Rusthall Community Cinema
Films we all choose, watch, then discuss. A charitable entertainment hub run by volunteers.

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


Doors usually open 7pm on Saturdays, programme starts 7.30pm with short entertainment related to the main feature. Or 2pm for our Sunday matinees.


No advanced booking, entry normally £5 (Saturdays) or £8 (Sundays) or free for 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 otherwise 200 metres from bus 281 stop
  • Induction loop for those with hearing difficulties 
  • All films screened in 4K resolution with surround sound where media permits
  • Padded seating for first 100 people 

Rusthall Film Society

The launch event will be on Sunday 25th August.  Potential subscribers should email for details, but the bones are that one Sunday afternoon a month we will be screening classic films of the last century that are generally regarded as being some of the best in their field, irrespective of genre, subject, language, age, aspect ratio or box-office popularity.  This is principally a subscription programme where those paying £42 will be invited to vote for films matching the above criteria.  Payment must be received by 30th June to have a vote in which films get screened.  Example films may be seen at 
https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/sightandsoundpoll2012/critics

The Conversation (1974)

 

Harry Caul is a surveillance expert who can bug people at anytime and anywhere. Living in a isolated world, his business is his work. One day, he records a young couple, having a conversation in a park in San Francisco. When he is able to finally piece together the entire recording, he soon realises that there's something definitely wrong with this couple's conversation, Fearing that they are being targeted by someone who wants them dead, Caul races against time to figured out the truth before the couple get assassinated by whoever is behind this murder plot. As his investigation leads him deeper to the revelation, his relationship with a fellow colleague, who he works for, and his closest friends starts to deteriorate. Soon, Caul find himself entrapped in a world where the truth is far more deceiving than what it seems to be.

 

Date:        Saturday 29th June 2019 

Director:  Francis Ford Coppola

Certificate:  12

Genre:     Drama, Mystery, Thriller 

Runtime:  1 hr 53 mins

Cast:        Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield

Award:     Oscar nominee:  Best Picture


Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)    

 

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

 

Date:        Saturday 13th July 2019 

Director:   Bryan Singer

Certificate:  12A

Genre:      Biography, Drama, Music  

Runtime:  2 hrs 14 mins

Cast:        Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee 

Award:     Oscar: Best Achievement in Film Editing


O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

 
Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find."

 

FREE entrance to all.  Doors open 2pm

Date:        Sunday 21st July 2019 

Director:   Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Certificate:  12A

Genre:       Adventure, Comedy, Crime 

Runtime:   1 hr 47 mins

Cast:        George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson

Awards:  Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical  


First Man (2018)    

 

In 1961, NASA test pilot Neil Armstrong is flying the X-15 rocket plane when it inadvertently bounces off the atmosphere. Although he manages to land the plane in the Mojave Desert, his colleagues express concern that his recent record of mishaps is due to distraction and he is grounded. His two-and-a-half year old daughter, Karen, is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. Desperate to save her, Armstrong keeps a detailed log of her symptoms and feverishly tries to find possible treatments, but she dies soon afterwards. Grief-stricken, Armstrong applies for Project Gemini and is accepted to NASA Astronaut Group 2. Armstrong, his wife Janet, and their son Rick move to Houston alongside other astronaut families. Armstrong befriends Elliot See, another civilian test pilot, and Ed White. As Armstrong begins training, Deke Slayton impresses upon the new astronauts the importance of the Gemini program, as the Soviet Union had reached every milestone in the Space Race ahead of the United States. Armstrong and Janet have a second son, Mark. By 1965, the family has settled in Houston, and Armstrong awaits selection for a crew. After the Soviets complete the first extravehicular activity (EVA), Armstrong is informed that he will be the commander of Gemini 8, with David Scott as the pilot..

 

Date:        Saturday 27th July 2019 

Director:   Damien Chazelle

Certificate:  12

Genre:      Biography, Drama, History 

Runtime:  2 hrs 21 mins

Cast:         Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke

Award:     Oscar: Best Achievement in Visual Effects





Film suggestions for next season must be received by 11th August.  Anyone can suggest by sending email or completing the contact form

Green Book (2018)

 

In 1962, Tony "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, a tough bouncer, is looking for work when his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America's racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals. However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America's appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other's talents and start to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives.

 

Date:        Saturday 10th August 2019 

Director:   Peter Farrelly

Certificate:  12A

Genre:      Biography, Comedy, Drama 

Runtime: 2 hrs 10 mins

Cast:        Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini 

Award:    Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year



Come to the general meeting at 7:30pm on Friday 23rd August where next season's film choice will be discussed.  All welcome.

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

 

Sadly, the little house on Cherry Tree Lane and the grown-up siblings, Michael and Jane Banks, are facing hard times, during the worldwide 1930s Great Slump. However--against the backdrop of a terrible tragedy and imminent foreclosure--once more, the beloved and nearly perfect nanny, Mary Poppins, descends from the skies to lend a hand. Along with the cheerfully resourceful lamplighter, Jack, the Banks are about to embark on a magical adventure--and what is more exciting--they will even get to find happiness again. Is there anything that a dash of optimism can't cure?

 

FREE entrance to all. Doors open 2.30pm

Date:        Saturday 24th August 2019 

Director:   Rob Marshall

Certificate:  U

Genre:      Comedy, Family, Fantasy  

Runtime: 2 hrs 10 mins

Cast:         Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw 

Award:    BAFTA Best Production Design

The Intouchables (2011)

 

In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer, with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.

 

FREE entrance to all. Doors open 7pm

Date:           Saturday 24th August 2019 

Director:     Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Certificate:  15

Genre:        Biography, Comedy, Drama 

Runtime:    1 hr 52 mins

Cast:           François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny 

Awards:     BAFTA Nominee.  Best Film not in the English                     Language

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

 

1927: Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are the darlings of the silent silver screen. Offscreen, Don, aided by his happy-go-lucky friend and piano accompanist, Cosmo Brown, has to dodge Lina's romantic overtures, especially when he falls for chorus girl Kathy Selden. With the advent of sound in motion pictures, it is decided to turn Don and Lina's new film into a "talkie" and a musical at that. The only problem is Lina's voice, which mere words cannot describe. Thus, Kathy is brought on to dub her speaking and singing voice in secret, and Don's on top of the world. But then Lina finds out...

 

FREE entrance to all. Doors open 2pm

Date:           Sunday 25th August 2019 

Director:     Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Certificate:  U 

Genre:         Comedy, Musical, Romance 

Runtime:    1 hr 43 mins

Cast:           Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds 

Awards:      Golden Globe - Best Actor

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

 

In between visits to Tiffany's, New York City's dazzling jewelry store, and the Sing-Sing prison for mobster Sally Tomato's weekly "weather report", Holly Golightly, Manhattan's elegant socialite, becomes infatuated with her new charming neighbor, Paul Varjak. On the other hand, Paul, a writer in a creative rut who allows himself being kept by a wealthy female benefactor, will soon let himself drawn into Holly's superficial world, not because he reminds her of her brother, but because, little by little, he succumbs to Holly's beguiling allure. Obviously, the two reluctant lovers have both a past that they keep at bay, nevertheless, will Paul and Holly share a future together after all?

 

Date:           Saturday 7th September 2019 

Director:     Blake Edwards

Certificate:  PG

Genre:        Comedy, Drama, Romance 

Runtime:    1 hr 55 mins

Cast:           Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal 

Awards:     Oscar: Best Music, Original Song


The Favourite (2018)

 

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

 

Date:           Saturday 21st September 2019 

Director:     Yorgos Lanthimos

Certificate:  15

Genre:        Biography, Comedy, Drama

Runtime:    1 hr 59 mins

Cast:           Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz 

Awards:     Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role


Sunday afternoon 29th September - come to the second film of the Rusthall Film Society

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