Director: Mark Herman

107 minutes| U.K./U.S.A.| 1996| Colour

Wild Strawberries is our bimonthly film club for the over 55s.

The recent death of actor Pete Postlethwaite reminds us of all the films on which he made his very distinct and memorable mark and none more so than in this endearing, sometimes angry film about a colliery brass band fighting for survival while the mines are being shut down. Set in the small, northern English town of Grimley, where the mine’s closure will mean the loss of thousands of jobs, Postlethwaite is bandleader Danny, full of fighting spirit, demanding complete commitment from the band members, no matter what is going on around them. For him, keeping the band going is a way of keeping the town going, and he sets about getting them ready for a 14-town competition. It may be their last chance if the pit closes. There’s drama aplenty along with romance and humour in this terrific film, with a truly convincing performance from the late, great actor.

€4 including regular tea/coffee.

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