What’s On

Sep
24
Sun
2017
Malvern French Film Centre
Sep 24 2017 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 10 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Mar
15
Thu
2018
WHERE IS MRS CHRISTIE? @ The Coach House Theatre
Mar 15 – Mar 16 all-day
WHERE IS MRS CHRISTIE? @ The Coach House Theatre

Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time and certainly the most prolific. In 1926, she was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events which sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead by many, for eleven days. However, she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed then, and for the rest of the life, that she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her.

Actor Liz Grand (previous one-woman show ‘The Second Best Bed’) presents her new one-woman show ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’ Did Agatha Christie lie, and if so why? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance which was to affect her for the rest of her life? The answer to all these questions will, as in all good thrillers, be revealed!

Mar
17
Sat
2018
LA RÈGLE DU JEU
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Aviator André Jurieux has just completed a record-setting flight, but is very unhappy that Christine did not come to meet him. André is in love with her, but she is married to aristocrat Robert de la Cheynies. He though, is involved in an affair with Geneviève de Marras, but trying to break it off. André’s friend, Octave, gets him an invitation to the country home where Robert and Christine are hosting a party. The guests’ cordial greetings however hide their real feelings and secrets, and even some of the servants become involved in the tangled relationships.

Village Voice Film Poll 1999: Second-best film of the century. 

LA GRANDE ILLUSION
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

​During WW I, two French officers, Captain De Boeldieu and Lieutenant Marechal are shot down and captured by Captain von Rauffenstein. The former is an aristocrat while Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They are ultimately held in a converted fortress commanded by the aristocrat von Rauffenstein but treated differently because of their station. De Boeldieu develops a good relationship with Rauffenstein, but Marechal and fellow prisoner Rosenthal, not receiving aristocracy privileges, long to escape.
National Board of Review, USA 1938: Best French film, top foreign film, best actor – Pierre Fresnay, Jean Gabin.

LES VACANCES DE MONSIEUR HULOT
Mar 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The film follows the generally harmless misadventures of a lovable, gauche Frenchman, Monsieur Hulot, as he joins the newly emerging holiday-taking classes, for a summer vacation at a modest seaside resort. But accidents and misunderstandings always follow him wherever he goes. The peace and quiet of the hotel guests doesn’t last very long with M. Hulot around, because although his intentions are good, things always end catastrophically.
National Board of Review, USA 1954: Top foreign film.
Prix Louis Delluc 1953: Jaques Tati.

Mar
18
Sun
2018
LE QUAI DES BRUMES
Mar 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

​Jean is a deserter who arrives at night at Le Havre, looking to leave the country. He obtains some civilian clothes, a little bit of money and a passport (and also finds a dog). He also meets Nelly, a 17-year-old who’s grown up too fast. She’s the object of lust for men, including boyfriend Maurice, her supposed protector Zabel, and Lucien, a local hood. jean falls for her, faces down Lucien, and helps give Nelly the courage to stand on her own feet. A ship is leaving for Venezuela, can at least one of them be on it, or is it just a dream?
National Board of Review, USA 1939: Best French film, top foreign film, best actor – Jean Gabin, Michel Simon.

LE JOUR SE LÈVE
Mar 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

​François, a sympathetic factory worker, kills Valentin with a gun then locks himself in his apartment. As the police besiege the place, he begins to reminisce on how he came to be in this predicament, through his love for Françoise, losing her to the charms of Valentin, his affair with Clara, but enduring love for Françoise. Ultimately alone in his room and out of cigarettes, François realizes he has no hope of escape and decides there is nothing to live for.
One of the last French masterpieces of the thirties, forbidden by military censorship during the war for being pessimistic!

Venice Film Festival 1939: Nominated for best foreign film.

LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

​In a desolate South American village there are no jobs to speak of and one day seems to just blend into the next. When a major fire breaks at the oil drilling site, the oil company hires four men to transport highly volatile nitroglycerine over a rough terrain and roads that have been virtually abandoned. The four accept the job because the money they’re offered is more than enough to allow them to leave once the job is done. The job is so dangerous however that few people expect them to return alive.
Cannes 1953: Grand Prize. BAFTA’s 1955: Best film from any source. Blue Ribbon Awards 1955: Best foreign film.

Mar
20
Tue
2018
‘JESUS MY BOY’ BY JOHN DOWIE @ Coach House Theatre
Mar 20 @ 7:45 pm – 10:15 pm
‘JESUS MY BOY’ BY JOHN DOWIE @ Coach House Theatre

‘Jesus My Boy’ is extremely humorous one-man, one act play. It is incredibly moving. beautifully and cleverly written by John Dowie. Previously performed in the West End by international star Tom Conti

Meet Joseph, just about the worst carpenter in the area. He first got to know his wife when she returned to complain about a table she had bought from him. It didn’t stop him asking her out and they eventually got married. A pretty unremarkable marriage until Mary announces that she is pregnant and that Joseph is not the father.
When the boy grows up, he turns out to have a remarkable talent with wood, lending further weight to the idea that Joseph may not be the father! The young man has more important things to do than make furniture, however. He must set out on the road to his destiny; an agonising death followed by the most remarkable set of events the world has ever seen.
This is a stunning one-man play, the story of Jesus seen through the eyes of Joseph, an ordinary and down-to-earth man, dismayed about how his image is later portrayed in Christian art work!

‘JESUS MY BOY’ BY JOHN DOWIE @ The Coach House Theatre
Mar 20 @ 7:45 pm – 10:15 pm
‘JESUS MY BOY’ BY JOHN DOWIE @ The Coach House Theatre

‘Jesus My Boy’ is extremely humorous one-man, one act play. It is incredibly moving. beautifully and cleverly written by John Dowie. Previously performed in the West End by international star Tom Conti

Meet Joseph, just about the worst carpenter in the area. He first got to know his wife when she returned to complain about a table she had bought from him. It didn’t stop him asking her out and they eventually got married. A pretty unremarkable marriage until Mary announces that she is pregnant and that Joseph is not the father.
When the boy grows up, he turns out to have a remarkable talent with wood, lending further weight to the idea that Joseph may not be the father! The young man has more important things to do than make furniture, however. He must set out on the road to his destiny; an agonising death followed by the most remarkable set of events the world has ever seen.
This is a stunning one-man play, the story of Jesus seen through the eyes of Joseph, an ordinary and down-to-earth man, dismayed about how his image is later portrayed in Christian art work!

Apr
22
Sun
2018
BIENVENUE CHEZ LES CH’TIS
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

​Although living comfortably in the South of France, Julie is depressed. Philippe, her post office administrator husband decides to try, by any means, to obtain a transfer to the French Riviera. He is unfortunately caught while trying to con an inspector and is banished to Bergues in the cold north of France. Leaving his wife behind, he sets off for an area inhabited by hard-drinking rednecks, speaking an incomprehensible dialect called Ch’ti. But before long Philippe realizes that all the stories were based on prejudices and that Bergues is not synonymous with hell.
Hamburg Film Festival 2008: Winner of audience award – Dany Boon and also at Seville European Fi1m Festival 2008.

May
13
Sun
2018
DEMAIN
May 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A documentary about the changes needed for a sustainable future. But not one that starts wit doom and gloom images of what lies in store if we don’t mend our ways, then ends with a “happy chapter”. Not here. The overall tone is realistically optimistic, showing a 5-themed search for examples of projects and persons trying to put each into practice what needs to be done to ensure a resilient future for all of us. Its common-sense attitude especially helps the viewer to relate easily to the (young) film makers. It is definitely “required viewing”.
César Awards, France 2016: Best documentary film.

Jun
10
Sun
2018
DELICATESSEN
Jun 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

​Here is a post-apocalyptic scenario set entirely in a dank and gloomy building where the landlord operates a delicatessen on the ground floor. Living in an otherwise meatless world, the butcher-landlord keeps his customers happy by chopping up unsuspecting victims, and he’s sharpening his knife for the new tenant who’s fallen in love with his short-sighted daughter. She tries to foil her father’s plans by contacting the Troglodytes, a grain eating sub-group of society who live entirely underground.

César Awards, France 1992: Best first work, best screenplay, best production design, best editing