What is the best source material for a great film? Currently the trend seems to be to put a fresh spin on some of the best loved literary classics. It’s not as if some of these classic titles haven’t been adapted before, they have, many times but now there is a move to blow fresh air into them. When Greta Gerwig was commissioning the music for her recent film Little Women, she said she was looking for “Mozart meets David Bowie” which kinda gives away the ideological premise for the uninhibited verve of the film.
The Personal History of David Copperfield is a genial adaptation of Dicken’s classic, it has humanity and optimism and follows the contemporary idea of colour blind casting with Dev Patel in the leading role, fresh funny and utterly charming.
An adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma is in the pipeline, starring Anya Taylor-Joy as our heroine: it gives the story a respectful but new vision and looks to bring the modern idea of female fulfilment into the frame.
Little Women, Sat 1st Feb at 7.00pm and Thu 20th Feb at 4.15, The Personal Life of David Copperfield, Fri 28th Feb at 7.00pm and Emma will be gracing our screen on Sat 21st March (tbc)
Sharpen those minds folks, Benoit Blanc is back on Thursday afternoon at 4.15pm for our monthly matinee, Knives Out. Free tea/coffee and biscuits will be available to all sleuths in the bar before the screening, which will be the subtitled version.
Honeyland at 7.00pm on Thursday is an eco fable which has generated a real buzz, it was a Sundance prize winner and has been nominated for two Oscars. “One half for me - one half for you”, the perfect mantra to save the planet.
The hero ofMotherless Brooklyn on Friday night isn’t out to save the world just to understand it. Redolent of gumshoe movies of yesteryear, this has all the elements for a great Friday evening’s entertainment.
Fur from being purr-fect, it deserves a chance. Cats on Saturday night.