Beccles Public Hall to host an afternoon and evening of film

PUBLISHED: 11:29 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:29 08 March 2017

Beccles Public Hall.

Beccles Public Hall.

Two great and very different films are being screened at Beccles Public Hall this March.

On Thursday March 30, Film @ the Hall offerings will see Akenfield shown in the afternoon and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in the evening.

Loosely based on Ronald Blythe’s acclaimed book Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village, this unassuming yet powerful film traces three generations of one Suffolk family and their lives in the farming industry. Described as a work of rural realism, and shot in sumptuous widescreen, Akenfield features a cast of non-professional actors drawn from the communities of several Suffolk villages. Featuring improvised dialogue and shot mostly as weekends over the course of a year, the film offers an authentic depiction of country life over the changing seasons.

With all three generations grandfather, father and son performed by the same actor - local farmer Garrow Shand - the film paints a compelling picture of a traditional way of life facing a period of great change, brought about by the industrialisation of the twentieth century.

Doors will open at 1.30pm for a 2pm matinee screening. The film is rated 12A.

Then in the evening, the Oscar-winning The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, rated 15, will be shown at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 7pm.

Two drag-queens and a transgender woman are contracted to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs. They head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla. En route, it is discovered that the woman they’ve contracted with is Anthony’s wife. Their bus breaks down, and is repaired by Bob, who travels on with them.

Tickets for both films are £5 or £4 for concessions (over 60s and under 16s.)

The April, May and June edition of the Public Hall’s what’s on programme is also out next week, so pop into the box office to pick up a copy.

Tickets can be booked online at, by calling 01502 770060 or visit the box office open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

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