- Posted by Claire Thomas
- On 19th May 2016
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The 2015/16 season finale for Flix in the Stix is the multi-award winning Bridge of Spies showing on Sunday 12th June at 7.30pm. Starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance (who won the Oscar for best supporting actor), this outstanding spy thriller wraps up our film season for this year.
In 1957, lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is recruited from his prestigious law firm to defend accused Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). It’s an unenviable task as Donovan hasn’t practiced criminal law since he was a prosecutor at the Nuremburg trials after World War II. Also, the strong anti-Communist mood at the time makes him a target of those who think Abel should just be executed.
Abel is convicted but Donovan convinces the judge to sentence him to prison, rather than execute him, as they may at some point in the future want to swap him for an American spy the Soviets might have in custody. Just such a scenario comes into play when in 1960 U-2 spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is shot down over Soviet territory and taken prisoner. Donovan is again recruited to act as the intermediary and negotiate swapping Able for the American, requiring him to travel to East Berlin and crossing the newly built Berlin Wall.
Tickets are £5 from the centre office or from Robert Leech Estate Agents in the High Street. Doors open at 7pm for refreshements before the screening.
Keep an eye on our Flix in the Stix pages for news on the new season films which start in September.