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Former MP Tony Benn smokes his pipe outside the Palace of Westminster, London, Tuesday 18 March, 2003, during the debate in the House of Commons on the possibility of war aganist Iraq. See PA story POLITICS Iraq. PA Photo: Matthew Fearn

Rye Kino presents Will and Testament  93 mins [12A] on Friday May 15 at 8.30pm plus a Q&A after the film with composer of the film score Michel Duvoisin.

Tony Benn, the longest serving Labour MP in history, is also, arguably, the most popular UK politician of all time. For the first time ever through intimate, quasi-confessional interviews and his personal archive, ‘Will And Testament’ reveals a very human face behind the political mask.

Films showing at Rye Kino from Friday May 15 include :

Far from the Madding Crowd 119 mins [12A]  Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, this is the timeless story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching wilfulness, Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless sergeant and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. A gorgeous adaptation starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge and Juno Temple.

Spooks: the Greater Good 104 mins [15]  When charismatic terrorist Adam Qasim escapes from MI5 custody during a high profile handover, the legendary Harry Pearce, Head of Counter-terrorism, is blamed. Disgraced and forced to resign, no one is surprised when Harry disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames. But Harry’s still alive. He’s gone rogue, and former agent Will Holloway must decide whether to turn Harry in – or risk everything by trusting the damaged, dangerous master spy who has already betrayed him once before. Starring Kit Harington, Elyes Gabel, Jennifer Ehle, Lara Pulver, Tuppence Middleton, David Harewood, Peter Firth and Lasco Atkins.

The Good Lie 110 mins [12A]  A group of Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America, arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counsellor changes all of their lives forever. Philippe Falardeau (writer and director of the Oscar-nominated Foreign Language film Monsieur Lazhar) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life in an inspiring film starring Reese Witherspoon.

Samba 119 mins [15] Subtitled  From the directors of Untouchable and starring Omar Sy. Samba is from Senegal, and for the last 10 years he has worked at various lowly jobs in a bid to avoid the authorities When he seeks a charity’s help to get the working papers that will allow him to stay in France, he meets Alice. Both struggling to improve their lives, fate draws them together. Samba and Alice’s story is a touching, topical look at issues – both personal and within our society – with a lightness and soul to melt even the hardest of hearts. Also starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim.

Lambert and Stamp 117 mins [15]  The remarkable story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, aspiring filmmakers from opposite sides of the tracks, who discovered, mentored and managed the iconic band that would become known as The Who. Featuring Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, director James D. Cooper takes us along on the surprising ride of two men who shaped one of the most exciting bands of all time, in a film charged with a mad concoction of noise, love, rebellion, artistry and hilarity.

Kid’s Club

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Paddington 85 mins [U]  Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books,  the film follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear with an endearing talent for chaos. Arriving alone in England from Peru, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads “Please look after this bear. Thank you”. Starring Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, with the voice of Ben Whishaw as Paddington.

Kids’ Club tickets cost £6.50 and for every child ticket bought, an adult goes free. Grab a Kids’ Club loyalty card, have it stamped five times and get your sixth ticket free!

More details of upcoming features are available from the Kino and Rye Community Centre Film Club websites.

Neale East is a member of Rye Community Centre Film Club