2019/20 Programme and Ratings   
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Our 2019/20 Season features 24 films from 12 different countries!

Screenings take place on Thursday evenings in the main auditorium of Ayr Town Hall from September 2019 to March 2020. A choice of seating is available in the stalls or the circle. Doors open at 7pm with screenings commencing at 7.30pm. Programme notes are provided for every film.

Each week, members and guests can comment anonymously on the film screened and rate it as either excellent, good, average, poor or dreadful, they can also place comments on our Guestbook page. These ratings are converted into an overall average score for the film, and all comments are displayed the following week in the foyer. See our Historic Programmes page for audience reactions to previous Season titles since 1973.

  September 2019 Rating

          %
 5th     
 

CITY LIGHTS (USA 1931) dir: Charlie Chaplin                         This classic story of love, tragedy and hope centres around a homeless tramp who meets and instantly falls in love with a beautiful, blind girl selling flowers. 

*** SILENT MOVIE with LIVE ORGAN ACCOMPANIMENT ***            NB: This film is not included in membership *** Entry £5 ***

97.2%

         
12th  

 

THE WIFE (USA 2017) dir: Björn Runge                               A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is about to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

88.19% 
           
19th  

  A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chile 2017) dir: Sebastián Lelio 

Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.

83.84% 
           
 26th



 

NAE PASARAN (UK 2018) dir: Felipe Bustos Sierra                 In a Scottish town in 1974, factory workers refuse to carry out repairs on warplane engines in an act of solidarity against the violent military coup in Chile. 

 92.77%


               
  October 2019        

 

3rd



 

 

 

LES GRANDS ESPRITS (France 2017) dir: Olivier Ayache-Vidal

François Foucault, veteran professor of French literature at the prestigious Henri IV institute, ends up accepting a position at a public school in the outskirts of Paris in a troubled area ...

                 88.63%  

           
10th      

PETERLOO (UK 2018) dir: Mike Leigh

The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.

81.63%      
           
17th    

THE GUILTY / Den Skyldige (Denmark 2019) dir: Gustav Möller

A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.
 91.93%
           
24th      

LADY BIRD (USA 2017) dir: Greta Gerwig                                       

 In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.   (technical issues with this screening)                          *THIS FILM WILL BE PRECEDED BY THE AGM*

 59.78%
           
31st      

HEREDITARY (USA 2018) dir: Ari Aster                            After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and they begin to unravel dark secrets.

 46.87%
           
   November 2019  
 7th   

 
  RAFIKI (Kenya 2018) dir: Wanuri Kahiu

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Screening as part of the Africa in Motion Film Festival
 70.75% 
           
14th         

THE BREADWINNER (Canada 2017) dir: Nora Twomey

In 2001, Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. When her father is captured, a determined young girl disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family. 

 82.72%
           
21st     

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (UK 2017) dir: Lynne Ramsay   A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered ...

                          55.83%

  
       



 
28th    

 

NO FILM TONIGHT

 
           
   December 2019  
 5th  


 

  FILMS FROM GERMANY - DOUBLE FEATURE    

4.30pm  ADAM AND EVELYN (Germany 2018) Dir: Andreas Goldstein 

Summer 1989, East Germany. Adam works as a tailor, Evelyn as a waitress. They are planning a vacation together when Evelyn finds out that Adam is cheating on her and decides to leave for the holiday on her own.

7.30pm  GUNDERMANN (Germany 2018) Dir:Andreas Dresen 

The real life story of East German singer and writer Gerhard Gundermann and his struggles with music, life as a coal miner and his dealings with the secret police (STASI) of the GDR.

GUESTS - COME ALONG TO BOTH SCREENINGS ON THIS DATE AND JUST PAY FOR ONE

 



 74.24%





 82.69%

           
12th     

  EDIE (UK 2017) dir: Simon Hunter

83 year old Edie believes that it is never too late. Packing an old camping bag, she embarks on an adventure she never got to have - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland.

Join us following this screening for some Christmas fayre of mince pies, shortbread and mulled wine, and our Christmas raffle draw.

 84.32%
       
 
 

   January 2020

 
 5th  
-
 

no film due to essential works in town hall

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SCREEN ON THURSDAY 26th MARCH 2020.

 
         


 16th  
 




 

FILMS FROM GERMANY - DOUBLE FEATURE

4.30pm ALL ABOUT ME (Germany ) dir: Caroline Link

Dramatised story of one of Germany's most beloved contemporary comedians.



7.30pm BAUHAUS SPIRIT (Germany ) dirs: Niels Bolbrinker, Thomas Tielsch

100 years of Bauhaus

GUESTS - COME ALONG TO BOTH SCREENINGS ON THIS DATE AND JUST PAY FOR ONE





90.17%




71.51%




           
 23rd       CAPERNAUM (Lebanon 2018) dir: Nadine Labaki                       While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.  94.15%
           
 27th  
 

 

To commemorate and remember the six million Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust, Ayr Film Society in association with South Ayrshire Council are screening Roman Polanski's film, THE PIANIST (2002), the  powerful adaptation of the autobiography, "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw. 1939-1945."

FREE ENTRY - by ticket only. Tickets available through Eventbrite 

Doors open 18:30 for screening at 19:00

 88.69%
           
 30th       SHOPLIFTERS (Japan 2018) dir: Hirokazu Koreeda                       
A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.
 83.33%
           
 

 February 2020

 
  6th      
 

APOSTASY (UK 2017) dir: Daniel Kokotajlo 

A faithful Jehovah's Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God's love.

 83.79%
           
 13th       "Peter's Choice"  ***  OUR VINTAGE PRESENTATION  ***

TOUCH OF EVIL (USA 1958) dir: Orson Welles  

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (technical issues with this screening)

 65.10%
           
 19th      

LGBTQ+ History Month Shorts Programme:

A programme of historical shorts which may include all, or some, of the following titles: Bongo Erotico (1959); Come Dancing (1970); Glad to be Gay (1976); Coming Out (1983); Bhangra Jig (1991) and a new production Cruising the Clyde (2019). Following the screening there will be the opportunity to speak with guests from the world of Scottish LGBT History and LGBT Activism past and present.

FREE ENTRY - Doors open 18:30 for 19:00 screening

 66.86%
           
 20th      

COLD WAR (Poland 2018) dir: Pawel Pawlikowski 

In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

 79.16%
           
 22nd      

DIRT ROAD TO LAFAYETTE  (2018) dir: Kenneth Glenaan

The film will be followed with a solo gig  by accordion player, Neil Sutcliffe who plays the main character in the film.

See Special Screenings for more info 

 92.96%
           
 27th      

JULIA BLUE (Ukraine 2018) dir: Roxy Toporowych 

Julia, a photojournalism student living in war-torn Ukraine, finds her path towards independence and a brighter future challenged after meeting and falling for English, a young soldier fresh from the war zone.

 71.42%
           
 

 March 2020

 
 5th  

 

 

COMME DES GARCONS (France 2018)  dir: Julien Hallard    

 "Let the Girls Play" - The story of the first all-female soccer team in France, which started as a provocation but became a revolution.

 79.23%
           
 26th      

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING (UK 2017) dir: Ritesh Batra    ****************CANCELLED****************

 A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

 
           







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