Category Archives: Films

Our New Autumn Season of Film

AUTUMN SEASON

Our autumn season of film as follows. We have a mixed bunch of film, hopefully something for everyone!

We are pleases to announce the return of Paul Shallcross for Horror Shorts III, we have enjoyed his company twice already, he has been wonderful company, his sense of humour and his talent on the piano have made for very enjoyable evenings. We hope you can come and support what is a wonderful evening.

We are also pleased to be showing K2D, the film made when film club members Tom and Dominique and their children made a motorcycle trip through India to raise funds for their Interburns charity. We will be passing a bucket around to collect money for Interburns that night and all contributions large and small will be appreciated and put to good use!

Hollywood Film Festival

Hi All

A reminder that we have a great Hollywood Film Festival coming up on Saturday April 2nd starting with the 1950 Bogart film ‘In a Lonely Place’ then the highly acclaimed film ‘Trumbo’.

In-a-Lonely-PlaceWe have met with Paul from Gatsby to discuss food for the event and I think we will have a really fantastic spread. We are having a mixed buffet to include sandwiches, Glamorgan sausage bites, mini quiches, dips, bowls of coleslaw, potatoes and bowls of pasta for you to graze over. And of course some fruit.

TRUMBO

Between the films – to keep that USA feel about the event – we will be having blueberry muffins!

Tickets are £12 for members and £15 non-members inclusive of the food of course.

So book now for what will be one of our best Film Festivals.

John

ICO Film Screening Days

The next film screening day organised by the Independent Cinema Office is at The Watershed, Bristol on the 16th to 18th of January 2016.

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See the ICO Website for more details and for booking.

The International Film Festival of Wales 2015

iffw-2015The Gwyn Hall in Neath will be home to The International Film Festival of Wales again this year…

Find out more about the festival on the Gwyn Hall Website IFFW 2015 page

High Tide

We had a fantastic time last night in the company of Jimmy Hay and Melanie Walters of ‘High Tide’.

Our thanks go to Film Hub Wales, Tamarind Pontardawe and High Rise Window Cleaning for their financial support of the event.

Thanks also to the wonderful Ponatardawe Arts Centre staff for all of their support during this first season of film this year.

Photos – Linda Wellington

ICO Preview Weekend – April 18th – 20th

There is an ICO weekend happening on April 18th – 20th, 2015

The event will be at the BFI, Southbank, London

for full details please see

http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/screeni…/april2015

I know that there are a number of members thinking of going.

The cost is £25 for one day, £44 for two, and £60 for all three days.

There is a list of nearby accommodation on the ICO website.

It has been recommended that members book their own places and make their own arrangements for this one, but you will have company when you are there.

If you would like to reach other members why not head over to our Facebook page and join the discussion there:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Pontardawefilmclub/

Audience reaction – ’71

Responses as follows for our screening of ’71 last night

10 very good
15 excellent

Which produces a score of 90%

Comments as follows:

  • Beautifully observed.  Terrific performances, very close up and in your face, particularly impressed by the sound track and its contribution to the drama.
  • Brutal, shocking. The antithesis of the sanitised sentimental telling of the seventies. Very bleak, but very well made.
  • Powerful and dramatic, but not exactly life affirming.
  • Very powerful film, almost too painful to watch.
  • Wonderful to see the humanity that prevails in the most testing of environments.
  • I wanted the film to end and put me out of my agony.  The confusion multiplied the agony.
  • Having served three tours of duty in Northern Ireland myself I found the film to be very depictive of the reality and era. Very very good and realistic.
  • War and corruption. Gripping but harrowing.
  • Compelling depiction of a dreadful situation.
  • In ’71 I was 20. Was it really like this? I fear so, I don’t know so.
  • Impossible. Puts a different light for me on the peace process.
  • A horrible wonderful film that all should see.
  • Very powerful but don’t know if good film.
  • Hard hitting. An unpleasant reminder of the troubles.

Audience Reaction – ‘In Order of Disappearance’

The audience gave ‘In Order of Disappearance‘ a score of 87%

Here are the comments:

  • Good fun, well made.
  • Brilliant. Good fun, chicken wire, Aberdulais Falls, I can think of someone.
  • Not usually my cup of tea. However – great! The Count (a new Dracula) was wonderfully mad + evil. Dad’s Rule [sic]
  • Best Psychopath I’ve seen!
  • I was gripped throughout and loved the characterisation of the different protagonists.
  • Sooooo funny!
  • Brilliant to see Nordic film.
  • It took a while to realise that this was a COMEDY film – but once that became clear it was very enjoyable. Some fine dry humour in the performances. If this is typical, we should have more from Norway.
  • Fantastic scenery great humour in dialogue but overall not quite funny enough.

AUDIENCE REACTION – FEAST OF ITALIAN FILM

And the audience have voted for the Feast Of Italian Film.

Bicycle Thief  Le Quattro Volte

The Bicycle Thief –  82%

Le Quattro Volte –  59%   

Comments after the break…

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NEW SEASON OF FILM

These are the film club films we are showing in our first season of films in 2015.

Life is Beautiful Le Quattro Volte Leviathan