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As the summer heats up, we have a great selection of films lined up. Our Under the Radar series continues to present brilliant new independent films, including stylish horror movie The Neon Demon and screwball comedy Maggie’s Plan, along with the pick of world cinema such as the Greek comic drama Chevalier. The August programme also features the best of the big new releases, including Ricky Gervais’ mockumentary David Brent: Life on the Road and the reinvented Ghostbusters. Family films for the school holidays include the big screen version of Roald Dahl’s well-loved story The BFG and the latest instalment of the Ice Age saga. The classics programme includes a season of adaptations of Patricia Highsmith novels, while a highlight of August’s event cinema is World Cup ’66, a celebration of the momentous match, 50 years on.
One of the highlights of the cinema’s selection of top independent movies is Nicholas Winding Refn’s new psychological thriller, The Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning as an aspiring model in Los Angeles, whose youth and beauty put her in danger from her jealous peers. With a cast including Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore, off-beat rom-com Maggie’s Plan sees Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) play a single woman whose plan to have a baby by surrogate goes awry when she falls in love. August’s Q-Film screening, Boys on Film: Time and Tied, is a compilation of six short British comedy and drama films about the experiences of gay men, drawing on the talents of Sir Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Julian Clary and Nigel Havers, among others.
A selection of top foreign language films from around the world includes the Greek comedy Chevalier about a group of men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht who devise a series of competitions to test who of them is the best. Biographical drama The Idol tells the story of the young wedding singer from a refugee camp in Gaza who went on to win Arab Idol in 2013. Jean Dujardin, from The Artist, stars in French romantic comedy Up for Love, about a man who finds the mobile phone of a formidable lawyer. He calls to invite her on a date, but their first meeting is not quite what either of them expected. Men & Chicken is a darkly hilarious comedy from Denmark, about siblings who discover they are adopted and start to find out the disquieting truth about their origins when they travel to an island to meet their natural family. Thomas Vinterberg’s (Far from the Madding Crowd) new drama The Commune explores the clashes of personal desires versus solidarity and tolerance in a 1970s Danish commune. Italian drama The Wait stars Juliette Binoche as a mother who meets her son’s fiancée at a villa in Sicily. As they wait for him to arrive, the pair grow closer despite the secrets they hide from each other.
The latest big releases coming up at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse include the mockumentary David Brent: Life on the Road, starring Ricky Gervais as the former fictional reality star from The Office series, as he attempts to fulfil his ambition of becoming a rock star, embarking on a self-financed UK tour. The supernatural comedy Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a new cast of all-female paranormal investigators, played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. In comedy drama The Meddler, Susan Sarandon plays a widow who moves closer to her adult daughter, and eventually finds a new lease of life in helping others. The Carer stars Brian Cox as a reclusive Shakespearean actor who alienates everyone around him, until his daughter sets up him up with a young Hungarian carer with aspirations to become an actor, resulting in surprising changes. Matt Damon reprises his iconic role as the eponymous former CIA agent with a hazy past, in Jason Bourne. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman appear in heist thriller Now You See Me 2, about a team of magicians who are forced to perform a daring robbery for a tech genius. In Born to Be Blue, Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.
There will also be further chances to see some recent audience favourites, including Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, the big screen debut of the popular sitcom starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. There will also be a Parent and Baby screening of British comedy Adult Life Skills, about a twenty-something living in her mother’s shed.
There is plenty to choose from for family viewing this Summer. Steven Spielberg brings the Roald Dahl tale, The BFG, to the big screen, starring Mark Rylance as the lovable giant who befriends a young girl. Ice Age: Collision Course sees the return of the prehistoric gang, who find themselves in a race against time to save the Earth from an approaching meteor. In Pixar’s long-awaited sequel, Finding Dory, the forgetful fish (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) sets out to find her parents. Robert Redford stars in Pete’s Dragon, a re-imagining of Disney’s cherished family film about a boy whose best friend just happens to be a dragon. Bill Murray and Ben Kingsley star in this year’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book, combining live action and CGI. In another Dahl classic, The Fantastic Mr Fox, an all-star cast, including George Clooney, voice Wes Anderson’s 2009 stop-motion animation. Families can take advantage of a special Family Ticket Offer of one adult and one child ticket for just £12 for screenings of these family films.
August’s programme of classic movies features the ‘Adapting Miss Highsmith’ mini-season, presenting a selection of Patricia Highsmith adaptations from around the world. It starts with Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 suspense drama, Strangers On A Train, which sees a charming psychopath confront a tennis pro with a theory on how two strangers could get away with murder. Plein Soleil, René Clément’s 1960 French adaptation of thriller The Talented Mr Ripley, stars Alain Delan as the con artist Tom Ripley who befriends and impersonates the wealthy Philippe Greenleaf. Loosely based on Ripley’s Game, Wim Wender’s 1977 German feature The American Friend sees Tom Ripley, played by Dennis Hopper, coerce a terminally ill man into becoming an assassin.
Other classic screenings include another chance to see the late director Robert Hardy’s 1971 cult classic, The Wicker Man, starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee, in its ‘Final Cut’ restored version from 2013.
As part of the popular programme of live broadcasts and event cinema, there will be a live screening of the National Theatre’s production of Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, The Deep Blue Sea, starring Helen McCrory in one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Discover Arts presents St Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome, in which renowned art historians guide viewers through the evolution of the basilicas and their most famous works of art. Exactly 50 years after the greatest game in English football history, the once-in-a-lifetime event World Cup ’66 retells the story in real time, with match footage, appearances from football heroes and incredible music performances, broadcast live from The SSE Arena, Wembley.