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This Summer: Pre-Release Film Showing and Talk from Mike Pruss


Mike Pruss is a Lymington lad who has made it big in Hollywood, in a very senior position at Ridley Scott’s “Scottfree Productions”.

Following last year’s highly successful showing of Mike’s film “Equals” we showed “American Woman” with Sienna Miller on July 28th at 7 pm in the Malt Hall. The film was preceded by a brief introduction, and followed by a Q&A session with Mike.

The film was wonderful. Comments from the audience included “This is the best American film I’ve ever seen” It was particularly appreciated as it had many of the qualities of the European arthouse films that the Film Society so much enjoys. The portrayal of the intense emotional experiences of an “ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances”, and the way that her life changed over a 12 year period.

After the film, Mike gave a fascinating account of the making of the film, from the screenwriter’s original inspiration, through the evolution of the script, to the casting, shooting and editing. His description of the preparatory work by the star Sienna Miller, living for months with a family like the one in the film, and visiting the woman who’s tragic story inspired the film, again over a period of months, was a fascinating insight into the dedication of a world class actor.

At the suggestion of Mike’s father Tony, a collection was made in support of the Lymington Centre, and we raised almost £300. Thanks to all who attended, and of course to Mike for such an inspiring evening. This was actually the first showing in the UK, and was only possible through Mike’s ability to persuade Sony pictures to allow the showing, and the creation of a custom Blu-Ray disc especially for us. What a privilege.

All films are shown in the Fuller McLellan Hall at the Lymington Centre. Doors open 30mins before show and refreshments are available.

LFS Membership costs £20 (entry to all 8 films). LFS members must also be members of the Lymington Centre (Enquiries on 01590 672337)

Alternatively tickets are available for each film at £7.00 on the door, £6.00 for Lymington Centre members.

The 2019-2020 Season: The committee has met to choose the upcoming season’s films. They will be posted to this website soon.


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