Season 16. Sept - December 2021
Back with our first proper season for 18 months, we are hitting the ground running with a fabulous selection of films. You'll enjoy a classic jukebox musical, Icelandic agricultural noir, a 'should've won an Oscar' US drama, early Wes Anderson, an intriguing thriller satire and our ever popular surprise Christmas film, among others.
Season 16 starts on Tuesday September 7th with Moulin Rouge, and runs on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, up until December. You can find out more about the films we're screening, and buy tickets, by clicking on the films below. If you've missed the cinema, we hope these will tempt you back.
Tues Sept 7th
Moulin Rouge (12A)
We start our first season proper for 18 months in style with a 20th anniversary screening of Baz Luhrmann’s colourful jukebox musical. A young Englishman in the Paris of 1899, becomes infatuated with Satine, a singer at the Moulin Rouge, promised by the venue’s manager to a Duke in return for funding a future production. The lovers meet in secret, but as Satine's wedding day approaches, she hides a fatal secret from both. A riot of pop songs, elaborate staging and dance routines, Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman star, but you probably knew that, if you loved it the first time, it’s time to fall in love all over again. If you’ve never seen it, now’s your chance.
“Moulin Rouge will not be surpassed for an enticing, innovative and joyous film-going experience.” Daily Mail
2001. Musical/Drama. Australia/US. 128 minutes
Tues Sept 21st
Richard Jewell (15)
THIS IS THE CORRECT DATE, NOT THE 14TH SEPTEMBER.
During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, security guard Richard Jewell discovers a suspicious backpack under a bench in Centennial Park. With little time to spare, he helps to evacuate the area until the bomb inside the bag explodes. Hailed as a hero who saved lives, Jewell's own life starts to unravel when the FBI names him the prime suspect in the bombing. As the media descend and his life is turned upside down, Richard turns to an old colleague at a legal firm to help clear his name. Clint Eastwood directs a biopic that takes a sharp look at media pressure and the US criminal justice system. Paul Walter Hauser (‘I, Tonya’) is excellent as Richard, while Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm and Sam Rockwell add gravitas.
“It's a sad story, all the more disturbing for being true, and it is well told, without frills. Old Clint doesn't do frills. Long may he soldier on.” Daily Mail
2019. Drama. US. 125 minutes
Tues Oct 5th
The County (12A)
From the director of the wonderful ‘Rams’ comes a return to agricultural noir! Inga and her husband live a tough life running a failing dairy farm in a remote valley in Iceland. After her husband dies, Inga decides to protest against the corrupt farming co-operative exploiting her and the local community. Her life gets new meaning as she opens rifts and gains plaudits for shining a light on shady practices. This mixture of thriller and ‘one woman against the world’ attitudes got great reviews, add some fantastic performances and the usual gorgeous Icelandic scenery and it looks like a winner.
“’…full of feisty female energy and imagery, and sprinkled with rousing "you go girl!" comic moments.” Variety
2020. Drama. Iceland. 92 minutes. Subtitled
Tues Oct 19th
French actor Eva Green (Casino Royale) gives a stunning performance as Sarah, a woman trying to balance her work as an astronaut preparing for a year-long stint on the ISS with her family life as mother to an eight-year-old daughter, Stella. Filmed at actual european astronaut training facilities, ‘Proxima’ ignores the technical and focuses on the emotional, looking at the human cost to Sarah and Stella and how they reconcile ambition with family responsibilities. A moving character study cum drama, ‘Proxima’ never loses sight of the mother and child relationship at the heart of Alice Winocour’s beautiful film.
“Featuring an intimate, truly heartfelt performance by Eva Green, the film tackles issues of abandonment, desire, and a really understated look at how motherly love can never be put to words” High on Film
2020. Drama. France. 107 minutes. Subtitled
Tues Nov 2nd
Quite how this powerful and thought provoking US indie drama didn’t clean up at the Oscars we don’t know, but we do know you’ll find it as gripping as we did. Bernadine Williams is a prison warden overseeing executions as professionally and humanely as she can in a maximum security prison. When she strikes up a unique bond with death-row inmate Anthony, she finds her life slowly slipping as new emotions come to the fore, forcing her to confront the complex relationship between good intentions and what it means to be officially sanctioned to kill. Alfre Woodward gives the performance of a lifetime as Bernadine in a film that lingers long after the credits.
“The moral and ethical debates around the death penalty rarely touch on the toll it takes on the people involved, but that's the grey area explored with a humanist's touch and a keen ear for characters.” Time Out
2020. Drama. US. 112 minutes
Tues Nov 16th
When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the teacher. However, the situation soon gets complicated when Max's new friend becomes involved with her, setting the two pals against one another in a war for her attention. Director Wes Anderson’s (‘Grand Budapest Hotel’) second film launched him to indie darling success and set the tone for his future career. It’s a wry comic tale with a great Bill Murray performance and a surreal edge peeping through, come and see where it all began with this rare screening.
“Offbeat and off centre high school movie with acerbic one liners delivered by a superb cast. A real treat.” Empire Magazine
1998. Comedy. US. 89 minutes.
Tues Dec 7th
This little gem was sorely overlooked in its release, we’ll put that right. A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves mysteriously trapped in a strange labyrinth-like neighbourhood of identical houses and are forced to live out their lives in a predictable domestic routine, marooned and unable to escape from the home life they once desired. An intriguing enigma of a US indie thriller starring Imogen Poots and Jessie Eisenberg, its got the felel of a big budget episode of ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ crossed with a satire on consumerism and it looks a treat!
“Vivarium imagines the horror of being trapped inside your own home. What a concept!” The Independent
2019. Drama. US. 98 minutes.
Tues Dec 21st
Surprise Christmas Film (15)
One of our most popular nights of the year! Come along and watch a film without knowing what it is until the moment before the curtain rises. We can promise a Christmas theme, setting or link, and usually a film you won’t be familiar with. It could be a drama or a comedy, an oldie or a recent release. As usual there’ll be free mulled wine and nibbles, book ahead to avoid disappointment. (And we promise it won't be 'Die Hard' or 'Love Actually')