Newcastle West Film Club marks its tenth season

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

THE NEWCASTLE West Film Club are to celebrate a significant landmark next week when they launch their tenth season of cinema.

THE NEWCASTLE West Film Club are to celebrate a significant landmark next week when they launch their tenth season of cinema.

This spring, the club will offer its usual eclectic mix of films over three monthly screenings at the Desmond Complex beginning next Friday, February 1.

Mary Carroll, a member of the film club committee, said that since it was set up in 2008 the club has found a happy niche in the community.

“We try not to get into a comfort zone with the films we choose. But the main thing is that it’s always a nice night out. We try to accommodate people as much as possible, that’s why we’ve kept the ticket prices at €7. We find now that at every film, there are new people there. That in itself is brilliant”.

The latest season begins with Ron Fricke’s dialogue-free documentary film Samsara, which was shot over four years in 25 countries.

Next up on Friday, March 1 will be the charming French comedy The Women on the 6th Floor, which is set in 1960s Paris and is directed by Philippe le Guay.

The spring season concludes on April 5 with the powerful German drama Barbara, directed in Christian Petzold. Set in East Germany in 1980, the film was recognised at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival and was Germany’s entry for best foreign language film at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Ms Carroll said that the film club owes its burgeoning popularity to its informal setting, the diversity of its films and a friendly atmosphere.

“We always make an effort to introduce anyone new, and we’re finding people are coming to the screenings really early, just to relax, have a glass of wine, and catch up with friends”.

For more information, visit ncwfilmclub.wordpress.com or call 087 6877970.