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Featuring rare archive footage, dystopian visions, and award-winning performances, the Byre Film Club’s line-up for this semester has something for everyone.
The Byre Film Club is showcasing an exciting array of films from February until the end of May. These listings range from mainstream award winners to under-appreciated gems. The Film Club screens every Thursday at 10:30am and tickets are £6. There are also a number of offers when you join the Byre Film Club, including free screenings for those who bulk book in advance, discounts to other performances at the Byre and you get the chance to suggest what the two wild cards are each season to get the chance of seeing your choice on screen. Membership is free and complimentary tea and coffee is served from 10 am before the screening.
So, let’s get into the films themselves. So far this month, The Byre has screened Coco Before Chanel, River Blue, and The Human Element. The latter two were part of the Green Film Festival at the Byre. If you have picked up the paper early in morning then you still have time to head to the Byre to watch their 10:30am screening of the classic dystopian thriller Soylent Green.
To coincide with Glasgow Film Festival’s strand Are We There Yet? A Retrospective of the Future, the Byre will screen The Day the Earth Caught Fire on Thursday, the 27th of February. In this BAFTA-winning film, the threat of nuclear annihilation haunts a Fleet Street hack’s investigation into the strange meteorological events happening all around the globe. Nuclear bomb tests have knocked the planet off its axis, altering climate zones, leaving London sweltering in unbearable heat and placing Earth on a collision course with the Sun. This doomsday classic offers a rare opportunity to witness the fears and anxieties of escalating Cold War tensions, as well as how cinema depicted the shape of things to come.
In March, Her Century presents a collection of rarely-seen films following women’s histories through 100 years of filmmaking in Scotland, curated by the National Library of Scotland. Scotland’s women lived through major social change in the twentieth century, challenging their roles in society and fighting for equality: at work and at home, classroom to croft, girlhood to motherhood. Her Century is being shown in celebration of International Women’s Day on the 8th March. Discover their stories and hear their voices, which are guaranteed to spark debate.
It’s then time for a truly uplifting film with Supa Moda on Thursday, 19 March. Not all heroes wear capes, however that’s all nine-year old Jo has ever dreamed about. Sadly, her vision of becoming a super-heroine is short-lived by a terminal illness. Once back home however, her whole village mastermind a genius plan that will make her wish come true. This gem of a film is shown in Kikuyu, Swahili, and English with English subtitles.
Other highlights of the Byre Film Club include the award-winning Stan and Ollie on Thursday, 12 March, telling the story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy act, Laurel and Hardy. In post-war Britain their golden era was long behind them, but the pair’s love of performing, and of each other, remained as strong as ever. In contrast, the extreme end of one’s love for their art is explored by Natalie Portman’s award-winning performance in Black Swan on Thursday, 26 March. A psychological drama, both a horror and a metaphor for artistic creation and perfection, this film follows a ballerina who mentally unravels as she pursues her dream role.
The Byre Film Club brings carefully curated cinema to our small seaside town. It is exciting to have such a diverse, entertaining, and informative array of films at our fingertips. Whether it is that film you are dying to see, but just have not got a chance too, or something unknown and intriguing. The Byre Film Club will have something to peak your curiosity over the next three months.
Browse the full listings below:
Thursday 27th February – The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Thursday 5th March – Her Century
Thursday 12th March – Stan and Ollie
Thursday 19th March – Supa Modo
Thursday 26th March – Black Swan
Thursday 2nd April – Night Train to Lisbon
Thursday 9th April – The Birds
Thursday 23rd April – Honeyland
Thursday 30 April – The Peanut Butter Falcon
Thursday 7th May – Mary Queen of Scots
Thursday 14th May – Last Breath
Thursday 21st May – Turning Point
Thursday 28th May – Dunkirk
For more information, visit the Byre website: https://byretheatre.com/