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Maidstone Film Society

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Hazlit Theatre
Earl Street
ME14 1PL


Tel: 01622 746078

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Maidstone Film Society is based at the Hazlitt Theatre in the heart of Maidstone town centre. This year marks' the Society's 70th year - they've been showing films in Maidstone since 1948!

The Society shows a diverse range of world cinema from classics of yesteryear to contemporary greats, featuring 12 films from September through to April with screenings on Monday evenings at 8pm. 

The theatre has seating available for around 350 people and a licensed bar offering refreshments before and after screenings. 

Here are the films for the 2018/19 winter season:

17 September 2018
[UK 2017] 100 mins Cert: 15
 London 1979. Peter Turner is a young Liverpudlian actor living in digs in London. His fellow lodger is Gloria Grahame, the star of many films-noir who acted opposite the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Joan Crawford in the 1950s. They meet and an unlikely two-year romance ensues. This funny and poignant true-life story boasts terrific character performances from Jamie Bell and Annette Bening, and artfully contrasts their working-class and Hollywood lifestyles.

1 October 2018
[UK/FR 2017] 93 mins Cert: 12
Zambian-Welsh film-maker Runango Nyoni’s feature debut has won numerous festival awards and concerns a young orphan, Shula, who is accused of being a witch in modern-day Zambia. Taken off to ‘witch-camp’, she finds herself exploited by a local government official, alternately paraded on television and expected to perform for tourists, or settling local problems and dispensing ‘divine justice’.

29 October 2018
[CAN/IRL/LUX/USA 2017] 94 mins Cert: 12A
Developed from a recent novel, The Breadwinner is set in Kabul, where Parvana’s father is arrested by the Taliban. Her family faces starvation, as females are not allowed out in public unless accompanied by a man. She takes the initiative, putting herself in danger by taking the place of her dead brother and becoming the family breadwinner. From the studio that brought us The Secret of Kells and The Book of the Sea, this beautiful animated feature is an inspiring story of courage in adversity.

12 November 2018
[UK/IND/PAK 2017] 125 mins Cert: 12A
This rich Pakistani soap-opera confection concerns the privileged Jamali family, whose lifestyle conceals numerous problems and secrets. When the extended family descend on a rural farmhouse for the parents’ 50th anniversary celebrations, skeletons come tumbling from the closet. Accomplished performances from the ensemble cast paint a revealing picture of family life in modern-day Pakistan.

19 November 2018
[USA/UK 2017] 115 mins Cert: 15
Martin McDonagh’s third feature is another stylish, bitter black comedy, this time focusing upon Mildred Hayes, who has hired the titular billboards to denounce the local sheriff for his failure to capture her daughter’s murderer. A multiple-award winner for acting and writing (including a deserved best actress Oscar for Frances McDormand), it manages to continually wrong-foot its audience’s expectations.
3 December 2018
A MAN CALLED OVE (En Man Som Heter Ove)
[SW/DEN/NOR 2015] 116 mins Cert: 15
Rolf Lassgard, whose previous credits include the original Wallander TV series, stars as a curmudgeonly widower who spends his time visiting his wife’s grave and enforcing the rules at his apartment block. Having decided to commit suicide, he turns out to be ‘really bad at dying’. Instead he teams up with his pregnant neighbour, takes in a teenage lodger and exposes local corruption in this amiable, darkly-humorous film.

14 January 2019
[USA 2017] 120 mins Cert: 15
In the run up to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, the world of competitive figure skating was gripped by the story of Tonya Harding, a brilliant US performer who came under suspicion following a vicious attack on her one-time friend and now rival, Nancy Kerrigan. This electrifying drama-documentary contrasts the different backgrounds of the two – Harding the girl from the wrong side of the tracks versus Kerrigan, the all-American golden girl.

28 January 2019
A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Un Mujer Fantástica)
[CHI/DE/SP/USA 2017] 100 mins Cert: 15
Marina is a waitress and nightclub singer in the Chilean capital, Santiago. After a night out, her partner, 57-year-old businessman Orlando collapses with an aneurysm. Marina tries to get him to the hospital, but finds that as a trans woman, she is treated with suspicion and hostility by the authorities. Sebastian Leilo’s brave feature won the best foreign language Oscar at this year’s awards.

25 February 2019
[UK 2017] 107 mins Cert: 15
After Josef Stalin dies following a brain haemorrhage, the resulting power vacuum induces a major panic amongst the Council of Ministers. Having realized that their leader was in fact human, a rush is on to fill the vacancy. As various deputies try to out-manoeuvre the scheming chief of police, Lavrenti Beria, fragile alliances form and break down in the quest for survival. Armando Ianucci courted controversy with his hilarious ‘what-if?’ look at the way events might have unfolded.

11 March 2019
SLACK BAY (Ma Loute)
[FR/DE/BE 2017] 122 mins Cert 15
Northern France, 1910. Every year, the wealthy van Peteghem family like to take their summer holidays near the beach at picturesque Slack Bay, Pas-de-Calais. This year however several people have disappeared in the area and two bumbling police inspectors, Machin and Malfoy have been assigned to the case.  This broad comedy veers between slapstick and French farce while still cleverly evoking the gentler pleasures of a bygone era.

Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Couples membership£55.00 per ticket
Senior / Student£26.00 per ticket
Single adult membership£31.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Film Society Season (17 Sep 2018 - 11 Mar 2019)

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