Biggest ever programme for Louth Film Club

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LOUTH film club has announced a jam-packed programme for the new year.

The club is set to screen almost 30 films and documentaries in 2012 - more in one year than ever before.

The programme kicks off from February 6, and all of the films will play at the Playhouse Cinema, every other Monday - barring a break for Christmas and the new year and during a four-day Documentary Film Festival in September.

The programme has taken its pick from the best in current world cinema, exploring the great and good from as far apart as Iran and Argentina, South Korea and South Africa, China and Chad.

Closer to home, there will be screenings of films from France, Spain, Italy and Ireland, along with some British films that didn’t make it onto the commercial circuit, but should have done.

“We have put a lot of time and effort into putting out 2012-13 programme together,” club chairman Alex McMullen said. “Members of the committee have watched about 180 films that were candidates for inclusion, on trips to Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester and London, including two weekends of preview screenings.

“Every film we are showing has been seen by at least one committee member, in several cases by two, three or four of us. As a result I think our new programme is better than ever.”

Half a dozen recently re-released classic films, each restored and in new prints, will also be part of the programme. Among them will be Ken Loach’s 1969 masterpiece Kes and the evergreen The African Queen.

Louth’s Documentary Film Festival, the first of its kind, will also feature five films across four days (with one double bill) from September 17-20.

“There are so many great documentaries around now,” Alex continued. “Waste Land, which will open the festival, was one of the best films I saw in 2011, an extraordinarily moving account of an art project involving ‘pickers’ at the largest rubbish dump in the world, in Rio de Janeiro.”

At a cost of just £10, becoming a member of Louth Film Club means being allowed entrance to each of its films for just £3.50.

Non-members are always welcome but will have to pay the cinema’s standard ticket prices of £5.90 each or £4.70 for concessions.

The club’s full-colour, eight-page programme can be picked up free of charge at Off The Beaten Tracks record shop at 36 Aswell Street, Louth, where you can also sign up as a member. Call 01507 607677 (closed on Thursdays).

Programmes and membership forms are also available at the Playhouse Cinema and at Louth Library. Details of the Club and all its films can be found on its website – www.louthfilmclub.com – with links to trailers for most of the films.