‘M’: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster: Book talk by Henry Hemming

Thursday May 25th, 7:30pm in Hungerford Town Hall

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To celebrate the release of Henry Hemming’s latest book ‘M’ Maxwell Knight: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster’, the author will be giving a talk about two remarkable female spies and the man who ran them: an animal-loving drop-out who went on to become MI5’s greatest spymaster.

The author will focus on a single thrilling episode. In the course of the talk the audience will get to know MI5’s Maxwell Knight – a complex, conflicted character and an inspiration for the James Bond ‘M’ as well as John Le Carré’s Jack Brotherhood in A Perfect Spy; learn about M’s remarkable agent Olga Gray, a typist with a troubled past and the extraordinary ability to cope with the pressure of leading a double life; find out the name of M’s second female agent, ‘M/2’, which has never been revealed by MI5; and finally, get a taste of what it was like to work for M by participating in a few games, designed to find out how observant you really are.

‘Fascinating… Hemming has done a superb job’
Ben Macintyre, The Times

‘Excellent… Fluently written and highly entertaining’
Max Hastings, The Sunday Times

‘Hemming delivers a read worthy of Le Carré himself’
The Daily Express

Tickets £6 from The Hungerford Bookshop (includes a glass of wine, and £5 off the book on the night)call 01488 683480 – or buy on-line now

New – Hungerford Photographers

Launch of

Arts for Hungerford –  Photography Group our aim is to continue to expand the range of arts we cover in Hungerford. The Group will allow people to publish their photography of Hungerford and the surrounding area, for the appreciation of all.

We will also be holding Photography challenges for those of you with a more competitive streak, where you can enter photography’s that meet the current Challenge to be judged.

Arts for Hungerford will also seek to produce printed materials.

Click Here to Join Us on Flickr

Branching out

Joanna Trollope: ‘City of Friends’ Book Talk

Wednesday April 12th, 8pm at The Croft Hall:

Joanna Trollope has been writing for over thirty years and is well known for her enormously successful contemporary works of fiction.  She has been described as one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commenters writing fiction today.

The Hungerford Bookshop is delighted to welcome back the author who will be talking about her newly published novel ‘City of Friends’ before taking questions from the audience and signing copies.

About the book:

She glanced at her phone again. There were appeals from the girls, from her colleagues, a text from Steve reading with uncharacteristic imperiousness, ‘Call me.’ She couldn’t.

She couldn’t call anyone …She leaned forward, gripping the edge of the bench, and stared at the ground. God, she thought, am I losing my mind? Is this what happens when you lose your job? The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she’d ever known.

For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London? As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new – one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead, long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home – she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. The girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between.

But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey’s redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits …

Tickets £6 (includes a glass of wine and money off the book on the night). Buy from the bookshop (01488 683480) or here.

 

Nicola Cornick: The Phantom Tree

February 21st, 7:30pm in Hungerford Bookshop:

Local author Nicola Cornick will be talking about her latest novel ‘The Phantom Tree’ in The Hungerford Bookshop. Her book is inspired by the story of Mary Seymour (b. 1548) – she disappeared from historical record in 1550 which has led to much speculation about her life – and death. In ‘The Phantom Tree’ Nicola Cornick takes the known facts of Mary’s life and weaves them in to a broader framework of the history of the Seymour family. In the novel Middlecote house is in fact Littlecote House near Chilton Foliat, and the inspiration for the Fenners family was the Darrells, cousins to the Seymours.

A National Trust guide at Ashdowne House (where her last novel was based) her passion for history shines through in her books and in the way she talks. Her last event in the bookshop was full capacity so booking early is recommended.

Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine and £1 off the book on the night) from The Hungerford Bookshop (01488 683480) or on-line here

Poetry in the Bookshop

poetrybookshopFebruary 10th, 7:30pm in Hungerford Bookshop:

Poetry in the bookshop is back. Set in an informal and cosy atmosphere amongst books with plenty of wine on hand, this is an opportunity to read aloud your poem to others in a friendly environment.

The evening will start with guest poet Anita Campbell who has attended many poetry evenings and has just published ‘Walking Through a Green Lane’. She will be reading three of her poems from her book before handing the evening over to others. Bring one to two poems. Emma will pop your name on a list as you come in to create a running order.

These evenings are great for presenting an eclectic mix of verse. You don’t have to be very experienced to join in, there’s no microphone or bright lights – just poetry shared amongst other enthusiasts.

Tickets £4 from The Hungerford Bookshop. Pop in or call 01488 683480; or buy on-line here

The Return of Food from Sat 4 Feb

We are very pleased to announce that in collaboration with Ollie and Lauren Hunter of the Wheatsheaf – Chilton Foliat the return of food for Arts for Hungerford and Croft Films events. If you’ve been to the Wheatsheaf you know you are in for a treat, if not then go to thewheatsheafchiltonfoliat.co.uk

A vegetarian option will be available

The cost will be £8 per head and must be ordered 48hours before the event either online or at the Hungerford Bookshop

The initial menus are:

4/2 – Keralan Fish Curry, Poppadum, Rice, Coriander

17/2 – Morrocan Lamb Tagine, Couscous, Pomegranates, Yoghurt
or Moroccan Root Veg Tagine
18/2 Sausages, English Bean Stew, Broccoli, Bread
or  Goats Cheese, English Bean Stew, Broccoli, Bread

Fri 6 Jan – Macbeth

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Trailers

https://youtu.be/ieFaaCYztDU

https://youtu.be/1HNaEAFRuyo

Review

https://youtu.be/W7xsa_WjIeg

Other

Rotten Tomatoes

Critics Consensus: Faithful to the source material without sacrificing its own cinematic flair, Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth rises on the strength of a mesmerizing Michael Fassbender performance to join the upper echelon of big-screen Shakespeare adaptations.

Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn Scotland.
Rating: R (for strong violence and brief sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International , Drama
Directed By: Justin Kurzel
Written By: Jacob Koskoff , Michael Lesslie , Todd Louiso
In Theaters: Dec 4, 2015 wide
On DVD: Mar 8, 2016
Runtime: 113 minutes

IMDB

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

BBFC 15 BBFCINSIGHT strong bloody violence

Fri 20 Jan – Spotlight

When the Boston Globe’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Written by Open Road

Trailers

https://youtu.be/EwdCIpbTN5g

https://youtu.be/WgnrwwiIDlI

https://youtu.be/918acvj7L1Y

Review

https://youtu.be/sTMaI38Es7Y

Other

Rotten Tomatoes

Critics Consensus: Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects.

SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times. (C) Open Road
Rating: R
Genre: Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Tom McCarthy
Written By: Tom McCarthy , Josh Singer
In Theaters: Nov 6, 2015 wide
On DVD: Feb 23, 2016
Runtime: 129 minutes

IMDB

When the Boston Globe’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Written by Open Road

BBFC 15 BBFCINSIGHT child sexual abuse references

Sat 28 Jan – Young Singer Songwriters – Beth George

Beth George is an electro pop artist. She combines delicate, sincere vocals with quirky synth and mellow dance beats. Compared to the likes of Jack Garratt and Oh Wonder, her authentic sound is built from experimental live loops and harmonies.
Her live set up, is a complex and captivating performance expressing emotional endearing lyrics of raw metaphors of an adolescence diary.

Beth George

19 year old electro acoustic pop artist accompanied by her piano and mesmerising live looping set up creating an ambient and captivating performance.

Beth is an 19 year old singer songwriter and pianist who memorises her audience with her delicate, raw vocals accompanied by her elegant piano melodies. Her passion for music began at a very young age and continued to grow when she began piano lessons at 7 years old. Beth was classically trained to grade 7 which has influenced her intricate playing alongside her pop style which has been compared to the likes of Birdy and London Grammar. Her live performances started with busking in her local seaside town in Whitstable Harbour where she gained a local following leading to gigs across Kent. Since then Beth’s musical career has taken off and over the past 3 years has won awards for ‘best original song’ at the Open Mic Competition’s regional final, gained recognition on Youtube from charting artists such as Naughty Boy and performed at industry linked venues such as Metropolis Studios. She recently released her debut EP ‘Breaking Through’ on iTunes and Spotify which she promoted with an EP Launch last summer. Now with her aspirations to song-write, Beth is attending The Academy of Contemporary Music where she is networking with other musicians, co-writing and producing new music and currently in the middle of forming a band to gig regularly with so if you’re after an intimate, captivating performance make sure you get down to one of her upcoming gigs.

Three young female singer songwriters bring their own great music and some covers for a great cafe style evening.

Hannah Dorman, Jenny Bracey and Beth George

Croft Hall Hungerford 8.00pm Bar 7.00pm Cafe Style

For Tickets Click Here

Hannah Dorman

British singer songwriter Hannah Dorman brings her unique style to the genre. With the emphasis on Pop/Pock, there’s a dusting of Country to be heard in all her songs. Lyrically mature, honest and relatable, Hannah delivers her songs with her distinct raw vocal power and a personable presence. This dedicated singer will draw you in with catchy melodies and a driven rhythm section.

http://hannahdorman.com/music/hannah_dorman_music.html

Jenny Bracey

20 year old Jenny Bracey is a developing singer-songwriter from South West UK. Her stunning vocals, and tidy guitar skills separate her from just another ‘girl with a guitar’. Jenny has strong rock influences leading to her developed sound on her recent recordings, showing off not only her skill as a songwriter and recording artist but also as a multi instrumentalist.
Jenny’s first release was her totally acoustic album entitled ‘Wishing For October’ in 2013, which has been commended with 5 star reviews stating it a ‘must download’. The title was based on Jenny’s desire to be 18, on her birthday in October! Following on from this Jenny received a development contract from Southampton’s premier recording studio River Studios, which lead to the release of her EP ‘Take Me Home’ including the single and music video for ‘Take Me Home’. Since then Jenny has released two singles, ‘Just Accept It’ – a breakup inspired song which has had international airplay, and ’10’ – a song inspired by rebellion, recorded with Downtown Artists in London Soho. Both of Jenny’s recent releases were selected for the New Music Monday feature on A.V.A. Live Radio.

Sat 28 Jan – Young Singer Songwriters – Jenny Bracey

20 year old Jenny Bracey is a developing singer-songwriter from South West UK. Her stunning vocals, and tidy guitar skills separate her from just another ‘girl with a guitar’. Jenny has strong rock influences leading to her developed sound on her recent recordings, showing off not only her skill as a songwriter and recording artist but also as a multi instrumentalist.
Jenny’s first release was her totally acoustic album entitled ‘Wishing For October’ in 2013, which has been commended with 5 star reviews stating it a ‘must download’. The title was based on Jenny’s desire to be 18, on her birthday in October! Following on from this Jenny received a development contract from Southampton’s premier recording studio River Studios, which lead to the release of her EP ‘Take Me Home’ including the single and music video for ‘Take Me Home’. Since then Jenny has released two singles, ‘Just Accept It’ – a breakup inspired song which has had international airplay, and ’10’ – a song inspired by rebellion, recorded with Downtown Artists in London Soho. Both of Jenny’s recent releases were selected for the New Music Monday feature on A.V.A. Live Radio.
A seasoned performer, Jenny’s played at venues such as the NEC in Birmingham and the O2 Academy in Oxford for BBC Introduces. She has also played numerous festivals including Vodafone Summerfest 2015, Newbury Real Ale festival, The Phoenix Festival and Treefest at Westonbirt Arboritem.
Jenny made her first European appearance in Italy in April 2016, and was also invited out to Nashville in May 2016 where she played her first international show. Jenny has recently returned from Budapest where she was invited out to sing with Internationally renowned band Firkin for their prestigious 8th Birthday Show.
An award winning artist, Jenny has participated in various Singer-songwriter competitions including Newbury Star Search 2014 which she won, Open Mic Competition Wantage 2012 which she also won, Jenny got through to the Finals of Britain Does Variety in 2013 and Open Mic UK where she was a grand finalist and winner of the Showcase Award.
Releases:
Acoustic Album ‘Wishing For October’ recorded at Evolution Studios, Oxford, 2013
Full Band EP ‘Take Me Home’ recorded at River Studios, Southampton, 2015
Full Band Single ‘Just Accept It’ recorded at Anton Road Studios, Andover, 2015
Full Band Singles ’10’ and ‘Long Time Coming’ recorded at Downtown Artists, London Soho for release in 2016

Sat 28 Jan – Young Singer Songwriters – Hannah Dorman

Three young female singer songwriters bring their own great music and some covers for a great cafe style evening.

Hannah Dorman, Jenny Bracey and Beth George

Croft Hall Hungerford 8.00pm Bar 7.00pm Cafe Style

For Tickets Click Here

Hannah Dorman

British singer songwriter Hannah Dorman brings her unique style to the genre. With the emphasis on Pop/Pock, there’s a dusting of Country to be heard in all her songs. Lyrically mature, honest and relatable, Hannah delivers her songs with her distinct raw vocal power and a personable presence. This dedicated singer will draw you in with catchy melodies and a driven rhythm section.

http://hannahdorman.com/music/hannah_dorman_music.html

Jenny Bracey

20 year old Jenny Bracey is a developing singer-songwriter from South West UK. Her stunning vocals, and tidy guitar skills separate her from just another ‘girl with a guitar’. Jenny has strong rock influences leading to her developed sound on her recent recordings, showing off not only her skill as a songwriter and recording artist but also as a multi instrumentalist.
Jenny’s first release was her totally acoustic album entitled ‘Wishing For October’ in 2013, which has been commended with 5 star reviews stating it a ‘must download’. The title was based on Jenny’s desire to be 18, on her birthday in October! Following on from this Jenny received a development contract from Southampton’s premier recording studio River Studios, which lead to the release of her EP ‘Take Me Home’ including the single and music video for ‘Take Me Home’. Since then Jenny has released two singles, ‘Just Accept It’ – a breakup inspired song which has had international airplay, and ’10’ – a song inspired by rebellion, recorded with Downtown Artists in London Soho. Both of Jenny’s recent releases were selected for the New Music Monday feature on A.V.A. Live Radio.

Beth George

18 year old pianist & singer/songwriter influenced by Birdy, Lauren Aquilina and Oh Wonder with mesmerising delicate vocals and elegant piano melodies.

Beth is an 18 year old singer songwriter and pianist who memorises her audience with her delicate, raw vocals accompanied by her elegant piano melodies. Her passion for music began at a very young age and continued to grow when she began piano lessons at 7 years old. Beth was classically trained to grade 7 which has influenced her intricate playing alongside her pop style which has been compared to the likes of Birdy and London Grammar. Her live performances started with busking in her local seaside town in Whitstable Harbour where she gained a local following leading to gigs across Kent. Since then Beth’s musical career has taken off and over the past 3 years has won awards for ‘best original song’ at the Open Mic Competition’s regional final, gained recognition on Youtube from charting artists such as Naughty Boy and performed at industry linked venues such as Metropolis Studios. She recently released her debut EP ‘Breaking Through’ on iTunes and Spotify which she promoted with an EP Launch last summer. Now with her aspirations to song-write, Beth is attending The Academy of Contemporary Music where she is networking with other musicians, co-writing and producing new music and currently in the middle of forming a band to gig regularly with so if you’re after an intimate, captivating performance make sure you get down to one of her upcoming gigs.

Sat Feb 4 – Les Amours Baroques with Hannah Medlam

Local singer Hannah Medlam, together with father Charles Medlam on the bass viol, and London thoerbo player William Carter will present a programme of songs and court airs from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, interspersed with instrumental items on their period instruments.
Hannah studied singing in Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam and Marseilles, before taking to the opera stage in Holland (Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème), Montpellier (Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen) and Limoges (Lady Pamela in Aubert’s Fra Diabolo). She opted for a period of further study in Rome to improve her bel canto and spoken Italian and is now firmly back on the concert stage with engagements in England, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Japan planned for the 2017/18 season. She sings frequently with London Baroque and has recently discovered the lute song repertoire. She will perform songs for the restoration stage by Henry Purcell, court airs by Michel Lambert, church and chamber works by Monteverdi, and Handel’s only French cantata in imitation of domestic Parisian music-making at the turn of the eighteenth century.
Charles will play a series of bass viol pieces on his 1689 Barack Norman. These will go from the sublime, Marin Marais’ lament for his teacher Jean de St. Colombe, to the ridiculous, a description of a bladder stone operation! The theorbo, also know as the chitarone, is the largest of the lute family instruments and has a series of bass courses, as well as the normal strings above a fingerboard. William Carter will be playing virtuoso music by Johannes Kapsberger, who, in spite of his name, was actually Roman and largely responsible for putting the instrument on the map.

The musicians will introduce their instruments and their sometimes unfamiliar music.
It promises to be a fascinating evening’s music-making in the intimate setting of The Croft Hall in Hungerford.

Fri 3 Feb – I, Daniel Blake

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Consensus: I, Daniel Blake marks yet another well-told chapter in director Ken Loach’s powerfully populist filmography.

Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.
Rating:NRGenre: Art House & International , Drama Directed By:Ken Loach Written By:Paul Laverty In Theaters:Jan 5, 2017 Limited Runtime: 100 minutes Studio: BBC

IMDB

A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack, befriends a single mum and her two kids as they navigate their way through the kafkaesque impersonal benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair. Heartfelt and emotional until the end

BBFC 15

BBFCINSIGHT PUBLICATION DATE 11/10/2016

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

I, DANIEL BLAKE is a British drama in which a 59-year-old joiner, unable to work due to a recent heart attack, befriends a young single mother as they both struggle with the red tape of the British benefits system.

LANGUAGE
There is infrequent use of very strong language (‘ct’), as well as more frequent use of strong language (‘fk’). Milder terms include ‘bastard’, ‘bullshit, ‘wanker’, and ‘twats’.

Other issues include visual and verbal references to prostitution.

Trailers

https://youtu.be/ahWgxw9E_h4

Ken Loach and David Johns Interview https://youtu.be/EtvoNlGiymw

Review

Mark Kermode https://youtu.be/offpkwG9zbA

Sat 4 Feb -LES AMOURS BAROQUES with HANNAH MEDLAM

We are delighted to be able to bring you this superb musical talent and quality of programme within the beautiful wooden beams of the Croft Hall Book Now to secure your place at this great event

Just back from several months in Rome to improve her bel canto and spoken Italian Hannah Medlam will be joined by theorbist William Carter and bass violist Charles Medlam (relation) for a concert in Hungerford on February 4th. They will be presenting a programme of lute songs by Purcell, Weldon, Handel, Lambert and Monteverdi, interspersed with bass viol solos by Marin Marais and theorbo music by Kapsberger. The bass viol group will go from the sublime (Marais’ lament for his teacher St. Colombe) to the ridiculous (a description of a bladder stone operation!). The theorbo is the largest of the lute family instruments. William Carter will be playing virtuoso music by Johannes Kapsberger, who in spite of his name was actually Roman and largely responsible for putting the instrument on the map.

The Programme

Henry Purcell If music be the food of love – Music for a while

1658-1659

John Weldon Take, O take those lips away

1676-1736

Marin Marais Tombeau pour Mr de Ste. Colombe – La Guitare

1656-1728 Tableau de l’Operation de la Taille

Michel Lambert Rochers,vous êtes sourds – Goutons le doux repos – 1610-1696 – Ombre de mon amant – Celle qui fait mon tourment

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Claudio Monteverdi O Quam tu pulchra es – Laudate Dominum –

1567-1643 Si dolce e’l tormento – Quel Sguardo

Johannes Kapsberger Toccata, Gagliarda and Corrente

1580-1651

G.F. Handel La Cantate Française

1685-1759 Sans y penser, à Tirsis j’ay suplaire

Charles Medlam Bass viol, Barack Norman, London 1689
William Carter Theorbo

Fri 17 Feb – Sabrina

Rotten Tomatoes 89% Audience Rating
Critics Consensus: With its humorous script and its stars’ immense charm, Sabrina remains a resonant romantic gem.

Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times January 1, 2000
It is a story as light as a feather and as old as yesterday’s news, as transparent as a society column item and as smug as a foreign-made car. But Mr. Wilder…has made it into a commentary as crisp as a screed in a smart magazine.

Top Critic

TIME Magazine February 3, 2009
This is never less than glittering entertainment, but somehow a certain measure of lead has found its way into the formula.
Full Review

IMDB
A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family’s chauffeur, but it’s his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Billy Wilder (written for the screen by), Samuel A. Taylor (written for the screen by) (as Samuel Taylor) | 2 more credits »
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden | See full cast & crew »

Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work — busily running the family corporate empire with no time for a wife and family. David is all play — technically employed in the family business but never showing up for work, spending all his time entertaining, and having been married and divorced three times. Sabrina Fairchild is the young, shy, and awkward daughter of the household chauffeur, who has been infatuated with David all her life, but whom David hardly notices till she goes away to Paris for two years and returns an elegant, sophisticated, beautiful woman. Suddenly, she finds she’s captured David’s attention, but just as she does so, she finds herself also falling in love with Linus, and she finds that Linus is also falling in love with her. Written by Brian C. Madsen bcmmovies@earthlink.net

BBFC

TYPE Feature

APPROX. RUNNING MINUTES 109

RELEASE DATES 03/09/2001

BBFCINSIGHT Contains mild comic violence and very mild language

GENRE(S) Romance, Drama, Comedy

DIRECTOR(S) Billy Wilder

CAST INCLUDES Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden, John Williams, Martha Hyer, Joan Vohs, Marcel Dalio, Marcel Hillaire, Nella Walker, Francis X. Bushman, Ellen Corby, David Ahdar, Marjorie Bennett, Colin Campbell, Harvey B. Dunn, Otto Forrest, Rand Harper, Charles Harvey, Paul Harvey

CUT All known versions of this work passed uncut.

Suitable for all iconU

Trailers

https://youtu.be/lB2ckiy_qlQ Best Clip
https://youtu.be/AOZuxReeNTk Trailer
https://youtu.be/GCS1frMC004 Clip
https://youtu.be/MO2FSOoqtcg Clip

Sat 18 Feb – Stand – Up History

History meets hilarity as stand-up comedians bring the past to life with punchlines. Like your funniest history teacher with more laughs. Suitable for history buffs and pure joke-lovers alike.

“A nerdy, deeply charming adventure into the funnier bits of history” – excerpt from the most recent review of the show in Oxford
http://www.dailyinfo.co.uk/feature/11605/stand-up-history

Regular sell out shows in Oxford and Edinburgh

We have a great quartet for our first comedy night

Alex Farrow – Stand-up History co-founder, history teacher, host at Jericho Comedy and director at science comedy night the Bright Club Oxford. “Really Good” – Broadway Baby

Iszi Lawrence – Stand-up, comedy historian and founder of the The Z List Dead List podcast. Regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Making History. “She is hilarious” – Richard Herring

Harry Househam – Recently graduated Archaeologist director of the Oxford Imps and stand-up “Extraordinarily Talented” -The OxStu

Jacob Hawley – Stand-up and comedy Historian. With award winning performances at the Comedy Store, the UK’s biggest comedy club, Jacob is one to watch

 

 

 

Tickets £10 from Hungerford Bookshop or Click Here

Fri 3 Mar – Bridget Jones’s Baby

Rotten Tomatoes 75%
Critics Consensus: Bridget Jones’s Baby might be late on arrival, but fans of the series should still find its third installment a bouncing bundle of joy.

Oscar (R) winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in Bridget Jones’s Baby. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting. After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong? Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

Trailers
https://youtu.be/mJsvmscPY9w
https://youtu.be/ry0QhEO5WCU
BJ Interview https://youtu.be/QLficDnyvlg

Review
https://youtu.be/ad04WHfZQ_Y Mark Kermode

BBFC

APPROX. RUNNING MINUTES 120

BBFCINSIGHT strong language, sex references

GENRE(S) Romance, Drama, Comedy

DIRECTOR(S) Sharon Maguire

CAST INCLUDES Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, Shirley Henderson, Sarah Solemani

SUMMARY BRIDGET JONES’S BABY is a romantic comedy in which a woman discovers she is pregnant but is unsure who the father is.

CUT All known versions of this work passed uncut.

Suitable only for 15 years and over

Sat 4 Mar – Gigspanner

About Gigspanner 

Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene.

Hailed by Songlines as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool” and by the late Sir                   Terry Pratchett who poetically observed “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow“.

There is however far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye, and to categorise these virtuoso performers purely as folk musicians would be to significantly undersell them, and to deny audiences the full scope of their musical embrace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np5t2lR8wYo

Tickets available from Hungerford Bookshop or: Eventbrite.co.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peter-knights-gigspanner-tickets-30692494076?aff=es2

Promoted by Hilary Stockwell

Fri 10 Mar – Elles Bailey & Her Blues Band

Elles Bailey brings her blend of Rootsy blues and Country to Arts For Hungerford
Full Band Show
Tickets £15
Bristol based Elles Bailey (28) seamlessly weaves rootsy blues, country and soulful rock with a contemporary edge and her trademark  ‘smoky vocals’ taking the lead.  Her husky toned, lived-in voice sounds like she has a 60-a-day habit, but was actually caused by a serious illness when she was three. Her two EP’s, both produced by Brian Banks, (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie) ‘Who I Am To Me’ (Feb 2015) and ‘The Elberton Sessions’ (Oct 2016) were released to critical acclaim, and her debut album is set to drop Spring 2017.
No stranger to the scene, over the last three years, this captivating, hard-working songstress and her talented band have built up a loyal all-age fan base through relentless touring, through both the UK and Europe. She’s opened for acts like Wille & The Bandits and shared festival line-ups with Lisa Simone, The Mystery Jets & Wilko Johnson.
In fact, 2017 looks set to be a very busy year for Elles with over 30 dates scheduled in the run up to her debut album release in April. Her festival diary is also filling up very quickly. Elles will feature at The Great British Rock and Blues Festival in Skegness and will be opening for soul singer Jo Harman on her February tour before heading back into Europe in Spring 2017.
Her new album will be released Spring 2017, with her brand new single Wildfire dropping 10/02/17
Like many artists today, Elles is breaking down the barriers of traditional genres, taking inspiration from many and fusing them together to bring you her own unique sound, which is earning her a legion of devoted fans, young and old, from across the UK and further afield.
  Wildfire Teaser
– Perfect Storm
– Spring Tour
‘2016 has seen Elles and her band create major waves around the UK with their dazzling blend of rootsy blues and soul, with a recent bout of writing and recording over in Nashville and dates with Wille & The Bandits, Elles continues her rapid ascent to the top’
Slap Magazine
‘It’s safe to say that Miss Bailey is probably the best new blues prospect in the last decade and this latest set only goes to confirm that’
The Rocker
‘Bailey has a fine grip on her influences and her choice of blues-rock serves only to augment her smoky and infections vocals, Who Am I To Me will find favour among blues fans from around the globe’
Songwriting Magazine
‘Gritty, southern, smoky vocals that have a real bluesy/country feel to them’
Maverick Magazine

Fri 17 Mar – Julieta

Trailers

Review
https://youtu.be/d40vsr6iSr8 Kermode
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out May 20, 2016
A sombre, ravishing study of grief, guilt and burden.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald November 16, 2016
This is a restrained, mature work from Almodovar that compliments the Hitchcock-like mystery as it unravels slowly before us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Other

Rotten Tomatoes 92%
Critics Consensus: Julieta finds writer-director Pedro Almodóvar revisiting familiar themes — and doing so with his signature skill.

After a chance meeting, middle-aged Julieta (Emma Suarez) learns that her long-lost daughter has resurfaced in Madrid. This begins a painful reflection by Julieta into her checkered past, flashing back to the moments of pain that defined her current life. This drama is directed by Spanish master Pedro Almodóvar.

IMDB
After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

Julieta (Emma Suarez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo. Both are going to move to Portugal when she casually runs into Bea, former best friend of her daughter Antia, who reveals that this one is living in Switzerland married and with three children. With the heart broken after 12 years of total absence of her daughter, Julieta cancels the journey to Portugal and she moves to her former building, in the hope that Antia someday communicates with her sending a letter. Alone with her thoughts, Julieta starts to write her memories to confront the pain of the events happened when she was a teenager (Adriana Ugarte) and met Xoan, a Galician fisherman. Falling in love with him, Julieta divides her time between the family, the job and the education of Antia until a fatal accident changes their lives. Slowly decaying in a depression, Julieta is helped by Antia and Bea, but one day Antia goes missing suddenly after a vacation with no clues about where to find … Written by Chockys

BBFC
TYPE Feature

APPROX. RUNNING MINUTES 97

RELEASE DATES 26/08/2016

BBFCINSIGHT strong sex

GENRE(S) Drama

DIRECTOR(S) Pedro Almodóvar

CAST INCLUDES Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Michelle Jenner, Darío Grandinetti, Rossy de Palma, Susi Sánchez, Pilar Castro, Joaquín Notario, Nathalie Poza, Mariam Bachir

SUMMARY JULIETA is a Spanish drama about a mother’s search for her estranged daughter.

CUT All known versions of this work passed uncut.

Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15
ECI information

Wed March 29: Clover Stroud, ‘The Wild Other’

wild-otherThis is a memoir of love, loss, motherhood, sex and danger. Broadcaster, writer and journalist Clover Stroud says:

“I had a very unconventional and very happy childhood in Wiltshire, which ended in the most violent way when my mother suffered fell from her horse out riding and was left horrifically brain damaged. This early experience of loss and trauma has informed everything I have done since then.

Mum’s accident sent me out into the world on a journey that took me to the brink of self destruction, where I sought wild experiences in the form of wild horses, sex, narcotics and wild men. The book is also about the devastating power of nature to destroy and heal, and I hope that my five children will not be alarmed by it.”

Travelling from gypsy camps in Ireland, to the rodeos of west Texas and then to Russia’s war-torn Caucasus, Clover eventually found her way back to England’s lyrical Vale of the White Horse.

The Wild Other is a grippingly honest account of love, loss, family and the healing strength of nature. Powerful and deeply emotional, this is the story of an extraordinary life lived at its fullest.

‘There is so much richly evoked life here…beautifully written.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times

‘Beautifully written…I love this book.’ India Knight

‘Compelling and candid, deftly weaving together past and present…a heart-wrenching story told in haunting, lyrical prose.’ Tatler

Clover will be talking about her book to Lis Allen, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of her book.

Tickets £6 from The Hungerford Bookshop (includes a glass of wine and £5 off the book on the night) or on-line on here