New June Season On Sale
As we prepare to celebrate our first birthday in June, having welcomed over 30,000 people to our screenings already, another great programme of films has been announced for the anniversary month ahead.
Among the high profile new releases being shown is quirky comedy Frank, from acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson, starring Michael Fassbender as a musical genius, loosely based on Chris Sievey’s Frank Sidebottom cult comic character. A critics’ favourite at the Cannes Film Festival last year, suspenseful thriller Blue Ruin, directed by Jeremy Saulnier, follows a mysterious outsider caught up in cat and mouse game of vengeance. Competing at Cannes this year is Jimmy’s Hall the latest film from director Ken Loach, who started his career as an assistant director at Northampton’s Royal Theatre. Set in 1930’s Ireland this historical drama tells the story of activist Jimmy Gralton who was deported after building a rural dance hall. Another June highlight is Roman Polanski‘s witty and seductive adaptation of successful Broadway play, Venus In Fur, charting the power-play between a theatre director and his mysterious leading lady. From Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet comes The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet, a colourful adaptation of Reif Larsen‘s novel, featuring Helena Bonham Carter in the tale of 10 year old cartographer who secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana to go and receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute. The season also includes Fading Gigolo, a new comedy starring Woody Allen, A Thousand Times Good Night featuring Juliette Binoche as war photojournalist torn between work and family, handsomely shot period thriller In Secret which is a new adaptation of Zola‘s Thérèse Raquin, and biblical epic Noah, starring Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone and Emma Watson.
The Under The Radar selection of brilliant new independent features includes some fine world cinema this month, starting with A Touch Of Sin, in which master film-maker Jia Zhangke tells four fables of violence and corruption in contemporary China. From Studio Ghibli, director Hayao Miyazaki‘s swansong The Wind Rises is a touching animated biopic of the man who designed Japanese fighter planes in World War II. A winner at Cannes in 2013 for director Amat Escalante, Heli is an unashamed portrayal of a Mexican family struggling with drugs, violence and corruption, while Omar, nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar, follows a young Palestinian freedom fighter who agrees to work as an informant. Continuing this theme of gritty realism, An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker is a docudrama reconstructing the actual events in the life of a Roma family struggling to obtain healthcare in Bosnia.
Other highlights of the Under The Radar season include heart-warming Irish comedy-drama Run & Jump, starring Maxine Peake as a woman struggling to get her life back together after her husband suffers a debilitating stroke, while this month’s Q-Film screening will be Reaching For The Moon, a glamorous biopic about the relationship between poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. 3D docudrama Beyond The Edge recreates Edmund Hillary’s monumental ascent of Everest in 1953, while other documentaries follow a sporting theme with Next Goal Wins, the tale of American Samoa, the worst team in international football and Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist, telling tragic story of cyclist Marco Pantani, found dead in a hotel room in 2004.
There is also a fine selection of music documentaries on offer, starting with The Punk Singer, a look at the life of Kathleen Hanna – Riot Grrrl pioneer, activist, cultural icon and frontwoman of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. There will be a chance to see Pulp, a documentary following the legendary band as they prepared for their final concert in 2012, with a post-screening live satellite Q&A with band members. Another Day Another Time is a brilliant concert inspired by the music of movie Inside Llewyn Davis and 1960s folk music, featuring performances by Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Jack White and Oscar Isaac. Another live satellite Q&A follows The National: Mistaken For Strangers, filmed by the brother of the The National’s lead singer while the band was on tour.
Another wide-ranging selection of special events and live screenings for June includes live screenings of the Strauss opera Der Rosenkavalier from the Glyndebourne Festival, Terry Gilliam‘s re-imagining for ENO of Berlioz‘s Benvenuto Cellini, broadcast live from London’s Coliseum, Shakespeare‘s Henry IV Part II live from the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Alan Ayckbourn‘s riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, A Small Family Business, screened live from the National Theatre, with an Encore screening later in the month. NT Live‘s recording of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time also enjoys further screenings this month. Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes reveal insights on their production of Richard III, in NOW: In The Wings Of A World Stage, followed by a live satellite Q&A with Spacey. There will be a chance to enjoy an intimate, behind the scenes look at the new exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs in a recorded screening of Matisse Live From Tate Modern, whilst Viking Adventures From The British Museum is a schools screening of a tour of the Vikings Live exhibition, aimed at 7 to 11 year olds.
Errol Flynn Filmhouse continues to bring film-goers the chance to enjoy some classic revivals with this month’s highlight being Ken Loach’s masterful 1969 drama Kes, about a young working class boy who finds escape caring for a kestrel. There will also be a screening of Nicholas Ray‘s 1955 juvenile-delinquent film Rebel Without A Cause which made James Dean into a icon of rebellion with a timelessly poignant tale of a young loner always in trouble with the law.
Returning by popular demand, there will also be a second chance to see recent releases, including family favourites Muppets Most Wanted and Rio 2 (3D), charming Indian romance The Lunchbox, gripping black comedy Calvary, and stylish thriller The Two Faces Of January. Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, also makes another return appearance.