Film

Autumn Film Programme

Our new film programme starts on Tuesday, 11th September and the first film will be Ladybird (15).  The Children’s Matinee will be the hilarious Early Man (PG), but please note that this will be screened on a Tuesday afternoon (30th October), as was the previous children’s film.  The film will be preceded by a morning creative workshop at Haregate Community Centre from 10.30 to 12.30.  For details see the printed programme or the website entry for the film.

As ever, Foxlowe Films aim where possible to match films in the programme to other events in Leek.  This season, we are proud to be screening Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (12A) on the eve of the Leek Blues and Americana Festival. This film is an intimate look at the lives and legacies of three legendary bluesmen: piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen.

Later in the season we will be joining other groups in the town to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, a landmark event.  In the week following the 11th November, we will be screening The Breadwinner (12A), a film about an 11-year old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001.  It’s a luminous tale about growing up in an ever-changing world of conflict and oppression, the strength of girls, and the power of stories to sustain hope through dark times.

The Wednesday documentary on the following day is A Bold Peace (UC), which outlines Costa Rica’s groundbreaking experiment undertaken over 65 years ago to improve the nation’s welfare by disbanding their army and redirecting national resources to public education and universal health care.  We are excited to be able to screen this film, as it does not appear to have been widely available in the UK, and, surprisingly, few people on this side of the Atlantic seem to be aware of the experiment, let alone that it was so successful.

Printed programmes are now available (the tickets are on their way) and the films are on both the website (Whats’s On) and the ticketing site.  A  downloadable copy of the programme is also available.

Another Top Film by Gerald

The latest film made by a much-loved Moorlands film-maker is available to purchase
at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

Gerald Mee has been recording events and activities in and around his home-town of
Leek for over seven decades. Gerald’s latest creation is a conservation DVD which has
been launched by the Leek & District Civic Society.

‘Looking Out For Leek’, which has been scripted by Trevor Siggers and narrated by
Ray Johnson, centres on Leek’s conservation areas and developments in the last few
years and is a most interesting snapshot of our local history.

Copies of the DVD can be purchased for £8 from the Foxlowe Gallery.

Summer Film Season Starts This Tuesday

The much anticipated new film programme starts this week and what a cracker, with several Oscar winning films, such as Three Billboards…, Darkest Hour and The Shape of Water.  We kick off with Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

 

Best chance to see award-winning documentary on a sustainable future

Foxlowe Films will be screening Tomorrow/Demain, an exciting and upbeat film about existing grassroots solutions to global problems on Wednesday, 4th April.  Made in France, it was winner of Best Documentary at the César Awards (the French Oscars).  Although there is now an English version, thanks to its success in North America, this is not available to buy in the UK, so at the moment public screenings like ours are the best way to see it. 

Special Art Stall for ‘A Plastic Ocean’ Film

Special for this event – artist, Helena Shave, who uses beachcombed plastic to create colourful and imaginative pictures, will bring a stall with cards representing her work.  Acknowledging that the amount of plastic she removes from the ecosystem is a ‘drop in the ocean’, she hopes that her images will have a positive impact….   “I love walking along beaches collecting my raw materials. I have always had a keen interest in the environment, I hope my pictures also raise awareness of the damage our throwaway society is doing to our seas and beaches.

The documentary film A Plastic Ocean is showing on Wednesday, 7th March, at 7.45pm.

Fairtrade Fortnight @ the Foxlowe

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight! From 26 February to 11 March join us in supporting the farmers and workers who grow our food. With Fairtrade we have the power to change the world every day. Fairtrade opens doors. Come on in.

The Foxlowe supports Fairtrade throughout the year but we try to emphasise its importance whenever possible during Fairtrade Fortnight.  This year we will be having a Fairtrade stall at five of our events during the fortnight – four films and one gardener’s event.

The Party (15) – Tuesday, 27th February, 7.45pm

Lemon Tree (PG) – Wednesday, 28th February, 7.30 pm (6.00pm for food)

Seed Swap/Share – Saturday, 3rd March, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Loveless (15) – Tuesday, 6th March, 7.45pm

A Plastic Ocean (NC) – Wednesday, 7th March, 7.45pm

 

Spring Film Programme

Our new film programme starts on Tuesday, 9th January and the first film will be Loving Vincent (12A).  We are also excited this time to be running a mini Russian season, which includes the poignant film The Fencer (PG) and the dark but very funny satire, The Death of Stalin (15).

Printed programmes are now available at the Foxlowe and the films will be on the website and ticketing site by the New Year.   For a sneak preview see the downloadable programme.

Tickets are still at the printers but should be available by the first weekend in January.

 

Raise a Festive Glass to the ‘Yes Men’ and ‘The Other Side of Hope’

Get into the festive spirit literally at the last two films of the season. The film group will be serving apple and brandy punch (downloadable recipe here) and mince pies at the Wednesday (6th December) screening of The Yes Men are Revolting, and then mulled wine and stollen at The Other Side of Hope on Tuesday, 12th December.

Film ‘Maudie’ to be replaced by ‘My Cousin Rachel’

Despite hopes that we would be able to confirm Maudie (5th December) for the current season, we have had to postpone it till after Christmas.  Its replacement is My Cousin Rachel, the 2017 film based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier and starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin. Details in What’s On on the website.

 

A Time for Awareness as well as Remembrance?

It is right for us to remember past horrors and tragic mistakes, but John Pilger’s powerful documentary film also reminds us of the need to avoid future cataclysms and warns us about the one currently brewing in the Pacific.

Filmed over two years in the Marshall Islands, Japan, Korea, China and the US, this film reveals a build-up to war on the doorstep of China. Bringing together a combination of rare archive footage and interviews with witnesses, the film documents America’s secret history in the region.

“A strong corrective to our bland and complacent indifference to the new war-game scenario in the Pacific”.  The Guardian

“You may come out of it agreeing with him, disagreeing with him, or somewhere in between. But it’s a live issue that could change the world, could end the world as we know it, and this dedicated journalist wants to make sure we know about it.” The Australian

For screening details see What’s On.

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