August – September season on sale
With our second screen now open, a great selection of films is on sale for August and September. With the increased flexibility of having another screen, extra film screenings will be added to this schedule to meet demand. Brilliant new independent films include the moving drama Maudie starring Sally Hawkins as folk artist Maud Lewis, Victorian crime thriller The Limehouse Golem and romantic comedy The Big Sick, plus the cream of films from around the world such as the warm-hearted Indian film Hotel Salvation and French comedy Souvenir. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including Kathryn Bigelow’s gripping story of civil unrest, Detroit, and Steven Soderbergh’s heist movie Logan Lucky, and a great selection of new family films for the school holidays such as The Emoji Movie. The classic programme features a mini-season of iconic Merchant Ivory films, while documentaries include Al Gore’s follow up film An Inconvenient Sequel. Special events include John Le Carré; An Evening with George Smiley, plus more live theatre and opera screenings.
One of the highlights of our selection of top independent movies is the charming drama Maudie, inspired by the life of Maud Lewis (played by Sally Hawkins) who became one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. The story follows Maud’s unlikely romance with reclusive bachelor Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) after she moves to Nova Scotia in 1937. Based on his real-life experience, romantic comedy The Big Sick stars Kumail Nanjiani as an aspiring comedian whose blossoming romance with grad student Emily is complicated by the expectations of his traditional Muslim parents and Emily’s medical crisis. Victorian crime thriller The Limehouse Golem stars Bill Nighy as a Scotland Yard detective racing to solve a series of Ripper-esque murders in the East End, whilst trying to save a young music hall performer from the gallows. The mind-bending British psychological thriller The Ghoul is produced by Ben Wheatley (Free Fire) and stars Tom Meeten and Alice Lowe. It follows a detective who goes undercover as a psychotherapy patient to investigate a strange double murder, only to find the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur. The screening on Friday 25 August will be followed by a live Q&A in the Filmhouse with actor Tom Meeten and director Gareth Tunley. Joel Edgerton stars in psychological horror It Comes At Night, set in the aftermath of a disaster, where a family secured within a desolate home are put to the test when a desperate young family arrive seeking refuge. Casey Affleck stars in A Ghost Story, an exploration of legacy and loss, which sees him, recently deceased, return as a white-sheeted ghost to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find he has to watch passively as the life he knew slowly slips away. Final Portrait tells the story of how in 1964 the American writer and art-lover James Lord is asked to sit for a portrait by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush). August’s Q-Film screening Lovesong follows a neglected wife Sarah as she embarks on a road trip with her daughter and with her best friend Mindy. After circumstances force them apart, years later Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding. Jamie Bell and Mark Strong star in 6 Days, the true story of the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege in London and the tense standoff that ensued as a group of highly trained SAS soldiers prepared for a rescue raid. Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman star in Terrence Malick’s new film Song To Song, inspired by the Austin, Texas, rock and roll scene, following four interconnected lovers as they clash in their musical careers and intimate lives.
Other great independent films from around world include French comedy drama Souvenir, starring Isabelle Huppert as a former rising star and Eurovision singer, whose life is turned upside down when she meets a young boxer who convinces her to stage a comeback. French historical drama The Death Of Louis XIV, adapted from the memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon, tells of the final days of the dying king. The thriller Scribe stars François Cluzet as a man who gets employed to transcribe taped phone conversations, only to be propelled into the heart of a political plot and the French secret services underworld. Biographical adventure The Odyssey stars Lambert Wilson as ocean explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau and Audrey Tautou as his wife Simone, as Jacques prepares to cross the world’s oceans with his invention the aqualung, his vessel the Calypso and a crew of free-spirited adventurers.
Other foreign language movies include the Hindi film Hotel Salvation, which follows a son who accompanies his father to the holy city of Varanasi following a prophetic dream about his death, only to see him find a new lease of life at Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation). Shown in association with Q-Film, Tom Of Finland brings to the screen the life of one of the most influential figures of twentieth century gay culture, Touko Laaksonen, whose liberating homo-erotic artwork fanned the flames of a gay revolution. The genre-bending Japanese animation Napping Princess is set in the not too distant future, where student Kokone experiences strange dreams with warring machines that hint at dormant family secrets.
The latest big releases coming up include Detroit, the new feature film from Kathryn Bigelow. Starring John Boyega, the film tells the gripping tale of one of the darkest moments of the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ’67. Heist movie with a twist, Logan Lucky stars Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Adam Driver, and sees brothers set out to execute a multi-million dollar robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race. Charlize Theron stars in breakneck action-thriller Atomic Blonde, as MI6’s most lethal assassin, sent into Berlin to retrieve a priceless dossier. Scottish biopic Tommy’s Honour follows the moving true story of the relationship between the founding father of golf, Old Tommy Morris (played by Peter Mullan), and his son, champion golfer Young Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden). Andy Serkis stars in War For The Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the blockbuster franchise. Gal Gadot plays the title role in the fantasy adventure Wonder Woman, about an Amazonian princess who finds herself drawn into World War I when an American pilot (Chris Pine) crash lands on her island. There are also more chances to see Christopher Nolan’s thriller Dunkirk, telling the true story of the evacuation of the Allied troops from the Normandy beaches.
Brilliant new family films for the school holidays include animated comedy The Emoji Movie, taking place in Textopolis, a world of emojis inside a smartphone, voiced by James Corden, Patrick Stewart and Jennifer Coolidge. Based on the worldwide sensation and best-selling book series, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is an animated adventure in which two young pranksters cause their mean head teacher to turn into a superhero. Animated sequel Cars 3 sees the legendary Lightning McQueen enlist the help of an eager young race technician as he finds himself pushed out of the sport he loves by a new generation of racers. Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor sees everyone’s favourite tank engine set off on a big adventure to the mainland. In the school holidays, families can take advantage of a special Summer Family Ticket Offer of one adult and one child ticket for just £12 for screenings of these family films.
As former vice president Al Gore continues his tireless fight to influence international policy, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is a riveting follow-up coming a decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture. The screening on 11 August includes a live satellite Q&A with Al Gore. Other documentaries include Williams, a thrilling account of how one man built a racing empire, featuring heart-pounding footage and interviews with much-loved Formula One stars. The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, the result of a five year project by Tilda Swinton and Colin MacCabe, weaves four short films together in a portrait of the revered writer and broadcaster John Berger. The captivating documentary City of Ghosts follows the journey of ‘Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently’, a handful of Syrian activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS. Step tells the true-life story of a girls’ high school step dance team, empowered to chase their ultimate dreams: to win a dance championship and be accepted into college.
Our mini-season, Merchant Ivory Classics, showcases work from the heyday of the renowned film company whose iconic period films in the ‘80s and early ‘90s received universal critical acclaim. The 1985 adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic novel A Room With A View stars Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith, who find themselves in Florence with rooms without views. The star-studded cast also includes Denholm Elliot, Judi Dench and Daniel Day-Lewis. Enjoying a 25th anniversary digital restoration, the landmark E.M. Forster adaptation, Howards End follows the interwoven fates of three families in Edwardian England, starring Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Helena Bonham Carter. Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson also head the cast in the 1993 adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Remains Of The Day, playing the rule-bound head butler and housekeeper of a stately home shortly before the Second World War.
Other classics include the 1971 dark romantic comedy Harold And Maude. Bringing the cinema’s American counter-culture season to an end, the film follows an unlikely friendship between an attention seeking 20 year old obsessed with death and a like-minded 79-year old woman. The multi-award-winning feature In The Heat Of The Night, celebrating 50 years since its original release in 1967, stars Sidney Poitier as Detective Virgil Tibbs, who battles prejudice as he investigates a murder in small town Mississippi. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 1991 sci-fi thriller Terminator 2: Judgement Day has been digitally restored and can now be seen in stunning 3D. Marking 40 years since Elvis Presley’s death, there will be a screening of his 1957 musical drama Jailhouse Rock. The well-loved 1953 musical movie Calamity Jane stars Doris Day as the hard-riding and boastful heroine, and the Dementia Friendly screening for August is the 1951 Gershwin musical An American in Paris, starring Gene Kelly as an ex-GI in post-war France.
Our 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. Live broadcasts are very popular and are usually programmed further in advance than normal film releases. Cinema-goers can find the most up-to-date details of future live and encore screenings on the website, and advance booking is recommended.
The final production in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season, Titus Andronicus, will be screened live from Stratford-upon-Avon. NT Live continues to bring a wide range of screenings, including both a live and an encore screening of Yerma at the Young Vic theatre, starring Billie Piper, and further chances to see Angels in America: Part 1 and 2 on the National Theatre stage.
Over the summer months the Metropolitan Opera brings back highlights of their past few years with their Summer Encore season, including Les Pecheurs de Perles, Macbeth, Nabucco and Carmen. Looking further ahead, tickets are now on sale for the Met Live 2017/18 season and for more spectacular ballet and opera productions from the Royal Opera House.
Other special events include John Le Carré; An Evening With George Smiley, a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers, who will be sharing the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character, and introducing his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, in a rare public appearance. Black Sabbath: The End of the End sees the iconic heavy metal band document their final tour.