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posted in Louth Film Club News 2009

Having won the top two awards, including the Engholm Prize, at the 2008 Film Society of the Year Awards (see Previous News pages) we went to this year’s awards ceremony, in Sheffield on 19th September, knowing we couldn’t repeat such a triumph. But we didn’t come away empty handed, winning the Best Website Award and gaining a commendation (the film society equivalent of an Oscar nomination) in the Marketing and Publicity category.

Thanks and congratulations to Ian Evans for designing and building the website for us, a couple of years ago, and for all the work he does in maintaining and updating it. Congratulations too to Forest Row Film Society, from East Sussex, our successors as Film Society of the Year.

The Film Society of the Year Awards are organised by the British Federation of Film Societies.

Louth Film Club committee
21st September, 2009

Julie Christie attended our screening of Away From Her at the Playhouse Cinema in Louth on 23rd February and afterwards answered questions from a 170-strong audience, about her Oscar-nominated leading role in this, her most recent film, and about her career as one of Britain’s greatest screen actresses.

Away From Her is a film she is clearly very proud of and in particular she praised its great script, by the film’s director, Sarah Polley. Directors were a recurring theme in her answers. It’s who the director is that decides whether or not she will accept work in films. She talked about the many great directors she has worked with, such as John Schlesinger (who gave her her first two big roles, in Billy Liar and Darling), David Lean, François Truffaut, Robert Altman, Nicholas Roeg and Kenneth Branagh.

Julie Christie at Louth Film Club On the day that Guantánamo Bay prisoner Binyam Mohamed returned to the UK, she also talked about the work she does for Reprieve, which campaigns for prisoners’ human rights and whose lawyers represent 30 Guantánamo inmates. Reprieve is one of the many political and environmental causes with which she has been involved.

The photograph shows Julie Christie seated with club chairman Alex McMullen and, behind them, left to right, committee members Louise Niekirk, Mark Merrifield and Nick Louth. ©

Louth Film Club. Louth Film Club committee 25th February, 2009



On Monday 23rd February the celebrated British actress Julie Christie has kindly agreed to answer questions from the audience after our screening of her most recent film, Away From The Madding Crowd, The Go-Between, McCabe & Mrs Miller, Don't Look Now and Heat And Dust. Her moving performance in Away From Her was nominated for Oscar and BAFTA leading actress awards in 2008.
We are expecting a big turnout, so are giving members the chance to buy tickets in advance. These are available, strictly to members only, at the normal club price of £3, from membership secretary Mark's record shop, Off The Beaten Tracks, in Aswell Street, Louth. To buy a ticket you must show your 2009/10 membership card. The shop is open from 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, except Thursday. You can also join the club at the shop (see ‘Join us’ page).
Space permitting, tickets will also be on sale, for members and (at normal cinema prices) non-members, on the night, from 7pm, at the Playhouse Cinema.

Louth Film Club committee
12th February, 2009
We have now published the programme of 24 films for next season, and it includes a higher percentage of current and recent films than in previous years.

We kick off on Monday 9th February with the powerful Italian movie Gomorrah, about the Naples mafia, which hit the headlines on its release in the autumn. Other new films come from countries as far apart and as different as Iran (Half Moon), Uruguay (El Baño Del Papa) and Iceland (Jar City), but also include some excellent English language films, including Ruby Blue and Unrelated, from the UK, and Honeydripper, from the USA.

We will still be showing a good number of classics, however, including Brief Encounter (together with the great railway documentary Night Mail), A Matter Of Life And Death, The Apartment, Withnail And I and two of the best loved films ever to come out of France and Italy: Jules Et Jim and Bicycle Thieves. All of these will be screened in new prints released during 2008.
Titles and dates are now on the What’s On page, with links to programme notes and to trailers.

Members should receive printed programmes very shortly, along with membership renewal forms. They will also be available from Off The Beaten Tracks record shop in Aswell Street, Louth, and, from next Monday, 5th January, at the Playhouse Cinema.

Despite significantly increased costs in showing films at the Playhouse Cinema, we have held the price of annual membership to £12 and members’ ticket prices to £3. And, once again, existing members who rejoin before the end of January can do so for just £10, whilst new members who sign up before the last two films in the current season, on 5th and 19th January, can see them for £3.
Louth Film Club committee
2nd January, 2009 




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