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:
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:
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.
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.