December 17 – January 18 films now on sale
A great selection of films is now on sale for December and January 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 Martin McDonagh’s darkly comedic Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the charming Brigsby Bear and savagely dark comedy Ingrid Goes West, and films from around the world such Japanese adventure Blade Of The Immortal and French movie Happy End. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including the next chapter in the sci-fi saga Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the inspiring drama Wonder. Classics include some festive favourites, such as the ever-popular It’s A Wonderful Life and event cinema includes the Berliner Philharmoniker Live: New Year’s Eve Concert. A fascinating selection of documentaries includes artist Ai Weiwei’s exploration of the global migration crisis Human Flow.
Our selection of top independent movies includes the dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri from the Academy Award-winning Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit being found in her daughter’s murder case, a mother makes a bold move, commissioning signs leading into her town, with a controversial message directed at the town’s revered chief of police (Woody Harrelson). The endearing comedy Brigsby Bear stars Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear and Clare Danes. Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show made for an audience of one, James. When the show abruptly ends, James’ life changes forever and he sets out to finish the story himself. In the savagely dark comedy Ingrid Goes West, a young woman escapes her humdrum existence by moving out West to stalk her Instagram obsession, a Los Angeles socialite (Elizabeth Olsen), forging an unlikely friendship with hilariously malicious results. The hypnotic crime thriller Good Time explores the tragic sway of family and fate when, after a botched bank robbery, ‘Connie’ Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York’s underworld in an attempt to free his younger brother from prison. James Franco directs and stars as the legendary filmmaker Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, a biographical comedy drama based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling book about the making of Tommy’s cult “disasterpiece” The Room. Kaleidoscope stars Toby Jones as a man whose life is disrupted by the reappearance of his estranged mother (Anne Reid). As he tries to withstand the insidious influences of his past, he finds himself drawn in to the dark imaginings of his own psychological vortex. War thriller The Man With The Iron Heart is set in 1942 with the Third Reich at its peak and follows two young men sent to Prague by the Czech resistance to assassinate the most ruthless Nazi leader, Reinhard Heydrich.
The latest big releases coming up include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which sees Rey (Daisy Ridley) continue the epic journey she started in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. George Clooney directs Suburbicon. Set in a seemingly idyllic suburban community in 1959, the film stars Matt Damon as a husband and father who finds he must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit and violence, which lies below its tranquil surface. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Great Showman tells the story of the visionary who rose from nothing to create a worldwide sensation. With a cast including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson, this musical drama features songs by La La Land’s Oscar-winning Benji Pasek and Justin Paul. Based on the New York Times bestseller and starring Julia Roberts, Wonder tells the inspiring and heart-warming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that prevented him from going to mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. Stronger tells the inspiring true story of Jeff Baumann (Jake Gyllenhaal), an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become the symbol of hope following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
There will also be further chances to see Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded remake of Agatha Christie’s stylish and suspenseful mystery, Murder On The Orient Express, and for school holidays there will be more screenings of Paddington 2, the hugely anticipated sequel to the 2015 smash hit.
Great foreign language films from around world include the action-packed Japanese drama Blade Of The Immortal. After being cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men, a samurai is enlisted as a bodyguard for a young girl whose family has been slaughtered, and together the unlikely duo embark on a remarkable quest to find those who did them wrong. French drama Happy End, directed by Michael Haneke (Amour), follows a well-off French family living in a bourgeois bubble, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in the migrant camps around the port of Calais, a few miles from their home. Félicité tells the story of a proud, free-willed woman working as a singer in a bar in Kinchasa, whose life is thrown into turmoil after her 14-year-old son is involved in a serious accident. Shown in association with Q-Film, Icelandic movie Heartstone follows two teenage boys in a remote fishing village through a turbulent summer when one of them discovers new feelings towards his best friend.
A great selection of documentaries for the coming months includes The Prince of Nothingwood, which follows Afghanistan’s most prolific actor/director, Saleem Shaheen, as he comes to an area near Kabul to show some of his 110 films, shooting the 111th in the process. Artist and activist Ai Weiwei artfully captures the shocking breadth of the global migration crisis in his epic documentary Human Flow, which portrays the plight of today’s 65 million forcibly displaced individuals. For his documentary Jane, director Brett Morgen (Montage of Heck) draws from unseen footage from the National Geographic archives to create an intimate portrait of Jane Goodall, whose chimpanzee research revolutionised our understanding of the natural world. The film is set to a rich orchestral score by the legendary Philip Glass. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, Mountain is a unique collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, juxtaposing image and music to explore the spellbinding force that mountains hold over so many people. Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars is an unflinching and deeply personal documentary tracing the musician’s five-decade career. The screening includes a live satellite Q&A with the director and Clapton himself.
There is also a variety of Christmas classics to choose from. No festive season would be complete at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse without screenings of the well-loved Frank Capra 1946 classic It’s A Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart as a businessman contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve, when a bumbling angel is sent to help him. The 1944 musical Meet Me In St Louis, which includes Judy Garland’s iconic rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, will be shown at a Dementia-Friendly screening. From 2015, is the powerful drama Carol, about a married woman who risks everything when she embarks on a romance with a younger department store worker, set against the glamorous background of 1950s New York. Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, it is an achingly beautiful depiction of love against all odds, shown in association with Q-Film.
Also with a Christmas theme, the cinema presents Mayorflix, a series of movies chosen by the Mayor of Northampton in support of Alfie Bear’s Journey Fund, a local charity that works to raise awareness of DIPG/Paediatric Brain Tumours and raise vital funds for research. Tickets are £12, including a donation to the charity, for screenings of the festive favourites Trading Places, Die Hard, The Muppet Christmas Carol and Home Alone. Ticket holders will enjoy a complimentary mince pie and a glass of mulled wine or soft drink.
Other classics coming up include the 1972 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Cabaret, set in decadent 1930s Berlin during Hitler’s rise to power and featuring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles, a singer at the sleazy Kit Kat Klub. The 1999 film East is East, set in the early 1970s, follows a Pakistani father and his struggle to teach his children traditional values as they become increasingly anglicised, and is screened in association with Northampton Borough Council and partners as part of their ’16 Days of Activism’ to raise awareness of gender-based violence.
In addition to the dementia-friendly classic screening of Meet Me in St Louis, there will also be an early evening screening of the 1986 comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, open to all but with an especially warm welcome for those living with early onset dementia and their families.
The Errol Flynn Filmhouse is also screening three classic movies from the celebrated film-making duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, starting off with the romance A Matter Of Life And Death which returns to the big screen in a digital restoration. This 1946 fable follows a British wartime aviator who cheats death and must argue for his life before a celestial court. Powell and Pressburger’s much-lauded 1943 film The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp satirises British traditionalism, stirring up impassioned hostilities in Britain when first released. The Tales Of Hoffman, from 1951, sees a melancholy poet recounting three stories of impossible romances, moving from the fashionable boutiques of Paris to bacchanalian orgies in a nightmarish Venice.
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. 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.
Forthcoming highlights from NT Live include a live broadcast from The Bridge Theatre (and a repeat screening) of Young Marx, the new play from the creative team behind One Man, Two Guv’nors. There are also encore screenings of the Sondheim musical Follies, from the National Theatre. Getting into the festive spirit, there will be live and encore screenings of the ballet The Nutcracker from the Royal Opera House, along with a live broadcast of the opera Rigoletto. Celebrating the end of 2017, there will be a chance to enjoy the Berliner Philharmoniker’s glittering New Year’s Eve Gala Concert.