Rusthall Community Cinema
Films we all choose, watch, then discuss.

Slumdog Millionaire

(2008; Cert. 15; Drama, Romance)

At Sunnyside Hall, Rusthall Road, TN4 8RA

Saturday 22nd September

Doors open 7.00pm programme starts 7.30pm

Tickets: £5 on the door or £40 annual pass

come in costume or just as you are

Trailer and more details at IMDb

DIRECTOR Danny Boyle
CAST INCLUDES Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor
AWARDS OSCAR: Best Motion Picture of the Year

This Mumbai-set, rags-to-possible riches tale, co-directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan, was the winner of eight Oscars at the 2009 Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is an 18-year-old street kid from the slums of Mumbai. So what is he doing appearing on the Indian version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'? How can a young man from his background of poverty have acquired the knowledge to be only one correct answer away from winning 20 million rupees? With only one more question to be asked, however, the dream turns to nightmare. As the hooter sounds to signal the end of the show, Jamal is arrested and accused of cheating. No-one can believe that he could really know all of the answers he has given. As Jamal tells the story of his life to the police, the reasons for his success begin to appear. Will Jamal be freed to hear the final question and, if so, will he know the answer ?

The Greatest Showman (singalong)

(2017; Cert. PG; Biography, Drama, Musical )

At Sunnyside Hall, Rusthall Road, TN4 8RA

Doors 3pm, programme 3.30pm Sunday 30th September

Tickets: FREE to all - first come first seated maximum 100

Bring a Lotto ticket purchased for draws between 26th and 29th September please

come in costume or just as you are

Trailer and more details at IMDb

DIRECTOR Michael Gracey
CAST INCLUDES Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron
AWARDS Golden Globe - Best Original Song - Motion Picture

“The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. “The Greatest Showman” is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs and lyrics by Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land”) and starring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Zac Efron, Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya

Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor will manage to open a wax museum but will soon shift focus to the unique and peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Some will call Barnum's wide collection of oddities, a freak show; however, when the obsessed showman gambles everything on the opera singer Jenny Lind to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will somehow lose sight of the most important aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum risk it all to be accepted ?

All shows are at Sunnyside Community Hall, Rusthall Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8RA on Saturdays

Doors open 7pm, programme starts 7.30pm with short entertainment related to the main feature

No advanced booking, entry £5 or free for annual subscription holders

Special greeting for those who come dressed in costume but all are welcome

Licensed bar operates before the show and during the interval.

Post film discussion group is highly recommended for those who can stay

Free transport for locals unable to reach us under their own steam

Induction loop for those with hearing difficulties

All films screened in 4K resolution with surround sound where media permits

Le Week-End (2013)


The third feature collaboration between Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi (after The Mother and Venus), Le Week-end sees Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan’s couple spend their wedding anniversary in Paris. However, the romantic city soon becomes a backdrop to bitter disputes over the state of their lives. Kureishi’s wonderful script and the excellent performances help balance the tone between comedy and drama, while Michell celebrates the city’s rich cinematic heritage.


Date:  6th October 2018

Director: Roger Michel

Certificate: 15

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 1 hr 33 mins

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent, Olly Alexander, Lindsay Duncan, Brice Beaugier

Finding Your Feet (2017)


When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). Sandra couldn’t be more different to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling. But it turns out different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet... and romance. Featuring a star studded cast including Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley and David Hayman, Finding Your Feet is a hilarious and heart-warming modern comedy proving that it’s never too late to start again.


Date:  20th October 2018

Director: Richard Loncraine

Certificate: 12

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Music

Runtime: 1 hr 51 mins

Cast:   Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley

The General (1926)


Buster Keaton co-writes, co-directs and stars in this classic action comedy from the silent era. Set during the American Civil War, the film follows southerner Johnnie Gray (Keaton) who is denied entry into the Confederate Army due to the valuable work he does as an engineer. However, his fiancée Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack) believes he has failed to sign up because of his cowardice. When Johnnie's train, The General, is stolen by Unionists with Annabelle still on board he gets the chance to prove his bravery and embarks on a hair-raising adventure.


Date:  3rd November 2018

Director: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton

Certificate: U

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Runtime: 1 hr 7 min

Cast:  Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender

This is a silent film. Live accompaniment will be provided by Costas Fotopoulos

On Friday 9th November we will screen a film as part of the national rememberance of World War 1.

Darkest Hour (2017)


Darkest Hour is a 2017 war drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten. It stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and is an account of his early days as Prime Minister, as Nazi Germany's Wehrmacht swept across Western Europe, threatening to defeat the United Kingdom during World War II. The German advance leads to friction at the highest levels of government between those who would make a peace treaty with Adolf Hitler, and Churchill, who refused. The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, and Ronald Pickup.


Date:  17th November 2018

Director: Joe Wright

Certificate: PG

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Runtime: 1 hr 20 mins

Cast:  Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

The Post (2017)


Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.


Date:  1st December 2018

Director: Steven Spielberg

Certificate: 12A

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Runtime: 1 hr 56 mins

Cast:  Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

Jean de Florette (1986)


In Provence in the 1930s, city-bred hunchback Jean (Gerard Depardieu) brings his family to his mother's old farm with plans for an idyllic life on the land. However, his scheming neighbours, Le Papet (Yves Montand) and Ugoli (Daniel Auteil), covet his farm's little-known water source, and the resulting feud escalates towards tragedy. The story was continued in a second film, 'Manon des Sources', released later the same year.


Date:  15th December 2018

Director: Claude Berri

Certificate: PG

Genre: Drama, Foreign

Runtime: 2 hrs

Cast:   Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil

Topsy-Turvy (1999)


Mike Leigh directs this comic look at one of light opera's most famous creative partnerships. In 1880s London, the writing team of William Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) and Arthur Sullivan (Allan Corduner) looks set to split after the comparative failure of their latest collaboration, 'Princess Ida'. Sullivan is keen to prove himself as a serious composer, feeling that Gilbert's writing has become too formulaic. However, when Gilbert's wife, Kitty (Lesley Manville), takes him to an exhibition of Japanese culture, his imagination is fired, and he enthusiastically contacts Sullivan with ideas for a new project.


Date:  29th December 2018

Director: Mike Leigh

Certificate: 12

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 2 hrs 34 mins

Cast:   Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher

Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)


GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?


Date:  12th January 2019

Director: Simon Curtis

Certificate: PG

Genre: Biography, Drama

Runtime: 1 hr 47 mins

Cast:   Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (2016)


Clint Eastwood directs this drama based on the autobiography of Chelsey Sullenberger. Tom Hanks stars as pilot Chelsey 'Sully' Sullenberger and Aaron Eckhart as his co-pilot Jeff Skiles, who were at the helm of Flight 1549 in 2009 when, shortly after take-off, the plane hit a large flock of birds which disabled both engines. In the face of immediate danger, Sully took the decision to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River and successfully managed to save the lives of everyone on board. Laura Linney also stars as Sully's wife Lorraine.


Date:  26th January 2019

Director: Clint Eastwood

Certificate: 12

Genre: Biography, Drama

Runtime: 1 hr 36 mins

Cast:   Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

The Piano (1993)


Winner of the 1993 Cannes' Palme d'Or for Best Film and Best Actress for Holly Hunter, Jane Campion's third feature was widely hailed as a cinematic masterpiece. With Michael Nyman providing the music, the story centres around Ada (Hunter), a mute Scottish woman sent to New Zealand with her daughter (Anna Paquin) for an arranged marriage to lonely landowner Stewart (Sam Neill). When she arrives with her beloved piano in tow, Stewart forces her to leave it on the beach rather than lug it through the jungle. The estate manager, Baines (Harvey Keitel), watches and listens in amazement when Ada visits the beach to play and subsequently he makes a deal with Stewart to keep it at his own house. Baines is enchanted by both the piano and Ada and eventually makes a bargain of sexual favours whereby Ada can win back the instrument.


Date:  9th February 2019

Director: Jane Campion

Certificate: 15

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance

Runtime: 2 hrs 1 min

Cast:   Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill

Loving Vincent (2017)


Loving Vincent is a biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh. It is the world's first fully oil painted animated film and brings his artwork to life in an exploration of the death of one of history's most celebrated artists. A true labour of love, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 115 painters.


Date:  23rd February 2019

Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

Certificate: 12

Genre: Animation, Biography, Crime

Runtime: 1 hr 34 mins

Cast:   Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)


Set in 1946, the plot follows a London-based writer who begins exchanging letters with residents on the island of Guernsey, which was under German occupation during World War II.

Lily James plays free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.


Date:  9th March 2019

Director: Mike Newell

Certificate: 12A

Genre:  Drama, History, Romance

Runtime: 2 hrs 4 mins

Cast:  Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Michiel Huisman

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) (Singalong))


Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again. Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film's original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver). Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie are Academy Award winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Oscar winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie's three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry. As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna. Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful). Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).


Date:  23rd March 2019

Director: Ol Parker

Certificate: PG

Genre:  Comedy, Musical

Runtime: 1 hr 54 mins

Cast:   Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep

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