OUR SEASON OF ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS CONTINUES

Sunday nights 7pm Hanmer Springs Sport Pavillon

Sunday 27th May
Spotlight

Led by Walter Robby Robinson the team of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe known as Spotlight pride themselves on their relentless dedication to exposing the truth of society’s ills and bringing the guilty to account. Under the direction of new editor Marty Baron the team begin to uncover a scandal revolving around allegations of child abuse within the Catholic Church and the wilful ignorance of those in power who have done nothing to stop it. Facing political opposition and resistance from the far-reaching influences of the Church, the reporters put together an explosive expos√© revealing that the truth is much darker than they could have ever imagined.


Year: 2015
Genre: Drama, True Stories, Academy Award – Best Picture
Director: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery
Duration: 135 Minutes
Rating: M – Offensive language and content that may disturb

Sunday 10th June
Crash

Writer/director Paul Haggis brings together a high-powered ensemble cast to explore the sensitive subjects of race and gender in this provocative L.A. drama. Don Cheadle is a cop with a crook in the family, Sandra Bullock is cast against type as a racist married to District Attorney Brendan Fraser, and rapper Ludacris is her mirror image and worst fear, the angry young black man. Masterfully woven, this hard-hitting drama also features Matt Dillon and Ryan Phillipe. Oscar Winner for Best Picture 2006.


Year: 2005
Genre: Drama, Academy Award – Best Picture, Empire Mag’s Greatest 201, Director’s Cut, Alice Members’ Top 100, Racial Intolerance
Director: Paul Haggis
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Don Cheadle, Larenz Tate, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, William Fichtner, Jennifer Esposito, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Terrence Howard
Duration: 115 Minutes
Rating: R16 – Contains violence and offensive language.

Sunday 24th June
The Hurt Locker

War is a drug. Nobody knows that better than Staff Sergeant James (Jeremy Renner), stationed in Iraq and head of an elite squad of soldiers tasked with disarming bombs in the heat of combat. To do this nerve-shredding job, it’s not enough to be the best: you have to thrive in a zone where the margin of error is zero, think as diabolically as a bomb-maker, and somehow survive with your body and soul intact. Powerfully realistic, action-packed, unrelenting and intense, “The Hurt Locker” has been hailed by critics as “an adrenaline-soaked tour de force” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and “one of the great war movies.” (Richard Corliss, Time). Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow) and Best Original Screenplay (Mark Boal).


Year: 2009
Genre: Drama, War and Anti-War Films, BAFTA – Best Film, Academy Award – Best Picture, NYFCC Awards – Best Film, Action
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: David Morse, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, Evangeline Lilly, Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
Duration: 126 Minutes
Rating: R16 – Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb.