MAXWEST MOVIES
Helping you get through the dark days of winter!
ALL SHOWS START AT 7pm
There is no admission charge to our screenings – but you are always free to make your own donation. This helps us offset the cost of film licensing through the CCLI scheme.

Fri 12 Jan: SPREAD YOUR WINGS [DONNE-MOI DES AILES] (FRANCE 2019)This fantastic adventure
film is based on real-life, and a magnificent ode to nature. 14-year-old Thomas would love to spend his
holidays playing video games, but his mother sends him to his father in the Camargue. A scientist, he is
researching an endangered species of wild geese and has a crazy plan: his son should help him show a flock of
young geese the safest flight route from Norway to France. Despite initial scepticism, Thomas makes friends with
the creatures – and is about to experience the greatest adventure of his life.

Fri 16 Feb: CHARIOTS OF FIRE (UK 1981)
Hugh Hudson’s memorable portrait of British athletes as they prepare for the 1924 Olympic Games.
Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell are gifted fast sprinters, but approach running and how it fits into
their respective lives differently. Harold, the son of a Lithuanian Jew, lives a somewhat-privileged life
as a student at Cambridge and uses being the fastest to overcome what he sees as the obstacles he
faces in life as a Jew despite that privilege. Eric Liddell, a Scot born to Christian missionaries in China,
is a devout member of the Church of Scotland who hopes to eventually return to that missionary work.
He sees running as a win-win: the notoriety of being fast gives him an added outlet to spread the word
of God, while he sees his speed as being a gift from God, and he wants to run to honour God and that gift.

Fri 15 Mar: A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (UK 1966)This is sixteenth century England. But men like Sir
Thomas More, who love life yet have the moral fibre to lay down their lives for their principles, are found in
every century. Concentrating on the last seven years of the English Chancellor’s life, the struggle between
More and King Henry VIII hinges on Henry’s determination to break with Rome so he can divorce his current
wife and wed again, and good Catholic More’s inability to go along with such heresy. More resigns as
Chancellor, hoping to be able to live out his life as a private citizen. But Henry will settle for nothing less than
that the much respected More give public approval to his headstrong course.

Fri 12 Apr: MRS HARRIS GOES TO PARIS (UK 2022)A humorous heartwarming tale about Ada Harris,
a widowed cleaning lady living in 1950s London, who finds herself bewitched by one of her clients’ couture
Christian Dior gowns. She embarks on a long journey of scrimping, saving and scheming, hampered by
ill-fated setbacks and helped by the odd stroke of luck, until she has enough to make the trip to Paris and
purchase something equally beautiful for herself. On arrival the clash of worlds and social classes provides
all the right conditions for a comic triumph against the odds, Mrs Harris becoming not so much the princess
as the Fairy Godmother – her pragmatism and charm put to good use in sorting out the lives of those she
meets. Her irrepressible charm just might end up saving the whole House of Dior in this uplifting story of
how an ordinary woman becomes an extraordinary inspiration by daring to follow her dreams.

Fri 10 May: AMAZING GRACE (UK 2006) In 1797, William Wilberforce, the great crusader for the British
abolition of slavery, is taking a holiday for his health even while he is sicker at heart for his frustrated cause.
During this he finds a soulmate to share the story of his struggle. With few allies such as his mentor, John
Newton, a slave ship Captain turned repentant Priest who penned the hymn, “Amazing Grace”; future Prime
Minister William Pitt and an erudite former slave turned author, Wilberforce fights public indifference and
moneyed opposition determined to keep their exploitation safe. Nevertheless, Wilberforce finds the inspiration
in new found love to rejuvenate the fight with new ideas that would lead to a great victory for social justice.

Thank you to all our filmgoers! – Mike Marshall