A great selection of films is now on sale for January and February 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 documentary feature Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain featuring a post film Q&A, mysterious South Korean drama Burning, and the romantic French drama An Impossible Love. As awards season begins, the cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including stylish political drama Vice, as well as the inspirational drama Green Book and Shakespearian story All Is True. Northampton Filmhouse also presents a selection of films from legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman to celebrate the release of the new documentary feature Bergman: A Year In A Life. The programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera, including I’m Not Running, the explosive new play from Sir David Hare.
Northampton Filmhouse is also pleased to announce the launch of a new ticket price of £5 for those aged 16-25. The ticket price, valid on all regular screenings from Monday-Thursday, is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network, and is designed to encourage more young people to enjoy the cinema experience.
Over the coming months the cinema welcomes a selection of top movies and documentaries including Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain, a searing documentary which inspired a book entitled Invisible Britain: Portraits Of Hope And Resilience. After the screening, director Paul Sng will discuss both the film and book on a panel including author and activist Lisa McKenzie and writer Alan Moore, hosted by journalist Natalie Bloomer. RBG is a documentary feature which shines a light on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. Documentary feature Nae Pasaran tells the incredible true story of a group of Scottish workers who refused to carry out repairs on warplane engines in an act of solidarity against the violent military coup in Chile. South Korean drama Burning has been shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming 2019 Oscars. The mysterious thriller tells the story of friends Lee Jong-su (Ah-in Yoo) and Shin Hae-mi (Jong-seo Jun), whose relationship is complicated when Shin returns from a trip with the enigmatic Ben (Steven Yeun, The Walking Dead). An Impossible Love premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in October and is directed by Catherine Corsini (Summertime). It tells the story of a short-lived romance from which a daughter is born, following the next 50 years in which their lives will be shaped by their turbulent relationship. On Her Shoulders looks at the busy life of 23-year-old Nobel peace prize winner Nadia Murad. The documentary feature follows this strong-willed young woman, who escaped the hands of ISIS to become a beacon of hope for her people.
The latest big releases coming up at the Northampton Filmhouse include the political biopic Vice, starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in a Golden Globe winning performance. From Adam McKay (The Big Short), the film follows the story of the rise of Cheney, with an all-star cast including Steve Carell, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell. Green Book won three Golden Globe at this year’s award ceremony, and stars Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), winner of the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in the film, and Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) as a world-class black pianist and his driver. The inspiring biopic shows how they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. All Is True is directed by and stars Kenneth Branagh as William Shakespeare. Written by Ben Elton, the drama, which takes a look at the final days in the life of the renowned playwright, also stars Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. Mary Queen Of Scots sees Saoirse Ronan as the charismatic Mary Stuart, who returns to her native Scotland and attempts to overthrow her cousin, Elizabeth I, Queen of England (Margot Robbie). The film is directed by Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse and was written by Beau Willimon (House Of Cards). Timothee Chalamet gives a Golden Globe nominated performance in Beautiful Boy, in which he stars alongside Steve Carell. The film tells the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse and recovery in a family coping with a son’s addiction, and is based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from real life father and son David and Nic Sheff. Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) directs James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk. The film follows a young woman who seeks to clear the name of her wrongly charged husband, and features a Golden Globe winning performance from Regina King as the young woman’s mother.
Other big releases include Stan & Ollie in which Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as Laurel and Hardy. The film follows Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act as the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland, seeking to secure their place in the hearts of the public. Period drama Colette stars Keira Knightley as a woman who is convinced to ghostwrite for her husband (Dominic West). When her efforts turn into a bestseller and cultural sensation, it sparks a fight over creative ownership. Melissa McCarthy gives a powerful performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me? as a celebrity biographer who turns to deception after work dries up by forging letters from deceased authors. The film, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018, also stars Richard E. Grant as her loyal friend Jack. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the latest instalment in the Oscar-nominated film series and is part of the cinema’s Family Ticket Offer of one adult and one child ticket for £13. Hugh Jackman stars in The Front Runner as charismatic politician Gary Hart, a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987 who is rocked by allegations of infidelity. The film also stars Vera Farmiga and J.K. Simmons and is directed by Oscar-nominee Jason Reitman (Juno). Clint Eastwood directs and stars in The Mule as a man in his 80s who takes a job as a driver when he faces foreclosure from his business. Little does he know, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for the Mexican cartel. The film also stars Bradley Cooper (American Sniper). The Upside is based on the acclaimed foreign language film Untouchable, and stars Bryan Cranston as a billionaire who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart).
The programme of classic films includes regular Dementia-Friendly screenings. Over the coming weeks there will be an early evening screening of 1970s classic Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, on Tuesday 22 January. In February, there will be an early evening screening of 1980s classic Little Shop Of Horrors, on Tuesday 19 February. 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 1961 movie The Young Ones, starring Cliff Richard, on Tuesday 12 February.
The classics programme is supplemented with a range of screenings to mark the release of documentary feature Bergman: A Year In A Life. The film journeys through the year of 1957, a year in which Bergman released two of his most acclaimed features, made a TV film and directed four plays for theatre. Classic screenings include The Magic Flute, Ingmar Bergman’s screen adaptation of the beloved Mozart opera. Wild Strawberries chronicles an automobile trip taken by an elderly medical professor, as the old man comes to terms with the life he has lived. The final film from Ingmar Bergman is The Seventh Seal, the dark masterpiece telling the story of a knight who challenged Death to a chess match for his life.
Other classics include Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport, screened to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Oscar-winning documentary tells the story of the thousands of Jewish children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia who gained refuge in the UK. The Last Movie is Dennis Hopper’s personal, audaciously experimental follow-up to Easy Rider, from director Dennis Hopper. Jack Nicholson stars in The Passenger as an American journalist who discovers the body of a stranger who looks similar to him and assumes his identity. The film comes from Oscar-nominated director Michelangelo Antonioni (Blow Up). The University of Northampton Cult Film Club presents Richard Linklater’s 1990s cult classic Dazed And Confused. The film follows a group of rowdy teenagers on the last day of school, with early performances from Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Parker Posey. The Cult Film Club also present Videodrome, David Cronenberg’s science fiction nightmare about a trashy TV channel whose violent themes may not be as fake as first thought. On Valentine’s Day, the filmhouse screens much-loved classic Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
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 I’m Not Running, the explosive new play from Sir David Hare starring Sian Brooke. The Met Opera returns with Sir Richard Eyre’s dynamic production of Carmen starring Clementine Margaine. The Royal Opera House present The Queen Of Spades, Tchaikovsky’s most ambitious opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano, and La Traviata, Sir Richard Eyre’s beautiful production which provides the perfect setting for Verdi’s opera. They also present Don Quixote, the dazzling ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique with choreography from Carlos Acosta. The Exhibition On Screen season continues with Young Picasso, a film that takes a look at the early years of Picasso by working closely with all three Picasso museums.