September – October season now on sale
This season we continue to present the best big new releases, including Victoria and Abdul, starring Judi Dench, Armando Iannucci’s comedy The Death of Stalin, the charming biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin and spy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Brilliant new independent films include the comedy Patti Cake$, the emotional drama God’s Own Country and the stunning animation Loving Vincent. Documentaries include Bertrand Tavernier’s My Journey Through French Cinema, with an associated mini-season of French films. The three-day Q-Film Weekender celebrates queer cinema from around the world, including some exclusive previews. The classic programme includes a season of films selected by the choreographer Richard Alston and the start of the Cult Film Club’s Horror Season. Special events include more screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera.
The latest big releases coming up at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse include the new film from Stephen Frears, Victoria and Abdul. This tells the extraordinary true story of how a young clerk Abdul Karim, played by Ali Fazal, forms an unexpected friendship with Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) after being sent from India to participate in her Golden Jubilee. The internal political landscape of 1950s Soviet Russia takes on comic form in The Death of Stalin, a new film by award-winning writer and director Armando Iannucci, starring Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale and Steve Buscemi. Goodbye Christopher Robin offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between the beloved children’s author A.A. Milne, played by Domhnall Gleeson, and his son Christopher Robin, as Milne’s enchanting Winnie the Pooh tales bring hope and comfort to England after the First World War. Taron Egerton is joined by Channing Tatum, in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, an explosive sequel to the 2014 spy action-comedy which sees members of Kingsman find new allies in a US spy organisation known as Statesman. In another outrageous action comedy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Ryan Reynolds stars as the world’s top protection agent, who is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, a notorious hitman, played by Samuel L Jackson, as the pair encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless European dictator (Gary Oldman). In thrilling drama The Mountain Between Us, two strangers (Kate Winslet and Idris Elba) must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements, after their plane crashes on a remote, snow-covered mountain. There are also further chances to see Christopher Nolan’s thriller Dunkirk and the animated family adventure Despicable Me 3.
One of the highlights of the cinema’s selection of top independent movies is God’s Own Country, hailed as the UK’s answer to Brokeback Mountain. This award-winning romance, set in the heart of Yorkshire, sees an isolated young man, working on his family’s remote failing farm, having to deal with emotions he has never felt before when a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives. Bringing the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life, the stunning animation Loving Vincent was first shot as a live action film, then hand-painted in oils, frame by frame, creating the world’s first fully painted film, with a cast including Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner, Chris O’Dowd and Helen McCrory. The screening on 9 October will be followed by a live satellite Q&A from the National Gallery, with the cast and special guests. Based on Jeanette Walls’ best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle follows the adventures of an eccentric and tight-knit family, with Brie Larson as a young woman who finds the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her father (Woody Harrelson). Highly acclaimed at the Sundance Festival, comedy drama Patti Cake$ follows Patricia Dombrowski, aka Killa P, a bored bartender who dreams of escaping her hometown by becoming a rapper. In Darren Aronofksy’s psychological horror film Mother!, Jennifer Lawrence stars as a young woman whose tranquil life with her husband (Javier Bardem) is challenged by the arrival at their remote country home of a mysterious couple, played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer. The chilling thriller Wind River follows a Rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) as she teams up with a local game tracker with a haunted past, to investigate the mysterious murder of a local girl on a remote Native American reservation. Set in the height of the Cold War, Pawn Sacrifice is the gripping true story of American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) who finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. In Borg Vs McEnroe, award-winning Danish director Janus Metz brings to the screen the story of the world’s greatest tennis icons, Bjorn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and his biggest rival John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf) and their legendary duel during the 1980 Wimbledon tournament.
Documentaries include the delightfully quirky New Zealand film Pecking Order. This heartfelt, riveting and very funny film looks inside the unique and competitive world of chicken breeding, with members of the 148-year-old Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in the lead up to the NZ National Show.
Other great independent films from around world include Insyriated, a powerful and immersive drama exploring the reality of life as a civilian in modern-day Syria, which won the Audience Award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. The compelling new film Return to Ithaca brings together some of Cuban cinema’s greatest stars, as five friends reunite on a Havana rooftop terrace at sunset to celebrate writer Amadeo’s return to Cuba after 16 years of self-imposed exile in Spain.
We also present a mini-season entitled A Journey Through French Cinema, featuring Bertrand Tavernier’s immersive documentary about French cinema history, alongside two landmark French classics and the latest feature from acclaimed director Cédric Klapisch. Writer and director Bertrand Tavernier gives a fascinating and comprehensive insight in his film My Journey Through French Cinema, exploring movies he has enjoyed throughout his life and career, told through portraits of key creative figures. Also shown as part of the season is the 1962 classic gangster noir, Le Doulos, and, from 1967, the elegant and erotic masterpiece, Belle de Jour, starring Catherine Deneuve. The new comedy drama Back to Burgundy, from the director of The Spanish Apartment trilogy Cédric Klapisch, follows a young man who returns to his childhood home after 10 years, on learning of his father’s imminent death.
We are proud to present the Q-Film Weekender from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 October, a three-day festival showcasing LGBTQ+ stories from around the world. The programme includes a preview screening of the award-winning Sundance Festival hit Beach Rats, which sees an aimless Brooklyn teenager escape the bleakness of his life by flirting with older men online, making decisions that leave him hurtling towards irreparable consequences. Another exclusive preview, the London-set comedy drama The Book of Gabrielle will be introduced personally at the Filmhouse by its writer, director and star, Lisa Gornick. The critically acclaimed Tangerine, a hit at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse on its release it 2015, is an energetic feature following two transgender working girls on a rampage across Tinseltown on Christmas Eve. Tangerine was chosen by and will be introduced by award-winning theatre-maker and performer Emma Frankland. A collection of the latest award-winning lesbian and feminist short films, Girls on Film 2: Before the Dawn explores fantasies, dreams, desires, love and transgression. Foreign language films include a special preview of South African drama The Wound which follows a young man joining with other men of his community on a journey to mark the passage from boyhood to adulthood. Chosen by The Out There group of Northampton LGBT youth, Portuguese coming-of-age romance, The Way He Looks, tells of a blind high school student who finds his relationships challenged when a new boy joins the class. Classics include the 1961 landmark movie Victim, which sees Dirk Bogarde give a trailblazing performance as a closeted, married lawyer, who is drawn into exposing a terrifying blackmail ring. Introduced by British artist Scottee, Stephen Frears’ 1987 biopic Prick Up Your Ears, stars Gary Oldman as British playwright Joe Orton. The first mainstream animation with an openly gay character, the 2012 stop-motion comedy thriller ParaNorman follows a young boy who must use his paranormal abilities to save his town from zombies. Documentaries include Kiki, which offers a riveting and complex insight into the voguing battles of New York City’s underground ballroom scene, a vibrant safe space for performance created by LGBTQ youth of colour. Britain on Film: LGBT Britain is a fascinating and moving collection of short films spanning 1909 to 1994, documenting a century in which homosexuality went from crime to Pride.
The University of Northampton’s Cult Film Club returns this Autumn, with the start of new season of extreme horror features from around the world’. The Horror Season begins with the classic Japanese movie from 2000, Battle Royale. In a bid to cope with rising youth crime, this violent dystopian story sees a high school class captured by the government, given weapons and forced to take part in a fight to the death. The next in the season is Tobe Hooper’s seminal 1974 horror film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which remains one of the most shocking, powerful and terrifying films ever made. The season continues until February with films including Nekromantik, Audition and Hellraiser.
In conjunction with the Richard Alston Dance Company’s performances at Royal & Derngate in October, choreographer Richard Alston has programmed a season of films, which have inspired his work. Tony Richardson’s uproarious 1963 adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic novel, Tom Jones, sees Albert Finney play the charming womaniser whose amorous adventures lead him to London. Pedro Almadovar’s Spanish comedy drama, Talk to Her, won both the BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign Language film, and follows two men who form an unlikely friendship as they care for two women in comas. In the 1952 movie Moulin Rouge, John Huston’s Oscar-nominated direction brings the fascinating story of the troubled 19th century artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, passionately to life. Richard Alston will be appearing in the Filmhouse in person to introduce each of these films.
Other classic films coming up in September and October include a chance to see Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner: The Final Cut, ahead of the release of its hugely anticipated sequel, and a Dementia-Friendly screening of the 1957 musical Jailhouse Rock, starring Elvis Presley.
Live from Shakespeare’s Globe, Kevin R McNally stars in King Lear, and a live screening of Coriolanus completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome Season in Stratford-upon-Avon. NT Live offers a repeat opportunity to see Billie Piper in Yerma and there will also be a screening of the National Theatre’s acclaimed 2015 production of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. In the coming season, the ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will be screened live from the Royal Opera House, along with operas, The Magic Flute and La Boheme. The Met Opera Live programme includes Norma and Die Zauberflote. Other event cinema includes the documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami with Friends, in which the icon discusses her life and work, live via satellite, before a screening of a new documentary. Black Sabbath: The End of the End sees the iconic heavy metal band document their final tour. Exhibition on Screen presents Canaletto and the Art of Venice.