December films on sale now
There is a great selection of films coming up this December at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. With a scintillating selection of the best of new releases, such as powerful drama Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, and the latest Steven Spielberg thriller Bridge Of Spies, and some treasured Christmas classics including the ever popular It’s A Wonderful Life, there is something to suit all tastes over the coming weeks. Our Under The Radar series continues to present brilliant new independent films, including the critically acclaimed comedy Tangerine and a selection of fascinating documentaries. Highlights of the live broadcasts for the month are the Bolshoi Ballet’s The Lady of the Camellias and the Berlin Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Concert, bringing the year to a close with a flourish.
One of the highlights of the Under The Radar selection of independent films is the comic feature Tangerine, charting the Christmas Eve of two foul-mouthed transgender prostitutes in Los Angeles. Shot entirely on i-phones, this micro-budget movie was critically acclaimed at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, and is being shown in association with Q-Film. Documentary Sleaford Mods follows the Nottingham post-punk duo on their recent tour, which visited many neglected areas, and takes a look at how individuals and communities are campaigning against austerity. The screening is followed by a live Q&A in the Filmhouse with co-director Paul Sng. Conor Horgan’s documentary, The Queen Of Ireland, charts the progress of Irish drag queen and accidental activist Rory O’Neill, whose alter ego Panti Bliss has become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland. With exclusive access to Marlon Brando’s extraordinary unseen and unheard personal archive, Listen To Me Marlon, is the definitive Brando documentary.
The latest big releases coming to the Errol Flynn Filmhouse include the moving drama Carol, Todd Haynes’ adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel set in 1950s New York, following a married woman, played by Cate Blanchett, who risks everything when she embarks on a romance with a young department store clerk. Tom Hanks stars in Steven Spielberg’s drama Bridge Of Spies, playing a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the centre of the Cold War when he is recruited by the CIA and sent to rescue a pilot. The Lady in the Van, based on Alan Bennett’s hit West End play, features Alex Jennings as the writer himself and sees Maggie Smith reprising her stage role as the transient woman, Miss Shepherd, living in her battered Bedford van, which she parked on Bennett’s driveway for 15 years. Terence Davies’ adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbons’ 1932 novel Sunset Song is a coming-of-age story about the daughter of a Scottish farmer, whose life is torn apart by tragedy on the eve of the First World War. For family audiences, The Good Dinosaur is Disney/Pixar’s latest animated adventure, taking place in a alternative timeline where dinosaurs never became extinct, following a young Apatosaurus who makes an unlikely human friend. With the cinema’s special Christmas holiday Family Ticket Offer, one adult and one child can enjoy screenings of The Good Dinosaur for just £11.
There will also be further chances to see the most popular films of the last few months, including additional screenings of Spectre, starring Daniel Craig as 007 in the spectacular 24th film in the James Bond franchise. The powerful drama Suffragette returns, telling the untold story of the foot soldiers of the suffrage movement, featuring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. Based on real events, adventure thriller Everest follows two climbing expeditions as they attempt to reach the summit, with a star-studded cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin and Emily Watson.
Tickets are also on sale now for screenings in January of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set three decades after Return of the Jedi, and reuniting original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.
Classics for December include the 1965 movie, Doctor Zhivago, based on the Boris Pasternak novel and directed by David Lean. This epic romance, set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, stars Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. Christmas would not be the same without Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart in one of his finest, most affecting performances, as the business man who is shown by an angel what life would be like if he never existed. The 1944 musical Meet Me in St Louis follows four sisters in 1903 who are shocked to find their family must move to New York, leaving their home and friends, and missing their beloved annual fair. The film features Judy Garland’s iconic rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Continuing the programme of event cinema, Discover Arts: Florence and the Uffizi Gallery provides a guided tour of the treasures of the famous gallery and the city that was the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, including a look at the most beautiful works by Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. Live screenings include, from Moscow, the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of John Neumeier’s tragic masterpiece, The Lady Of The Camellias, inspired by Alexander Dumas’ novel and accompanied by Chopin’s exquisite score. The NT Live screening of Sally Cookson’s celebrated production of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is already sold out, but further screenings may be scheduled in the near future. December brings further chances to see the hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage in New York starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, and the Branagh Theatre production of Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy The Winter’s Tale, starring Judi Dench. As a special treat to see out the year, the Berlin Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Gala Concert will be broadcast live from Germany, featuring violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, in an evening of music from French operas and ballets.