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1970s civil rights movie won Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival for exploration of American race relations

By Pete Woodhouse

The new season of films from King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club (KLCCC) is underway, commencing with Spike Lee’s latest movie BlacKkKlansman, being screened at St George’s Guildhall in King’s Lynn tomorrow (Thursday, May 9) at 7.30pm.

Set in the midst of the 1970s civil rights movement, BlacKkKlansman is a hard-hitting and provocative exploration of American race relations.

The movie won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for six Oscars, winning the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

King's Lynn Community Cinema Club - 1912 Gaumont Chrono 35mm projector.. (9864362)
King's Lynn Community Cinema Club - 1912 Gaumont Chrono 35mm projector.. (9864362)

Over the next six months, KLCCC will be screening eight films– with six Oscars between them – that are free to members, from directors as diverse as Spike Lee, David Lean, Oliver Parker and Mel Brooks. There are also three films being shown during the annual King’s Lynn Festival in July.

Alongside the films, KLCCC runs a series of Close-Up film appreciation events on different themes, led by guest speakers, and has a comprehensive range of social events that take place throughout the year.

KLCCC membership is open to all adults and costs only £17 per person for a six-month season. This allows free entry to eight films, discounted admission to Festival Films and Close-Up presentations, plus access to all social events.

Speaking at the launch of the new season, Ian Barton, chair of KLCCC said, “KLCCC screens at least one film every month, with an extra film in August and October. We include at least one foreign language film and a classic in every season, so there is something for everyone. We are a very friendly group and are really keen to attract new members. We are also happy for people to attend any film as a day-members for just £5.”

Since KLCCC was founded nine years ago, it has been one of the biggest users of St George’s Guildhall, and is working with the newly-formed Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust to 'Keep Britain’s Oldest Working Theatre Working'.

Full details of how to join the Cinema Club and of the new season of Films, Close-Ups and Social Events can be found on the KLCCC’s website www.klccc.uk or email communitycinemaclub@googlemail.com


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