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Wadjda and Mr Banks at film club

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

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HAYLE Film Club has two films for its April screenings, both on Saturday, with a matinee and evening showing.

The club is trying to show more unusual films this season, so Wadjda gets a showing on the same day as Saving Mr Banks.

Wadjda (98 mins, PG) starts at 2.30pm and is a gently funny, celebratory film. A real Arab Spring of a movie, it is the first shot in Saudi Arabia (where cinemas have been banned for decades), and directed by a woman. It follows ten-year-old Wadjda's efforts to get a beautiful green bicycle to beat her friend Abdullah in a race. But riding a bike is off limits (as is playing with boys, really) so her mother refuses to buy it – she's distracted anyway, because her husband wants a second wife, who might bear him a son. Spirited Wadjda embarks on entrepreneurial schemes to raise the money, and enters a Koran recital competition, memorising swathes of text for the chance of a cash prize. Even when she wins, convention conspires against her, but in the end – well, times do change.

Saving Mr Banks (125 mins, 12A) starts at 7.30pm and looks at how Walt Disney won over a disapproving PL Travers to the filming of Mary Poppins. This is about the dark roots that grow into bright tales, the less-than-perfect childhoods that lay behind the adult creations of both Disney and, particularly, Travers. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are tremendous, and the two of them, the screenplay, and the film as a whole racked up numerous award nominations and a dozen or so wins.

The showing will be at the Passmore Edwards Institute as usual, with refreshments after. Tickets, at £5/£4 for members, are available from Beanbelt at 28 Penpol Terrace in Hayle, on 01736 752319, or on the door.

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