“Living” is a drama, starring Bill Nighy. In 1950s London, a humourless bureaucrat decides to take time off work to experience life after receiving a grim diagnosis.
Everyone who had seen the film found it excellent and worth seeing. Bill Nighy came across as living the part, not just acting. There is more dialogue than acting. The film gives a good impression of London in the 1950s. One of the other characters, Aimee (played by Margaret Harris), came across as charming and pleasant. Her role was as an ordinary young girl and which was appreciated.
One member of the class was able to catch up with “Fabelmans” which had been screened last year. It is a well-made film, with a useful message for teens – you can do this.
“Allelujah” is a drama, set in the geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital threatened with closure. Some believe it a little confronting for an older demographic. The story has a bit of a twist towards the end. Jennifer Saunders takes on a much more serious role than she is often known for and plays a major character in the storyline. Others include Derek Jacobi and Judi Dench.
Performances were good, and it was an interesting depiction of an aging hospital. It is unclear as to when it is set, although after the closure of the hospital, one of the characters is seen in a more modern setting during the COVID period.
“Fisherman’s Friends 2: One and All” is a comedy and drama. Following the success of their first album, the Fisherman's Friends struggle to adjust to their new-found fame and work towards a second album. It was a good entertaining film, with some great singing.
Finally, “80 for Brady” is a comedy that will screen at BPACC at the end of May and early June. It is light entertainment with some relevant messages. Stars are Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field, so it cannot be all bad.
There are several films members of the class are interested in during May. These include “AIR”, the story of the development by Nike of the Air Jordan brand; “John Farnham: Finding the Voice”, a documentary; and “Polite Society”, a comedy about Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage.
Our focus for our June class will be “Polite Society”, although we will also discuss any other films watched by members of the class.