November films now on sale
Another great selection of films is lined up for November, with our Under the Radar series continuing to present the pick of new independent films such as Ken Loach’s award-winning drama I, Daniel Blake. The November programme also features the best of the big new releases, including the true-life story of A Street Cat Named Bob, the Raymond Briggs’ animation Ethel & Ernest and the surreal drama Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe. As part of the French Film Festival UK the cinema will be screening a trio of the top French language films. A selection of movies from the BFI Black Star season will also be shown during November and December, celebrating the power and versatility of black actors on film. Special events include Alan Bennett’s Diaries Live and more from the Bolshoi Ballet.
One of the highlights of the cinema’s selection of top independent movies is the new film, I, Daniel Blake, from British director Ken Loach, winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. This moving drama takes a scathing look at the modern benefits system, following a joiner from Newcastle who becomes caught up in bureaucratic red tape after falling ill. November’s Q-Film screening is the 80s-set Swedish fantasy, Girls Lost, about three bullied teenage girls who discover a magical plant that transforms them temporarily into boys. Documentaries include Oscar-nominated director Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World which takes a playful yet chilling journey through the past, present and future of the internet. The powerful music documentary Sonita tells the story a teenage Afghan rapper, whose music video protest against her parents’ plans to sell her as a child bride brought her to global attention.
The latest big releases coming up include British drama A Street Cat Named Bob, the adaptation of James Bowen’s much-loved book, telling the true story of the unlikely and life-changing friendship that grew up between a young homeless busker (played by Luke Treadaway) and the stray ginger cat named Bob (played by himself). Based on Raymond Briggs’ award-winning graphic novel, hand-drawn animation Ethel & Ernest is a tribute to his parents (voiced by Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn), telling the heart-warming story of two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events. Disney’s latest feature Queen of Katwe, starring David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o, is the colourful true story of a young girl from the Ugandan slums whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. The hilarious yet deeply affecting Swiss Army Man tells the tale of Hank (Paul Dano) who is stranded on a desert island until a corpse named Manny, played by Daniel Radcliffe, washes up on the shore, marking the start of a surreal journey home. Ron Howard directs the latest in Dan Brown’s best-selling Da Vinci Code series, Inferno, which sees Tom Hanks, as the famous symbologist, team up with Felicity Jones to follow a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. Action thriller The Accountant stars Ben Affleck as an accountant who freelances for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organisations, while also moonlighting as an assassin. Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender star in heart-breaking drama, The Light Between Oceans, about a couple who, unable to have their own children, take a baby as their own when she washes up on the shore of their remote lighthouse home.
As part of the 24th edition of the French Film Festival UK, celebrating French and francophone cinema, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse will be screening a selection of French language films, starting with Monsieur Chocolat, telling the extraordinary story of the clown Chocolat, who in 1886 becam the first black artist on the French stage. Also based on true events, the French drama The White Knights stars Vincent Lindon as the leader of a humanitarian organisation, established to rescue African orphans and provide them with a new life in France, whose motivation is revealed to be not entirely altruistic. Set in an alternative steampunk version of 1950s Paris, animated fantasy adventure April And The Extraordinary World features Marion Cotillard as the voice of a young woman who, alongside her talking cat, is searching for her scientist parents who disappeared in a government purge.
Over the coming months, as part of the BFI Black Star season celebrating black actors on screen, the cinema presents a series of films from the Black Musicians on Film selection. The gritty 1972 cult reggae classic, The Harder They Come, stars Jimmy Cliff as a young Jamaican singer who leaves his rural village hoping to make a name for himself, only to find himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers. Oscar-nominated 1991 drama Boyz N The Hood stars Cuba Gooding Jr, Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, chronicling the trials and tribulations of three young men in their Los Angeles neighbourhood. 1992 romantic thriller The Bodyguard stars Whitney Houston in her big screen debut as a musical superstar who hires a former Secret Service agent, played by Kevin Costner, after receiving death threats from an unknown stalker. Adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical, the 2006 movie Dreamgirls follows a 1960s Detroit girl group who hit the big time only to discover the true cost of fame. The star-studded cast includes Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson (in an Oscar-winning performance), Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. The Black Star season continues with screenings of Purple Rain and The Wiz in December.
Other classic films being shown in November include the 1954 romantic musical White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, in a Dementia-Friendly screening which offers an especially warm welcome to those living with dementia, their carers and their families. The University of Northampton’s Cult Film Club screening will be the 1980 musical classic The Blues Brothers, starring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues.
As part of the popular programme of special event cinema, there will be a chance to see the Bolshoi Ballet production of The Bright Stream, recorded live in 2012. Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Shostakovich’s score, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece with slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions and colourful characters. There is also another chance to see the Branagh Theatre Live screening of John Osborne’s modern classic, The Entertainer, starring Kenneth Branagh and John Hurt, recorded at London’s Garrick Theatre. Alan Bennett’s Diaries Live is a new film taking a candid look into the mind of Britain’s best-loved writer who, at 82, shows no signs of slowing down. The film will be followed by an exclusive satellite Q&A with Alan Bennett from his local library in Primrose Hill.
As ever, we will be bringing back some of the most popular films from recent months with further chances to see Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth in the next chapter in the life of the world’s favourite singleton, Bridget Jones’s Baby, and Emily Blunt in the thrilling adaptation of The Girl On The Train. Ron Howard’s intimate portrait, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, returns with its a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic band on tour. Feature film One More Time With Feeling offers the opportunity to hear songs from the new album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, along with interviews and other insightful footage. Louis Theroux’s feature-length documentary My Scientology Movie sees the renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology.