Film and Discussion

2nd Fridays 2:30 – 5:00 pm

We meet at St John’s Church Hall Boxmoor.
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The film starts promptly at 2:30pm and we will be away before 5pm after tea or coffee and biscuits.

This is a message from Peter Bennett about tomorrow’s meeting!

I (Peter) have reluctantly decided to cancel tomorrow’s (13 MARCH) Film Group Meeting. I apologise for the short notice but events are moving along at a rapid pace and I think it prudent to err on the side of caution not least because our group’s membership all fall within the highest risk category for the worst consequences of Coronavirus. We are being told to self-isolate if we have symptoms but now the mantra seems to increasingly be “social distancing” and the suggestion is that Boris Johnson will be making an announcement about that later today. Who knows, maybe the advice is travelling more slowly than the virus.

Whilst I am writing to you about tomorrow I should also remind you that there will not be, in any case, Film Group meetings in April or May because of Bank Holidays.

Greetings to all film fans!

Our next meeting will take place this coming Friday, 13th March at St John’s Church Hall Boxmoor. We commence promptly at 2.30pm and, with tea/coffee and biscuits served afterwards, we will be away before 5pm. New members are always welcome.

Our presentation this time is the 2018 film “Stan and Ollie” directed by Scotsman Jon S Baird (who comes to feature films via TV drama). Our story is a poignant reconstruction of Laurel and Hardy’s attempt to reignite their film careers by embarking on what becomes their swan song; a gruelling theatre tour of Britain in 1953. The screenplay by seasoned writer Jeff Pope (Philomena) is based upon A J Marriot’s book. The eponymous roles are played by Steve Coogan and John C Reilly. We know Coogan from his considerable TV comedy career and more recently he has developed into a burgeoning big-screen actor. Reilly, an accomplished character actor with over a hundred credits to his name (he was nominated for Oscar way back in 2002 in ”Chicago”) plays Oliver Hardy.

As if the relationship between these two great clowns isn’t enough we also get to see how their wives continually strike sparks off each other. You could not find two more different personalities, beautifully portrayed by Shirley Henderson (as Ollie’s gentle, caring wife) and Nina Arianda (as Stan’s sharp-tongued East European spouse). Their dialogue really crackles.

The film strikes the right note between comedy and drama and because its heart beats loud we can embrace and love all four of the leading characters. Do please come along and enjoy it with us.

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