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Haddenham & District Film Festival
"Cinema Through the Decades"

This film festival is a local community initiative by Haddenham & District Rotary Club working in partnership with Haddenham, Cuddington, Long Crendon and Bishopstone film clubs, supported by the Aylesbury Vale Arts Council.

The theme of the festival is "Cinema through the Decades" with some of the best films from the eight decades 1940 to the present day, showing over the weekend of Friday 14th — Sunday 16th November.

Rotary Club President Nigel Pledger said "Although Rotary is best known for its fund-raising for good causes, we also support the local communities by working with them on events and services. There is considerable interest in film in this part of the Aylesbury Vale."

Festival co-ordinator Rotarian Brian Foster said "Many films need to be seen on a big screen rather than the TV. Each of these villages is well equipped with good facilities for showing films as they were meant to be seen. We have used the experience and judgement of the local film group organisers to assemble the programme. As well as showing how cinema has developed over the last 80 years, the festival will provide an opportunity to see some old favourites again, maybe some that were missed first time round, as well as great examples of modern film-making"

The festival will open on the Friday evening with a showing of "The Last Emperor", directed by Bernado Bertolucci in the 1980s. Jeremy Thomas, the film's producer who lives locally, will formally open the festival and speak about the film. "The Last Emperor" charts the dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, who started life in the Forbidden City as the object of worship by the people and ended up as an obscure peasant worker.

In Haddenham, the Youth & Community Centre is being equipped with an eight foot screen and permanent projection and audio equipment which will be used to show two films during the festival. The Chairman of the Centre's trustees, Dr David Palmer, said "This will be a great step forward for the village, to enable films to be shown on a regular basis, and for the use of groups hiring the centre. The new equipment has been provided through grants from the Haddenham Beer Festival and the Haddenham Fete, plus donations from Rotary and the U3A"

The full programme:

"The Last Emperor" (1980s) Friday 14 November 7.30pm Bernard Hall, Cuddington
"Amélie" (2000s) Friday 14 November 8.00pm Village Hall, Bishopstone
"Charade" (1960s) Saturday 15 November 3.00pm Y&CC, Haddenham
"The Sting" (1970s) Saturday 15 November 8.00pm Village Hall, Bishopstone
"Brighton Rock" (1940s) Saturday 15 November 7.30pm Community Library, Long Crendon
"The Rocket" (2010s) Sunday 16 November 3.00pm Community Library, Long Crendon
"Topsy-Turvy" (1990s) Sunday 16 November 7.30pm Bernard Hall, Cuddington
"Strangers on a Train" (1950s) Sunday 16 November 8.00pm Y&CC, Haddenham

Tickets are £5 each with discounts for enthusiasts booking three or more different films

Further information about each film is available on www.haddenham-rotary.org.uk

and from
Bishopstone: Martin Diver (01296 749957)
Cuddington: Village Stores
Haddenham: Little Italy at Fort End
Long Crendon: Community Library