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RIDING MILL FILM CLUB. Friday 12th April. "Next Goal Wins"

(2023, COMEDY!!) In 2001 , the American Samoa football team achieved hideous immortality by sustaining a world-historically awful defeat, going down 31-0 to Australia. Ten years of hurt followed with no appreciable improvement, and then the team hired a foreign coach with his own issues: the troubled and hot-tempered Dutch-American, Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) whose unofficial brief was to salvage American Samoan honour with a single goal.

Mike Brett and Steve Jamison's 2014 documentary about all this is a much-loved heart warmer.

Maybe it needed a fiction-feature comedy remake and maybe it didn't, but director Taika Waititi and co-writer lain Morris have done one anyway, and the result is broad, affectionate and often funny in a goofy way.

(Part of a review by Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)


Films start at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) and the admission charge is (still) £5.00




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