Members' Choice 2019-20 Season

Each season TFS members may vote for one film to be shown at the Members' Choice screening, which this year will be on 6th March 2020.

The winner is The Wife with 46 votes, Three Colours Red had 36 votes, both The Breadwinner and The Children Act had 33 votes each, and Breathe had 29 votes.

The options for this season were as follows:

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The Breadwinner 2017 Ireland 94 mins

The Breadwinner is a 2017 animated drama film by internationally renowned Cartoon Saloon whose work has received four Academy Award nominations, directed by Nora Twomey and executive produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin and Angelina Jolie.
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family. Working alongside a friend, she soon discovers a new world of freedom and danger. Drawing strength from the fantastical stories she invents, Parvana embarks on an epic quest to find her father and reunite her family.
The Breadwinner was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature

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Breathe 2017 UK 118 mins

For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin (Andrew Garfield)  and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease.

When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brother (Tom Hollander) and the ground breaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together — raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.

 

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The Children Act 2017 UK 105 mins

"When a court determines any question with respect to the upbringing of a child, the child's welfare shall be the court's paramount consideration.”  The Children Act, 1989

Based on the much-loved novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement), The Children Act is a compelling and powerful drama telling the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases.

As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam , a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds. With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into the case, taking the unorthodox step of halting proceedings in order to visit Adam in hospital. As the two form a profound connection and powerful emotions come to light, Fiona’s judgement is put to the test with momentous consequences as she must ultimately decide whether Adam lives or dies.

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The Wife 2017 UK 100 mins


After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife.

Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950’s. The Wife interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later—a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

Glenn Close was nominated for an Oscar for this performance.

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3 Colours Red 1994 France 99 mins

Part-time model Valentine (Irène Jacob) meets a retired judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who lives in her neighbourhood after she runs over his dog. At first the judge gifts Valentine with the dog, but her possessive boyfriend won't allow her to keep it. When she returns with the dog to the judge's house, she discovers him listening in on his neighbours’ phone conversations. At first Valentine is outraged, but her debates with the judge over his behaviour soon leads them to form a strange bond.

Directed by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski. It is the final instalment of the Three Colours Trilogy, which examines the French Revolutionary. Blue, white, and red are the colours of the French flag in left-to-right order, and the story of each film is loosely based on one of the three political ideals in the motto of the French Republic: liberty, equality, fraternity.

Nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay

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Upcoming Films

The Personal History of David Copperfield

film posterThe Personal History of David Copperfield 2019 UK 2hr

December 18th 2020

The Personal History of David Copperfield is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Armando Iannucci, based on the 1850 Victorian era novel by Charles Dickens.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

film posterThe Peanut Butter Falcon 2019 USA 1hr 37min

January 8th 2021

A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, it tells the story of Zak (Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school.

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Beautiful Boy

film posterBeautiful Boy 2018 USA 2h 1min

January 22nd 2021

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heart breaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Starring Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan.

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Harriet

film posterHarriet 2019 USA 2hr 6min

January 29th 2021

HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes.

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The Farewell

film posterThe Farewell 2019 USA/China 1hr 40min

February 5th 2021

The Farewell is a funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie. Billi a headstrong Chinese-American returns to Changchun, when beloved grandmother Nai Nai has been given weeks to live, she struggles to cope with the family decision not to tell Nai Nai herself

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The Shape of Water

film posterThe Shape of Water 2017 USA 2hr 3min

February 19th 2021

From master story teller Guillermo del Toro comes an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of the Cold War era. The film received many awards, including 13 Oscar nominations, winning Best Picture and 3 other Oscars.

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Transit

film posterTransit 2018 German/French 1hr 42min

February 26th 2021

As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying.

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Woman at War

film posterWoman at War 2018 Iceland 1hr 41min

March 5th 2021

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But, behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain.”

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Rabbit Proof Fence

film posterRabbit Proof Fence 2002 Australia 1hr 34min

March 19th 2021

Phillip Noyce's film is based on a book by Doris Pilkington, telling the story of the experiences of her mother, Molly, her aunt Daisy and their cousin Gracie. The young girls were torn from their families by government officials and transported some 1,000 miles to a training school.

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Members' Choice

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March 26th 2021

Each season TFS members may vote for one film to be shown at the Members' Choice screening, which this year will be on March 26th 2021.

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Bait

film posterBait 2019 UK 1hr 29min

April 2nd 2021

Modern-day Cornish fisherman Martin (Edward Rowe) is struggling to buy a boat while coping with family rivalry and the influx of London money, holiday-homes and stag parties to his harbour village.

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C'est la vie!

film posterC'est la vie! 2017 French 1hr 57min

April 16th 2021

Wedding planner/caterer Max is staging a wedding at a 17th-century chateau, when things go terribly out of control.

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