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.
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Wednesday 6th June
This is a poignant story of a romance between people of different ages and backgrounds. Annette Bening plays Gloria Grahame, the glamorous Hollywood actress who won an Oscar for The Bad and the Beautiful and who starred with Humphrey Bogart in the film In a Lonely Place. In the latter part of her career Gloria worked in repertory theatre in Britain where she met a struggling young actor from Liverpool called Peter Turner played by Jamie Bell. Despite raising many eyebrows, theirs was a loving relationship full of passion, fun and care which became accepted by many people close to them, not least Peter’s family. Bening is terrific as usual but it is great to see Jamie Bell who played Billy in Billy Elliot more than able to hold his own. It is their on-screen chemistry which brings Gloria and Peter’s relationship to life and makes it all the more touching.
Wednesday 4th July
Many Americans say they remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The film concentrates on his traumatized, grieving widow in the days following his death. Jackie has her own personal grief and the grief of their young children to care for while her words and deeds are subjected to global scrutiny. Kennedy’s funeral took place just three days after his death during which time Jackie was pressed to say what she wanted and had to hear what others thought should happen.
Natalie Portman is utterly convincing in the title role. A major event in world history is imagined through the eyes of the person experiencing it. The film also includes John Hurt’s final film role as Jackie’s priest.
Wednesday 1st August
Breathe is the story of producer Jonathan Cavendish’s parents Robin and Diana. Robin (Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge) became paralysed from the neck down with polio just before Jonathan was born and was given three months to live. He lived much longer thanks to the love of his wife Diana (Claire Foy The Crown).
Together they became advocates for disabled people. Robin did not want to spend the rest of his life in hospital on a ventilator and Diana made sure he did not.
It is an incredibly moving story of love and devotion in the face of such terrible adversity. The film also stands as a beautiful way for Jonathan to honour his parents. It is well worth seeing.
Wednesday 5th September
This is a debut feature film by Hope Dickson Leach. Trainee vet Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) returns for the first time in years following a family tragedy to the farm where she grew up. The farm itself is much changed from when she lived there. It has been devastated by floods and is on the verge of ruin.
The story is very much about the relationship between Clover and her father Aubrey (David Troughton). The film is at times as unforgiving and as bleak as its setting but eventually Clover and Aubrey are able to express and share their suffering and to find some hope in each other. It is a very powerful, critically acclaimed British family drama.
A Ghost Story
Wednesday 3rd October
Casey Affleck spends most of the film like a Hallowe’en ghost from a children’s story. What might seem gimmicky becomes very poignant as he wanders around his home, there but not there, witnessing how he is mourned by his partner.
The film ambitiously opens out on a much broader sweep to remind us that most places and times in which we live have been peopled by lives from the past.
This particular ghost story does not aim at any simple conclusion but it does create a very affecting mood of its own with some beautifully tender moments.
Wednesday 7th November
Recent mainstream films such as Dunkirk and Darkest Hour have been about well-known stories of the Second World War. This documentary however is about a little known story of one man’s efforts to save as many young lives as he could. Such was Sir Nicholas Winton’s modesty that what he did only came to light when his wife discovered a chest of documents in their attic fifty years later.
It is an extraordinary story told by interviews with some of the surviving children, Winton’s wife and with Sir Nicholas himself. The film not only celebrates what he achieved but also celebrates his legacy of inspiration for humanitarian groups around the world. We might need some tissues for this one.
Finding Your Feet
Wednesday 5th December
This is a wonderfully spirited ‘later life’ romantic comedy. Imelda Staunton plays Sandra, a well-to-do woman suddenly forced to ‘slum it’ with her estranged and considerably less well-off sister Bif played by Celia Imrie. Sandra rediscovers herself. She ‘re-finds’ her feet if anything and finds much to live and hope for in her changed circumstances. It is a comedy but there are also tears. The film manages to be uplifting without being sentimental. It has a host of favourite British stars who are all very much on form. It is a lovely way to end the 2018 Film Forum programme and look forward to 2019. Come along and enjoy it with us.