March – April 2018 season on sale
A great selection of films is now on sale for March 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. With the awards season underway the cinema offers the chance to catch up with some of the contenders for the big awards at this year’s ceremonies, including Guillermo del Toro’s much-anticipated new film The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird, and the transcendent tale of first love, Call Me By Your Name. The season also includes best foreign film award contenders, A Fantastic Woman and The Square. Other big new releases coming up include the heart-warming romantic comedy Finding Your Feet and the new Aardman Animation feature Early Man. Complementing a special sing-a-long screening of The Greatest Showman, the classics selection features some well-loved musicals. Documentaries include Michael Caine’s look at 1960s London, My Generation, and the programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, opera and music, including the Royal Opera House’s Bernstein Centenary.
Among the big new releases widely tipped for award success, Guillermo del Toro’s new film The Shape of Water has received 13 Academy Award and 12 BAFTA nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Sally Hawkins. This other-worldly fable follows an isolated, mute woman whose life changes when she discovers a secret experiment in the government laboratory she works. In the thriller Roman J Israel, Esq, Denzel Washington gives an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated performance as an idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenges the activism that has defined his career. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, the musical drama The Greatest Showman features a cast including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. With an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe win for Best Original Song, this colorful film is now being screened in a special sing-a-long version. Other big new films coming up include Clint Eastwood’s biographical thriller The 15:17 to Paris, telling the story of three American men who confronted a gunman during a high-speed railway journey through France. Featuring a star-studded British cast, the hilarious and heart-warming comedy Finding Your Feet follows Sandra (Imelda Staunton) who seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian sister Bif (Celia Imrie) after discovering her husband’s affair. The cast also includes Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley. Alongside Rob Brydon, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston, Timothy Spall also features in the new prehistoric animated adventure, Early Man, from award-winning director Nick Park and shot in the distinctive Aardman style.
Among the top independent releases Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird has made its mark with five Academy nominations including Best Picture and Best Director – which, if won, would make Gerwig the only second woman in history to have received that honour. Saoirse Ronan gives a Golden Globe-winning performance as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a rebellious young woman whose life gets complicated as she nears her 18th birthday. A big hit from earlier this year, there are further chances to see Luca Guadagnino’s tale of first love, Call Me By Your Name, which has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes, with its young star Timothée Chalamet also competing for Best Actor at all three ceremonies. Set in the sweltering summer of 1983 at the family’s idyllic Italian home, the film follows precocious teenager Elio who develops an infatuation with a charming American intern working with his father. The darkly comedic film I, Tonya is based on the true events surrounding American figure skater Tonya Harding (a BAFTA and Oscar-nominated Margot Robbie) whose legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Other new releases include the psychological thriller You Were Never Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix, who won the Best Actor award at Cannes for his role as a traumatised veteran who tracks down missing girls for a living. Award-winning Irish romantic comedy, Sanctuary, challenged the recently disbanded law in Ireland that forbade two people with an intellectual disability from having an intimate relationship, with its story of Larry and Sally who long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart. The new drama from British film-maker Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant) Dark River stars Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley and Sean Bean. The story sees Alice return home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years, following the death of her father, to claim the tenancy of the family farms she believes to be rightfully hers. The award-winning Australian drama Sweet Country follows an Aboriginal farmhand who must go on the run after killing a white man in self-defence.
The Filmhouse’s selection of the best new films from around the world includes two nominees for the Best Foreign Film title at both the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Sebastian Lelio (Gloria) returns with A Fantastic Woman, a ground-breaking, captivating and deeply humane story about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance. Rising star Daniela Vega gives a powerhouse performance as the young singer whose life is thrown into turmoil following the sudden death of her partner. Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure) directs The Square, a knife-sharp satire on art, culture and communication in the digital age, starring Claes Bang (The Bridge), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Dominic West (The Wire). The film has already scooped the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Michael Caine narrates and stars in My Generation, a vivid and inspiring story of his personal journey through 1960s London, based on personal accounts and archive footage. This feature-length documentary sees him talking to The Beatles, Twiggy, David Hockney and other stars. The screening will include a Q&A with Michael, live by satellite from BFI Southbank. Shown in association with Q-Film, the searing documentary The Ice King tells the story of the celebrated ice skater John Curry, who transformed a dated sport into an art form. Coming out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976, he became the first openly gay Olympian at a time when homosexuality was not even fully legal.
Complementing the sing-a-long screening The Greatest Showman, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse has programmed a selection of some of the best-loved musicals of all time, starting with the 1952 classic, Singin’ in the Rain, featuring Gene Kelly, Jean Hagen and Debbie Reynolds, set against the background of the transition from silent movies to talkies. Winner of 10 Academy awards, the electrifying 1961 movie West Side Story sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950s New York. Set in an infamous and glamorous Parisian nightclub at the turn of the 20th century, Baz Luhrmann’s swirling romance, Moulin Rouge!, follows an idealistic young writer, played by Ewan McGregor, who falls for the club’s star Satine (Nicole Kidman).
Other classics include Sam Raimi’s chaotic 1987 sequel, Evil Dead II, presented by The University of Northampton’s Cult Film Club. Part horror, part comedy, the film finds Ash Williams once again battling horrifying demons at a secluded cabin in the woods. Real sideshow performers star in Tod Browning’s infamous 1932 cult classic Freaks, a revenge drama set against a circus backdrop. The screening is followed by a talk from British Fantasy Award-winning author and film historian Johnny Mains. Stephen Fry stars in the moving 1997 biographical drama, Wilde, following the playwright and larger-than-life personality, Oscar Wilde, as he juggles marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred Douglas (Jude Law). The film is screened to coincide with Royal & Derngate’s production of The Selfish Giant. The cinema is marking International Women’s Day with a screening of the 2010 drama Made in Dagenham, telling the story of the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 that aimed for equal pay for women, starring Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins. The film is being shown in partnership with Northampton Women’s Forum, raising funds for Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service.
The 1948 musical romance, Easter Parade, starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, enjoys two outings including a special Dementia-Friendly screening. Other Dementia-Friendly screenings in the new season include Vincente Minelli’s 1953 musical comedy The Band Wagon, starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. All are welcome to the screening of the 1987 feel-good movie Dirty Dancing on Tuesday 13 March, but an extra warm welcome will be extended to those living with early onset dementia and their families. The romantic drama sees a teenage girl, “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Gray) falling for handsome dance teacher Johnny (Patrick Swayze) while spending time at a mountain resort with her family.
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 include Nicholas Hytner’s production of Julius Caesar, starring Ben Whishaw and David Morrissey, broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre, London, by NT Live. There will also be an encore screening of the Young Vic’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and a further chance to see the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night. The Met Opera Live programme includes Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Rossini’s Semiramide and the Royal Opera House presents Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s Macbeth. Marking the centenary year of composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Royal Ballet celebrates the dynamic range and danceability of his music in Bernstein Centenary. There will also be a live broadcast of Bristol Old Vic’s powerfully dramatic production of Handel’s Messiah. Other event cinema includes Exhibition on Screen’s Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing.