The Hurt Locker

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It’s our third recommendation as part of the Ardhowen Theatre’s ‘Intermission’ programme of virtual, online and Live in Lockdown events and activities.

Released in 2009, The Hurt Locker is a spell-binding film about a bomb disposal team in Iraq. It is a nail-biting action thriller, full of tension and edge-of-the-seat suspense.

The screenplay is by Mark Boal, who as a journalist was embedded with troops and bomb squads in Iraq, and for which he won an Oscar.

The film stars Jeremy Renner, in a compelling performance as the suicidally brave bomb-disposal technician, Staff Sgt James. He is both expert and maverick, takes terrifying risks but somehow survives. The insane danger, the life-threatening risk, the adrenaline rush…. it’s like some sort of drug high to him and seemingly as addictive.

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, it garnered much critical acclaim and she won the Oscar for Best Director in 2010, the first woman to do so. In achieving her award, she famously beat her ex-husband, James Cameron, nominated for the then highest grossing film in modern history, ‘Avatar’.

 

Selma

IMG_2386This week’s choice is ‘Selma’, nominated for Best Picture at both the Golden Globes and Oscars and earning it the description as “one of the finest films ever about the civil rights movement in the USA”.

The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr Martin Luther King Jr led a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition, culminating in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which led President Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement that forever altered history. David Oyelowo is impressive as Martin Luther King.

A powerful film that reflects not just history but the current groundswell of change demanded for #BlackLivesMatter

Citizen Kane

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For our 1st recommendation, we’ve picked that 1941 screen classic, “Citizen Kane”. This is Orson Welles’s 1st feature film, and he is producer, co-screenwriter, director and leading actor. It is the epic tale of a publishing tycoon’s rise and fall and is considered by many to be the greatest film ever made. Remarkably it lost out to “How Green Was My Valley” for the Oscar for Best Picture. In fact it was nominated for 9 Academy Awards but won only one, for Best Original Screenplay. It is available to watch on BBC iplayer, in their Silver Screen Classics section.

In addition, for avid film lovers, “David Stratton’s Story of Australian Cinema”, also on BBC iplayer, is well worth a look.

Extra Ordinary

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Fermanagh Film Club in conjunction with Film Hub NI are hosting ‘Extra Ordinary’ on Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 8pm in Waterways Ireland, Enniskillen.

A woman who has supernatural abilities must save a possessed girl. Though driving instructor Rose has a love-hate relationship with her abilities, she decides to help Martin and his daughter Sarah.

GAZA

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Fermanagh Film Club in conjunction with Film Hub NI are hosting GAZA on Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 8pm in Waterways Ireland, Enniskillen.

GAZA, which is predominantly filmed in the Arabic language, is a beautiful and poignant documentary made from inside the Gaza strip and brings the audience into a unique place beyond the reach of TV news reports to reveal the humanity within a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters. The film is a cinematic portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict. This intimate film depicts people plagued by conflict but not defined by it, and journeys through a physically broken and battered landscape, leaving its diverse cast of real characters speak for themselves.

Gaza was produced by Brendan J. Byrne (No Stone Unturned, Bobby Sands: 66 Days) for Fine Point Films, along with Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell for Real Films and Paul Cadieux (P.S. Jerusalem, The Settlers). It was funded by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, Filmoption International, ZDF/ARTE with support from Northern Ireland Screen.