Season: 2008

  • All About Eve

    All About Eve

    During 2008, film societies in the UK and around the world have been celebrating Bette Davis’s centenary. They’ve screened films from Jezebel to Now Voyager, from Dark Victory to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. The Wimbledon Film Club has gone to huge effort to bring you Bette Davis signature performance in All About Eve, one…

  • El Violin

    El Violin

    A big winner on the film festival circuit in the Americas and Europe, juries and audiences alike applauded Vargas accomplished first feature. El Violin is the kind of social realism film we don’t see so much these days. The film tells a simple story of guerrilla forces struggling against the oppression of government troops in…

  • Lars and the Real Girl

    Lars and the Real Girl

    Lars (Ryan Gosling) lives in a cabin behind his brother’s house. His parents are dead and he has withdrawn from social interaction. Okay, he functions to the extent that he goes to work, but at home he spends evenings sitting in the dark. Gentle attempts to bring him out of his loneliness fail. One day…

  • The Orphanage

    The Orphanage

    Hitchcock explained the difference between surprise and suspense like this: if people are seated at a table and a bomb explodes, that is surprise. If they are seated at a table, and you know there’s a bomb under the table attached to a ticking clock, but they continue to play cards – that’s suspense. Well,…

  • Diaspora Diaries

    Diaspora Diaries

    Diaspora Diaries was commissioned by Creative Fruits as part of Beyonder’s tenure as artist in residence for Literature Multimedia during the Africa 05 season. A challenging, culturally and educationally relevant film, this screening is a Merton Black History Month event. The film is the director’s first and what we have is a vibrant documentary which…

  • Brick Lane

    Brick Lane

    Monica Ali’s Man Booker Prize 2003 shortlisted novel, Brick Lane, is adapted here for the screen to wonderful effect. The film moves away from the narrative structure of the book. It focuses on an eventful year in the life of Nazneen (Chatterjee) who came to London for an arranged marriage at 17. Now in her…

  • Control

    Control

    Control is far and away the better of the two 2007 films about Ian Curtis, eulogised lead singer of Joy Division, who killed himself at 23. Based on the memoir by Deborah Curtis, Ian Curtis wife, the film covers the singer’s troubled teenage years to his death. It moves away from the glamorous portrayals of…

  • After the Wedding

    After the Wedding

    Jacob, a Scandinavian aid worker (Mikkelsen) manages an orphanage in Mumbai. He is contacted by a potential patron, Jorgen, (Lassgard) and given an unusual offer. After a twenty year absence Jacob reluctantly returns to Copenhagen to try to secure the funding. But there’s something strange about Jorgen’s agenda as he protracts the decision, invites Jacob…

  • 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    This is a showcase for new Romanian cinema. Director/writer Mungui captures the story of illegal abortion with honesty and a wonderful gift for natural dialogue. This is a must-see. The film is set in Communist Romania in the final years of the Nicolae Ceaușescu era. It tells the story of two students, roommates in a…

  • Yojimbo

    Yojimbo

    Sanjuro (Mifune),  a wandering samurai (rōnin), arrives in a small town where competing crime lords vie for supremacy. After proving his skill as a master swordsman by swiftly dispatching three thugs, the two bosses each seek to hire the newcomer as a bodyguard, with a view to eradicating their opponent and securing control of the…

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