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Join us on Tuesday 25th October when we screen FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (PG) at our Village Screen, Walsingham Picture Palace at Walsingham Parish Hall, 16 High Street, Little Walsingham NR22 6AA. With: additional archive short film, ‘A Farmer’s Life’ narrated by Bernard Hill.
A significant patron of the arts in New York during the Second World War, Florence Foster Jenkins provided musical instruments for underprivileged children and set up The Verdi Club where she produced, directed and starred in shows for select members of high society. But she always wanted to sing opera, despite her tone-deafness and distinct lack of talent.
Now Stephen Frears brings the story to the big screen with three central performances of quality: Simon Helberg as FFJ’s exasperated accompanist, Hugh Grant as her attentive husband and of course the wonderful Meryl Streep in the title role.
About ‘A Farmer’s Life’
Agriculture and farming has always been at the heart of the history of East Anglia. This compilation of films from the archive brings together classic footage of heavy horses during harvest time on a Norfolk farm as well as moving images of the new agricultural machinery that played an essential part in the war effort during the 1940’s.
The Suffolk based firm of mechanical engineers Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies allowed cameras onto their factory floor in the 1950’s to film this portrait of their operations – their most famous product for export and the home market was the plough. Finally, a collection of films from the 1950’s and 60’s takes a light hearted look at the Young Farmers Club rallies.
Narrated by Bernard Hill
Screened with support from the BFI Britain on Film project
Tickets £4 (£3.50 members) on the door. Doors open 7pm for tickets and refreshments.
Programme begins at 7.30pm with accompanying short, ‘A Farmer’s Life’.
Walsingham Picture Palace is at Walsingham Parish Hall (Odd Fellows Hall)
14 High Street, Walsingham, NR22 6AA
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