Tues Oct 3rd 2023, 7.30pm
A Private Function (15)
Set in a Northern town in 1947 when war rationing is still in place, some local bigwigs want to hold a party to celebrate the royal wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth, and illegally decide to raise a pig for that occasion. However, the pig is stolen by the local mild-mannered chiropodist Gilbert (Michael Palin), encouraged to do so by his brassy wife (the always dependable Maggie Smith). Meanwhile the local food inspector is determined to stop activities circumventing the food rationing. An uproarious comedy where the laughs come fast and the upper class becomes furious, this super satire from 1984 starring a host of well-known British names swings from black comedy to slapstick. A Private Function - another classic offered up by the Oswestry Film Society for you to enjoy on the big screen.
Tues Oct 17th 2023, 7.30pm
The Day Of The Jackal (PG)
Anniversary showing of the most gripping and intelligent of political thrillers
Incredibly it's 50 years since this cat and mouse classic came out, but it's lost nothing of its never-stop tension.
An underground French paramilitary group is intent on eliminating president Charles de Gaulle, but when numerous attempts on his life fail, they hire the infamous hit man known as "The Jackal" (Edward Fox). As the enigmatic assassin builds towards shooting de Gaulle, he coolly takes out any problematic people along the way. Meanwhile, savvy Parisian police detective Lebel (Micharl Lonsdale) is the cat on the mouse's tail as he tries to solve the mystery of the one-step-ahead killer's identity.
Based on the equally classic Frederick Forsyth page-turner book, Fox is superbly cast as the loner, the cold, suave, mysterious Jackal, who sets up his plan and goes on to improvise as he nears his target.
Superby directed, this is in modern parlance like Mission Impossible, where you see snippets of his plan forming and how it plays out, and a talented cast ensures the film is wire-taut throughout.
The Oswestry Film Society is delighted to bring another classic to you for this special anniversary showing - on the big screen where it needs and deserves to be seen.
Tues Nov 7th 2023, 7.30pm
HUGO will tickle your fancy as winter creeps in, a heart-warming film for all ages that’s not what you expect from the great director Martin Scorsese, the man who brought us the likes of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas.
It’s happy, it’s sad, there’s a detective story, action and the innocence of young romance, it’s funny – and it’s fun, with the added joys of a great cast and a tip of the hat to film history.
In the late 20's, in Paris, the orphaned Hugo (Asa Butterfield – also excellent as the Boy With Striped Pyjamas) is a lonely child who lives hidden behind the walls of the central railway station, keeping the clocks working.
Hugo is trying to fix a mysterious automaton left to him by his father (Jude Law), a watchmaker who taught Hugo how to fix all sorts of gadgets before he died in a fire in his workshop. Hugo steals parts for his project from the bitter and cranky toy shop owner Papa George (Ben Kingsley). But there’s more to Papa George than meets the eye.
Add in the cruel station inspector Sacha Baron Cohen, and Hugo’s alcoholic uncle (Ray Winstone) who returns to haunt his nephew.
Hugo, which is cinematically beautiful, is also one of those films that can entertain on different levels for different ages.