February season on sale now
With the awards season upon us, we’re preparing for a cavalcade of the very best contemporary cinema in our February programme, including Oscar front-runners American Hustle, Gravity (back for its third run), 12 Years A Slave and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Winner of last year’s Grand Prix at Cannes, The Coen Brothers’ Greenwich Village folk odyssey Inside Llewyn Davis was a shock omission from the Academy’s Best Picture nominations. Though accompanied by a predictable buzz, arch-provocateur Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac has drawn praise from critics as thought-provoking and soulful – come to our special preview event and make up your own mind.
We celebrate LGBT Month and mark the 20th anniversary of the passing of the great British artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman with a screening of his cinematic masterpiece, Caravaggio, the first in our monthly Q:Film LGBT events. Also back on the big screen, Audrey Hepburn at her skittish best in a Valentine’s Day screening of Breakfast At Tiffany’s; pioneering mock-rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, the latest instalment of our Cult Film Club in collaboration with the University Of Northampton; and one of the greatest musicals ever made, Singin’ In The Rain.
A coruscating black comedy adapted from Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County has earned Meryl Streep a Best Actress Oscar nomination as the drug-addled matriarch of a dysfunctional family, with Julia Roberts (in the running for Best Supporting Actress), Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson as her warring daughters. All Is Lost sees the return of more Hollywood royalty, its sole cast member Robert Redford delivering “a tour de force performance” (The Guardian) as a lone sailor lost at sea.
Our popular live screenings continue with a performance by the Bolshoi Ballet of Lost Illusions, a stylised adaptation of Balzac’s novel of thwarted love, ambition and disillusionment, set against a backdrop of 19th century Paris. There will also be a chance to see the English National Opera’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, perhaps the most significant British opera of the last two centuries. The live screening of the National Theatre’s War Horse is already sold out, with a few seats left at the last of our Encore recorded screenings, and there will also be a second chance to see the Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s searing tragedy Coriolanus.
We’re eagerly anticipating the return of Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2, and family audiences will be enchanted by Disney animation, Frozen, with its sparkling 3D reworking of The Snow Queen story. Fascinating Formula One documentary 1: Life On The Limit charts the history of this most glamorous of sports, with narration by Michael Fassbender.
There will also be a second chance to see some of the most successful recent films, back by popular demand, including Saving Mr Banks, about the making of Disney movie Mary Poppins, heartfelt drama Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, and the acclaimed biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Looking ahead to March, Goldfrapp: Tales Of Us, marks the return of one of music’s most captivating and spectacular stars, a unique cinema event comprising a new music film followed by an exclusive live performance of classic songs and selections from the new album.