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 

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


Midnight Cowboy (1969)

 

Attired in urban cowboy garb, Joe Buck is a naive Texas hayseed newly arrived in New York City to make it big as a gigolo, solely to his preferred clientèle of rich, attractive women. His belief in his appeal to the female persuasion has been reinforced his entire life by every female he has ever encountered: family, friends, and lovers past and present. But life in New York City disappoints: he's out-hustled by most of the people he meets, and he lacks the fortitude to hustle them right back to get what was originally due to him. With nowhere to turn, he eventually befriends one of those hustlers: Enrico Salvatore Rizzo, a sickly man with a gimp leg. Some call him Rizzo, a nickname he dislikes. Joe ends up squatting with Ratso in a room he has found in a condemned, thus otherwise-empty building. As they lean on each other for support, they work together for their mutual benefit and survival. But as Ratso's health deteriorates over the winter, Joe changes his focus to achieving Ratso's dream of moving to Miami.

 

Date:           2pm Sunday 29th September 2019 

Director:     John Schlesinger

Certificate:  18

Genre:        Drama

Runtime:    1 hr 53 mins

Cast:           Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles 

Awards:     Won 3 Oscars in 1970





Come to the first film of the new RCC season on Saturday 5th October 

Billy Liar (1963)

 

A young British clerk in a gloomy North Country undertaker's office, Billy (Sir Tom Courtenay) is bombarded daily by the propaganda of the media that all things are for the asking. This transparently false doctrine, coupled with the humdrum job and his wild imagination, leads him on frequent flights to "Ambrosia", a mythical kingdom where he is crowned King, General, lover, or any idealized hero the real situation of the moment makes him desire. His vacillating commitment and post-adolescent immaturity have created situations which make Ambrosia all the more attractive. He's succeeded in becoming engaged to two different girls, simultaneously, while in love with a third, Liz (Julie Christie). He's in hot water with his employer, having spent a rather large sum of postage money on his personal frivolities. And last, but not least, his dream of becoming a highly-paid, famous scriptwriter in London seems to be doomed to failure. The only person in his life capable of bringing him down to Earth is Liz, and she's having a difficult time of it. Finally, he gets his life sufficiently in order to leave for London with his true love. Billy still hasn't come to grips with the real world by the end of this movie. He leaves the train to buy milk from a vending machine and watches the train slowly pull out for London with Liz aboard. He returns to the more comfortable shelter of his parents home, Ambrosia, and his imagination.

 

Date:           2pm Sunday 27th October 2019 

Director:     John Schlesinger

Certificate:  PG

Genre:        Comedy, Drama, Romance 

Runtime:    1 hr 38 mins

Cast:            Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles  

Awards:       Nominated for 6 BAFTAs 





8½ (1963)

 

Director Guido Anselmi's working on his latest film; part science fiction, part commentary on Catholicism, but primarily, autobiography. Despite Guido declaring this movie should be an easy one to make, he's having problems with his artistic vision. Specifically, he doesn't want to tell a lie on screen. From the stresses - both professional and personal - he's checked himself into a spa to help relax. As he works through these problems, he reminisces about his childhood and fantasises how he sees things playing out or how he hopes they'll play out.

 

Date:           2pm Sunday 24th November 2019 

Director:     Federico Fellini

Certificate:  15

Genre:        Comedy, Drama

Runtime:    2 hrs 18 mins

Cast:       Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale  

Awards:       Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 

Henry V (1944)

 

In the inspired Olivier concept, Shakespeare's play begins as a performance in the Globe Theatre, shifting in broad cinematic terms to an epic narrative of Henry V, who had developed from a dissolute youth to a purposeful monarch. Proving his ability as a soldier and skillful leader, he unites the dissident factions in the English army and goes on to crush the French, against enormous odds, at Agincourt. Arranging a treaty with the French court, he woos Princess Katharine to whom he is formally betrothed as part of the peace agreement.

 

Date:           2pm Sunday 22nd  December 2019 

Director:     Laurence Olivier

Certificate:  U

Genre:         Biography, Drama, History 

Runtime:    2 hrs 17 mins

Cast:           Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks   


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