In a week where women are the focus feature of our celebrations, with International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday, the LBSW Friday Film Club celebrates all our female-led films and events during London Book & Screen Week. From crime to horror with a little romance and a sing-along sprinkled on top, we have something for everyone!
Me Before You (Based on the book by JoJo Moyes. Directed by Thea Sharrock.)
This is the type of tearjerker that should become a date night staple or one to snuggle and sob with your mum or best friends. Quirky, heartfelt and infused with some much need cheeky English humour, it’s a film that is the cinematic equivalent of a much needed comfy sweater on a cold day. Stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin are amazing in their roles and effortlessly take you on this journey and invoke a diverse array of feelings in you; from happiness, nostalgia, to regret and heartbreak. The characters are beautifully balanced; he introduces her to the joys of living the high-life, while she manages to melt his hardened heart and teaches him that life is still worth living despite his condition. If you’ve read the book I’m sure you know how this ends, but it truly is one to watch if you love a good heartfelt romance that stays with you long after the credits roll.
Come and swoon, laugh (and cry) with us! *FYI Tissues are needed whilst watching this movie, and probably a bar of choccie too! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/me-before-you-a-special-screening-with-jojo-moyes-tickets-41458156462
Mary Poppins (Based on the books by P. L. Travers. Directed by Robert Stevenson)
Mary Poppins needs no introductions, she is a classic in her own right and rightfully so. Played to perfection by Dame Julie Andrews, with her air of unwavering footing and complete authority, who proceeds to show her charges that there is nothing like a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down. But don’t think Mary Poppins is simply a nursery disciplinarian; she is a delightfully active spirit with a gift for having fun. From sliding up stair bannisters and jumping into chalk drawings that lead to magical worlds, it is in these performances that she truly shines. The songs are addictive and have you wanting to join in. One of the delights of this movie is that it is quite sentimental. It feeds into family and love and the joys of celebrating what makes you unique. I find it irresistible and one of the films I constantly go back to when in need of some much needed cheer.
Warm up those voices and come and sing-along with us! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mary-poppins-a-supercalifragilistic-sing-along-screening-tickets-41458252750
Suffragette (Directed by Sarah Gavron)
Bold. Poignant. Eye-opening. Just a few of the words I would use to describe Suffragette. A classic in its own right that we should all see at least once, this movie paints an eye-opening depiction of what it was like for women before the actions of those that paved the way for equality. It’s astonishing to realise, that as well as being denied the vote completely until 1918, British women also didn’t have legal rights over their children until the mid-1920s (shown through one of the film’s most heart-breaking scenes, which I’m not ashamed to say had me bawling). The utter desperation that drove these women is made abundantly clear, and it’s impossible not to empathise and applaud their convictions, courage and voice.
A profound moment comes during the final scene when the credits are about to roll and you’re somewhat annoyed by the absence of a tied-up ending, and then realise and appreciate that that’s exactly the point. It isn’t over. Not by a long shot. You’re left thinking, and you’re left wondering why. What truly makes Suffragette a relevant activist in the fight for equality, is the way it won’t bow to the kind of Hollywood formula that tends to sugar coat how bad it was back then. Because we aren’t talking about fiction, we’re talking about an event in history that influenced and is still influencing a generation. It highlights a significant fact; that the feminist struggle continues and it will continue to do so until we get a chance and change for all.
So here we are in 2018, which marks a centenary since the Representation of the People Act 1918. Come join us for a screening of 2015 blockbuster Suffragette! (Sashes and your best glad-rags optional!) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/votes-for-women-celebrating-100-years-of-womens-suffrage-tickets-41459093264
Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein (Directed by Kenneth Branagh)
Did you know, the story of Frankenstein was spurned from a nightmare Shelley had which has gone on to inspire many other adaptations. Kenneth Branagh’s version of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror, is a spirited and entertaining re-telling. Branagh’s Frankenstein is first shown to us in the Arctic, gasping out his cautionary story to explorer Aidan Quinn. Hell bent on the re-imagination of the dead, he sacrifices everything to that end, creating a life that never should have come to light. Branagh steps up in his role of the antagonist, his performance as Victor Frankenstein is well-developed, best when his insanity shines through. Helena Bonham Carter works the part as his lifelong love effortlessly and an unrecognisable John Cleese as Victor’s troubled professor shines in his role (and somewhat steals the show!).
If you’re a fan of gothic horror and want to delve into the world of this literary classic, then come join us for…FRANK-ly a great night! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/frankenstein-the-reincarnations-tickets-41457963886