The mission to put an American astronaut into space involved overcoming tremendous odds and tackling a whole range of challenges. Fortunately, NASA had the right people on its team: the women whose story is told in Monico Movies’ next presentation.

The Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures (cert. PG), which is showing on Saturday, 8th September, is a riveting drama featuring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Janelle Monáe. They play the African-American women whose mathematical ingenuity and scientific skills helped make the difference between life or death for America’s space pioneers. Faced with racism, sexism, and opposition from their colleagues and superiors, the three “hidden figures” and their friends had to use all their know-how and determination to show just what a difference they could make.

After savouring the tense atmosphere of Mission Control, we head to Transylvania on 13th October for Young Frankenstein (cert. PG). Featuring the unique talents of Gene Wilder as a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein, this features everything you’d expect from a horror film: a spooky castle, an odd servant (Marty Feldman), a beautiful woman (Teri Garr), strange goings on, and much more. But as this is a comedy classic directed by Mel Brooks, it also features one funny scene after another – and an unforgettable version of “Puttin’ On the Ritz”.

On 10th November, the drama is closer to home in Hedd Wyn, an Oscar-nominated Welsh-language film. It tells the moving true story of poet Ellis Humphrey Evans (Huw Garmon). Taking us from beautiful Meirionnydd to the horrific battlefield of Passchendaele, the film shows how Evans, who was opposed to killing anybody, hoped to win a prize at the Eisteddfod even while being caught up in the chaos of war.

The first Welsh-language production to be nominated for an Academy Award, Hedd Wyn also won a Royal Television Society Award for Best Single Drama and several BAFTA Cymru Awards. Don’t miss this powerful film.

Tickets for each film will be on sale at our usual suppliers—Serenade, Deri Stores, The Honeypot and the Victoria Fearn Gallery. Doors at the Canolfan Beulah Church Community Centre, Beulah Road, Cardiff, CF14 6LX, open at 7pm and the films start at 7.30pm.

See you all soon at Monico Movies, your Rhiwbina Community Cinema.

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