The Verdict Is In

Well there is bad news and there is good news. As you might expect at this point we are not going ahead with our screening on Friday night. The red alert made that decision a bit clearer! The good news though is that we are screening the film instead next week, on Fri 9th March. Stay safe and warm until then.

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Screening Update for March 2nd

Hi everyone,

As we are all aware by now this week is forecast to be particularly cold. At this point we will be just keeping an eye on the forecast over the course of the next few days and then decide if we can go ahead with our screening. We are obviously hoping the area won’t be too badly affected and that the worst will have passed by Friday evening. But watch this space and we will post an update closer to the time.

Published in: on February 26, 2018 at 1:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Season 20 kick starts 2018

Welcome to 2018. We hope it is a year full of health and happiness. We are looking forward to sharing more great film and hope you can join us. And this season is the official countdown to our 21st and 10th birthdays. In September we will celebrate 10 years of screening and our 21st season!

First things first though, lets get this season underway.


Rosalie Blum. Friday 2nd February 2018. 8pm


Director: Julien Rappeneau. 95 mins. France. 2016.

A random encounter has unexpected and life-changing consequences for three characters in Rosalie Blum, a quirky, heart-warming tale based on the graphic novel trilogy by French artist Camille Jourdy. This enchanting directorial debut from French screenwriter Julien Rappeneau ( Bon Voyage36 Quai des Orfèvres) is a witty and ingeniously crafted comedy.

This film is presented with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français.

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In Between. Friday 2nd March 2018. 8pm

Director Maysaloun Hamoud. France, Israel. 103 minutes. 2016.

Layla, Salma, and Nour–three Palestinian women with Israeli citizenship -share an apartment in the vibrant center of Tel Aviv. Despite being “ independent” each of them struggles with the restrictions imposed on their lives by a blinkered society.Maysaloun Hamoud’s remarkable feature debut, explores the challenges facing young Arab-Israeli women who must negotiate being “in between” cultures and traditions.



The Party. Friday 6th April. 8pm.

Director: Sally Potter. UK. 2017, 71 mins.

Janet has just been appointed minister in the shadow cabinet–the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. The guests arrive at their home in London but the party takes an unexpected turn for the worse when Bill suddenly makes two explosive revelations that shock Janet and everyone present to the core. Love, friendships, political convictions and a whole way of life are now called into question. Underneath their cultivated liberal left-wing surface people are seething. Their dispute leads to the big guns being brought out–even in a literal sense.

For her eighth theatrical feature British director and screenwriter Sally Potter,who last took part in the Berlinale Competition with Rage in 2009, has invited a stellar cast to join her party. Beginning as a subtly witty comedy replete with sharp-tongued dialogue, the film later veers off into tragedy. When life can nolonger be controlled by reason, people will fight tooth and nail to protect their seemingly stable existence.

-Berlin International Film Festival 2017




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Season 19 is on the way and it’s all very classic!

Another season, another great 3 films to pass the dark nights. And we have a very classic feeling to this season. We kick off with a classic coming of age Irish drama. Followed by a classic black and white love story. And we finish the year with 2 classic French ladies.   We are still screening in Desmond Complex, at 8pm and entry if €7. The venue is wheelchair accessible and there is an audio loop. Refreshments available. Over 18s only.


Handsome Devil. Friday 6th October. 8pm

Director: John Butler. 95 mins. Ireland 2016. Language: English

In this funny and observant coming of age tale from Irish novelist and filmmaker John Butler , bullied outsider Ned and macho athlete Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their rugby-mad boarding school. Their unlikely friendship takes them both bysurprise as they bond over music and begin practicing guitar together. After their supportive English teacher encourages them to enter a local talent competition,Conor faces increasing pressure to choose between manly athletic pursuits and his new love of music. Meanwhile Ned has to decide whether to betray his new friend’s trust to save his own skin. Ultimately, each learns the importance of bravery, loyalty,and finding one’s own voice.

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The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki. Friday 3rd November. 8pm

Director: Juho Kuosmanen. 92 minutes, Finland/Germany/Sweden, 2016. Language: Finnish.

Juho Kuosmanen’s impressive debut feature takes its title from central character 25-year old Olli Mäki, a European amateur boxing champion, who is training for the match of a lifetime -the 1962 World Featherweight title against American world champion Davey Moore. As Olli struggles to balance his preparations with the pressures of being in the media spotlight, he also finds himself falling in love with local beauty Raija, much to the dissatisfaction of his ambitious manager Elis. Beautifully shot on 16mm in evocative black and white,and with quietly powerful performances from its cast, this charming portrayal of one man’s challenge to determine his life’s priorities is the most unconventional boxing film and feel-good love story you’ll see this year.

The Midwife. Friday 1st December. 8pm

Director: Martin Provost. 117 mins. France. 2017. Language: French.

Director Martin Provost (Violette, Seraphine) unites two of Frances favourite actors in his tender comedy drama about female friendship and rediscovery. Catherines Deneuve and Catherine Frot play very different women whose shaky reconnection after a number of decades allows them both to learn valuable life lessons from one another. Claire (Frot) is the conscientious Midwife of the title, a single mother whose reservations and self-restraint have left her living an isolated life. Until the day her deceased fathers ex girlfriend makes contact. Beatrice(Deneuve) is a free spirited, professional gambler who wishes to reconnect with Claire’s father. Shocked at the news that he has passed away she implants herself into Claires lifeinstead, bringing chaos, joy and memories of happier times.

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May Film Tour-Dare To Be Wild-Wed 3rd May 2017

The May Film Tour is organised jointly by access>CINEMA and the Irish Film Institute to coincide with the Bealtaine Festival. The purpose of these activities in May is to engage older people in all areas of the arts. Newcastle West Film Club is delighted to participate on this tour yet again. This years offering is the Irish film Dare To Be Wild.

Based on the true life story of Wexford landscape designer Mary Reynolds, who became the youngest woman to win a gold medal at the UK’s most prestigious garden event, the Chelsea Flower Show. It charts her journey including her romance with botanist Christy Collard. Dare to be Wild is a charming and passionate story with a powerful environmental message.
We will be screening this film on Wed 3rd May 2017. 7.30pm. Desmond Complex. As the screening is part of the May Film Tour there will be no admission fee for this film. Over 18s only. For further information you can phone 087 6877970 or email
Director: Vivienne De Courcy / Ireland / 2016 / 100 minutes / Certificate: PG
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Let 2017 Bring Great Film

Happy New Year to you all. A couple of weeks in and perhaps the resolutions are beginning to wane already. At Newcastle West Film Club however we stick to ours-to bring great film to the community. We hope this will be another year of doing this successfully. We want to show films you will be glad you saw, that make you think or that you will remember next year. Our favourite moments are when audience members tell us about a film, maybe from a few years ago, that they loved. This doesn’t mean that it was a ‘lovely film’ or a comedy that made them laugh. But there was a quality about the film that stuck with them. And we love that we were part of providing that experience. And we hope to provide more in 2017.

The practical information. We screen at Desmond Complex. Entry is €7 and is for over 18s only. The venue is wheelchair accessible and an audio loop is provided. For further information you can email or phone 087 6877970.

So to see us through until April!


I Daniel Blake. Friday 3rd Feb 2017. 8pm

Director: Ken Loach.100 minutes, UK/France/Belgium, 2016, Language: English.

Newcastle carpenter Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is recovering from a recent heart attack. He
finds himself fighting a welfare system where his benefits will be taken away unless he looks for work, despite doctor’s orders preventing him from working if he does find a job.
As he battles against this absurd bur eaucracy, Daniel befriends Katie (Hayley Squires), a young single mother with two kids, who is also struggling with the system after relocating to Newcastle from a London homeless shelter. Deserving of its recent Palme d’Or win (the second for its director), Loach and long-time collaborator screenwriter Paul Laverty,
deliver a powerful work of quiet outrage that is at turns intensely moving, darkly
humourous and deeply heartbreaking.
The Fencer. Friday 3rd March 2017. 8pm
Director: Klaus Haro. 99 mins, Finland, Estonia, Germany, 2015, Language: Estonian, Russian, Armenian.
In the early 1950’s, champion fencer Endel Nelis, takes up a teaching position in a
remote Estonia School. Initially standoffish and unwilling to engage, he eventually
warms to the traumatised children of the school, many of whom have been left orphaned by the war or the Soviet occupation. Realising that the children need an outlet for hope and self expression he decides to teach them how to fence and indoing so becomes a father figure for them. But Endel harbours a secret, he is on the run from the Soviet Police and he eventually has to make a decision-to keep teaching and risk everything or to keep running. Based on actual events, this redemptive drama has universal appeal.
Viva. Friday 7th April 2017. 8pm
Director : Paddy Breathnach. 100 minutes, Ireland/Cuba, 2015, Language: Spanish.
Jesus (Héctor Medina) a shy, delicate, struggling hairdresser finds a genuine opportunity to enrich his life when he is given the chance to perform as a Drag Artist. But when Jesus’
abusive estranged father returns, he forcefully forbids the young man from performing.
Jesus must decide to either fulfil his potential or wilt under the dictate of his father. What unfolds is a bittersweet story of pain, regret, and reconciliation, as the two men learn to know and respect each other for the first time.Featuring boisterous and often heart breaking drag performance, Paddy Breathnach’s Oscar-shortlisted crowd-pleaser is a tender and compassionate tale of finding one’s true voice.
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Join Us On a Journey From Turkey to Iceland(with a stop in Copenhagen along the way)

Our Autumn Season returns shortly. Check out the trailers here for what promises to be a wide ranging selection of films. Same place: Desmond Complex. Same time: 8pm. Same price: €7. The venue is fully accessible and there is an audio loop also. For further information phone 087 6877970 or you can email

MUSTANG. Friday 7th October 2016. 8pm.

Director : Deniz Gamze Erguven. Turkey, Germany, France, Qatar. 2015. 97 Mins. Language: Turkish.

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.



THE COMMUNE. Friday 4th November 2016. 8pm.

Director : Thomas Vinterberg. Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands. 2016. 111 Mins

Language: Danish.

 A story about the clash between personal desires vs. solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 70’s



RAMS. Friday 2nd December 2016. 8pm

Director : Grimur Harkonarson. Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Poland. 2015. 93 Mins. Language: Icelandic.

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.


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2016 begins with an avalanche of films!

We will return to the big screen shortly for our First Friday screenings as usual.

First off we start with the film Force Majeure. This was a film that just lost out on being shown last season, however it stuck with us and we decided to include it this season instead. This dark comedy looks at the consequences for a family of one man’s reaction during an avalanche. Our second film stars the wonderful Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple ready to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary but an unexpected blast from the past causes a lot of reflection. And we conclude in April with the Estonian film Tangerines which provides a powerful reflection on war and peace.

All films are shown at Desmond Complex, start at 8pm, cost €7 entry and are over 18s only. We have refreshments available so you are welcome to arrive a little earlier to relax over a cuppa or glass of wine. The venue is wheelchair accessible and has an audio loop.

For further information you can contact us by email or phone 087 6877970. You can also find us on Facebook.

Here is some further information on the upcoming films.

FORCE MAJEURE. Friday 5th January 2016. 8pm

Director: Ruben Ostlund. Sweden. 2014. 120 mins. Lauguage : English, Swedish, Norweigan, French.

This dark comedy brings us on the journey of  family on a ski holiday in the French Alps who find themselves faced with an avalanche during lunch one day.  In the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular.


45 YEARS. Friday 4th March 2016. 8pm

Director: Andrew Haigh. UK. 2014. 93 mins. Language: English.

Kate is in the middle of preparations for her 45thwedding anniversary when her husband Geoff suddenly receives news which pulls him back into the past. Fifty years ago his then girlfriend had a fatal accident in the Swiss Alps.Now, finally, her body has been found,frozen in ice and time. Kate and Geoff are both shocked but are unable to share their insecurity with each other. He retreats ever more into a distant world of memories whilst Kate endeavours to suppress her burgeoning jealousy and anxiety with pragmatism. She needs to concentrate on selecting the music and menu for the party and taking care of the other arrangements. Outwardly, everything is business as usual. But the camera cautiously
registers how a well-tuned coexistence is going out
of kilter. Whether over a shared breakfast or a lonely wander through the town, Kate feels more and more like a stranger in her own life. 45 Years tells the story of two people who, caught up in unexpected emotions, are forced to bolster themselves against unfamiliar feelings and, in doing so, have the rug pulled out from under their feet. After 45 years, which feeling will prevail on the couple’s big day? – Berlin Film Festival 2015
TANGERINES. Friday 1st April 2016. 8pm
Director: Zaza Urushadze. Estonia/Georgia. 2013. 89 mins. Language: Estonian, Russian.
Set during the brutal 1992 Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, Zaza
Urushadze’s anti-war story roots inself in the neutral viewpoint of
elderly Estonian farmer Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak).
After a shootout between Georgian soldiers and Checen
mercenaries near the local tangerine orchard, Ivo finds himself
nursing two wounded men from opposite sides in his small house.
As both men get better and Ivo remains stoically neutral, refusing
to allow bloodshed under his own roof, the stage is set for a
brilliant examination of conflict and humanity.
Strong performances and an atmospheric soundtrack add to this
simple yet tense and emotionally-powerful piece








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The evenings are drawing in. For most of us that brings a sadness that the summer is over. For us at Newcastle West Film Club however it means something different. It means it is much easier for us to screen films as otherwise we have to spend a long time trying to black out the room. This is one of the main reasons we don’t start screening until October and we finish in April, bar one film for Bealtaine in May, and that tests our patience enough to reaffirm why we don’t screen into the summer!

So let’s see what these darker evenings are bringing us for Season 15. By the way as always we screen in Desmond Complex with films starting at 8pm and entry cost is €7. Attendance is for over 18s only. For further information you can phone 087 6877970.

STILL ALICE. Friday 2nd October 2015 8pm

DIR: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland USA. 2014.  101 mins.
Happily married and with three grown children, Alice is in the prime of life and at the top of her professional game. However, the pleasure she takes in her work is replaced by mounting anxiety as middle-aged memory lapses give way to the discovery that she has early-onset Alzheimer’s. Determined to deal with her prognosis and do everything she can to forestall the inevitable, Aliice finds ingenious ways to fight the encroachment othe disease. But Alice’s faculties deteriorate faster than anticipated, leaving both her and her family to deal with the real possibility that soon, she will no longer be able to
recognize them. Deftly written and directed, superbly acted and deeply moving, StillAlice is an unforgettable tale of a woman dealing with life’s ultimate adversity and herown human frailty. – Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014
Julianne Moore won an Oscar in 2015 Best Actress for her outstanding role in this film.
WILD TALES. Friday November 6th 2015. 8pm.
DIR: Damián Szifrón Argentine 2014 122 mins
Wild Tales is a collection of six crazy, absurd and hilarious stories of people who are stressed out or depressed by the drive for success, competition and the inequality of the world we live in. With its underlying theme of violence and vengeance, this
Argentinean black comedy-drama boasts an eclectic ensemble cast. Co-produced by Pedro Almodóvar, Wild Tales is Argentina’s submission to the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. – Dubai International Film Festival 2014
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. Friday December 4th 2015. 8pm
DIR: Oliver Assayas. USA. 2014. 124 mins. Language: English, French, German, Swiss German.

Starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart  and Chloe Grace Mortetz. A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.

Stewart became to first American actress to win a prestigious Cesar award for best supporting actress.

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A New Year of Film

Happy New Year folks. We wish you all the very best for 2015. And we hope you will join us for another season of great film.

Same time (8pm), same place (Desmond Complex).

Here is what you have to look forward to:

PRIDE Friday 6th Feb 2015 8pm

Dir: Matthew Warchus 2014 UK   119mins      Cert: 15A Language English

It’s the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners, and later sets off in a mini bus headed for a mining village in deepest Wales to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership. – Director’s Fortnight Closing Film, Cannes Film Festival 2014

Human Capital Friday 6th March 2015 8pm

Dir: Paolo Virzi 2014 Italy 110 mins Cert: Club Language: Italian

We open on a dark, snowy night in northern Italy—and begin at the end. Approaching a stranger’s tragic death from three vastly different perspectives, the lives of two families, at first only loosely linked by their teenagers’ relationship, overlap in multitudinous ways to devastating effect. Valeria Golina and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, two of Italy’s leading actresses, star in a story based on Stephen Amidon’s best-selling book of the same name that twists love, class, and ambition into a singular, true-life story. As the players tumble toward an ill-fated event of which they are inextricably linked, Paolo Virzi’s refined three-chapter tale reveals a cultural and systemic disparity in the value of human life. – Liza Domnitz / tribeca Film Festival 2014

TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT Friday 3rd April 2015

Dir: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne   2014    Belgium          95 minutes     Cert: TBC Language: French

Sandra (Cotillard) has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can hope to regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. Now, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. With TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, the Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom. (C) Sundance Selects

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