September – October 2018 season on sale
A great selection of films is now on sale for September and October at the Northampton Filmhouse, and with the increased flexibility of having a second screen, extra film screenings will be added to this schedule to meet demand. Brilliant new independent films include the intelligent drama The Wife, Chekhov adaptation The Seagull and introspective American drama Lucky. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including heist drama King of Thieves, as well as mystery thriller The Little Stranger and Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. A selection of films celebrating the upcoming Black History Month this October includes two films from Spike Lee. The programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera, including the powerful production of King Lear starring Ian McKellen.
Northampton Filmhouse is also pleased to announce the launch of a series of screenings aimed at welcoming even more 16-25 year-olds into the cinema, thanks to support from the BFI Film Audience Network. Taking place every Tuesday, these screenings are open to all visitors, with those aged 16-25 receiving a special ticket price of just £7 to see a carefully selected film, likely to be the best of independent, cult, mainstream and foreign language screenings. For more information visit www.northamptonfilmhouse.com.
Over the coming months the cinema welcomes a selection of top movies including The Wife, which stars Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce as a couple approaching 40 years of marriage. The film tells the story of the couple’s youthful passion with a portrait of marriage, showing a lifetime’s shared compromises, mutual love, secrets and betrayals. The Seagull is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening). The film follows an aging actress and her lover visiting the estate of her elderly brother, and features an all-star cast including Saiorse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll and Annette Benning. Reflective comedy-drama Lucky stars Harry Dean Stanton in one of his final film roles as a 90 year old atheist thrust into a journey of self-exploration having out-lived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries. Winner of Best Film at the Irish Film and Television Awards, Michael Inside tells the story of a young man whose life is changed dramatically after he is sent to prison for holding a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother.
Other independent releases include The Rider, from acclaimed director Chloé Zhao. Based on a true story, after suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Irish drama Black 47 stars James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) as a soldier who returns home after war and sees the destruction the Great Famine has caused. The film also stars Hugo Weaving, Barry Keoghan and Jim Broadbent. Directed by Kogonada, moving drama Columbus was nominated for Best First Feature at the 2017 London Film Festival. After his father, a renowned architecture scholar, suddenly falls ill, son Jin (John Cho, Star Trek) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana and strikes up a friendship with a young architecture enthusiast played by Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen).
The latest big releases coming up at the Northampton Filmhouse include the heist drama King of Thieves, the true story of the daring Hatton Garden Heist. Initially thought to be a gang of super thieves, the actual perpetrators were a group of retired criminals, played by a fantastic cast including Michael Caine, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone and Tom Courtenay. Lenny Abrahamson (Room) directs the gothic horror based on Sarah Waters’ acclaimed novel, The Little Stranger. Starring Domnhall Gleeson (Goodbye Christopher Robin) as Dr. Faraday, a country doctor who is called to a patient at the ominous Hundreds Hall, where he finds its inhabitants haunted by something. Mysterious thriller Bad Times at the El Royale comes from the writer of The Martin, Drew Goddard. It sees seven strangers, including a priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer (Cynthia Ervo), two criminals (Dakota Johnson and Cailee Spaeny), a vacuum cleaner salesman (Jon Hamm), a concierge (Lewis Pullman) and a cult leader (Chris Hemsworth), each with a secret to bury, meeting at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale for a last shot at redemption. Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) returns with First Man, the incredible true story of the legendary space mission that led astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) to become the first man to walk on the Moon. Written by Oscar-winner Josh Singer (Spotlight), the film also stars Claire Foy and Kyle Chandler.
Other releases include the audacious crime drama American Animals from BAFTA-winning director Bart Layton (The Imposter). The film tells the story of four young men who mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most daring heists in U.S. history, and stars Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan and Ann Dowd. In Puzzle, Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men) stars as Agnes, a woman whose life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined after she receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) directs A Simple Favour, a mysterious drama about a blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s sudden disappearance from their small town. The film stars Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick and Rupert Friend. Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut, and acts, in A Star is Born as a seasoned musician who falls in love with a struggling artist (Lady Gaga). The on-sale date for screenings of A Star is Born in this season will be confirmed in the near future.
Great new films from around the world include Tehran Taboo, an award-winning animated drama showing four young people from Tehran, Iran, who are forced to break the taboos of a restrictive Islamic society. French drama Reinventing Marvin follows a young man, played by Finnegan Oldfield, who runs away from his family to become an actor in Paris. The film will also be October’s Q-Film screening. Xavier Beauvois directs French drama The Guardians, a tale of the women who are left to work at a family farm during the Great War. The film stars Nathalie Baye (Catch Me If You Can) and Laura Smet (Yves Saint Laurent). Winner of over 30 awards internationally, Catalan drama Summer 1993 tells the story of a six-year-old who is sent to live in the country after her mother’s death. The film’s director Carla Simón received an Honourable Mention in the Best First Feature Competition at the BFI London Film Festival 2017.
A great selection of documentaries includes The King, a musical roadtrip across the U.S. which traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. From director Eugene Jarecki, the documentary features appearances from Alec Baldwin, Lana del Rey, Ethan Hawke and more. In Under the Wire, BAFTA-nominated director Chris Martin tells the powerful story of two journalists who entered the war-ravaged Syria, with only one returning. Nureyev – All the World His Stage, from BAFTA-nominated directors Jacqui and David Morris, details the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous male dancer who transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon. The Gospel According to André, screened as part of a programme of films for Black History Month, examines the life and career of operatic fashion editor André Leon Talley.
The programme of classic films includes regular Dementia-Friendly screenings. Over the coming weeks there will be an early evening screening of 1980s classic Big, on Tuesday 18 September. All are welcome but an extra warm welcome will be extended to those living with early onset dementia and their families. The cinema continues to schedule Dementia-Friendly matinee screenings of classic musicals, with the 1963 movie Bye Bye Birdie, starring Dick Van Dyke and Janet Leigh, on Tuesday 25 September.
The classics programme is supplemented with a range of screenings to celebrate Black History Month in the UK. Leading up to and during the month of celebration in October, the Filmhouse will be showing a mixture of classic and contemporary films and modern classics. There will be two films from Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing and Mo’ Better Blues. Lee stars in both, with Do the Right Thing the tale of a day in Brooklyn where hate and bigotry smoulders and builds until it explodes into violence, whilst Mo’ Better Blues tells the story of a jazz trumpeter who makes a series of questionable decisions. From British director Amma Asante (A United Kingdom) comes Belle, in which Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays the mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral who helps to end slavery in England. Oscar-winning drama Selma chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s campaign to secure equal voting rights in 1965 and stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo and Tim Roth. Julie Dash became the first African-American woman to obtain general theatrical release in the U.S. with Daughters of the Dust in 1991. The film looks at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th century.
Other classics include the Oscar-winning comedy Mrs Doubtfire, screened to celebrate the arrival of Kinky Boots at Royal & Derngate, with the show’s writer Harvey Fierstein starring as Frank. Daniel (Robin Williams) enlists Frank to help with an elaborate plan to dress as an older British woman and convince his ex-wife to hire him as a nanny in order to gain access to his children. Tom Hanks stars in the Oscar-nominated Big, the tale of a teenage boy who wishes to be made big and awakes the next day in the body of an adult. The University of Northampton Cult Film Club returns for a new set of cult classics, beginning with the ‘90s horror Tremors. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward star as two repairmen who stumble upon a series of mysterious deaths and have to fight for survival against giant, worm-like monsters. There are also special screenings of Disney classic The Little Mermaid in a sing-a-long version. Screenings of the film benefit from the cinema’s Half-Term Family Ticket Offer of one adult and one child for just £13.
The Northampton Filmhouse’s programme of event cinema allows audiences to see the best of theatre, opera, dance and music performances from around the world on the big screen in Northampton. Live broadcasts are very popular and are usually programmed further in advance than normal film releases. Cinema-goers can find the most up-to-date details of future live and encore screenings on the website, and advance booking is recommended.
Forthcoming theatre highlights include NT Live’s King Lear, a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play starring Ian McKellen, broadcast live from the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End. There is also another chance to see RSC’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, recorded live from Stratford upon Avon. The Met Opera returns with Verdi’s masterpiece Aida, starring Anna Netrebko, and Darko Tresnjak’s breathtakingly directed production of Saint-Saens’ biblical epic Samson et Dalila. The Royal Opera House presents Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic ballet Mayerling, full of dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues. In music, Cliff Richard presents his 60th anniversary tour, featuring a selection of his greatest hits across six decades. There will also be an encore screening on Sunday 14 October.