New April Season On Sale
Our Easter programme brings the best new releases in the shape of enigmatic sci-fi Under The Skin, the blackly comic Calvary, and Oscar winners Dallas Buyers Club and 20 Feet From Stardom. George Clooney directs and heads an all-star cast in fact-based World War II drama The Monuments Men, and a post-war cultural giant is the subject of lavish biopic Yves Saint Laurent, with Pierre Niney striking an uncanny resemblance to the brilliant French couturier. A moving meditation on love, forgiveness and trust, Labor Day stars Kate Winslet as a depressed single mother whose life is changed when a desperate criminal (Josh Brolin) takes refuge in her home. Murray Walker narrates I, Superbiker IV, a thrilling, high-octane documentary following the lead riders in the ultra-competitive 2013 British Superbike Season.
This month’s line-up of vintage classics might just be our strongest to date, including the entire Godfather trilogy, early French New Wave gem Lift To The Scaffold, long-lost Australian thriller Wake In Fright, and 1977 Italian horror Suspiria, this month’s Cult Film Club selection. April’s Q-Film screening is Boys Don’t Cry, the tragic, Oscar-winning true story of transsexual Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank). With Robert Mitchum’s iconic performance as a diabolical, tattooed preacher at its dark heart, the extraordinary The Night Of The Hunter is back on the big screen in a ravishing new restoration, and a special fancy dress screening of Funny Face brings wit, elegance and humour to the Easter weekend.
Special events include live screenings of the Vikings exhibition from the British Museum, The Berlin Philharmonic’s Easter Festival live from Baden-Baden, King Lear live from the National Theatre, and another chance to David Tennant’s mesmerising performance in a recording of the RSC’s Richard II. Before they roll out the red carpet for two nights of award ceremonies in September, Film Northants presents a selection of the best music videos made by local film-makers over the past year.
The Under The Radar selection of brilliant new independent features includes some fine world cinema this month. Lee Sang-il transposes Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning western Unforgiven to the snowy wastes of samurai-era Hokkaido, and Salvo and The Robber both offer ingenious, arthouse takes on the crime thriller genre. The Past, a gripping, imaginatively plotted account of a love triangle from Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) looks set to repeat the success of its predecessor, and actor-director Xavier Dolan’s Tom At The Farm is a powerful psychological thriller with shades of Hitchcock and Highsmith. Another impressive young talent, Jack O’Connell (Skins) plays a troubled young offender transferred to adult prison in Starred Up.
A clutch of the best new children’s films for Easter includes the madcap The Lego Movie 3D, Dreamworks’ latest animated extravaganza Mr. Peabody And Sherman 3D, and more 3D capers in Disney’s Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy. From Good Friday, Frozen returns in an official Sing-Along version. Over the Easter holidays, we’re reducing the price of all tickets for children’s films to £4, allowing families to enjoy all of these films for less.
Returning by popular demand, Wes Anderson’s typically laconic, visually stunning The Grand Budapest Hotel; Leonardo DiCaprio as The Wolf Of Wall Street in Martin Scorsese’s decadent epic; Judi Dench’s portrayal of an Irish woman’s search for her lost son, Philomena; and following seven wins at the Oscars, Alfonso Cuaron’s game-changing 3D space thriller Gravity.