Screening in September
25 August 2016
Screening from 2nd September
Julieta (15) S 2nd - 8th September
Adapted from three Alice Munroe short stories, Almodovar returns to his roots with this satisfying female-focused emotional drama which tells the story of Julieta who is facing a tragedy in her life.
Wiener Dog (15) - 2nd - 5th September
Todd Solondz (Happiness, Palindromes) returns with this edgy portmanteau comedy with an illustrious cast. It’s essentially a series of short films, the stories of which centre around a wiener dog (or dachshund) as he travels the country between various owners. It sounds a sweet and simple enough premise but this is Solondz, a profoundly perceptive, acerbic and cerebral filmmaker, and the result is a caustic and disturbing satire – while simultaneously being very funny!
Café Society (12A) 2nd – 15th September
Woody Allen’s latest is a glittering romantic comedy, set in during the Golden Age of Hollywood, bearing comparison to his earlier classic Annie Hall. The story sees Bobby (a perfectly cast Jesse Eisenberg), a young Jewish New Yorker who heads west to Los Angeles in search of a start in the film industry. Once
there, Bobby settles in with his uncle Phil (Steve Carell), a film agent who begins to introduce his nephew to the glamour of Hollywood, and his beautiful young assistant Vonnie (Kristen Stewart).
Valley Of Love (15) 2nd – 5th September
Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert) and Gerard (Gerard Depardieu) go to a strange appointment in Death Valley, California to answer an invitation from their son Michael, a photographer.
The Talented Mr Ripley (15) Sunday 4th – Tuesday 6th September
Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow star in Anthony Minghella’s adaptation “airless, alienated, uncomfortable, claustrophobic, lonely and also quite harsh”.
Cine Kids: Finding Dory (U) 2nd – 4th September
Thirteen years after we found Nemo, the gang are all back finding Dory, the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish.
The Wave (15) S - Tuesday 6th - Thursday 8th September
The experienced geologist Kristian Eikfjord has accepted a job offer out of town. He is getting ready to move from the city of Geiranger with his family, when he and his colleagues measure small geological changes in the underground. Kristian gets worried and his worst nightmare is about to come true, when the alarm goes off and the disaster is inevitable. With less than ten minutes to react, it becomes a race against time in order to save as many as possible including his own family.
Screening from 9th September
Captain Fantastic (15) – 9th – 22nd September
In the lush wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, Ben lives with his six children in Thoreau-esque seclusion, giving them a rigorous and intellectual education of his own design, until a family crisis forces him to re-enter the world. Reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine in its study of a supposedly dysfunctional
family finding its way, and with a typically fine performance from Mortensen (as well as great turns from Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn and George MacKay), its eccentric charm is a real hit.
Tickled (15) - 9th - 14th September
New Zealand journalist David Farrier, who’s made a career looking at the weird and bizarre side of life, investigates the world of online tickling after coming across a Facebook page advertising a ‘competitive endurance tickling’ event in Los Angeles. What begins as a look into an unusual fetish becomes much more sinister as he delves deeper into the fetish empire that runs this competition.
The Idol (PG) - 9th - 15th September
Based on a true story, this feel good film has a lot in common with Slumdog Millionaire as a young man aspires to compete on and become the next ‘Arab Idol’. Mohammed, his tomboy sister NOur and their friends are struggling amid the fighting to buy instruments and realise their dreams of being musicians. When Modhammed is convinced to apply to Arab Idol, a emotional journey begins in Gaza and ends on stage in front of millions. From the twice Oscar nominated director Hany Abu-Assad (Omar, Paradise Now) comes this unabashedly feelgood film!
Epic! Giant (PG) Sunday 11th September at 2:00pm
Wealthy rancher Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) and dirt-poor cowboy Jett Rink (James Dean) both woo Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor), a beautiful young woman from Maryland who is new to Texas. This screening will be introduced by Daryn Shepherd.
Screening from 16th September
Bridget Jones’s Baby – 16th – 29th September
She’s back! After breaking up with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones’s ‘happily ever after’ hasn’t gone quite according to plan. Now in her forties and single again…
Hunt For The Wilderpeople (12A) 16th – 29th September
From Taika Waititi - director of cult vampire comedy What We Do In the Shadows - comes the utterly hilarious Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which screened to acclaim at Sundance and set box office records in Waititi's native New Zealand. Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) is a defiant, trash-talking misfit sent by child
services to start a new life in rural New Zealand with a foster family: aunt Bella, gruff uncle Hec (Sam Neill) and dog Tupac. But when events threaten his return, Ricky runs into the bush with Hec in pursuit. With the two of them missing, a national manhunt is begun - forcing Ricky and Hec to embark on a month-long trek, and to overcome their differences to get by.
Adapting Miss Highsmith season: The Cry Of The Owl (15) S Sunday 18th – Tuesday 20th September
Highsmith considered this a lesser novel, but director Claude Chabrol recognised its power. The film centres on the unusual relationship between Robert and Juliette which develops after he admits to spying on her.
The Final Reel + Director Q&A - Tuesday 20th September
This feature length documentary tells the fascinating story of how cinemas and cinema-going have developed and flourished over the years - even in some of the most rural parts of England. Along the way we will meet some of the colourful characters that are a key part of this narrative and hear the tales of how they
kept the audience coming back. Director Jonathan Blagrove will be joining as this screening for a post-film Q+A.
Screening from 23rd September
Swallows and Amazons (U) - Friday 23rd – Thursday 29th September
This beautifully realised adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s enduring children’s novel is an inspiring, rambunctious and nostalgic summer adventure with a superb cast. Set over an idyllic summer holiday with the four Walker children and their sailing rivals, the Blacketts, running amok in their boats against the stunning backdrop of the Lake District. The Walkers sail the agile Swallow while the Blacketts commandeer The Amazon, making camp on a nearby island. Imagination runs riot with pirates and cannons, boats captured and enemies walking the plank. But the real world is on the brink of war and a pair of mysterious Russian spies enter their world and the crews must learn skills of survival, responsibility and the value of friendship.
The Blue Room (15) 23rd – 26th September
Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) directs and stars in this brilliantly performed adaptation of George Simenon’s taut 1964 novel of the same name. Amalric plays Julien, a modestly successful man in provincial France running his own agricultural business, living in a designer house with a young family, who finds himself in the depths of an affair. The film is tantalisingly sliced and pieced together through flashbacks, so you catch glimpses of his life unravelling and spiralling out of control.
Things To Come (12A) 23rd – 27th September (excluding 26th)
Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children; Goodbye, My Love; Eden) takes on late-life misdirection in this exquisite, resonant new drama with a beautiful central performance from Isabelle Huppert. Nathalie (Huppert) teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She's passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, students and her possessive mother; until one day, her husband Heinz (Andre Marcon) drops a bombshell. With new freedoms unexpectedly thrust upon her late in life, Nathalie is forced to rethink her future.
Shakespeare On Film: Theatre Of Blood (15) Friday 23rd September at 8:30pm
Edward Lionheart is a classic Shakespearian actor who snaps when the critics’ barbed comments about his performances wound him, so he decides to add murder to his repertoire. This screening will be introduced by Fright Club host Darrell Buxton and director of 1623, Ben Spiller.
Shakespeare On Film: The Bad Sleep Well (PG) S Wednesday 28th & Thursday 30th September.
A grieving son is seeking revenge for the suicide of his father, assuming a new identity to rise through the ranks and expose the corrupt practices, with distinct overtones of Hamlet.
Screening from 30th September
Under The Shadow (cert tbc) 30th September – 6th October
Iranian-born British filmmaker Babak Anvari marks his feature debut with this chilling psychological horror, laced with tension and a keen sense of social and feminist commentary.
Michael Jackson Night: Moonwalker (PG) + DJ Night in the Café Bar - Friday 30th September 8:00pm
Made just after the release of the 1987 BAD album, Michael Jackson was at the peak of his critical and commercial success. This fantasy tale of good-versus-evil features live concert footage.