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The Summit - This week's film

5 December 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 6th December at 8.30pm

The Summit (2012) 95 min – [ R ]

This film event is free – recommended donation to Mountain Rescue £2

Director: Nick Ryan
Starring: Christine Barnes, Hoselito Bite, Marco Confortola
Genre: Documentary | Adventure

The story of the deadliest day on the world’s most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2.

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On August 2008, twenty-four climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on earth. Forty-eight hours later, eleven had been killed or had vanished, making it the worst K2 climbing disaster in history.

At the heart of The Summit lies a mystery about one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell. By all accounts, he was faced with a heart-breaking dilemma— at the very limit of his mortal resources, he encountered a disastrous scene and a moral dilemma: three climbers tangled up in ropes and running out of time. In the death zone, above 8,000 metres, the body is literally dying with each passing second. Morality is skewed 180 degrees from the rest of life. When a climber falls or wanders off the trail, the unwritten code of the mountain is to leave them for dead.

Sundance World Cinema Documentary Editing Award Winner

61% tomatometer
‘While it could use more clarity than director Nick Ryan brings to bear, the real-life story behind The Summit still makes for compelling viewing.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – we have or main weekend evening menu options available from £10.50 or £13.50 for 2 courses– please book ahead.

More information here – The Summit (2012) IDMB


47 Ronin - This week's film

23 November 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 29th November at 8.30pm

47 Ronin (2013) 118 min – [PG-13]

Director: Carl Rinsch
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy

A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

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While hunting in the forest, Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in the castle. Several years later, Lord Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, Lord Asano is bewitched into hurting Lord Kira of Nagato, and is punished into committing seppuku by the Shogun. Realizing that it was a Lord Kira’s evil plot, the samurais and the half-breed sets out for revenge against the Shogun’s order

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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More information here – 47 Ronin (2013) IDMB


C-Art exhibition opening

14 September 2014 / Events / Arts / Culture / Exhibition

Jules Cadie will be at Thorney How on Friday 19th September. Come and see the exhibition, meet the artist, explore the woodland installations. Buy an artwork!

This special preview event will be from 4pm to 6pm. Drinks will be available from the bar plus light snacks.

You can stay and book a meal from 6.30pm. Accommodation is also available.

Jules Cadie - Submissive Trunk - installation at Thorney How

Jules has created a blog documenting his interventions and installation in the woodland at Thorney How.

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Jules Cadie has collected together paintings, wooden structures, fleece, found elements and has brought these pieces together at Thorney How illustrating his fascination with the natural elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. His imagery represents the relationships between these four elements and their impact on the natural world through growth, development, decay and regeneration.

Thorney How is surrounded by the huge landscape of the Lake District, but Jules draws the viewers eye into the detail of root and rock, twig and fungi. There is a sense of wonder, yet also a very elemental hands on touch to his objects and painting that is both very accessible and marvelous.

C-Art is an annual countywide visual arts programme in Cumbria, focussing on Cumbrian Artists and locations and is co-ordinated by Eden Arts.

Over 150 artists, designers and independent galleries have opened their doors during the last 2 weeks of September to the public along with numerous art and craft workshops, demonstrations and special exhibitions taking place throughout the county.

www.c-art.org.uk


Norwegian Wood - This week's film

9 September 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Thursday 18th September at 8.00pm

Join us for the last of four monthly film screenings celebrating Japanese cinema, in conjunction with The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.

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Norwegian Wood (2010) [15]
“Noruwei no mori” (original title)

Director: Tran Anh Hung
Starring: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara
Genre: Drama | Romance
Language: Japanese

Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki’s girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori.

Norwegian Wood - Film Poster

Storyline

Upon hearing the song “Norwegian Wood,” Toru (Matsuyama) remembers back to his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki’s girlfriend. As the two try, in very different ways, to contend with their grief, Toru forms a bond with another woman, Midori.

Peter Bradshaw – Guardian Review – Thursday 10 March 2011
This Japanese adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s bestseller is gorgeous and sensual…

Rotten Tomatoes – 74% Tomatometer

Food served from 7.00pm. Screenings start at 8.00pm

Price: £9.50. including a BBQ supper – paid up Meetup – Grasmere Movie Night group members £8.00 **
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Book your accommodation with us too from Shared mixed dorm £24.50 per person with a basic breakfast or £27.50 with a Full English breakfast. Private doubles £57.60 per room with a basic breakfast or £63.60 with a Full English breakfast.

More information here – Norwegian Wood IMDB


Jules Cadie - C-Art Exhibition

7 September 2014 / Gardening / Events / Arts

Cumbria Artists Open Studios 13-28th Sept 2014
We are thrilled to be hosting another C-Art Open Studios Exhibition again this year.
Cumbria Artist, Jules Cadie will be transforming our dining room and reception gallery spaces with his paintings and wooden constructions along with an installation on the aptly named Thorney How, this is the rocky mound in our grounds after which the property is named.
See the C-Art gallery page here.

Jules Cadie Painting

Jules bases his work on direct observation of the natural environment, and for this occasion, from the strange and curious world of Thorney How, by fusing natural and synthetic pigments and materials.

The exhibition at Thorney How will feature paintings, handmade wooden artefacts and an ongoing installation with the grounds.

We will bring you updates as the work progresses and Jules will be blogging himself during the period of the exhibition.

You can visit his personal website here.

Visitors to the exhibition are welcome between 1pm and 9pm every day. Please ring our bell if you arrive before 3.30pm as the hostel will be closed to guests until then.


No Man Is An Island

16 July 2014 / Charity / Events / Walks / Arts / Music

No Man Is An Island
Thorney How – Friday 18th July – 8.30pm

CUMBRIA 2014

A WALK, SONGS & TALKS for MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

by STEVE WHARTON

Along the walk I’ll be staging free, mini-gigs with a talk running between the songs. Although my songs are not overtly about mental health, they do link with themes I’ll be covering in the talk and there’ll be time for discussion afterwards. A couple of the events will also feature some guests, playing music and adding special themes to the evening.

No Man Is An Island - Poster

Featuring at Thorney How on Friday 18th July – 8.30pm

Another exciting bit of news is that Frank Turner has offered to shout about this project on twitter and facebook to all his fans. He’s also been kind enough to suggest one of his songs for me to play at the gigs. To find out which one… you’ll have to come along.

All events are taking place in Cumbria, northwest England, July 2014.

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Pom Poko - This Week's Film

11 July 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Thursday 17th July at 8.00pm

Join us for the second of four monthly film screenings celebrating Japanese cinema, in conjunction with The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.

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Pom Poko (1994), 119 minutes [PG]
Director: Isao Takahata
Language: English

An animated fantasy film that, consistent with Japanese folklore, focuses on a community of highly sociable and magical shape-shifting raccoons. Desperate to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development, they form a resistance with disastrous consequences.

Pom Poko - Film Poster

Storyline:
As the human city development encroaches on the raccoon population’s forest and meadow habitat, the raccoons find themselves faced with the very real possibility of extinction. In response, the raccoons engage in a desperate struggle to stop the construction and preserve their home.

Pom Poko Film Poster 2

Food served from 7.00pm. Screenings start at 8.00pm

Price: £9.50. including a BBQ supper – paid up Meetup – Grasmere Movie Night group members £8.00

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More information here – Pom Poko IMDB


Drop Dead Fred - This Week's Film

18 June 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Special Event – Celebrating the late Rik Mayall
Take a pass on the World Cup for some dangerously funny comedy

Thursday 19th June – 8.30pm free entry

Drop Dead Fred (1991) 103 min PG-13
Genre: – Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood.

Director: Ate de Jong
Starring: Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates, Marsha Mason, Carrie Fisher

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A young woman who’s attempting to find her place in the world battles with her controlling mother and a womanizing husband finds comfort and confusion with the appearance of her childhood friend. It is a zappy movie that emphasizes self-actualization.

Rik Mayall and Phoebe Cates in the 1991 film Drop Dead Fred. Photograph: Moviestore Collection/Rex Features

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
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Rashomon - THIS WEEK'S FILM

9 June 2014 / Events / Grasmere / Arts / Culture / Film

Film Screening Thursday 12th June at 8.00pm

Join us for the first of four monthly film screenings celebrating Japanese cinema, in conjunction with The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.

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Rashomon (1950), 88 minutes [Unrated]
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Language: Japanese

Shot in black and white, this multi-award-winning film tells the story of a heinous crime and its aftermath from five different perspectives. A brilliant exploration of truth and human weakness.

Rashomon Film Poster

Storyline
A priest, a woodcutter and another man are taking refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashômon. The priest and the woodcutter are recounting the story of a murdered samurai whose body the woodcutter discovered three days earlier in a forest grove. Both were summoned to testify at the murder trial, the priest who ran into the samurai and his wife traveling through the forest just before the murder occurred. Three other people who testified at the trial are supposedly the only direct witnesses: a notorious bandit named Tajômaru, who allegedly murdered the samurai and raped his wife; the white veil cloaked wife of the samurai; and the samurai himself who testifies through the use of a medium. The three tell a similarly structured story – that Tajômaru kidnapped and bound the samurai so that he could rape the wife – but which ultimately contradict each other, the motivations and the actual killing being what differ.

100% Tomatoemeter – Review on Rotten Tomatoes ‘One of legendary director Akira Kurosawa’s most acclaimed films, Rashomon features an innovative narrative structure, brilliant acting, and a thoughtful exploration of reality versus perception.’

Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian , Thursday 17th June 2010
‘Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 masterwork is a chilling, utterly memorable dissection of the nature of human communication.’

Food served from 7.00pm. Screenings start at 8.00pm

Price: £9.50. including a BBQ supper – paid up Meetup – Grasmere Movie Night group members £8.00

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More information here – RASHOMAN IMDB


12 Year's a Slave - This Week's Film

29 May 2014 / Events / Arts / Film

Film Screening Saturday 31st May at 8.30pm

12 Years a Slave (2013) 134 min – [R – 15]

Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender
Biography | Drama | History

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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Note: This is the last of our weekend film slots until after the summer! Our special Summer programme of Japanses films screened in conjunction with the Wordsworth Trust will be announced shortly.

12 Year's a Slave - Film Poster

Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

97% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes ‘It’s far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave’s unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant — and quite possibly essential — cinema.’

Mark Kermode – The Observer, Sunday 12 January 2014
‘Steve McQueen deserves every gong going for his unflinching portrayal of slavery.’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – we have BBQ’d Cumberland Sauasages from 6.30pm £3.95 plus other main evening menu options available from £10.50 – please book ahead.

More information here – 12 Years a Slave (2013) IDMB