Sudbury Lectures



Quay Lane

Sudbury Suffolk CO10 2AN

Film Club takes place on the second friday of every month at the GRANARY

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

Welcome to our Summer 2022      Programme

May  13th   2022   10.30am

How Artists Inspired Film-Makers

Cinema not surprisingly has been directly inspired by other branches of the arts and in particular painting. In this month’s Film Club I want to take a close look of how that relationship has developed over the history of Cinema.

Often, filmmakers include artworks in their production design plans as an inspiration or mood board; sometimes they build the whole look of their film around a piece of art.

For Instance Goya has inspired many film makers let’s think of Guillermo del Toro, and Shyamalan amongst many others, particularly Goya’s latter dark paintings. Martin Scorsese has often spoken of chiaroscuro. Consider how

Scorsese uses light and shade in his film Mean Streets.

However it is not just the old masters who have influenced the composition and use of light by film makers. One only has to look at the 20th century artist Edward Hopper and one will find parallels in the films of Terrence Makick and Alfred Hitchcock amonst others.

This is an ambitious topic and I believe one that we will all find very interesting.

June 10th   2022   10.30am

Louis Malle

Malle was born into a wealthy industrialist family

He worked as the co-director and cameraman to Jacques Cousteau on the documentary The Silent World (1956. He assisted Robert Bresson on A Man Escaped He made his first feature, Ascenseur pour l'échafaud in 1957 (Lift to the Scaffold ) A taut thriller featuring an original score by Miles Davis, Film made Jeanne Moreau into an international star. She also starred in Malle’s  , at the time a leading stage actress of the Comédie-Française. Malle was 24 years old.

Malle's Les Amants, 1958 (The Lovers ), also starred Moreau, and caused a major controversy due to its sexual content.

Malle is sometimes associated with the nouvelle vague movement but his work does not directly fit in with or correspond to the auteurist theories and he had nothing to do with the Cahiers du cinéma. However, like novelle vague directors he favours using natural light and shooting on location as seen in his film Zazie dans le Métro ("Zazie in the Metro",) 1960.

Malle not shy of  taboo subjects such as Lacombe Lucien and Nazi collaboration.

He made a series of documentaries about India. Moved to USA and directed Atlantic City 1980 other films include  Au revoir les enfants (1987) and Milou en Mai 1990.

He married actress Candice Bergen in 1980.

July 8th   2022   10.30am

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE  is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. One of Britain's most recognisable and prolific actors. Hopkins has garnered numerous accolades throughout his career spanning over six decades, including two Academy Awards, In 1993, he was knighted.  

Hopkins trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and joined the Royal National Theatre in 1965.

1968, Hopkins achieved recognition in film, playing Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter. In the mid-1970s, Hopkins started a collaboration with Richard Attenborough who called him "the greatest actor of his generation". During this period, Hopkins starred in Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far (1977), David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980), and Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Other notable films include 84 Charing Cross Road (1987), Howards End (1992),  Shadowlands (1993),  The Remains of the Day (1993),. He won his 2nd Oscar for his portrayal of an elderly man diagnosed with dementia in The Father (2020), becoming the oldest Best Actor Oscar winner to date.

August 12th   2022   10.30am

Marion Cotillard

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris.  Raised in Orléans, France, she made her acting debut as a child with a role in one of her father's plays. She studied drama at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Orléans. Cotillard made her cinema debut at the age of 18 in the film L'histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse (1994).

Her first prominent screen role was Lilly Bertineau in Gérard Pirès's box-office hit Taxi (1998).

Cotillard's breakthrough in France came in 2003, when she starred in Yann Samuell's dark romantic comedy Love Me If You Dare (2003).  Her first Hollywood film was Tim Burton's Big Fish (2003). She starred in Ridley Scott's A Good Year (2006
In 2007, Cotillard received international recognition for her iconic portrayal of Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007). At the Berlin International Film Festival, where the film premiered, Cotillard was given a 15-minute standing ovation. Cotillard has worked much more frequently in English-language movies following her Academy Award recognition. Notable films include Public Enemies (2009), Inception (2010), and Midnight in Paris (2011).

In 2015, she played Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender in Justin Kurzel's Macbeth (2015).