Many of this season’s films are Golden Globe winners and BAFTA and Oscar nominations: Tom Hooper’s film of the stage hit, Les Miserables (Thursday March 14th at 7pm), was the only British film to win a Golden Globe award in the best film musical or comedy category. The film won three awards in total, with actress Anne Hathaway winning best supporting actress for her portrayal of Fantine. The film’s lead, Hugh Jackman, won best actor in a musical or comedy. Both actors have been nominated for Oscars and the film has been nominated for BAFTA and Oscar awards. Don’t miss Amour (Tuesday February 26th at 7.30pm), directed by Austria’s Michael Haneke, which won the Golden Globe’s best foreign film. The film has also been nominated for a BAFTA for the director and an Oscar for Best Picture and Emmanuelle Riva has been nominated for Best Actress. Silver Linings Playbook (Thursday March 21st at 7pm) star Bradley Cooper was also nominated in the Best Actor category at the Oscars. The Best Actress in a musical or comedy category was won by Cooper’s co-star, Jennifer Lawrence. The nine year old star of Beasts of the Southern Wild (Thursday 14th February at 8pm) has been nominated for Best Actress and the film has been nominated in the Best Picture category. See also The Master (Tuesday March 5th at 7.15pm) with Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
Happy New Year from Reading Film Theatre and Welcome to a New Season of Exciting Films! Work on our Digital Projection Appeal Fund, “Keep Our Image Moving”, continues. To date applications have been made to a number of national and local charities and we are awaiting the outcome of these. Sir Kenneth Branagh, our president, is writing to local businesses on our behalf in the hope that they will offer us assistance with our appeal. We are especially grateful to all of you who have made donations so far, many in response to our request on the membership application form. For anyone still planning to contribute to our fund please remember to sign the Gift Aid declaration so that we can claim the tax back on your donation. Reading Film Theatre relies almost entirely on a small but committed group of volunteers and we are always pleased to recruit new volunteers, especially as some of our volunteers move on to start a new life elsewhere. If you would be interested in helping with fundraising, publicity or as a cashier and attendant please contact me via the RFT website. I look forward to seeing you at some of this term’s films. Highlights of the season include Berberian Sound Studio (Tuesday January 15th) with a visit from local director, Peter Strickland, who will take questions on his new film. On Thursday February 21st we welcome the return of the popular group Minima providing live accompaniment to the silent film Aelita, Queen of
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