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Audience Reaction: ‘Mustang’

The audience gave ‘Mustang‘ a score of 86.11.

COMMENTS:

  • Beautifully filmed brilliantly acted very harrowing story – highlighting what’s happening to young girls in so many countries
  • Mixed feelings. Hard to watch at times
  • Excellent drama, beautifully told with some great scenes and an uplifting ending. Really enjoyed it.
  • Blimey!
  • Gripping – old values suffocating modern young Turkish women – a contempary theme not yet resolved
  • A well told tale of young girls growing up in a Muslim country!
  • Very watchable but sadly disturbing film. Plaudits for the editing.
  • Brilliant film but a sad indictment of the way women are treated in vast swathes of the world
  • Thought provoking. Tradition eh!
  • Pointless. Puerile. Bad direction
  • So very sad that women are treated like this
  • Sadly how many millions of girls does this apply to in the world…
  • Very powerful touching film. Really enjoyed but sad. Beautiful film
  • Very moving film. Beautifully filmed. Felt for each character
  • A very powerful and moving film!
  • Story excellently told, good cinematography. Believable portrayals throughout

Audience Reaction: ‘The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar)’

The audience gave ‘The Pearl Button (El Botón de Nácar)‘ a score of 82.69.

COMMENTS:

  • Stunning. Multi facetted
  • Beautiful filming amazing and worth watching despite being traumatic events
  • Beautifully filmed + well told
  • Excellent cinematography. Not expecting a documentary but told a story in an innovative way.
  • Very well documented. Beautifully filmed horrendous story – and we never learn from history! It goes on
  • Hard to watch at times but we need to be reminded of past brutalities if only to help prevent new “waves” of cruelty.
  • I feel emotionally drained. A very spirited film, water giveth & taketh away. History, never forget.
  • So moving so very sad
  • Very moving and extremely beautiful. Definitely want to see the 1st film. Want to learn more about the dictatorship
  • A chilling tale of Chile! The natives always get a bad deal.
  • A story that needs highlighting. However, was it a documentary? Was it a geographical study, anthropological study, or a brutal historical story?

Audience Reaction: ‘Sing Street’

The audience gave ‘Sing Street‘ a score of 90.12%

Here are their comments:

  • This is the film I always wanted to make
  • Made me smile lots
  • A musical of sorts. Very irish I loved it
  • Really enjoyed feel good film
  • A feel good film. Real life. Families, break ups. Bullies being useful. Music good too. Will recommend
  • A great feelgood movie, enjoyable on many levels. Great humour, music and relationships
  • Fabulous …. Such a ‘feel good’ factor – poignant observations on relationships
  • What a great film. Lifted my spirits significantly
  • Extremely talented young actors – upbeat, fun and good music
  • Lovely storyline all about people and life! Excellent.
  • Good start to new season! Felt surprisingly nostalgic
  • Ah yes, the power of the music and the band!! Brilliant costumes too and good acting
  • Highly recommended great music. Great music
  • Loved it
  • Hope over adversity a feel good film
  • Third time we have seen this film. Still makes us laugh and enjoy. May appear to be light but has depth
  • Reminded me how I felt at 15 years. Enjoyed

Rescheduled: ‘Mustang’, tonight….

We can’t show ‘Daughter’ as the distributor has sadly ceased trading. Instead we are showing ‘Mustang’.

SCREENING TUESDAY 27th September!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

2015, Turkey, 94 minutes, (15)
Director – Deniz Gamze Erguven


Set in Turkey a sensitive and powerful portrait of sisterhood and sexuality. Five sisters are spotted playing innocently with boys The supposed debauchery causes their uncle to escalate his plans to marry them off – classes in housework and cooking replace school. The sisters fight back against the limits imposed on them.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Mustang
Rotten Tomatoes – Mustang

AUDIENCE SCORE – 86.11%

COMMENTS:

  • Beautifully filmed brilliantly acted very harrowing story – highlighting what’s happening to young girls in so many countries
  • Mixed feelings. Hard to watch at times
  • Excellent drama, beautifully told with some great scenes and an uplifting ending. Really enjoyed it.
  • Blimey!
  • Gripping – old values suffocating modern young Turkish women – a contempary theme not yet resolved
  • A well told tale of young girls growing up in a Muslim country!
  • Very watchable but sadly disturbing film. Plaudits for the editing.
  • Brilliant film but a sad indictment of the way women are treated in vast swathes of the world
  • Thought provoking. Tradition eh!
  • Pointless. Puerile. Bad direction
  • So very sad that women are treated like this
  • Sadly how many millions of girls does this apply to in the world…
  • Very powerful touching film. Really enjoyed but sad. Beautiful film
  • Very moving film. Beautifully filmed. Felt for each character
  • A very powerful and moving film!
  • Story excellently told, good cinematography. Believable portrayals throughout

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

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.