Films that make you feel good

16th Jul · Dawn Hawkins

The theme of our August 2021 cinema selection is Films that make you feel good...

Films that make you feel good

The theme of our August 2021 cinema selection is Films that make you feel good, which amongst other things invites us to think about the type of cinematic journey we have been on and the impression we have been left with as the credits roll.

In Spring, we asked our audience what films made them feel good? Was it something uplifting? Or exhilarating? Or thoughtful and visually stunning? Some responded with a list of specific titles, others responded with thoughts, feelings and questions. We all interpreted the idea of ‘feel good’ in many different ways.

For some, ‘feel good’ connected closely with the idea of something the whole family can watch together. For this reason, we selected Space Jam: A New Legacy as many adults will remember the original 1996 film and will enjoy watching the latest version with the younger generation.

Themes of traveling and journeys came through strongly. The following three films chart passages of rediscovery, friendship and forgiveness. We have selected Off the Rails is a new comedy about three women who set out to repeat the inter-railing adventures of their youth. 1990’s classic Priscilla Queen of the Dessert is the story of two Australian drag queens and a transexual taking their act on the road. 2021 Oscar winning Nomadland about a woman embarking on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

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Off the Rails and Priscilla Queen of the Dessert

Also featuring in this pick and mix selection of uplifting films, the euphoric musical In the Heights where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big. Dream Horse the true story of an unlikely race horse bred by small-town bartender to become the beacon of hope for a struggling community.

Fun-packed family film The Croods: A New Age. The profound and beautiful The Reason I Jump a wonderous and thought-provoking film exploring the lives of five young people who live with autism spectrum disorder.

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The Reason I Jump

Thank you to everyone who contributed ideas and suggestions. Within our selection we have included some captioned and relaxed performances for hard of hearing and for individuals who identify as neurodivergent. We hope we have come up with a diverse programme with something for everyone.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!