Last week we headed through to Wakefield for another evening of community cinema.
After a short bus journey, in which we indulged in some a batch of homemade cookies (Mmm… bus cookies…), we arrived in Wakey and to Smokehouse ‘American’ restaurant on Wood Street for Nachos before the screening.
While the food was satisfying the customer service left us unfilled, waiting for what felt like days to be served and a decade for our food to arrive. After rushing to finish our meal we were then made to wait to pay our bill when our waiter/bartender/lobotomy victim for the night decided to take a phone call after he’d already started to serve us.
As a result we had to run up the street to the Mechanics Theatre where the Wakefield Film Society had assembled for a screening of Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone (2012) and ultimately caused the cardinal sin of arriving after the film had already started.
The night was saved however by a tremendously emotional film about a care-free whale trainer and a bare-knuckle boxing single father. The chemistry between lead actors Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts is fantastic and both give thoughtful and well-measured performances.
Wakefield Film Society host screenings in the Mechanic Theatre every fortnight (taking a break during Summer and Winter), screening approximately 20 time a year, and aim to show non-mainstream films from a range of genres and from different countries and which would not be available in local cinemas.
Until next time,
P.S. Our next road trip is a special one. Tomorrow will mark four years since the very first Minicine screening at Armley Mills. To celebrate we’re off to Film Unit in Sheffield for a special charity screening of This Is England. The event is a collaboration between The British Federation of Film Societies and Warp Films.
It’s shaping up to be a great night, one we’re very much looking forward to, and recommend you come along if you haven’t made plans to already. For ticket information click here.