|This group started in March 2015|
Monthly Second Thursday
Group Liaison (Kevin Stock)
This is a smaller group, maximum of 10, who will meet on 2nd Thursday morning at 10.00 am of each month as a study/discussion group . Every month we pick a film from a selection (covering varied time periods and genres) decided by the group, to watch individually and then discuss together.
September 2016 Update
We had a good first meeting after our summer break with lots of shared information and discussion about films we’d seen as well as looking at films that are coming up. There were reports back from members about a wide range of films: ‘Café Society’, directed by Woody Allen; ‘Ad Fab’ which was found to be disappointing; the original black and white version of ‘Room at the Top’; ‘Our Man in Havana’; and ‘L’Attesa’ (The Wait), a French/Italian film; ‘The Money Monster’ directed by Jodie Foster and starring George Clooney and ‘Eddie the Eagle’. 2 documentaries had also been seen at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant, shown as part of their ‘Film Fridays’ programme. ‘The Divide’, directed by Katharine Round, based on the book ‘The Spirit Level’ by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett which examines the effects income inequality has on society; and ‘Where to Invade Next’ directed by Michael Moore, in which he travels the world in an attempt to identify social policies he believes America should adopt. Both films were followed by a discussion session.
I’ve listed the upcoming films. It was impossible to find out what the senior screenings were going to be at The Vue, Gunwharf, but Odeon, Port Solent and Spring Arts Centre are listed.
This month, there is a good programme of films showing at The Spring Arts Centre as well as senior screenings at the Odeon Port Solent and lots of interesting films being screened at New Park in Chichester, including a number being shown as part of a French film festival. Two definite visits are to see ‘Love and Friendship’ at the Odeon Port Solent on Thursday 22 September at 2.00 pm and ‘Eye in the Sky’ at the Spring Arts Centre, Havant on 2 November at 1.45 pm.
The next meeting will be on Thursday 20 October at 10.00
June 2016 Update
For our final meeting before our summer break, we decided to go down to the Vue Cinema at Gun Wharf on 23 June to see ‘Eddie the Eagle’. It turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring film, based on the life of Michael Edwards, who I’m sure all of us remember taking part in the Winter Olympics of 1988. He was a controversial figure at the time, but memorable for his sheer determination and courage.
Over the last few months, we have seen and discussed a wide range of films such as ‘Bridge of Spies’, ‘The Danish Girl’, ‘The Martian’ and ‘Suffragette’ and are looking forward to meeting again in September when we will be planning how we want to progress through the autumn.
June 2015 Update
The group is continuing to enjoy watching and discussing quite a range of films from the director’s cut of ‘Blade Runner’ to ‘Effie Gray’. During the last month, the two films that we focussed on for discussion were ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ and ‘Into The Woods’. Everyone was surprised and moved by ‘Into the Woods’, and it gave rise to a very interesting discussion about the serious nature of its themes. ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, although a very different type of film, was also rated highly, particularly for the quality of the filming.
Films chosen for discussion at the next meeting are ‘The Water Diviner’ and ‘Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and some of us will also go to see ‘Woman in Gold’ and the 1967 version of ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ so that we can compare it to the new version.
Although the group doesn’t work on the basis that we all go to watch the films at the same showing, members have been able to arrange to meet up for some of the films which makes the experience more sociable. There is room for 2 or 3 more members so do think about joining us if you enjoy the cinema.