Variety galore in Cove and Kilcreggan Film Society’s 20th season

Cove and Kilcreggan Film Society’s 20th season features a programme which will take audiences around the world, including India, New Zealand – and the Scottish west coast.

Membership is still £20, which covers admission to all the evening films, while guest admission is £4, with concessions £3.

All screenings are at Cove Burgh Hall, with the doors opening at 7.15 and lights down at 7.45.

A raffle and free popcorn will be on offer but there will no longer be a tuck shop – you are very welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks, including BYOB – glasses and bowls available in the hall.

The season opens this Thursday, October 12, with the moving biographical drama Lion (2016).

Starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, this is the true story of an impoverished five year-old Indian boy, who falls asleep on a stationary train and awakes thousands of miles away in Kolkata.

After many hardships, he is adopted by an Australian family, but as an adult, is determined to find his family again, using the powers of the Internet and his 25-year-old memories. 1 hr 58 mins, PG.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) will be shown on Thursday November 9 – an adventure comedy about nationwide search being launched for a rebellious boy and his foster uncle missing in the New Zealand wilderness, with chaos ensuing. Sam Neill and Julia Dennison star. 1 hr 41 mins, 12A


A seasonal dram and shortbread will be on offer on December 14 for Whisky Galore, the 2016 remake which stars James Cosmo and Eddie Izzard and also features local scenes and even the former Kilcreggan ferry, the Kenilworth.

This re-telling of the sinking of the SS Politician and the islanders’ ‘rescue’ of its precious cargo, much to the exciseman’s chagrin last for 1 hr 38 mins, PG

The first film of 2018 is documentary The Eagle Huntress (2016), starring Aisholpan Nurgaev.

On the Mongolian steppes, a 13-year-old Kazakh girl trains her hand-reared golden eagle to hunt game; with her father’s encouragement, she is the first female to do this in 12 generations of her family. Spectacular cinematography and hair-raising mountain climbing.

1 hr 27 mins, PG. Language: English-language narration, and English-language subtitles for Mongolian.

The 50th anniversary of Mike Nichols’ classic The Graduate will be marked with a special screening on February 8.

Is it really 50 years since the first screening of The Graduate? And was Ann Bancroft really only 35 when she played femme fatale Mrs Robinson?

Come and see on a big screen a film that shocked and delighted audiences in 1967, with a ground-breaking score by Simon and Garfunkel, as disillusioned college graduate Dustin Hoffman finds himself torn between his older lover and … her 20-year-old daughter (Katherine Ross). 1 hr 46 mins, PG

Hidden Figures (2016) will be shown on March 8 – Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe star in the until-now forgotten, amazing story of how in the 1960s space race a group of African-American female mathematicians were the ‘human computers’ behind NASA’s efforts. 2 hrs 7 mins, PG

April’s film, screened on the 12th, is Hampstead, released earlier this year and starring Diane Keeton and Brendan Gleeson.

Based on a true story, it tells how an American widow finds unexpected love with a homeless man living on Hampstead Heath, when they confront the developers who want to destroy his home and a place that she loves. 1 hr 42 mins, 12A

The AGM will be held on April – the film for this will be announced nearer to the time.