A return to the classic Hammer Horror style staring Bill Nighy. based upon the novel by Peter Ackroyd, A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times - the mythical so-called Golem - must be responsible.
As a serial killer stalks the Limehouse streets of Victorian London in 1880, the terrified population of this squalid district of the East End believe that the "Golem", a monster from Judaic mythology, is responsible. Inspector Kildare(Bill Nighy) of Scotland Yard is handed the impossible task of solving these heinous crimes and his investigations lead him on a race across the capital from The Old Bailey, to Newgate Prison, to the music halls of London and the British Museum. His chief suspects are music hall superstar Dan Leno, political agitator Karl Marx, writer and philosopher George Gissing and journalist John Cree. Kildare believes that famed performer Little Lizzie Cree, who is almost certainly destined to hang for the poisoning of her husband, holds the key to the identity of the real Golem. Kildare must solve the case and in doing so, he believes he will save the life of Elizabeth Cree.
UK 2016 Juan Carlos Medina 105m
Steven Patrick Morrissey wants to write and sing. But as a young man, his voice goes no further than the NME letters page and his dead-end office walls.
When the punk scene explodes, Steven discovers there's more to life than dark satanic mills. With the help of strong women, the young Morrissey embarks on a journey to become himself in a world that's trying to make him like everybody else. This should be an exercise in rock biiography for the big screen. What makes Mark Gill's debut interesting is that it is not. Jack Lowden (‘Dunkirk’) is committed as the young Morrissey, awkward in his shoes, fed-up with Manchester, and every bit as much of an intellectual snob as he is today. Wry, tasteful, and with a tangible sense of the era.
UK 2017 Mark Gill 94m
Mozart’s glorious opera is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s classic production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.
Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno - but all is not as it seems… David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. ‘The Magic Flute’ was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘Operone’ – a great opera. The cast includes Mauro Peter, Siobhan Stagg, Roderick Williams. Sung in German in 2 acts with English subtitles. 190m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Wed 20 Sep 19:15 (LIVE)
Sun 24 Sep14:30 (Encore)
Based on the real-life courtship between Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his stand-up sets.
However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. The Big Sick finds plots by losing them. That's its genius. One moment we are in an ethnic satire; the next a rom-com; the next a hospital comedy-drama. But that's existence.
USA 2017 Michael Showalter 120m
Trying to reverse a family curse, two brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery.
Jimmy Logan is a divorced father, injured Iraq war vet and John Denver enthusiast from West Virginia. His wounded leg gets him fired from a construction job at the Charlotte Motor Speedway because it’s “a pre-existing condition”. It is another example of the Logan curse, says his brother Clyde (Adam Driver), a stoic bartender with a prosthetic hand (again, Iraq). After a humiliating experience with a Nascar-affiliated sponsor (Seth MacFarlane), Jimmy pitches Clyde an elaborate plan to rob the speedway. With his latest directorial effort, Soderbergh has made a film that not only constantly pokes fun at its own characters, but finds their soul and heart along the way.
USA 2017 Steven Soderbergh 119m
An understated portrait of two women at crossroads in their lives, starring Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot, and by the director of ‘Séraphine’.
Claire is a wonderfully gifted midwife, but over the years, her delicate ways, her sense of pride and responsibility are clashing with the more efficiency-driven methods of modern hospitals. One day she receives a strange phone call, a voice from the past. Béatrice, the extravagant and frivolous mistress of her deceased father, has important and pressing news and wants to see her again, 30 years after having disappeared without a trace. Opposed in every way, the over-conscientious Claire – bordering inhibition - and the free-spirit, life-loving Béatrice, will learn to accept one another and by revealing old secrets will start to make up for the lost years. (Subtitles)
France 2016 Martin Provost 117m
In this enthralling and beautifully mannered labour-of-love of a film, writer/director Stanley Tucci has taken a brief moment in the life of artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) and distilled it into an amusing, sophisticated and insightful film about art, life and love.
Based on American art critic James Lord’s memoir of how Giacometti invited him to sit for him in Paris in 1964, only to find his portrait sitting, that the wonderfully flighty Giacometti said would last for a few hours at most, extending into days and weeks. Flattered by the attention, Lord (Armie Hammer) is forced to cancel and rearrange a series of flights back home as Giacometti is continually distracted. With Geoffrey Rush in superb form as the wonderfully contrary artist, this chamber piece film is a finely mounted comedy drama full of bold brush strokes and artistic flourishes.
UK 2017 Stanley Tucci 90m
Exhibition on Screen
No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. This film offers an immersive journey into his remarkable life and art.
Based on the extraordinary group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, this film conveys unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences - Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle - to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain. Embark on your very own 21st century grand tour and visit the sites immortalised by Canaletto’s views - from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church Of Santi Giovanni e Paolo 90m
Tickets £12.50 (Friends/Students £10)
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Judi Dench) remarkable rule.
When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. It was on a 2003 family trip to the Isle of Wight’s Osborne House that Indian journalist Shrabani Basu wandered through the house’s Indian wing, and noticed several portraits and a bust of an Indian servant called Abdul Karim, and noted that “he did not look like a servant”. In a project that spanned around five years and three countries, Basu slowly uncovered the story of Victoria and Abdul - a 24-year old former Indian Muslim clerk who had been granted as a ‘Golden Jubilee gift’ to the Queen, and ended up becoming her closest confidante until she died. From the director of ‘Philomena’ and ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’.
UK 2017 Stephen Frears 106m
This beautiful film about three siblings in the French wine region of the title, closed our recent Film Festival.
The story focuses on a man who left his family and his native Burgundy 10 years ago to tour the world. When learning of his father’s imminent death he returns to his childhood home where he, his sister and brother inherit their family vineyard. As the seasons go by and they work to save the vineyard, they’ll have to learn to trust each other again and reinvent their relationship. The story is set in and around the family winery over the course of roughly four seasons and two harvests, with the gorgeous landscapes showcased in everything from time-lapse photography to overhead shots, drone footage and seasonal side-by-side split-screen. How the three siblings change is the heart of the film. (Subtitles)
France 2017 Cedric Klapisch 113m
Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of Romanian migrant worker Alec ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.
With obvious similarities to Ang Lee’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’, this is not just a love story. It is also an immigrant tale, and an unflinching portrait of rural farm life where the war between tradition and change is bitter and has real casualties. And in Josh O'Connor (‘Peaky Blinders’) the film finds a central performance of great authenticity and naturalism. This is one of the most assured, fully-formed British debuts of recent years. It succeeds on every level, and does so in an uncompromising way.
UK 2017 Francis Lee 104m
From the Academy Award winning director of ‘The Hurt Locker’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, this is the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of '67.
Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men are murdered. What Kathryn Bigelow does - incomparably - is put us in that room with those people at that moment. She induces a feeling of powerlessness that's beyond our capacity to imagine on our own, and she keeps it going.
USA 2017 Kathryn Bigelow 143m
‘Kedi’ is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people's lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can.
Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves. Some fend for themselves, scavenging from dumpsters, living in abandoned buildings, others are cared for by communities of people, pampered with the best cat food and given shelter for the cold months. Part wildlife documentary, part urban love letter, this is a lyrical and surprising philosophical tribute to the therapeutic power of pets.
Turkey/USA 2016 Ceyda Torun 76m
Live from ROH
Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il Trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La Bohème conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic. Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making ‘La Bohème’ one of the best-loved of all operas. First performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since. The cast includes Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano, Mariusz Kwiecień, Nadine Sierra. In four acts, sung in Italian with English subtitles. 155m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Tue 3 Oct 19:15 (Live)
Sun 8 Oct 15:00 (Encore)
Even after 50 years, Luis Buñuel’s erotic odyssey still brilliantly tantalises.
Catherine Deneuve stars as a wealthy but bored newlywed, eager to taste life to the fullest. She seemingly gets her wish early in the film when she is kidnapped, tied to a tree, and whipped. It turns out that this is only a daydream, but her subsequent visits to a neighbouring brothel, where she offers her services, certainly seem to be real. This illusion/reality dichotomy extends to the final scenes, in which we are offered two possible endings. Thanks to a question of copyright and ownership, ‘Belle de Jour’ disappeared from view shortly after its 1967 release, not even resurfacing on videotape. When it was reissued theatrically in 1994, many critics placed the perplexing but mesmerizing film on their lists of that year's best films. (Subtitles)
France/Italy 1967 Luis Buñuel 100m
Benedict Cumberbatch’s starring role as Hamlet was the fastest-selling ticket in London Theatre history, with advance seats selling out in minutes almost a year before the curtain was first raised. If you failed to bag a ticket to see the Barbican production, or it’s screenings at New Park last year, take heart, NT Live re-presents one of its biggest hits here for us. 240m inc Interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
It is 1940, the Battle on Dunkirk has begun: Christopher Nolan’s much anticipated take on the key moment in WWII.
The film is told from three points of view: on the beach with the infantry (including Fionn Whitehead and Harry Styles), the evacuation by the navy (Kenneth Branagh), and helped by Cillian Murphy and Mark Rylance, showing how civilians came to the rescue and then in the air (with Tom Hardy engaging in plane combat). For the soldiers who embarked in the conflict, the events took place on different temporalities. On land, some stayed one week stuck on the beach. On the water, the events lasted a maximum day; and if you were flying to Dunkirk, the British spitfires would carry an hour of fuel. To mingle these different versions of history, the temporal strata are mixed. Efforts were made to create suspense solely through details, as the script contained little dialogue. With long-time Nolan collaborator Hans Zimmer providing a magnificent score subtlety morphing into Elgar at the climax.
Netherlands/UK/France/USA 2017 Christopher Nolan 106m
The third programme from Britain on Film on Tour explores the vital history of black Britain throughout the 20th century.
Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen. Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, this is not just an important educative tool, but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.
UK 2016 BFI 91m+Q&A
Sat 7 Oct 15:30
We are delighted to welcome Yvonne Connike, curator and film maker, and the founder of Black Britain Festival in Wales to introduce this film and lead a Q&A afterwards.
Join us for a special Gala screening, broadcast live from the National Gallery (London) which will include a lively post-film discussion and interactive Q&A with Directors Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela and other special guests. The world's first fully painted animated feature, which took 5 years to complete, brings to life a stellar cast and a true tribute to the Dutch master.
29th July, 1890: Vincent Van Gogh, bullet in his belly, stumbles along the drowsy high street of Auvers at twilight. Traditionally, the famously troubled artist’s death is viewed as suicide. But ‘Loving Vincent’ delves into the ambiguities of his life and last days to reconsider this narrative via the stories of his paintings and the people who inhabit them. Footage originally performed by a cast including Robert Gulaczyk, Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner and Helen McCrory forms the basis of frames which mimic Van Gogh’s singular Impressionist technique. Thick daubs of flickering, variegated colours play over each character’s face, revealing the depth and ambiguity of their shifting thoughts and emotions in a truly innovative way and enhancing our understanding of a canonical artist and his great interior anguish.
UK/Poland 2017 Hugh Welchman/ Dorota Kobiela 95m
This film will screen as a normal run from 20 Oct
Tickets £12.50 (Friends/Students £10)
A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Alex Lawther), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh.
Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? This is the latest film from director Simon Curtis who has recently brought us ‘Woman in Gold’ and ‘My Week with Marilyn’.
UK 2017 Simon Curtis
Three Week Course with Charles Rollings
In a series of three talks, Charles Rollings explores a thirty-year period (1945 to 1975) in the history of these films, and asks why, despite their popularity, they have been disregarded by serious film critics. He shows how the genre evolved, culminating in the first post Second World War example, ‘The Captive Heart’ (1946) and uses clips from ‘The Wooden Horse’ (1951), ‘Albert, RN’ (1953), ‘The Colditz Story’ (1955), ‘The One That Got Away’ (1957), ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ (1957) and other lesser known examples to demonstrate how they reflected contemporary issues and how they influenced later films. In particular, he shows how ‘The Great Escape’ (1963) mined old movies, but was then itself imitated by The Password is Courage (1962), Von Ryan’s Express (1965), Hannibal Brooks (1969) and The McKenzie Break (1970). He then discusses how this and the 1970s ‘Colditz mania’ generated by the Colditz BBC TV series led to send-ups by popular comedians.
Charles is an expert on this subject and a great supporter of the Education programme at New Park cinema.
Tickets £14 for all 3 Sessions – or £6 each
Fri 13, 20 & 27 Oct 13:30 – 15:30 (Studio)
A chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation.
Wind River, the location, is a reservation high in the bone-white Wyoming wilderness – a place of “snow and silence”, as Cory Lambert (Renner) evocatively puts it. Renner, in one of his best roles, lends a weathered depth to Cory but also surprising intelligence to the character deemed “Sherlock Snow,” for whom a career of wildlife work has made him a detective savant. A chilly air of isolation and desperation pervades this thriller, Taylor Sheridan’s (‘Hell or High Water’, ‘Sicario’) new directorial effort that proves he’s more than an exceptional writer. He has put together a talented Native American cast, including the venerable Graham Greene as a tribal sheriff.
UK/Canada/USA 2017 Taylor Sheridan 107m
A pilot (Tom Cruise) lands work for the CIA, and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.
Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House with the Iran Contra scandal. Cruise has teamed up again with his ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ director Doug Liman for ‘American Made’, but this does not look like your typical Cruise movie. Here, he interprets a real person, sports a Southern accent, and recreates events that actually happened… no aliens or unbelievable baddies in sight!
USA 2017 Doug Liman 120m
Day Course with Richard Cupidi
All films are made, constructed. Whether an art house indie or studio blockbuster, all films are composed of identical cinematic DNA: directing, editing, cinematography, sound, lighting, acting and script.
In this informal and interactive workshop, we’ll explore how these basic film elements function individually and then work together to create complex narratives, develop themes and meanings, sustain mood, atmosphere and pace - in other words, how they make the film come alive. Being familiar with film language and construction not only enriches our experience as filmgoers, it also provides us with some common ground for discussing films.
Throughout the morning we’ll investigate the “how” process using examples drawn from a wide range of films, observing how cinematic techniques transform into the flow of movement and story. Later in the day, we’ll put our newfound film literacy into practice as we watch a short film together and then critically discuss it. To paraphrase the great film critic Roger Ebert, this illuminating process of reading a film is “truly a democracy in the dark”. Everyone welcome.
Tickets £10 (Friends/Students £9) - Complimentary coffee and tea on arrival.
Sat 14 Oct 10:00 – 15:00
You'd be excused for thinking a documentary about competitive chicken breeding in New Zealand could be either a little dry or a touch wacky. This however – is a real treat!
Join members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in the lead up to the NZ National Championships, as they battle history and each other in a quest for glory and for the love of their birds. At first ‘Pecking Order’ treads a fine line between documentary and mockumentary, but as the story settles, the characters are revealed with respect and dignity, and you find yourself wishing them well and seeing chicken shows as perfectly everyday. ‘Pecking Order’ is hilarious, unique, heart-warming and will delight and surprise audiences of all ages.
New Zealand 2017 Slavko Martinov 88m
'Daphne' is the vibrant character portrait of a young London woman on the threshold of a much-needed change.
Busy days, hectic nights, friends, lovers, are all welcome distractions from the constant and creeping feeling that her life is somehow stuck. Too young to settle quietly, too old to keep on messing about without aim. One night, an unexpected event slowly but steadily forces her to confront this existential limbo head on. ‘Looking for Mr. Goodbar’ meets Kenneth Lonergan's ‘Margaret’ on the streets of 21st century London in Peter Mackie Burns' disarming debut ‘Daphne’. First and foremost, it's a cracking little showcase for rising British actress Emily Beecham, who's seldom off screen for long as the tale's lively, complex, intriguing quasi-heroine.
UK 2017 Peter Mackie Burns 90m
This concert coupled with a documentary shows Jonas Kaufmann’s special affinity with the Italian language, the Italian way of life and culture – and also, of course, the music.
There is no other place in the world like Italy: the sun, the sea, the scent of the citrus and coffee, a seductive gaze, an incomparable song rising from the heart. Jonas presents his personal tribute to a culture where the influence and beauty of Opera goes beyond the walls of the theatre. Puccini and Verdi are not the central figures of the concert however, but the hits from tenors like Enrico Caruso & Lucio Dalla. The concert was recorded in Teatro Carignano in Turin, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionalle della RAI accompanies the star under the baton of Jochen Rieder. Kaufmann sings popular songs like “Torna a Surriento”, “Cor’ngrato”, “ Mattinata”, “Parla pie piano”, “Caruso” & “Il canto”. (Subtitles) 115m
Tickets £15 (Friends/Students £12.50)
LIVE: Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma
Carmen deals with the love and jealousy of naïve soldier Don José who’s lured away from his beloved by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody.
Staged by Argentine director Valentina Carrasco, this is a modern interpretation performed in the enchanting setting of the Terme di Caracalla in Rome, the archaeological site of the Roman baths where a unique theatrical stage comes to life. Conducted by Jesús López-Cobos and Jordi Bernácer; Starring Veronica Simeoni and Roberto Aronica; Stage director Valentina Carrasco. Captured live in 4K. 190m
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15.00)
British animator Hugh Welchman and his wife, artist Dorota Kobiela have brought together 65,000 oil painted frames - produced by 115 professional artists - to form this stunning cinematic achievement. Received a standing ovation at its premiere in the Amency Animation Festival.
Vincent Van Gogh, bullet in his belly, stumbles along the drowsy high street of Auvers at twilight. Traditionally, the famously troubled artist’s death is viewed as suicide, but ‘Loving Vincent’ delves into the ambiguities of his life and last days to reconsider this narrative via the stories of his paintings and the people who inhabit them. Thick daubs of flickering colours play over each character’s face, revealing the depth and ambiguity of their emotions in a truly innovative way and enhancing our understanding of this canonical artist.
UK/Poland 2017 Hugh Welchman/ Dorota Kobiela 95m
Look out for the Special UK Premiere with Live Satellite Q&A from the National Gallery on the 9th October.
When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US.
‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ introduced the world to Kingsman - an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion. In ‘The Golden Circle’, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents' strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy. Starring Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, and many more.
UK/USA 2017 Matthew Vaughn
The long awaited new film from director Darren Aronofsky (‘Black Swan’, ‘Requiem for a Dream’).
A couple's (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) relationship is severely tested when their sedate home-life is disrupted by the appearance of two unexpected guests (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer), disrupting their tranquil existence. Soon Lawrence’s character becomes deeply unsettled by both her new houseguests and her increasingly odd husband, and begins to experience creepy visions. Expect a tone similar to Aronofsky’s 2010 thriller ‘Black Swan’, featuring unsettling imagery and a menacing score from Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. This is a riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.
USA 2017 Darren Aronofsky 115m
L' Armee des Ombres
Following the very successful day course exploring ‘Occupation, Resistance and the Cinema’ we ran in May, here is an opportunity to see the full length version of some of one of the extraordinary films we referred to on the day.
In this war drama set during the French Resistance of WWII, a courageous fighter escapes Gestapo headquarters and returns to Marseille. There he and his gang capture a traitor, and then try to rescue a Resistance fighter in Lyons. As they do so, the hero is again captured and his partner killed. The screenplay is based on Joseph Kessel's novel and became filmmaker Jean Pierre Melville's magnum opus. From the first sight of German soldiers goose-stepping past the Arc de Triomphe to a postscript that spells out the fate of characters, ‘Army of Shadows’ is a movie of its time - and ours.
France/Italy 1969 Jean-Pierre Melville 145m
Live Bolshoi Ballet
Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s exotic 19th century classic, this miracle of the repertoire is one of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions with glorious music by Adolphe Adam.
Amidst a bustling market, the pirate Conrad falls in love at first sight with the beautiful Medora, the ward of the slave merchant Lankedem’s bazaar. Conrad kidnaps Medora when Lanquedem decides to sell her to the Pasha.
Complete with a magnificent awe-inspring shipwreck and dramatic scenery, this grand romance allows enough dancing for nearly the entire company and made especially for those who seek miracles in theatre. Libretto: Jules Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier. 215m approx including 2 intervals.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
The crazy adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters - Margo, Edith and Agnes - and of course, the Minions.
Steve Carell doubles your fun as he not only voices Gru, the bald-pated baddie turned goodie, but Dru, his blond, long-lost twin and a villain-in-training with an even more delightfully bizarre accent. Joining Carell is Kristen Wiig and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of South Park and the Broadway smash ‘The Book of Mormon’. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, and proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date. Pharrell Williams contributes five new songs to the film, which is full of gags, and is blessed with a bright and breezy pace.
USA 2017 K. Balda & P. Coffin 90m
Maurice may look like a penguin - but he's a real tiger inside! Raised by a tigress, he's the clumsiest Kung-Fu master ever.
Along with his friends, The Jungle Bunch, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle, as his mother did before him. But Igor, an evil koala, wants to destroy the jungle once and for all, helped by his army of silly baboons... The Jungle Bunch - to the rescue. (In English)
France 2017 David Alaux 97m
Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
When an elite crime squad's lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. This is a British crime thriller directed by Tomas Alfredson (‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, ‘Let the Right One In’) based on the novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø, and with the thrilling Norwegian landscape as a backdrop.
UK 2017 Tomas Alfredson 123m
A film about one of the world's greatest icons Björn Borg and his biggest rival, the young and talented John McEnroe and their legendary duel during the 1980's Wimbledon tournament.
It's a story about two men who changed the face of tennis and who became legends and the price they had to pay. This is a serious drama that gets inside the minds of these two tennis superstars, whose 14-match rivalry became known as "fire and ice”. The story of this nail-biter matchup changed the sport of tennis forever, and is rounded off by the outstanding performances from the two leads. Directed by Janus Metz and written by Ronnie Sandahl, the film opened the Toronto Film festival, and stars Shia LaBeouf as McEnroe, Sverrir Gudnason as Borg, and also stars Stellan Skarsgård.
Sweden/Denmark/Finland 2017 Janus Metz 100m
Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Kristin Scott Thomas get more than their just deserts in this dark comedy wrapped around a tragedy.
The single setting is a well-appointed London home on an auspicious night for hostess Janet (Scott Thomas), a career politician celebrating her promotion to shadow health minister. Ominously, her academic husband (Spall) appears to be in shock at the news, numbing himself with booze to a soundtrack of jazz and blues on crackly old-school vinyl. Among the guests at the party is April (Clarkson), a former idealist turned wisecracking cynic, accompanied by an unlikely partner in the shape of ageing New Age hippie Gottfried (Bruno Ganz).
Attractively shot in timeless monochrome, ‘The Party’ is indebted to a long tradition of dinner-party-from-hell classics including Mike Nichols’ ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’, Luis Bunuel’s ‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’ and Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Festen’. British director Sally Potter's chamber farce was filmed in just two weeks, which may help explain its adrenalized energy and lean running time.
UK 2017 Sally Potter 71m
Russian Cinema in the Soviet Era and After
We welcome Ian Christie who returns to our cinema with this new day course.
Soviet cinema gained a worldwide audience in the 1920s, with Lenin’s blessing and its star directors became the first art-house heroes. But there was always much more going on, often not widely exported. We will look at the pioneer period up to 1939, and at the new popular cinema of the 30s. We move on to the new talents that emerged in the 1960s, often critical of Soviet life and then then look at the leading role filmmakers played in influencing society under Gorbachev. As well as the classics, from Eisenstein to Tarkovsky and Sokurov, Ian will look at comedy, musicals and realism, as well as censorship and different ways of pleasing the masses.
Ian Christie teaches film history at Birkbeck College, at the National Film and Television School and internationally. He is also a regular broadcaster and writes for Sight & Sound, with a longstanding interest in Russian cinema. He has contributed several times to our Summer Film Festival and is always an interactive and engaging speaker.
Tickets £10 (Friends/Students £9) - Complimentary coffee and tea on arrival.
Sat 28 Oct 10:00 – 15:30 (Studio)
RSC Live (Recorded)
Shakespeare’s full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.
Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie. Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, Completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse 2016) take on the title role. 210m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography, now restaged in 2017.
At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole, events become curiouser and curiouser… As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. The ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment. Choreography Christopher Wheeldon. Ballet in 3 acts and 2 intervals. 170m approximately with 2 intervals.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15; Children £10)
For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease.
When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the ground-breaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together - raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Written by two-time Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson, this is a heart-warming celebration of love and human possibility.
‘Death of Stalin’ is directed by Armando Iannucci (‘The Thick of It’) and chronicles the events that transpired after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.
This film has has everything: comedy, tragedy, truth, lies, life, death, bravery and cowardice. All under the shadow of Stalin's Terror… and with an amazingly multifaceted cast who can give us all these things and more. Cast includes Jason Isaacs as Stalin, Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev, Michael Palin as Soviet Foreign Secretary Vyacheslav Molotov, Simon Russell Beale as chief torturer Lavrentiy Beria, and Paddy Considine as the Head of Radio Moscow. This Soviet-era satire was filmed in England and Ukraine in summer last year.
France/UK 2017 Armando Iannucci 107m
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.225m inc interval
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)