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The All New Cinema Diet #17

The All New Cinema Diet #17

QUAD Cinema Programmer Adam Marsh brings you another seven days of fantastic film viewing options.

For this week’s eclectic mix of titles we explore both QUAD and a range of streaming platforms to bring you some cinematic gems. We are looking at QUAD, free platforms - BBC iPlayer, All4. Paid platforms with free trials – BFI Player, Arrow Player and Britbox.  

See you at the movies! 

Adam J. Marsh

Day One – QUAD 

The Nest 

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Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur and former commodities broker, persuades his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his native England during the 1980s. Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor, with grounds for Allison’s horses and a stable. However, all is not as it seems and soon the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel and the couple has to face both the secrets and unwelcome truths that lie beneath the surface of their marriage. From acclaimed director Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), the simmering tension between Law and Coon leaps off the screen. 

"The writer-director Sean Durkin brings a brooding tension to his story, elevated by the complexity of his characters" ★★★★ - The Times 


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This contemporary reincarnation of the cult classic is brought back onto the big screen in blistering fashion. The housing projects of Chicago's Cabrini Green neighbourhood were terrorised by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. Visual artist Anthony and his art gallery director girlfriend move into a newly gentrified apartment on the site of the original housing project. His career stalled, he becomes obsessed with the urban legend of the Candyman.  

"Distinguishes DaCosta as a visionary to be reckoned with" ★★★★ Little White Lies 

Fright Club: I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar join Freddie Prinze Jr, Ryan Phillippe and Johnnie Galecki to answer the questions over just what exactly they did last summer! After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim's body into the sea. But exactly one year later, the dead man returns from his watery grave, and he's looking for more than an apology. From the pen of Kevin Williamson, writer of Scream. 

This screening will include an introduction from Fright Club's Darrell Buxton. 

DOUBLE BILL OFFER - You can see Candyman (15) at 5:45pm on Friday 10 September followed by the 8pm screening of Fright Club: I Know What You Did Last Summer (15) for just £12. Contact QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606 to claim this offer. 

Day Two – BBC iPlayer 

The Belles Of St Trinians 

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The unruly schoolgirls of St Trinian's are more interested in men and mischief than homework and hockey. But greater trouble than ever beckons when the arrival at the school of Princess Fatima of Makyad coincides with the return of recently expelled Arabella Fritton, who has the kidnap of a prize racehorse on her mind. 

In Which We Serve 

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This is the story of a ship - the HMS Torrin - from its construction to its participation at Dunkirk and its final sinking in the Battle of Crete. As the ship goes down, the crew remember their homes and loved ones. Based on true events as recounted to Noel Coward by Lord Mountbatten 


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In 1640, two young Jesuit priests travel from Portugal to Japan on a mission to track down their former spiritual mentor, Father Ferreira, who is rumoured to have disappeared after renouncing Christianity. The mission puts their own faith to the test. The third film in Martin Scorsese's trilogy about faith. 

Bros: After The Screaming Stops 

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A film charting Matt and Luke Goss's reunion 28 years on from when they were one of the biggest bands in the world. The Goss twins have hardly spoken and not played together since their split. With an incredibly fractured relationship and only three weeks to go until sell-out gigs at the O2 London, will they be able to put their history aside and come together as brothers to play the show of their lives? 

Day Three – BBC iPlayer 

The Railway Children 

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1904, England. When their father is mysteriously arrested, the Waterbury children and their mother downsize and move to the Yorkshire countryside. Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter discover the local steam railway, and on their adventures they befriend the station porter Mr Perks and try to discover the truth about their father. Lionel Jeffries' beloved film version of ES Nesbit's classic book. 

To Catch A Thief  

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Romantic mystery. Retired jewel thief John Robie is leading a luxurious life on the French Riviera. After a series of thefts in the area, he is the prime suspect since the thief is using the same methods he used to employ. To prove his innocence, Robie must catch the burglar himself. 

Great Moments In Avaition 

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Comedy opening in the West Indies during 1950's. Gabriel (Rakie Ayloa) sails to England where she hopes to become an aviator, and as a result of a booking mix-up she shares her cabin with Duncan Stewart (Jonathan Pryce) and a mutual affection grows. Their romance is thwarted by other passengers. With John Hurt and Vanessa Redgrave. 

Gloria Bell 

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Dance-loving divorcee Gloria (Julianne Moore) is looking for love and happiness while also worrying about her two children, now grown-up and with their own problems. When she meets Arnold in a bar, they hit it off, but he has problems of his own.  

Day Four – Britbox 

Quatermass And The Pit 

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Hammer version of the popular TV series. When prehistoric skulls and the remains of an alien spaceship are discovered in the bowels of London's Underground during an excavation, a weird and powerful force is unleashed. Professor Quatermass (Andrew Keir) is called in to investigate. 

Plague Of The Zombies 

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A Cornish squire invokes ancient voodoo rituals to raise zombies from the dead, intending to use them to work his tin mines. However, when the cult which builds up around the zombies is threatened with exposure, it responds by attempting to sacrifice the suspicious parties... 

Twins Of Evil 

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Hammer horror classic starring Peter Cushing. A pair of twins, Maria and Frieda, move from Vienna to the village of Karstein to live with Aunt Katy and grim Uncle Gustav (Cushing) in the shadow of the dreaded Karstein Castle. Gustav is a fanatical Puritan and leader of a religious sect - the Brotherhood, feared for their witch hunts and burnings. At the castle, a mock sacrificial rite is organised, where Count Karnstein stabs a girl strapped to a sarcophagus and reincarnates his vampire ancestor the beautiful Countess Mircalla Karnstein. Her first act is to bite the count, turning him into a vampire. The Count then captures the beautiful Frieda and sinks his fangs into her neck and she, too, is transformed into one of the undead. The Brotherhood manage to capture Frieda and prepare to burn her at the stake but Karnstein manages to switch the twins. Maria will face the fire while Frieda goes free to create evil havoc. 

Vampire Circus 

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British horror set in early 19th century Serbia. When an itinerant circus arrives in a small village there is rejoicing at the prospect of entertainment to relieve the burden of years of plague, believed by the superstitious locals to be the result of a curse from Count Mitterhouse (Robert Tayman), a vampire. But shortly after the circus's arrival the children of the village start to die in mysterious circumstances. 

Day Five – All 4 

Ray & Liz 

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Richard Billingham writes and directs this British drama centred on a couple who live on a Dudley council estate. The film begins in 2016 with alcoholic Ray (Justin Salinger/Patrick Romer) looking back on his failed marriage to chain-smoker Liz (Ella Smith/Deirdre Kelly) and reflecting on the tough times they experienced trying to raise their two sons, Jason (Callum Slater/Joshua Millard-Lloyd) and Richard (Jacob Tuton/Sam Plant), in the 1980s. 

The Karate Kid 

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John G. Avildsen directs this martial arts action adventure starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. When Daniel (Macchio) arrives at his new school in California, he soon finds himself the victim of a gang of bullies trained in karate. When school janitor Miyagi (Morita), a wise old martial arts instructor, takes it upon himself to train Daniel to defend himself, the bullies quickly realise that they have picked a fight with the wrong boy. 

Force Majeure 

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Drama written and directed by Ruben Ostlund. A Swedish family are enjoying a ski holiday in the alps when they are faced with an impending avalanche on the mountainside. Fearing for their lives, matriarch Ebba (Lisa Loven Kingsli) rushes to protect her children Harry (Vincent Wettergren) and Vera (Clara Wetterngren) while her husband Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) flees the site of the disaster after saving his phone. When the life-threatening avalanche turns out to be little more than snow clouds, Tomas must answer for abandoning his loved ones while struggling to regain their trust and his own status at the head of the family. 

Blade Of The Immortal 

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Takuya Kimura stars in this Japanese action drama directed by Takashi Miike. The film follows Manji (Kimura), a legendary samurai warrior who is cursed with immortality following a famous battle. Plagued by memories of his sister's murder, Manji vows to fight the forces of evil in a bid to lift the curse and regain his soul. After coming across Rin Asano (Hana Sugisaki), a young girl whose parents were brutally murdered by a gang of master swordsmen, Manji vows to hunt down those responsible and help Rin get her revenge. The cast also includes Sota Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara and Erika Toda. 

Day Six – BFI Player 


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Denis Villeneuve’s first English-language film (it was shot before Prisoners but released later) bears the hallmarks of his distinctive style. A thematic colour palette, atmospheric score, a complex, twisting narrative and stunning cinematography combine to mesmerising effect in this dark, pulsating thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal is exceptional as both the meek history professor and his doppelgänger, a brash, adulterous actor, as they descend into a Kafka-esque psychological conflict. 


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A journey from London’s suburbs to its heart, charting the influence of the city on indie pop band Saint Etienne, soundtracked with songs from album of the same name. London has been a source of influence, inspiration and curiosity for renowned indie pop band Saint Etienne. Inspired by films like Patrick Keiller’s London and Norman Cohen’s The London Nobody Knows, directors Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans take us on a psycho-geographic journey from the suburbs into the heart of the city over an imaginary 24 hours. Along the way we hear from characters who have influenced or been a part of the Saint Etienne story, including Mark Perry, Julian Opie, Lawrence and Vic Godard. Through the interviews and imagery we see London from an insider's perspective. The result is a hymn to London and an extraordinary record of the city today. 

What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? 

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The second in the trilogy of collaborations between pop band Saint Etienne and director Paul Kelly traces the fascinating hidden history of East London’s Lower Lea Valley, before it was redeveloped to become the Olympic Park. Framed around the daily journey of paperboy Mervyn Day (named after a 1970s West Ham goalkeeper), a variety of voices including David Essex and Linda Robson offer an oral history of a once-forgotten corner of the capital. This eastern fringe, at the time the capital's last remaining wilderness, represented an unruly, tumbledown beauty that has all but disappeared from the capital, offering a defiant last stand against London's inevitable gentrification. 

This Is Tomorrow   

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Commissioned by the Royal Festival Hall to mark its renovation and reopening, the final collaboration between director Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne lovingly records the immense labour and attention to detail that went into the refurbishment of one of London’s most distinguished concert venues. As well as an evocative soundtrack by Saint Etienne it features revealing interviews with the Hall’s designers, past and present, as well as Jeremy Deller and Alain de Botton. 

Day Seven – Arrow Player 

Kids Return 

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Masuru (Ken Kaneko) and Shinji (Masanobu Ando) are childhood friends, who team up in the schoolyard to extort money from others. As they progress to adulthood, Masuru becomes a member of the local yakuza gang, while Shinji shows talent as a boxer. Pursuing separate paths in life, the two friends gradually grow apart, but how will they get by without each other? 

Mata Hari Agent H21 

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The Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari is accused of spying for Germany during the First World War. Director Jean-Louis Richard brings two giants of French cinema together (Jeanne Moreau and Jean-Louis Trintignant) for this retelling of the Mata Hari story.  

The Love Of A Woman 

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The Love of a Woman (L'amour d'une femme) was the final feature of the great French filmmaker Jean Grémillon, concluding a string of classics that included such greats as Remorques, Lumière d'été and Pattes blanches. Marie, a young doctor, arrives on the island of Ushant to replace its retiring physician. She experiences prejudice from the mostly male population, but also love in the form of engineer André. Starring Micheline Presle, whose impressive career has encompassed French, Italian and Hollywood cinema, and Massimo Girotti, best-known for his performance in Luchino Visconti's Ossessione, The Love of a Woman is a sad, beautiful, romantic masterpiece. 


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In her feature debut, Jumbo, writer/director Zoé Wittock brings gleeful energy, buoyant humor, and surrealistic style to an unusual type of love story—one between woman and machine. A shy young woman, Jeanne, who is played with focus and emotion by Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), lives at home with her uninhibited bartender mother and works the graveyard shift as a cleaner at an amusement park. Her mother wants her to meet a man, but Jeanne prefers tinkering in her bedroom with wires, light bulbs, and spare parts, creating miniature versions of theme park rides. During her late-night shifts she begins spending intimate time with the alluring new Tilt-A-Whirl ride that she decides to call Jumbo. Finding herself seduced by “his” red lights, smooth chrome, and oily hydraulics, Jeanne concludes that the thrilling new relationship she wants to pursue is with Jumbo.