Audience Reaction: ‘Mustang’

The audience gave ‘Mustang‘ a score of 86.11.

COMMENTS:

  • Beautifully filmed brilliantly acted very harrowing story – highlighting what’s happening to young girls in so many countries
  • Mixed feelings. Hard to watch at times
  • Excellent drama, beautifully told with some great scenes and an uplifting ending. Really enjoyed it.
  • Blimey!
  • Gripping – old values suffocating modern young Turkish women – a contempary theme not yet resolved
  • A well told tale of young girls growing up in a Muslim country!
  • Very watchable but sadly disturbing film. Plaudits for the editing.
  • Brilliant film but a sad indictment of the way women are treated in vast swathes of the world
  • Thought provoking. Tradition eh!
  • Pointless. Puerile. Bad direction
  • So very sad that women are treated like this
  • Sadly how many millions of girls does this apply to in the world…
  • Very powerful touching film. Really enjoyed but sad. Beautiful film
  • Very moving film. Beautifully filmed. Felt for each character
  • A very powerful and moving film!
  • Story excellently told, good cinematography. Believable portrayals throughout

Audience Reaction: ‘The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar)’

The audience gave ‘The Pearl Button (El Botón de Nácar)‘ a score of 82.69.

COMMENTS:

  • Stunning. Multi facetted
  • Beautiful filming amazing and worth watching despite being traumatic events
  • Beautifully filmed + well told
  • Excellent cinematography. Not expecting a documentary but told a story in an innovative way.
  • Very well documented. Beautifully filmed horrendous story – and we never learn from history! It goes on
  • Hard to watch at times but we need to be reminded of past brutalities if only to help prevent new “waves” of cruelty.
  • I feel emotionally drained. A very spirited film, water giveth & taketh away. History, never forget.
  • So moving so very sad
  • Very moving and extremely beautiful. Definitely want to see the 1st film. Want to learn more about the dictatorship
  • A chilling tale of Chile! The natives always get a bad deal.
  • A story that needs highlighting. However, was it a documentary? Was it a geographical study, anthropological study, or a brutal historical story?

Audience Reaction: ‘Sing Street’

The audience gave ‘Sing Street‘ a score of 90.12%

Here are their comments:

  • This is the film I always wanted to make
  • Made me smile lots
  • A musical of sorts. Very irish I loved it
  • Really enjoyed feel good film
  • A feel good film. Real life. Families, break ups. Bullies being useful. Music good too. Will recommend
  • A great feelgood movie, enjoyable on many levels. Great humour, music and relationships
  • Fabulous …. Such a ‘feel good’ factor – poignant observations on relationships
  • What a great film. Lifted my spirits significantly
  • Extremely talented young actors – upbeat, fun and good music
  • Lovely storyline all about people and life! Excellent.
  • Good start to new season! Felt surprisingly nostalgic
  • Ah yes, the power of the music and the band!! Brilliant costumes too and good acting
  • Highly recommended great music. Great music
  • Loved it
  • Hope over adversity a feel good film
  • Third time we have seen this film. Still makes us laugh and enjoy. May appear to be light but has depth
  • Reminded me how I felt at 15 years. Enjoyed

Rescheduled: ‘Mustang’, tonight….

We can’t show ‘Daughter’ as the distributor has sadly ceased trading. Instead we are showing ‘Mustang’.

SCREENING TUESDAY 27th September!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

2015, Turkey, 94 minutes, (15)
Director – Deniz Gamze Erguven


Set in Turkey a sensitive and powerful portrait of sisterhood and sexuality. Five sisters are spotted playing innocently with boys The supposed debauchery causes their uncle to escalate his plans to marry them off – classes in housework and cooking replace school. The sisters fight back against the limits imposed on them.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Mustang
Rotten Tomatoes – Mustang

AUDIENCE SCORE – 86.11%

COMMENTS:

  • Beautifully filmed brilliantly acted very harrowing story – highlighting what’s happening to young girls in so many countries
  • Mixed feelings. Hard to watch at times
  • Excellent drama, beautifully told with some great scenes and an uplifting ending. Really enjoyed it.
  • Blimey!
  • Gripping – old values suffocating modern young Turkish women – a contempary theme not yet resolved
  • A well told tale of young girls growing up in a Muslim country!
  • Very watchable but sadly disturbing film. Plaudits for the editing.
  • Brilliant film but a sad indictment of the way women are treated in vast swathes of the world
  • Thought provoking. Tradition eh!
  • Pointless. Puerile. Bad direction
  • So very sad that women are treated like this
  • Sadly how many millions of girls does this apply to in the world…
  • Very powerful touching film. Really enjoyed but sad. Beautiful film
  • Very moving film. Beautifully filmed. Felt for each character
  • A very powerful and moving film!
  • Story excellently told, good cinematography. Believable portrayals throughout

Our New Autumn Season of Film

AUTUMN SEASON

Our autumn season of film as follows. We have a mixed bunch of film, hopefully something for everyone!

We are pleases to announce the return of Paul Shallcross for Horror Shorts III, we have enjoyed his company twice already, he has been wonderful company, his sense of humour and his talent on the piano have made for very enjoyable evenings. We hope you can come and support what is a wonderful evening.

We are also pleased to be showing K2D, the film made when film club members Tom and Dominique and their children made a motorcycle trip through India to raise funds for their Interburns charity. We will be passing a bucket around to collect money for Interburns that night and all contributions large and small will be appreciated and put to good use!

Our Next Film: ‘Sing Street’

Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, Ireland/USA/UK, 106 minutes, (12A)
Director – John Carney

Sing Street


A funny, boisterous and joyously uplifting treat.  Set in Dublin in 1985 it is a loving homage to the 80s full of in-joke cultural references to the period, its music and fashion.  In an attempt to win the favour of the beautiful Raphina, teenage Conor asks her to appear in his music video.  The only problem is he’s not yet in a band.

There will be a drinks reception after the film.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Sing Street
Rotten Tomatoes – Sing Street

AUDIENCE SCORE – 90.12%

COMMENTS:

  • This is the film I always wanted to make
  • Made me smile lots
  • A musical of sorts. Very irish I loved it
  • Really enjoyed feel good film
  • A feel good film. Real life. Families, break ups. Bullies being useful. Music good too. Will recommend
  • A great feelgood movie, enjoyable on many levels. Great humour, music and relationships
  • Fabulous …. Such a ‘feel good’ factor – poignant observations on relationships
  • What a great film. Lifted my spirits significantly
  • Extremely talented young actors – upbeat, fun and good music
  • Lovely storyline all about people and life! Excellent.
  • Good start to new season! Felt surprisingly nostalgic
  • Ah yes, the power of the music and the band!! Brilliant costumes too and good acting
  • Highly recommended great music. Great music
  • Loved it
  • Hope over adversity a feel good film
  • Third time we have seen this film. Still makes us laugh and enjoy. May appear to be light but has depth
  • Reminded me how I felt at 15 years. Enjoyed

Audience Reaction: ‘Son of Saul’

The audience gave ‘Son of Saul‘ a score of 88.33%

Here are their comments:

  • Brilliantly filmed – unbelievably gruelling and hard to watch but im glad I did
  • Not easy to watch but a timely reminder of the dangers of extremism
  • A raw portrayal of multi-layered inhumanity – grisly and toxic Nazism
  • Leaves one stunned. Horror and madness – words are inadequate
  • Cinematography style made me quite dizzy but very good film
  • Bittersweet
  • A deeply disturbing film that can only leave a scar on your soul but at the same time has to be watched. Should be compulsory to watch
  • A very powerful film. Saul was like a man lost in someone else’s nightmare
  • Utterly superb
  • Unusual film well made shows the horrors of the holocaust
  • Relentless, harrowing but definitely worth watching
  • Phew! That was a crazy 24 hours!
  • Brilliantly directed. Many excellent scenes and relentlessly powerful. A tough watch but worth it.
  • I found the story line difficult to believe. Amazing photography
  • V well acted and excellent cinematography but i found it was let down by the storyline and the technique of the filming could have been put to better effect. Would of helped if first 10 minutes someone constantly crackering a crisp packet behind.

Audience Reaction: ‘Tangerine’

The audience gave ‘Tangerine‘ a score of 36.11%

Here are their comments:

  • Mainly boring, some amusing bits!
  • What a load of crap.  This season’s films are getting so bad.  Waste of 2 hrs of my life.  Couldn’t understand most conversations.
  • Worse than poor.  Bad language bad acting bad everything and this is the first time I have been here?

Our Next Film: ‘Tangerine’

Monday, 6 June 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, USA, 88 minutes, (15)
Director – Sean Baker

tangerine


A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.  A heart warming buddy comedy filmed entirely on an iPhone.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Tangerine
Rotten Tomatoes – Tangerine

AUDIENCE SCORE – 36.11%

COMMENTS:

  • Mainly boring, some amusing bits!
  • What a load of crap.  This season’s films are getting so bad.  Waste of 2 hrs of my life.  Couldn’t understand most conversations.
  • Worse than poor.  Bad language bad acting bad everything and this is the first time I have been here?

Audience Reaction: ‘Dheepan’

The audience gave ‘Dheepan‘ a score of 80%

Here are their comments:

  • Out of the frying pan into the fire  Very good acting by all
  • Fine film spoilt by the shooting spree at the end
  • Was the ending intended to represent the life they were expecting – in stark contrast to the one they found themselves living?
  • An incredibly well acted reminder of reality in some part of Europe and the world
  • Moving, dark and disturbing.  Not a  pleasing viewing but necessary perhaps.  Ending didn’t fit
  • Dirty Harry at the end???   Hard work.  Don’t think I like film
  • Acting outstanding.  Totally believable.  Quality film
  • Multi layered, excellent acting and the tears behind the smiles
  • Wow!  Why did we have lighting stands on the stage obscuring the film?
  • Another thought provoking film.  Life is difficult

SELECTION MEETING

Hello Pontardawe Film Fans

The next film selection meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th May at 7.00pm in the Arts Centre. Hope you can make it.

If you can’t, let us know what films you would like us to consider for next season.

Best wishes

John (Chair)

Film is what we do