Firefly launches Film Club with “The Breadwinner” on 26th Oct

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Local business, Firefly Events​, is launching its Film Club series at The Borlase Theatre,
Marlow on Friday 26 October with a screening of the award-winning animation, The
Breadwinner​, introduced by guest speaker Shukria Rezaei ​who will read some of her award-winning poetry, inspired by her own experiences as a young female under the Taliban regime.

At MyMarlow, we have been aware of plans for this film club for some time – and excited about the launch. It’s great to have a chance to see highly regarded independent films, that are unlikely to appear at our local larger cinemas, on the big screen.  Add in the food and drink options being a world away from multiplex fare, and a carefully selected speaker – it all adds up to what should be a great night, and the perfect launch of Firefly Film Club!

An award winning film….

The Breadwinner​ (12A) was first released in 2017 and was nominated for and won many
awards for its animation. Based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis, the story follows
11-year old Parvana, who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan. After the wrongful arrest of her father, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family. She soon discovers a new world of freedom and danger and embarks on an epic quest to find her father and reunite her family.

“stunning visuals are matched by a story that dares to confront sobering real-life issues with uncommon – and richly rewarding – honesty.” (Rotten Tomatoes).

The film is from Cartoon Saloon, an Irish animation studio which created the wonderful, and indeed Oscar-nominated “Song of the Sea”, which MyMarlow rates very highly for what it is worth!

(The Breadwinner series of books features in the KS3 curriculum)

… plus a guest speaker

The guest speaker, Shukria Rezaei​ is a young Afghan refugee who came to the UK at the age of 15, barely speaking English. She went on to win a scholarship to Goldsmiths College in London and has won awards for her poetry. She will open the evening with a reading from some of her published poetry. A truly inspirational speaker, Shukria is the perfect guest and introduction to such a topical film.

Food and Drink

The guest speaker will take to the stage around 7pm and the doors will open at 6pm for all
movie-goers to enjoy a drink from the bar and choose the best seats in the house. The Spicy Girls Marlow​ will be preparing a chicken and a veggie curry to serve at the screening – this must be ordered in advance ( and will be served before the film starts (around 7:30pm).


Tickets are available via the Firefly Events website A
family ticket (two adults and two children) is £30, adult tickets are £10 each, children (under 17 years) and student tickets are £8 each. To include a chicken or veggie curry into the ticket price, it’s another £7 or £6.50 as appropriate. 

Looking ahead to the future of The Firefly Film Club

The Firefly Film Club aims to screen provocative, edgy and arty films and will always look to encourage discussion and debate in a facilitated format wherever possible. The next film in the series is ‘Leave no Trace’ which will be screened on 29 November at The Borlase
Theatre. This film is based on the book ‘My Abandonment’ by Peter Rock – a story about a
father and his 13-year old daughter who have lived off the grid for years.

If you would like to recommend a film, nominate a speaker or sponsor a Firefly Film Club
screening, please get in touch with

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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