What’s on

Wednesday 24 January, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents Frantz (12A)

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In this offbeat Swedish comedy drama, Ove is the quintessential grumpy old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, Ove spends his days scowling and enforcing neighbourhood association rules that only he cares about. However, when Parvaneh and her young family move in next door, his solitary, regimented world is shaken in ways he would never have imagined and an unlikely friendship develops. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions, eccentric behaviour and a gentle reminder that life can be sweeter when it’s shared.

Orizzonti Award for best director in Venice 2014

Nominated Foreign Language Film Oscar 2017

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Sunday 28 January, 8.00pm

Black Mountain Jazz presents The wall2wall Jazz Festival Street Stompers

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In the run-in to last September’s wall2wall Jazz Festival, five local musicians took to the streets of Abergavenny to promote the event. Calling at about 20 independent shops, a busy Market Hall and a couple of street stops, they performed four numbers. Their day’s efforts were filmed and edited to produce four videos. All four videos are on the Black Mountain Jazz YouTube channel.

Four of our ‘street musicians’ are joined by Bongo Pete and Gareth Roberts to form – possibly for ‘one night only’ – The wall2wall Jazz Festival Street Stompers. In addition to the four video tracks, their programme will include Dixie tunes and vocal tracks based on popular songs from 1970s/80s.

The Players: Steve Tarner (banjo), Martha Skilton (sax), Francis Gryspeerdt (clarinet), Kenneth Russell Everett (washboard), Gareth Roberts (trombone) and Debs Hancock (vocals).

Tickets: £10 (Standard), £8 (Friends of BMJ), £3 (Students on the door)

Available in advance from website: BMJ website


Friday 2 & Saturday 3 February, 7.30pm

Suitcase Theatre Company presents The Golden Pathway Annual
by John Harding and John Burrows

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Abergavenny’s Suitcase Theatre Company is following up its successful production of Dickens’s Hard Times with an out-and-out comedy which will keep audiences amused from start to finish. Their next show is The Golden Pathway Annual by John Harding and John Burrows, which takes you on a comic journey through time, with George and Enid Peters and their son, Michael.

Born just after the end of the Second World War, Michael is a “bulge baby”, and his parents want to do everything they can to help him down the golden pathway to success. We laugh (and sometimes cry) with them as Michael negotiates primary school, the dreaded 11+, grammar school and university. On the way he solves a mystery with the Terrific Three, negotiates the perils of Bob-a-Job week, comes faces to face with one of James Bond’s arch-enemies, and even engages in an anti-Vietnam War protest. But will the golden pathway lead Michael to the glorious future that his parents so desire? An amusing trip through the 1950s and 60s, accompanied by classic tracks from the hit parade, awaits all who book a ticket for this show.

Performances take place at the Melville Theatre on Friday 2/Saturday 3 February, 7.30pm. Tickets: £9 (u18s: £6). Please phone 01873 853167 for reservations.


Wednesday 7 February, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents The Eagle Huntress (15)

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For two thousand years, the Kazakh people of Western Mongolia have practised a tradition of hunting with golden eagles. Rather than conform to traditional female roles, young Aisholpan is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps as an Eagle Hunter, providing for her family and competing in the all-male Golden Eagle Festival. With guidance from her father and grandfather, Aisholpan must learn all the aspects of falconry to compete and gain acceptance. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe and with exceptional cinematography, this outstanding story of success against the odds has a remarkable, empowered heroine at its heart.

BAFTA Nominated 2017

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Wednesday 21 February, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents The Past (12)

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In this intricate drama, Marie attempts to resolve difficulties with her estranged husband. Following a four year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife’s request, in order to finalise their divorce procedure. During his brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her daughter Lucie. Ahmad’s efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. Accomplished director, Farhadi, lays an elegantly patterned mosaic of detail, unexpected plot turns, suspenseful twists and revelations.

Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language 2014

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Sunday 25 February, 2.30pm (afternoon event)

Black Mountain Jazz presents Talinka

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Led by Israeli born and London-based vocalist, actress and film-maker Tali Atzmon, the group Talinka creates a new distinctive sound that explores the diverse musical journeys of four British musicians, each already distinguished in their fields.

  • Tali Atzmon was a renowned actress and singer in Israel.
  • Jenny Bliss is a baroque virtuoso artist who plays viola da gamba, baroque violin, flute and sings on the album.
  • Yaron Stavi is one of the leading double bass players in Europe.
  • Gilad Atzmon is an internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist, performing here on bass clarinet, soprano saxophone and accordion.

Talinka transcends boundaries creating a natural continuum between folk, jazz, tango and early music. The unusual choice of instruments and combination of personalities create an amalgam of past and present, East and West.

Tali sums it up – “For us, the love of music extends beyond style and genre. We believe in songs and beauty being vital forces of nature. We adhere to simplicity, harmony and warmth. The outcome is a natural breathing, deep and spacious sonic adventure.”

Tickets: £10 (Standard), £8 (Friends of BMJ), £3 (Students on the door)

Available in advance from website: BMJ website


Wednesday 7 March, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents I Am Not Your Negro (15)

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Fifty years after the Civil Rights movement, race remains a defining issue in America. James Baldwin’s final book, Remember This House, was due to address the lives and assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. The unfinished manuscript has been entrusted to director Raoul Peck who uses Baldwin’s powerful words, narrated by Samuel L Jackson, along with a wealth of archive footage to reflect on the legacy of these men and contrast with the present day killings of young African-Americans. The result is a vital, award-winning exploration of what it means to be black in America.

Nominated Documentary Feature Oscar 2017

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Friday 9 & Saturday 10 March, 7.30pm

Rareseed Theatre presents Mermaid by Polly Teale

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This imaginative play is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of love, loss and longing, but brought bang up to date in a contemporary setting. On her sixteenth birthday a mermaid rises up to the surface, leaving her childhood behind for ever, when she falls in love with a mortal prince. Must she destroy herself in order to belong in this new world?

Tickets: £9 (concessions: £6). Available on the door and in advance from the box office of the Borough Theatre (01873 850805).


Wednesday 21 March, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents Clash (15)

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Clash is a tense, harrowing, state-of-the-nation drama. Set in 2013, it pitches the audience into the turmoil of the mass protests in Egypt that toppled the ruling Muslim Brotherhood. In the crushing heat of an already fraught day, rival demonstrators, innocent bystanders, allies and bitter foes are bundled into a police van. It is the beginning of a living nightmare in a claustrophobic environment. Frazzled tempers spark endless disagreements and resentment as conflict builds with all the intensity of a pressure cooker destined to explode.

Nominated Foreign Language Film Oscar 2017

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Sunday 25 March, 8.00pm

Black Mountain Jazz presents Gethin and Ceri’s “Chop Idols”

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Chop Idols is a partnership between Gethin Liddington and Ceri Williams, who join forces to blow the audience away with their tribute to some of their heroes of the great jazz trumpeters of all time: Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Clifford Brown, Louis Armstrong, Clark Terry, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer – the list goes on and on.

Ceri and Gethin are both ‘Idols’ in their own right and are becoming in demand all over the UK. The pair blend seamlessly in tight unison phrasing, scintillating duets, melodic counterpoint and as soloists, both passionately expressive and spirited musicians as you will witness.

This five-piece band, with the sublime rhythm section of Richard West on piano, Ashley John Long on bass and Greg Evans on drums, delight audiences and bring warmth and humour to their good-humoured performance of some great tunes.

Tickets: £10 (Standard), £8 (Friends of BMJ), £3 (Students on the door)

Available in advance from website: BMJ website


Wednesday 4 April, 7.30pm

Abergavenny Film Society presents Loving Vincent (PG)

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Animator Hugh Welchman and his wife, Dorota Kobiela, have brought together 65,000 oil painted frames produced by 115 professional artists to form this stunning cinematic achievement billed as the first fully painted feature film in the world. On the 29th July 1890, Vincent Van Gogh stumbles along the drowsy high street of Auvers at twilight. Traditionally, the famously troubled artist’s death is viewed as suicide. Loving Vincent delves into the ambiguities of his life and last days to reconsider this narrative via the stories of his paintings and the people who inhabit them. Thick daubs of flickering, variegated colours play over the characters’ faces, revealing the depth of their shifting thoughts and emotions in a truly innovative way which enhances our understanding of a canonical artist and his great anguish.

Audience Award Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2017

Tickets: Members are guaranteed a seat if they arrive before 7.20 p.m. Tickets for individual screenings are available on the door for non-members.  Tickets cost £5.00, (£3 for students and other concessions on production of proof of status) and are available on the evening of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.


Sunday 8 April, 11.30am

Peter Lord presents Welsh Art in 12 to 13 pictures

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A talk by Peter Lord, with visuals and Q&A.

Tickets: £8. Advance booking: telephone 01873 853167.


Sunday 22 April, 11.30am

Susie Wild talks and reads from her new volume of poetry, Better Houses.

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Tickets: £8. Advance booking: telephone 01873 853167.


Sunday 29 April, 8.00pm

Black Mountain Jazz presents Liane Carroll

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Tickets: £10 (Standard), £8 (Friends of BMJ), £3 (Students on the door)

Available in advance from website: BMJ website


Sunday 20 May, 11.30am

Angela V. John talks about Welsh women who championed equality between 1840-1990.

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Tickets: £8. Advance booking: telephone 01873 853167.


Sunday 20 May, 8.00pm

Black Mountain Jazz Club Night.

More details to follow.