Aylsham Picture House recommends II

We thought it was time for some more recommendations from our committee and supporters. Once again please find below synopses and links to trailers for some great films, along with suggestions on where you can find the films.

Deux Jours Un Nuit/Two Days One Night (French, subtitles) 2014
A young woman has just one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses, so that she can keep her job.  A sensitive and quietly powerful film.
View the trailer here

(Amazon Prime, Chili, iTunes, BFIPlayer, Youtube)

The Two Popes 2019
In the Vatican, Pope Benedict and the future Pope Francis discuss and argue to find a consensus between their respective conservative and progressive viewpoints, to forge a new path for the Catholic Church. Brilliantly acted by Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins. Clever, subtle and entertaining.
View the trailer here

(Netflix)

Leave No Trace 2018
A father and daughter live a secluded existence in a beautiful nature reserve in Oregon.  When a small mistake reveals their existence to the authorities they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a new home. ‘a powerful and poignant story’… ‘immensely moving’…
View the trailer here

(Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, BFIPlayer)

Spotlight 2015
In 2001 journalists of the Boston Globe set out to investigate allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. Gripping and intelligent dramatisation of a very painful and complex story which needs to be told.
View the trailer here
(Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, BFIPlayer)

We hope you enjoy some (or all?) of these films, and please continue to look after yourself and your nearest and dearest.

Aylsham Picture House recommends…

While Aylsham Picture House remains closed for the foreseeable future, we hope you have been able to continue watching great films at home in our absence. However, if you need a little inspiration, here are some recommendations from volunteers and friends of APH.

Firstly, several of our committee members recommend ‘Bait’, a British film set in a Cornish fishing village, where tensions grow between local fishermen and a family of Londoners visiting their holiday cottage.

It’s quite a dark film, but with funny moments too.  And technically adventurous, shot in black and white. The critics loved it, and it won several awards in the UK and abroad.  Some people found it pretentious….see what you think! Follow the link below to a review and trailer:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/sep/01/bait-review-mark-jenkin-cornish-fishing-village

If it looks and sounds up your street, it can be viewed through Amazon Prime,  BFI Player, and Curzon Home Cinema for around £4.49 if you don’t have a subscription.

For those of you who fancy something a little lighter, and if you have children you need to keep entertained, another recommendation if you haven’t already seen it (but it is also well worth another watch!) is ‘Song of the Sea’, a beautiful and poignant animated film which follows the story of a 10-year-old Irish boy named Ben who discovers that his mute sister Saoirse, whom he blames for the apparent death of his mother, is a selkie who has to free faerie creatures from the Celtic goddess Macha. You can watch a trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrhoOzW8oF8

And if you like the look of that you can watch the film via YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime for £2.49 (unless you have a subscription)

The final recommendation for this edition of Aylsham Picture House recommends is a powerful documentary called ‘Salam Neighbor’ which a friend of the cinema who has spent time working in Syria and other parts of the Middle East suggested we should share with our audience. As we are unable to show it on the big screen, we thought we would share the link so you can watch it at home.

Salam Neighbor is an award-winning feature documentary made in 2015 but just as relevant now. The film and the campaign which came from it aim to connect the world to refugees. The film-makers set out to tell the stories of Syrian refugees in a refugee camp in Jordan with the dignity they deserve and the depth the world needs. Although it still feels like a simplified view of the refugee crisis, the film does have real impact and is well worth watching.

Both the trailer and access to the full film can be found here: http://salamneighbor.org/

The film is available to watch free on Amazon Prime  (£4.49 if you don’t have a subscription), or costs £2.77 to watch on Vimeo. If you do decide to watch it, please be aware that the first 5 or so minutes contain some graphic images which some viewers may find disturbing.

We hope you enjoy watching these films, and please feel free to let us know what you think of them via Twitter or Facebook.

Free 90 day trial offer from Mubi

For those of you missing Aylsham Picture House, and cinema in general, we thought you would like to know you can watch a selection of films on the film platform Mubi free for 90 days via this link:

Free 90 day trial

They have a rolling roster of curated films, and new films are added daily. They also have a library of films you can access during the free trial. Many of the films on the site are foreign language films with subtitles, so it’s worth checking there are films on there you would like to watch before signing up:

Now Showing

Library

This offer is extended to you via our partners at Cinema For All.

Please note that you will have to register on the website and give credit or debit card details to start the trial, and you will be charged £9.99 a month if you don’t cancel your subscription before the end of the trial. Make sure you check the terms and conditions before signing up.

Happy viewing from all at Aylsham Picture House.

This Friday’s showing of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

This coming Friday would have seen the showing of the third film in our current season, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

As we are once again not able to gather on Friday we would like to share the recipe of another lovely cocktail, which the members of the Aylsham Picture House organising committee will be making and drinking on Friday.

Do join us in making the cocktail on Friday and toasting absent friends and the happier times which are hopefully just around the corner. And feel free to send us photos of yourselves and your creations so we can add them to our Facebook page!

Thinking of you all and hoping to see you again soon, very best wishes from all at Aylsham Picture House.

The French ’75*

Known in France simply as a “soixante quinze” (75), this is the perfect cocktail to lift the lockdown blues.

Ingredients:

45ml gin
15ml lemon juice
7.5 ml sugar syrup (made by gently dissolving two parts sugar to one part water in a pan and chilling when cool)
Champagne or other bubbles

Method:

Place gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a flute, top up with bubbles
Maybe give it a (careful) stir
Add a twist of lemon peel if you have it – eh voila!
Quantities of gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup can all be adjusted according to taste (every recipe seems to call for something different quantity wise, so there really are no rules).

It’s best to chill not only the fizz, but also the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup, so that the end result is suitably cold. Ice cubes can be added, and some recipes suggest it, but this does risk watering down the delicious end result.

*Inspiration behind the name: It is named after the French 75-millimetre light field gun which, due to its portability and rate of fire, was the mainstay of the French army during the First World War. The gun was known for its accuracy and speed, and the French 75 is said to have such a kick that it felt like being hit by just such a weapon. Cheers!

VE Day film from the archives

East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) has put together a 10 minute compilation archive film to help us celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. You can watch the film via EAFA’s website by following this link:
 
 
Presenting a snapshot of life on the home front, the film features archive material from across East Anglia and the compilation includes clips from a number of films in EAFA’s collection dating from World War II, with scenes from Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands War Weapons Week, Norwich city centre after the Baedeker raids, street parties celebrating VE Day, and more.
 
Full-length versions of most of the films featured can be found on the EAFA website www.eafa.org.uk, along with a variety of other films of wartime Britain, and for more information about the films or to delve deeper into the Archive’s collections you can contact eafa@uea.ac.uk. You can also follow EAFA on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/eastanglianfilmarchive/.
 
We hope you enjoy watching it.

This evening’s showing of Jellyfish

This evening we would have been showing the film Jellyfish, and we were expecting to be joined by the film’s producer Nik Holttum, who is also one of the famous mixologists who come and make us cocktails once a year in November.

As we are not able to gather this evening for what would have been (and will be, once we reschedule the showing) a memorable occasion, we thought we would mark it by giving you the recipe of the Jellyfish cocktail we were going to be serving.

We hope you join us in making the cocktail (or a version of it) this evening and drinking to absent friends and better times ahead. And feel free to send us photos of yourselves and your creations so we can add them to our Facebook page!

With very best wishes from all at Aylsham Picture House.

The recipe:

JELLYFISH RHUBARB COCKTAIL
45 ml gin
3 tbspns Rhubarb Syrup
Juice of half a lime
(1 tbsp elderflower cordial, optional)
100 ml tonic water
14 rhubarb stalk, trimmed
Ice cubes
Make the rhubarb syrup ahead of time, so it’s cold when you start mixing drinks.
Fill a glass with ice cubes. Pour in the gin, syrup, lime juice (and cordial, if using), give everything a good stir and top with the tonic water. Serve with a rhubarb stalk as a stirrer.

Rhubarb Syrup (makes about 240 ml)
600g rhubarb, cut into 5 cm pieces
200g sugar
240 ml water

Put rhubarb, sugar and water in a heavy saucepan and bring to the boil.

Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb is completely soft and the liquid has thickened slightly, about 20 mins. Pour through a fine sieve and let the rhubarb drain, pressing to extract all the liquid. Pour into a clean jar and cover.

Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Can be served with ice cream, or in gin cocktails.