Ilkley Film Society presents its Christmas double bill at Ilkley Playhouse on Sunday, December 15.

At 6pm the film is Faces Places by the last of the French New Wave directors, Agnes Varda. The 88 year old tours rural France with her collaborator JR, photographing local people and then blowing the shots up to enormous size and installing them on local buildings and landmarks. The film is both a wonderful tribute to the lives of ordinary people and a moving portrait of the indomitable, nearly blind Varda who died in March.

The second screening, at 8.15 pm, will be the British film Funny Cow starring the marvellous Maxine Peake as a stand-up comic breaking into the male-dominated comedy circuit in the North of England in the 1970s. Directed by TV veteran Adrian Shergold and featuring support from the likes of Paddy Considine, Vic Reeves and John Bishop, Funny Cow provides a rousing send-off to the first half of the society’s season. Mince pies, tea and coffee will be served in the interval between the films. Guests can see both for a single £4 ticket – or just one if they prefer – but are asked to ring Dave Howell on (01943) 430097 to reserve a place.

Information about the second half of the society’s season can be found at