For those of you who haven't been to the Rex in Berkhamsted, it is a stunning Art Deco cinema, lovingly restored and reopened in 2004 with a huge local effort.
Even if you are not sure about the film, the cinema is worth the visit on its own.
Most films sell out here so you will need to be quick.
There are caberet seats at the front of the cinema with tables and a bar serving coffee, alcohol and snacks. Tickets for the caberet area at the front and we have 8 reserved.
Charge is £12.50 (£10.00 for the ticket and £2.50 towards admin, paypal fees, queuing in the rain for an hour, coffee and snacks)
If demand is high, please put yourself on the waiting list and I will see if we can get some more tickets nearer the time.
We can go to Gatsbys for a drink afterwards.
Due to the number restrictions you will need to pay via Paypal when you RSVP.
Judi Dench plays Philomena, who in the early 1950s became pregnant as a teenager, she was sent as a “fallen woman” to the convent of Roscrea and forced to give up her child for adoption.
Steve Coogan, who co-wrote and produced the film, also plays the former BBC journalist, Martin Sixsmith. The script is adapted from Sixsmith’s 2009 non-fiction book – The Lost Child of Philomena.
Sixsmith, at a low ebb in his career, agrees to help Philomena search for her missing son with the aim of writing a story about her. Although, originally calling it “a human interest story… for weak minded, ignorant people”.
Dench and Coogan’s characters are the classic odd couple. On screen together throughout the film the trail to find Philomena’s son leads them to The United States and brings them face to face with some long buried secrets.
“The brilliance of Dench’s performance lies in the sure-footed way she combines comedy and extreme pathos without ever lapsing into caricature.” (Independent)
“The film is one of the few capable of allowing its watchers to shed a tear and laugh within more or less the same sequence” (Evening Standard)
Dench in the starring role is never one to miss.
Review by Anna Shepherd