Yet another fantastic turnout to Another Year and we’re already very excited about Senna

Members of Nantwich Big Cheese Film Club are celebrating yet another fantastic turnout to see Another Year.

A total of 68 people turned up to see our latest film by highly acclaimed British director Mike Leigh.

It’s really encouraging to see so many people turn up to support our venture. We’ve had terrific feedback from our audience and lots of encouragement which makes all the hard work we put in to getting the club going worthwhile. During the long period it took to get this project of the ground, we always thought we had a good idea and now we have had such a fantastic turnout to our initial films it’s great to know our gut instincts were right.

Thank you to everyone who keep on turning up to support us. Without your great support, our venture would not be possible.

The film club’s next film Senna will be screened at 7.45pm in The Crown Ballroom on Thursday 10th November. Directed by Asif Kapadia, the film is the story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80′s, the film follows Senna’s struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Yet he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time – and in Brasil as a Saint. View reviews and trailers here.

Tickets, priced £5, are available from the The Crown Hotel reception in advance or on the door on the night, subject to availability.

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Mornflake to sponsor Another Year

Organisers of Nantwich Big Cheese Film Club are thrilled to announce the sponsorship of their next film by Mornflake.

With its many and varied scenes of domestic ‘bliss’, the club’s up-and-coming film Another Year by highly acclaimed British director Mike Leigh is an ideal film for sponsorship by the Morning Food company which has been milling oats locally since 1675.

Another Year will be screened on Thursday 20th October  at 7.45pm in the Ballroom of the Crown Hotel. Movie goers are encouraged to go along from 7.15pm for a drink and a chat before the film.

Big Cheese chairman Graham Egerton said: “We are delighted that Mornflake has agreed to sponsor our next film, a fantastic endorsement for our venture.

“If last month’s launch was anything to go by we are expecting a good turnout for Another Year and  can’t wait to hear what people think about the film. Everyone is encouraged to stay behind in the bar for a drink and a chat afterwards.”

Nantwich Big Cheese Film Club will show independent, foreign language and classic films each month. It aims to establish a ‘cinema’ for Nantwich, cultivating a quality and educational movie experience for members of the public and encouraging discussion in get-togethers before and after each screening. A season of films is available on the website:

The club is open to all film lovers over the age of 16 (under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian)

Tickets, priced £5, are now available from the reception of The Crown Hotel.  Alternatively, they can be purchased on the night, subject to availability.

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A magical night for the launch of The Big Cheese

We couldn’t have got off to a better start, with a FULL HOUSE for our launch at The Crown Hotel last night. A big thank you to everyone who came along! And of course a big thank-you to The Crown for allowing us to use their magnificent ballroom for our venture.

Everyone enjoyed a glass of bubbly on arrival before making their way up to the ballroom for our inaugural screening of the 1988 Academy Award winning Cinema Paradiso. The film held the audience captivated and worked its magic on us all. Which for me begs two questions – is young Toto the cutest character to ever hit the silver screen? And does Cinema Paradiso have one of the best endings in film history?

We’ve decided to hold onto our copy of the Directors Cut (an hour longer with the re-appearance of Toto’s true love) and raffle it off with our other films for a bumper treat at the end of the year.

We had lots of comments praising the film and have taken on board those about the seats – we are working on it but in the meantime you are welcome to bring your own cushions to future screenings.

Another Year has received rave reviews

Which brings us to our next film, Another Year, which we will screen on Thursday 20th October.  Another Year is the latest creation by the great British director Mike Leigh. Tom (Jim Broadbent) and Gerri (Ruth Sheen) are a couple drifting past middle age into their sixties with a happy marriage and a grown son, Joe (Oliver Maltman), an activist lawyer who hasn’t yet settled down, much to the frustration of his mother. One of Gerri’s co-workers and close friends is Mary (Lesley Manville), who puts on a show of good cheer, despite suffering desperate loneliness since her husband left her, and has been drowning her sorrows in wine. Gerri has unsuccessfully tried to fix Mary up with Tom’s sloppy but good natured pal Ken (Peter Wight), and she’s startled when Mary begins openly flirting with Joe, more than 20 years her junior.

Leigh is a popular choice of great actors due to his extraordinary flair in bringing out the best in them by allowing them to develop their own characters. Leigh begins each project without a script. Instead, he works from a basic premise which is developed through improvisation by the actors. He works initially one-to-one with each, developing a character who is based, in the first place, on someone he or she knows. It is only after months of rehearsal, that Leigh writes a shooting script, a bare scenario. Then, on the shoot, on location, after further ‘real rehearsing’, the script is finalised. The result is a moving, edgy and emotionally honest picture of people trying to make sense of their lives.

We will show Another Year at 7.45pm on Thursday 20th October – arrive early if you fancy a drink and a chinwag!

Tickets, priced £5, will be available from The Crown Hotel reception from Monday 3rd October or on the door on the night. See you there – and don’t forget your cushions!