Films shown in tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

The movie world is mourning the loss of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The American film and theatre actor, producer and director won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical movie Capote, was nominated three times as Best Supporting Actor, and received three Tony nominations for his work in theatre.

As a tribute to the actor, we have programmed screenings of two of his more recent films to be shown here in March. The Master, from 2012, tells the story of World War II naval veteran Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) struggling to adjust to post-war society, until he meets Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), the charismatic leader of a religious movement known as The Cause, and begins to travel with him, spreading his teachings. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master can be seen at 8.30pm on Monday 3 March.

On Wednesday 26 March at 2.30pm, there will be a chance to see another 2012 film, A Late Quartet. As the world-renowned Fugue String Quartet approaches its 25th anniversary, its cellist (Christopher Walken) learns of the onset of a debilitating illness, forcing its members to re-evaluate their relationships. With their future hanging in the balance, suppressed emotions threaten to destroy years of friendship and collaboration. Hoffman plays second violinist Robert, in this homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.

We will be donating 50% of the ticket proceeds from these screenings to CAN, a local charity providing a range of drug, alcohol and homelessness services throughout Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Luton.

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