The Spring Centre at The Hospice of St Francis
Doors Open 6:45pm - Film Starts 7:00pm
Our Film Forums are held at the Spring Centre at The Hospice of St Francis on the first Wednesday of the Month.
A suggested donation of £5 for refreshments.
Wednesday 1st May
Joe Castleman receives the Nobel Prize for Literature. It is the culmination of his life’s work and he travels to Stockholm for the awards ceremony with his wife Joan and their son David, an aspiring writer. All is not what it seems however as we learn from investigations by a kind of literary sleuth called Nathaniel Bone that the authenticity of Joe’s work is called into question.
The story is really about Joe and Joan’s long marriage and the compromises, sacrifices and strains of any long relationship. Jonathan Pryce and Glenn Close are excellent as the couple and are very well supported by Christian Slater as Bone. Glenn Close was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Joan, the long suffering wife.
The Children Act
Wednesday 5th June
Emma Thompson plays a High Court judge, Fiona Maye, called upon to make a life or death decision regarding treatment options for a teenage boy, Adam, who has a life threatening condition. Her own personal life meanwhile is in turmoil with her marriage undergoing real strain. She takes the highly unusual decision to go and visit Adam before she makes any judgement. This meeting has a tremendous impact on them both and their lives to follow.
Directed by Richard Eyre and adapted for the screen from his novel by Ian McEwan, this is a very powerful story with powerful performances to match, not least by Fionn Whitehead as Adam.
Kramer vs. Kramer (Special 40th Birthday Screening!)
Wednesday 3rd July
To celebrate the 40th birthday of The Hospice of St Francis we are screening one of the major films of 1979, the Oscar winning Kramer vs. Kramer. Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep star as the divorcing parents but it is always the heartbreaking scenes with their six-year-old son Billy (a remarkable performance by Justin Henry) that stay in the mind. They are just as powerful now as they were then.
If you saw it first time round or have never seen it, why not come along to the Film Forum and take a trip back to 1979?