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

By: Eugene | November 18, 2018

17th November 2018

We were happy to welcome several new faces for this film which generated an audience of 63 - although thick overcoats made it look more ! After showing a trailer for the next film we watched two short documentary films shot in the 1940s by Pathe News: one, a spotlight on Winston Churchill as he received a painting to make hi 80th birthday, something he referred to a a 'remarkable example of modern art'; then what was clearly a propaganda film that showed us the nation preparing for war.


The programme directed that we went straight into the main feature, it being more than 2 hours long. However technical difficulties that had not manifested during the pre-film rehearsal caused our projectionist to suggest an early interval while the problem w...

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By: Eugene | November 10, 2018

9th November 2018

"It's only a movie. It's only a movie".
We're in a beaten up trench and we know what's coming.
Only one character, Second Lieutenant Raleigh, is sparred the knowledge of what will happen three days into his enthusiastic desire to join the front where a family friend, Captain Stanhope, leads the company of ill-fated men. His keen, green, sudden, arrival is to become useful.
In the ugliness of what war is, and it is all on display in the trench, the only sign of beauty is the way the men bolster each other.
I enjoyed the visual details director Saul Dibb included; the pipe left on the table with it's ember still burning, the effects of Lieutenant Osborne being placed in an envelope (an address not far to our village), and the sharing...

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By: Eugene | October 21, 2018

20th October 2018

My friend, Liz, and I were working in the box office last evening and a very busy time we had of it. Almost a continuous stream of people came through the doors expectant of a good evening's entertainment, and judging by audience response, I am sure there were few who were disappointed. 
Eugene, supported by the rest of the management, is constantly working to improve the experience of film viewing in our Community Cinema. When I think there can be little more he can come up with he introduces another aspect. This time our very own Pearl and Deane appeared advertising local events. It was inspirational and nostalgic at the same time. Congratulations Eugene. 
"Liberte" was the principle short before the interval. Unmistakab...

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By: Eugene | October 07, 2018

6th October 2018

Le Weekend is about the marriage relationship between Nick and Meg who celebrate their 30th anniversary in Paris, the city of romance. Nick hoped to please his wife and recapture at least a little of their former passion, but Meg, who teased and baited him, was ready to discard him like an old down-at-heel shoe, and there was a lot of bitching between the two. In the discussion group we asked what the film was trying to tell us and I, for one, could not find an answer. However, the filming, music and in particular the acting was of the very best, and we really believed we were in Paris, so there was much to enjoy.


The wonderful first short film, in complete contrast to Le Weekend, was about the contentment of an extremely old married couple,...

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By: Eugene | October 01, 2018

30th September 2018

The free matinee showing of The Greatest Show on Earth, a film of aspiration and fantasy, was a joyful event. As usual the organising staff pulled out all the stops to give us a memorable afternoon at the circus. Dolly Delicious, tall and slender on her stilts outside the entrance, performed her fire eating and body burning to the delight of the large assembling audience and obligingly posed for photos and selfies.  Once inside we were welcomed to the cinema by the Ringmaster, showmen and artistes aka Eugene, Karen, Kevin, Hazel, Tania, Anne and Rachel, who always throw themselves wholeheartedly into the spirit of the current film.


A short two minute film featuring the Nursery School working at Sunnyside Hall on weekdays was the only so...

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By: Eugene | September 23, 2018

22nd September 2018

This was a film with particular challenges for the projectionist. Having coincidentally asked the feedback lady to seek out comments on the volume, it turned out that the dynamic range within this film caused frequent adjustments to be required.  


A small audience of 39 was attributed mainly to the appalling weather but the start if the Strictly Come Dancing season clashing was certainly not a help.  Also, many people had seen this film - not, in my opinion, a strong reason for eking more out of it with a second screening followed by a hearty discussion. 


The short film Little Terrorist (2004) by Ashvin Kumar proved universally popular.


Eugene.


The tour of India through Slumdog Millionaire's scenes covers the extremes. We vi...

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By: Eugene | September 09, 2018

8th September 2018

We welcomed 55 people to our first singalong format film and after receiving inspiration from Tanya and Joe were well loosened up for the songs we all knew so well.  I felt the singing nun added something special to the evening and I'm sure the home baked strudel did too - for those lucky enough to get in early enough. 


The pre-show entertainment comprised a 12 second trailer for all the firms in the coming season now that public votes had been counted. We certainly have a great line up.  That was followed by a short sketch where Julie Andrews led a rather large Swiss family Pratt in a song that is still worming its way through my brain 24 hours later. 


Eugene.


Umpteen classic catchy songs.  A luminous performance by...

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By: Eugene | August 26, 2018

25th August 2018

Perhaps it was a good sign that so many people - 73 - came to see a Peter Greenaway film as it indicates folks coming 'on spec' that we will put on a good show. For those whom Greenaway's work is familiar he is certainly a Marmite writer; I had to defend myself against accusations of choosing a 'disturbed' film as some viewers left.  For myself I enjoyed letting the music, familiar local setting, flamboyant wardrobe, and cut dialogue, wash over me without even attempting to figure out who dun it as I was in no doubt that would be a forlorn aspiration.


Knowing that others would miss the denouement that is usual in murder mysteries, I chose to show interviews with the director, actors, and composer before the show rather than themed shor...

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By: Eugene | August 12, 2018

11th August 2018

This was a most enjoyable show and special thanks must go to those brave enough to dress for the occasion. As I write this there are plenty of photos on our Facebook page and video is to come shortly. The winner of the fabulous trophy was judged by the volume of applause as recorded in decibels on the adjudicator's smartphone. I wonder if this will be the first of many trophies proudly displayed on his mantelpiece.

The audience were in fine form lip syncing to a Gloria Gaynor favourite and this bodes well for the success of the singalong version of The Sound Of Music to be shown on 8th September. There were no short films screened at this show.

Eugene.

There were five beautifully, outrageously, extravagantly costumed contestants entering t...

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