Highbury Film Club at Highbury Theatre in Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 5HD are continuing their fifth season by screening Journey’s End (2017) on Saturday 17 November at 7.30pm
The theme for this season is war and conflict. We have selected a wide range of genres and time-frames, from Master & Commander in the early 1800s to The Sapphires in the Vietnam War. You will be moved and entertained by heroism, satire, slapstick and dramatic unflinching truths. For full season details see our website www.highburytheatre.co.uk.
Journey’s End was originally a play by R. C. Sherriff written in 1928, starring a young Laurence Olivier. The play quickly became internationally popular, with numerous productions and tours in English and other languages. The play set a high standard for other works dealing with similar themes. Journey’s End (2017) is a British film adaptation written by Simon Reade and directed by Saul Dibb, the fifth film adaptation of the play.
Journey’s End was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Set in the trenches near Saint-Quentin, Aisne in 1918, towards the end of the First World War, Journey’s End gives a searing glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of the officers of a British Army infantry company. The story plays out in the officers’ dugout over four days from 18 to 21 March 1918, the last few days before Operation Michael in which the Germans had planned to separate the French and British Armies and crush the British forces …….
Critical comment: ‘Sam Claflin is particularly good as the boozy, brooding Captain Stanhope, whose intensity, belligerence and self-loathing flesh out what might in less capable hands have been a cliched, shell-shocked soldier.’ The film is ‘expertly cast and really well acted: forthright, powerful, heartfelt.’ ‘The film serves to illuminate how very different the British army – or any army – was then, with its class distinctions and comparatively polite conversational modes, and how differently wars are now fought.’
All film tickets are £5.00 and are available on-line at www.highburytheatre.co.uk. Highbury is a membership theatre so your annual membership will cost you a one-off £1 per year and this gives you access to all this season’s Highbury Players’ productions as well as our films. The third play of the Highbury Players’ season is Simon Baker’s spoof comedy Attack of the Christmas Puddings directed by Rob Phillips which runs from 10th to 15th December in the studio theatre.
The next date for your Film Club diary is 2.30pm on Thursday 27 December when we screen our Christmas special Paddington 2 (2017), which is funnier and indeed sharper than the original.