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2007/8 PROGRAMME IS OUR BEST YET
posted in Louth Film Club News 2006

Details of our new programme, running from February 2007 through to January 2008, have now been announced. In the next 12 months we will be showing an exciting range of current and recent films (including Volver, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Tsotsi, Amores Perros and Howl's Moving Castle) and some real classics (such as All Quiet On The Western Front, Jean de Florette, La Grande Illusion, Kind Hearts And Coronets, and Singin' In The Rain). The highlight of the year could be our special showing of Buster Keaton's classic silent comedy The General, with piano accompaniment!
 
You can pick up a printed programme at Off The Beaten Tracks record shop in Aswell Street, Louth, and we are currently putting all the information up on the website. Most of it is already here - click on What's On.
 
Louth Film Club Committee

 

HIDDEN WILL BE THIS YEARS MEMBERS CHOICE FILM
posted in Louth Film Club News 2006

The French film Hidden (Caché) was the clear winner in our 2006 Members' Choice vote. We asked club members to say which film they would most like to see from a list of four of the best arthouse releases so far this year.
 
 A brilliant psychological thriller, Hidden will be screened on Monday 13th November. It stars Daniel Auteuil, one of France’s most prolific screen actors (he was Ugolin in Jean de Florette and its sequel Manon Des Sources), and the brilliant and beautiful Juliette Binoche (Chocolat, The English Patient). They play Georges and Anne, a Parisian couple whose comfortable existence is disrupted, and indeed threatened, by a sinister stalker sending them videos of their private life.
 
 The film’s director, Michael Haneke, proves to be a master of suspense while raising thought-provoking questions about France’s colonial past and racial tensions, and about personal guilt and responsibility.  
 There was good support too for all of the other three films we put to the vote. The South African film Tsotsi, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film earlier this year, came second. Offside, an uplifting comedy from Iran, was third, beating Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man by just one vote.
 
 We have decided to include Tsotsi and Offside in next season’s programme, which incidentally will also include Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources. We plan to announce the full programme, to run from February 2007 to January 2008, next month.
 
 Louth Film Club Committee
 10th October 2006

 

OUR OLDEST MEMBER SCOOPS FILM QUIZ PRIZE
posted in Louth Film Club News 2006

Louth Film Club’s annual quiz night ended in a nail-biting finish on Monday 9th October when last year’s winning team, The Unteachables, was pipped for first prize by just one point. The winning team, The Corinthians, comprising Amanda Birkett, Stephen Kirby and Louth Film Club’s oldest member, Joyce Kirby, 86, achieved victory on the tie-break question. They were asked to name the year in which film director Alfred Hitchcock was born. The correct answer was 1899.
 
 The one question both winning teams got wrong was this. Which is the odd film out? Romeo in Pyjamas, Bagpipes at Dawn, Throw Mama from the Train or Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag. The answer is at the end of this story.
 
 Members of the winning team each won a £10 voucher for Off the Beaten Tracks, and the second place team each won £3 vouchers for admission to a film club showing. Thirty one members attended the social evening, which was held at the Mason’s Arms and included a buffet.
 
 Other delights coming to Louth’s silver screen this autumn include the cult horror film The Blair Witch Project which is being shown on a Wednesday, 1st November rather than the club’s normal Monday night, plus the classic musical West Side Story on Monday 27th November.
 
 Louth Film Club was formed in 2005 to rekindle the magic of the big screen for a host of classic and contemporary films. Films are shown on alternate Monday evenings at Louth’s Playhouse Cinema. Tickets cost £3 for members and £5 for non-members. Membership costs £15 until the end of January. To join, or for further information call in at Off the Beaten Tracks, Aswell Street. or look on www.louthfilmclub.com
 
 (A: Odd one out is Bagpipes at Dawn, which doesn’t exist. All the rest were actual films.)
 
 Louth Film Club Committee
 10th October 2006

 

CLUB WINS COMMENDATION AT AWARDS CEREMONY
posted in Louth Film Club News 2006

Award 

Louth Film Club won a Commendation in the Best New Society category of the Film Society Of The Year Awards in London on 11th March. The club is one of 57 societies formed in Britain last year, but was on a shortlist of just five for this prize.
 
 The awards ceremony, organised by the British Federation of Film Societies, took place in the National Film Theatre. Anthony Minghella presented the awards to the winners of 10 categories, including the Engholm Prize, for the Film Society Of The Year 2006, to Keswick Film Society.
 
 Alex McMullen, Louth Film Club’s Chairman, attended the ceremony and received the Commendation plaque on behalf of fellow committee members Nick Louth, Mark Merrifeld and Louise Niekirk.
  
 Alex also attended the Film Society Screening Days held at the NFT over the same weekend, watching seven pre-release films over the two days. “I felt somewhat punch-drunk at the end of it,” he reports, “but saw some great films. I’ll be suggesting one or two be included in our selection for the Members’ Choice film in November and hope some will feature in next season’s programme.”
  
 Alex’s vote for best film of the weekend was the South African Tsotsi, “an astounding film that thoroughly deserved its recent Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.”   
 Louth Film Club Committee  
 March 2006

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