Special Nanny Returns

MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) – Friday 15th February 6:00pm
£4 and £3 Tickets from Tarvin PO

That wonderful nanny we all wish we had as a child is back.

Based on the book series Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, the film is a sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins, and stars Emily Blunt as the eponymous character with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep in supporting roles. Set in 1930s London, twenty-five years after the events of the original film.
Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins — the beloved nanny from their childhood — arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure.

The film has received generally positive reviews from critics,  and it also received four Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score, Best Original Song (“The Place Where Lost Things Go”), Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design at the 91st Academy Awards.

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The Favourite

THE FAVOURITE (15) – Friday 22nd March 8:00 pm
£5

Set in the early 18th century, the story examines the relationship between two cousins vying to be court favourites of Queen Anne. It stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith and Mark Gatiss. Filming took place at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, and at Hampton Court Palace in Hampton Court, Surrey, between March and May 2017.

In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead, while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Friday 25th January sees Bohemian Rhapsody (12A) as our film for ‘grown-ups’ at 8:00pm £5

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his band-mates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

Yes there are some historic inaccuracies but given the involvement of the remaining Queen members, I don’t think it matters too much. Follow this link for comparison details and check-out the images of the actors and the real people. Some are uncannily very alike!
Bohemian Rhapsody vs real life


The film follows the rise of Queen up to their performance at Live Aid. I’ve always been a fan of Queen and whilst I generally knew Freddie’s story, I still enjoyed this film – I even surprised myself and shed a tear or two.

Actor Rami Malek, star of new film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, is said to have watched Freddie Mercury’s 1985 Live Aid Performance over 1,500 times on YouTube to nail his version of it. When you see the film and performance side-by-side, it shows those hours were definitely not put to waste. Malek didn’t sing and could not play the guitar or piano when he got the part of Freddie!

 

 

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CHAOS OF DELIGHT – Robin Ince

Tarvin Community Centre has pulled off another coup with the appearance of Robin Ince on Saturday 23rd March at 7:30 pm. Advance tickets are £12 from Tarvin PO.

‘The winner and co-star of the Rose D’Or award winning The Infinite Monkey Cage, Sony Gold and, most importantly, Pointless Celebrities is back on the road with an artist’s manifesto of delight and curiosity’.

Robin Ince mashes up the two cultures of art and science in this celebration of the human mind from Bohemians to Black Holes, Dali to DNA, another of his stand up sort of lectures.

Robin’s new book, I’m a Joke…and So Are You (Atlantic books) available at all good book stores from Oct 2018.

‘The Ince brain is like a black hole in a galaxy of knowledge. When it collides with another black hole – say the Fringe – the energy waves that are produced are perceived, by us, as “shows”. **** The Scotsman

“He’s defined a generation of comics” Stewart Lee.

The revue below of the shows presentation at the Fringe seems the best way to sum up the delight we are able to offer.

“Robin Ince is probably most commonly known for his BBC radio 4 comedy science show, The Infinite Monkey Cage, where he presents alongside Professor Brian Cox

But in 2018 he returned to the live stage, bringing new show Chaos of Delight to the Fringe. This highbrow comedy sketch may appeal to a more niche kind of audience but Ince’s erratic nature manages to fill the time with a rapid barrage of smart, witty humour making it utterly enjoyable throughout.

It can be almost hard to keep up with the show as Ince blasts through artists and ideas, all of which are incorporated into his comedy. The show also looks at the changing attitudes of generations through anecdotes of Ince’s relationship with his father and son, his father growing more left-wing with age as he begins reading the Guardian, his 7-year-old son, Archie, unquestioning in the face of ideologies new to this world. These segments were hilarious as well as touching. Ince also performs some poetry, which didn’t add much to the comedy value but it did diversify the show as well as reel in the fast-pace while adding some sentimental value.

The entire audience left in great spirits as Ince provided a beautiful and refreshing perspective to accompany his brilliant comedy. He encourages the audience to capture the present in our memories, not just on our memory cards and to focus on the moments that will become our fondest memories in the future.  No comedy show in this year’s Fringe has left an impression quite like this one has.”

Here is a snippet from Radio 4s The Infinite Monkey Cage:

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Hall Refurbishments – 2018

Refurbishments to the main hall have already commenced. A new, more secure walkway has been installed by our team of trusty volunteers.

A new scaffolding type rail will be installed by professionals at the same time as the ceiling is replaced. The old tiles will be removed and better, acoustic tiles will be fitted. We hope to modify the lighting system too. This work will mean the hall will be closed to all activities for the week commencing Monday 17th December and will re-open for the last film night of the year on Friday 21st December. All regular users have been informed and accommodated elsewhere wherever possible.

The hall will then be closed again for part of the week commencing 7th January when we shall be having some thermal, electrically controlled blinds fitted to the windows. This will make it much easier to black out for shows and to keep warmth in, but also, we hope, to keep it a little cooler should we experience some more hot summers

We apologise for this necessity and will endeavor to keep disruption to a minimum

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