All screenings Fridays 7:30pm
Ealing Town Hall W5 2BY
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HIT THE ROAD
These are moving pictures: the epitome of road movies and buddy films, along with some acclaimed documentaries and animation. Featuring characters on the road, on the run, on tour or on the edge, they’re on some stimulating and entertaining journeys.
Friday 2nd March 7:30pm
Easy Rider 1969
95 minutes certificate 18 in English
Directed by Dennis Hopper
Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Toni Basil
Two drifters ride their motorcycles cross country, chasing liberation from conformity, fleeing intolerance, and looking for America. Amidst small-town small-minded bigotry, alternative hippie communes and bad trips, they may not find it. This chronicle of counter culture was a landmark in modern US cinema and a smash hit, and remains a cult classic, along with its rock soundtrack.
A star-making turn for Jack Nicholson, who won several critics awards for Best Supporting Actor.
Winner of Best First Work at the Cannes Film Festival.
Winner of a Special Award from USA critics.
Friday 9th March 7pm start
Thelma & Louise 1991
124 minutes certificate 15 in English
Directed by Ridley Scott written by Callie Khouri
Starring Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Brad Pitt, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky
Doors open 6:30pm
NOTE: FILM STARTS AT 7
In partnership with the Women’s Equality Party Ealing
There will be a fundraiser with merchandise and refreshments.
“Somebody said get a life… so they did.” Sick of the mistreatment and boredom that makes up their everyday routine, two best friends embark on a weekend holiday that takes a sharp turn into a fugitive police chase. This fan favourite has thrills, action, comedy, warm central characters and that famous ending, and prompted conversations about feminism and sexism in film.
Best Screenplay from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Writers Guild of America.
Several Best Actress awards for both leads.
Friday 16th March 7:30pm
The Gleaners & I – Les glaneurs et la glaneuse 2000
79 minutes certificate U in French with English subtitles
Directed by Agnès Varda
The director roams the countryside to meet people who forage fields for food and scavenge from rubbish bins; those who reuse refuse and live off leftovers. As these outsiders repurpose others’ discarded objects, the film shows both poverty and thrift, waste and want, saving and survival. With her curiosity, warm presence and humorous narration, she guides us along a “wandering-road-documentary”. Varda was recently a recipient of an Honorary Academy Award.
Winner of a dozen awards for Best Documentary from critics groups, festivals and audience polls in the USA and Europe.
Voted among the Top 10 Greatest Documentaries of All Time in a Sight and Sound critics poll.
Voted among the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century in a BBC critics poll.
Friday 23rd March 7:30pm
The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert 1994
99 minutes certificate 15 in English
Directed by Stephan Elliott
Starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Bill Hunter
A trans-woman joins two drag queens to take their act on tour, travelling the Australian Outback in a rundown, garishly repainted school bus. Revelling in all that is tacky, outrageous and fabulous, this camp classic was a beloved box office hit and popular for its positive portrayal of LGBT lives. “Roaringly comic and powerfully affecting” – “It’s fun, daring, over-the-top and unforgettable. It’s a road movie with attitude and the occasional frock.”
Winner of Best Costume Design awards from the Academy, BAFTA and Australian Film Institute.
Named Outstanding Film by LGBT organisations GLAAD and L.A. Outfest.
Best Film and Best Actor at the Seattle Film Festival.
Best Movie at the Chlotrudis Awards for independent film.
Friday 30th March No screening – enjoy your Bank Holiday
Friday 6th April 7:30pm
My Darling Clementine 1946
97 minutes certificate U in English
Directed by John Ford
Starring Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell, Cathy Downs, Tim Holt, Ward Bond, Jane Darwell
While on a cattle drive down an Arizona trail, Wyatt Earp and his brothers stop and settle in Tombstone, a rowdy Wild West frontier town. Appointed marshal, he lays down the law and justice, teaming up with the hard-drinking, hard-living Doc Holliday against the Clanton gang, reaching a climax at the O.K. Corral. With iconic photography, strikingly shot on locations including Monument Valley, John Ford brings the legend to life in one of his finest Westerns.
“My Darling Clementine must be one of the sweetest and most good-hearted of all Westerns.”
Named among the Top Ten Films of the year by the National Board of Review USA.
Called Best Foreign Film by Italian film journalists.
Friday 13th April 7:30pm
F For Fake 1973
85 minutes certificate PG in English
Directed by Orson Welles
Orson Welles plays host and unreliable narrator in this discursive documentary, where he wonders and wanders, while musing on matters of art, creativity, truth and reality. He opens cases of authenticity and authorship: hoaxes involving a bogus biography of Howard Hughes; forged Picasso paintings; and radio broadcasts of Martian invasions. Editing together existing footage, home-movies and staged scenes, Welles connects his career memories, buzzing ideas and some sleight of hand into inventive, playful cinema. One of his final completed projects as director, he called it “a new kind of film,” while the BFI’s Geoff Andrew says, “it’s absolutely spellbinding.”
Voted 15th Greatest Documentary of All Time in Sight and Sound’s critics poll.
Friday 20th April 7:30pm
Black Girl – La noire de… 1966
59 minutes certificate 15 in French with English subtitles
Directed by Ousmane Sembène
Starring M’bissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinck, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene
A young woman in Senegal works as a child-minder for a wealthy family, and then moves to France with her employers, where her living is degraded by overwork and seclusion, while she is demoralised by insults and indignities. This critique of racism, post-colonial tensions and cultural prejudice is a “human drama as well as a radical political statement – and one of the essential films of the 1960s.” “One of the founding works of African cinema,” this was the debut feature from the director called the “father of African film”.
Winner of the Prix Jean Vigo in France.
Winner of the Grand Prize at the Carthage Film Festival.
Friday 27th April 7:30pm
The Illusionist – L’illusionniste 2010
77 minutes certificate PG in English
Directed by Sylvain Chomet
Voice acting by Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin
As vaudeville’s popularity wanes in 1950s France and his stage act loses its lustre, a conjurer takes his rabbit and top hat and moves to Britain to perform tricks in pubs. He enjoys a new enthusiasm for his art when he gains a fan in a girl who believes in magic. This touching tale was based on an unproduced script written by Jacques Tati, and developed decades later by animator Sylvain Chomet, with a resplendent hand-drawn Edinburgh. “Bittersweet, moving and utterly beautiful: a love letter to cinema and to Scotland.”
Named Best Animated Film by the Césars in France, the European Film Awards, and New York critics.