Film List

Spring / Summer Term 2011

All films are shown in Malbank School's main hall (via the community entrance), begin at 7.30pm, and are currently free for members of the group.

12 January        Inception (148 mins)                    Cert 12 
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

26 January     The Counterfeiters (98 mins)            Cert 15 
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Cast: Karl Markovics, August Diehl and Devid Striesow
The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with Herzog, who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Bernhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. But while Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's allied opponents. German with English subtitles.

09 February    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (123 mins)    Cert 15
Director: Kenneth Branagh
            Cast: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter
Dr. Frankenstein creates a simple creature from various body parts. The creature turns into a monster when Dr. Frankenstein rejects him. Sticking close to the original novel, Kenneth Branagh guides us through the story of Frankenstein's quest for knowledge and his creature's search for his "father".

16 March        An Education (100 mins)                Cert 12a 
Director: Lone Scherfig                                        Cast: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard and Alfred Molina
In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one...

06 April        The Illusionist    (90 mins)                Cert PG 
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin and Duncan MacNeil
A 2010 animated film based on an unproduced 1956 script that the French mime, director and actor Jacques Tati. The main character is an animated version of Tati and the plot revolves around a struggling illusionist who visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician.  Originally intended by Tati to be set in Czechoslovakia Chomet relocated the movie to Scotland in the late 1950s. According to the director, "It's not a romance, it's more the relationship between a dad and a daughter.

20 April        Volver        (121 mins)                Cert 15
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Cast: Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas
Three generations of women survive the east wind, fire, insanity, superstition and even death by means of goodness, lies and boundless vitality. Volver is not a surrealistic comedy although it may seem so at times. The living and the dead coexist without any discord, causing situations that are either hilarious or filled with a deep, genuine emotion. It's a film about the culture of death in La Mancha and it destroys all the clichés about "black" Spain and offers a Spain that is as real as it is the opposite. A Spain that is white, spontaneous, funny, intrepid, supportive and fair.

04 May        Bright Star    (119 mins)                    Cert PG  
Director: Jane Campion
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Kerry Fox.
The tragic but intensely passionate love affair between Romantic poet John Keats and the radiant Fanny Brawne  is detailed in this moving period drama from critically acclaimed writer/director Jane Campion. The film centres on the three year relationship between Keats, then a struggling poet, and the girl next door, Frances Brawn. The two fell profoundly in love and many of Keats’s compositions of the time - most notably the poem BRIGHT STAR - were inspired by the tender passion they shared. The lovers’ fate, though, was soon tested by Keats’s poverty and worsening health, circumstances that inevitably tried their bond.

18 May    The Red Shoes        (128 mins)            Cert U
Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Cast:Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring and Moira Shearer
A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. Under the authoritarian rule of charismatic ballet impressario Boris Lermontov, his proteges realise the full promise of their talents, but at a price: utter devotion to their art and complete loyalty to Lermontov himself. Under his near-obsessive guidance, young ballerina Victoria Page is poised for superstardom, but earns Lermontov's scorn when she falls in love with Julian Craster, composer of "The Red Shoes," the ballet Lermontov is staging to showcase her talents. Vicky leaves the company and marries Craster, but still finds herself torn between Lermontov's demands and those of her heart. The Red Shoes is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. It's one of the BFI's Top 10 British films and won 2 Oscars.

08 June        Shipping News    (111 mins)                Cert 15
Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore and Judi Dench
An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey.

22 June        The American        (105 mins)        Cert 15  
Director: Anton Corbijn
Cast: George Clooney, Paolo Bonacelli and Violante Placido
Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Pavel that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian
countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

13 July        Sing-a-long Grease    (110 mins)        Cert PG 
Director:  Randal Kleiser
Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing
Just in case you don’t know, this is a musical about teens in love in the 50's! It's California, 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. They spend time at the beach, but when they go back to school, what either of them don't know is that they both now attend Rydell High. Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black-jacket greasers while Sandy hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. When they clash at Rydell's first pep rally, Danny isn't the same Danny at the beach. They try to be like each other so they can be together. Come and join in with the fun and sing your hearts out.

Autumn Season 2010

30 September ,    The Road   ( 111 mins) cert 15  
28 October It’s Complicated   (120 mins)  cert 15
18 NovemberShutter Island     (138 mins)  cert 15 
24th November,  A Single man (99mins) cert 12A
09 DecemberWhite Christmas (115 mins)   cert U

Spring / Summer 2010 Season
11 March 2010, Tsotsi, Cert 15, 94 mins
15 April 2010, Last Chance Harvey, Cert 12, 89 mins
29 April 2010, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Cert U, 110 mins
06 May 2010, The Hurt Locker, Cert 15, 131 mins
27 May 2010, In The Loop, Cert 15, 109 mins
17 June 2010, Looking for Eric, Cert 15, 116 mins
15 July 2010, Alice in Wonderland, PG, 109 mins