New October – December season on sale
A great selection of films is now on sale for October and November and into early December 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. We continue to present the best big new releases, including Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded remake of Murder On The Orient Express, Andy Serkis’s directorial debut Breathe and the long-awaited sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 . Brilliant new independent films include the smart British comedy The Party, the tender tale of first love Call Me By Your Name, the vibrant drama The Florida Project and the touching romance Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool. A selection from the French Film Festival UK includes the 1980s classics Jean De Florette and Manon Des Sources, while highlights of the BFI’s gripping thriller season range from North By Northwest to The Silence Of The Lambs. Documentaries include more motor racing history with Ferrari: Race To Immortality, and the programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera.
Highlights of the cinema’s selection of top independent movies include the smart, fast-paced comedy The Party, from acclaimed British filmmaker Sally Potter (Orlando). Having been appointed to the shadow cabinet, Janet, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, plans to celebrate with a few close friends, but after some explosive revelations, love, friendship and political convictions are soon called into question. Luca Guadagnino’s (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) new film Call Me By My Name is a tender and transcendent tale of first love. In the sweltering summer of 1983, while spending time at his family’s idyllic Italian home, precocious teenager Elio develops an infatuation with a charming American intern (Arnie Hammer) who is working with his father. Willem Dafoe stars as a harried hotel manager in The Florida Project, the latest film from Sean Baker (Tangerine). It tells the story of a precocious six-year-old and her rag-tag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder and a sense of adventure, while their parents and the adults around them struggle with hard times. Annette Bening gives a phenomenal performance as actress Gloria Grahame in the comic drama Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, which looks at the playful but passionate relationship between the Hollywood star and unknown actor Peter Turner, played by Jamie Bell. The cast also features Julie Walters and Vanessa Redgrave. Winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes, the highly anticipated psychological thriller The Killing Of A Sacred Deer reunites The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos with Colin Farrell, who plays a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice when his life starts to fall apart. Set in the near future, the poetic sci-fi drama Marjorie Prime explores memory and identity, love and loss, as an 86-year-old woman (Lois Smith) uses a holographic service to spend her final, ailing days with a computerised younger version of her deceased husband, played by Jon Hamm. In riveting historical thriller The Exception, Kaiser Wilhelm’s (Christopher Plummer) exile in the Dutch countryside becomes the setting for an unlikely love affair and a dangerous spy mission. Christopher Plummer also stars, alongside Jonathan Pryce, in the comic drama The Man Who Invented Christmas, telling the magical journey that led to the creation of Scrooge and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Set in Zambia, I Am Not A Witch is the first feature film from BAFTA-winning short film director Rungano Nyoni, and is a fierce satire following nine-year-old Shula who is accused of witchcraft after a minor incident in a her village. The Israeli drama In Between follows the lives of three strong, independent-minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv, away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition.
The latest big releases coming up at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse include the inspiring drama Breathe, bringing to life the true story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, played by Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. When Robin is struck down by polio in 1958 at the age of 28, he is given only a few months to live, but with the help of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana escape the hospital ward, devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s stylish and suspenseful mystery, Murder On The Orient Express, alongside an all-star cast including Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Denis Villeneuve directs Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s beloved 1982 sci-fi classic. A new blade runner (Ryan Gosling) unearths a long-buried secret that leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Emma Stone stars in comedy drama Battle Of The Sexes, based on the real events of 1973, in which women’s tennis champion Billie Jean King took up the challenge of former men’s champion Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell) to compete in a winner-takes-all match. The terrifying thriller The Snowman, from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy director Tomas Alfredson, stars Michael Fassbender as an elite detective investigating the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, fearing that an elusive serial killer may be active again. Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson join the cast in Paddington 2, the hugely anticipated sequel to the 2015 smash hit, which finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) on the trail of a book thief during his search for the perfect present for Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday.
Marking Black History Month, there will be a screening of Oscar-nominated drama Hidden Figures, which tells the true story of a group of black women hired by NASA to be part of the space programme in the 1960s. There will also be further chances to see Armando Iannucci’s comic take at the internal political landscape of 1950s Soviet Russia in The Death Of Stalin.
A great selection of documentaries for the coming months includes Ferrari: Race To Immortality, which tells the story of the loves and losses, triumphs and tragedy of a turbulent era that shook the motor racing world in the late 1950s. Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards opens a window onto the vibrant inner world of Manolo Blahnik, the world’s most influential shoe designer. Set against the backdrop of Cuba’s captivating musical history and vibrant culture, Buena Vista Social Club: Adios sees the members of the band reflect on their remarkable careers and the extraordinary circumstances that brought them together. Filmed over four years, the poignant and humorous film Real Boy follows a charismatic teenager as he navigates the ups and downs of gender transition and grapples with a history of substance abuse. Narrated by Maxine Peake, Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle explores the neglect and regeneration of council estates over the past 30 years, revealing how communities are fighting to save their homes from demolition. Shown in association with Northampton Hope Centre, there will be a post-film Q&A in the filmhouse with director Paul Sng.
Transition is a national movement that aims to transform the community to make it more self-reliant and sustainable. On Saturday 28 October, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse hosts the Transition Town Film Festival, screening two documentaries that highlight global climate change. From Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet, Ice And The Sky tells the story of Claude Lorius who set out to study the icescapes of Antarctica in 1957. John Shenk’s film The Island President follows President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he confronts the problem of rising sea levels, battling for the very survival of his country.
The Errol Flynn Filmhouse will be showing a selection of classic and contemporary movies from the French Film Festival UK, which celebrates French and francophone cinema. Gerard Depardieu stars in the most successful French film of the 1980s, Jean De Florette, playing a tax collector who inherits a small farm in sun-drenched Provence and ends up in a battle with his neighbours over a valuable spring. Set ten years later, the sequel Manon Des Sources follows Jean’s daughter, as she plots revenge against her greedy neighbours. Belgian clown duo, Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, direct and star in Lost In Paris. This whimsical comedy sees a naïve Canadian librarian and an affable vagabond embark on a series of absurd adventures across the city. From award-winning director Matthieu Amalric and starring Jeanne Balibar, Barbara is a film within a film. An actress called Brigitte is cast to star in a movie about French icon Barbara, but as she studies the singer it becomes difficult to know what is real and what is re-creation.
The Errol Flynn Filmhouse is pleased to present a selection of nail-biting and suspenseful films from the BFI’s touring thriller season. A new digital restoration of The Coen Brothers’ 1984 debut feature, Blood Simple: Director’s Cut, follows a Texan bar owner who hires a private investigator to tail his wife. Hitchcock’s entertaining adventure from 1959, North By Northwest sees Cary Grant play a hapless New York advertising executive who is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 tour de force in editing and sound design, The Conversation is the ultimate paranoia thriller, featuring Gene Hackman as a secretive surveillance expert who has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. The selection is completed by the digital restoration of the multi-award-winning 1991 horror film, The Silence Of The Lambs, starring Jodie Foster as the FBI trainee Clarice Starling, who must enlist the help of the imprisoned cannibalistic psychopath Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) in her hunt for an elusive serial killer.
Other classic films coming up this season include a special Halloween screening of John Carpenter’s iconic 1978 slasher movie, Halloween. Continuing the season of Extreme Horror classics from around the world, presented by The University of Northampton’s Cult Film Club, there is a chance to see Jorg Buttgereit’s one-of-a-kind shock feature from 1987, Nekromantik, which follows a young man who finds himself competing with a decomposing corpse for the affections of his girlfriend. Shown in association with NN Contemporary’s exhibition The New Archive, Terry Gilliam’s 1995 gripping sci-fi thriller Twelve Monkeys stars Bruce Willis as a convict sent back in time to discover the origins of a deadly virus, only to find himself in the wrong year and hospitalised as insane. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, there will be a special screening of the cult classic Spice World – The Movie, featuring the Spice Girls along with a host of all-star cameos. This season’s Dementia-Friendly screenings are the 1954 musical classic Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and the festive 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street.
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 a live screening of the Sondheim musical Follies, from the National Theatre, with an encore screening already on sale as well. NT Live presents a live broadcast from The Bridge Theatre of Young Marx, the new play from the creative team behind One Man, Two Guv’nors. The Met Opera Live programme includes Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel. Getting into the festive spirit, there will be live and encore screenings of the ballet The Nutcracker from the Royal Opera House. Other event cinema includes Exhibition on Screen’s David Hockney At The Royal Academy of Arts.