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HARMANS CROSS MOVIE NIGHTS
On Tuesday 23 October, in conjunction with The Purbeck Film Festival, we are showing The Post, at 7.30 in Harman’s Cross Village Hall.
“The Post”, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, is a must see. This thriller recalls the 1971 revelations of the Pentagon Papers, a devastating internal report that detailed how the White House had been lying about the Vietnam war. While Nixon seethes, newspaper editors head to the Supreme Court, asserting their constitutional right to speak truth to power. Washington Post owner, Kay Graham, is adjusting to taking over the business of her late husband when editor Ben Bradlee discovers the New York Times has scooped them with an explosive expose on the papers. Determined to compete, The Post manages to get a complete copy of the report. However, their plan to publish their findings is put in jeopardy with a federal restraining order that could get them all indicted for Contempt. Now, Kay Graham must decide whether to back down for the safety of her paper or publish and fight for the freedom of the press. A particularly apposite film given the current rantings from The White House.
On Tuesday 13 November we are showing “The Bookshop”. This film is adapted from the novel, shortlisted for the Booker, by Penelope Fitzgerald. Semi-autobiographical, it’s about an amiable young widow, Florence, who comes to a remote coastal Suffolk town in the late 1950s, buys a dilapidated property there and enterprisingly converts it into a bookshop. She makes a success of it, largely by stocking Nabokov’s Lolita, thus incurring the envious displeasure of a local grande dame, who wanted the property for a self-aggrandising arts centre. She tries to nudge Florence towards switching sites, to a soon-to-be-vacated fishmongers instead. Most of the townsfolk become complicit in forcing her out, except Mr Brundish (Bill Nighy, a hot favourite with our Movie Night groupies), whose letter-writing to Florence sets the stage for a sympathetic alliance. A film that neatly depicts postwar Britain’s cold war of generation and class.
Tickets £5 on the door, which will open, along with the bar, at 7pm.
Our next Movie presentations - Tuesday 23 October & 13 November
Bar opens 7.00 Films starts 7.30
Tickets £5 on the door