Virtual Film Club!
To keep spirits up and help you watch great cinema at home while kinokulture is closed, we've started a 'Virtual' film club! Every week we'll be recommending a film you can view for free on normal TV channels, or the catch up services iPlayer or All 4 (Apologies to ITV Hub, you're just too glitchy!). Films will be announced here, via e-mail and on our facebook page, probably on Saturday mornings, we'll see how it goes!
With both iPlayer and All 4 (Channel 4's catch up service) you'll need to sign in or set up an account with them, which is usually fairly straightforward. Then use any search facilty you can find on the home page (Usually top right corner or thereabouts) and put in the name of the film, hopefully, Bob will then be your uncle, if he is not, try googling instructions for whatever PC or Smart TV you are using.
Virtual Film Club Week 11, Oscar winning drama
USA / 2015 / 129 mins
Spotlight is the story of a yearlong investigation by journalists at the Boston Globe into accusations of child abuse within the Catholic Church. When they published their findings in early 2002 their discoveries shook the institution of the church not just in the States, but globally. The compelling subject matter is served well in a film that tracks the progress of the Spotlight team without thrills or melodrama, but details their dogged conviction to bring the truth to light.
It’s a film that reminds you that a well-crafted script and compelling performances are the fundamentals of great cinema. The ensemble cast, headed by Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo are uniformly excellent – Keaton continuing his career renaissance following Birdman in the previous year. Spotlight is a superbly constructed drama, justifiably awarded the Best Picture Oscar in 2016 and deserving of its comparisons to All the President’s Men.
“..restrained, intelligent and grown-up, but unfolding with the pacing and rhythm of a thriller.” The Playlist
If you enjoyed this film, or any of the films from our Virtual Film Club, we'd ask you to make a donation to Kinokulture Cinema, the fantastic community cinema where we screen our usual programme of films. You can donate via their website here, or contact them, or us, for their bank details to make a payment using online banking. Thank you.