July season now on sale
For July, we continue to present the best new releases, including the Beach Boys biopic, Love & Mercy, the film adaptation of the National Theatre’s London Road and Western thriller Slow West. The cinema’s Under The Radar series continues to present brilliant new independent films from around the world, including lavish new Indian film Baahubali, and a fascinating selection of documentaries includes Amy, about six-time Grammy Award-winner Amy Winehouse. Classics include 1939 aviation adventure Only Angels Have Wings, along with a special mini-season celebrating Orson Welles’ centenary. Special events range from live broadcasts from the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, along with the chance to enjoy the Wimbledon Finals and British Grand Prix on the big screen.
Among the pick of the latest big releases is Love & Mercy, a moving biopic of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, set against the era-defining catalogue of his music, starring both Paul Dano and John Cusack as the troubled icon, at different periods of his life. There are further chances to see the film adaptation of the National Theatre’s ground-breaking musical production London Road, starring Olivia Colman, Tom Hardy and Anita Dobson, as the residents of an Ipswich street made notorious by a serial killer. Western thriller Slow West follows a naive Scottish teen (Kodi Smit-Mcphee) on a journey across 19th century frontier America in search of the girl he loves, accompanied by a mysterious gunslinger, played by Michael Fassbender. George Miller’s post-apocalyptic thriller Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy as the Road Warrior who finds himself caught up in an epic chase, after a group of rebels led by Charlize Theron flee from a tyrannical warlord. In action comedy Spy, Melissa McCarthy stars as female CIA analyst who volunteers for an undercover mission to stop nuclear weapons being sold to terrorists. The cast also includes Jason Statham, Jude Law and Miranda Hart. Danny Collins sees Al Pacino play a hard-living, ageing rockstar who embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover himself after uncovering a 40-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon. Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine star in romantic comedy Elsa & Fred, a charming love story about a lonely widower whose life is turned upside down when he moves into a new apartment block and meets the feisty Elsa. In Pitch Perfect 2, the follow up to the global hit about a bunch of misfits in an all-girl a cappella group, a humiliating performance leaves the Barden Bellas trying to redeem their legacy. Just in time for the school holidays, the delightful hand-drawn animation Moomins on the Riviera, featuring the voice of Russell Tovey as Moomin, sees Tove Jansson’s beloved characters head on holiday, where they find the glamorous location at odds with the simple lifestyle they are used to. With the cinema’s special Summer Holiday Family Ticket Offer one adult and one child can enjoy Moomins on the Riviera for just £11.
One of the highlights of the Under The Radar selection of independent films is Baahubali, reputed to be the most expensive productions in Indian cinema and stealing all the attention of Bollywood. The historical epic drama charts a dispute between two brothers who are powerful kings. This is the first time the Errol Flynn Filmhouse has programmed such a film, and a great opportunity to see this major new release. The German thriller West, set in 1978, follows a young single mother who escapes from behind the Berlin Wall into West Germany, only to find her traumatic past catching up with her. Shown in association with Q-Film, relationship drama Futuro Beach follows a Brazilian lifeguard who bonds with a German thrill-seeker after saving him from drowning in an incident that saw his companion lose his life. Billed as ‘the first Iranian vampire Western ever made’, the stylish feature A Girl Walks Home Alone sees the lowlife inhabitants of a rundown city being stalked by a lonely vampire. French romantic comedy, Les Combattants (otherwise known as Love at First Fight) took the top prize at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2014, and tells the tale of a teenager who falls for a surly girl who is training for the apocalypse that she believes is inevitable. Idiosyncratic black comedy, Listen Up Philip, sees Jason Schwartzman play a young writer who leaves his long-suffering girlfriend to spend time at the summer home of his idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce).
An eclectic selection of documentaries starts with We Are Many, the remarkable and thought-provoking story behind the first ever global demonstration, when up to 30 million people protested against the Iraq war in February 2003, with contributors including Ken Loach, Noam Chomsky, Brian Eno and Susan Sarandon. Station to Station is a revolutionary feature comprising 62 one-minute films, showcasing an exciting mix of artists, musicians and writers, including Doug Aitken, Beck and Patti Smith, shot over 24 days on a train travelling across America. One of the most talked about films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the powerful documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief highlights the origins of the Church of Scientology, from its roots to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond.
There are also further opportunities to see music documentaries, Cobain: Montage of Heck, including previously unheard music and archive footage of Kurt Cobain, and Asif Kapadia’s film Amy, telling the incredible story Amy Winehouse, who became one of the biggest music icons in British history, despite just two albums to her name.
The cinema’s celebration of the centenary of Orson Welles’ birth starts with Chuck Workman’s illuminating documentary, Magician: The Astonishing Life and Works of Orson Welles, featuring contributions from Simon Callow, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Welles himself. There is also the chance to see two of Welles’ classic works, the 1939 noir thriller The Third Man, with a screenplay by Graham Greene, and Chimes at Midnight, critically regarded as one of the greatest cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare, in which Welles plays Falstaff in a story drawing from five of the Bard’s plays.
Another classic film for July is Only Angels Have Wings, a high-flying aviation adventure, featuring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Rita Hayworth, reissued in the UK for the first time since its original release in 1939.
Live screenings include the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Merchant of Venice, featuring Makram J Khoury, one of the most celebrated actors in Israel, in his RSC debut as Shylock. NT Live screenings include a dynamic new production of Everyman, one of English drama’s oldest plays, in a new adaptation by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, directed by the National Theatre’s new Artistic Director Rufus Norris and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave). There is also a repeat screening of George Bernard Shaw’s provocative classic Man and Superman, starring Ralph Fiennes. Recorded live in Soldier Field Chicago 20 years after the last Grateful Dead concert, Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of The Grateful Dead brings together original band members Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, performing together for the last time. There will also be a second chance to see Exhibition on Screen: The Impressionists, a unique film about the major new exhibition of masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Pissarro and others.
Sports lovers can enjoy some of the key events of the summer in the comfort of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, starting with the British Grand Prix. The entry fee includes drinks and snacks. The Wimbledon Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Finals will also be screened, accompanied by a glass of fizz, salmon and cucumber sandwiches and, of course, strawberries and cream.