Peter’s Picturehouse has now been running for a year and we are delighted with the support we are getting in Biddenham. In December, a festive crowd came to enjoy The Holiday and in January, a packed village hall had a very memorable evening as we showed Kursk – the last mission.

The film told the story of the race to rescue survivors in a stricken Russian submarine. The Kursk was the pride of the Russian fleet but in August 2000 lay at the bottom of the Barents Sea following a catastrophic explosion. Commodore David Russell was the Royal Naval officer in charge of the UK operation to offer all possible assistance, including a sophisticated rescue submersible.

After retiring from the Royal Navy, David became the CEO of the Harpur Trust and now lives in Biddenham. David gave a brief introductory talk and then took questions after the screening of the film. It was fascinating to hear about the political intrigue behind the scenes. The Russians were very reluctant to allow access to the Kursk which was packed with top secret technology. You will need to watch the film to see how it pans out.

I suspect what most people will remember will be the lovely nuggets of information about the film and life aboard submarines. David had high praise for Colin Firth who was cast to play him in the film. Although David’s final command was HMS Vanguard, a Trident nuclear submarine, his first was a much more humble vessel, though as captain he had the luxury of one small basin of water per day to wash his face, shave and clean his teeth. “The trick was to do them in the right order”.

On to what we have coming up in Peter’s Picturehouse for 2020. In February we are showing the war drama film Zookeeper’s Wife, which came out in 2017. Based on a true story, the film shows some of the turmoil experienced by the husband and wife keepers of Warsaw Zoo when Germany invaded and occupied Poland. They then became active in the Polish underground resistance and many Jews survived the war with their help.

As usual, doors open at 7:00pm and the film will start at 7:30pm. Come along to the Village Hall on Tuesday 4th February to see more about the real life story of a working wife and mother who became a hero. The film certification is 12A. We look forward to welcoming you!

On Tuesday 3rd March our film is Downton Abbey, certification PG, which came out in 2019.

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