Monday Night Film Series – THE BOOKSHOP @ Tilley Hall, UNB, Room 102
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

November 12, 2018 – 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Isabel Coixet
113 minutes
Principal Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s eponymous, Booker Prize–nominated novel from 1978, The Bookshop acts as a love letter to literature and the importance of dreams. Director and screenwriter Isabel Coixet (Elegy; Learning to Drive) helms an adaptation that is brimming with colour, wit, and charm.

Florence Green – played with effortless grace by Emily Mortimer (The Sense of an Ending; The Party) – is a young widow who shocks the residents of her rural English town by turning an old, weathered house into a bookshop. She faces vehement opposition from the town, especially from queen busybody Violet Gamart (Patricia Clarkson in her third collaboration with Coixet, after Elegy and Learning to Drive), but finds an unlikely supporter in Edmund Brundish (Bill Nighy, Their Finest; Pride), a bookish local recluse who takes up her cause. When the battle lines are drawn, the fight moves beyond the shop to touch on the sociopolitical values and class barriers facing the residents of the town in 1950s England.

As independent bookstores face competition from corporate giants and the arts continue to prove themselves a force of change, The Bookshop is as timely today as ever. You won’t want to miss this wistful ode to the power of a good book.

The Bookshop’s subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting. – Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

The Monday Night Film Series takes place at Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus
Tel: 455-1632 or email

Monday Night Film Series – WHAT THEY HAD @ Tilley Hall, UNB, Room 102
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

November 19, 2018 – 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Elizabeth Chomko
USA, 2018
101 minutes
Principal Cast: Michael Shannon, Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner. Robert Forster

From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, What They Had centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother’s (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.

Though its causes remain shrouded in mystery, Alzheimer’s Disease is unmistakably on the rise, and will become an ever-growing public issue as senior populations and longevity itself each continue to expand. We’re still at an early stage in terms of its dramatization, however — apart from Away From Her and Still Alice, there haven’t been that many notable screen depictions of Alzheimer’s, or of progressive dementia in general.

Actor-playwright Elizabeth Chomko’s debut feature What They Had is a particularly welcome addition to that so-far slim canon, since it finds ways to bring considerable humor to a grim subject, without trivializing it. This satisfying drama provides excellent roles for a fine cast, particularly Michael Shannon, Hilary Swank and Robert Forster.

What They Had nicely weaves in an assortment of domestic conflicts around its central issue. Parent-child dynamics, sibling relations and fear of commitment are deftly considered alongside the primary question of what to do with mom.

“There’s raw power in Chomko’s writing, but so much scrupulousness and craft that you feel safe when the time comes to weep.” David Edelstein, New York magazine/Vulture

The Monday Night Film Series takes place at Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus
Tel: 455-1632 or email

Cinema Politica – @ Conserver House, Fredericton
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nov. 23- Sol

A quiet meditation on the devastation of Inuit suicide, SOL confronts the legacy of colonization and urgently demands justice for Canada’s indigenous peoples.

By Susan Avingaq & Marie-Hélène Cousineau

Film – Mary Shelley @ Tilley Hall, UNB, Room 102
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

November 26, 2018 – 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Haifaa Al-Mansour
120 minutes
Principal Cast: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Tom Sturridge

Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda) and starring Elle Fanning (The Beguiled; 20th Century Women), Mary Shelley depicts the author as a fiercely modern 19th-century woman, and her Frankenstein as the product of unbridled imagination and profound grief.

Daughter of political philosophers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, who died giving birth to her, Mary (Fanning) is a bookish adolescent of humble means when she meets Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth, The Riot Club; Romeo & Juliet). Though only 21, he is already a celebrated young poet — and a shameless womanizer with one collapsing marriage already under his belt. Defying her beloved but disapproving father, Mary absconds with Shelley — her stepsister, Claire (Bel Powley, A Royal Night Out), in tow. Mary seeks “unconventional approaches to living,” and finds it in spades with her debt-ridden bon vivant scribe, who desires neither monogamy nor the constraints of fatherly responsibility. Yet Percy believes in Mary, and two years into their union he whisks her away to a Swiss chateau for a summer of carefree living presided over by Lord Byron (Tom Sturridge, On the Road; Far from the Madding Crowd), where Mary will confront personal demons and compose the most influential horror novel of all time.

As Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker, Al-Mansour is as much a pioneer as her heroine. She renders Mary Shelley as a sumptuous and intoxicating proto-feminist tale of fearless self-actualization and fiery creativity.

“Mary Shelley is a luscious-looking spectacle, drenched in the colors and visceral sensations of nature, the sensuality of young lovers, the passionate disappointment of loss and betrayal. But above all it is a film about ideas that breaks out of the well-worn mold of period drama (partly, anyway) by reaching deeply into the mind of the extraordinary woman who wrote the Gothic evergreen Frankenstein.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

The Monday Night Film Series takes place at Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus
Tel: 455-1632 or email

Film – Colette @ Tilley Hall, UNB, Room 102
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

December 3, 2018 – 7:30pm at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus


Wash Westmoreland
111 minutes
Principal Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw

Based on the life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game; Anna Karenina), the film follows Colette through her marriage to Henry Gauthier-Villars
(Dominic West, The Square; Genius), who quickly whisks Colette away from her quiet and humble life in the countryside to live in the bustling and lively Paris.

Henry, better known as “Willy,” is a successful Parisian writer who, while relying on an army of ghostwriters to produce his work, uses his time to engage in other self-indulgent activities — including numerous affairs with other women. He soon enlists his wife as one of his ghostwriters. He initially dismisses her contributions, but soon decides to re-work and publish Colette’s writing under his own name in order to save their family from financial ruin.

Throughout their tumultuous marriage, Colette remains honest, consulting with Willy about her confusion over her newly discovered attraction to other women. While she seeks permission for her explorations, Willy does not offer the same courtesy, consistently betraying Colette’s trust and continuing to exploit her talents in order to publish her wildly successful work as his own. As their marriage begins to deteriorate, Colette finds a place for herself within her writing and begins to explore her creativity through a variety of artistic avenues. Knightley quietly simmers as Colette, a trailblazing figure committed to breaking through stereotypes and conventions.

Rather than shying away from displaying Colette’s desires, director Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice) highlights how her passion for life, art, and human connection paved the way for other women to experience life to the fullest, unafraid of who they really are.

“Colette ranks as one of the great roles for which Keira Knightley will be remembered.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

The Monday Night Film Series takes place at Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus
Tel: 455-1632 or email

Pride Denied: Homonationalism & The Future of Queer Politics @ Conserver House, Fredericton
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dec. 7- Pride Denied: Homnationalism & The Future of Queer Politics

By Kami Chisholm

Activists and artists resist assimilation, challenge the corporatization of LGBT politics, and fight the ongoing oppression of queer and trans people.