ILKLEY Film Society presents an enticing Christmas double bill on Sunday December 16 at Ilkley Playhouse.

First, at 6pm, is Hotel Salvation from India. In this poignant film, an old man who feels the end is near wishes to die in a state of purity by the sacred river Ganges, and insists that his son accompany him to Varanasi. While the father renews his taste for life after meeting a sprightly widow, the son frantically tries to juggle his commitments to his father, his job and his wife, who accuses him of having a relaxing jaunt while she tries to arrange their daughter’s marriage.

Following at 8.15pm will be Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, a British film telling the improbable but true story of the romance between a young man and the fading Oscar-winning Hollywood star, Gloria Grahame, in 1970s Merseyside.

Annette Bening is superb as Gloria and receives fine support from Jamie Bell, Julie Walters and Vanessa Redgrave. The film is based on the memoir by Peter Turner, the young man involved.

Anyone coming for the second film only should note that the Playhouse doors will be closed when the first film starts, and will not reopen until 7.45pm.

Non-members are welcome as guests and can see both films for a single £4 ticket (which includes a mince pie and coffee/tea), but are asked to phone Dave Howell on 01943 430097 to ensure a seat.

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