Autumn Film Evenings at The Old Rectory

Dear All

As the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness comes around again, we are starting to feel ready to rug up of an evening and get the film projector rolling.

I have attached to this email a complete list of the films we propose to show for your entertainment this autumn, taking us right up to Christmas, so you can put the dates in your diaries and plan ahead.  I have tried to select from quite a variety of genres, so hopefully there will be something for everybody.  As ever, if there is a film you would like us to show, let us know and we will programme it into a future season.

The Big One this autumn is Gone With the Wind, which is definitely an epic both in terms of content and length!  We will need to start at 6pm as the running time is 4 hours or so and you will need a halfway break to stretch your legs!

As usual, please let me know if you are planning to come to any/all of the films so I can put out the right number of seats.  Similarly if you find you can’t come, even at the last minute, please let me know by email or phone (01460 67200) both so I can put your chairs away again and also so we don’t wait for you to arrive!  We start promptly so make sure you’re here in good time. First come first serve for the comfiest chairs! Doors open 30 mins before the start time.

We are collecting for Cancer Research UK as usual, and hope to be able to send a good sum off to them at Christmas.  The donation box is at the foot of the stairs.

A couple of reminders – no food, no drink and no mobile phones allowed!   And please remember to bring a torch with you as it makes it safer for you to walk round the house to and from your cars. Also, although the studio has heating it can start to feel a little chilly after sitting still for a couple of hours, so bring something cosy to put on.  I have a few rugs but not enough for everyone!

We are really looking forward to this autumn’s films, and hope to see you here enjoying them too!


Geraldine and Neale

The Old Rectory, Chaffcombe, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4AH tel 01460 67200mobile 07957 288608 (NB poor reception at Somerset address so try landline first)


Film nights at the Old Rectory


Wednesday 16th October at 7.30pm

Blazing Saddles (1974)

A spoof Western to cheer us on our way into autumn. If you know it as well as my children, you could recite it word for word! If you haven’t seen it yet, you are in for a treat. Some of the funniest moments in cinema here for your entertainment. Leave your horse and guns at the door please.

Tuesday 22 October at 7.30pm

Finding Neverland (2004)

Starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet this moving film about J.M.Barrie and his creation of Peter Pan is just wonderful. Bring Kleenex.

Wednesday 30th October at 7.00pm (NB earlier start time)

King Lear (1982 BBC)

Our first Shakespeare of the winter stars Michael Hordern as Lear in one of the BBC’s acclaimed productions. Running time of 3 hours so please note the earlier start time.

Tuesday 5th November at 7.30pm

Bridge of Spies (2015)

A Spielberg film set in the Cold War and starring Tom Hanks. A gripping thriller, inspired by true events.

Wednesday 13th November at 7.30pm

Brassed Off (1996)

Set in 1992 amid the closures of many collieries, this is the story of Grimley Colliery’s brass band and the efforts of its members to survive the difficult times. Oddly billed as a “comedy” it is actually moving: and its soundtrack was recorded by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Tuesday 19th November at 6pm

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Strap yourselves in for the film of the century. Four hours of top cinematic experience and a rollercoaster you won’t forget. Vivien Leigh “owns” the screen and Clark Gable is the ultimate cad…or is he….?????

This is epic in length so we will start extra early. Running time of about four hours plus an Interval!

Wednesday 27th November at 7.30pm

La Fille du Regiment

The Royal Opera House production of Donizetti’s comic opera, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez, (and Dawn French!). Wonderful singing and a zippy production makes for an entertaining and jolly evening. Set in the Swiss Tyrol in the Napoleonic wars we follow the fortunes of the army canteen girl Marie and her beau Tonio. In one of the pinnacles of the tenor repertoire, Tonio’s big aria has 9 top C’s to knock your socks off!

Tuesday 3rd December at 7.30pm

A Handful of Dust (1988)

Set in 1930’s England and with a starry cast including Kristin Scott-Thomas, Judi Dench, Anjelica Huston and Alec Guinness, this adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s dark novel exposes the cruelty running under the veneer of politeness in English aristocratic life. Intriguing stuff and some memorable performances.

Wednesday 11th December at 7.30pm

Mr Turner (2014)

Timothy Spall learned how to paint in order convincingly to depict the artist J.M.W Turner in this film. A very enjoyable biographical account of his latter years and a visual treat too.

Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm

It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)

James Stewart stars in this Frank Capra film. Probably the most popular Christmas feelgood movie of all time, just to set you all up for the Festive Season! There might well be mince pies……


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