All That Heaven Allows

On Wednesday the 18th of July, from 18:30-21:30 at The Brunswick, Georgia Walton will present Douglas Sirk’s classic melodrama, All That Heaven Allows (U.S. 1955).

Film Synopsis

This heartbreakingly beautiful indictment of 1950s American mores follows the blossoming love between a well-off widow (Jane Wyman) and her handsome and earthy younger gardener (Rock Hudson). When their romance prompts the scorn of her children and country club friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence for the sake of the approval of others. With the help of ace cinematographer Russell Metty, Sirk imbues nearly every shot with a vivid and distinct emotional tenor. A profoundly felt film about class and conformity in small-town America, All That Heaven Allows is a pinnacle of expressionistic Hollywood melodrama.

– Adapted from The Criterion Collection

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For our next screening Dr. Beatrice Ivey (University of Leeds) will present Girlhood by Céline Sciamma (France, 2014). The event will take place Tuesday the 22nd of May, 18:30-21:30, at The Brunswick. The screening will be followed by an informal discussion accompanied by some vegan nibbles prepared by the pub’s amazing chefs.


Film synopsis

Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls […] Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands.

-taken from Mark Kermode


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For Leeds Cineforum’s next screening, our co-director Rachel Johnson will present Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone, 2008). The screening will take place at 18:30-21:30 on Wednesday the 9th of May at The Brunswick.

Garrone’s film won the Grand Prix and Cannes in 2008, and has since become a globally successful TV seriesGomorrah blends genres from neorealism to noir, offering a stylish yet gritty exposé of the Neapolitan crime syndicate, the Camorra.

Film synopsis

Power, money and blood: these are the “values” that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have to face every day. They hardly ever have a choice, and are almost always forced to obey the rules of the “system”, the Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a “normal” life. Five stories are woven together in this violent scenario, set in a cruel and apparently imaginary world, but one which is deeply rooted in reality.

– taken from Festival de Cannes


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Kelly’s Heroes

At 18:30-21:30 on Wednesday the 6th of June, special guest Prof Alan O’Leary will present Kelly’s Heroes (Brian G. Hutton, 1970). The screening will take place in the “secret” cinema room in The Reliance.

Much in the style of M*A*S*H and Catch 22, Kelly’s Heroes blends war epic and caper film in a thinly-veiled satire of the Vietnam War. Prof O’Leary will be discussing the film in relation to anachronism and gender. Prepare to laugh and wince in equal measure.

Film synopsis

They were goldbricks until they found out about the gold bricks – a fortune in Nazi-confiscated bullion! Clint Eastwood reunites with the director of his Where Eagles Dare for the action-filled and tongue-in-cheek tale of GIs who decide to get something extra out of the war. 

Eastwood’s Lt. Kelly masterminds a scheme to slip behind enemy lines and steal the loot. The film’s co-stars include a trio on the verge of big-time TV success: Carroll O’Connor, Telly Savalas and Gavin MacLeod. Plus, Don Rickles plays the expectedly outspoken Crapgame. And in the same year as his star-making role in M*A*S*H, Donald Sutherland is Oddball, World War II’s only hippie. Dig it!

– taken from Warner Bros Home Video

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People on Sunday

We’re back after Easter with a new film screening. This time Laurence Carr (Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures, University of Leeds) will present People on Sunday (Germany, 1930) – a collaboration between future star filmmakers Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Billy Wilder and Fred Zinneman. The screening will take place at 5:00-8:00 pm, on Wednesday the 25th of April, at Botany House, University of Leeds (13-15 Beech Grove Terrace, LS2 9JS).

Film synopsis

People on Sunday is an effervescent, sunlit silent film about a handful of city dwellers enjoying a weekend outing. Following the lives of this group of residents, the film offers a rare glimpse of Weimar-era Berlin. For its unique hybrid of documentary and fictional storytelling, People on Sunday was both an experiment and a mainstream hit that would influence generations of film artists around the world.

– taken from The Criterion Collection website

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For the last of our March film screenings in solidarity with the University College Union strike for fair pensions will take place on Wednesday the 14th, 7-10pm, at Wharf Chambers. Co-directors of the Leeds Animal Studies Network, Caitlin Stobie (School of English) and Domenic O’Key (School of English/German) will present Okja (South Korea/USA, 2017) by Bong Joon-ho.

Film synopsis

A young girl risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend – a fascinating beast named Okja. The film has been described by The Independent as ‘The Netflix film so full of heart, it might just turn you vegan’.

Extra information

Please be advised that the screening will take place on the middle floor at Wharf Chambers, which is not currently wheelchair accessible. Audience members can bring their own vegan food and snacks to the screening. Meanwhile, we’ll be offering free entry and free bombay mix!


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As part of our programme of film screenings in solidarity with the University College Union strike for fair pensions, Nathan Brand (School of Russian and Slavonic Studies) will present Attraction by Fyodor Bondarchuk (Russia, 2017). The screening will take place on Wednesday the 7th of March, 6-9pm, at The Brunswick.

Film synopsis

The crash-landing of an alien spaceship in a southern district of Moscow leads to the government introducing martial law and the locals growing increasingly incensed at their visitors. An allegory to the 2013 Biryulevo riots, this Russian blockbuster has more than just stunning visuals to meet the eye.

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