October films on sale
There is another great selection of films lined up for October at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, with the our Under the Radar series continuing to present the pick of new independent films such as family drama Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen. The October programme also features the best of the big new releases, including the thriller The Girl on the Train, the long-awaited sequel Bridget Jones’s Baby and, for families in half-term week, the animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings. A highlight of the fascinating documentary selection will be Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie. The classics programme includes a special double bill of films celebrating the life of Gene Wilder, along with a late night horror screening for Halloween. Special events include more live and encore screenings of theatre, music and dance from around the world, featuring performances by the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company and Bolshoi Ballet.
One of the highlights of the our selection of top independent movies is the comic drama Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen as an eccentric father who lives an outsider life off-grid with his children in the wilderness until forced to return to an urban existence. Greg Kinnear and Alfred Molina star in Ira Sach’s insightful family drama Little Men, about two boys in Brooklyn whose new friendship is tested by their parents’ battle over a dress shop lease. Shown in association with Q-Film, Closet Monster is a wonderfully odd coming-of-age drama about a teenager who embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the help of his talking pet hamster, Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini). A selection of the best foreign language films from around the world includes French romantic thriller, The Blue Room, in which Mathieu Amalric (Venus in Fur) directs and stars as a businessman who finds himself and his mistress at the centre of a police investigation, unaware of what he is accused. Atmospheric horror thriller, Under the Shadow, is set in Tehran in the ‘80s, and follows a mother and daughter whose home becomes haunted by a mysterious evil.
The latest big releases coming up include The Girl on the Train, the thriller based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins. Emily Blunt plays a commuter who becomes entangled in a mystery surrounding a couple whose house she passes every day on the train. In Bridget Jones’s Baby, Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter in the life of the world’s favourite singleton, as she finds herself unexpectedly expecting. The star-studded cast also includes Jim Broadbent and Emma Thompson. In the comedy Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate star as a group of distressed mothers who decide to abandon the standards of perfect motherhood set by the school PTA. Crime thriller Hell Or High Water stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster as two brothers who embark on a bank robbery spree in order to save their family’s ranch. Biographical crime drama War Dogs features Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as two friends who set out to get rich by entering the international arms business, but soon get in over their heads. Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell star in Deepwater Horizon, a drama based on real events, about an explosion on board an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Family films for half-term week include the delightful new screen adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic adventure story, Swallows And Amazons, set in the Lake District, with a cast including Rafe Spall, Kelly McDonald and Andrew Scott. In new stop-motion animated adventure Kubo And The Two Strings, a young Japanese boy embarks on a quest to find a magical suit of armour worn by his late father. The film features the voices of Ralph Fiennes, Charlize Theron and George Takei. Families can take advantage of a special Family Ticket Offer of one adult and one child ticket for just £12 for screenings of these two family films.
October’s programme of classic movies features a special Gene Wilder Double Bill, celebrating the life of the late actor with a screening of two of his best-loved films, the 1971 classic Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, based on the popular Roald Dahl story, and the 1967 Mel Brooks’ comedy The Producers, which sees two men hilariously attempt to make money by staging a sure-fire flop. Other classics include Nicholas Roeg’s 1976 sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth, digitally restored for its 40th anniversary, featuring David Bowie as a space alien who crash lands on earth seeking water for his dying planet. There is also a chance to the Oscar-winning Powell and Pressburger 1948 classic The Red Shoes. Widely considered to be one of the best films ever made, it stars Moira Shearer as the young dancer torn between the man she loves and her pursuit of becoming a prima ballerina. Another of cinema’s great masterpieces, Victor Erice’s melancholic 1983 drama El Sur follows a young Spanish girl’s attempts to find out more about her reclusive and mysterious father. For Halloween, The University of Northampton’s Cult Film Club presents a double bill from horror master John Carpenter, starting with his 1987 supernatural feature Prince of Darkness, which sees a group of academics battling an ancient evil that has accidentally been unleashed from a canister under an abandoned church. This will be followed by a midnight screening of The Fog. In this chiller from 1980, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh, a mysterious fog sweeps over a small coastal town, bringing with it the vengeful ghosts of victims of a century-old shipwreck.
An insightful season of documentaries includes Louis Theroux’s first theatrical feature-length documentary My Scientology Movie, which sees the renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology. Selected screenings include a Q&A with Theroux, recorded in London. Anarchy! The McLaren Westwood Gang is a history of European Anarchism, a biography of Malcolm McLaren and an exposé of the real birth of the Sex Pistols, featuring candid interviews and unseen footage. Tickled follows the investigations of New Zealand journalist David Farrier, who thinks he’s found a light-hearted subject to report on when he stumbles across a bizarre ‘competitive endurance tickling’ video online, only to uncover a sinister story that is stranger than fiction. The highly entertaining story of one of the greatest ever wine fraud cases known, Sour Grapes tells the tale of the young Indonesian immigrant who made millions from fake vintage Burgundy created in his Los Angeles home. Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and Rihanna appear among a host of artists in the documentary feature The First Monday in May, exploring the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s best attended fashion exhibition in history, China: Through the Looking Glass. The colourful documentary Yarn looks at the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. The lighting will be kept up a little at this special knit-along screening, so audiences can bring their needles and wool for an afternoon of knitting and film.
As part of the popular programme of live broadcasts, Bolshoi Live brings a screening of The Golden Age, a colourful satire with a jazzy score, set in the roaring ‘20s, as the first of a new season of performances broadcast live from Moscow by the Bolshoi Ballet. The Met Opera Live season continues with Tristan and Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and Don Giovanni with Simon Keenlyside playing opera’s ultimate cad, both broadcast live from New York. The RSC Live screening of King Lear, starring Antony Sher, is already sold out but an encore screening is scheduled for later in the month. The live broadcast of Kenneth Branagh Theatre’s production of the classic John Osborne play The Entertainer is also fully booked, but there will be a second chance to see it in November. The screening of the 25th anniversary gala of the musical Miss Saigon is also sold out. Completing the programme of event cinema is Exhibition on Screen: The Curious World of Heironymous Bosch, a film exploring the critically acclaimed exhibition Visions of a Genius at the Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands.