Rod White Intoduces the April 2017 Brochure

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Fri 7 Apr 2017

Rod White Intoduces the April 2017 Brochure

Many moons ago we had a regular customer who only ever came to our bargain Friday matinees (every single week) and who only ever asked for a ticket to “Cinema 1”, “2” or “3”, rather than for a film – he wanted to know NOTHING about the film he was about to see, not even its title lest it gave too much away (maybe he’d once been to see The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade and wasn’t taking any chances!).

If he’d seen the film already, he’d come back to the Box Office and swap his ticket for the next thing that was on. He was a man of very few words, none of which was ever “please” or “thank you”, but I found myself growing to respect this singular fellow and his unique approach. And I remain touched by the faith he had in our ability to choose films.

Such an MO as his might be trickier today what with information being rather harder to avoid, but what hasn’t changed is that one of our main aims is still to engender that kind of trust in us around our film choices, and that our ‘blurbs’ are a fair reflection of the films themselves, written with an honesty about who the audience for them might be. Occasionally, of course, you’ll each have to forgive us the odd apparent lapse of judgment – it’s a mighty big ask what with beauty being in the eye of the beholder ‘n’ all – but it’s what we aspire to nonetheless. Anyway, I have zero fear of jeopardising that trust by wholeheartedly recommending The Sense of an Ending (or should it be “Friday, 14 April, Cinema 1, 1:00, 3:30” etc…), I Am Not Your Negro, Suntan, The Handmaiden, Jackie, Get Out, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Mulholland Drive: they’re all in this programme, are just the ones that came to mind, and are all great!

Rod White

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