Rob Chapman talk on Psychedelia and Other Colours

Rob Chapman continues with an exploration of his book Psychedelia and Other Colours, which chronicles with acid wit, the creative manifestation and cultural impact of LSD-inspired music.

Simon Matthews on Psychedelic Celluloid: British Pop Music in Film and TV 1965-1974

Simon Matthews has written a magical history - Psychedelic Celluloid: British Pop Music in Film and TV 1965-1974 - of the influence of music and drugs on 300 Psychedelic Films, illustratedith clips from key films of the period.

Red Dog: The Early Years

Dir. Kriv Stenders, Australia 2017, 85mins 12)

Glorious true(?) tale of a 13 year old boy and his dog in the Australian outback. Beautifully photographed with great set-pieces and excellent performances from Jason Issacs and Bryan Brown, this prequel to the original Red Dog hit film will make grown ups cry.  (A must-see for anyone who watched Red Dog at Upperthong Village Hall during film festival week 5 years ago!)

 Advance tickets available online - or pay on door.

Film & Food- The Olive Tree

A Food and Film evening at The Whippet and Pickle, Holmfirth.  Advance ticket purchase required.

Your film:

Dir. Iciar Bollain, Spain, 2016

Spirited young woman and her uncle venture on a madcap road trip through Spain to retrieve the family olive tree from a cabal of investors in a charming and beautiful film about the environment and family loyalty.


Curry & Film- A Street Cat Named Bob

Enjoy a curry at Shimla followed by your film:


Dir. Roger Spottiswoode, UK, 2016


Lovely, uplifting feel good film based on James Bowen's own story as a London street musician and recovering drug addict who is saved by a stray ginger cat.

Please book in advance.  Tickets available from Shimla or online.

Requiem for the American Dream

Dir. Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P Scott, Denmark, 2015


Absolutely gripping series of likely to be last conversations with America's most important and influential political philosopher, Noam Chomsky, with a vision of a society in accelerating decline and an urgent call to wake up to the power of corporations and the super-wealthy.

Keeper of the Flame

Dir. George Cukor, US, 1942


Real curiosity that ventures into Citizen Kane territory and presages the rise of Trump. Journalist Spencer Tracey reports on the life of a recently deceased super-patriot who wanted to be president, and builds a relationship with his widow, Katharine Hepburn. 



Last of the Summer Wine & Talk

Screening of an episode from the very first series of the TV series in 1973, starring Michael Bates. Plus talk by Dr Lynne Hibberd, Leeds Beckett University, whose research (with Dr Zoe Tew-Thompson), looks at way the programme affected collective memories of the Holmfirth.

Hell or High Water

Dir. David Mackenzie, US, 2016

Harking back to the great American films of the seventies, Jeff Bridges at his best in this taut, tense modern cops and robbers thriller with wonderful dialogue that has the feel of a western in a land of economic.

The Blue Lamp

Dir. Basil Dearden, UK, 1950


Newly remastered, this crime thriller centred on new police officer Andy Mitchell, his mentor, George Dixon, and young criminal hooligan, Dirk Bogarde, was immensely popular. The first film to look at the day-to-day activities of the police, it remains an interesting social document of the times.



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