Our Movie Nights are always very popular, and typically are run every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Doors open at 7.00pm, as does the bar, and tickets are £5.00
Our next presentations are:
KING OF THIEVES
This film tells the story of the 2015 Hatton Garden jewellery robbery that grabbed headlines.
The plan, which we all know, isn’t elaborate. Over an Easter weekend, they break into the safe deposit vault with a coring drill. The drill breaks down and they return the next day with a new one.
All the action of the film is after the event. From the moment the gang gather up their spoils, the law of the jungle takes over. First Basil is sent packing with a tiny fraction of his fair share, although both he and Terry have secretly taken diamonds that no one else knows about. Basil, who is dividing up the swag, keeps Brian out of the loop whose rage bursts out when he realises the extent to which he is being hoodwinked. Terry and Danny bully their way into the thick of things, cutting everyone else off at the legs and Kenny tells everyone he’s their ally while sabotaging them behind their backs: so much for honour amongst thieves. Meanwhile the police gradually encroach slowly using surveillance to close a net around them.
With a cast of Sir Michael Caine, Sir Tom Courtenay and Sir Michael Gambon, (and also Jim Broadbent, Paul Whitehouse, and Ray Winstone) maybe it should have been called Knight of Thieves. Tickets £5 on the door, which will open, along with the bar, at 7pm.
On 16 August 1819, at what we would now call a pro-democracy demonstration in St Peter’s Field, Manchester, an excitable band of cavalry and yeomanry – whose commander had airily absented himself for a day at the races – charged with sabres drawn into a crowd of 100,000 unarmed people, many of whom were unable to escape the enclosed space. The troops killed 18 and injured hundreds more.
It was Britain’s 19th-century mix of Sharpeville and Hillsborough. The government was entirely delighted with the result, and not displeased with the nickname “Peterloo”, as it felt like a rerun of its victory over Napoleon, the creature of something it continued to fear intensely: the French Revolution.
Peterloo was eventual the seed of reform, the rooting out the political mendacity and bad faith that underpinned the massacre. The protesters were complaining about taxation without representation - with hunger an everyday reality as a consequence of the Corn Law tariffs which had been imposed, barring imports of cheap grain from the continent.
Mike Leigh's film is well worth watching - an important part of British history which many of us know little about.