January is here, and winter has so far been kind to us. We are starting a week late this month secondary to some equipment issues, but circle your calendars for the second Friday, January 13, 2012, and join us for the screening of LITTLE VOICE (1998). It was directed by Mark Herman, known as much for his writing as directing. He started out as an animation artist. His first big directing hit was BLAME IT ON THE BELLBOY (1992), followed by BRASSED OFF (1996), and the incredible BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS (2008). Herman wrote the screenplay based on the play written by Jim Cartwright, THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE. It was written specifically for Jane Horrocks, who stars in the film. The play was directed by Sam Mendes, and it was a big hit.
LITTLE VOICE (1998)
Directed by Mark Herman @ 97 minutes
The film stars Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, and Ewan McGregor.
Synopsis: Laura (LV) is a pathetically shy young woman who is a recluse, staying most of the time in her room playing her late father’s records; but at night she would sing along magnificently with the divas. She was overheard by her mother’s small-time agent boyfriend, and LV was forced to perform in public while others profited from her talent.
Taglines: “The comedy that breaks all the records” & “finding your voice can be magic.”
Michael Caine won a Golden Globe as Best Actor for his role in this film. Jane Horrocks sang all of her own songs in the movie; there is no lip-synching.
Roger Ebert wrote: “In this film everything leads up to, and wilts after, Jane Horrocks’ showstopper number–she is amazing, absolutely fabulous.”
So let’s start off 2012 with a bang and enjoy this English musical comedy, LITTLE VOICE. It will screen at 924 Broadway, located at street level in the Pythian Temple, across from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District.
Come early and enjoy fellowship and chatter. Doors open at 6 p.m. Remember we no longer prepare a meal for these evenings. Those of you who would like may bring finger food snacks and/or beverages to share. There will still be a free door prize of a fabulous DVD from my personal collection at every screening. The winner gets to pick their prize from dozens of film choices. The new TFC 2012 membership cards will be made available for anyone who wants to join the club, or renew their membership. See you at the movies!