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HARMANS CROSS MOVIE NIGHTS
The audience for our September movie, the brilliantly acted historical drama Denial, numbered 62. We continue on Tuesday 10 October with the ‘moving and epic’ (Saga) lavish drama Viceroy’s House (cert. 12A), starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson and Michael Gambon.
Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end, and for 6 months in 1947 Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.
The Guardian summarised Mark Kermode’s review as ‘a gripping political drama with a populist edge’. He goes on ‘Chadha’s heartfelt and very personal drama about the traumas of partition, which strives to dramatise the epochal events of 1947 for the widest possible audience, including those who know nothing of the independence of India or the creation of Pakistan.... I found myself increasingly gripped by Chadha’s handsome period drama – impressed by the accessibility of its history-primer narrative, entertained by its warm wit and occasionally boisterous charm, and moved by its melodramatic contrivances, which turn out to be more rooted in fact than one might imagine’. Awarding the film 4 stars (and using the best pun I could find) the Mail Online headlined their review as ‘a dash of Downton, a sprinkle of Gandhi. Hugh Bonneville as Mountbatten in the stunning new film Viceroy's House will be... all the Raj’ and continued ‘Viceroy’s House is very good indeed... it’s often stunning to look at, is very nicely acted and manages to make a difficult subject relatively easy to understand.’
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 open at 7pm with the next feature’s trailer preceding the film at 7.30 and, with a 15 minute interval, October’s Movie Night will end around 9.50pm. Looking ahead to 14 November we have Their Finest, a war-time drama starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy. On 12 December we move on to the heist comedy drama Going In Style with Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. More details in the next Village Hall monthly newsletter. You can subscribe to the newsletter on the home page of this website.
Our next Movie presentation - Tuesday 10 October
Bar opens 7.00 Films starts 7.30
Tickets £5 on the door
“ Viceroy’s House”