Our Film Club represents a fun, friendly and sociable night out, meeting regularly to watch some great movies on a big screen in our Parish Hall on Towers Avenue. All are welcome and entry is free. Tables and chairs are arranged so everyone can sit in comfort and enjoy any food and drink they might bring along.
From Martin Wheeler:
The Holy Name Film Club has been running for two years now. Ian and I thank everyone who has come to see a film with us, it has been a great pleasure spending the evening with you to watch some fantastic films. Entrance is free and everybody is welcome, so why not come along and see a great film? While new box office hits can be seen at the local cinema, Film Club provides us with the opportunity to see on a big screen both classic films one has seen before but also all sorts of enjoyable films, mainstream and more obscure and of every era, of which one might not be aware. And with the company of friends and the opportunity to indulge yourself with any food and drink you might want to take along for yourself during the showing, it represents a fun, sociable and thoroughly enjoyable evening.
On Friday 23 November 2018 we will be showing the 2016 New Zealand adventure comedy drama Hunt for the Wilderpeople, directed by Taika Waititi and starring Sam Neil. Juvenile delinquent Ricky Baker is fostered to the warm-hearted Bella and cantankerous Hec, a middle-aged married couple living on a remote farm, but tragedy and misunderstanding result in a national manhunt across the wilds of New Zealand. It’s a funny, touching film, full of humanity and deeply entertaining performances, including Rachel House as a smilingly hard-as-nails child support worker, Rima Te Wiata as Bella and Sam Neill as the grumpy, long-suffering Hec. Named by Empire magazine as the number one film of 2016 and described by the Guardian as “A big-hearted picture full of small, understated moments of magic”, it will make you laugh out loud and restore your faith in humanity.
On Friday 26 October 2018 we showed the dark psychological thriller Don’t Look Now, directed in 1973 by Nicholas Roeg and starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. It tells the story of a couple’s struggle to come to terms with the death of their daughter against the backdrop of a sinister, decaying, off-season Venice plagued by a serial killer. The film is a story of the supernatural and evil, of love and the elusive mystery of human experience, and, with its examination of loss and grief and powerful performances from Christie and Sutherland, is now recognized as a masterpiece of psychological horror. (Contains scenes of a sexual and violent nature.)
After the summer break, on Friday 21 September the Film Club we resumed with a showing of Castaway, directed in 2000 by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt. Hanks won a Golden Globe award and was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his powerful performance in this epic survival story as a time-and-motion obsessed FedEx courier who is stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island after surviving a plane crash. By turns terrible and beautiful, harrowing and humorous, it is an engrossing exploration of the desperate physical and existential challenges faced by an ordinary man removed from all those things essential to modern life and thrust alone into an alien environment.