Hoylake Community Cinema reaches the halfway point in the ambitious year-long programme of classic and independent films with the screening of The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) on Friday 30 March. The film won the 2006 Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film and was also nominated in the same category at the 64th Golden Globe Awards. The film is set in East Germany in 1984 and centres around the monitoring of the cultural scene by the Stasi, the GDR’s secret police.
Hoylake Village Life member Mark Howard said “Our list of films was chosen to represent a wide cross-section of genres, ranging from animated films, such as Nausicaa, to the current one, which is a foreign-language film and is subtitled.” Mark went on to say, “There are six films still to show, but with audience numbers approaching 500 so far, we have obviously captured people’s imagination. Once we have seen the season through, we will be in a strong position to look at attendances for each individual film and then select next year’s schedule on that basis.”
There is also strong evidence that the film nights are now known as good social events. The increasing popularity of the homemade savoury and veggie tartlets has led some HVL members to suggest giving these delicacies their own name! Equally popular is the quiz after the film: more than half the audience of 90 who came to see On the Waterfront stayed on.
Tickets for The Lives of Others cost £5 and are available from gift shop Urbane, Hoylake; The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre; Aubergine Café, West Kirby; on the door on the night; and online at www.hoylakevillage.org.uk. Doors open at 6.30 pm; the film starts at 7.30 pm sharp. There is a licensed bar, homemade snacks, and a quiz after the film, with prizes for the winner and runner-up. Hoylake Community Centre has full disabled access and is induction loop enabled for the hard of hearing.