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HARMANS CROSS MOVIE NIGHTS
Swelled by at least 25 holidaymakers, the audience for our August movie, the excellent true life historical drama Hidden Figures, totalled 89 - our best attendance for 13 months.
We continue on Tuesday 12 September with the ‘probing, compelling’ (Financial Times) drama Denial (cert. 12A). Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall star in this historical drama. Based on her own book, the film follows American historian Deborah Lipstadt's legal battle with British scholar David Irving after he sued her and her publisher for accusing him of being a Holocaust denier in 1996. In the courtroom, Lipstadt and her British lawyers are made to prove that Irving was lying by denying the Holocaust and must therefore prove its occurrence in their defence. Desperate to take to the stand herself, Lipstadt is approached by numerous Holocaust survivors eager to testify but her legal team remain steadfast in their intention to keep the trial focused on Irving and on the validity of Lipstadt's claims.
The Guardian summarised its 4-star review as ‘an overwhelmingly relevant assertion of truth’ and went on ‘as flat-earthery returns to the world, this drama about a historian’s pursual through the UK justice system by a Holocaust denier is refreshing and very pertinent’. The Telegraph review says ‘the film’s ace in the hole is Timothy Spall’s impish, disturbingly compelling performance, as Irving, that really merits applause – we’re a long way from his glutinous theatrics as Churchill in The King’s Speech. He’s shed half a Timothy Spall since Mr Turner, and his nearly gaunt new look – though no match physically for the giant pug that is the real-life Irving – seems to have unlocked an impish quality that gives this performance spark'. The Daily Express reviewer thought the film was ‘a solid, satisfying dramatisation of the late-1990s libel case’. The FT praised David Hare’s ‘terrific script’.
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, August’s Movie Night will end around 9.40pm. Looking ahead to 10 October we have Viceroy’s House, a drama starring Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten charged with handing India back to its people on independence. The films from November to January will be chosen by our committee on 29 August. More details here next month.
Our next Movie presentation - Tuesday 12 September
Bar opens 7.00 Films starts 7.30
Tickets £5 on the door