Sunday, 19 December 2021

 JANUARY Tuesday 11th: DRIVE MY CAR - Connaught Cinema 



WFC first screening of 2022 will be Japan's Ryusuke Hamaguchi's Drive My Car (2021) at the Connaught Cinema.

Date: TUESDAY 11th January 2022

Tickets: free to members/ member's one guest £5
£7.50 for adults £6.50 for seniors and students
Doors open: 8.00pm


WFC are really excited about this one. Nominated for the Best International Feature in the 94th Academy Awards and Winner of the Best Screenplay at 2021's Cannes Film Festival it will be one not to miss. Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi adapts a short story by Haruki Murakama into a highly moving meditation on life and art. The story sees avant garde theatre director Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) mourning the death of his wife Oto (Reika Kirishima) - whose infidelity he has just discovered. Accepting an assignment to direct a new multilingual production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima, he reluctantly consents to being chauffeured around by the taciturn Misaki (Tôko Miura). And thus the journey begins. Phil Hord of the Guardian says it is 'Vast in philosophical scope but intimate; beautifully controlled but pulsing with erotic undercurrents, it marks Hamaguchi’s emergence as a new cinematic master.'

We really hope you can attend because we think this is going to be a total cracker!



'With its eddying, fluid score and judicious use of silence, its satisfying layers of storytelling, this is a supremely confident piece of film-making from Ryûsuke Hamaguchi' - Wendy Ide - The Guardian

'A thoughtful and tearful ride in which the destination is a spiritual confrontation with oneself, “Drive My Car” devastates and comforts through its vehicular poetry of the sorrow from which we run, the collisions that awaken us, and the healing gained from every bump in the road.' Carlos Aguilar - Robert Ebert.com


Just a quick aside - if you want to join or its time to renew then if you do if before 12/01/22 you can have your year membership for £30. As of 12/01 we will be rising our prices to £35 for a year membership. For the membership we will now be invited to 10 screenings next year, as well as the annual xmas party and access to our terrific DVD library! And if you are stuck for a xmas or birthday gift for the discerning film person in your life why not give them a WFC membership? If you want to join either email the club or come along to a screening and sign up on the night!We really hope to see you all soon. Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year from Caroline, Mary and Christian!



Friday, 19 November 2021



               WFC XMAS PARTY: MONDAY 6th DECEMBER  7pm




   


The time is almost upon us to make merry at the annual WFC Xmas Party! It will be at perennial fav Coast and doors open at 7pm. We really hope to see you all there, its been a while!There will be the usual WFC party fare - free buffet, complimentary drink, the annual film quiz, a selection of short films hand picked by the committee members for your delight and delectation, music and of course great company. Hopefully it will be a lovely ending to a not so great few years and the beginning of better times. We will be screening a fabulous Japanese film in January 2022 (date to follow later) called Drive my Car at the Connaught. Nominated for the Best International Feature in the 94th Academy Awards and Winner of the Best Screenplay at 2021's Cannes Film Festive it will be something you won't want to miss. Total Film gave it 4 stars and state that 'it is a journey well worth taking'.  




 


We at WFC are really looking forward to seeing you all again firstly at the Xmas Party and at
all our screenings next year, in which we promise the usual excellence.Anyone wishing to join can turn up at the party or any of our screenings and join up there and then. Or if you wish to sign up before contact the club by email.




***Don't forget you can join our film club with membership still only £30 for a year of screenings! 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!***


  


Tuesday, 9 November 2021

SPECIAL EVENT: DOUBLE BILL WEDNESDAY 17th NOVEMBER 7,15pm

 ****Special event**** 

Double Bill screening in conjunction with Derailed Film Club at IVY ARCH STUDIOS, Unit 5B Ivy Arch Road Worthing



A Worthing Film Club and Derailed Film Club Joint. Cruising - in which Al Pacino stars as a detective hunting down a killer who scours the gay clubs in New York. Interior. Leather Bar “A beautifully made cinematic guide penetrating the membranes of sexual fear that separate us” EXTRA WFC SCREENING & A DOUBLE BILL!!!
William Friedkin's CRUISING with James Franco's Interior. Leather Bar.
Wednesday 17th November
co-hosting with Derailed Film Club Film Club
Ivy Arch Studios, Unit 5B, Ivy Arch Road, BN14
Doors open: 7.15pm , film 7.45pm
Cost: club members (WFC/DeRD) £3.60 / non members £4.50 Causing outrageous controversy on release, and only recently widely available to buy, it’s the film Al Pacino still won’t talk about!

We’re not entirely sure why, he’s absolutely terrific in this; Friedkin’s leather infused masterpiece which sees police officer Pacino hunting a serial killer who’s targeting the gay leather scene in 1970’s New York. The production was dogged by problems; leading to a notorious forty minutes of deleted and subsequently lost footage.

This incredibly rare opportunity to see this controversial film, but then there's more! This double bill also features Interior. Leather Bar. (2013). James Franco and Travis Matthews’ bold and brilliant mockumentary in which they portray film makers working on a production to reimagine and recreate those infamous lost forty minutes. Provocative, explicit, and audacious, Interior. Leather Bar. is a real gem that, for any fan of Cruising, is a must-see.
To see these two films back to back on the big screen truly is an experience you’ll never forget, and it’s certainly not one you’ll find anywhere else!!

We can’t wait to see you on Wednesday 17th November.





Thursday, 14 October 2021




NOVEMBER Monday 8th: DUNE - Connaught Cinema 



November's screening is David Lynch's 1984 adaptation of Frank Herberts seminal 
sci-fi masterpiece Dune at The Connaught Cinema.
Date:  Monday 8th November 2021
Tickets: free to members/ member's one guest £5
£7.50 for adults £6.50 for seniors and students
Doors open: 8.00pm 


Firstly can we say how happy WFC are to be back and preceding with this our first screening of 2021!  


With the new hotly tipped version of Dune from Denis Villeneuve about to land in cinemas in a few weeks WFC thought it would be timely and prudent to re-examine the original  made by David Lynch in 1984. Adapted from the sprawling and epic Sci-Fi novel Dune, it was a rare critical and box office flop from the maestro Lynch. Rumoured that he only agreed because the studios would finance his cherished Blue Velvet, it came with a hefty 50 million dollar budget. With that budget Lynch found he lost creative control to the Studio and an eviscerated version was delivered to cinemas. Whether a longer version would have made for a better film is open to some debate. 


Is it a masterpiece, a disaster or somewhere in between? Certainly a film to divide audiences - it has its champions as well as its denouncers. Perhaps it was too much to expect that the protracted and complex Machiavellian political machinations coupled with the dazzling sci-fi aspects of the novel could be distilled down to 2 hours and 17 minutes (tellingly at a similar length Villeneuve’s version takes on only half the novel). Flawed, at times unfocused and overly convoluted  - Lynch bewilderingly added aspects not in the novel - it still has moments of dark skewed brilliant flourishes that are Lynch’s stock and trade (marks). It certainly makes it a fascinating curio from one of cinemas’ independent darkly surrealist maestros attempting to enter the realm of of the mainstream and trying to straddle both spaces to very curious effect. WFC think it’s an enchanting flawed oddity that will dazzle and delight and confuse and annoy in equal measure. So please come and make up your own mind and remember ‘The Spice Must Flow!’                                         



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


'There are, admittedly, some moments of expressionist panache and dreamlike strangeness; it sometimes feels like a freewheeling sci-fi production of a lost Shakespeare Roman play.' Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

***Don't forget you can join our film club with membership still only £30 for a year of screenings! 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!***