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Short Term 12

Showing as part of a retrospective season of highlights from 2013

At a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers, Grace is a young team leader trying to do her best for kids who have often been pulled from the worst kind of domestic situations. Despite the challenging nature of her work, Grace is seemingly in a positive place both in her career and personal life, but a new arrival at the facility may prove to be her biggest challenge yet.

The words gritty, tough and even depressing may spring to mind when you hear about the world of ‘Short Term 12’, but it’s important to be clear that this isn’t a docu-drama intent on revealing the ‘truth’ about care facilities through a steady accumulation of authentic detail. Nor is the movie an obvious rallying cry against social inequality or the under-funding of state services. Instead, and perhaps surprisingly for an indie film, it’s much more apt to place it in the ‘issue-based entertainment’ bracket, attempting to draw you into its subject matter through a more familiar mode of storytelling and character development.

An equivalent example might be the way that ‘American History X’ eschewed a realistic portrayal of neo-nazi sub-culture, and instead found a way of teasing out its themes through a melodramatic redemption story.

It’s possible to argue that Short Term 12’s narrative leads it to be a little too neat in the way it addresses some of its story strands, and also in the methods it uses to escalate tension, but ultimately what holds it all together is a really strong central performance from Brie Larson (virtually unrecognisable from her ‘Scott Pilgrim’ rock star cameo), which is worth the price of admission on its own.

The film, which was based on the director’s real life experiences, premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film in the US, where it received the first of its many festival awards. The reviews stateside were almost overwhelmingly positive. Its release in the UK last November saw a slightly more reserved response, though this didn’t stop Empire magazine awarding it 5 stars and describing it as ‘Beautifully written and perfectly played, all of human life is here: the good, the bad, the messy and the uplifting’

The movie currently has a score of 8.1 out of 10 from 12,600 votes on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).  It's 97mins long, so shouldn't finish too late.

Tickets are £7.50 (or £5 to Prince Charles Members) and can be bought (here)

Not a Prince Charles Member? Maybe it’s time you considered it? At £10 per year, it’s possibly the best value cinema membership in the capital (with a saving of at least £2.50 per movie). The cinema shows a mixture of recent releases and an extensive monthly programme of cult and classic movies. It’s more than likely that there will be a few more Movie Group events at this cinema before the year is out. For more membership details click (here)

(and, no, I’m not on commission, nor do I work at the cinema or know anyone who does :-] )

I will send out an e-mail with meeting details to all those who have RSVPed.  We will aim to meet for a drink before the screening.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A moving film

    April 1, 2014

  • Meer

    Good film, and a standout performance from Brie Larson I think!

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Dee

    Great film!

    March 31, 2014

  • Hannah

    Great film!!

    March 31, 2014

  • Sam J.

    good movie, good people, good beer

    March 31, 2014

  • Nikos

    Grat film, thanks!

    March 31, 2014

  • Joe H

    Great film, thanks for organising this.

    March 30, 2014

  • Cyrus T.

    GREAT MOVIE!!! :D :D :D :D :D

    March 30, 2014

  • lisa

    Hi I am really disappointed to say I can not make this now :(

    March 30, 2014

  • Michelle

    Be advised. Person under train on Central so that's out from Marble to Liverpool St and issues with district and picadilly on the west side. Biiiiiig delays.

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Perfect, it is my way home!

      March 30, 2014

  • Siem

    I would love to come along, but I haven't got a bank account at the moment. Does anyone know if you can also buy tickets at the door, or if the screening will be sold out by that time? Thanks a million!

    March 17, 2014

    • Siem

      Thanks!

      March 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just bought my ticket few mins ago.. So till 5:15 pm there were still tickets!

      March 30, 2014

  • Sam J.

    Hey, i'm a bit last minute here, is it still ok to come along and meet before the film for the drink/s? Tickets till appear to be available...

    March 30, 2014

  • Gavin

    Hi. I've sent out an e-mail with meeting details. Please let me know if you haven't received it.

    March 30, 2014

    • Gavin

      Hi Azer. Tickets still seem to be available. I wouldn't expect it to sell out, but given that it's in the smaller of the cinema's two screens (upstairs), that could happen. It's really up to you whether to wait and buy on the door or book in advance. Presumably you can send me e-mails via my profile page on this site. If you send me your phone number I'll text you the meeting details. Otherwise, I've resent meeting details to all those who have joined late.

      March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just bought my ticket few mins ago

      March 30, 2014

  • Siem

    Looks like I won't be able to make the drinks, because of work, but I will try my hardest to make the film.

    March 30, 2014

  • Michelle

    Might not get to meet before, not sure, but I should get to the movie. Looking forward to seeing it at last :)

    March 30, 2014

  • Cihat

    Looks like a great movie -- looking forward to seeing it! As for the meet up itself, when will the details email be sent out? Cheers!

    March 29, 2014

  • Imogen

    I was looking forward to finally coming along to a group meet & seeing this movie but I have a family commitment now.

    March 29, 2014

  • Joe H

    Ticket purchased, first meetup with this group.

    March 27, 2014

  • Michelle

    Intended to see it but never got around to it. Coming back from family celebrations that day but so long as flight isn't über delayed I'll be there :)

    March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me know where to find you! X

    March 9, 2014

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