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Our links with the British film industry, organisations such as BAFTA and Premier PR and screening facilities in the capital, mean we are able to offer WGGB members screenings of new and upcoming film releases. These are often followed by Q&As with writer, director and cast.

Members will be informed of full details of screenings via email/the weekly ebulletin.

Examples of some of our latest screenings follow.

Detroit (16 November 2017)

Detroit is set in the summer of 1967. As rioting and civil unrest starts to tear the city apart, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by forcefully and viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. By the end of the night, three unarmed men are gunned down while several others are brutally beaten. Written by Mark Boal, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Will Poulter. Screening followed by Q&A with Mark Boal and Will Poulter, plus drinks reception.

Darkest Hour (27 October 2017)

During the early days of World War II, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of Nazi invasion looms. The fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman). Written by Anthony McCarten and directed by Joe Wright. Featuring a Q&A with Anthony McCarten, Joe Wright, Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Read a review by WGGB member Angela Elliott

Jawbone (24 October and 15 November 2017)

This brutal, poetic movie is inspired by the world of amateur boxing. It features Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Ian McShane, is written by Johnny Harris and directed by Thomas Napper.

The Florida Project (14 October 2017)

Directed by Sean Baker, co-written with Chris Bergoch and starring Willem Dafoe, the film tells the story of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), a precocious six-year-old and her ragtag group of friends. The children’s summer break is filled with wonder, mischief and adventure, while the adults around them struggle with hard times. Followed by an audience Q&A.

Fire at Sea (15 February 2017)

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards 2017, Fire at Sea (directed by Gianfranco Rosi) focuses on the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have landed on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, a crucial stopover for refugees between Africa and Europe. On the same island, Italian families, like Samuele Pucillo’s, live quiet lives, seemingly untouched by their temporary neighbours’ trauma. Rosi places these realities side by side, creating a new narrative.

Nocturnal Animals (17 January 2017)

Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this thriller, written and directed by Tom Ford, in which an art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, which she interprets as being a veiled threat and act of revenge.

Loving (11 January 2017)

Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who fell in love and were married in 1958. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry.

Jackie (4 January 2017)

Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Known for her dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady after her husband’s assassination, as she struggles to maintain his legacy and the world of ‘Camelot’ that they created. Screenplay by Noah Oppenheim.

Fences (12, 17, 19 December 2016)

An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. Screenplay by August Wilson (adapted from his play). Directed by Denzel Washington.

Lion (23 November 2016)

Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Screenplay by Luke Davies.

Hidden Figures (16 November 2016)

The incredible untold story of Katherine G Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanised the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Screenplay by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder.

The Crown (1 November 2016)

The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. Broadcast on Neflix it is due to run for an epic 60 episodes over six seasons. Written by Peter Morgan.

The Big Short (22 February 2016)

Exploring the financial crisis of 2007/8, The Big Short stars Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling. It is based on the book by Michael Lewis and was adapted for screen by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, both of whom won a recent BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay.

A Bigger Splash (7 February 2016)

The vacation of a famous rock star is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of an old friend and his daughter (screenplay by Dave Kajganich).

Brooklyn (5, 17 February 2016) 

Brooklyn tells the story of a young Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) arriving in Brooklyn in the 1950s, where she falls in love with an Italian plumber (Emory Cohen). As her past catches up with her, she has to make a choice between the two countries and lives that she exists within. The screenplay was written by Nick Hornby, adapted from the novel by Colm Toibin. It won Outstanding British Film at the 2016 BAFTAs.

Bridge of Spies (1 February 2016)

Bridge of Spies, written by Matt Charman, Ethan and Joel Cohen, is the story of James Donovan, an insurance claims lawyer from Brooklyn, who finds himself thrust into the centre of the Cold War when the CIA enlists his support to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda, Bridge of Spies has been nominated for the 2016 Oscars (Best Picture). Read WGGB member Angela Elliott’s feature about the screening and Q&A.

Trumbo (14 January 2016)

Trumbo, written by John McNamara, tells the story of American screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the most famous of the ‘Hollywood 10’ during the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s.

Starred Up (3 September 2015)

Writers’ Guild Award-winning Starred Up (Best New Screenplay) received a special screening at the Shortwave Cinema in London, followed by an ‘in conversation’ event with its writer Jonathan Asser and WGGB President Olivia Hetreed. Starred Up tells the story of Eric Love, a 19-year-old who is so violent he has been ‘starred up’ (moved to adult prison) where he finds the father he hasn’t seen since he was put into care at the age of five.

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