The Help from our resident reviewer

When I first saw our film club advertising “The Help,” I dreaded seeing it. Although it has been acknowledge as one of the very best films of 2011 and also recognised by the Academy Awards Institution. Basically it was a film from a very successful book. How could this ever be replicated on the big screen?

 Well, after reading all the reviews I have changed my mind. The more I read, the more my anticipation grows. I now want to see it and will be there on Monday the 14th January 2013.

 ‘’The Help’’ is an inspirational courageous and empowering story about  very difficult, extraordinary women in the 1960s Mississippi South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project, one that breaks society’s rules and puts them all at risk. It is filled with poignancy, humour and hope.

 “The Help” stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives—and a small Mississippi town—upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families.  Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, who is the first to open up—to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories—and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly—and unwillingly—caught up in the changing times.

The Help – Monday 14th January 2013 7.15

Please note early start time of 07:15 as the film is 2.5 hours long.


NANTWICH Big Cheese Film Club host their first night of 2013 with a screening of Oscar-winner The Help this Monday

(January 14).

The Help

Featuring an ensemble cast, the film tells the story of a young white woman, Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan,    and her relationship with two black maids during the Civil Rights era in America. Skeeter is a journalist who writes a book from the point of view of the maids, exposing the racism they face.

The film was nominated for four Oscars last year with Octavia Spencer winning Best Supporting Actress.


Rare Exports – Monday 10th December 2012

A film for those who think they don’t believe in Santa Claus anymore.

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up!
This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.
Based on award winning shorts of director Jalmari Helander that have already acquired a cult reputation in the internet.
The film focuses on a group of local reindeer herders whose Christmas is disturbed by excavations on the mountain. A scientist has ordered a team of workers to dig open what he calls “the largest burial mound in the world”. An explosive used by the team uncovers what is referred to as a “sacred grave”. However, the occupant of the grave is still alive. Soon, the reindeer important to the local people are mysteriously killed, and children and supplies begin to disappear from the town. It emerges that the occupant is the source of the original Santa Claus myth; a supernatural being who, rather than rewarding good children, punishes the naughty. One family, however, manages to catch the culprit in a trap, and plans to sell it to the scientist to cover the losses caused by his excavation.

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