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Film

Sunday 24th May 12:50pm

Dear White People

Part of the Pixelate Film Festival:

Dir: Justin Simien – 108 mins (12A)

A campus culture war between blacks and whites at a predominantly white school comes to a head when the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party.

This film confronts the issues of segregation, cultural diversity, sexuality and learning to accept things. It presents a comedic remedy for talking about real life issues.

Ticket Price: only £1 plus £1 Poly Fund

Film

Monday 25th May - Wednesday 27th May

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Dir: Isao Takahata – JAPAN – 137mins (U)

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making.

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (voiced by James Caan) and his wife (voiced by Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady . The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.

Beautiful and breathtaking animation that gives this wonderful film a style that is both simple and sophisticated.

Talks

Wednesday 27th May 1:30pm

Dr. Sandra Rothwell: The Economic Catalyst of the Falmouth/Penryn Creative Cluster

Dr Sandra Rothwell is the Chief Executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.   Initially establishing and now driving forward the Partnership to lead on private sector-led economic growth and success in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, she is responsible for the implementation of the £1bn Strategic Economic Plan for the area which includes the 2013-20 EU Programmes.  Sandra played a lead role in securing early success for the LEP including Regional Growth Funds and the Aerohub Enterprise Zone.

Sandra will be reflecting on the economic potential of the mix of expertise found in Falmouth/Penryn communities – tourism, the creative industries, the marine/yachting sector and the universities. Are they forming an entrepreneurial creative cluster which will produce a steady stream of high quality jobs? What role will Falmouth and Penryn play in the development of the wider Cornish economy? What role will Cornwall play in a digital world?

Sandra will be happy to answer questions about the nuts and bolts of the financing of Small Enterprises, indicating where the LEP can help.

 

Talks

Thursday 28th May 7:30pm
Theatre

An Evening With Vanessa Whitburn

Come and spend an evening with the longest running editor of any soap opera in the world!  Vanessa Whitburn was Editor of The Archers for 23 years.  She retired in 2013 after a distinguished career in both radio and television drama.  Headline grabbing stories during her time as Editor included Brian Aldridge’s affair with Siobhan, Ed Grundy’s fathering of Emma’s child while she was about to marry his brother Will – the press called this story ‘Who’s the Daddy?’, the imprisonment of Susan Carter for helping her brother escape from a prison van and the death of Nigel Pargetter.

During the foot and mouth crisis of 2001, Vanessa’s team won plaudits for their storyline concerning Brookfield under threat.

Under Vanessa’s leadership, listening figures to The Archers rose to over 5 million and in latter years the programme frequently topped the podcast charts. The serial also gained many awards including the Sony Gold, Mental Health in the Media and several Television  and Radio Industries Club awards.

In 2012 Vanessa was given an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, The University of Hull and in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list she was delighted to accept an OBE from The Queen for  services to radio drama.

 

Dance

Friday 29th May 7:30pm

Summer Show @ The Poly

This summer night is packed full of talented musicians and digital media students from Falmouth University.  With performances from The Chorus Choir, Pumped Up Kids, Charlie Carter, Last Cigarettes, Chloe Dea, Tinkerbell and The Lost Boys, and many more, this is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ night!  The only thing that is cheap about the evening is the ticket price.

The performers are delighted to be supporting the Langbos Creche and Care Centre as the work that they do for so many people in South Africa is truly inspiring. Help these students help the Centre by buying a ticket for this packed night filled with talented artists.

Tickets:  £5 + £1 Poly Fund per tickets

Film

Saturday 30th May 7:00pm

Salon Du Cinema: The Oldest Sport

Come and join us for a Salon dedicated to the games played between the sexes.

The evening will be hosted by a classy Scary Little Girl, and on arrival you will be offered a tangy Cocktail to get you in the mood for a feisty night ahead.

The evening will include:

songs by Kate Bush, Kirsty Maccoll and Dolly Parton played on the uke-a-lady!;

“I wear MY sort of clothes…..” Katherine Hepburn, Hollywood and the feminised suit’ a short talk by Dr Kate Strasdin, Senior lecturer in Histories & Theories of Fashion Design, Fashion & Textiles Institute, Falmouth University;

readings from authors who have entered the fray in the battle between the sexes, such as Virginia Wolf, Joanna Russ and Angela Carter;

screening of the Katherine Hepburn classic 1949 comedy Adam’s Rib.

We’ll be feeding you chocolate treats throughout the night, in recognition of its once banned status and its place in every woman’s heart and salon!

So if you want answers to the question “who actually wears the trousers in the battle of the sexes” join us in a riotous evening exploring feminism and sexual equality.  Not to be missed.

logo-bfi-film-audience-network-1000x750_0Scary Little Girls Productions is an innovative production hub based in London and Cornwall which tours nationwide.  They enjoyed sell-out success this summer with its stunning production of Dracula – The Kisses at the Minack Theatre… and with its charming “Lights On – Lights Off” storytelling walks in Mousehole over the Christmas period.  By popular demand, they recently performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival for a second year and their unique Living Literature Walks were hailed in the Independent’s “Everybody’s Talking About” feature last summer.

Film

Monday 1st June - Tuesday 2nd June

Phoenix

Dir: Christian Petzold – GERMANY/POLAND – 98mins (12A) (sub-titled)

June, 1945. Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly returns to her hometown, Berlin. She is accompanied by Lene, an employee of a Jewish agency and Nelly’s friend from the pre-war days. Having barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores Lene’s warnings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny – the love of her life.

When Nelly finally tracks him down at the Phoenix nightclub, he recognizes nothing but an unnerving resemblance and doesn’t believe it could really be her. 

A thrilling, seductive game of deception fit for film noir, where lies seek to unearth truths that would rather stay buried. Throughout it all, Petzold concocts images that will sear their way into your memory and ends with one of the most memorable and spellbinding final scenes in recent cinema history.

 

Talks

Tuesday 2nd June 7:45pm
Poly Bar

Fashion and Fancy in Regency England

A Local History Talk Brought to you by Falmouth History Archive

An opportunity to explore Regency clothing and society with period costume historian and seamstress, Nichola Butland of Lyrebird.

Nichola is gaining an excellent reputation for her authentic designs and puts her passion into practice by participating in worldwide re-enactments and historical events.

She will share her knowledge and examples of her work with you.

Book early

Spaces are limited to 35 for this session.

Taking place in the Poly Bar

Pop in or call 01326 319461 to book a place

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1)

Come early for a drink and comfy seats! Bar open from 7pm.

Theatre

Wednesday 3rd June 8:00pm
Theatre

Rhum and Clay present: A Strange Wild Song

In northern France in the Second World War, three children encounter a lost American soldier in the ruins of their village. Decades later, the soldier’s camera is unearthed and his grandson tries to solve the mystery of the photographs inside. He discovers a world of childhood, imagination and hidden courage, as fragments of war explode into the present day.

Accompanied by an original, award-winning musical score, Rhum and Clay present a new version of their critically-acclaimed hit show. Fusing cinematic imagery, absurdist humour and a mischievous sense of joy, this is an unforgettably touching story about finding light in the darkest of places.

‘Irresistibly daft … oddball comedy and genuine pathos’ The Herald

http://www.rhumandclay.com/strangewildsong.html

Event Cinema

Thursday 4th June - Saturday 6th June

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen: Anthony & Cleopatra

Experience this thrilling new production from the world’s most famous stage.

Cleopatra, the alluring and fascinatingly ambiguous Queen of Egypt, has bewitched the great Mark Antony, soldier, campaigner and now one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. When Antony quarrels with his fellow leaders and throws in his lot with Cleopatra, his infatuation threatens to split the Empire in two.

Antony & Cleopatra picks up Antony’s story many years after Julius Caesar. Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breath-taking beauty and magnificence.

The Globe’s 2014 envisioning of this iconic play encapsulates these themes whilst deftly threading a sense of comedy throughout, and Olivier Award-winner Eve Best’s Cleopatra ‘kisses the audience’ (Guardian) with her ‘magnetically humorous’ (Evening Standard) performance.

Ticket prices £15 adults / £13 concessions (+ £1 Poly Fund)

The show lasts for 3 hours and there will be a 15 minute interval.

Our bar will be open for drinks and light refreshments.

External Event

Saturday 6th June 7:30pm

VOCE d’AMORE

Taking place at ALL SAINTS CHURCH, FALMOUTH

Saffron Jones Soprano

Gianluca Paganelli Tenor

Paul Comeau Piano

Together with soprano Saffron Jones and pianist Paul Comeau, Italian tenor Gianluca Paganelli returns to the Cornish stage to give a concert of opera arias and art songs. The performance entitled ‘Voce d’amore’ will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday 6 June 2015 at All Saints Church in Falmouth. Advanced tickets may be purchased from The Poly Box Office in Falmouth, either via the website, telephone or in person.

The Poly Box Office 24 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EG 01326 319461.

Saturday 6 June @ 7.30pm – All Tickets £8 + £1 Poly Fund

Tickets from The Poly Box Office or online www.thepoly.org

To be held at  ALL SAINTS CHURCH, FALMOUTH

Comedy

Saturday 6th June 8:00pm

Robin Ince & Grace Petrie

Blooming Buzzing Confusion

In a fast follow up to In (and out of) His Mind, Robin Ince continues to prod into our brains with a sharpened pencil to try and work out just how much free will anyone can have.  Is anyone a freethinker?

Looking at Milgram, Mcluhan and experiments into the mind, Robin tries to work out if we can arm ourselves against mass media despots and live life pragmatically or will we always just be clumsy animals justifying each mistake with a well-honed alibi?

Well, it will be something like that – basically, another night of shouting, gesticulating, gurning and enquiring – a curious mind and id on the rampage.

Sony Gold award winner, three times Chortle award winner.  Time Out outstanding achievement award. Host of the Infinite Monkey Cage.

Robin will be supported by GRACE PETRIE, a songwriter, activist and performer who first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Since then she has quietly become one of the most prolific and respected songwriters working in the UK today.

Grace’s young career boasts three studio albums, a dedicated fan base and national tours supporting Emmy the Great, Billy Bragg and comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, as well as a string of festival appearances including regular visits to Latitude and Glastonbury. She is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts. She has been featured in The Guardian, Diva Magazine and named “one to watch” in the Independent on Sunday’s 2013 Pink List of influential LGBT figures.

Film

Monday 8th June 7:30pm

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Dir: Brett Morgen – US – 132mins (15)

From acclaimed director Brett Morgen, this first ever, fully authorised documentary feature blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, written word, music (both his most famous and some that’s never been heard), and never-before-seen home movies, with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes.

Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, WA, through the height of his fame, it creates an intense and powerful cinematic insight into an artist who craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame.

Just like the legendary front man of Nirvana himself, COBAIN: Montage of Heck is authentic, visceral and unflinching. It will get into your head and stay there long after the end credits roll.

Film

Tuesday 9th June 6:00pm

Wild Film Festival

Join us for a wild evening, celebrating the natural world in both the UK and abroad!

Wild Film Fest is a University of Exeter student-run event that will be showcasing the work of students from both Exeter and Falmouth Universities as well as non-student filmmakers. Not only that, there will be exciting opportunities throughout the evening to improve your own filmmaking abilities through participation in workshops and talks from industry professionals.

Entries to the film competition can be sent into WildFilmFest@gmail.com until midnight 25th May.

Winners will be announced on the night!

Cinema doors open at 6pm

Tickets £2 plus £1 Poly Fund.

Theatre

Thursday 11th June - Saturday 20th June

Falmouth Theatre Company presents: The Wedding Singer

THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, THE WEDDING SINGER’S sparkling new score does for the ’80s what Hairspray did for the ’60s.

It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

http://www.falmouththeatrecompany.com/
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Tickets: £10 (Adults) £7 (concessions) + £1 Poly Fund per tickets

Please note:  Seats A6 – A9, and B5 – B8 have a restricted view.  These seats are offered at the Concession rate of £7  (+ £1 Poly Fund).  

Film

Monday 15th June - Tuesday 16th June

The New Girlfriend (Une Nouvelle Amie)

Dir: François Ozon – FRANCE – 105mins (15)

Ozon’s latest is a superb psychological drama that investigates grief and identity with intelligence and humour, and effortlessly fuses the best of Hitchcock and Almodóvar.

Claire is grieving the loss of her lifetime best friend, who has left behind a husband, David and a new born baby.  On an unannounced visit, Claire is shocked to discover David Dressed  in the clothes of his dead wife.

Loosely based on a Ruth Rendell story, Ozon’s film quivers between psychological thriller and playful farce.

 

Film

Monday 22nd June - Wednesday 24th June

Timbuktu

Dir: Abderrahmane Sissajo – MALI/MAURITANIA/FRANCE – 106mins (12A)

Set in the early days of the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012, this compelling drama delivers a beautiful and deeply humane condemnation of religious intolerance.

When the multi-cultural city of Timbuktu is invaded by a rag-tag bunch of militant Islamic rebels; music, laughter, cigarettes and even football are banned and women are forced to cover their bodies.

Proud cattle herder, Kidane, lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd, but an incident abruptly changes everything and threatens the family’s future.

A film that expresses its outrage towards oppression, giving us moments of surprising humour and startling beauty.

A stunning film from a master of world cinema.  Don’t miss this one!

Film

Wednesday 24th June 7:30pm

Whiplash

The next in  our Maybe You Missed Strand 

Dir: Damien Chazelle – USA – 106mins (15)

Fierce rhythms and ferocious humour drive this riveting film about an ambitious jazz drummer pushed beyond his breaking point by an instructor who takes tough love to extremes.

Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school.  Fletcher, (played by JK Simmons who won Best Supporting Actor at this year’s OSCAR’s for this role) discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life.  Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity.

What gives the film such a kick is its raw and brutal but also very subtle portrayal of the shifting relations between teacher and student, sorcerer and apprentice.

All tickets £5 plus £1 Poly Fund.

Event Cinema

Thursday 25th June - Saturday 27th June

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen: The Comedy of Errors

Experience this thrilling new production from the world’s most famous stage.

Take one pair of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus), and one pair of estranged twin servants (both called Dromio), keep them in ignorance of each other and throw them into a city with a reputation for sorcery, and you have all the ingredients for theatrical chaos. One Antipholus is astonished by his foreign hospitality; the other enraged by the hostility of his home town. The Dromios, caught between the two, are soundly beaten for obeying all the wrong orders.

Basing his plot on a farce by Plautus, Shakespeare caps the mayhem of his Roman original to build up a hectic tale of violent cross-purposes, furious slapstick and social nightmare.

The final Globe On Screen film for 2015 brings the perfect light relief to close an epic season of war and tragedy. This sell-out production employed authentic Renaissance costumes and staging and will have cinema audiences roaring with laughter as it crams in “more hilarious anarchy than you can shake a fish, cat or identity-confused servant at.” (London Theatre Guide).

Ticket prices £15 adults / £13 concessions (+ £1 Poly Fund)

The show lasts for 2 hours, 20 minutes and there will be a 15 minute interval.

Our bar will be open for drinks and light refreshments.

Music

Saturday 27th June 7:30pm

The Cornish-American Song Institute presents: Songs of World War 1

Performing art-song encompassing a broad range of the countries involved in the Great War, come hear these accomplished students from some of America’s finest musical institutions pay homage to the brilliant songs of that era.  Music will span composers from Finzi, Gurney, Warlock, and Vaughan Williams to Rachmaninov, Strauss, Granados, Webern, Schoenberg, Ives, Leoncavallo, Debussy, Ravel, and a group of young composers who perished in the war.  There will also be songs by Oxford composer, John Traill, based on war poems by Wallace Stevens.

Performed by conservatory students from some of America’s top musical institutions, this is the second visit from the Cornish American Song Institute to The Poly.  CASI was established after its founder, David Sadlier, visited Trebah Garden, and learned about the bond formed between Cornwall and the USA after World War II.

More information about CASI and their programme is available at: www.casonginstitute.org

Film

Monday 29th June - Tuesday 30th June

Clouds of Sils Maria

Dir: Olivier Assayas – 124 mins (15)

Powerful performances from its talented female leads, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, this is an absorbing, richly detailed drama with impressive depth and intelligence.
Maria Enders (Binoche) is an actress at the peak of her international career who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years earlier. Back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young woman who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena.
With her assistant (Stewart) she goes to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.

Talks

Wednesday 1st July 7:30pm

Cafe Scientifique – The Function of Nonverbal Behaviour in Human Courtship

with Martin Graff, University of South Wales,

This session will examine the nonverbal communication which is displayed in human romantic relationship initiation.

Unless we are very bold, we don’t just walk up to someone and ask for sex.  Rather, most of us engage in well established scripts for this purpose, which in psychology means an idea of what we think or expect should happen in a certain situation.  These scripts are often nonverbal displays where we use for example our eyes, faces, body orientation and gestures.

This talk will also provide some insights into the psychology behind the types of ‘opening lines’ people use in attempted relationship initiation, and further will examine the function of self disclosure and touch in sexual flirtation.

The session concludes by looking at differences between males and females in what they seek in a romantic partner.

For more on Martin Graff: http://www.martingraff.com/index_files/Page313.htm

Film

Wednesday 1st July 7:30pm

Foxcatcher

The next in our Maybe You Missed Strand

Dir: Bennett Miller – USA – 134mins (15)

A dark and gripping psychological thriller from the director of Capote and Moneyball.  When wealthy John du Pont invites Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz to move to his estate and help form a wrestling team for the 1988 Olympics, Marks sees this as a way to step out of the shadows of his charismatic brother, Dave.

But du Pont beings to lead Mark down a dark road, causing the athlete’s self-esteem to plummet and all three are propelled into an unforeseen tragedy.

A chilling true crime drama, which offers Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum a chance to shine — and all three of them rise to the challenge.

The barely recognisable Steve Carell was nominated for Best Actor at this year’s Oscar’s for his awesome performance.

All Tickets £5 plus £1 Poly Fund

Film

Saturday 4th July - Tuesday 7th July

The Connection (S/T)

DirCédric Jimenez – FRANCE – 135mins (15)

The Connection, aka La French, is France’s take on William Friedkin’s 1971 film The French Connection. This European version from French writer, producer and director Cédric Jimenez begins in 1975 and follows the real-life story of French police magistrate Pierre Michel.

Marseille, 1975. Young investigating magistrate Pierre Michel has just come from Metz with his wife and children, and has been assigned to deal with organised crime. He decides to tackle the French Connection, a mafia organisation that exports heroin around the world. He refuses to listen to reason and embarks on a personal crusade against Gaëtan Zampa, an iconic underworld figure and apparently untouchable godfather. But he soon realises that if he wants results, he is going to have to change his methods.

A gripping and stylish 70’s-period crime thriller inspired by true events

Film

Saturday 4th July 7:30pm

SING-ALONG GREASE

YOU’RE THE ONE THAT WE WANT!

THIS YEAR, we’re celebrating the 4th July with a special screening of that all-American musical GREASE – and this time it’s SING A LONG.

So whether you’re a PINK LADY or a T-BIRD, squeeze into those skin-tight jeans and join us as we sing along with Sandy & Danny in one of the best-loved films of all time.

So come down to the Poly on this SUMMER NIGHT & we’ll be HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU forever.

Following the screening we will clear the stage for dancing, then it’s your turn to show off your Travolta moves and be a ROCK AND ROLL PARTY QUEEN.

There’ll be prizes!

As well as our regular bar, we’ll have an additional bar set up backstage to avoid any queues following the film.  Or you could pre-order your drink to pick up after the film.

Ticket prices: £10 & £8 + £1 Poly Fund per ticket.

Doors open @ 7pm, with the screening at 7:30pm, dancing until late.

Film

Wednesday 8th July 7:30pm

Force Majeure (S/T)

The next in our Maybe You Missed Strand

Dir: Ruben Őstlund – SWEDEN – 119mins (15)

A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at last year’s Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family-handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children-on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With panicked diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls out for her husband as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, however, makes a decision that will shake the family’s world to its core. Although the anticipated disaster fails to occur, his marriage now hangs in the balance as he struggles to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

“A superb black comedy” The Times

Talks

Thursday 9th July 8:00pm

Once upon a time in the West … Country with Tony Hawks

An epiphany happened when Tony Hawks was on holiday with his partner, Fran, in the Far East… Waking with a jolt he knew beyond doubt that his time living in London had come to an end. The countryside called. So, with conviction and no arguing, they upped sticks and began searching for the perfect new place, a home with a view across Devon’s rolling hills.

With some enthusiasm Tony and his better half submerged themselves in local life and it wasn’t long before they made the new county their home, tractor rallies and all!

This wonderfully wry, gently humorous and self-effacing look at a seismic shift in everything including scenery, takes in their new life – village halls, committees, Tony’s total ineptitude with anything mechanical and the bliss of a new neighbour who owns just the right tool for any job, trying for a greener life and growing their own vegetables… oh, and taking up the challenge of cycling from one Devon coast to another with a mini-pig called Titch.

As if that wasn’t enough, in their first year of country dwelling, Tony became a father (overcoming the strongest of instincts to avoid Responsibility) and with it they discovered hypnobirthing, midwives, doulas, relaxation songs and how to give birth at home.  As much a shock to his system as fatherhood.

As you might expect from this most energetic of TV and radio comedians and the author of Round Ireland with a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis (both of which have sold over a million copies) this is a joy to read.  His comic observations and opinions contribute to what is a gem of a book.

TV and radio comedian Tony Hawks regularly pops up on shows like Have I Got News for YouQIJust A Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. He is the bestselling author of five books including Round Ireland with a Fridge andPlaying the Moldovans at Tennis which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. His books have sold over 1 million copies around the world. He now lives in Devon with his partner, Fran.  Follow Tony on Twitter @thefridgeman, or visit his website www.tony-hawks.com.

Film

Saturday 11th July - Tuesday 14th July

Queen and Country

Dir: John Boorman – UK – 115mins (15)

A funny and heart-warming follow-up to John Boorman’s 1987 Oscar nominated gem Hope and Glory, when we saw 9-year-old Bill Rohan rejoicing as his school was destroyed by an errant Luftwaffe bomb.

In this new film we pick up the story nearly a decade later as Bill, played by a charming Callum Turner, begins basic training in the early 1950s, during the Korean War.  He never gets near Korea, but engages in a constant battle of wits with the Catch-22-worthy, Sgt. Major Bradley, played by the brilliant David Thewlis.

Richard E. Grant is their infinitely put-upon superior, aptly-named Major Cross. A superb ensemble cast brings a wonderfully funny and often moving depiction of a still-recovering postwar England.

All you need do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Hugely enjoyable.

Film

Wednesday 15th July 7:30pm

Lambert and Stamp

Dir: James D. Cooper – UK – 117 mins (15)

This documentary tells the remarkable story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, aspiring filmmakers from opposite sides of the tracks who set out to find a subject for their underground movie, leading them to discover, mentor and manage the iconic band that would become known as The Who.

Inspired by the burgeoning 1960s youth culture, they discovered a band who were just what they were looking for, rechristened them ‘The Who’, and the rest, as they say, is history …

They quickly scrapped the idea of making a movie and brought into play their unusual chemistry, filmic ideas, stylish dress and outrageous performance and made the band world famous. They forged a complex and moving relationship, deeply tragic and brilliantly comedic, fueling the band’s artistic development and leaving an indelible imprint on its time and generations to come.

The film is charged with a mad concoction of noise, love, rebellion, artistry, and hilarity.  It takes us on a surprising ride of two men who shaped one of the most exciting bands of all time.

Featuring Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend and some splendid archive footage

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Film

Monday 20th July - Tuesday 21st July

Slow West

Dir: John M. Maclean – UK – 83mins (15)

Slow West serves as an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director John M. Maclean — and offers an inventive treat for fans of the Western.

At the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious traveller, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.

A western fable with an often dreamlike vibe, “Slow West” proves to be a surprisingly sly tale of passion, greed and survival, influenced as much by Wes Anderson as by Sergio Leone.

 

Film

Wednesday 22nd July - Wednesday 22nd July

Far From the Madding Crowd (1968)

Dir: John Schlesinger – UK (1968) 168mins (15)

The original and (in our opinion) best film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel.

1967 saw Julie Christie and Terence Stamp immortalised by The Kinks in ‘Waterloo Sunset’ and cast as lovers in Thomas Hardy’s epic love story.

Headstrong and independent, farmer Bathsheba Everdene is among the most modern of 19th century heroines and Christie’s performance beautifully underlines her as a woman at odds with the conventions of the time.

Bathsheba unexpectedly inherits a large farm in rural Dorset. Struggling to manage it herself, she captivates the hearts and minds of three very different men: an honest and hardworking sheep farmer, a wealthy but tortured landowner, and a reckless and violent swordsman. But as emotions become entangled, free spirited and innocent folly soon leads to devastating tragedy.

The film contains a number of stand-out set-pieces, such as Stamp’s seductive, almost Freudian display of swordsmanship. But what resonates so deeply is the way in which Schlesinger and cinematographer Nicolas Roeg frame the passions and tragedy at the film’s heart against the patterns of rural life and the harsh, sodden beauty of the Dorset landscape.

Almost 50 years on, this restoration reveals the film as an immersive piece of cinema with Hardy’s cruel ironies and bleak lyricism fully intact.

“Gorgeous, one of the most entrancing and elemental landscape films ever shot in these isles”  Tom Huddleston, Time Out

This glorious new digital restoration is absolutely lush.

Perfection … and not aged a day.

Two screenings: @ 2pm & 7pm

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Music

Saturday 25th July 8:00pm
Main Gallery

Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock

Two of Scotland’s greatest jazz artists, saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock, team up to bring to Cornwall and the Poly a beautiful and imaginative acoustic jazz duo on saxophone and  the lovely Poly grand piano.  The press describes their groove  as ‘bewitching layers of delicacy’, “full flight, spontaneous invention’ and ‘sheer artistry’.

Tommy Smith is a leading light in European jazz, first and foremost as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation, and latterly as the founder and current director of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO).  These career-defining achievements are framed by his status as an international recording artist; a composer and arranger of extraordinary ambition; and not least, as a jazz educator.

Brian Kellock is widely regarded as one of the UK’s finest jazz pianists. Stylistically, he aligns himself with iconic figures such as Oscar Peterson or Monty Alexander, but he is a player who is equally at home in mainstream and contemporary jazz styles. He has established himself as one of the top piano players on the UK jazz scene.

Tickets:

In advance: £10 (adults), £8 (students and children under 16)

On the door: £12

+ £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Film

Wednesday 5th August 11:00am

Big Hero 6

Our SUMMER FUN FILM SEASON kicks off with a big hit from earlier this year …

BIG HERO 6 is an exciting, action-packed adventure with plenty of heart that both kids and adults alike will find entertaining.

It’s the story of robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius, thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends.  But when a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion-a robot named Baymax and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

Duration: 93mins (PG)

Ticket Price £3 plus £1 Poly Fund

Film

Monday 10th August - Saturday 15th August

Tin

Dir: Bill Scott – CORNWALL – 94mins (12A)

Miracle Theatre’s feature film is a period melodrama; made on a shoestring using a combination of digital and handmade techniques, starring Jenny Agutter, Dudley Sutton and Ben Luxon alongside Helen Bendell, and Miracle regulars Ben Dyson, Steve Jacobs, Dean Nolan and Jason Squibb.

West Cornwall, 1895. A once-glorious tin mine, on which the whole town has depended for generations, is on its last legs.

A weather-beaten opera company arrives to give a performance of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” in the town hall and finds itself tangled up in a scam to offload worthless shares in the mine. When the mine unexpectedly yields up new treasures, melodrama starts to spill over into everyday life, reputations crumble and any notion of fair play is abandoned.

The fate of the whole community rests on the courage of one feisty young maid.

If you’re nostalgic for Poldark, then come and see this historic film, made in Cornwall and based on a true story.

“a small yet epic film…definitely needs to be viewed”  

“a film with real heart and a major achievement for Cornish film-making” 

“think Tim Burton directs film noir” markmeets.com

“Go show your support for a truly British film.” road-rash.co.uk

“quirky, funny, charming” 

Film

Wednesday 12th August 11:00am

Wacky Races

Summer Fun Cinema Season continues with a DROP-IN screening of CARTOONS ….

Join diabolical do-badder Dick Dastardly, his snickering canine cohort Muttley and their Mean Machine as they compete in several wacky races around North America. Their rivals include Peter Perfect in his Turbo Terrific, Luke and Blubber Bear in the Arkansas Chucgabug, the Ant Hill Mob in the Bulletproof Bomb and the glamorous Penelope Pitstop in her pink Compact Pussycat. The rules are extremely lax and allow for almost any vehicle design, power system and a wide range of tactics like combat and shortcuts. Despite this loose rule structure, Dastardly and Muttley are still determined to cheat in their own ineffectual way.

Screening from 11am

Ticket prices £3 + £1 Poly Fund

Film

Wednesday 19th August 11:00am

Asterix & the Vikings

Our SUMMER FUN FILM SEASON continues with a brilliant adaption of the Asterix comic books …

An adventure with Asterix, our favourite Gaul warrior, and Obelix, his pear-shaped sidekick. The pair are charged with making the nephew of the chief into a battle-ready warrior but Justforkix is a less than ideal candidate. The Vikings’ incessant sabre-rattling has caused all the neighbours to flee and the witless chief thinks they’ve all actually ‘flown away’ on the wings of fear. When he then demands that someone bring him a man impervious to fear, his men bring him Justforkix. It’s up to our intrepid duo to go and bring him back.

Duration: 76mins (U)

Ticket Price £3 plus £1 Poly Fund

Film

Wednesday 26th August 11:00am

Top Cat

Summer Fun Cinema Season continues with a DROP-IN screening of CARTOONS ….

The Cool Cat – that’s always up your alley – TOP CAT holds a top spot in the hearts of cartoon fans.

The smooth-talking New York City cat, known as T.C. to his kitty cohorts Benny the Ball, Choo-Choo, Spook, The Brain and Fancy-Fancy, is always on the make towards a big score or swindle.  And the ever exasperated, Officer Dibble, is relentlessly on his case (although always one step behind!).

Top Cat is the chief, he’s the king, but above everything, he’s the most tiptop TOP CAT.

Screening from 11am

Ticket prices £3 + £1 Poly Fund

Film

Wednesday 2nd September 11:00am

Paddington

Our SUMMER FUN FILM SEASON closes with a big hit from earlier this year …

Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved booked, PADDINGTON is the magical adventure of a polite young Peruvian bear, who travels to London in search of a home.  Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, it seems that city life is not all he imagined – until he meets the Brown family, who kindly offer him a place to stay.  But little do the Browns realise just how much chaos one small bear can cause – and they soon discover that their lives will never be the same again.

Duration: 91mins (PG)

Ticket Price £3 plus £1 Poly Fund

Bring your bears along.

Comedy

Friday 23rd October 8:00pm

Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane)

Professional Grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi –bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.

Comedy

Saturday 21st November 8:00pm

Fred MacAulay: Twenty Fifteen

From BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz'; ‘Bridget Christie Minds The Gap'; The Unbelievable Truth’

It sounds like a wrong tennis score, but Twenty Fifteen is a hugely significant year for one of Scotland’s best (and best loved) stand-up comedians. Back on the road again after 18 years at BBC Radio Scotland, Fred looks back on family life at home…..and forward to how his country will shape up after the referendum of 2014. In his first tour since 2012 and with a new show, as well as looking backwards and forwards he’ll probably look sideways at politics, sport, the environment and without this sounding too like a brief for a newspaper, there will undoubtedly be a colour supplement with a look at ‘celebrity’.

Twitter: @fredmacaulay

Website: fredmacaulay.com

Ages 16+

Running time: 40/45 mins (plus interval)

Ticket prices: £15 / £13 plus £1 Poly Fund