A great selection of films is now on sale for October, November and early December 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 from around the world include the Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, Italian crime drama Dogman and American drama Wildlife. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including musical romance A Star is Born, as well as historical drama Peterloo and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. A selection of films celebrating the career of Robert Redford supplements the classics season. The programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera, including Alan Bennett’s sharp new play Allelujah!
Northampton Filmhouse is also pleased to announce the second instalment of its Q-Film Weekender, a three-day festival celebrating heroes of queer cinema and showcasing LGBTQ+ themed stories from around the world. With a programme including special previews of Postcards from London and Lizzie, everyone is welcome to come together in celebration and reflection, to have fun, and to be moved, challenged and inspired.
Over the coming months the cinema welcomes a selection of top movies from around the world including Shoplifters, which won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the story of a family of small-time crooks who take in a child they find on the street. The screening on Friday 30th November will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Northampton Hope Centre. Dogman is directed by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) and stars Marcello Fonte, winner of Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival this year for his performance in the film. Fonte plays a dog groomer who is trying to prevent a former violent boxer from terrorising the neighbourhood. Introspective drama Wildlife is adapted from Richard Ford’s novel of the same name and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan as a troubled husband and wife. Directed by critically acclaimed actor Paul Dano, the film is nominated for the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature at this month’s BFI London Film Festival. Utøya-July 22 tells the story of the July 2011 terrorist mass murder at a political summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya and was filmed in a single take.
Other independent releases from around the world include Mirai, an anime tale from director Mamoru Hosoda (The Boy and the Beast). The film tells the story of a young boy who encounters a magical garden which enables him to travel through time. Hungarian drama 1945 has won a variety of awards worldwide and comes from director Ferenc Török. Two mysterious strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station of a Hungarian village, and within a few hours, everything has changed. Nicholas Cage gives a powerful performance in the revenge epic Mandy. Set in the primal wilderness of 1983, Cage’s character hunts a religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life, played by Andrea Riseborough (The Death of Stalin). Anchor & Hope is November’s screening held in association with Q-Film Northants. The film stars Natalia Tena (Harry Potter) and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) as a couple who solicit a friend (David Verdaguer) to be their sperm donor, leading to surprising changes for all of them. Matthew Holness (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace) directs chilling horror Possum, starring Sean Harris as a disgraced children’s puppeteer who is forced to confront his wicked stepfather. Jim Hoskings (The Greasy Strangler) returns with another offbeat comedy in An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin. The film stars Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as Lulu Danger, whose marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town. The film also stars Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Matt Berry (Toast of London). Gus Van Sant directs the based on a true story drama Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot, the story of John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), who, after a car accident, discovers a gift for drawing newspaper cartoons. The film also stars Jonah Hill, Jack Black and Rooney Mara.
The latest big releases coming up at the Northampton Filmhouse include the musical romance A Star is Born, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper. He plays aging musical star Jackson Maine who falls in love with struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). Based on the bestselling young adult novel by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, a teenage girl who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Juliet, Naked is based on the novel by Nick Hornby and tells the story of Annie (Rose Byrne), stuck in a long term relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). Acclaimed British director Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner) directs Peterloo, the story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre. A nominee for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the film stars Rory Kinnear and Maxine Peake. Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen returns with Widows, in which four women with nothing in common, except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands. The film features an all-star cast including Viola Davis, Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson.
Other big releases include musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody which stars Rami Malek as Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury. The film chronicles the years leading up to the band’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid concert in 1985. Crazy Rich Asians is the smash hit romantic comedy directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2). Constance Wu stars as New Yorker Rachel, who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s (Henry Golding, A Simple Favour) surprisingly wealthy family. Idris Elba makes his directorial debut with Yardie, a film that takes places in ‘70s Kingston and ‘80s Hackney and tells the story of a young man seeking revenge for the murder of his older brother. The film is screened to celebrate Black History Month in the UK. The critically acclaimed Blindspotting stars Daveed Diggs (Wonder) as a man on probation who begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Breathe returns to the cinema’s screens in partnership with Northampton Borough Council and Community Forums Northampton to mark International Day for People with Disabilities 2018. Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy star as a couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease.
A great selection of documentaries includes Bad Reputation, which chronicles the life of Joan Jett, founding member of The Runaways. Jett and her friends tell how it really was in the ‘70s punk scene with interviews laced with archival footage. In Fahrenheit 11/9, notorious documentarian Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine) returns with a provocative and comedic look at the times in which we live. He explores the two most important questions of the Trump era: How did we get here, and how do we get out?
The Northampton Filmhouse will be showing a selection of contemporary movies from the French Film Festival UK, which celebrates French and francophone cinema. Jean Dujardin stars in the comedy Return of the Hero, playing a Captain who is called to the front, leaving his future bride heartbroken until her sister cheers her up by writing letters on his behalf. The film is directed by Laurent Tirard (Up For Love) and also stars Mélanie Laurent. Tonie Marshall directs Numero Une, starring Emmanuelle Devos as a brilliant and determined female engineer who is approached with an offer to help become the first female CEO of a huge firm, sparking an all-out gender war. Sorry Angel tells the story of a couple, one older and one younger, who share a relationship that will be put to the test. Directed by Christophe Honoré (Love Songs), the film features Vincent Lacoste and Pierre Deladonchamps.
The programme of classic films includes regular Dementia-Friendly screenings, now sponsored by Avery Healthcare. Over the coming weeks there will be an early evening screening of 1980s classic The Breakfast Club, on Tuesday 23 October. The following month there will be a screening of John Landis’ The Blues Brothers on Wed 21 November. 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 1954 movie Carmen Jones on Tuesday 30 October, whilst Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder star in Mel Brooks’ ‘60s classic The Producers on Tue 27 November.
The classics programme is supplemented with a range of screenings to celebrate the career of Robert Redford after he announced his retirement from acting after his next film The Old Man and the Gun, which will feature in the next Northampton Filmhouse season. Beginning with Oscar-winning classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the cinema also screens romance The Way We Were, crime drama The Sting and political classic All the President’s Men. With Halloween coming up, The University of Northampton Cult Film Club will show a Hammer Horror Double Bill on Wednesday 31 October. This double bill will comprise of two films from revered horror director Terence Fisher, The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula: Prince of Darkness, both starring Christopher Lee. In November they present Stanley Kubrick’s cult masterpiece A Clockwork Orange, starring Malcolm McDowell as a sadistic gang leader who is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment.
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 presentation of Alan Bennett’s Allelujah!, his sharp and hilarious new play filmed live during its limited run at London’s Bridge Theatre. His play The Madness of King George III will also screen in NT Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse and stars Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, NT Live: Coriolanus) in the title role. There is also a chance to see the RSC’s production of Shakespeare’s Troilus & Cressida, a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle broadcast live from his home town. The Met Opera returns with Puccini’s gunpowder western La Fanciulla Del West, starring soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, and Marnie, based on the novel that inspired Hitchcock’s thriller and receiving its U.S. premiere at the Met. The Royal Opera House presents Keith Warner’s production of Die Walküre, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera and La Bayadère, Natalia Makarova’s production of this 19th century classic ballet bringing an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life. Season six of the popular Exhibition on Screen series arrives with Degas: Passion for Perfection, taking viewers on a journey from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.