THE PEN OR THE COMPUTER?: We rely on computers and technology so much (too much?) nowadays that when they don’t work properly it can waste hours and ruin our day. It’s good to complete a form instantly online, but when it won’t work and there’s no postal alternative, what can you do? I’m sure that when you add up the wasted time, computers are often slower than pen and paper. And yes, I had a terrible day yesterday. How did you guess?

FILM SOCIETY: The Uckfield Film Society’s new season starts on Sunday September 13 with Philadelphia Story. George Cukor’s 1940 movie The Philadelphia Story is utterly beguiling, funny and romantic. It is based on the same stage play, by Philip Barrett, as the 1956 musical High Society. Philadelphia Story features three stars from the studio era; the aristocrats, or deities, of the Hollywood golden age: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart. Hepburn is the statuesque heiress Tracy Lord, acrimoniously divorced from her first husband, C K Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), and now preparing to remarry; Haven, quite clearly still in love, gets prickly journalist Macaulay Connor (James Stewart) and his photographer, Elizabeth Imbrie (Ruth Hussey), to gate-crash the ceremony posing as cousins. Amiable chaos ensues. The fun and wit rises like champagne bubbles, there is deceptive strength in the writing and performances. It is an effortless and classy piece of work.

Uckfield Film Society members come from miles around to enjoy world class films in air conditioned comfort at the Uckfield Picture House. This season’s programme includes films from across the globe. Membership is only £35 a year and this entitles members to see nine monthly programmes. Films are shown from September until May on a Sunday evening. Possibly one of the most rewarding aspects is that occasionally specialist speakers are present, and screenings are always followed by audience discussion. Programmes can be picked up from the Picture House and information about membership of the Uckfield Film Society can be obtained from the Picture House box office on 01825 764909 or by emailing filmsoc@picturehouseuckfield.com. Details about the cinema’s current film programme are available on www.picturehouseuckfield.com

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