April – May 2018 season on sale
A great selection of films is now on sale for April and May at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, and with the increased flexibility of having a second screen, extra film screenings will be added to this schedule to meet demand. Brilliant new independent films include Mike Newell’s historical drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Todd Haynes’ latest feature Wonderstruck and the comedy drama Funny Cow starring Maxine Peake, along with top foreign language films such as the Oscar-nominated The Square. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including stop-motion comedy Isle of Dogs and biblical biopic Mary Magdalene. There is a season of the best of new and recent thrillers including psychological thriller Unsane and the award-winning The Nile Hilton Incident. The classics selection is supplemented by a season of iconic sci-fi films including Metropolis and Alien: Director’s Cut. Documentaries include a very personal insight into the Syrian conflict in Through Our Eyes, and the programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera.
Highlights of the cinema’s selection of top independent movies include The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society from director of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mike Newell. Downton Abbey’s Lily James plays a free-spirited journalist who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric society when she decides to write about the book club formed during the occupation of Guernsey in World War II. Todd Haynes’ latest feature, Wonderstruck, is based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel, and follows Ben and Rose, children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Funny Cow charts the tragi-comic rise to stardom of a female comedian, played by Maxine Peake, through the ‘70s and ‘80s, set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs and the comedy circuit of the North of England. Paddy Considine writes, directs and stars in the moving drama, Journeyman, about a middleweight boxing champion who collapses at home after winning a punishing title defence, and finds the journey towards regaining his speech, movement and memory will be the toughest fight he will ever face. In Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, Liam Neeson stars as the notorious whistle-blower at the centre of one of the greatest scandals of all time, Watergate. This unbelievable true story chronicles how Felt, known under the pseudonym ‘Deep Throat’, risked and ultimately sacrificed everything – his family, career and freedom – in the name of justice. Shown in association with Q-Film, Love, Simon stars Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) as a seventeen year old who is yet to tell his family or friends that he is gay, and doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate he has fallen for online.
The latest big releases coming up at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse include the stop-motion comedy Isle of Dogs, from Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson, telling the tale of a 12 year old boy who sets off on an adventure to find his beloved pet, after all dogs are exiled to a vast garbage dump called Trash Island. An all-star cast includes Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig and Scarlett Johansson. Rooney Mara stars in biblical biopic Mary Magdalene, telling the story of one the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history, with a cast including Joaquin Phoenix as the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth. A super-hero story based on the Marvel comic character of the same name, Black Panther tells the tale of T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, who rises to the throne of the isolated, technically advanced nation, to find his claim challenged by a formidable old enemy, putting the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland star in comic drama The Leisure Seeker as an aging couple on an unforgettable journey in their faithful old RV. Walk Like a Panther is a big-hearted British comedy revolving around a group of 1980s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure. There are further chances to see the special sing-a-long version of the musical drama about P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman, including a Dementia-Friendly screening on Tuesday 10 April at 6.15pm especially welcoming those with early on-set dementia and their families and carers.
New releases for families to enjoy over Easter include Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter’s mischievous and adventurous hero, who now takes a starring role in an irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude, with. James Corden voicing Peter. There will also be chances to see the new prehistoric animated adventure, Early Man, from award-winning director Nick Park and shot in the distinctive Aardman style, featuring the voices of Timothy Spall, Rob Brydon, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston. Families can take advantage of a special Easter Holiday Family Ticket Offer of one adult and one child ticket for just £12 for screenings of these two films.
Great new films from around the world include The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure), a knife-sharp satire on art, culture and communication in the digital age, starring Claes Bang (The Bridge), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Dominic West (The Wire). The film has scooped the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Best Foreign Film title at both the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Winning six César Awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay, the acclaimed French drama 120 Beats Per Minute is set in the early ‘90s, after nearly a decade of AIDS claiming countless lives, and follows Parisian activist group ACT UP, as they take their actions to another level. My Golden Days follows Paul, played by Mathieu Amalric, as he prepares to leave Tajikistan, looking back on his adolescent years through a series of flashbacks. From the Academy Award-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli’s masterpiece Spirited Away – comes a dazzling new Japanese animated adventure, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, based on Mary Stewart’s classic children’s book The Little Broomstick. From India, Pad Man is a fictionalised account of the man who started out as a humble welder and went on to revolutionise the manufacture of the low cost sanitary towel for the women of rural India. Screened to celebrate the life of the late Bollywood actress Sridevi, the 2012 comedy drama English Vinglish tells the story of Shashi, a woman who does not know English, but signs up to an accelerated course, determined to master the language.
There will also be a chance to catch some of the most electrifying and nail-biting thrillers currently on offer in the Filmhouse’s Thriller Season. Set against the backdrop of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, The Nile Hilton Incident is an award-winning drama from director Tarik Saleh, telling the story of a police commander who is handed the case of a murdered singer, only to realise that there are important people who do not want the case solved. Iranian thriller Gholam follows an enigmatic cab driver in London who works only at night. A man with no past, no future and no convictions, Gholam finds himself involved in the conflict a stranger which he must see through to the end. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, psychological horror-thriller Unsane stars Clare Foy (The Crown) as a young woman who is committed to an institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear. Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman co-direct an adaptation of their stage play Ghost Stories, following the arch-sceptic Professor Phillip Goodman (played by Nyman) whose rationality is tested to the hilt as he embarks on a horror-filled quest after stumbling across a long-lost file with details of three inexplicable ‘hauntings’. The film also stars Martin Freeman. American spy thriller Red Sparrow stars Jennifer Lawrence as ballerina Dominika who, after suffering a career-ending injury, finds herself the newest recruit for a secret intelligence service, where she endures a perverse and sadistic training process.
A great selection of documentaries includes Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, a fascinating insight into a Hollywood star, known as the world’s most beautiful woman, but also less known as an ingenious and pioneering inventor. In Through Our Eyes, BAFTA-winning director Samir Mehanovic, a Muslim refugee of the Bosnian Wars, gives a fresh and personal insight into the human catastrophe of the Syrian conflict, following the lives of refugee families over three years. Mehanovic will be at the Filmhouse for a Q&A after the screening. Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is a poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, Dame Vivienne Westwood. Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco in an intimate portrait of the most influential illustrator of the 1970s, following his rise to fame at a time when fashion designers and their entourages were comparable with rock stars. Skid Row Marathon looks at a running club started by a criminal court judge on LA’s notorious skid row and follows a motley group of four addicts and criminals as they rise from the mean streets to run in competitions around the world.
The classic season includes a screening of the Coen Brothers’ cult-classic crime-comedy The Big Lebowski, marking its 20th anniversary and starring Jeff Bridges as ‘The Dude’, who suffers a case of mistaken identity. Shown in association with Q-Film, Donna Dietch’s swooning and sensual Desert Hearts was ground-breaking on its release in 1985, as a love story about two women, made independently on a shoe-string, by a woman. The University of Northampton’s Cult Film Club choice for this season is South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s (The Handmaiden) violent 2004 drama Oldboy, telling the story of a man kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years who, on his release, must find his captor within five days. The 1948 musical romance Easter Parade stars Fred Astaire as Broadway idol Don, who braggingly bets he can make the next dancer he meets into a star by next Easter, only to encounter inexperienced chorus girl Hannah, played by Judy Garland. There will also be a Dementia-Friendly screening of Walter Lang’s Oscar-nominated musical comedy, There’s No Business Like Show Business, in which ambitious showgirl Vicky (Marilyn Monroe) catches the eye of a young man in veteran vaudeville family act, putting his loyalties to the test.
The cinema also presents a mini-season of some of the greatest science fiction films ever made, starting with Fritz Lang’s influential German sci-fi feature Metropolis from 1927, presenting a highly stylised futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. From 1972, Silent Running tells the tale of a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, with the last of it kept alive in a greenhouse aboard a spaceship. Ridley Scott’s (Blade Runner, Gladiator) 1979 classic Alien is shown its Director’s Cut version. The 1999 sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves as a 22nd century computer hacker, proved to be a major advancement in cinematic visual effects and won four Academy Awards.
The Errol Flynn Filmhouse’s programme of event cinema allows audiences to see the best of theatre, opera, dance and music performances from around the world on the big screen in Northampton. Forthcoming highlights include live and encore screening from Stratford-upon-Avon of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Macbeth, with Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack. From NT Live, there is a live screening of the National Theatre’s Macbeth, starring Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff. There will also be a further chance to see Nicholas Hytner’s production of Julius Caesar, starring Ben Whishaw and David Morrissey, at the Bridge Theatre, London. The Met Opera Live programme includes Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the rarely performed Verdi gem Luisa Miller and Massenet’s sumptuous version of the Cinderella story, Cendrillon. The Royal Opera House presents Verdi’s Macbeth and Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet Manon, revived to mark the 25th anniversary of the choreographer’s death. Other event cinema includes Distant Sky: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen, a live concert recorded in October 2017.