THE RIGHT STUFF
1983, Warner Bros., 193 min, USA, Dir: Philip Kaufman

Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward and Jeff Goldblum head the stellar ensemble cast of THE RIGHT STUFF, which is based on Tom Wolfe’s best-selling book chronicling the exciting early years of the United States’ race to conquer the final frontier, and the daredevil test pilots who ultimately became the first Americans in space. Kaufman also wrote the screenplay for the film, which Pauline Kael of The New Yorker called “astonishingly entertaining and great fun.”


ON CHESIL BEACH
2017, Bleecker Street Media, 110 min, UK, Dir: Dominic Cooke

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, this drama centers on a young English couple in the summer of 1962. Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan), born into a prosperous, conservative home presided over by her overbearing father (Samuel West) and mother (Emily Watson), falls in love with Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle) whose chaotic but loving upbringing by a schoolteacher father (Adrian Scarborough) and brain-damaged artist mother (Anne-Marie Duff) stands in stark contrast. Following Florence and Edward through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.


GATTACA
1997, Sony Repertory, 106 min, USA, Dir: Andrew Niccol

This sci-fi thriller is set in a dystopian future when social roles are rigidly constrained by genetics. By using someone else’s DNA, Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) hopes to become one of Gattaca Aerospace Corporation’s flight navigators - a plan that is threatened when a Gattaca administrator is murdered. With Uma Thurman and Jude Law.


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