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HARMANS CROSS MOVIE NIGHTS
Our May movie was the true-life love story A United Kingdom, which was appreciated by the audience of 60 people.
We continue on Tuesday 12 June with the ‘adorable’ (Heat magazine) A Streetcat Named Bob (cert 12A) starring Luke Treadaway (as James), Bob, the cat, (as himself) and Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates in Downton Abbey) as Val. It is a moving, uplifting film that will touch everyone’s heart. When London busker and recovering drug addict James Bowen finds injured ginger street cat Bob in his sheltered accommodation, he has no idea just how much his life is about to change. It won Best British Film at the UK National Film Awards in March 2017.
Awarding the film four stars, the Express felt that ‘with the number of homeless increasing by the day it’s an apposite time for A Street Cat Named Bob, based on the surprise best-seller by a former heroin addict whose life was transformed by friendship with a stray moggy... The movie is anchored in the reality of life on the margins and conjures up a powerful sense of good fortune for anyone who doesn’t have to count their pennies for a hot meal. This is due in large part to an affecting performance by Treadaway. He is convincingly troubled and down-at-heel and avoids showy movie star posturing for a kind of low-key, shuffling, authenticity. As he scrapes a living busking in Covent Garden and selling the Big Issue, all the while battling addiction with the support of his kindly caseworker Val, you feel he’s just like any number of young men struggling on the streets of London... The pair become a much photographed item of curiosity – Bob squatting on the busking James’s shoulders – and eventually enjoy YouTube attention, local newspaper fame and ultimately a book deal.’
In another four-star review the Radio Times said ‘the man-and-moggy partnership provides a warm backdrop to a solid, responsible and never preachy chronicle of homelessness, addiction and recovery - the script neither condemns nor condones. Treadaway plays the dishevelled Bowen with just the right amount of vulnerability undermining his genuine wish for a better life, but he can't help but be upstaged by his adorable four-legged co-star.’ A five-star review in The Big Issue called it ‘a triumph’.
Movie Nights are held at Harmans Cross Village Hall on the 2nd Tuesday every month. Tickets are £5 each and are only available at the door on the night. The hall and licensed bar will open at 7pm with the next feature’s trailer preceding the film at 7.30 and, with a 15 minute interval, June’s Movie Night will end around 9.35pm. Looking ahead we move on to the award-winning Lion on 11 July.
Our next Movie presentation - Tuesday 12 June
Bar opens 7.00 Films starts 7.30
Tickets £5 on the door
“ A streetcat named bob”