Angus Arts has called in the Calvary

Brendan Gleeson stars as Father James Lavelle in the film, which is set to be screened at The Glenesk Retreat on Friday, November 14.

Brendan Gleeson stars as Father James Lavelle in the film, which is set to be screened at The Glenesk Retreat on Friday, November 14.

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Angus Arts is set to host another food and film night at the Glenesk Retreat this Friday (November 14).

Movie fans have the chance to see ‘Calvary’, which was released earlier this year and has proven to be one of those must-see films.

Sue Waddicor, administrator of Angus Arts, said: “The synopsis of the film, which is directed by John Michael McDonagh, is hugely intriguing. After being told he will be murdered in one week’s time, Father James Lavelle, played by Brendan Gleeson, finds himself with just seven days to determine who his would-be killer is and put his affairs in order.

“Prevented by the ‘seal of confessional’ from going to the police, instead he opts to engage with and try to understand his small-minded and morally scurrilous parishioners with the hope of dissuading the one amongst them intent on his death.”

She continued: “It’s a darkly comic thriller with the added bonus of being set against the stunning beauty of Ireland’s West Coast.

“Reviews of the film include such phrases as ‘nothing short of a masterpiece’, ‘destined for classic status’ and ‘just may be the best Irish Film ever made” and Gleeson in particular is singled out for giving a career best performance.”

However, it’s more than a film on offer. Sue added: “If such a fantastic film isn’t enticing enough, The Retreat will once again be providing food to complement the film, so this time it’s Irish stew, a cool dessert, and of course there will be a plentiful supply of the black and white brew!

“The food will be served from 7.30 p.m., with the bar opening at 6.30 p.m. for those who’d like to relax with a drink beforehand.

“As we need an idea of how many to cater for we really need people to pre-book for this event, and just to point out that as The Retreat is officially closed for the winter season we’d be grateful if people could book with Angus Arts as detailed below.

“Once again we’d like to thank NEAT Flicks (supported by Creative Scotland), for their help with this event.”

Angus Arts is well known for the wide range of arts experiences it offers, bringing top quality theatre, music, films, puppetry, workshops and other events to a rural audience..

Calvary is a certificate 15 film, and the screening will take place on November 14. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. and food is served from 7.30 p.m.

Tickets cost £10 (including food) and can be purchased from Angus Arts on 01561 298173/01356 670304, by emailing angus.arts@btinternet.com or in person from Hugo’s in Laurencekirk.