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










We return to the wonderful world of Film Noir a genre first descibed by French critic Nino Frank in 1946. These typically American films from the mid 1940's and 1950's were marked by a mood of pessimism,fatalism,menace and cynical characters. The superb stylized cinematic style of these films owes much to German Expressionism and not surprisingly many of its best directors cut their cinematic teeth in pre war Germany. We are very spoilt for the choice of films from this era and we can expect a lecture packed with exciting film clips.


January 11th 2019 10.30 am


Meryl Streep


Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as the "best actress of her generation",

Streep is particularly known for her versatility and accent adaptation. Known for being a perfectionist when preparing for roles.


Nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards, she has won three. She received her first Academy Award nomination for The Deer Hunter. Streep went on to win Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and Best Actress for Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011).

Streep's other Oscar-nominated roles were in The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Silkwood (1983), Out of Africa(1985), Ironweed (1987), Evil Angels (1988), Postcards from the Edge (1990), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), One True Thing (1998), Music of the Heart (1999), Adaptation (2002), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Doubt (2008), Julie & Julia(2009), August: Osage County (2013), Into the Woods (2014), Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), and The Post (2017).


February 8th 2019 10.30am


Road Trip Films


The great burst of creativity and invention in American cinema during the late 1960s and early 1970s was partly brought about by the big studios losing some control. The new Hollywood film-makers saw the open road with its possibilities of freedom as an apt subject for their films. These films included such road films as Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Easy Rider(1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Badlands(1973), Two-lane Blacktop (1971) Vanishing Point 1971. The genre has been with us ever since consider Thelma & Louise (1991) Sideways (2004) etc.

One thing for certain road films are mostly associated with the United States, as it focuses on peculiarly American dreams, tensions and anxieties. The open road offers the characters who travel it a liberation.


March 8th 2019 10.30am


Four Iconic Italian Actresses


Italian cinema has brought us some of the finest screen actresses from the very earliest days of film until the present. This month I want to concentrate on four extraordinary talents who all came to prominence in the period of neo-realism.



Anna Magnani with her compelling earthy authenticity in pictures such as Roberto Rossellini’s Rome Open City (1945) brought her to the attention of Hollywood where she went on to make several films. She won a best actress Oscar for The Rose Tattoo, Daniel Mann’s 1955 film version of a play written especially for her by Tennessee Williams. She also appeared in another Williams adaptation – The Fugitive Kind (1960) – opposite Marlon Brando. On her return to Italy, she took on the title character in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Mamma Roma (1962).


Silvana Mangano a former Miss Italia contest came to prominence in director Giuseppe De Santis Bitter Rice (1949). He had been looking for an Italian Rita Hayworth. She was a sensation in the role which some criticised for its heightened sexuality. She married the film’s producer De Laurentis and went on to work with some of the finest directors such as: Pasolini (Oedipus Rex, Theorem, The Decameron) and Luchino Visconti (Death in Venice, Ludwig, Conversation Piece).


Monica Vitti was the inspiration for the female lead in the modernist cinema of Michelangelo Antonioni. She played beautiful inscrutable characters in his films of great weight and seriousness the so called ‘tetralogy of alienation’ (L’avventura, La notte, L’eclisse, Red Desert) in the early 1960’s. However she was later to transform herself into a brilliant comic actress in films such as Dino Risi’s That’s How We Women Are (1971) with twelve separate roles, ranging from a punctilious musician to the boisterous neapolitan mother of 22 children.


Claudia Cardinale, born and raised in Tunisia had early success with Mario Monicelli’s Big Deal on Madonna Street, in 1958. She married her producer Franco Cristaldi and received much praise for her performance that launched her as a major new star and sex symbol. During the 1960s and 70s, her filmography quickly developed into one of the most impressive of all European actresses, with appearances in future classics of Italian cinema such as Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and The Leopard (1963), Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963) and Sergio Leone’s Once upon a Time in the West.




April 12th 2019 10.30am


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.










Film Club meets once a month. It is membership only - £40.00, payable in cash £12.00 for a one off session.

Each screening is introduced by Simon Frampton. After each screening a discussion group will take place for those who desire it. The club's emphasis is to join like-minded people and give us all an excuse to watch some remarkable and often overlooked films.

For information about the club or details of future club dates

please ring Simon Frampton on 07947947168



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