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 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 £5 (Saturdays) or £8 (Sundays) or free for subscription holders and active volunteers


  • Special greeting for those who come dressed in costume but all are welcome
  • Licenced bar operates before the show and during the interval. 
  • Post film discussion group is highly recommended for those who can stay
  • Air conditioned temperature control


  • 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 

Wild Rose (2018)


Rose-Lynn Harlan, played by BAFTA Rising Star nominee Jessie Buckley (Beast), is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail and with two young kids, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Her mum Marion (Julie Walters) has had a bellyful of Rose-Lynn's Nashville nonsense. Forced to take responsibility, Rose-Lynn gets a cleaning job, only to find an unlikely champion in the middle-class lady of the house (Sophie Okonedo). Directed by Tom Harper, Wild Rose is an uplifting story with an original soundtrack about family, dreams and reality, and three chords and the truth.


Date:           7pm Saturday 19th October 2019

Director:     Tom Harper

Certificate:  15

Genre:         Drama, Music

Runtime:     1 hr 41 mins

Stars:          Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson

Billy Liar (1963)


Undertaker's clerk Billy (Tom Courtenay) escapes his dreary small town existence in a 1950s Northern town by living in a fantasy world where he realises his ambitions. When his job, unsympathetic working class family and two fiancees threaten to become too much, he meets fashionable Julie Christie, who offers him his one chance for real escape.


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

This film will be screened in HD quality black & white

Woman at War (2018)


To her friends, Halla (Halldora Geirharosdottir) leads a quiet and routine life. But her happy and upbeat exterior hides a secret double life as a committed environmental activist. Known to others as 'The Mountain Woman', she wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry to protect the stunning highland landscape that is under threat. Just as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that will change everything. She will be forced to choose between her environmental crusade and the chance of fulfilling her dream of becoming a mother. Funny, moving and utterly unique, WOMAN AT WAR follows Halla as she juggles the adoption of a beautiful little girl whilst planning her final act of industrial sabotage.


Date:           7pm Saturday 2nd November 2019

Director:     Benedikt Erlingsson

Certificate:  12

Genre:         Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Runtime:     1 hr 41 mins

Stars:           Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson

Fisherman's Friends (2019)


A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Danny Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he's pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate 'fish out of water' as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he's drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he's forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.


Date:           7pm Saturday 16th November 2019

Director:     Chris Foggin

Certificate:  12A

Genre:         Comedy, Drama, Music

Runtime:     1 hr 52 mins

Stars:           James Purefoy, Meadow Nobrega, David Hayman

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 

All Is True (2018)


The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and a devastated Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.


Date:           7pm Saturday 30th November 2019

Director:     Kenneth Branagh

Certificate:  12A

Genre:         Biography, Drama, History

Runtime:     1 hr 41 mins

Stars:         Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)


Classic comedy western starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Butch and Sundance, two outlaws who are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living in the Wild West. With big business constantly extending its influence, and the law following hot on its heels, the everyday business of robbing banks and trains is becoming more and more of a strain, so much so that Butch and Sundance eventually decide to cut their losses and, accompanied by their friend Etta Place (Katharine Ross), head for a new life in Bolivia. However, when they reach their destination, it seems their problems are only beginning, especially when they discover they now have to rob banks speaking Spanish. The film won several Oscars, including Best Song (for 'Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head'), Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay.


Date:           7pm Saturday 14th December 2019

Director:     George Roy Hill

Certificate:  PG

Genre:         Biography, Crime, Drama

Runtime:     1 hr 50 mins

Stars:           Paul Newman, Robert Redford

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  

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)


Screen version of the popular Broadway musical. In pre-Revolutionary Ukraine, Jewish fiddler Tevye (Topol) plans to marry off his three daughters. However, none of the girls chooses what their father considers to be a suitable partner. Meanwhile, the Russian Czar and Cossacks begin a campaign of intimidation against Tevye's village. Songs include 'If I Were a Rich Man' and 'Sunrise, Sunset'.


Date:           7pm Saturday 28th December 2019

Director:      Norman Jewison

Certificate:  U

Genre:          Drama, Family, Musical

Runtime:     3 hr 1 min

Stars:           Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey

Cold War (2018)


Pawe Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning Ida with the stunning Cold War, an epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. Shot in luminous black and white, it s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent and a heartbreaking portrait of ill-fated love.


Date:           7pm Saturday 11th January 2020

Director:     Pawel Pawlikowski

Certificate:  15

Genre:         Drama, History, Music

Runtime:     1 hr 29 mins

Stars:           Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc

Mon Oncle (1958)


The hopeless Monsieur Hulot once again finds himself affecting people's lives without realizing what he has done. Hulot has taken his young nephew under his wing allowing him to play with other children. The boy's parents live in a ultra-modern house where the boy's overly pretentious mother will barely let him breathe. Concerned that he may be a bad influence on the boy, Hulot's sister and brother-in-law devise a plan to keep him occupied. Their attempt to introduce him to other people at their garden party doesn't work out as planned - with hilarious results for everyone concerned.


Date:           2pm Sunday 19th January 2020

Director:     Jacques Tati

Certificate:  U

Genre:         Comedy

Runtime:    1 hr 56 mins

Cast:           Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie 

Yesterday (2019)


Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent. Director: Danny Boyle Starring Himesh Patel, Ana de Armas, Lily James, Kate McKinnon & Ed SHeeran!


Date:           7pm Saturday 25th January 2020

Director:     Danny Boyle

Certificate:  12A

Genre:         Comedy, Fantasy, Music

Runtime:     1 hr 56 mins

Stars:           Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino

In Bruges (2008)


Violent crime comedy directed by Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh. After being ordered to murder a priest in London, hitmen Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are told by their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) to hide out in Bruges, Belgium for a couple of weeks. Finding themselves very much outside their comfort zones, Ray and Ken are drawn into increasingly dangerous situations with locals, tourists, and a film shoot, and when Harry finds out that Ken and Ray haven't been keeping their heads down, he travels to Bruges himself to deal with the wayward pair.


Date:           7pm Saturday 8th February 2020

Director:     Martin McDonagh

Certificate:  18

Genre:         Comedy, Crime, Drama

Runtime:     1 hr 47 mins

Stars:          Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds

The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)


When Grand Duke Charles, the Prince Regent of Carpathia, a fictitious Balkan country which could start a European war by switching alliances, visits London for the coronation of the new British King in 1911, and spends his one evening off at the Coconut Girl Club, the reputed stickler for protocol is so charmed by a clumsy American understudy that he orders his British attaché to invite her to the embassy for a private supper. Being overlooked and understanding German, she learns of the repressive attitude of the Regent and the plans of his reformist, pro-German minor son, King Nicholas, to take over power by surprise, but doesn't dodge and tries to reconcile father and son. The Queen Dowager decides to make her lady-in-waiting for the coronation day, so she stays in the picture to everyone else's surprise.


Date:           2pm Sunday 16th February 2020

Director:     Laurence Olivier

Certificate:  PG

Genre:         Comedy, Romance

Runtime:    1 hr 55 mins

Cast:            Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Richard Wattis  

The Lion King (2019)


Disney's 'The Lion King', directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother, and former heir to the throne, has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is rife with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way.


Date:           7pm Saturday 22nd February 2020

Director:     Jon Favreau

Certificate:  PG

Genre:        Animation, Adventure, Drama

Runtime:     1 hr 58 mins

Stars:          Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen

Colette (2018)


After marrying a successful Parisian man of letters known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie - Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghost-write for him. She pens a semi - autobiographical novel, about a brazen country girl named Claudine, that becomes a bestseller and a cultural sensation. Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris, and their adventures go on to inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s subsequent fight over the creative ownership of these books defies gender roles and drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. Directed by Wash Westmoreland and written by Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, and Rebecca Lenkiewicz.


Date:           7pm Saturday 7th March 2020

Director:     Wash Westmoreland

Certificate:  15

Genre:        Biography, Drama, History

Runtime:     1 hr 51 mins

Stars:           Keira Knightley, Fiona Shaw, Dominic West

Rocketman (2019)


ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John's breakthrough years, starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.


Date:           7pm Saturday 21st March 2020

Director:     Dexter Fletcher

Certificate:  15

Genre:        Biography, Drama, History

Runtime:     2 hrs 1 min

Stars:           Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden

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