New MPLC titles and a fantastic screening offer!

To celebrate the addition of 25 new titles to the MPLC collection we have a exciting 3 for 2 offer on all our MPLC titles! This fantastic offer is available to all BFFS Members and Associates. With Oscar winners, classic musicals, Wes Anderson, the Coen Brothers, cult dramas and sci-fi spectaculars there’s a fantastic variety of titles to choose from.  Read on for information about the new titles and full details on the screening offer.

With the new additions to the MPLC collection there are now 77 films available on a Screen-from-your-own copy basis at the same initial* price of £85 as the rest of the BFFS Booking Scheme titles. And now we can offer BFFS Members and Associates the opportunity to book any 3 titles from the collection for the price of 2!
This great offer is only available until the end of the year; to take advantage send your bookings to rich.bffs@gmail.com before the 31st December 2013. Bookings need to be made at the same time.
Please note that screenings do not need to take place during this time frame – you just need to make the bookings!

The new additions are:

Annie Hall (1977) Dir: Woody Allen

One of Woody Allen’s very best films, Annie Hall is a perfect example of a rom-com, and is full of Allen’s trademark wit, intelligence and romance. The neurotic comedian Alvy Singer meets and falls in love with the similarly neurotic Annie Hall and the film charts their relationship from first meeting through the highs and lows of love.

Another Earth (2011) Dir: Mike Cahill

An intriguing down to earth sci-fi, Another Earth eschews spectacle for a thoughtful consideration of guilt, love and second chances. On the same night a duplicate Earth appears in the night sky a young student Rhoda (Brit Marling) causes a tragic accident that throw the lives of her and John Burroughs, a successful composer, together.

Brazil (1985) Dir: Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam’s magnificent Brazil is a surrealist and dystopian fable that ranks as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. Sam Lowry, an office worker in a mindlessly bureaucratic government agency, tries to correct an error caused by a fly falling into the printer that leads to the arrest and torture of the perfectly innocent Archibald Buttle instead of suspected terrorist Arichibald Tuttle (Robert De Niro). However the agency refuses to accept it could have committed a mistake and condemns Sam and Buttle’s neighbour, Jill, whom Sam has recurring dreams of, as enemies of the state. An imaginative and visionary satire.

Choke (2008) Dir: Clark Gregg

The first of two Chuck Palahniuk adaptations added to the MPLC collection, Choke is the directorial debut of Clark Gregg, a character actor best known these days as Agent Coulson in the Marvel films. Sam Rockwell is Victor Mancini a self-confessed sex addicted con-man who pays for his mother’s hospital bills by relying on the goodwill of strangers who ‘save him’ from death when he pretends to choke on food in restaurants, and subsequently feel responsible for his well-being.

Conviction (2010) Dir: Tony Goldwyn

Based on the true story of Betty Winters a working single mother whose brother is wrongfully convicted of murder. When his chances to appeal via public defenders are exhausted Betty puts herself through law school so she can fight his case for him. She learns that the police hid evidence and knowingly convicted the wrong person so she is not only fighting to prove her brother’s innocence but to prove the police’s wrongdoing. An extraordinary story  bolstered by outstanding performances from Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell.

Cyrus (2010) Dir: Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass

Recently divorced John (John C Reilly) believes he’s found a second chance at happiness when he meets Molly (Marisa Tomei) and the two hit it off. Weirdly she is reluctant to ever take him back to her house so, intrigued, he follows her home and discovers the other man in her life: her 21 year old son, Cyrus, fiercely dependent on his mother and not about to let anyone else divert her attention. Cyrus is an offbeat comedy from mumblecore stalwarts Jay and Mark Duplass.

The East (2013) Dir: Zal Batmanglij

Sarah Moss works for a private intelligence firm and is tasked with investigating an activist group known as The East. Sarah’s firm represent wealthy corporate clients who are threatened by the The East’s eco-terrorism. Sarah learns that The East targets CEOs and executives of companies that are threatening either the environment or health due from pollution or ecological exploitation and that each of the members have all suffered personally as a result of corporate irresponsibility. Though tasked with leaking intelligence back to her firm Sarah begins to question the morality of her work.

Fight Club (1999) Dir: David Fincher

Though a box office flop on release, thanks largely to a studio who had no idea how to sell it, Fight Club has since becoming one of the defining films of the 1990s. An anarchic and audacious film, Fight Club follows a bored and frustrated office worker who suffers from insomnia and attends support groups where he pretends to suffer from life threatening illnesses. On a flight he meets Tyler Durden, a soap salesman, who goads him into a fight as a means of expressing his pent up anger. The unnamed narrator and Tyler start an underground fight club but Tyler starts to hijack the group to further his own anti-establishment goals.

The Fly (1958) Dir: Kurt Neumann

The original body-shock horror! Andre Delambre is an experimental scientist who creates a teleportation device. After testing it numerous times he believes he has finally solved all problems and decides the final test is to teleport a human. He enters the device but just as he turns it on a fly enters the pod and as he teleports his DNA is mixed with the fly’s.

Hitchcock (2012) Dir: Sacha Gervasi

The story behind one of the greatest films ever made is revealed in Gervasi’s drama about the making of Psycho and the importance of Hitch’s relationship with his wife Alma Reville. Both a fantastic love story and an intriguing look into the filmmaking process Hitchcock is a superb drama with fine performances from Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlet Johansson and many more.

The Hustler (1961) Dir: Robert Rossen

Paul Newman’s iconic role as Fast Eddie: a self-destructive but talented pool player. He’s cocksure and impulsive and after challenging one of the greats to a high-stakes match loses after a lengthy game and finds himself at rock bottom. Bert Gordon, an unforgiving  and merciless manager, agrees to take Eddie on and help him reach the top, but at what personal cost? The Hustler was a huge success and was one of the first mainstream American films of the period to champion a flawed and realistic character rather than a typical hero.

Life of Pi (2012) Dir: Ang Lee

A young man who calls himself Pi lives with his family who own a zoo. When Pi is 16 his father decides to move to Canada and set up a zoo there. Booking passage with the animals on a freighter disaster strikes when the ship is wrecked in a storm. While most of the crew and passengers perish Pi escapes onto a lifeboat which also shelters a tiger from his zoo. Stranded alone on the lifeboat Pi befriends the tiger and learns to fend for himself in order to keep himself and the tiger alive. Winner of 4 Academy Awards Life of Pi is a work of remarkable visual artistry.

Lincoln (2012) Dir: Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg’s award winning biopic of Abraham Lincoln focuses on Lincoln’s long fight to abolish slavery against the backdrop of the American Civil War. Lincoln contends with many in his own cabinet on the issue and must pass the amendment before the end of the war when the returning Southern States will vote against it. Daniel Day Lewis is, once again, a formidable presence as Lincoln and is ably supported by a cast including Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader and Sally Field.

Lola Versus (2012) Dir: Daryl Wein

After being dumped by her boyfriend shortly before their planned wedding Lola (Greta Gerwig) embarks on a few desperate dates, as she struggles to come to terms with being single at 30. Gerwig’s affability, charm and offbeat wit carry this quirky romantic drama.

Notes on a Scandal (2006) Dir: Richard Eyre

Barbara (Judi Dench) is a cynical and bitter teacher who spends her free time writing unpleasant notes about her colleagues and students. She develops an obsession with the new art teacher Sheba (Cate Blanchett) and against type strives to befriend the younger woman. When she discovers a secret about Sheba’s sex life she uses it to manipulate herself into Sheba’s life.

Planet of the Apes (1968) Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner

An astronaut crashes on an unknown planet in the far future where highly evolved apes have enslaved the human population who have yet to develop language. The original, and the best, this is understandably one of the most famous and celebrated sci-fi films ever.

Ruby Sparks (2012) Dir: Jonathan Dayton & Valeria Faris

A lonely and struggling young writer writes himself the perfect girl and then seems to will her into existence. If anything goes wrong in the relationship he is able to write new changes into her character whenever he pleases. The only thing he cannot change is her depression which surfaces every time he allows her to do what she wants – has his own loneliness spilt into her through his writing? The follow up to the indie hit Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks is a clever and entirely original romantic comedy.

The Sessions (2012) Dir: Ben Lewin

A poet paralysed from polio from the neck down feels that he doesn’t have much longer to live and decides he wants to lose his virginity before he dies. After talking it over with his priest he contacts a professional sex surrogate who promises him that they will have no more than 6 sessions together. As their sessions begin they start to fall for each other in spite of their situation. Based on the true story of Mark O’Brien.

Sideways (2004) Dir: Alexander Payne

Two middle-aged men, both at a bit of a rut in their lives embark on a wine tour of California. Miles (Paul Giamatti) is a failed writer whose only joy in life is a good wine while his best friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) is a successful actor, unhappily engaged and soon to be married who is much more interested in having a fling before he becomes unhappily married. A very dry comedy from Alexander Payne, hugely enjoyable.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011) Dir: Wayne Wang

In conservative 19th Century China two girls develop their own secret code to communicate with each other and to avoid the severe restrictions imposed on women. In a parallel story their two descendants struggle to balance their careers, love lives and societal pressures with their own friendship.

Solaris (2002) Dir: Steven Soderbergh

Soderbergh’s modern adaptation of Solaris stars George Clooney as Chris Kelvin, a psychologist tasked with investigating the strange behaviour of a crew working in an isolated research station deep in space. When he arrives most of the crew has vanished but there are two additional people at the station who couldn’t possibly be there;  the son of one of research station scientists and Kelvin’s own deceased wife.

Sound of My Voice (2011) Dir: Zal Batmanglij

The first collaboration between director/writer Zal Batmanglij and writer/star Brit Marling is a tense drama in which a journalist, Peter, and his girlfriend, Lorna, infiltrate a cult whose leader claims to be a time traveller from the future. Maggie (Marling) has earned the rapturous commitment of her followers and claims to have knowledge of a cataclysmic event in humanity’s near future. Though Peter and Lorna are there to expose the cult they begin to fall under Maggie’s spell and to question if she could possibly be telling the truth.

South Pacific (1958) Dir: Joshua Logan

Nellie Forbush is a nurse stationed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War 2. She falls in love with a French plantation owner but he leaves to embark on a dangerous covert mission. In his absence Nellie spends time with his children while the GIs stationed on the island put on  a comedy musical to keep spirits high. A hugely successful adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Stoker (2013) Dir: Chan-wook Park

Chan-wook Park’s English language debut is a Hitchockian thriller that utilises Park’s extraordinary visual talents to complement an unnerving and gripping story by Wentworth Miller. After India’s (Mia Wasikowska) father dies her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) arrives to support her grieving mother (Nicole Kidman) and help out around the house, but India becomes increasingly suspicious of her uncle and suspects he has ulterior motives.

Thank You For Smoking (2005) Dir: Jason Reitman

Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for big Tobacco, is the ultimate spin doctor turning lie after lie into marketing material to sell cigarettes. He’s confident, charming and utterly immoral but he also wants to be a role model for his 12 year old son. A sharp and hilarious satire about the lengths corporations go to sell dangerous products.

You can view the full list of MPLC titles here, or on our Letterboxd page.

After your screening you will need to fill in a returns form as MPLC titles are booked on a commercial basis. You will pay the minimum guarantee of £85 or 35% of the box office income on takings above £258. We will then invoice you at the beginning of the month following your screening.