September films on sale
Another great selection of films is lined for September at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, with the our Under the Radar series featuring the pick of world cinema such as Spanish movie Julieta from master director Pedro Almodovar. The September programme also features the best of the big new releases, including Woody Allen’s latest feature Café Society, starring Jesse Eisenberg, and long awaited sequel, Bridget Jones’s Baby. The classics programme includes Stanley Kubrick’s award-winning historical drama Barry Lyndon, a dementia-friendly screening of the musical High Society and a season of films selected by acclaimed choreographer Richard Alston. Documentaries include the captivating Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words and The Beatles: Eight Days A Week. Event cinema includes One More Time with Feeling, a mix of documentary and performance from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, along with more live screenings from the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.
A highlight of the top foreign language films from around the world is Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s 20th feature film, Julieta, based on three short stories from the book Runaway by Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes festival, the film follows a mother writing an extended letter to her estranged daughter, using flashbacks to her earlier life. Nominated for the Palme d’Or last year, Guillaume Nicloux’s drama, Valley Of Love, is a poignant exploration of love and loss, starring Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu as a separated couple meeting for the first time in years after their son’s suicide. Q-Film present another French drama, Summertime, a radiant, sensual exploration of the love between two women caught in a turbulent era. Set in 1971, it follows a farmer’s daughter moving to Paris to gain independence, where she meets an activist involved in the feminist movement. Also from France, Mia Hansen-Løve’s (Eden) new film Things To Come is an intelligent, poetic and naturalistic exploration of a woman’s pursuit of happiness. Adapted from Ivan Turgenev’s play, A Month in the Country, Russian romantic drama Two Women stars Ralph Fiennes and Sylvia Testud (La Vie En Rose) and sees a married woman fall in love with her son’s tutor.
The Under the Radar season also includes Todd Solondz’s blackly comic portmanteau film, Wiener-Dog, a series of tales about a dachshund puppy which finds itself shuffled from one oddball owner to the next, including a veterinary nurse played Greta Gerwig and a screenwriter played by Danny Devito, making an impact all their lives.
The latest big releases coming up at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse include Woody Allen’s bittersweet romance Café Society, which follows Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in high society nightclub life. 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. With a cast including John Hurt, Miles Jupp, Eileen Atkins and Dakota Blue Richards, British comedy ChickLit sees four men try to save their local pub from closure by penning a novel in the style of Fifty Shades of Grey. After the screening on 3 September there will be a Q&A in the Filmhouse with the film’s director Tony Britten. Romantic adventure Dare To Be Wild is based on the true against-all-odds story of Mary Reynolds, played by Emma Greenwell (Love & Friendship), a young landscape gardener who enters the Chelsea Flower Show. Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan star in Anthropoid, a historical espionage drama about two resistance agents who are sent on a mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Reich’s ‘Final Solution’. Thriller The Shallows sees Blake Lively play a young surfer, who becomes trapped 200 yards from the shore when a great white shark strays into the waters. Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie star in fantasy action film, Suicide Squad, about a group of super villains who are recruited by a secret government agency to carry out dangerous missions.
There will also be further chances to see some recent audience favourites, including the big screen debut of the popular sitcom, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, the latest instalment in the Bourne series starring Matt Damon as the eponymous former CIA agent, Jason Bourne, and Steven Spielberg’s big screen version of the Roald Dahl classic, The BFG, with Mark Rylance as the lovable giant.
Ahead of the Richard Alston Dance Company’s performances at Royal & Derngate in October, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse presents a season of films curated and introduced by Artistic Director Richard Alston. Jacques Audiard’s BAFTA-winning 2005 feature, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, follows a young man (Romain Duris) who dreams of becoming a pianist despite an upbringing of crime and cruelty. Carol Reed’s 1949 noir thriller, The Third Man, is considered one of the greatest films of all time. With screenplay by Graham Greene and a resonating score by Anton Karas, the story follows a writer who heads to Vienna to clear his dead friend’s name. Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1964 Italian drama The Gospel According To St. Matthew employs non-professional actors and an eclectic borrowed score to narrate the life, teachings and death of Jesus.
Other classics include Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 drama Barry Lyndon. Winning four Oscars and two BAFTAs, the film stars Ryan O’Neal as an 18th century Irish rogue who deserts the army and reinvents himself as a British aristocrat. Suspense, intrigue and romance are stylishly mixed in Alfred Hitchcock’s noir-thriller Notorious, starring Ingrid Bergman as a woman asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. The University of Northampton’s Cult Film Club screenings return for the Autumn, starting with Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic The Princess Bride, adapted from William Goldman’s 1973 novel, in which a grandfather (Peter Falk) entertains his sick grandson with a love story with a difference. There will also be a Dementia-Friendly screening of the well-loved 1956 musical High Society, starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, offering an especially warm welcome to those living with dementia and their companions.
A fascinating selection of documentaries includes a captivating look at the remarkable life of one of the most celebrated icons of cinema, Ingrid Bergman. Utilising never-before-seen private footage, letters, diaries and interviews with her children, Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words provides a complex and intimate portrait of the star, followed later in the month by a screening of one her classic performances in Notorious. The Confession is a compelling first-hand account of British Pakistani Moazzam Begg, who has been detained in several countries on suspicion of terrorism without ever being convicted of a crime. One of a number of music documentaries, Gary Numan Android in Lala Land explores the singer’s life as he sets up home in California and records his eagerly anticipated new album. The screening will be followed by a Q&A in the Filmhouse with director Rob Alexander. Ron Howard’s intimate portrait, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic band on tour. This world premiere event features interviews, unheard music and exclusive concert footage.
In an exciting cinema event, feature film One More Time With Feeling will be broadcast the day before the latest album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is released. Offering the first opportunity to hear songs from the album Skeleton Tree, the film is interwoven with interviews and insightful footage, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration. As part of the popular programme of live broadcasts, RSC Live brings a screening of Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance Cymbeline, direct from Stratford-Upon-Avon, directed by Melly Still and starring Gillian Bevan in the title role. From the National Theatre comes a live screening of Brecht and Weill’s darkly comic, raucous musical The Threepenny Opera starring Rory Kinnear, under the direction of Rufus Norris, along with another chance to see Helen McCrory in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, The Deep Blue Sea.