The Children Act (2017) is a British drama adapted by Ian McEwan from his 2014 novel.
Fiona Maye (played by award winning Emma Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law.
But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack (Tucci) is at a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Whitehead), whether to allow a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness to reject a life-saving blood transfusion that violates his religion.
Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.
A powerful, very British, adult drama about love, intimacy and moral responsibility, one of Emma's finest.
72% Rotten Tomatoes
(1 hours 43 minutes)
What We Did On Our Holiday
What We Did On Our Holiday (2014) is a British comedy-drama film with an all star cast featuring David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connolly, inspired by the BBC show Outnumbered.
Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) unite following a tense separation to take their 3 children to the Scottish Highlands to celebrate Doug's Father Georgie's (Billy Connolly) 75th birthday.
Even though they were asked to keep the marital difficulties a secret, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their newly separated parents causing some rather tense moments!
Despite being terminally ill, fun-loving Geordie encourages his grand-children to let go of their troubles and enjoy life to the full.
A completely unexpected turn of events involving the children causes further tensions to rise to the surface. With the repercussions that follow, both hilarious and emotional in equal measure - the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear.
Witty and well-cast, What We Did on Our Holiday injects unlikely laughs into a story dealing with emotional and difficult themes. Well worth watching, for both the laughs and the tears!
73% Rotten Tomatoes
(1 hours 35 minutes)
Fund Raiser for Shere Museum
Made to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF, Spitfire (2018) is the documentary-story of the fighter plane and pilots that helped win the Battle of Britain in World War II.
They say she was beautiful. A dream. But for all her good looks, she was also a killer.
Spitfire is an epic, sweeping tale of determination, vision and courage. It is the story of an aeroplane that was forged in competition, shaped as the war clouds gathered, and refined in the white heat of combat - going on to become the most famous fighter plane ever made.
Credited with changing the course of world history, this is the story of the Spitfire - told in the words of the last-surviving combat veterans. With stunning aerial footage from the world's top aviation photographer, the film also contains rare, digitally re-mastered, archive footage from the tumultuous days of the 1940's when her power in the skies was unrivalled. Spitfire also explores how this extraordinary plane thrives today and how it has become an international icon.
We are delighted to welcome Anthony Palmer, co-director of Spitfire, who will be joining us after the film to take part in a 'Question & Answer' session which will no doubt be incredibly insightful.
He will also take the opportunity to talk about his latest film on the Lancaster Bomber, which should be fascinating to hear about given Shere Village's connections with the Dambusters' raid.
Please do come along and join us for what will be a truly memorable event.
94% Rotten Tomatoes
(1 hour 39 minutes)
Bohemian Rhapsody is the story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.
The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
61% Rotten Tomatoes
(2 hours 14 minutes)
The Favourite (2018) is a multi award winning film featuring stellar performances from its 3 leading ladies, all multi award winners, including Olivia Colman scooping an Oscar for Best Actress.
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving.
A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper.
When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots.
As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
"This tragicomedy set in the court of Queen Anne boasts daring performances from its three female stars and lashings of lust, intrigue and deceit" (The Guardian)
Please note : this film contains strong sexual content, nudity and language.
93% Rotten Tomatoes
(1 hours 59 minutes)