The Film Club Subgroup organises regular showings. The films shown are specifically from Asian countries or representative of Asian Cultures/ themes. They are subtitled in English and cover most genres - drama, comedy, mystery, horror, fantasy, romance or thrillers. The presentation begins with a brief introduction to the film which is followed at the end by a Q/A session . During the summer months classics are usually shown.
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Film Club - COMING HOME (2014) - China
Thursday, 21 January 2021
Duration: 1 hr 49 mins
Director: Zhang Yimou
Screenplay: Jingzhi Zou based on the book by Geling Yan
Cast: Gong Li, Chen Daoming, Zhang Huiwen, Guo Tao, Yan Ni, Li Chun, Zhang Jia-yi
Awards: Asian Film Award: Gong Li (Best Actress) / Zhang Huiwen (Newcomer)
A haunting drama about a family torn apart by the violent Cultural Revolution in the 1970s when Party officials and local police publicly humiliated and harassed people, seized property, tortured some and arbitrarily imprisoned others. The story is ultimately one of triumph of the human spirit and the endless love it is capable of as well as the phenomenal power of such love to emancipate and create beauty from the bleakest of circumstances.
Film Club - A PRIVATE WAR (2018) - UK/USA
Monday, 21 December 2020
Duration: 1 hr 50 min
Director: Matthew Heineman
Screenplay: Arash Amiel & Marie Brenner, based on a Vanity Fair article
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Alexandra Moen, Tom Hollander, Faye Marsay
Awards: Golden Globe Award Nomination: Rosamund Pike (Best Actress)
A haunting film about the legendary Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin.The film does an incredible job recreating the tension and anxiety of moving through a war zone and at its center is the remarkable performance of Rosamund Pike who captures with sharp precision the flawed but brave character of Marie Colvin…
Film: Crimson Gold (2003) - Iran
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Duration: 1 hr 37 mins
Director: Jafar Panahi
Screenplay: Abbas Kiarostami
Cast: Hossain Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi, Azita Rayeji, Shahram Vaziri, Ehsan Amani, Pourang Nakhael. Kaveh Najmabadi, Saber Safael
Award: Cannes Film Festival Jury Award
A man stands just inside the doorway of a posh jewelry shop, holding a gun and looking in bewilderment at the crowd gathering outside. Eventually he points the pistol at his head and kills himself. The film then leaps back in time to trace the causes of this violent, seemingly abrupt event...
Film: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Duration: 2 hrs 4 mins
Director: John Madden
Screenplay: Ol Parker based on the novel by Deborah Moggach
Cast: Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, Lillete Dubey
A rare film in this youth driven era which deals with issues relating to ‘’Senior Citizens’’ with most of the main characters in the story above the age of 65. Bittersweet but often very amusing and uplifting film that proves to be an emotional journey for the characters as they all discover their strengths wading through the culture clash of their foreign surroundings.