Cuddington | Buckinghamshire

The Village Picture House

Welcome to the Village Picture House at Cuddington, screening a diverse range of films from current blockbusters to classic movies of the past, along with Live and Encore presentations from the National Theatre.  All in high definition and in high fidelity, multi-channel surround sound.

Buy tickets from Cuddington Stores (cash only, please), or book now and pay online by credit card or PayPal.  We operate a ticketless system online: no tickets are sent out either by post or email.  On the day, we have a list of all those who have bought tickets online, so we shall know that you have bought seats.  Online bookings close approximately two hours before the start of the show.

All events are screened at the Bernard Hall, Upper Church Street, Cuddington  HP18 0AP.  Please note that car parking outside the Hall is very limited.

Our grateful thanks to AVDC Community Chest, a partnership with Vale of Aylesbury Housing, which provided nearly half the funding for this project.

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Manchester by the Sea

Thursday 25th May   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. 15   134 min

Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

One of the most critically acclaimed films of the year – winner of two BAFTAs and two Oscars – Manchester by the Sea is a devastating drama with a towering performance by Casey Affleck at its core.

When Lee Chandler learns that his brother has suddenly passed away, he has to return to his hometown, ‘Manchester by the Sea’, to help with preparations for the funeral.  Lee left Manchester years ago, and he hates going back there.  Upon learning that he’s been made the legal guardian of his nephew Patrick, he’s put in an impossible situation: he can’t bear to stay in Manchester, but he can’t abandon Patrick.

★★★★★ “Masterfully told and beautifully acted, Manchester by the Sea is a shattering yet graceful elegy of loss and grief” Empire
★★★★★ “The most emotionally intelligent movie I’ve seen in a long time ... Casey Affleck is an unexploded bomb” The Times
★★★★★ “Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants in a tremendously moving portrait of grief” Time Out

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains very strong language

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La La Land

Thursday 1st June   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. 12A   128 min

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend

Director: Damien Chazelle

Here’s to the fools who dream.  Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, La La Land is a glorious Hollywood musical that swept the boards at this year’s awards ceremonies, winning six Oscars, five BAFTAs and seven Golden Globes.

La La Land follows the entwined stories of Mia, an aspiring actress who serves coffee between auditions, and Sebastian, a jazz pianist confined to playing the hits in dingy bars.  A breathless, life-affirming romance begins between the two of them, and they’re happy for the first time in a long time.  But as they finally find success, the dreams they’ve pursued for so long threaten to tear them apart...

★★★★★ “Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling lay on the charm in Damien Chazelle’s magical love letter to the golden age of Hollywood” The Guardian
★★★★★ “You’ll leave with a tear in your eye and a song in your heart” The Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ “It’s hard to imagine any 2017 movie will leave you on a higher high” Empire

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains infrequent strong language

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NT Live: Peter Pan

Saturday 10th June   3.00 pm

A National Theatre presentation
Captured live in front of an audience
Cert. PG   170 min.

All children, except one, grow up...

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it.  In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await.  A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

★★★★★ “Spellbindingly imaginative.  An edgy and dazzling production that lights up the National Theatre” Radio Times
★★★★ “An awfully big adventure.  Sally Cookson’s production is a wonder ... ticks all the boxes for adults and children” The Times
★★★★ “Unforgettable.  Delightful.  Magic” The Guardian

Seats are £10 for adults and there is a special rate of £6 for children under 15.

Doors open 2.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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Lion

Thursday 15th June   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. PG   118 min

Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

Director: Garth Davis

Lion tells the extraordinary true story of Saroo Brierley, who was born in India but adopted by an Australian couple after he was separated from his family.  When he was five years old, he got lost on a train travelling away from his home.  Years later, living in safety and security in Australia, he yearns to reunite with his family and decides to use Google Earth to track them down.  But his memories are hazy, and it could take years...

Based on Saroo’s book of his experiences, Lion is a critically-acclaimed true story that would be almost impossible to believe if it hadn’t actually happened.

★★★★ “Dev Patel excels in this incredible postmodern odyssey” The Guardian
★★★★ “An astonishing true story that’s treated with an admirably light and artistic touch” Empire
★★★★ “Inescapably moving ... it will rip you into a thousand pieces” The Daily Telegraph

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains scenes of emotional intensity, mild threat

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NT Live: Salomé

Thursday 22nd June   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   200 min.

The story has been told before, but never like this.  An occupied desert nation.  A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike.  A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.

This charged re-telling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.

★★★ “An imposingly ritualistic reading of this chilling female/male showdown. It looks amazing.” The Telegraph

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

Contains nudity and scenes of sexual violence

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Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

Thursday 29th June   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. 12A   96 min.

Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Director: Clint Eastwood

In January 2009, Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger was the pilot of an Airbus A320 plane taking off from LaGuardia Airport.  Shortly after takeoff, both the engines were disabled by a large flock of geese, forcing him to land on the Hudson River.

Miraculously, Sully made the landing and saved the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.  However, even as he was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

Brace for impact as Sully: Miracle on the Hudson reveals the incredible true story behind this extraordinary event.

★★★★★ “A splendid lead performance from Tom Hanks that’s somehow simultaneously unassuming and completely authoritative” The Telegraph
★★★★★ “A thrilling edge-of-the-seat action and compelling human drama” The Express
★★★★ “Sully is Hanks at the height of his powers” The Independent

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains moderate threat, infrequent strong language

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La Traviata

Sunday 9th July   5.00 pm

Captured live at Teatro dell’Opera, Rome
Cert. 12A   180 min.

Francesca Dotto, Antonio Poli, Roberto Frontali, Anna Malavasi

Director: Sofia Coppola

American film-maker Sofia Coppola and Italian haute couture king Valentino Garavani combine their talents to create one of the most ambitious productions of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera to date.

Coppola brings new life into Verdi’s 1853 opera that tells the story of tempestuous love and heartbreak.  Violetta Valéry is a well-known courtesan in Paris whose life appears to be glamorous.  However, she’s suffering from a serious illness and living on the money given to her by her male patrons.  She meets and falls in love with Alfredo Germont, a young man from a good family, but tragic circumstances mean they’re torn apart...

Coppola joined this production of La Traviata when Valentino personally invited her to direct.  It has already become one of the most successful revivals of the story, immediately selling out its 15-performance run in Rome.  Now this elegant spectacle is being brought directly to the big screen, captured live with over 100 microphones.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 4.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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A United Kingdom

Thursday 13th July   8.00 pm

2016   Cert. 12A   111 min

David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton

Director: Amma Asante

This powerful and thought-provoking film is the incredible true story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams, an African prince and a salesman’s daughter, who fell in love in the 1940s.

As heir to the throne of Bechuanaland, Seretse had to return home and take up his duties, but he couldn’t bear to leave Ruth behind.  And so, against the demands of the British government and apartheid South Africa, they got married, causing an international incident that would shake the foundations of the British Empire.

★★★★ “This true-life romance between an English office clerk and the future king of Botswana is a beautifully shot, crowd-pleasing gem” The Guardian
★★★★ “Quietly inspiring ... a story that deserves to be told” Empire
★★★ “A very likeable film about two very admirable people” The Independent

Doors open 7.30 pm.  Refreshments

Contains racist language, moderate violence

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NT Live: Angels in America 1

Part One: Millenium Approaches
Thursday 20th July   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   225 min.

America in the mid-1980s.  In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

Part Two: Perestroika, will also be broadcast live on Thursday 27th July (see below).

★★★★★ “Dazzling ... a start-to-finish sensation” The Telegraph
★★★★★ “Piercingly authentic performances ... a true theatrical epic” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “A rare marriage between a genuinely terrific play with a first-rate production and knock-out cast, it offers theatrical perfection in the deepest sense.  Beyond unmissable” londontheatre.co.uk

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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NT Live: Angels in America 2

Part Two: Perestroika
Thursday 27th July   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   240 min.

America in the mid-1980s.  In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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NT Live: Yerma

Thursday 31st August   7.00 pm

A National Theatre Live presentation
Cert. 15   120 min.

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role.

A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.  Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

This unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it “an extraordinary theatrical triumph” (The Times) and “stunning, searing, unmissable” (Mail on Sunday).  Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as “spellbinding” (The Evening Standard), “astonishing” (iNews) and “devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).

★★★★★ “A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic” The Independent
★★★★★ “Brutal yet ferociously funny” Metro
★★★★★ “Billie Piper makes a shattering Yerma in Simon Stone’s inspired reworking of Lorca” The Observer

All seats are £10 each.

Doors open 6.30 pm.  Refreshments.  Please note that this broadcast will not have an interval.
Strictly no admittance after curtain up

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and Coming Later...

 
Moonlight (7th September)
This Oscar-winning film chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood, as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.  Cert. 15

Deepwater Horizon
The true story of the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded in April 2010 and created the worst oil spillage in U.S. history.  Cert. 12A

Beauty and the Beast
Dan Stevens and Emma Watson star in this live-action remake of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.  Cert. PG

Hidden Figures
The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.  Cert. PG

Their Finest
London, 1940.  The war ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale, and hires a young Welsh woman as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue.  Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy star.  Cert. 12A