Film Nights at The Old Rectory 2020

Happy New Year to you all!
Attached you will find a schedule of the films we have lined up for your entertainment this spring.  I hope you will find some you want to see among them.
As usual please let me know if you would like to come so I have the right number of seats set out and know when everyone is here so I can set the reels in motion!  All the films start at 7.30pm except the final one, which is a bit longer than average so I suggest we start at 7pm.
If you come by car, please park in front of the house unless you have mobility issues.  A torch is a good idea.
Looking forward to seeing you here as the house lights dim…
The Old Rectory, Chaffcombe, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4AH tel 01460 67200
mobile 07957 288608 (NB poor reception at Somerset address so try landline first)

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

Spring 2020 dates

 Wednesday 15th January

Death of Stalin (2017)

Directed by Armando Iannucci, this is a satire on political succession following Stalin’s death. The cast includes Simon Russell Beale, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Palin amongst other well-known names.  The film was banned in Russia, so that gives you an idea of how accurately it hits its target!

Tuesday 21st January, sorry no film this week

 Wednesday 29th January

Black Swan (2010)

A psychological horror story centred around a ballerina’s struggle to depict the role of the Black Swan alongside that of the White Swan in the ballet Swan Lake.  Natalie Portman stars, and actually trained in ballet in order to be able to appear convincing. Critically acclaimed but quite disturbing issues are depicted – not for the faint-hearted viewer!

 Tuesday 4th February

Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)

Based on the 1905 novel of the same name, by E.M. Forster.  The cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Helen Mirren and Rupert Graves.  Set on location in San Gemignano, it depicts the consequences of a visit to Italy by a young English widow.

 Wednesday 12th February

Patriot Games(1992)

A thriller starring Harrison Ford as an ex-CIA analyst who gets drawn into a plot involving the IRA.  A gripping tale based on the novel by Tom Clancy, it will have you on the edge of your seat. A star cast includes Sean Bean, Samuel L Jackson, James Fox and Anne Archer.

 Tuesday 18th February

Romeo and Juliet (1978)

Our first Shakespeare play of 2020 is one of the all-time great love stories and requires no introduction.  The cast includes Sir John Gielgud as the Chorus, and a young Alan Rickman as Tybalt, and is acknowledged as one of the most faithful versions ever to be filmed.  Not to be missed!

Wednesday 26th February

Cabaret (1966)

Our season’s Oscar winning musical stars Liza Minelli as cabaret star Sally Bowles, living and performing in Berlin in 1931 amid the tensions of late Weimar Germany. The Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub invites you in – you are welcome, bienvenue, willkommen!

Tuesday 3rd March

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, this film won Streep an Oscar nomination for best actress.  Set in rural Iowa, the covered bridges of the title are the backdrop to a gentle but moving romantic film.

 Wednesday 11th March

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

“A trivial comedy for serious people” is how Oscar Wilde defined his wonderful play. This film version stars Rupert Everitt and Colin Firth, together with Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell.  A haaaandbag?????

 Tuesday 17th March

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

Set in 1946, the plot follows a London-based writer who begins exchanging letters with a resident on the island of Guernsey, which had been under German occupation during WW2. Stars Lily James.

Wednesday 25th March

Hamlet (1980)

Our second Shakespeare play of the season stars Derek Jacobi in the title role, alongside other stalwarts  such as Patrick Stewart, Claire Bloom and Eric Porter. “Inspired by his father’s ghost to seek vengeance, he is forced to consider the nature of murder and violence, revenge and intrigue, sex and desire, paranoia and madness, and the very essence of humanity itself.”

 Tuesday 31st March   NB earlier start time of 7pm (it’s a long film!)

The English Patient (1996)

Starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliet Binoche and Kristin Scott Thomas, and covered in Oscar glory, this Anthony Minghella directed film depicts the story of four people who find themselves in an abandoned villa in Northern Italy in the last months of World War II. The story emerges of one of them, a badly burned man with an English accent….