Richmond upon Thames

Cinema Group

Monthly, day & time flexible, but always early or mid afternoon.

Leader Judy Craik
Tel 020 8892 1410

We meet at Watermans in Brentford, buses 267, 237 and 65 stop outside.
There is also a car park, 1st hour free, 2nd hour £1, 3rd hour £2 etc.

Watermans is an independent cinema showing a wide range of current releases, also some world cinema films.

A reminder that members need to buy their own tickets, £8 concessions, £7 friends of Watermans. Tickets can be booked online or by phone 020 8232 1010

Watermans phone number is 020 8232 1010, box office open between 1-9pm. If you book online you can get concessions but there is still no opportunity to use Friends membership
I’ll be at Watermans 40 mins before the start of the film to meet and register members.

Despite poor reviews a small group came to the last film Bel Canto. Quite a few had read the book on which the film was based.
A famous opera singer, played by Julianne Moore, travels to a military dictatorship in South America to give a private concert at a party for a wealthy Japanese industrialist. As the glittering gathering of diplomats and politicians convenes, the mansion is taken over by a guerrilla rebel group demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades.
A month long standoff hostage situation ensues. While confined to the house the hostages and their captors, who speak different languages, are forced to find ways to communicate.
We had a good group discussion, many members thought the film was better than they’d expected. We talked about Stockholm syndrome in which kidnapped or hostage victims develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy. There were several tense moment, particularly at the beginning and end of the film with a rather long drawn out middle.

The book and subsequent film were based on the real life Japanese embassy hostage crisis in Lima, Peru in 1996. Foreign female hostages were released during the first night after surviving the initial shootout, and most foreigners left after 5 days of constant death threats. After being held hostage for 126 days, the remaining dignitaries were freed on 22 April 1997, in a raid by Peruvian Armed Forces commandos. During the raid one hostage, two commandos, and all the militants were killed. The operation was perceived by most Peruvians to be a great success, and it gained worldwide media attention. President Albert Fujimori initially received much credit for saving the lives of the hostages.
Reports later emerged alleging that a number of the insurgents were executed after surrendering. Japanese diplomat Hidetaka Ogura testified that three of the rebels were tortured. Two of the commandos maintained that they saw Eduardo “Tito” Cruz alive and in custody before he was found with a bullet wound in his neck on the back patio. These findings prompted civil suits against military officers by the relatives of dead militants. In 2005, the Attorney General's office in Peru allowed the charges and hearings were ordered. After public outcry in defense of the commandos and after military judicial review, all charges were dropped.

Each month I try to find a film that will inform and often challenge the audience. The after film discussion, as well as being an interesting platform for people to share individual views if they wish often leads us to Wikipedia or Google to learn more about a situation, actor, director, country etc and Bel Canto certainly did that.

The next film will be Thunder Road, (cert 15, 1hr 30 mins) Thursday 20th June at 1.30 Concession tickets £8, Friends £7
Watermans phone number 020 8232 1010 or book online watermans.org.uk
Jim Arnaud is a cop unlike any other US law enforcement officer you'll have seen on the screen. Jim Cummings film, in which he also stars, is a brilliant character study and unsettling comedy.
According to one review ‘the film sits nicely in-between comedy and serious drama. It’s funny at times but never turns into a full-blown comedy and the dark moments don’t verge on the cliche’. Why not give it a go, it sounds very different!

I’ll be in the cafe area from 12.50 to meet and sign in members. There will be a short discussion after the film, not sure which studio yet.

The final film in the French Impressions season this year will be Memoir of War,
Sat 22nd June, 1pm talk by Jon Davies with accompanying relevant film clips, break @ 2.10 main feature 2.30 Concession cost for both £13.50, film only £9.

Judy

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