The Swindon Film Society continue to offer a brilliant selection of movies garnered from across all genres, geography and generations, films that are past classics or cult underground sensations or come from world cinema or small production companies. This month they offer a classic of early cinema and modern social commentary from a culture so different from our own.
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
Wednesday 7 November 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre
1930 | 133m | Cert PG | War
Lewis Milestone’s groundbreaking war film is one of the finest humanitarian antiwar movies ever made.
Made in 1930, on the cusp of the silent and the sound eras, this follows a group of German schoolboys as they are encouraged to volunteer for the First World War, and end their lives in the senseless carnage of the trenches. With splendid cinematography, terrific sound, great dialogue, highly realistic battle sequences and an important, strongly conveyed anti-war statement, All Quiet on the Western Front is the ultimate WWI film which is also magnificently acted by Lew Ayres. A masterwork of filmmaking as the centenary of WW1 Armistice Day approaches…
I AM NOT A WITCH
Wednesday 21 November 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre
2017 | 93m | Cert 12A | Drama
A magic realist fable set in present-day Zambia that has plenty to say about gender and superstition: after a banal accident in her village, Shula, an eight-year-old girl, is accused of witchcraft. After a quick trial, she is found guilty and locked up in a witches’ camp….
I Am Not a Witch approaches real-life injustices with a beguiling blend of sorrow, anger, and humour, marking debuting writer-director Rungano Nyoni as an exciting new talent.