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Coton Cinema at the Village Hall

BFI_Neighbourhood_Logo_MONO_POSPerformances take place in Coton Village Hall. Tickets cost £5 on the door, including refreshments.  Evening performances start at 8pm, doors open for refreshments at 7.30pm.

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Coton Cinema at the Village Hall

2018 Autumn Programme

Wednesday 26 September: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Wednesday 24 October: Lean on Pete
Sunday 11 November: Spitfire with talk and 1940s buffet supper
Wednesday 28 November: Summer 1993

Wednesday 19 December: The Breadwinner

Wednesday 26 September: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12A) 2h
A writer (Lily James) forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

“If the film’s intriguing title gives you an appetite, take the leap and have a bite. Having the courage to reach for what you want is the essence of this engaging film that captures not only the imagination but also the heart. Adapted from the novel by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, Four Weddings and a Funeral director Mike Newell uses his considerable skills to weave together a richly layered film that is both uplifting and moving. It encompasses a war story, a mystery tale and a love triangle, while instilling an enticing sense of place for its stunning Guernsey setting. Lily James shines as the protagonist, a writer searching for her milieu and direction in life. It’s delightful.” – Urban Cinefile

Wednesday 24 October: Lean on Pete
(15) 2h
The film follows fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer). He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of the year. As the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, stability is hard to find. Hoping for a new start they move to Portland, Oregon where Charley takes a summer job, with a washed-up horse trainer, and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.  With Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny.

“What is most striking about this feature is the sensitivity with which it is written and directed combined with newcomer Charlie Plummer’s brilliant performance. The camerawork is lovely and artful angles, expression shots, as well as stunning landscape scenes help express the poignancy of the film. With a quiet, pensive style the work completely overtakes your emotions – Lean on Pete is a heartwarming, inspiring gem.” – The Upcoming

Sunday 11 November: Spitfire (PG) 1h A special event for Remembrance Sunday.
Credited with changing the course of world history, this is the story of the Spitfire – told personally in the words of the last-surviving combat veterans. With breath-taking aerial footage from the world’s top aviation photographer John Dibbs and rare digitally re-mastered, archive footage from the tumultuous days of the 1940s, when her power in the skies was unrivalled, combined with a specially commissioned score by composer Chris Roe and an incredible soundscape of the famous Merlin engine: a striking and poignant film. Narrated by Charles Dance.

To accompany this short documentary we will have a talk (subject to be confirmed but perhaps on the female pilots who flew Spitfires from factory to airfield) and a 1940s-style buffet supper. 6.30pm supper, followed by talk and film at 8pm. Cost of tickets £10 to include light buffet supper. Bring your own bottle. Advance booking by 1 November essential : contact Emma Marks tel: 01954 212982, email:

Wednesday 28 November: Summer 1993 (tbc) 1h 37mins
After her mother’s death, six-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle’s household in the countryside.  Her new family are warm and affectionate and she has a cousin to play with, but Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life.  In Catalan with English subtitles.

Winner of the Best First Feature Award at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.

“A 6-year-old orphan goes to live with her uncle’s family in Carla Simón’s sensitive, understated autobiographical debut. Striking a careful balance between narrative and atmosphere, the writer-director paints a vivid portrait of a light-filled summer when a little girl has to face the loss of her mother and integration into a new nuclear family. The film parcels out just enough information to satisfy attentive viewers and though the main character is a moppet, it’s decidedly not a kids’ film, as acknowledged by the first feature jury’s top prize. Finding the right audience may be difficult, but this delicate sleeper is worth the effort.” – Variety

Wednesday 19 December: The Breadwinner (12A) 1h 34min Animation
Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in a one room apartment in Kabul, Afghanistan, which is under Taliban rule. When her father is arrested without warning for being an intellectual, Parvana’s mother is left alone to care for their three children. Banned from going out in public without a man, Parvana’s mother risks arrest herself as she travels to the local prison and demands her husband’s release, only to end up being beaten and turned away. As the family becomes desperate for food, Parvana must cut off her hair and disguise herself as a boy so that she can venture out in public and become the breadwinner for her family.

“Intelligent, humane and multi-layered, The Breadwinner is a much more substantial film than its central heroic narrative might suggest. It’s a fitting tribute to the courage of the girls who saved countless lives but it also speaks to the depth and richness of Afghan culture, ensuring that foreign viewers cannot write off its characters as the primitives frequently depicted in propaganda about the region. More than just a cypher, Parvana is an emotionally complex heroine whom children and teenagers will find easy to identify with. The result is a moving film with lasting value.” – Eye for Film

“There’s a calmness and clarity to this engaging animation, exec-produced by Angelina Jolie, and directed by the Irish film-maker Nora Twomey, co-director of The Secret of Kells, which – like this – earned her an Oscar nomination for best animated picture.” – The Guardian

Performances take place at Coton Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
Tickets are £5 at the door (including refreshments), or pre-book with Emma Marks (tel: 01954 212982, email:

The Coton Cinema Team


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