8:10 PM, 15th September, 2007
Starring: Peter OToole, Jodie Whittaker, Leslie Phillips, Vanessa RedgravePeter O'Toole has been a screen legend since 1962's Lawrence of Arabia but he has never won a Best Actor Academy Award; many thought he should have for Venus.Venus is the tale of the ageing, red blooded Maurice (O'Toole) who meets his match in young Jessica (Whittaker) who moves from Northern England to become the live-in companion for her great uncle Ian (Phillips), Maurice's best friend. The two men, distinguished West End actors, are declining physically but still gleefully peruse the London papers for death notices of their theatrical peers. Ian hopes Jessica will provide him with pleasant company and gourmet cuisine, but her idea of culinary sophistication is junk food. Maurice begins a more than avuncular interest in the unpolished but naively attractive Jessica and invites her to plays, galleries and film sets to broaden her horizons. This film's keystone is the poignancy of ageing: Maurice's flesh is weakening in inverse proportion to his desire towards Jessica e.g. he foolishly discharges himself from hospital after major surgery to see her. The viewer is left to question, as do his friends, the degree to which their friendship is misguided and dangerous but with his encouragement Jessica starts to develop interest in life beyond her limited sphere and learns to trust people. If you relished Peter in the 2006 ABC TV drama "Casanova" grab a coffee and be tantalised by this bitter-sweet tale.'
10:00 PM, 15th September, 2007
Starring: Basil Radford, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton, Joan GreenwoodWhisky Galore! was Scottish director Alexander Mackendricks first film (Mackendrick would later direct The Man in the White Suit and The Ladykillers), and one of the earliest contributions to the droll Ealing Studio comedies of the 1940s and 1950s. On the remote Outer Hebrides island of Todday, the inhabitants are happily immune to WWII until their ration of beloved whisky runs dry. Gloom sets in over the island with this fate worse than "war and pestilence." One foggy night the S.
S. Cabinet Minister, a cargo ship laden with 50,000 cases of whisky intended for America, runs aground off Todday. The elated male islanders plan to raid the ship, but must contend with the sanctimonious and overly dutiful Captain Waggett (Radford) of the Home Guard. With a hilarious series of thwarted plans, car chases, and devious uses of guard equipment, the islanders evade Waggett and his excise men.
The film was shot on location in the Hebrides, and was loosely based on an actual incident during World War II, when the S.
S. Politician ran aground on the Hebridean island of Eriskay with 24,000 cases of whisky, most of which were never recovered.'