A sprawling musical satire of World War I

Uckfield Film Society is opening its autumn programme with a tribute to the late Richard Attenborough.

Oh! What a Lovely War, Richard Attenborough’s directorial debut, is a sprawling, highly stylised musical satire of WWI featuring some of Britain’s very finest actors.

Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Maggie Smith, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Jack Hawkins, John Mills, Susannah York, Dirk Bogarde and Phyllis Calver star in the thoughtful and enthralling film chosen by the film society in recognition of the start of the First World War a hundred years ago in 1914.

Film Society members will feel that the season’s late start will have been worth the wait.

Uckfield Picture House owner Kevin Markwick has made exciting and imaginative improvements to the cinema and has invited the society to use the building for its annual programme starting on the second Sunday of each month at 8pm, from November 9.

This year’s programme represents films from the UK, Italy, France, China, the Philippines, Austria, Germany and America.

The list of screenings for 2014 to 2015 includes: The Great Beauty, The Night of the Hunter, Blue is the Warmest Colour, A Touch of Sin, The Act of Killing, Amour, Frances Ha, An American in Paris and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

The society has been watching films from all genres since the year 2000 when, in the wake of the success of Uckfield’s first annual Festival, film lovers got together to bring world cinema to our corner of Sussex.

For details call 01825 764909.