FREE film night: Metro Manila (upstairs at the Temple Bar)

Come and join me for a FREE film night upstairs at the Temple Bar on Western Road, Brighton. Doors open at 19:00. Arrive early to enjoy a Screen Shack shake or Bloody Mary, tuck into some popcorn and bag a beanbag! The film will commence at 20:00.

METRO MANILA (2013)
British director Sean Ellis makes a distinctive marriage of social drama and crime thriller in this Philippines-set film. 

Seeking a better life, Oscar Ramirez and his family decide to move from the poverty stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippine mountain ranges, and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila. Upon arrival in Manila, Oscar and his family fall foul to various city inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of their survival. Oscar manages to land a job as a driver for an armored truck company and is befriended by Ong, his senior officer. Before long, it becomes apparent that Ong, has been planning the arrival of someone just like Oscar for sometime.

Membership:
You can purchase optional annual membership for only £10 and you will receive discounts on bar drinks and Screen Shack shakes and snacks. For further details please email: [masked] or speak to me on the night.

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  • David S.

    I have only recently joined the Meetup and this was the first event attended. I was surprised that there was not a formal greeting and introduction at the start of the film show. The screening began without warning and consequently a number of the people in the audience were in mid-conversation at the start of the film. There were a few people near me who continued talking loudly, not realising the film had started. This was distracting and, consequently, I missed the opening lines of the film. I am not blaming those who talked over the first 30 seconds of the film - it was an interference that could have been avoided if someone had stood up at the front and announced that the film was about to start. I was glad to be given the opportunity to view 'Metro Manila' & I understand why this movie was chosen for the film night. 'Metro Manila' had been received warmly by most film critics & had received a 100% critical rating on 'Rotten Tomatoes' , however, I was disappointed with the film.

    July 11

    • Hayley

      Sorry you didn't enjoy it David. I think it's an excellent film, both intense and emotionally gripping... I also love the cinematography. I did announce that the film was about to start before I hit play, but as there was a lot of talking I don't think everyone heard me... it's not always easy to get down to the front when it's a packed room, however next time I will shout louder!

      1 · July 11

    • David S.

      I must admit I haven't been to any Screen Shacks yet, but I must, With regard to this film, I wholeheartedly agree with Hayley - I run the Hurstpierpoint Community Cinema and metro manila is definitely going to be in our next set of films!

      1 · July 21

  • John

    Great film. I'll hang around for a drink afterwards next time.

    1 · July 11

  • Louis D.

    Great film choice, thanks for putting on the night! I think it was the first time watching a film produced in the Philippines - look forward to more from the director.

    2 · July 11

    • Hayley

      Thanks for coming Louis, hope to see you again at another Screen Shack...

      July 11

  • David S.

    Thank you, Hayley and Peter, for responding to my comments. I didn't mean to sound hyper-critical, I was merely pointing out a flaw that could easily be remedied. I am sure that those who were in full flow conversation during the opening 30 seconds of the film were probably embarrassed when they suddenly realised that they were talking over the (important) opening lines of the film. I think Hayley should be congratulated for setting up the film & making the necessary arrangements for the screening. Thanks also for circulating the trailer for 'Metro Manila' which was very useful. No need to apologise, Hayley...it was a good film to select for a movie club. I didn't say it was a bad film; I said I was disappointed (probably because of the universal praise that has been heaped on the film, which raised my expectations). I enjoyed the evening, but I thought the film was seriously flawed. I agree that the cinematography was good, but the storyline was suspect and the characterisation thin

    1 · July 11

  • Eddie

    I thought it was an excellent film and a really good evening. Thank you, Hayley, for organising and hosting it.

    1 · July 11

    • Hayley

      Glad you enjoyed it Eddie, lovely to meet you!

      July 11

  • Amy Eve B.

    Great film choice and great to meet some lovely people. I'll definitely be grabbing a beanbag and a shake at for Mean Streets!

    1 · July 11

    • Hayley

      Lovely to meet you Amy, glad you enjoyed it... see you at the next one! :)

      July 11

  • sheelagh

    I really enjoyed the film

    1 · July 11

  • Hazel B.

    I'm not feeling too good ...so alas its going to be an early night for me...which is disappointing.

    Hazel

    July 10

  • Hayley

    Looking forward to seeing you all this Thursday! Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfk3zA_vUeI

    July 8

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