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

By: Eugene | March 11, 2018

10th March 2018

What a good time we had watching how things were for small Italian cinemas like ours in 1953. The English subtitles were low down on the screen so mext time we may consider raising them at the cost of a slightly smaller image. A total of 23 annual and 29 day members came an were treated to a glimpse of England in 1942 in the preceding short film 'Listen to Britain'.  The bar was so popular we needed an emergency dash to the warehouse in the interval.  This was the first time the MC used a wireless microphone and complementary comments about the experience were appreciated.

A funny, sad, entertaining film and the little boy Toto, was particularly well acted. The firmly developing bond between Toto, the projectionist and the films be...

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By: Eugene | February 18, 2018

17th February 2018

The 32nd film we screened was the first full length annimation. Given the mixed reception a short Pixar annimation received a few months before there was some apprehension about audience numbers.  However the recent articles in the Times of Tunbridge Wells and The Courer helped us achieve 28 members and 43 others.

It wan an opportunity to show many fine annimated short films which caused laughter and tears.  This time we tried screening a couple of short films with no dialogue in the interval and the few who noticed seemed amused.  The trailer forthe following film needs to retain its slot at the beginning of the evening though.

This was the first film with dimmable wall lights to compliment the ceiling lights that cover the to...

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By: Eugene | January 28, 2018

27th January 2018

On a damp January eve 20 annual and 15 day members came to watch one of Woody Allen's most popular films (licensing problems preventing us from screening Annie Hall as originally planned).

We used our new AV controller for the first time and were able to connect up the induction loop. Several people made unsolicited comments on the improved sound quality - the film was shown in high definition off a Blu-ray disk.

Breaking with tradition the short film was by the same writer/director/actor and called Oedipus Wrecks. The discussion group enjoyed the short more than the main feature although there was more to discuss in Hannah and her Sisters.

This film has two plots. One is almost incestuous in its intricacies of husbands becoming lovers of thei...

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By: Eugene | January 15, 2018

13th January 2018

We had another splendid time with our second largest turnout: 31 annual members, 49 day members, and one guest, totalling 81 souls.  This was the first occasion we used the new kit and the improvement in sound and visual quality was noticeable.  There were problems with microphone and induction loop for those with hearing difficulties but work continues to resolve those.

The first short film 'The Lunch Date' was a black and white comedy involving a case of mistaken location of a bowl of salad.  After that we heard the voice of writer and director Randy Yang as he introduced his short: 'Video'. to us.  This too was well received and provided plenty of scope for us to discuss it with out neighbours over a glass of mulled wi...

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By: Eugene | December 17, 2017

16 Dec 17

Fifty of us braved cold and wet weather to see this film. Those with an addiction to Strictly Come Dancing were not able to be with us as the final was screened at the same time, but thanks to video recorders the rest of us turned out and had ourselves a real good time.

There were three short films - all Christmas Comedy themes.  The first saw a reprieve of Fluffy the goat from the previous shorts program, then Teri Meri Christmas was a film about an Indian couple pretending to be gay to appease the landlord, finally Argentine Tangos showed us the struggles of a non-dancer to woo a lady.

Mince pies, yule log, and mulled wine helped the evening along up to and including the discussion group.

A well acted and aesthetically be...

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By: Eugene | December 03, 2017

2nd December 2017

We were delighted to welcome 40 day members to join the 32 regulars at this, ultimately uplifting film.  The new equipment cabinet caused some old plastic chairs to have to be stored outside and these were needed for the last few audience members.  

The evening's theme was Botswana and several shorts were screened: some documentaries showing the flora and forna of the land as well as traditional songs and dances, the last short: Scapegoat, was a US/Botswanan comedy - rather light but the best that the videographer could come up with when constrained to be about or shot in Botswana.

The unlikely alliance between a white London girl and the King of Bechuanaland in the late 1940s proved to be a true marriage of minds with the stre...

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By: Eugene | November 12, 2017

11th November 2017

Another great evening to be sure. 31 of us met at the Daily Bread in Rusthall High Street and ate a meal that emulated that of the film in all but the substitution of alternatives for endangered species. The menu was

      1. Mushroom & Truffle Oil soup (as turtles are out of season)
      2. Roe & sour cream blinis served with Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne
      3. Quail and foie gras represented by Chicken "en Sarcophage" (or a vegetarian alternative if advance notice given)
      4. Endive Salad
      5. Savarin au Rhum served with Champagne
      6. Assorted cheeses and fruits with choice of wine
      7. Coffee with Truffles & Macarons
The wines that accompanied the meal were
Clos Salomon Montagny Le Clou (white) 
Ch Cardinal Villemaurine St Emillon (red)

To burn off tho...

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By: Eugene | October 22, 2017

21st October 2017

Another milestone evening as we screen our first film using our own, new, projector: a  BenQ LK970.  22 annual members and 23 door sales came to see an evening themed around mental health.

After a few words from Cllr. James McInroy who presented the projector to us we watched a short film called Inside directed by Trevor Sands which gave an insight into what hearing multiple voices could be like.  We then watched Stephen Fry talk to the Oxford Union about his own issues with bipolar disorder.  Finally we saw a Kent based project that encouraged people to sing to enhance their mental health.

As usual we finished with the raffle draw and discussion group before heading home on a wet and windy night.

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By: Eugene | October 01, 2017

30th September 2017

Twenty eight annual members, 45 day members, and two guests turned out to watch this superbly acted film. It shows the life of the eponymous protagonist and a 'young lass' he befriends as they battle their way against the bureaucratic and systemically disjointed social security system. The film shows them having to turn to a food bank for support and this was all the cue we needed to invite Nourish Community Foodbank to journey down from Tunbridge Wells and collect a huge load of donated food and cash that our generous audience brought with them. Dawn Stanford took the microphone for a few minutes to explain the work of Nourish and thank those that contributed.

Two short films were screened first. The Gunfighter, written by Kevin Tenglin and...

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By: Eugene | September 17, 2017

16th September 2017

This film was free to all thanks to our being sponsored by the Rusthall Community Arts.  Some 30 adults and 40 children came to this film and all seemed to have a great time.  Alas the popcorn sold out but we were able to supply sufficient chocolate to assuage the cravings. 

Born out of the old stories of fairies, good and not so good, attendant at the birth of a baby, "Inside Out" cleverly personifies every human emotion in brightly coloured little personalities who struggle amongst themselves to keep Riley contented and successful throughout her childhood. Full of humour, near disasters and extraordinary adventures the film appealed to everyone, especially the children.

"The Voice of Kent"  and the ca...

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