All perfomances at Linlithgow Academy Theatre, curtain up 7.30pm.

Please note that Guest Tickets are available for all performances at the door;  Adults: £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Under 16 Concessions £4.00

Monday 16th September 2018

A Star is Born (2018)

15 USA 136 mins Drama/Music/Romance IMDb 7.7/10
Director - Bradley Cooper
Cast - Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliot

A musican, Jack (Cooper) helps a young singer, Ally (Lady Gaga) to find fame & fortune as age/alcoholism sends his own career into a downward spiral. Excellent performances from both Cooper and Lady Gaga who sings a jaw dropping version of “La Vie en Rose” and received a best original song Oscar for “Shallow”.

Monday 23rd September 2019

Green Book (2018)

12A USA 127mins Biography/Comedy/Drama IMDb 8.2/10
Director - Peter Farrelly
Cast - Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

In 1962 “Tony Lip” Vallelonga (Mortensen) is an out of work tough Italian-American Night Club bouncer who reluctantly accepts a job driving an African-American Concert Pianist Dr Don Shirley (Ali) on a 8 week concert tour in the Deep South. The journey begins armed with a copy of “The Negro Motorist Green Book” a travel guide to safe travel through the racially segregated Southern States. We follow the developing relationship between an uneducated, tough, streetwise white man serving a well-educated and talented African American. They have to get over their differences and survive the dangers in an era of segregation and racism ultimately coming to an understanding that changes both their lives. Both men died within 3 months of each other in 2013 after 50 years of friendship.

Monday 7th October 2019
Return of the Hero (2018) Subtitled
12A French 90min Comedy/History IMDb 6.4/10
Director - Laurent Tirard
Cast - Jean Dujardin, Melanie Laurent, Noemie Merlant

A fresh, funny, entertaining French Romantic Comedy set in 1809. Captain Neville (Jean Dujardin) is called to the front leaving his future wife heartbroken. He neglects to send any letters to his bride-to-be so her sister starts to write letters pretending these are from him with ever more fantastic lies and making him out to be a war hero.
The problem starts when he turns up as a vagabond after deserting his regiment and then adopts the folk hero persona created for him.

Monday 21st October 2019
First Man (2018)
12A USA 141mins Biography/Drama/History IMDb 7.2/10
Director - Damien Chazelle
Cast - Ryan Gosling, Clair Foy, Jason Clarke

Hard to believe the Moon landings were 50 years ago!

This film looks at the life of Neil Armstrong who, on 20th July 1969, became the first man to walk on the moon.
Armstrong was an engineer, an excellent Pilot (the general consensus amongst NASA astronauts was that he was the best pilot among them) and most of all a perfectionist but he was also a private, introverted man.
This film does not portray him as a sympathetic character however the Armstrong’s sons said of the film that it is a most accurate portrayal of both their father and their mother. Ryan Gosling plays Armstrong perfectly and Clair Foy plays his wife.

Monday 4th November 2019
Wild Rose (2018)

15 UK 100 mins Drama/Music IMDb 7.7/10
Director - Tom Harper
Cast - Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo

Wild Rose (Buckley) is Rose-Lynn a Glasgow girl whose passion is to get out of Glasgow and become a country singer in Nashville. There are obstacles facing her as she is just out of prison, has no job and has two children. Buckley is a star turn (and sings her own songs) but she is ably supported by Walters (as Rose’s mum who is on Rose’s case) and Okonedo (who plays her unlikely champion). Not a musical but an amusing, poignant drama with a good sound track. A Feel Good Romp of a Film.

Monday 11th November 2019
Long Shot (2019)

15 USA 125 mins Comedy/Romance IMDb 7.4/10
Director - Jonathan Levine
Cast - Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen

Fred Flarsky (Rogan) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world, smart, sophisticated, a powerhouse of a diplomat with a talent for almost anything. The two have nothing in common except that she was his childhood babysitter and his childhood crush. When Fred unexpectedly reconnects with Charlotte he charms her and she, impulsively, hires him as her speechwriter as she prepares to run for President much to the dismay of her advisors.
A fish out of water in Charlotte’s elite team Fred is unprepared for life in the limelight. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.
A funny, smart and well-made romantic comedy for the modern age.

Monday 18th November 2019
The Keeper (2018)

15 UK 120 mins Biography/Drama/Romance IMDb 7.8/10
Director - Marcus Rosenmuller
Cast - David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw

An extraordinary love story involving a German POW in 1944.
John Friar (Henshaw) spots Bert (Kross) playing in goals in a POW camp football match. He is impressed and persuades the camp commander to let Bert play for the local team. Bert falls for Margaret Friar (Mavor) and rather than return to Germany on his release he stays and marries her. Bert is later recruited by Manchester City and plays with them 1949-64.The marriage and the playing career cause all sorts of problems. This is a film with much to say about how peace, forgiveness and reconciliation can broker a path through intractable and divisive prejudices.

Monday 9th December 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

12A USA 134 mins Biography/Drama/Musical IMDb 8/10
Director - Bryan Singer
Cast - Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Guilym Lee

Based on the true story of Freddie Mercury and Queen from their formation until Live Aid in 1985.
The film chronicles Mercury’s (Malek) journey from Heathrow baggage handler to world famous artist. The problems he encountered along the way do not always make easy watching but it is an interesting journey accompanied by great music throughout culminating in the fantastic high of the Live Aid concert.
The recreation of the Live Aid Concert involved use of Boringdon Airfield in Hemel Hempstead and some magic by a special effects team to conjure up a 72,000 audience.

Monday 27th January 2020
BlackkKlansman (2018)
15 USA 135mins Biography/Crime/Drama IMDb 7.5/10
Director - Spike Lee
Cast - John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier

 Based on the true story of Ron Stallworth (Washington) an African-American Police Officer in Colorado Springs in the 1970’s who successfully manages to infiltrate the local Klu Klux Klan branch with the help of a fellow (Jewish) officer who eventually becomes its leader. The police force is racist and Ron is their first African American Officer whom they consign to a dead end job in records. He sees an advert inviting people to join the KKK branch and having a white sounding telephone voice he succeeds in doing so. For meetings in person he persuades fellow officer Flip Zimmerman (who being Jewish belongs to another ethnic group targeted by the KKK) to stand in for him.
The Director Spike Lee manages to inject a fair amount of humour into a serious subject. An interesting and engaging Film.
Note: Ron Stallworth wanted Denzil Washington to play him but in the end was ecstatic that Denzil’s son got the job.

Monday 3rd February 2020
Fisherman’s Friends (2019)

12A UK 112mins Comedy/Drama/Music IMDb 6.9/10
Director - Chris Foggin
Cast - Tuppence Middleton, James Purefoy, Daniel Mays

 A fictionalised version of the discovery of the Folk Group from Port Issac, Cornwall who had a top 10 album of Sea Shanties in 2010. Danny (Mays) is a London Music Agent sent to Cornwall to book a “group” but finds (and signs) Fisherman’s Friends. His colleagues are shocked but he perseveres and the Film follows his journey in both music and romance.
A genteel, feel good British Rom Com more fiction than fact but much of it did happen - just sit back and enjoy.

Monday 17th February 2020
Outlaw King (2018)
18 UK 121mins Action/Biograhy/Drama IMDb 7.0/10
Director - David Mackenzie
Cast - Chris Pine, Stephen Dillane, Rebecca Robin, Tony Curran

Set in the period 1304-07. William Wallace has been executed and the Scottish Lords are vying for power. We follow Robert the Bruce after he kills John Comyn and assumes the Scottish Crown. Chris Pine is good as Bruce and ably supported by many talented Scottish and British character actors. The sense of period is evident in costume, weaponry and, ever present, mud. The 18 certificate arises from the violence of medieval battle which is well portrayed on screen. We start with the siege of Stirling Castle and finish with the Battle of Louden Hill in 1307 still 7 years before Bannockburn. Linlithgow features in many scenes including lochside, outside and inside the Palace and two scenes inside St Michael’s intended to represent two different churches.
Note: In the Film Edward the Second is at Louden Hill although in History he was not - A former Braveheart script writer was obviously at work!

Monday 24th February 2020
Up for Love (2016)

12 French 98min Comedy/Romance IMDb 6.3/10
Director - Laurent Tirard
Cast - Jean Dujardin, Virginie Efira

Diane (divorced) is a well-known lawyer who loses her phone. She receives a call from Alexandre who has found her phone. He is charming, a perfect gentleman and he makes a connection with Diane. They agree to meet so he can return her phone. On meeting Diane discovers he is only 4ft 6in tall. From that moment Diane tries to overcome the prejudices of society and her own fears and experiences the time of her life.
A charming and beautifully made film - as only the French can.

Monday 2nd March 2020
Widows (2017)

15 USA 129min Crime/Drama/Thriller IMDb 7.10
Director - Steve McQueen
Cast - Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debick, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson

Harry Rawlings (Neeson), a renowned thief, is killed alongside his partners Carlos, Florek and Jimmy in a botched robbery. His widow Veronica (Davis) is threatened by crime boss Jamel Manning who seeks return of $2 million stolen from him by Harry and partners. Veronica finds Harry’s notebook which contains detailed plans for a $5 million heist. She recruits a friend and the other widows to carry out the robbery.
An entertaining, fast moving thriller with a nice twist, set in contemporary Chicago.
Based on a 1983 British TV series.

Monday 16th March 2020
AGM of Linlithgow Film Society followed by: -
Stan and Ollie (2018)
PG UK/Canada/USA 98mins Biography/comedy/Comedy
IMDb 7.3/10
Director - Jon S Baird
Cast - Steve Coogan, John C Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda

The “true story” of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act on their last post-war theatre tour of Britain and Ireland.
Stan Laurel (Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (Reilly) are recreated by these two talented actors, the resemblance to the stars is remarkable (see news clips during the credits). With their golden days behind them they take on a gruelling tour of nearly all the variety halls in the UK supported by their wives Lucille (Henderson) and Ida (Arianda) both actresses giving super performances - a double act in their own right.
Drama, laughs, tears a fitting tribute to our lost but not forgotten stars.
Notes: There is a Laurel & Hardy Museum in Ulverston, Cumbria (Stan’s birthplace) with many artefacts from Stan’s career.
The Hippodrome Silent Film Festival usually includes Laurel and Hardy shorts.