Films We Love: Old Boys

Old Boys is an utterly charming ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ style story of teenage romance, set in a boys boarding school, somewhere in rural England. Our hero is the geeky Amberson, who knows his place at the bottom of the food chain, in this super-competitive, sporty old school environment. When a visiting French teacher arrives, with his cool daughter Agnes in tow, the boys are smitten. Agnes’ head is turned by the popular and sporty Winchester, and it falls to Amberson to act as their go-between. Set in the 1980, the teenagers write love letters and make video messages for each other – but of course it’s the meek Amberson who is the brains behind Winchester’s wooing. Prepare to fall in love with this reinterpretation of Cyrano, which sees the hugely talented Alex Lawther (Goodbye Christopher Robin, The Imitation Game, Black Mirror) take on the role made famous by Gerard Depardieu in the 1990 film, and by Steve Martin in 1987’s Roxanne. “We found this film completely absorbing and charming – yet so powerful in its ability to conjure up memories of teenage angst and unrequited love, and raise questions about the good and/or bad done by educating children in boarding schools.” The Screen Machine team 12A: contains infrequent strong language, moderate sex references This screening is part of Films We Love: How We Live. For our third season, we’ve chosen films that represent the experiences closest to our own. Between July – December this year, we’re screening films from the past six years that we haven’t yet had a chance to share with our audiences, but that we hope you can relate to as much as we have. Each of the films in this selection explores the complexity of balancing the different pressures of belonging and identity. Whether it’s living and working rurally, navigating adolescence through barriers of class and status or reconciling racial tension with multiple cultural identities, these are all themes that feel acutely part of the fabric of how we live now. We have films here to make you laugh, think and cry, films to move you to action and feel the warmth of recognition. We hope you’ll see something of yourself in the ideas, characters and themes explored, just as we did. These are films we love – we hope you’ll love them too. Tell us what you think of Films We Love! We’ll listen to all the feedback on this project and use it to inform our future programmes. You can get in touch via: Twitter @screen_machine Facebook @thescreenmachine Instagram @screenmachine Email

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