May – June 2018 season on sale
A great selection of films is now on sale for May and June 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. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including the romantic drama On Chesil Beach and sci-fi blockbuster Solo: A Star Wars Story. Brilliant new independent films include American comedy drama Tully and savvy British comedy You, Me and Him, along with top foreign language films such as the Palme d’Or-nominated A Gentle Creature and gripping German drama Western. There is a season of the best recent and classic French cinema. The classics selection is supplemented by a mini-season of Stanley Kubrick films including 2001: A Space Odyssey. Documentaries include the insightful story behind British new town Basildon in New Town Utopia. In addition to screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera, the event programme includes the cinema’s annual celebration of Eurovision.
The latest big releases coming up at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse in May include Solo: A Star Wars Story, following the earlier life of one the most beloved scoundrels in the Galaxy, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) as his meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). The on-sale date for screenings of Solo: A Star Wars Story will be announced shortly. Great new films on sale now include the romantic drama On Chesil Beach. Adapted by Ian McEwan from his best-selling novel and starring Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan, the film tells the story of a young couple from drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Dealing with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, the couple arrive at an awkward and fateful wedding night. The comic drama Tully stars Charlize Theron as a mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, she comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis). Legendary director Steven Spielberg returns with Ready Player One, a thrilling adaptation of the bestselling sci-fi novel, following unlikely hero Wade Watts and his group of friends as they fight to save immersive virtual world, the Oasis. In American comedy Book Club, the lives of four lifelong friends, played by Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen, are turned upside down when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey, as they inspire each other to make their next chapter their best. I Feel Pretty stars Amy Schumer as a woman who struggles with feelings of anxiety and inadequacy, but wakes up after a fall believing suddenly that she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of a plane en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, the thriller Entebbe tells the story of one of the most daring rescue missions ever attempted, and features an all-star cast including Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl and Eddie Marsan. There is also a chance to see the Oscar-nominated Disney animation Moana in a special sing-along version, and families can take advantage of a special Half-Term Family Ticket Offer of one adult and one child ticket for just £13 for screenings of this film.
Highlights of the cinema’s selection of top independent movies include the British comedy You, Me and Him. Shown in association with Q-Film, it follows couple Olivia and Alex, played by Lucy Punch and Faye Marsay, who, despite their age difference, are very much in love. As the question of pregnancy rears its head and their neighbour John (David Tennant) befriends them, they both start making some truly disastrous decisions. The feature length debut from award-winning Canadian writer-director Kathleen Hepburn, Never Steady, Never Still stars Shirley Henderson as a woman with Parkinson’s disease, doing her best to remain independent after her husband’s death. Featuring the final lead performance from the late John Hurt, That Good Night tells of an aging and terminally ill writer, trying to reconcile with his son before he dies. In Edie, Sheila Hancock stars as an older lady who, after a lifetime of bitterness and resentment, decides to climb a mountain in Scotland to rekindle fond memories of childhood. Beast sees Jessie Buckley play a troubled woman living in an isolated community who finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider (Johnny Flynn), suspected of a series of murders. From British director Andrew Haigh (45 Years) comes Lean on Pete, the tale of a troubled teenager (Charlie Plummer) who gets a summer job working for a horse trainer (Steve Buscemi) and befriends a fading race horse named Lean on Pete. Based on the 2012 graphic novel of the same name, My Friend Dahmer tells the true, haunting story of a young Jeffrey Dahmer (Ross Lynch), a shy adolescent in high school who years later becomes a notorious serial killer.
Great new films from around the world include A Gentle Creature, nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and directed by award-winning Ukrainian film-maker Sergei Loznitsa. The film tells the story of a woman searching for answers after a parcel intended for her imprisoned husband is returned without explanation. Western follows a group of German construction workers on a job in remote Bulgaria. Tensions mount when a newcomer starts mixing with the local villagers. Argentine period drama Zama, based on the 1956 novel by Antonio Di Benedetto, sees a Spanish officer of the 17th century join a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit.
The Errol Flynn Filmhouse’s French Cinema Season presents some of the best French films currently on offer – from revolutionary classics to more recent critically acclaimed dramas. Jean-Luc Godard’s fast-paced 1960 drama Breathless follows a small-time thief who, after stealing a car and impulsively murdering a policeman, attempts to persuade his American girlfriend to run away with him to Italy. Godard’s feature directorial debut, the film helped launch the French New Wave and revolutionised cinema on its release. Another classic from the visionary director, the 1965 movie Pierrot Le Fou follows Pierrot who escapes his boring life in Paris and travels to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria, to lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. Both these classics are screened to coincide with the release of Redoubtable, a biographical French drama about Godard (played by Louis Garrel) and his relationship with German actress Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin). Xavier Legrand’s award-winning film Custody tells the story of a couple battling for sole custody of their son, Julien, who becomes a pawn in their tense conflict. Let the Sunshine In stars Juliette Binoche as a divorced Parisian painter searching for another shot at love. Acclaimed director Claire Denis won an award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for the film, which also stars Gerard Depardieu. Jeune Femme tells of a spirited yet rudderless young woman struggling to get by in the bustling Parisian metropolis. The film’s director Léonor Serraille won the Golden Camera award for best first feature at Cannes in 2017. L’Amant Double sees a young woman fall in love and move in with her psychoanalyst, only to find that there is definitely more to him than meets the eye. From acclaimed director Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) comes The Young Karl Marx, set in 1844 when Marx (August Diehl) meets Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske). Together, between censorship and police raids, riots and political upheavals, they will preside over the birth of the labour movement.
A great selection of documentaries includes New Town Utopia, telling the challenging, funny and sometimes tragic story of the new town Basildon, Essex, in a journey of memory, place and performance, featuring Jim Broadbent as the voice of Lewis Sillkin MP. In Nothing Like a Dame, Dames Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century, as they discuss their careers and their humble beginnings over a long summer weekend. Based on the best-selling autobiography of the same name, Psycho Vertical is a study of the complex life and motivations of writer, comedian and unlikely hero-mountaineer, Andy Kilpatrick, woven into an 18-day solo ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite. Being screened alongside the documentary is the award-winning short film The Bothy Project, which follows four female artists to a remote Scottish bothy. The documentary Filmworker shines a light on Leon Vitali, at one time a young actor in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, before he surrendered his thriving actor career to become Kubrick’s loyal right hand man, helping him to make and maintain his legendary body of work for more than two decades. Screened in association with Northampton Music Festival, Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits tells the fascinating tale of the world’s first all-girl punk rock group.
The classic season includes the 1994 Oscar-winning Disney musical The Lion King, in a special sing-along version, also screened in conjunction with Northampton Music Festival. The University of Northampton’s Cult Film Club choice for May is the 2003 unnerving French horror-drama High Tension, about two best friends, Marie and Alexia, who decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia’s parents’ secluded farmhouse. There will be a Dementia-Friendly screening of the much-loved 1956 Elvis Presley classic, Love Me Tender, set at the end of the American Civil War, on Tuesday 22 May at 2.30pm. All are welcome to the early evening screening of the 1985 favourite Back to the Future on Tuesday 15 May, but an extra warm welcome will be extended to those living with early onset dementia and their families.
The cinema also presents a mini-season celebrating the work of visionary director Stanley Kubrick. Based on a short story by Arthur C. Clarke, Kubrick’s 1968 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, is considered to be one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time. It follows a group of astronauts sent on a mysterious mission, as their ship’s computer system, HAL, starts to display increasingly strange behaviour. Adapted from a Victorian novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, Barry Lyndon chronicles the adventures of an incorrigible trickster (Ryan O’Neal), whose opportunism takes him from an Irish farm to the battlefields and boudoirs of 18th century Europe. The film won four Oscars at the 1976 Academy Awards. A masterpiece of modern horror, from 1980, The Shining is widely considered to be the most terrifying movie of all time, starring Jack Nicholson as a frustrated writer gradually going insane while working as the caretaker of an isolated hotel.
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 theatre highlights include a further chance to see Nicholas Hytner’s production of Julius Caesar, starring Ben Whishaw and David Morrissey, recorded live at the Bridge Theatre, London. Dance highlights include Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella with a live satellite Q&A with the renowned choreographer and a live broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake from the Royal Opera House. The Glyndebourne Live season presents Annilese Miskimmon’s production of Madama Butterfly, updating Puccini’s opera to the 1950s. Berlin Philharmoniker’s live broadcast of Sir Simon Rattle’s Farewell Concert includes exclusive interviews and programme insights. Celebrating one of Britain’s true acting icons, the screening of McKellen: Playing the Part is hosted live by Graham Norton from London’s BFI Southbank. There is also another chance to see Exhibition on Screen’s I, Claude Monet. The Errol Flynn Filmhouse’s year would not be complete without its annual celebration of all things Eurovision, with an evening of fun hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s Helen Blaby, including fancy dress, themed drinks and snacks, and the chance to watch the all-important competition on the big screen