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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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2017 Summer Programme

Wed 28 June: Lion
Sun 9 July: The Last Romantic ***SPECIAL SCREENING***
Wed 26 July: The Olive Tree

Wed 28 June Lion (PG) 1h 58min
Everyone says that modern GPS and digital technology are wiping out jeopardy and making storytelling impossible. Well, that is very much not the case with Lion, the extraordinary true story of how a foundling Indian boy, estranged from his home village by the cruellest of fate and growing to adulthood far from home, used Google Maps to find his mother.
Dev Patel brings his A-game to the leading role, newcomer Sunny Pawar is wonderful as his character’s younger self and Nicole Kidman gives a very decent performance as the adoptive mother.
Pawar plays Saroo, a little Indian kid who roams the streets with his brother; they get split up at the railway station as night falls; not knowing his way back, Saroo decides to get some sleep on a stationary train. He wakes up to find to his horror the train has started up and is now thousands of miles away in Calcutta, where he cannot speak the language and cannot remember the official grownup name for his village. He is placed with kindly adoptive parents in Tasmania (Kidman and David Wenham) but is haunted by the need to find his mother, and finally discovers that his laptop can help him. – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Sunday 9 July The Last Romantics 
6.30pm buffet supper, 8pm screening
Tickets for film including supper: £10. Must be pre-booked by Monday 27 June

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The Last Romantics was filmed for the BBC TV series Screen Two in Coton from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 July, 1991, and was originally screened on BBC2 on Sunday 29 March 1992. The writer of the screenplay, Nigel Williams, has kindly given permission for Coton Cinema to show the film and we are hoping that both he and Sara Kestelman (Queenie Leavis in the film) will be able to join us for the screening, and a Q&A session afterwards.

The film stars Ian Holm, Sara Kestelman, Leo McKern, Alan Cumming and Rufus Sewell. This is a biopic about F. R. Leavis, the Cambridge academic who dominated the English literary scene in the mid-20th century. Most of the action takes place in the early ‘70s, with Ian Holm as the elderly, embittered Leavis, an increasingly marginalised figure, his theories discredited, denied a professorship by the university, but supported by his equally intellectual wife, Queenie (Sara Kestelman). His pupils include Tulloch (Alan Cumming), a shy, earnest, working-class Scot, and Costain (Rufus Sewell), a shaggy-maned radical who’s more interested in demos and sit-ins than getting an education. Leavis is also haunted by memories of the First World War and his relationship, as a junior academic, with his mentor Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (Leo McKern). The film is slow-paced until the climax filmed in Coton, but captures the flavour of Cambridge academic life in the 1970s (and 1930s in the flashbacks), and is, of course, Coton’s answer to Grantchester!.

The farmhouse at Rectory Farm was used for the interior of the Leavis house, with filming in the Rectory Farm garden. Coton Church was used for the climbing scenes, with a replica spire built in the field behind The Old Rectory (which now houses alpacas) for the actors to use. Stunt men climbed the real spire. Coton Church was chosen because of the view of Cambridge from the top of the spire. Since filming was done in July, the daffodils which feature in a major scene in Cambridge were artificial, and planted specially.

Wed 26 July The Olive Tree (15) 1h 40min
Fresh from his I, Daniel Blake triumph with Ken Loach, screenwriter Paul Laverty brings a new work to the UK: a heartfelt, low-key, sweet-natured movie he scripted for his partner, the Spanish director Icíar Bollaín.
It has a touch of Ealing, almost, but with an undertow of sadness and social comment. Bollaín shapes the performances well. Anna Castillo is Anna, a young woman very close to her grandfather (Manuel Cucala). The old man has retreated into depression and dementia since his grownup children cynically uprooted and sold off his beloved 2,000-year-old olive tree, against his will, to pay for a now bankrupt tourist-restaurant business.
Anna discovers that the buyer of the tree is a Düsseldorf energy company, which has placed it in its glitzy lobby and uses it as a letterhead symbol of its entirely spurious green credentials. So Anna bamboozles some friends and family into going with her in a borrowed flatbed truck on a crazily quixotic mission to rescue the tree and bring it back home, and her wild plan energises German environmental campaigners. The film has gentleness and charm. –  Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


The Coton Cinema Team

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