Thursday 28 February 2019

Churchyard working party

Message from Chris Ayers.

Weather permitting there will be a Churchyard Working Party this Saturday, 2nd March from 10 a.m. - 12 noon.   
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Wednesday 27 February 2019

A new book Walking from Home - the launch of a new book of walks

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Twelve journeys in the Welsh Borders

By Simon Jackson

Illustrations by Sue Jackson and Sally Lewis

Design and typesetting by John Neilson

Walking from Home recounts twelve walks in twelve months starting from home in the Welsh Borders near Oswestry. Eight of the walks are circular, two to each quadrant of the compass, all following much-walked routes over the fifteen years of living in the area.

 The others are linear walks venturing out of the familiar landscapes. Llangollen and the dramatic Dee valley to the north. Welshpool and the Severn Valley to the south. Wem and the Shropshire Plain to the east and Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall and the Berwyn Mountains to the west.

The book explores the well-loved landscape around home, its geology, the pattern of its fields and woods and the buildings that inhabit it. The walks encounter history, the old drove roads, Offa's Dyke, and the site of Owain Glyndwr's castle and lands at Sycharth, and geography, the valley of the Cynllaith and its tributaries, the many hills that surround us, Gyrn Moelfre the biggest of them standing at 1,750 feet.

The twelve monthly walks allow the annual progress of nature, the flowers and trees, the birds and animals to be observed and favourite local species, bluebells, ash trees and redstarts to be evoked.

Always there are views near and far and the endless variation of light and colour in the landscape to be treasured as they frame and underly the month's walk.

The walks were taken in the periodic companionship of poets John Clare, R S Thomas and T S Eliot, artists whose work the walks called to mind - Cezanne, Turner and James Dickson Innes and writers George Borrow, whose "Wild Wales" includes walks he did in the locality, and Francis Kilvert.

 The landscape where my heart is was the inspiration for recording these walks, my diagnosis with Parkinson's Disease the trigger for starting the project. Oh yes, and the dog needed a walk!

kinokulture cinema March Film Screenings

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March Film Screenings & Events at kinokulture cinema, Oswestry
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Welcome to our March Film Festival edition of the kinokulture cinema newsletter.

The month starts with Borderlines Film Festival this year screening 66 different films at 25 venues across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Malvern & The Marches.

Our own screenings for Borderlines include 'Collette', Oscar winning 'Vice', 'Burning', 'Beautiful Boy', Best Picture winner of the Oscars 'Green Book' and a special preview screening of Happy As Lazzaro'.

In our regular film programme this month we have 'If Beale Street Could Talk', 'The Front Runner', 'The Raft' and 'All Is True'.

March draws to a close with The Wow Wales One World Film Festival when once again we are delighted to be one of the very few select venues to bring these world class films to our audiences, offering a rare glimpse into diverse communities and lives through films that mainly will not be on general release.

Our WOW films this year are 'AGA' set in the snowy landscapes of Siberia, 'Dead Pigs' spiky, comic debut about overlapping lives and interlocking misfortunes in modern China and closing our festival screenings in April we have the Chilean coming of age drama 'Too Late To Die Young'.

all of our March screenings are now on sale and available to book online via our website:

Ticket prices for regular screenings are £7.00 Adult & £5.00 Under 16's

Ticket prices for Borderlines Film Festival screenings are £7.50 Adults/£5.50 Under 16's

Prices for Event Cinema & Live broadcasts vary depending on the distributor.

Please scroll down to see full information & booking links for all of this month's films.

Doors open 30 minutes before the screening time and parking is available in The Horse Market car park just a short walk from the cinema.

Our cafe/bar space sells a range of light refreshments and is licensed in the evenings and on Saturdays.

The cinema has a loop system and is also  installed with Mobile Connect - Sennheiser's WiFi based system that enables low-latency transmission of audio content to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.  We can now easily provide assistive listening, audio description and interpretation channels to your own mobile phone. all you need to do is download the 'Sennheiser  Mobileconnect' App for free from the Android or ITunes app store and listen through headphones connected to your mobile phone. This service can be used by anyone needing hearing assistance but is also very useful for people who can not understand the indecipherable mumbling of certain actors when they are 'In character'.

We look forward to seeing you this month.
March Film Screenings & Events
at kinokulture cinema

9 Arthur Street, Oswestry, SY11 1JN
Colette (15)
Borderlines Film Festival

Friday 1st March 7:30pm
Saturday 2nd March 7:30pm
Monday 4th March 1:30pm

Tickets: £7.50 Adult/£5.50 Under 16's
Book online:

Or call the Box Office: 01691 238167

Keira Knightley gives a career-best performance in this exhilarating biopic of ground-breaking French novelist Colette. Plunged from the country into the Paris demi-monde,

Colette's first novels are published under her Svengali-like husband's name, and he basks in the misappropriated glory of her wildly popular stories. The complexities of their marriage are depicted with intelligence and subtlety, as are her relationships with women – including cross-dressing noblewoman Mathilde, with whom Colette shared Paris' first documented same-sex kiss on stage. Whip-smart, precocious and unapologetic, Colette is depicted as a talented author, actor and journalist but also as a feminist trailblazer, fighting for the right to her voice in a male-dominated world.

Director: Wash Westmoreland
Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson, Denise Gough
Run time: 1 hour, 51 min


Vice (15)
Borderlines Film Festival

Monday 4th March 7:30pm
Wednesday 6th March 7:30pm
Thursday 7th March 7:30pm

Tickets: £7.50 Adult/£5.50 under 16's
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From the pre-title sequence, a drunken brawl, followed by a police chase down a lonely Wyoming road at dusk sometime in the early '60s, to the post-credits 'focus group' on the movie just seen (another punch-up), Vice is a roller-coaster that takes you through US politics from Nixon to Trump. The constant factor is Dick Cheney, George W. Bush's Vice-President who quietly, unobtrusively, wielded enormous power with often devastating consequences, both for
the US and across the whole world. Less a biopic, more a satirical political comedy, that literally asks, 'How does a man become who
he is?', then nimbly, confidently invents ways to answer. Bale is magnificently understated, Adams brilliant as his forceful wife Lynne, and Mckay's (Anchorman, The Big Short) script is supple and sharp.

"Bale brilliantly captures the former vice-president's bland magnificence in Adam McKay's entertainingly nihilist biopic"
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carrell. Bill Pullman, Sam Rockwell
US, 2018
Run Time:2 hours 12 minutes


Oswestry Film Society Screening

North By Northwest (PG)

Tuesday 5th March 7:30pm

Please note that membership or tickets for Oswestry Film Society screenings cannot be booked through kinokulture.

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Its the 60th anniversary of this classic suspense film, Cary Grant is pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after geeting mistaken for a government agent. Hunted relentlessly by Vandamm's associates, the harried Grant ends up on a cross-country journey, meeting the beautiful and mysterious Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) along the way, but soon Vandamm's henchmen close in on him, resulting in a number of iconic action sequences. Planes in cornfields, Mount Rushmore, what more do you want?!


"See it again and you'll come away marvelling." Mail On Sunday

1959. USA . Cert PG. 133 minutes

Beautiful Boy (15)
Borderlines Film Festival

Friday 8th March 7:30pm
Saturday 9th March 7:30pm
Monday 11th March 7:30pm

Tickets: £7.50 Adult/£5.50 Under 16's
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Steve Carell is David Sheff, a successful journalist and proud father. A relaxed, affectionate and communicative dad, he is not alarmed when teenage son Nic, played by Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), begins experimenting with marijuana, less so when this leads to a consuming addiction to crystal meth. As Nic transforms from
his father's 'beautiful boy' into an unhappy and chaotic addict, their relationship is challenged to its core. Adapted from two separate memoirs by David and Nic Sheff, the dual viewpoint enriches our sense of the film's authenticity while Carell and Chalamet generate painful vulnerability and an entirely believable father-son chemistry.

"a triumph of performance and emotional nuance."Hanna Woodhead"
Little White Lies

Dir: Felix Van Groeningen
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan
US, 2018
Run Time 2 hours


Happy As Lazzaro (12A)

Borderlines Film Festival Preview

Tuesday 12th March 7:30pm

Tickets: £7.50 Adult/£5.50 under 16's
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Writer-director Rohrwacher's follow-up to The Wonders is surprising and enchanting, a film that leads you in one direction and transports you into another. Lazzaro is a beautiful peasant whose sweet nature makes people mistake him for simple-minded. He lives in an isolated village, mysteriously timeless, and feudally ruled over by the Cruella de Vil-esque Marchesa. Lazzaro finds an unlikely friend in the Marchesa's petulant, bleach-blonde son Tancredi, who embroils him in a cunning plot that is a trigger for a dramatic shift in time and place.

Mixing folk tales with social critique, biblical allegories and pop culture references, this kaleidoscopic film with its exquisite imagery is a myth for a modern Italy consumed by corruption and decline.

Joint Winner of Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival 2018

"Easily among this year's finest films and laced with an unapologetic social message, 'Happy As Lazzaro' dares one to imagine a reality where each individual would task themselves to be as selfless and morally whole as its main protagonist." **** Roger Ebert

"Cannes award-winner Alice Rohrwacher's follow-up to The Wonders is a sun-scorched, time-bending tale of a tobacco magnate and a village of sharecroppers" **** The Guardian

Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Italy 2018
Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Sergi Lopez, Alba Rohrwacher
Italian with English subtitles
Run time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Preview courtesy of Modern Films


Burning (15)
Borderlines Film Festival

Wednesday 13th March 7:30pm
Thursday 14th March 7:30pm 

Tickets: £7.50 Adult/£5.50 under 16's
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Lee Chang-dong's follow-up to Poetry is a sublime mystery thriller of obsessive love, adapted from Haruki Murakami's short storyBarn Burning. An isolated young man, Jong-soo has a menial job in Seoul and dreams of becoming a writer, when he is accosted
by Hae-mi, who claims to remember him from their shared village childhood. They begin a relationship, but when she returns from a trip accompanied by the wealthy, urbane Ben, Jong-soo is puzzled and confused. Chang-dong fleshes out Murakami's slender short story to create a mysterious world of immense power that this epic, slow-burning film hooks us into, alongside its main character.

FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2018

Director: Lee Chang-dong
Starring: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo
South Korea, 2018
Run Time: 2 hours 28 minutes

Green Book (12A)
Borderlines Film Festival

Friday 15th March 7:30pm
Saturday 16th March 7:30pm

Tickets: £7.500 Adult/£5.50 under 16's
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Green Book brings together Mahershala Ali (Oscar winner,Moonlight) and Viggo Mortensen in an upbeat true story of an unlikely friendship. In 1962, Italian-American Tony Lip is hired as chauffeur and bodyguard to African-American pianist, Dr Don Shirley on a concert tour through the Deep South. Despite Tony's own problematic racial views, the pair embark on a road trip with the potential to change both of their lives. There is smart comedy as you'd expect from the co-director of Dumb and Dumber andThere's Something About Mary but, eminently watchable though it is, the film does not sugar coat the racial tensions of the '60s and serves as a reminder of the persistent bigotry of our own times.

Winner of the Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor & Best Original Screenplay Awards at the 2019 Oscars.

"'Green Book' can't heal racism, but it's a reminder that spending time with people different from ourselves, even if only in the dark on a movie screen, can be the key to combating prejudice."Peter Debruge, Variety

Director: Peter Farrelly
Starring: Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen, Linda Cardellini
US, 2018
Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes


Oswestry Film Society screening

The Miseducation Of Cameron Post (15)

Tuesday 19th March 7:30pm

Please note that membership or tickets for Oswestry Film Society screenings cannot be booked through kinokulture.
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In 1993 after teenage Cameron is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, she is sent away to a treatment centre in a remote area called God's Promise. While she is being subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies, she bonds with some fellow residents as they pretend to go along with the process while waiting to be released. Chloe Grace Moretz's performance has been hugely acclaimed in this US indie.


"It's all done beautifully. Witty and funny too, but at a consistent, compassionate pace throughout. A lovely sigh of a movie." The Times

The Front Runner (15)

Wednesday 20th March 7:30pm
Thursday 21st March 7:30pm

Tickets: £7.00 Adult/£5.00 Under 16's
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Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race – events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage.

Dir: Jason Reitman
Starring: Hugh Jackman, J.K. Simmons, Vera Farmiga
US 2019
Run Time: 113min


If Beale Street Could Talk (15)

Friday 22nd March 7:30pm
Saturday 23rd March 7:30pm
Monday 25th March 7:30pm

Tickets: £7.00 Adult/£5.00 Under 16's
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Barry Jenkins' follow-up to his ground-breaking, Oscar-winningMoonlight is this exquisite romantic drama based on James Baldwin's novel. Moving back and forth through time, we meet Tish and Fonny, lovers in '70s Manhattan, whose bond is tested when Fonny is falsely accused of a crime. As he awaits trial, Tish tries desperately to get him released while her mother must decide how far she will go to secure her daughter's future. Like Moonlight, it's emotionally devastating, focused not just on the characters' relationships
with each other but also with their haunting interior lives and
the spaces in between. Jenkins adds to the pantheon of black cinema with something celebratory – a lyrical story of community and love – even as he depicts tremendous pain. Unmissable.

Winner of The Best Supporting Actress Award at The 2019 Oscars.

"Given the film's unabashed belief in love, it's satisfying to feelso much while watching it. Sensorily and emotionally, it's an almost overwhelming experience."

Benjamin Lee, The Guardian
Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris
US, 2018
Run Time: 1 hour 59 minutes


The Raft (12A)

Tuesday 26th March 7:30pm

Tickets: £7.00 Adult/£5.00 Under 16's
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In the summer of 1973, five men and six women of mixed religion and nationality embarked on a 101-day scientific sea-adventure across the Atlantic on the raft 'Acali'. The experiment initiated
by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés set out to explore the origins of violence and the dynamics of sexual attraction. Irritatingly dubbed 'The Sex Raft' by the press, Genovés had anticipated extreme friction, orgies and violent conflict. It
seems that the outcome was very different. More than forty years later, the surviving members of the expedition reunite, board a reconstruction of the raft and tell the hidden story behind 'one of the strangest group experiments of all time.

Director: Marcus Lindeen
Starring: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Maria Björnstam, Mary Gidley
Sweden/Denmark/US/Germany, 2018
Run Time:1 hour 37 minutes


Aga (PG)
WOW: Wales One World Film Festival

Wednesday 27th March 7:30pm

Tickets: £7.00 Adult/£5.00 Under 16's
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Once again we are very pleased to be the only venue in England for the WOW: Wales One World Film Festival, bringing a fantastic and rare opportunity to see the very best in World Cinema a few select venues.
A moving tale full of memorable images interspersed with moments of great beauty, charm and dry humour. Living in a yurt amid the frozen expanses of Siberia, an elderly Yakut couple, Sedna and Nanook seem to be the last people still living the traditional way. Cutting holes in the ice to fish, trapping foxes, observing the flight of the ravens and the occasional ghostly reindeer, signs that climate change is making their difficult lives even more precarious. The biggest sorrow for these stoic survivors is that their daughter Aga has left to work in the diamond mine. This is definitely a film to see on the big screen to best appreciate the majestic cinematography of a dying way of life.

"a winning combination of the cozily intimate and the sublimely epic." Hollywood Reporter

Winner Best Director Award Eurasian Film Festival 2018

Dead Pigs (PG)
WOW: Wales One World Film Festival

Thursday 28th March 7:30pm

Tickets: £7.00 Adult/£5.00 Under 16's
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Once again we are very pleased to be the only venue in England for the WOW: Wales One World Film Festival, bringing a fantastic and rare opportunity to see the very best in World Cinema a few select venues.

Dead Pigs
A smart, vibrant take on the huge changes taking place in China as dodgy, get-rich-quick developments flatten neighbourhoods and break down the traditional bonds of families and communities. Linked by a mysterious epidemic of dead pigs dumped into the river, this mosaic-like comedy charts the misadventures of diverse Shanghai citizens; a bumbling pig farmer, a sensitive waiter, an expat architect, a disenchanted rich girl. A sassy 'thoroughly modern' heroine who runs her own beauty parlour, Candy Wang is also determined to save her family home from being knocked down. This cleverly weaves together a number of stories that reflect on the old and the new China to produce a fascinating picture of money and class in a city in flux. It builds to a big musical number when Candy faces down the bulldozer in her slippers and curlers that somehow works!

"Delightfully quirky." Hollywood Reporter

"Demonstrating a light touch - underscored by a whimsy-leaning score and overtly comic moments, but never delving into flimsiness or farce - Yan handles her chosen topic, and the tapestry of tales it's woven through, with care." Screen International

Winner World Cinema Special Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival 2018

Director: Milko Lazarov
Starring: Mikhail Aprosimov, Feodosia Ivanova 
Bulgaria/Germany/France, 2018
Run time: 1 hour 36 minutes

F rated

All Is True (12A)

Friday 29th March 7:30pm
Saturday 30th Marchy 7:30pm
Monday 1st April 7:30pm
Thursday 4th April 1:30pm

Tickets: £7.00 Adult/£5.00 Under 16's
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Kenneth Branagh's latest film, a passion project about a neglected period in the final years of William Shakespeare, comes with an original screenplay by Ben Elton. In 1613 Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of his age. But when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.

"It dodges the pitfalls of luvviedom and period camp to produce a fiercely intelligent and poignant drama about family, grief and the tyranny of genius" Kevin Maher, The Times

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Judy Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Ian McKellen
UK, 2018
Run Time: 1 hour 41 minutes

Too Late To Die Young (15)
WOW: Wales One World Film Festival

Thursday 4th April  7:30pm

Tickets: £7.00 Adult/£5.00 Under 16's
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Our closing film for this year's WOW Wales One World Film Festival is the beautiful 'Too Late to Die Young'.

Liberated by the end of the Pinochet dictatorship, a group of families set up an isolated community under the Andes, where they hope to build a new world away form the excesses of urban living. The adults debate the future, struggle with their water supply and worry about the risk of wildfires, whilst their teenage children find themselves messily adapting to their new found freedoms whilst falling in love, driving trucks and forming bands. Woozily evoking a gorgeous Chilean summer, Sotomayor's sensuous semi-autobiographical coming of age tale hums with humanity and spirit.

Director: Dominga Sotomayor
Chile-Brazil-Argentina-Netherlands-Qatar, 2018
Cast: Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro
Run time: 1 hour 50 mins
English subtitles
F rated

"A lovingly textured addition to the coming-of-age genre." Hollywood Reporter

Leopard for Best Direction Locarno International Film Festival 2018
At the point of publication we are still unsure as to when we will receive the new lease on our building but are hopeful that this will not be too long. However this means that we have not yet been able to programme much beyond the first week in April.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers and volunteers for the wonderful support you have shown us during this difficult time.

Coming up in April and on sale now...

'Cold Pursuit' Hans Petter Moland's English language remake of his darkly comic revenge thriller 'In Order Of Disappearance' and the ladies from The LADS present 'Voices Of Eve'  a tender and moving exploration of the lives of Shropshire women throughout the ages.

Don't miss out take a look at all our screenings currently on sale and book online through our website:

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