Brambles, Holmfirth

Festival Films at Brambles, Holmfirth

Sat, 20/05/2017 - 5:00pm




Dir. Jack O’Connell, USA, 1968


Documentary exploring the hippie experience and the counter-culture of 60s' San Francisco with the music of the time.




Sat, 20/05/2017 - 6:30pm

Dir: Allison Ellwood and Alex Gibney, USA, 2011


A vibrant time capsule using the original footage chronicling Ken Kesey's and the Prankster's historic freewheeling trip across America in 1964 evangelising LSD.



Sat, 20/05/2017 - 8:30pm

Dir. Jim Jarmusch, US, 2016

A bigtime fan, Jarmusch's in-depth documentary on Iggy and the Stooges, the band - the antithesis of psychedelia - with an aggressive and powerful style of fundamental rock-n-roll which influenced Punk is very entertaining.

Sun, 21/05/2017 - 12:00pm

Dir. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, UK, 1965

1940: the Nazis successfully invade the UK. The television series SS-GB was a poor fantasy, this pseudo-documentary made by a young Brownlow and Mollo about the British rebels' attempt to free the country is an extraordinary achievement of independent film-making made with invention.


Biographer of British Fascist Sir Oswald Mosley, Dr Stephen Dorril will talk about his research on the role of the British Resistance Organisation and Nazis invasion plans for the UK.



Sun, 21/05/2017 - 3:00pm
Holmfirth Adults: £4.00

Dir. John Sayles, US, 1987

Gripping historical drama about the strike by coal miners in 1920 in Virginia which was brutally opposed by the mine owners in a bitter and bloody conflict. Superb direction by independent director, John Sayles, Chris Cooper and James Earl Jones star in what critics now regard as one of the great American films of the last thirty years. Proceeds to Orgreave: Truth and Justice Campaign

Sun, 21/05/2017 - 7:30pm

Dir. Kirsten Johnson, USA, 2016

Sundance award winner from veteran documentary film-maker and cinematographer, Kirsten Johnson, who interweaves 25 years of film-making into an absorbing and fascinating tapestry, revealing the relationship between her and the subjects.

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 1:00pm

Dir Carol Reed, UK, 1953

Carol Reed's excellent, newly restored Cold War thriller set in the wreckage of post-war Berlin and starring James Mason, Claire Bloom and Hildegard Knef is very much in the mould of The Third Man.

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 3:00pm

Dir Frantisek Vlacil, Czechoslovakia, 1967

Mid-60s Czech new wave film production was incredibly impressive. One of its forgotten classics is this beautiful, visionary medieval tale manhood by country's greatest director of the boy who grows into. Powerful, engrossing it is no surprise that Stanley Kubrick considered it to be one of the best films of the 1960s.

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 7:30pm

Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, Finland, UK, 2011

Gorgeously shot and masterfully directed portrait of the international bohemian artist Andy Goldsworthy who creates beautiful sculptures for the outdoors from natural materials. Award-winning documentary only now available is immensely enjoyable.

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 1:00pm

Dir. Alexander MacKendrick, UK, 1954

Restored and remastered this is a wonderful, charming, sentimental Ealing comedy about attempts to con a wealthy American to pay for a cargo trip for the decrepit puffer boat, Maggie, to a Scottish Island.

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 3:00pm

Dir. Trey Edward Shults, US, 2016

An independent and unique gem from first time director Trey Shults. Tensions rise at a Thanksgiving gathering when the troubled and alcoholic Krisha - in a truly stunning and totally unnerving performance - reunites with her family.

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 7:30pm

Dir. Laurie Anderson, US, 2015

Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her dog, Trivia (and her mother), in a dreamlike way that is both a paean to love and a philosophical meditation. It is also terrific.

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 1:00pm


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.

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 3:00pm

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. 



Wed, 24/05/2017 - 7:30pm

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.

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 1:00pm

Dir. Norman Walker, UK, 1935

Splendid first British feature from J Arthur Rank about rivalry between old and new fishing families in the seaside village of Robin Hoods Bay. Based on a book by Leo Walmsley who lived in the bay, where much (and Whitby) of the film was made.

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 3:00pm

Dir. Darren Thornton, Ireland, 2016


Instantly loveable and very charming this Irish romantic comedy about 'Mad' Mary who returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison is funny and at times heart-breaking with a great central performance from Seana Kerslake, a real star of the future. Recommended.

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 7:00pm

Dir. Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky, USA, Israel, Palestine, 2015


It may not seem possible given its highly controversial nature but this is an engrossing, balanced and intelligent documentary with archival material and interviews by award-winning directors on the tortured history of Zionism and its impact on Arabs and the Israel-Palestine issue.

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 12:30pm


Dir. Ralph Thomas, UK, 1962


Real life friends, Manchester's 20 year-old Ian McShane ('a real discovery') and 21 year-old John Hurt ('a sensitive roommate'), make their film debuts in this early sixties drama about students and their lives in a provincial University (Lincoln). Tame now but entertaining.

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 3:00pm

Dir. Rosemary Myers, Australia, 2017


Really charming Australian coming-of-age drama that is surreal, offbeat and big-hearted in the style of Wes Anderson. A little gem that signposts Director Myers and teenage actress, Bethany Whitmore, as talents for the future.

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 7:30pm

Dir. Christine Frantz, UK, 2017

Just released documentary on the two year journey from a Nottingham bedroom to Britain's angriest band. Their brutally honest lyrics and uncompromising stance make them the only band today of any relevance. Unmissable.

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