Sunday 23rd September: Darkest Hour. This 2017 movie depicting the early days after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister in 1940 features Gary Oldman as Churchill supported by Kristin Scott Thomas as his wife Clementine and Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI.
Sunday 7th October: Argo. 2012’s movie about the smuggling of US Embassy staff out of Iran during the revolution is this week’s focus. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, the film scores highly with critics and audiences despite a plot that seems to be straight out of the Hollywood playbook for slightly far-fetched thrillers. Can truth be stranger than fiction or has someone played loose with the real facts? We hope to find out.
Sunday 21st October: Erin Brockovich. This movie, released in 2000 and starring Julia Roberts in the title role portrayed the legal battle undertaken by Erin Brockovich against the Pacific Gas & Electric Company for water contamination in the California town of Hinkley. Despite being a legal clerk and not a qualified lawyer, Erin led the case against the corporation. Julia Roberts won the Best Actress Oscar for the role with a number of other nominations.
Sunday 4th November: Catch Me If You Can. Leonardo di Caprio stars as Frank Abagnale Jr, a slick confidence trickster who convinces a good few people that he’s an Airline Pilot. Supported by HbH regular Tom Hanks as Carl Hanratty, the FBI agent on his trail. A lighter subject matter than some recent movies, does this mean that it strays further from the truth in search of entertainment? We intend to find out.
Sunday 18th November: Spotlight. This 2015 movie sees us return to some fairly dark and deep topics. This movie starring Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton details the story of how the Boston Globe revealed a huge cover-up of child abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests and covered up by the Catholic Church. The investigation led to worldwide revelations about similar abuses. Our investigation will focus on Director Tom McCarthy and his team to find out how close their movie gets to the true events.