TULLAMORE’S Film Club will be revived this Friday night, September 30 at 8.30pm in a new venue and in a new format. Screenings will be once a month in the club’s new home at the Presbyterian Church on High Street. The Film Club is an attempt at providing a way of watching classic, high quality films and documentaries that you can no longer see in the cinema or were never available in the midlands.
Good quality high definition projection and sound equipment will be used to provide as authentic a cinema experience as possible. The first season includes a great line up of slightly left of centre films, kicking off with the Social Network. The October screening will be The King’s Speech while the November offering is the original Star Wars movie which launched the characters of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. The December film is the distinctly unseasonal (but great fun) Blazing Saddles while January will see the stunning documentary Man on Wire. In February the film will be the beautiful and very entertaining The Princess Bride, parts of which were filmed in Ireland at the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
Further screenings include North by Northwest in March, The Dark Knight in April, Woody Allen’s classic Manhattan in May, Fritz Lang’s classic silent movie Metropolis in June.
Of particular interest will be the Holy Week screenings imaginatively called The Alternative Jesus. It is said that there are only seven stories in the world and that all films, books and plays are based on one of these. Although only two of the films to be screened are based on books with a Christian world-view they are all based around the same basic framework of the story of Jesus.
Whether it is Jesus the alien (ET), Jesus the Sci Fi Hero (The Matrix); Jesus the Schoolboy Hero (Harry Potter); Jesus the Lion (Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) these films all include the themes of grace and redemption through sacrifice that form the cornerstone of the Easter story. The fifth film to be screened will be The Life of Brian - a glorious mickey-taking romp through the pomposity and pretence of religion and religious people who take themselves more seriously than God does!
Screenings will be once a month. Due to the way that film clubs licence the films they cannot charge an entrance fee to watch the films. But projection equipment and film licensing does cost money so the organisers will be asking that if people are able to that they make a donation of whatever they feel the film was worth to help keep the club going.
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