Sudbury Lectures



Quay Lane

Sudbury Suffolk CO10 2AN

Film Club is very pleased to announce our change of venue to THE GRANARY

where we have already been made very welcome by  THE RIVER STOUR TRUST


April 12th 2019  10.00am

100th Monthly Film Club Lecture 2011-2019

Back in January 2011 I decided to set up a film club. The idea was to present a monthly lecture about a cinematic subject illustrated with film clips. After each lecture a full film would be shown on the chosen subject and this in turn would be followed by a discussion for those who wanted it.  Little did I know how successful this format would be! The months came and went film club numbers fluctuated generally in an upward direction. Now eight years later every month on the second Friday of each month at least twenty-five of us gather at the Granary at 10.30am. The format has not changed but the group of people who meet have become firm friends and many of us meet for lunch or coffees each month. It has been a wonderful opportunity to bring film lovers together, make friends and learn from one another.

To celebrate this special 100th lecture I will be a little self-indulgent and look back on the past eight years showing some of my favourite film clips.

Everyone is welcome and new members will be made to feel at home. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Film Club who has been of such inspiration and help over the years. Many members give up their time in helping setting up the room each month and manning or should that be womanning the coffee urn. Thank you all.


May 10th  2019 10.30am Julie Christie











Arguably the most genuinely glamorous, and one of the most intelligent, of all British stars, Julie Christie brought a gust of new, sensual life into British cinema when she swung insouciantly down a drab northern street in John Schlesinger's Billy Liar (1963).

Schlesinger cast her as the silly, superficial, morally threadbare Diana of Darling (1965), for which she won the Oscar, and again as Thomas Hardy's wilful Bathsheba, in Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), with other 60s icons, Terence Stamp and Alan Bates. Her Lara intermittently illuminates David Lean's Dr Zhivago (UK/US, 1965) and the colour cameras adored her.

Further success came with Joseph Losey's The Go-Between (1971), and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now (UK/Italy, 1973), with its famously erotic love scenes between Christie and Donald Sutherland.

She made three films with her lover Warren Beatty but perhaps Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971), is the best of them.

With a growing political awareness she chose roles with more difficult subjects such as the excellent Away from her 2006 in which her character suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

June 14th 2019 10.30am Robert De Niro









One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, De Niro first gained fame for his role in Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), but he gained his reputation as a volatile actor in Mean Streets (1973), which was his first film with director Martin Scorsese. He received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and received Academy Award nominations for best actor in Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978) and Cape Fear (1991). He received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980).

De Niro has earned four Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for his work in New York, New York (1977), opposite Liza Minnelli, Midnight Run (1988), Analyze This (1999) and Meet the Parents (2000). Other notable performances include Brazil (1985), The Untouchables (1987), Backdraft (1991), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Heat (1995), Casino (1995) and Jackie Brown (1997). At the same time, he also directed and starred in such films as A Bronx Tale (1993) and The Good Shepherd (2006). De Niro has also received the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2010.

July 12th 2019 10.30am Films with a Social Conscience











So let’s start off by getting our definitions clear. For this lecture I will be looking at films whose narrative integrates a larger social conflict into the individual conflict between its characters. ... Social problems such as the suffering of the poor, injustice, the rights of the individual and the inhumanity of certain political movements.
An important fact of the social Conscience film is its ability to react and display a social problem that is relevant to the current era it was produced in. One of the earliest films to display these characteristics was Wild Boys of the Road 1933 pre-Code Depression-era American film telling the story of several teens forced into becoming hobos. The film was directed by William Wellman. Frank Capra made his reputation by developing his signature blend of social problem film and screwball comedy. He would develop, repeat and refine this blend in films like Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Meet John Doe, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

However we will also be looking at modern and contemporary cinema so expect to see films by Ken Loach, with his particular brand of British socialist realism shown best in films like Poor Cow (1967) ,Kes (1969), Raining Stones (1993) and Land and Freedom (1995). Also the great Polish humanist director Krzysztof Kieslowski with his "cinema of moral anxiety" movement. No one who has seen it can forget his A Short Film About Killing (1988) deploring capital punishment. Also let’s give a mention to Giuliano Montaldo’s film Sacco and Vanzetti 1971 about two men pitted against an elaborate miscarriage of justice.

August 9th  2019 10.30am

Three British Character Actors Robert Newton, Harry Andrews and Denholm Elliott

Robert Newton

Robert Newton was one of the great character actors -- and great characters -- of the British cinema, best remembered today for playing Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1950) and its sequel for Walt Disney in the 1950s. His portrayal of Long John Silver and of Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952) created a persona that was so indelible that his vocal intonations created the paradigm for scores of people who want to "Talk Like a Pirate." The performance overshadows Newton's legacy, which is based on many first-rate performances in such movies as This Happy Breed (1944), Odd Man Out (1947) and Oliver Twist (1948), where his Bill Sykes is truly chilling. Oliver Reed, who played Sykes in the Oscar-winning movie musical Oliver! (1968) was influenced by Newton.

Harry Andrews

Harry Andrews had the sort of massive granite face and square jaw that would stamp that career, but he set himself apart with brilliant stage and screen work. His big screen debut came the next year in a character part which would accent his career-from ancient to modern-the disciplined military man in The Red Beret (1953). From there the roles came his way - three or four per year - well into 1979. The military roles were always masterly done, whether a roughed out sergeant or a more dignified officer. Though his most famous noncom may be Sergeant Major Tom Pugh alongside John Mills in J. Lee Thompson's classic adventure Ice Cold in Alex (1958), his achievement as Sergeant Major Bert Wilson, the near psychotic martinet, opposite Sean Connery and Ian Bannen, in The Hill (1965) was an over-the-top tour de force. Andrews was also excellent with a tongue-in-cheek style for comedic roles, as in the send up, The Ruling Class (1972), he excelled against type as a flamboyant homosexual in the black comedy Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970).

Denholm Elliott

Much-loved character actor who specialised in playing slightly sleazy/slightly eccentric and often flawed upper middle class English gentlemen. His career spanned nearly 40 years, becoming a well-known face both in Britain and in the States.

Elliott earned critical acclaim in his later career. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in A Room with a View and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in three consecutive years in the 1980s, becoming the only actor ever to have achieved this. The American film critic Roger Ebert described him as "the most dependable of all British character actors."The New York Times called him "a star among supporting players" and "an accomplished scene-stealer".

On his death in 1987 the playwright Dennis Potter, said of him: "He was a complicated, sensitive, and slightly disturbing actor. Not only was he a very accomplished actor, he was a dry, witty, and slightly menacing individual. As a man, I always found him very open, very straightforward and very much to the point." 

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