Friday, August 14, 10.30am and Sunday, August 16, 2.00pm
Red Joan - recent release (2018)
Red Joan, an intriguing British espionage story about Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) who is a retired widow in her old age being placed under arrest and questioned by the British Secret Service.
She is charged with breaches of the Official Secrets Act, providing classified scientific information including details on the building of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Government.
The film, based on true events, was inspired by the life of Melita Norwood who worked at the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association as a secretary.
She supplied the Soviet Union with nuclear secrets. The materials that Norwood betrayed to the USSR hastened the pace at which the Soviets developed nuclear bomb technology.
The young Joan Stanley (Sophie Cookson) is studying physics at Cambridge. She became involved with Communists and radical politics through her friend Sonya (Tereza Srbova) and Leo ( Tom Hughes) a German Jew.
Her story is recalled through flashbacks as Joan in her retirement is questioned vigorously by the Special Branch.
Lionsgate Films in Colour.
- Cast: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova and Tom Hughes
Friday, August 21, 10.30am and Sunday, August 23, 2.00pm
Jo Jo Rabbit new release (2019) Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Jojo Rabbit is a comedy-drama about a lonely young German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.
Jojo, a Hitler Youth Member questions his beliefs and with his imaginary friend must confront his blind nationalism.
The film was written and directed by Taika Waititi but he also plays the part of Jojo's imaginary friend, Hitler.
Taika Waititi also wrote and directed the much loved New Zealand film "Hunt For the Wilderpeople".
- Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi and Rebel Wilson