 8pm
Tickets: free to members / £5 for everyone else.

New venue at St. Paul's Tuesday 15th January

With a sly nod to Vertigo Roeg’s Bad Timing is one of his most complex, elusive and dark movies. In typical Roeg fashion he builds a thousand piece jigsaw from its apparently simple story of a passionate affair gone wrong between two Americans - Alex and Milena - in Vienna. Seen in flashback through the prism of the girl's attempted suicide, their affair expands into a labyrinthine enquiry on memory, love and guilt as the free spirited Theresa Russell's cold psychoanalyst lover (Garfunkel) himself falls victim to the cooler and crueller investigations of the detective assigned to her case - Keitel in visionary form as the policeman turned father-confessor.  

Fate is at the heart of all the director’s films. And none more so than with Bad Timing. There is a claustrophobic sense of inevitability to Alex and Milena’s relationship. On meeting him for the first time at a party, she even says: ‘If we’re going to meet, it might as well be now.’ The characters are on an unstoppable course, swerving towards emotional oblivion. The sensation is like a looped dream. The viewer can’t help but want to reorganise the edited scraps in a desperate bid to change the unavoidable outcome in some way.
  
Once described by Mark Cousins as a ‘Douglas Sirk melodrama attacked by Edward Scissorhands’, it goes someway in describing the lacerating and intriguing journey the film takes us on. Branded "a sick film made by sick people for sick people" by its own distributor, the Rank Organisation, the film polarised critics and was given an X Rating in the USA. It was effectively shelved for 25 years before it was released on DVD in 2005. But perhaps it was simply ahead of its time, or maybe the film itself suffered from bad timing.

Multi layered, compelling and provocative Bad Timing is a fitting tribute for its former cinematographer (Far From the Madding Crowd, Fahrenheit 451) turned one of cinema’s most visionary, bold and innovative auteurs. We at WFC highly recommend it!

Nicolas Roeg 1928 - 2018

Don't miss it. Watch the trailer


Watch Mark Cousins introduce the film for Moviedrome

The film is free to Worthing Film Club members (£30 a year - email Caroline at worthingfilmclub@gmail.com to join) or £4 for a ticket, cash on the door.  For more details on membership, see here.





Thursday, 6 December 2018

Post Xmas Party Thanks


Worthing Film Club would just like to say a massive thank you to all our members who braved the cold, damp, dark, December night to attend our annual xmas party. Despite some technical issues we trust you had a good time. We hope you enjoyed not only the very delicious pizzas - very kindly supplied by the excellent Pizzaface Worthing - but also watching the veritable smorgasbord of short films picked by the committee members. Here are the six shorts that we screened, in the order we showed them:

The Astronomer’s Dream by Georges Méliès
La Jetée by Chris Marker
Fucking Bunnies by Teemu Niukkanen
Small Deaths by Lynne Ramsay
The Alphabet by David Lynch
World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts by Don Hertzfeldt

 





Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday the 14th of January for our tribute to Nicolas Roeg. We’re screening BAD TIMING at Cellar Arts Club.

Thanks again, and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, where we hope you will be joining us on many new Film Adventures in 2019!

Cheers

WFC x


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!! - Coast Cafe, Monday 3rd


December's Worthing Film Club will be its annual Christmas party hosted at Coast.

Doors open: 7.30pm 

Members only AND members can bring will one guest only for £2.00!!! 

Not a member yet? No problem, you can join on the night and delight in WFC's exclusive seasonal celebrations!!! Remember this will be the last chance to buy membership for the humble sum of £25. 

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Worthing Film Club would like to invite its members to the annual Christmas Party.  
There will be the usual selection of short films in-between the mingling and merriment. All films have been hand selected by the Committee Members so there should be some lovely unseen surprises in there to delight everybody. 



A night of film, fun, food, drink and excellent company in great surroundings at Coast. Hopefully you will be able to join us for the xmas film festivities.

On offer will be food and nibbles and some free drinks, as well as a well stocked bar at Coast.


Hope to see you there!

Please note that from January 2019 Film club prices will be increasing from £25 to £30 per annum. If you wish to join please email Caroline at worthingfilmclub@gmail.com. For more details on membership, see here.


Stuck on present ideas for Christmas and want something different and interesting? Why not give someone the fabulous gift of a Worthing Film Club membership! At a bargain rate of £25 until December 31st, members can enjoy 12 screenings a year (at a variety of venues, including the Connaught Cinema for select films), free use of our extensive DVD library and an exclusive invite to our annual Xmas party. More information on the membership can be found on our website below. 
Contact worthingfilmclub@gmail.com to order a membership and we can post it out to you- cheques payable to Worthing Film Club. Or why not pick one up at this year's Member's Christmas Party on Monday 3rd December?!

Worthing Film Club wishes to thank all their members for their continued support of the club and alternative cinema. Wishing you all a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. 

Here's to many more adventures in cinema in 2019!


Tuesday, 2 October 2018

November - I AM NOT A WITCH - Coast Cafe, Monday 12th

November's film from Welsh-born/Zambian director Rungano Nyoni is
I AM NOT A WITCH (2017). 
Doors open: 7.30pm
Film: 8pm
Tickets: free to members / £4 for everyone else.

Back at Coast on Monday 12th November
A bewilderingly funny tragi-comic tale that veers into magical surrealism. 8-year-old Shula (played by newcomer, Margaret Mulubwa) is accused of witchcraft; faced with the options of accepting her supernatural branding and living life as a sorceress, or being transformed into a goat, Shula ends up at the local “witch camp”.
Winner of the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer this film draws on the director's mixed heritage and boldly scrunitises the modern-day persecution of Zambian and Ghanian witches with dark cruel humour and raw emotion.

With stunning cinematography under the masterful hand of DOP David Gallego (Embrace of the Serpent) the film weaves its brutal and beautiful magic whilst we see our protagonist face trial for crimes of black magic, with her fate in the hands of others. 

Nyoni delivers a taut storyline whilst skilfully balancing moments of surrealist humour, of fleeting happiness and abject fear. Nyoni does an excellent job of keeping an absurd tone while losing none of the gravity of the situation. A gripping tale which we cant recommend highly enough. 

Don't miss it! Watch the trailer.

+Margaret Mulubwa is a mesmerising presence+ Mark Kermode

+a blend of sorrow, anger and humour, marking debuting writer-director Nyoni as an exciting new talent. + Rotten Tomatoes

The film is free to Worthing Film Club members (£25 a year - email Caroline at worthingfilmclub@gmail.com to join) or £4 for a ticket, cash on the door.  For more details on membership, see here.



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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

October - The Rider (2017) - Connaught Studio - Monday 1st October

Our next screening is the Cannes award winning THE RIDER (2017), a contemporary western that offers a rare female perspective on masculinity in crisis. 
 
The film is screening at 8.15pm on Monday the 1st of October at Connaught Studio Cinema. 

From director Chloé Zhao this acclaimed drama won the top prize at the Directors Fortnight at Cannes 2017. We follow a young rodeo cowboy who is coming to terms with life after a near-fatal accident. The film's star is real-life cowboy Brady Jandreau, from South Dakota (where the film is set), who blurs the line between fiction and documentary with his honest raw lead performance.  
 
The film was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, and has been declared one for the years best by critics stateside. Expect a nuanced take on the American heartlands and stunning cinematography from DoP Joshua James Richards, who also shot last years stunning GODS OWN COUNTRY, which makes the South Dakota landscape a character in itself.

The use of non profession actors adds to the films realism. Brady Jandreau plays Brady, Lilly Jandreau plays his sister Lilly, and so on. Almost all the cast seem to be playing variations of themselves, and use their own names. This cast bring their own experiences to the film, and it's all tied together by a script from director Zhao. It’s a prime example of a modern western from an exciting new talent, we can’t wait! 

"Impressive, stylish bronco rider drama bucks the trend - **** The Guardian 

"Chloe Zhao’s hushed neo western offers a feminist perspective on a man in crisis.” - Little White Lies 

A very nuanced portrait of the hopelessness and lack of opportunity abounding in America’s hinterlands.” - Sight and Sound 

The film is free to Worthing Film Club members (£25 a year - email Caroline at worthingfilmclub@gmail.com to join) or £7 for a ticket, which are available from Connaught now (https://worthingtheatres.co.uk/show/the-rider-15tbc/). For more details on membership, see here.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

SEPTEMBER -The Square - Monday 3rd September Cellar Arts Club

STOP! LOOK! LISTEN!
This month we will be changing venues and will be screening The Square at the Cellar Arts Club down Prospect Place, just off the seafront, behind The View cafe/bar on Marine Parade. see their facebook page here.

Doors open at 7.30pm
Film at 8pm.
Free entry to Film Club members and £4 for others.

September's film is the highly acclaimed art satire The Square.
Force Majeure's director Reuben Ostlund comes up trumps with this dark comic satire on the art world and the world of male privilege.

This Palme D'Or winner brings international class actors together in this bizarre intense story of Ballardian dystopia as a prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit. The fabulous and versatile Elizabeth Moss (Top of the Lake, The Handmaid's Tale) opposite Danish lead Claes Bung (The Bridge) with solid support from  Dominic West (The Wire, Pride, Testament of Youth) give us great performances in this dark delight of a film.

Catch the trailer here.

If you like your cinematic dish served piccante with sour backnotes, washed down with dysfunctional bile then the Square is the filmic feast for you! Believe - this film is a brave brilliant concoction with Ostlung's conjuring up a superb film after giving us the unnerving Force Majeure where Swedish family learn so much more than survival when confronted with a devastating avalanche on a skiing holiday.

*** "This is high wire cinema." Peter Bradshaw - Guardian***
*** "...channels the influence of Hitchcock, Buñuel, Fellini, and Östlund's deadpan compatriot, Roy Andersson."  Empire ***
***"The Square is a strange mix of pop and profundity: archly entertaining, occasionally grating and consistently uncomfortable." Mark Kermode ***

Membership is £25 per year for free entry to 12 screenings, at various venues and Connaught studio cinema. join on the night or email Caroline on worthingfilmclub@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Monday, 16 July 2018

AUGUST film- Still Walking (2008)

Our next screening is the charming STILL WALKING (2008) on Monday the 6th of August at Coast. 

From acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda, who won the Palme d’Or this year for his upcoming film SHOPLIFTERS, STILL WALKING is a masterful small scale family drama. It’s a portrait of a family over a few days, as they commemorate the death of the eldest son. All told through nostalgia, humour, sadness and tension, as their memories are shared and ceremonies are performed.

Kore-eda uses dialogue in such an honest and naturalistic way, that makes it universal in it’s storytelling, and often a reflection of our everyday lives. He is also one of the finest directors of children working today, and this film is another fine example of that talent. In his 4 out of 4 review of the film, Roger Ebert said of Kore-eda that "None of his films elevate the temperature with melodrama. They draw us inward with concern. Kore-Eda is a tender humanist, and that fits well with his elegant visual style”. It's measured filmmaking that creeps up on you and takes your breath away, and with Kore-eda’s latest film SHOPLIFTERS winning the top prize at Cannes, here’s hoping his films get seen by a wider audience. 



"Koreeda’s almost sage-like understanding of what makes modern families tick places him and this wonderful film in the league of Japan’s grand master, Ozu” - ***** Time Out

"Still Walking steals up on you quietly and stays with you forever.” - ***** Financial Times 

"This is a higher order of storytelling, and this gentle, lovely film is impossible to watch without a lump in the throat.” - **** The Guardian 

Doors open at 7.30pm, film starts at 8pm. The film is free to Worthing Film Club members (£25 a year - email Caroline at worthingfilmclub@gmail.com to join) or £4 for a ticket, which will be available on the door at Coast. for more details on membership, see here.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

JULY FILM - CLEO de 5 a 7 - Coast - 8pm, Monday 9th July


Our next screening is 
CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (1962) on Monday the 9th of July at Coast, from the doyenne of the French New Wave, Agnes Varda. With stunning cinematography and an evocative soundtrack by the great Michel Legrand (Umbrellas of Cherbourg / The Young Girls of Rochefort) this film offers more than a glimpse into the chic world of 1960s Paris highlife. We follow Cleo, a successful pop star whose glitzy lifestyle is flipped on its head when she becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer, and awaits test results from her doctor. 

The film not only uses the brushstrokes of Cinéma Vérité, but also delves deep into existential exploration as Cleo faces her own mortality and place in the world. By doing so she transforms from the shallow object of men’s desire to the brazen lone woman who inverts the male gaze upon itself. Subtle in its layering of multiple meanings, and its commentary on women in French society, CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 is a true gem of the French New Wave cinema and not to be missed!

CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 was nominated for Palme d’or at the 1962 Cannes festival and won Best Film award at the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics in 1963.

"A brilliant, pioneering film of French New Wave” - ***** The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw
"In moving pictures, she (Varda) has an ability to capture the essence of her characters not only through plot and dialogue, but even more in their placement in space and light” - 4/4 Robert Ebert
"One of the Nouvelle Vague's boldest achievements" - ***** Empire Magazine 


Doors open at 7.30pm, film starts at 8. The film is free to Worthing Film Club members (£25 a year - email Caroline at worthingfilmclub@gmail.com to join) or £4 for a ticket, which will be available on the door at Coast. 

For more details on joining click here

Friday, 18 May 2018

JUNE film: My Winnipeg (2007) Coast Monday 11th June

Our June screening is the gloriously playful and utterly unique MY WINNIPEG (2007), 

Monday 11th of June at Coast at 8pm (doors at 7.30pm). 

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert named MY WINNIPEG the tenth best film of its decade, so two massive thumbs up. 

Director Guy Maddin's "docu-fantasia” is a surrealist mockumentary that melds personal history, civic tragedy, and mystical hypothesising! It exists in a style all of Maddin’s own, a part pastiche, (mainly) black and white film that utilises old fashioned title cards, fast cutting, recycled footage and unusual staging. It's all mixed together to tell fictional histories and autobiographical 'reconstructions', whilst our narrator desperately tries to escape from Winnipeg. It’s often gloriously funny, and is a constant reminder of the magical power of truly original cinematic storytelling. A modern classic. 

"If you love movies in the very sinews of your imagination, you should experience the work of Guy Maddin” - Roger Ebert

"My Winnipeg is a joyous, mischievous, hilarious flight of fancy”- Jonathan Romney (The Independent)


Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY9BtROpNQ4  


Tickets: 
The film is free to Worthing Film Club members, please email Caroline at worthingfilmclub@gmail.com to join. Membership costs £25 for the year which entitles you to 12 screening in the year, currently we are screening nine films at Coast and three at the Connaught. You also get access to our extensive DVD library, and entry to our fabulous Christmas party. Alternatively tickets are £4 per person, which will be available on the door on the 11th. 

Cheers, WFC (Stef, Caroline and Sam) x

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

MAY : 120 Battements Par Minute (120bpm)

Our next screening is the absolutely unmissable 120 BPM, on Monday 14th May at the Connaught cinema at 8.15pm.
120 BPM has been a critics favourite since it won Grand Prix (second prize) at Cannes, and it went on to win six awards at the Césars (French Oscars), including Best Film, Actor, Screenplay and Editing.
This stunning film from director Robin Campillo is set in early 90s Paris, where we follow the activist group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). ACT UP were a direct action organisation fighting the AIDS pandemic and helped to bring about legislation, medical research, and ultimately treatment and policy changes. It's written and performed with an incredible confidence and energy, and it's no surprise that Writer/Director Campillo also wrote the excellent Palme d'Or winning THE CLASS (2008). During the film we follow one relationship, as the film merges the personal and the political to devastatingly powerful effect. 120 BPM is a vital account of that time in history, and is definitely not to be missed.

"This film has what its title implies: a heartbeat. It is full of cinematic life." ***** - The Guardian
"this is pure cinema - an enthralling, enveloping experience” ***** - Empire
"it deploys not just righteous anger but a bustling and vibrant visual language” - Sight & Sound
Watch the trailer here
Free to members 

£7 for a ticket, which are selling fast and currently available here: https://worthingtheatres.co.uk/120-bpm-15/
See you on the 14th, WFC (Stef, Caroline and Sam) x

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

APRIL - Mediterraneo 1991



APRIL's screening we are back at Coast cafe.

This time we will be warming up our programming with the Italian director, Gabriele Salvtores' award winning comedy....

MEDITERRANEO.
Join us on Wednesday 18th April, doors open 7.30pm
Film at 8pm.

The film tells the story of a disparate group of WW2 Italian soldiers who are sent to occupy a small remote Greek island, where the war becomes a distant memory. As time passes, the soldiers gradually shed their military defences and reveal who they really are and what they really want from life. Each with a different past and a different dream to chase. Whilst living on this remote Greek idyll, this unlikely group of comrades become a close bunch of firm friends who learn more about the futility and absurdity of war there than fighting on the front line. Alongside the heart warming human stories there is an underlining comment on the state of the Italian fascistic dream of a bright new future. A future that was never to be.

A disarmingly powerful anti-war, anti-fascist film which warms the heart, sparks the imagination and gives food for thought. With great characterisations and unforgettable landscapes, Mediterraneo is multi-layered in its simple storytelling. Not to be missed!

Mediterraneo won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1992 as well as winning the national David Donatello Award for Best film and soundtrack. Other awards won at the Palm Springs film festival and a Silver Ribbon

Watch the trailer here.

TICKETS:
Remember if you are a member of the film club, then you will be able to come for free, alas no reduced prices for members' guests now so all the more reason to join!
Non members all tickets: £4 each.

Membership costs £25 for the year which entitles to free entries to 12 screening in the year, 9 at Coast and 3 at the Connaught. You also gain access to our extensive DVD library; entry to our fabulous Christmas party as well as given priority over booking any WFC outside event.

Want to become a member of Worthing Film Club? Come along and join at one of our screenings!

We hope to see you soon.

Friday, 16 February 2018

WFC's March offering will be at the Connaught Studio Cinema.

Date: Monday 19th March
Time: 8.15
Place: Connaught Studio

Loveless is a Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. (The Return / Leviathan)
This beautifully sculpted film tells the sad tale of a lost boy.

When 11-year-old Alexey goes missing, unnoticed for two days, the estranged parents come together to find him and here commences our journey into the dark corners of the human psyche. Loveless.

The cinematography is effortlessly and subtly masterful, giving us some respite from the achingly desperate story with pallid urban & haunting bucolic landscapes beautifully framed at every turn. Where seemingly inconsequential visual detail early on in the film, later becomes heavily meaningful and poetic.

Zvyagintsev skillfully paces this crippling ordeal of a film, captivating his audience with a compelling unfolding of the drama. Again, Zavaginsev displays a true talent in screenwriting. Especially with his characterisations, never giving us the characters 'on a plate' but instead he reveals their personalities and their flaws bit by bit, through conversations with work colleagues and hairdressers and lovers, so slowly we get to piece these damaged people's lives together over the span of the film itself. Just wonderful.

Loveless opened to critical acclaim and it won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Watch the trailer here.

TICKETS:
Remember if you are a member of the film club, then you will be able to come for free, alas no reduced prices for members' guests now so all the more reason to join! Membership costs £25 for the year which entitles to free entries to 12 screening in the year, 9 at Coast and 3 at the Conaught. Also access to our extensive DVD library and priority booking with any WFC outside event.

If you just want to buy your ticket in advance as a non member, then please click here to be re-directed to the Worthing Theatres website.  

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Our next screening at Coast is 'THE LOOK OF SILENCE'.

Joshua Oppenheimer's superb companion piece to the equally outstanding and groundbreaking 'THE ACT OF KILLING'.

Monday the 12th of February, doors at 7.30pm, film at 8pm.




A middle-aged Indonesian man, whose brother was brutally murdered in the 1965 purge of communists, confronts the men who carried out the killings. Out of concern for his safety, the man is not fully identified in the film and is credited only as "anonymous," as are many of the film's crew positions. Some shots consist of the man watching (what seems to be) extra footage from The Act of Killing, which includes video of the men who killed his brother. He visits some of the killers and their collaborators—including his uncle—under the pretense of an eye exam.

 "Powerful" - Variety
"Riveting" - Time Out
"stunning masterpiece" - Guardian's film critic Lucy Walker

Co-produced by award winning maverick Werner Herzog with Errol Harris, this film is a must-see documentary of singular clarity and brutal honesty.

to see the trailer click here

To become a member of the Worthing Film CLub, please contact one of our team at any screening,  or email us on worthingfilmcub@gmail.com.

Membership costs £25 per year and allows you free entry to all our 12 monthly screenings. Nine of which will be held at Coast cafe and the other 3 at Connaught Studio Cinema. You also have access to our extensive DVD library.

Please note there are no reduced prices for guests of members and all non members tickets will be £4 at Coast and £7 at the Studio.

See you soon!