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Julia Vickers’ Suggested Programme

Thanks to Julia Vickers of Bracknell Film Society for contributing this suggested programme of Booking Scheme titles, if you’d like to suggest a programme please get in touch

An autumn season programme for an established Film Society showing twice a month plus occasional special screenings. Located in a suburban area with a multiplex cinema in easy reach and independent exhibition a bit further away. Unapologetically taken from the ever-expanding BFFS Booking Scheme Catalogue!

September

A season ‘launch’ after the summer break, a popular world cinema title that your audience may have missed:

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The start of your educational themed season; this autumn features 3 films by director Roberto Rossellini. The season is introduced by a talk from your friendly local university lecturer.

Rome Open City
Rome, Open City

October

Rossellini season second and final films:

Germany Year Zero
Germany Year Zero
Il Generale della Rovere
Il Generale della Rovere

Plus Halloween Special:

  • Young Frankenstein | Mel Brooks | US | 1974
  • + The Shed (award-winning Osprey short from Keswick Film Festival)

November

Your annual silent with live piano accompaniment:

The Gold Rush
The Gold Rush

A recent title unlikely to have been seen by your audience:

  • Margaret | Kenneth Lonergan | US | 2011 (critically admired, disgracefully neglected)
  • Our Ordered Lives (award-winning Osprey short from Keswick Film Festival)

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Plus Kid’s Club/Family Film:

The Prince and The Pauper
The Prince and The Pauper

December

Your documentary slot, this year tying in with World Aids Day:

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A recent title unlikely to have been seen by your audience:

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Christmas Social Special:

Road to Rio
Road to Rio

Julia Vickers

A fantasy programme…


To celebrate the new MPLC Collection I have had a go at picking my own programme of films from the list for my fantasy community cinema – housed in a rural village hall with bakery & pub attached.

The Bryony Village Cinema Autumn Season 2013

To kick my season off with a bang I have chosen a bona fide classic. Regularly voted the best car chase ever this Gene Hackman starring thriller won 5 Oscars on its release in 1971. Popeye and Buddy are New York Cops on the hunt for the source of European drugs flooding into the city. Groundbreaking in its day and the source of inspiration for generations of action movies that followed, what better way to get my audience coming back for more. And if they really loved it I’d have a special screening of the sequel.

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One of the most critically acclaimed films of last year, I am (selfishly) programming this film because I missed it the first time round – but maybe my audience did too! The film is a powerful emotional thriller with a stand out performance from Elizabeth Olsen, a young girl who gets mixed up with a cult whose leader is played by the ever brilliant John Hawkes.

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Something a little bit different for my Halloween special, Gene Wilder stars as the grandson of the famous Frankenstein trying to play down the family fame. That is until he discovers his grandfathers journal, “How I Did It” and just can’t resist.

A hysterical parody of 1930s horror films from the director of Blazing Saddles.

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I couldn’t work for the British Federation of Film Societies and not include something with a  distinctly British feel. Based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s introspective sci-fi novel, Never Let Me Go follows a trio of children from their English boarding school to a shocking discovery that will stifle their yearnings for freedom and adventure. Andrew Garfield gives a heartbreaking performance and is my pick of the excellent cast which also features Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrea Riseborough.

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  • December: Margaret | Kenneth Lonergan | US | 2011

There was an uproar in the critical community when this excellent film was only being shown at one London cinema last year. It was eventually picked up by some regional screens but in my duty to give my audience access to films that deserve to be seen – I have picked this engaging drama starring Anna Paquin as a 17 year old struggling to deal with her role in a fatal car accident.

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What better treat for a Christmas ‘do’ than Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in sparkly frocks in this Howard Hawkes classic.

One that parents will be happy to bring their kids to, Wes Anderson‘s brilliant adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic.

(500) Days of Summer is a genuinely funny and endearing rom-com starring teen favourites (and heart-throbs!) Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt 

The teens (and Alien fans) of my village can’t get out to see the big blockbusters so they’ll thank me for giving them the chance to see Prometheus.

500 days

What do you think of my choices? What would you pick from the Collection for your film society or community cinema? You can see the full collection as part of the Booking Scheme Catalogue