Tuesday, 17 December 2019

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. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves so we trust you had a good time too. 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.

We would also like to thank our members for their continued support of the Club and also Independent Cinema. We will be taking you on many more cinematic adventures in 2020, so be sure to renew your membership and attend our screenings. 

Merry Xmas and A Very Happy New Year and see u all next year!

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!! - Coast Cafe, Monday 9th


Worthing Film Club will be hosting its annual Christmas Party at the lovely and cozy Coast.

Doors open: 7.30pm 
Short Film screenings from 8pm

Members only but members can bring along a guest for only £5.00!


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, especially some very delicious pizzas courtesy of the wonderful Pizzaface and nibbles and some free drinks, as well as a well stocked bar at Coast.

We really hope to see you there!

Not a member yet? No problem, you can join on the night and delight in WFC's exclusive seasonal celebrations!!! 
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 £30 until December 31st, members can enjoy a variety of screenings at a variety of venues, including the Connaught Cinema, 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 above. 
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 9th 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 2020!

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

NOVEMBER's screening is at Coast cafe, Worthing.
Date: MONDAY 11th November
Doors : 7.30pm
Film: 8pm
£5.00 to non-members
November (2017) Director Rainer Sarnet

November (2017) is a gorgeously shot, deeply strange, hugely atmospheric black-and-white trip through a tale of magic and malice in folkloric rural Estonia. Based on a novel Rehepapp by Andrus Kivirahk Estonian writer-director Rainer Sarnet, uses ancient folk tales from the region to deconstruct a love triangle that turns the familiar into something shockingly unexpected. It’s both gravely serious and a demonically funny, a blend meant to catch audiences off balance and serve up a something truly unique.

Skilfully blending the ordinary with the outlandish, magic with the mundane the director draws us into the world of Estonian folklore, where werewolves lurk, spirits roam, the plague threatens, and a young girl named Liina is ready to die in the name of love. Nothing in this village is taboo as the residents fight the odds to survive the cold winter with the aid of kratts, farmers’ helpers created out of old tools, hay, and animal bones and brought to life by the devil himself.

Inspired by the photographs Johannes Paasuke took of Estonian peasants in the 19th century Sarnet and her cinematographer Mart Taniel have forged a stunningly poetic film, both monochromatic and mesmerizing, and without sentimental crutches that usually accompany ghost stories. Everything feels freshly observed, offbeat in ways that make us see the past through eyes that are woke. Christian traditions go head to head with pagan rituals, self-gratification battles selflessness and love unrequited may be better than no love at all. 

Much of the film’s appeal lies in the utterly transfixing and hugely innovative black and white cinematography (some of it shot on infrared), that deservedly won the cinematography prize in Tribeca in 2017. A special nod too for Polish composer and musician Jacaszek, who knows how to use an electric guitar to fry your nerves, and helps to add another layer of intensity to this heady brew.

November is a folk tale too odd to begin with “once upon a time,” and far too peculiar to end with “happily ever after”, so be sure to allow yourself to come under its spell. Don’t miss this entrancing gem.

Watch the trailer here

***Estonian folk tale involving peasants, perversion and possessed animal skulls should, in a perfect world, become a new midnight-movie classic. Peter Travers - Rolling Stone***

***Few films offer the experience of being swept into a folktale. Like the tides of a strange dream, November pulls you into its beguiling world: an impoverished town in 19th-century Estonia. Emily Buder - No Film School***

Don't forget you can join our film club with membership still only £30 for a year of screenings! Get your membership before prices will rise in the new year!
Pay cash or cheque on the night, with at least FOUR screenings at the Connaught included in your subscription PLUS use of our extensive DVD library, priority booking with any other on location or WFC screening and exclusive invite to our lavish Christmas party. You KNOW it makes sense.

Monday, 16 September 2019

OCTOBER: The Chambermaid COAST Tuesday 15th

OCTOBER's screening is at Coast cafe, Worthing.
Date: TUESDAY 15th October
Doors : 7.30pm
Film: 8pm
The Chambermaid (2018) Director Lilia Aviles.

The Mexican actor-turned-director makes a terrifically assured feature debut: an eerily atmospheric, poignant, disquieting movie about 21st-century luxury and the invisible servant class required to maintain it. It is a film to put alongside Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, in that it’s about the emotional cost of submission.

Gabriela Cartol plays Eve, a twentysomething chambermaid in an upscaleMexico City hotel – a virtual city-state of five-star opulence. As she moves from room to room in her overalls and hairnet, her working day requires her to be in constant, tactile contact with the kind of sumptuousness that she could never dream of in her own life: creamy duvets on beds the size of aircraft carriers, exquisite pillows, marbled granite in the bathroom.

A quietly empathic film where Aviles cinematographer Carlos Rossini, gives Cartol the space and time to subtly own the film through beautifully tailored scenes of breath taking opulence with pathos, pain and humour. 

Don't miss this patient and poignant look into an unseen world.

Watch the trailer here

*** @heavier things (the Guardian) said: 'This is brilliantly confident filmmaking' ***

***The Chambermaid was Mark Kermode's film of the week on opening on 26th July.***

***Ian Freer (Empire) ' a low-key but confident movie that shines a light on an invisible workforce with both compassion and simmering anger.'****

Don't forget you can join our film club with membership still only £30 for a year of screenings! Get your membership before prices will rise in the new year!
Pay cash or cheque on the night, with at least FOUR screenings at the Connaught included in your subscription PLUS use of our extensive DVD library, priority booking with any other on location or WFC screening and exclusive invite to our lavish Christmas party. You KNOW it makes sense.

Monday, 19 August 2019

September - Stalker - Connaught Cinema, Tuesday 10th 

September's film from Russian director And Tarkovsky is Stalker (1979).

Doors open: 8.15pm
Tickets: free to members / £7.50 for adults £6.50 for seniors and students

Connaught Cinema on Tuesday 10th September

WFC are very proud to be screening Russian auteur and visionary Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 masterpiece Stalker, on this the film’s 40th anniversary. Patrick Nabarro of pnabarro wordpress states that the film is ‘One of the most mesmeric visual and sonic scapes ever committed to celluloid, Andrei Tarkovsky’s stunning Stalker is a true existential parable – with its huge maguffin of ‘The Zone’ nothing more than a genius dramaturgical blank canvas around which Tarkovsky wraps another of his epic musings on what it means to be human.’

Even in a career as distinguished as Tarkovsky’s Stalker still remains one of the highlights. Born in the Soviet Union to a noted poet father, Arseniy Tarkovsky, Andrei Tarkovsky studied music and Arabic before finding his true calling and enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He quickly distinguished himself as a rare and gifted director with his calling card film Ivan’s Childhood (1962), an audacious, poetic and visually stunning study of the mysteries of childhood. His trade mark slow, long takes (he famously described filmmaking as "sculpting in time") and the mysterious magic of imagery which is hard to match for sheer beauty and a stunning use of colour, are all correct and present in Stalker, his 5th feature film. It is a slow and meditative film, the audience is invited to contemplate more than to watch, to let go of an urge to figure out a concrete meaning, but to individually interpret. As Ingmar Bergman once famously said: “Tarkovsky is the greatest of them all. He moves with such naturalness in the room of dreams. He doesn’t explain. What should he explain anyhow?”

Stalker is a complex, oblique parable that draws unforgettable images and philosophical musings from its sci-fi/thriller setting. Sci-fi it may be but not as we are used to. Stalker has little use for the broader hallmarks of the genre: robots, spaceships, lavish totalitarian dystopias, and other stock scenarios imagined as empirical extrapolations of a given society. Here Tarkovsky forges a future vision all of his own, stuck in a hinterland of familiar yet unfamiliar landscapes which allows it to evoke the uncanny, the unknowable, and the fundamental mysteriousness of existence. Very loosely adapted from Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s novella “Roadside Picnic,” “Stalker” is set in an unnamed country in a vague near-future, where there is an area called the Zone. It is apparently inhabited by aliens and contains the Room, where in it is believed wishes are granted. In the Zone, nothing is what it seems. Objects change places, the landscape shifts and rearranges itself. It seems as if an unknown intelligence is actively thwarting any attempt to penetrate its borders. The Stalker is the hired guide for the Professor and the Writer who wish to enter the Zone and ultimately the Room. But as with the rearranging landscape all is not what it seems with the three characters. Geoff Dyer states ‘one of the film’s most remarkable qualities is its resistance to interpretation. Archetypal characters reveal themselves as unique individuals; established facts waver and evaporate; desperately sought goals become objects of dread. Stalker, Zone, Room—none escapes ambiguity or interrogation. We may well leave the film knowing less than we did when we entered.’

'The plot is a coat hanger on which the director hangs oblique, open-ended philosophical, psychological, and existential ruminations about the nature of art and the essence of the human soul.’ ‘Nonetheless, it remains a dense, complex, often-contradictory, and endlessly pliable allegory about human consciousness, the necessity for faith in an increasingly secular, rational world, and the ugly, unpleasant dreams and desires that reside in the hearts of men.’  Patrick Nabarro - pnabarro wordpress In aggregate, however, what these various artifacts, objects, and narrative events do ultimately capture is something akin to the essence of what man is made of: a tangled knot of memories, fears, fantasies, nightmares, paradoxical impulses, and a yearning for something that’s simultaneously beyond our reach and yet intrinsic to every one of us. Is that thing hope? Faith? Or, as implied by the masterful climactic monologue from Stalker’s wife, is it simply devotion? Perhaps Tarkovsky summed it up best when he wrote about Stalker, “In the end, everything can be reduced to the one simple element which is all a person can count upon in his existence: the capacity to love."

So WFC invite you to journey with us through the Zone and ultimately to the Room guided by the Stalker. Please don’t miss this screening, it is really is Event Cinema and what a treat to be watching it at the lovely Connaught!

Don't miss out. Watch the trailer here

‘Stalker is a movie to be watched as many times as physically possible, to be picked apart, discussed, argued over, written about, to inspire music, books, poetry, other movies, teachers, philosophers, historians, governments, even the way an individual might chose to live their life. It really is that astounding.’

David Jenkins - little white lies

‘Whatever its ultimate meaning, this is a complex, challenging work of rare beauty and power whose elusiveness is part of its fascination.’ David Parkinson - Empire

‘The film has a hypnotic pull, drawing the viewer deeper and deeper into its enigmatic adventure by crafting a world all its own.’ Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times

The film is free to Worthing Film Club members (£30 a year - email Caroline at worthingfilmclub@gmail.com to join) or £5 for a ticket, cash on the door.  For more details on membership, see here

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

August's film from Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci is The Sheltering Sky (1990).

Doors open:8.00pm

Film: 8.30pm
Tickets: free to members / £5 for everyone else.

Back at St. Paul's on Monday 12th August

With the untimely death of the Italian film maestro Bernardo Bertolucci in 2018 WFC are proud to be screening The Sheltering Sky (1990) as a tribute to the great man. TimeOut said of the film  ‘As you would expect it’s a big, handsome film, rich and strange in psychological depths and eroticism.’

Starting out fittingly as a poet (his father was Attilio Bertolucci - a famous Italian poet) Bertolucci transformed his love of words into cinematic poetry to became one of the giants of Italian cinema, and indeed cinema itself. In a career that spanned over 50 years he directed luminescent and game changing gems such as The Conformist (1970), The Spider’s Stratagem (1970) and most (in)famously Last Tango in Paris (1972) and The Last Emperor (1987). All delivered labyrinthinely emotionally complex stories with audacious creativity, coupled with his trade mark vivid and sensual aesthetic style thus ensuring that his movies always had beauty, layers and uncommon depth. However some of his films were not without controversy, as Philip Concannon of the BFI stated ‘The legacy and reputation of Bernardo Bertolucci is brilliant and yet complex.’ 

Standing along side all of his other great works The Sheltering Sky ‘is about sliding over the edge into oblivion, but going in style.’ (Vincent Canby - The New York Times) Adapted  from the Paul Bowles’ (who also narrates and has a cameo in the film) novel of the same name, it tells the seemingly simple tale of a bored and disconnected American married couple Port (John Malkovich) and Kit (Debra winger) and their companion Tunner (Scott Campbell) who are ‘travellers but not tourists’ and their journey to North Africa in search of an emotional and intellectual reawakening, only for it to become a slow decent into hell. Working with his long term cinematographer Vittorio Storaro the film is ‘visually stunning to look at, but it is never simply picturesque. It mesmerizes, making the Sahara a metaphor for a universe that is overwhelming in its vastness but also as simple and finite as a grain of sand.’ (Vincent Canby - The New York Times) Bertolucci also does a fine job in opening up the interiorisation of the novel and bringing us into the isolations and motivations of the characters. He brings to life the the book’s metaphysical nightmare about two lost souls who fall into oblivion because, on some level, that’s what they’re seeking. It was about people collapsing into the abyss of their own minds. Add to this fine performances from the three leads and a classic is born.

Beautiful but dark and rich in its complexity it is a fine tribute to the late great Bertolucci and we at WFC really hope you will attend the screening. We can’t wait to share it with you.

Don’t miss it. Watch the trailer here

‘The Sheltering Sky, possibly Mr. Bertolucci's most seductive, most hypnotic movie.’ Vincent Canby - The New York Times

The film is free to Worthing Film Club members (£30 a year - email Caroline at worthingfilmclub@gmail.com to join) or £5 for a ticket, cash on the door.  For more details on membership, see here

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

July - Black Sun -St. Paul's, Monday 1st

July's film from British director Gary Tarn is Black Sun (2005).

Doors open:8.00pm
Film: 8.30pm
Tickets: free to members / £5 for everyone else.

Back at St. Paul's on Monday 1st July5

WFC’s July’s offering will be Black Sun (2005) by filmmaker Gary Tarn, a visually stunning and thoughtful meditation on the nature of seeing. It’s a documentary centring on artist Hugues de Montalembert who was tragically blinded in a random New York City mugging and his subsequent journey in adjusting to the loss of his sight. Taking its cinematic queue from other great Art documentaries such as Chris Marker’s masterly San Soleil (1983) Black Sun tells us a true tale but in a highly individual and poetic way, it is more cinematic essay or visual poem than traditional documentary. 

Premiering at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and produced by Mexico’s finest Alfonso Cuaron, Gary Tarn’s first feature is quite the calling card. A stunning mixture of images, textures, a lyrical treatment of de Montalembert’s narration and an original haunting score by Tarn himself, ensures that the film becomes as much a visual and emotional experience for the viewer as it is a recapitulation of de Montalembert’s own experiences. Black Sun never seeks easy illustration of its subject’s journey, physical or otherwise: rather it catches the luminous materiality of the seen as a means to the most searching spiritual enquiry. Never seeking to dwell mawkishly or sentimentally on the dreadful event, the film is rather ‘more interested in his [de Montalembert ] enduring artistic impulses than in any clichéd "testament to the human spirit”. Victoria Segal - New Statesman

For a film on blindness it is conversely incredibly visual, making the viewer really look and meditate on the gift of sight, on the actual and the abstract qualities of looking. It also manages to heighten our other senses. Ultimately though Black Sun is not just about blindness, but ways of seeing — anatomical, neurological, philosophical, spiritual, and cinematic. At once an excellent tribute to the extraordinary de Montalembert, as well as a sensory treat for the viewer and a moving portrait of the human experience and its extremities, it is a work for all places and times, for anyone who seeks to fully live, to engage, it is indeed essential viewing. It is simply a wonderful film; unique, dazzling and thought provoking; the film lingers on in the mind long after viewing and we can’t wait to screen it!

Don't miss it, watch the trailer

‘Narrated with moving simplicity and without a hint of bathos, this account of his struggle has been exquisitely illustrated by director-composer Gary Tarn, whose use of light, colour and shape challenges the subjective nature of reality and turns New York into a place that’s at once terrifying and wondrous. Rarely have the concepts of identity, memory, faith and hope been explored with such poetic courage.’ David Parkinson - Empire

The film is free to Worthing Film Club members (£30 a year - email Caroline at worthingfilmclub@gmail.com to join) or £5 for a ticket, cash on the door.  For more details on membership, see here

Sunday, 12 May 2019

June - Birds of Passage - Connaught Cinema, Monday 17th

June's film from Colombian directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra is Birds of Passage (2018).

Doors open: 8.15pm
Tickets: free to members / £7.50 for adults £6.50 for seniors and students

Connaught Cinema on Monday 17th June

WFC are proud to present Birds of Passage from the Oscar nominated team behind the genre-defying and brilliant Embrace of the Serpent. It is an equally audacious saga centered on the Wayúu indigenous people during a crucial period in recent Colombian history. Rotten Tomatoes called it ‘A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, Birds of Passage is a visually striking exploration of loyalty, greed, and the voracious nature of change.’

Based on real events and viewed through the lens of the Wayúu people Birds of Passage tells the tale of the origins of the Colombian drug trade. Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture's values, Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s. Ignoring ancient omens, he and his family get caught up in a conflict where honour is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.

Drawing on the traditions, history and tropes of the gangster movie, it nevertheless manages to render the familiarity of those things at once familiar yet unfamiliar and unique. The film eschews the violence of its Hollywood counterparts, instead choosing to broaden out the canvass and reflect on the devastating after effects both physically and spiritually on the tribe, rather than the actual violence.

Made by using many actors and extras of the actual Wayúu tribe (30% of the film team were from the same tribe also), it totally immerses us in the culture and traditions of the Wayúu, lending the film an authenticity and strange power. Cleverly and knowingly the film uses elements of magical realism and the the influence of Gabriel García Márquez, whose maternal family was Wayúu and his “One Hundred Years of Solitude” includes numerous Wayúu influences and weaves them seamlessly into the script. Helped no end by the ravishing cinematography of David Gallego whose vision lends a sense of the poetic and the grand to the proceedings, and beautifully complimented by the evocative score by Leonardo Heiblum it is a visual feast for the eyes and a thoughtful meditation on old versus new and modernity versus tradition and the nature of change. 

Bold, beautiful and striking we can’t wait to screen it! Watch the trailer

'Colombia’s entry in the Best Foreign-Language Film category at the Oscars, has a sweeping, epic-like quality despite its rustic setting. It ruminates on larger issues about the role in fate in our lives and the clash between tradition and modernity. The result is a mystical, sorrowful and well-executed tale.' Bruce DeMara Toronto Star

The film is free to Worthing Film Club members (£30 a year - email Caroline at worthingfilmclub@gmail.com to join) or £5 for a ticket, cash on the door.  For more details on membership, see here