October season now on sale
This October we continue to present the best new releases, including the thrilling new adaptation of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. The cinema’s Under The Radar series continues to present brilliant new independent films from around the world, including the Georgian film about a brutal dictator on the run, The President, and quirky comedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. New York’s Metropolitan Opera returns with a new season of live broadcasts, along with screenings from the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bolshoi Ballet. The Errol Flynn Filmhouse is also delighted to welcome back the Film Northants Festival for a weekend of screenings, workshops and award ceremonies.
One of the highlights of the Under The Radar selection of independent films is the charming comedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, it follows an awkward student who is forced to befriend a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer. In werewolf Western Blood Moon, the passengers of stagecoach are held hostage by outlaws in a remote town, and find themselves being stalked by a mythical creature. Director Jeremy Wooding will be in the Filmhouse for a Q&A following the screening. Historical drama Draw on Sweet Night, exploring the intriguing life of Elizabethan and Jacobean composer and madrigalist John Wilbye, also plays host to a Q&A in the Filmhouse with its director Tony Britten.
We continue to bring the best of films from around the world, with a highlight for October being The President. Filmed in Georgia, this drama follows a brutal dictator and his beloved grandson, forced to live in disguise amongst the people he oppressed, after his regime collapses. Italian film Mia Madre tells the tale of a film-maker struggling to balance life with art as she juggles family commitments with trying to make a social-realist feature with a primadonna actor, played by John Tuturro in a stellar performance. Set in 1992 during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian, the Oscar-nominated Tangerines follows two Estonian farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop, and find themselves caring for two wounded soldiers. In the powerful Korean drama, A Girl at My Door, shown in association with Q-Film, a police woman takes in a teenage girl to protect her from her abusive stepfather. After a 23-year hiatus, legendary film-maker Alejandro Jodorowsky returns to his roots in the Chilean desert to make The Dance of Reality, blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry.
The latest big releases coming to the Errol Flynn Filmhouse include the thrilling new adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, featuring acclaimed performances by Michael Fassbender and Marion Cottillard. Based on real events, adventure thriller Everest follows two climbing expeditions who encounter a fierce snow storm as they attempt to reach the summit. Its star-studded cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin and Emily Watson. Denis Villeneuve’s drama Sicario takes place in the lawless border area between the US and Mexico, where an idealistic FBI agent, played by Emily Blunt, is enlisted by an elite government taskforce to aid in the war against drugs. In political thriller The Company You Keep, Robert Redford directs and stars as a lawyer forced on the run, when a reporter (Shia LaBeouf) exposes him as a 1960s radical fugitive. Redford also stars in the comedy adventure A Walk in the Woods, playing travel writer Bill Bryson as he hikes the 2,100 mile long Appalachian Trail with an estranged school friend (Nick Nolte). In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a hard-living musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock ‘n’ roll stardom but now returns home to make things right with her family. In tender comedy Miss You Already, Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette play two close friends whose relationship is tested when one of them is diagnosed with cancer. Romantic comedy Lessons in Love features Pierce Brosnan as an English poetry professor living in Los Angeles who begins to re-evaluate his life of Byronic excess when he falls for his wife’s sister. There are also further chances to see romantic drama 45 Years which won its stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay Best Actor and Best Actress Awards at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, for their portrayal of a couple who find the foundations of their 45-year marriage shaken to the core. Coming to the Errol Flynn Filmhouse at the end of the month, and with further screenings into November, the powerful drama Suffragette tells the fascinating story of the Suffragette movement with a cast led by Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.
Just in time for half-term younger audiences can enjoy the charming hand-drawn animated adventure Zarafa. Loosely based on the story of France’s first giraffe, it follows a boy who befriends a young orphaned giraffe, setting out on an epic journey from Africa to Paris. There is also the chance to see Bill, the hilarious new British comedy from the makers of Horrible Histories, starring Mathew Baynton as a young William Shakespeare. With the cinema’s special half-term Family Ticket Offer one adult and one child can enjoy screenings of Zarafa or Bill for just £11.
Among the classic films on offer in October is the masterful mix of drama, comedy and social commentary, Modern Times. Released in 1936, it is the last silent movie that Charlie Chaplin made and the last to feature The Tramp. There is also the chance to see the acclaimed 1957 war-time drama The Bridge on the River Kwai, starring Alec Guinness. Featuring an Oscar-winning score by Malcolm Arnold, the film is being screened as part of the Annual Malcolm Arnold Festival. Italian auteur Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 feature L’Eclisse tells the story of a young woman who leaves her older lover and drifts into a relationship with an ambitious young stockbroker.
As part of an exciting programme of live broadcasts this Autumn, the Met Opera Live’s season begins with two masterful Verdi productions, screened live from New York. The tragic love story Il Trovatore features the soprano Anna Netrebko, while Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello. The Bolshoi Ballet’s live season also gets underway with a screening of the romantic classic Giselle, all the way from Moscow. Poirot star David Suchet plays the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s well-loved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, broadcast live from London’s Vaudeville Theatre. Live from Stratford-upon-Avon, Gregory Doran directs the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of Henry V, starring Alex Hassell. The NT Live screening of Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet sold out in record time but tickets are on-sale for repeat screenings in November. In a special cinema event, coinciding with its London premiere, Ed Sheeran’s concert film Jumpers for Goalposts will be screened along with red carpet highlights and an exclusive live performance by Ed via satellite. The film charts his triumphant road to Wembley, presenting a revealing and personal glimpse into life backstage, intercut with his breath-taking performance at Wembley Stadium.