For October the Errol Flynn Filmhouse continues to present the best new releases, including the comic drama Pride starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton and Emma Thompson’s incisive period piece Effie Gray.
The best of new world cinema coming to Northampton includes the daring Persian thriller, Manuscripts Don’t Burn, while the programme of classics brings a healthy dose of horror for Hallowe’en with screenings of The Shining and The Evil Dead. October also sees the first of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse’s live screenings from the Metropolitan Opera in New York and more from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet.
Among the pick of the latest big releases is the British comedy drama Pride, based on the true events of 1984, when a group of gay activists try to raise money for the striking miners of a small Welsh community. With a cast including Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, Pride is October’s Q-Film screening. Emma Thompson writes and stars in the incisive drama Effie Gray, which explores the troubled relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Euphemia ‘Effie’ Gray and the Pre-Raphaelite artist Millais, with a cast that also includes Dakota Fanning, Tom Sturridge, Robbie Coltrane and Derek Jacobi.
Based on the critically acclaimed stage play Posh, The Riot Club follows two first year students at Oxford, determined to join an elite club (a fictionalised version of the infamous Bullingdon Club) where reputations can be made or destroyed in an evening. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in A Most Wanted Man, a skilfull adaptation of John Le Carre’s post 9/11 espionage thriller.
Mesmerising Australian thriller Mystery Road sees an inner-city detective investigate the murder of a teenage girl in the Outback, revealing murky undercurrents of police corruption and racism.
On a lighter note, Woody Allen’s enchantingly shot 1920s-set romantic comedy Magic In The Moonlight stars Colin Firth as a celebrated stage magician sent to France to debunk a glamorous clairvoyant, only to fall for her. From the makers of BBC series Outnumbered comes the heartwarming comedy What We Did On Our Holiday, starring David Tennant and Rosamund Pike as young couple trying to keep their divorce a secret when they head to the Highlands for grandfather Billy Connolly’s birthday.
A follow up to 2011’s comedy hit, The Inbetweeners 2 sees the hapless foursome embark on a hilarious road trip across Australia. For half-term family audiences, stop-motion animation adventure The Boxtrolls (3D), from the makers of Paranorman, brings to life Alan Snow’s bestselling children’s novel Here Be Monsters, with voices provided by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Ben Kingsley.
One of the highlights of the Under The Radar selection of independent films and world cinema is Persian thriller Manuscripts Don’t Burn, exposing the mechanisms of fear that govern everyday life in Iran and shot covertly by director Mohammad Rasoulof due to a government ban on his work. The gripping French biopic Violette explores the intense and lifelong relationship between writers Violette Leduc and Simone de Beauvoir, while haunting Polish drama Ida sees a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland discover a dark family secret dating back to the time of Nazi occupation. American indie film Obvious Child is a refreshingly honest and darkly funny comedy starring Jenny Slate as a young Brooklyn stand up comic facing big life decisions after a drunken one-night stand. Night Train to Lisbon brings mystery and romance as Jeremy Irons stars as a Latin professor who abandons his boring life to embark on an enthralling adventure, after saving a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death.
Recorded live at Alexandra Palace in 2013 Bjork: Biophilia Live is a captivating concert film which sees Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork and her band perform every song from her multi-disciplinary mulitmedia project Biophilia.
October’s live screenings feature the Errol Flynn Filmhouse’s first events from the Met Opera Live series, starting with their chilling production of Verdi’s Macbeth, and followed by a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro, broadcast direct from New York. The new Bolshoi Liveseason begins with a world premiere of the Bolshoi Ballet’s new production of Yuri Grigoravich’s The Legend of Love, screened via satellite from Moscow.
There is a brilliant line up of classic films on offer in October, not least the British noir masterpiece from 1947, Brighton Rock, starring the late great Richard Attenborough in his breakthrough role as small-town hoodlum Pinkie Brown. Michaelangelo Antonioni’s 1970 movie Zabriskie Point is an allegorical attack on mainstream American lifestyle and politics, which sees a rebellious student steal a plane in LA and head for Death Valley.
From 1987, black comedy Withnail And I stars Paul McGann and Richard E Grant as out of work actors who escape the squalor of their London flat for a week in the country with hilarious results, with Richard Griffiths appearing as the larger than life Uncle Monty. The definitive cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show brings its ever popular blend of music and mayhem to the Errol Flynn Filmhouse for October’s Cult Film Club, in association with the University of Northampton. The silent thriller The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is one of the earliest horror features ever made, telling the tale of a hypnotist who uses a somnambulist to carry out murders for him.
Finally Hallowe’en brings screenings of two modern horror classics, starting with Stanley Kubrick’s terrifying 1980 masterpiece, The Shining based on the Stephen King novel, and starring Jack Nicholson as the winter caretaker of the cursed Overlook Hotel, descending into madness. An iconic horror movie from 1981, The Evil Dead tells the tale of five college students who visit a remote cabin, accidentally unleashing the evil forces within, in a special late night screening.
Tickets for standard film screenings remain competitively priced at £7.50 (concessions £6.50) with peak screenings (Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm) costing £8.50 full price (concessions £7.50).
Children’s tickets are just £5. At Silver Screen matinees, tickets for more mature customers are priced at £5. There are special, exclusive Parent and Baby screenings, where tickets are £6.50 (baby under one goes free). Tickets for premium screenings of live productions are £14 full price, £12 for concessions and £10 for children, and for non-live premium screenings, £12, £10 and £8. All tickets can be booked in advance by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at www.errolflynnfilmhouse.com, where full details can be found of the forthcoming programme with dates and times of all screenings. The new Errol Flynn membership scheme offers great benefits, including three free tickets per member, ticket discounts and great savings on food and drink purchased at Errol Flynn Filmhouse. A single membership costs £25, with a joint membership available at £40.