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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    In 2013, Chinese-American director Lulu Wang was told that her grandmother (‘Nai Nai’ in Chinese) had Stage 4 lung cancer with three months to live. The family decided not to tell Nai Nai of the diagnosis and devised a ruse — a fast-tracked wedding in her hometown Changchun —for everyone to see her one last…

  • Love Affair

    Love Affair

    Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and then… Often cited, most famously in Sleepless in Seattle, this instant hit was twice remade: in 1957 with Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Cathleen Nesbitt; and in 1994 with Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Katherine Hepburn. McCarey, who directed the first two, was a key figure in 1930’s Hollywood, mainly…

  • Drive

    Drive

    Accounts differ over how they came to collaborate on Drive, but Refn and Gosling both describe their close relationship as “telekinetic.” Their greatest difference is that Refn can’t drive. Most of the film is shot with wide-angle lenses. “I want you to see what’s behind the actor, what’s going on behind the character action,” says…

  • Philadelphia

    Philadelphia

    For a decade after it was identified, victims of HIV faced early death, treated like pariahs while the virus ravaged the gay community. Philadelphia was the first major film to address the related issues of HIV, homophobia and discrimination and is widely credited with changing the national discourse. Tri-Star Pictures banked on celebrity director Demme,…

  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Lockdown is suddenly upon us, so the WFC is initiating a home cinema season, with viewings proposed on Tuesday evenings, followed by discussions on the WFC Facebook page. We are kicking off with a film sure to raise spirits. Three children are orphaned when their house burns down under mysterious circumstances, with their parents in…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    Director Olivia Wilde’s debut feature film is a charming comedy that’s winning critical praise from top reviewers. On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic achievers and best girlfriends realise they should have worked less & played more. They decide to make up for lost time. On this slight premise Wilde builds a…

  • The Pawnbroker

    The Pawnbroker

    Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront, Dr Zhivago, In the Heat of the Night) launched a stellar career as a serious actor with his Oscar-nominated performance as an embittered concentration camp survivor running a pawnshop in 1960s Harlem. A powerful drama from director Sidney Lumet, who made some of Hollywood’s most visionary political/social dramas (12 Angry…

  • Ninotchka

    Ninotchka

    Garbo stars in a comedy romance, yes, this is the film where she laughs for the first time on screen. Gone is any trace of the tragic actor as Garbo plays a serious Russian sent to Paris on official business. Inculcated with loathing for Western values, she meets a roué out to charm her, played…

  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    WFC celebrates Black History Month with the iconic debut of John Singleton, who died in April aged 51. A 22-year old screenwriting graduate when he started making the film (the screenplay was based on his thesis) he was the first African-American filmmaker, and remains the youngest person ever, nominated for a Best Director Oscar. Three…

  • Free Solo

    Free Solo

    Outstanding Oscar-winning documentary of climber Alex Honnold’s solo, ropeless ascent of sheer 3000 feet El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. We watch the meticulous preparations and planning, the false starts and setbacks in a study of courage, skill and the single-mindedness of striving to achieve what no one else has. This crowd-pleasing doc with stunning…

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