Film classics at a cinema

Timothy Spall in Mr Turner
Timothy Spall in Mr Turner

For November the Errol Flynn Filmhouse is pleased to be showcasing some top class films that have enjoyed success at the Cannes, Toronto and London Film Festivals, many of which are early contenders for next year’s award seasons.

Mike Leigh’s biopic Mr Turner was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, and the world cinema selection includes three entries for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, Russian drama Leviathan, Italian thriller Human Capital and Brazilian coming-of-age drama The Way He Looks. Uplifting British music drama Northern Soul also looks set to be a highlight of the season. Classic movies this month include a selection of acclaimed science fiction features, Metropolis, Ghost In The Shell and A Clockwork Orange, marking the British Film Institute’s celebration of sci-fi, Days Of Fear And Wonder. Special events for November include more live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera in New York and two exclusive art events, Hockney: Live From LA and Exhibition On Screen: Rembrandt.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

One of the highlights of the Under The Radar selection of independent films is the music-rich and uplifting Northern Soul, the story of two friends in 1974 who aspire to become DJs after discovering American soul music. The cast includes Steve Coogan, Ricky Tomlinson and Lisa Stansfield. Also coming up is Palo Alto, a teen movie for all ages based on James Franco’s short story collection, and the debut feature for director Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola). A gripping selection of foreign language films includes the powerful social drama Leviathan (winner of the London Film Festival Best Film Award), directed by Cannes winner Andrey Zvyagintse, telling the story of a man locked in a bitter land dispute with a corrupt mayor. Award-winning Italian neo-noir thriller Human Capital stars two of Italy’s leading actresses and explores the tragic death of a stranger from different perspectives. Shown in association with Q-Film, the sweet coming-of-age drama from Brazil, The Way He Looks, follows a blind teenager, struggling for independence, whose world is changed by the arrival of a new classmate. Full of vibrant song-and-dance numbers and an infectious sense of fun, delightful French comedy Attila Marcel sees the simple life of a mute pianist take a weird turn when he meets his eccentric neighbour.

Among the fascinating documentaries coming up is Cathedrals Of Culture 3D, where director Wim Wenders and a team of acclaimed film-makers (including Robert Redford) explore six architecturalmasterpieces, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, using captivating 3D camerawork. Still The Enemy Within gives a unique insight into the 1984-85 British miners’ strike, and the screening will be preceded by a talk from one of the miners featured. Painstakingly put together by director Andre Singer from restored and previously banned footage, Night Will Fall is a riveting, sobering account of the horrors witnessed by the Allied troops as they liberated Nazi concentration camps. The film also chronicles the personal involvement of makers the film at the time, who included Alfred Hitchcock in their number.

The programme of classic films for November includes the 1927 documentary film, The Battles of Coronel and Falklands Islands, a dramatic reconstruction of two decisive First World War naval battles and one of the finest films of the British silent era. Re-released by the British Film Institute to mark the centenary of the start of the war, the film is presented with a newly commissioned score by Simon Dobson. Francesco Rosi’s celebrated masterpiece from 1962, Salvatore Giuliani tells the story of the notorious Sicilian bandit and his assassination. Presented by The University of Northampton’s Cult

Film Club, which is open to all, Todd Haynes’ 1995 paranoia thriller, Safe, stars Julianne Moore as a housewife who suddenly develops multiple chemical sensitivity.

Coinciding with the BFI’s Days Of Fear And Wonder sci-fi season, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse is presenting a selection of classic sci-fi features during November, starting with Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent epic, Metropolis, portraying a futuristic city divided between the working class and city planners. Stanley Kubrick’s controversial feature from 1971, A Clockwork Orange, adapted from Anthony Burgess’ novella, stars Malcolm McDowell as a violent young delinquent forced to undergo experimental therapy in an attempt to solve society’s crime problems. Award-winning cyber thriller from 1995, Ghost In The

Shell, is one of the best-selling Japanese animation films of all time, telling the story of a female cyborg cop hunting down a mysterious computer hacker called the Puppet Master.

Among the pick of the latest big releases is the British biographical drama, Mr Turner, written and directed by Mike Leigh. The film stars Timothy Spall who won the Best Actor award at this year’s Cannes Festival for his portrayal of one of the country’s greatest artists, J W Turner. There is more period drama in Susanne Bier’s romance Serena, based on the hit novel by Ron Rash, following a timber magnate (Bradley Cooper) and his wife (Jennifer Lawrence) as they contend with the economic impact of the Great Depression of 1930s. Hugh Grant stars in sophisticated romcom, The Rewrite, playing an Oscar-winning writer in a slump, who leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college and falls for a single mother taking classes there. The dramatic comedy This Is Where I Leave You brings togethera fine ensemble cast, including Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, as four grown up siblings are forced to return to their childhood home by their mother (Jane Fonda), to live together for a week, after their father’s death. Directed by the award-winning David Cronenberg, social satire Maps To The Starsfollows a Hollywood dynasty on the verge of implosion, and features a stellar cast including Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson. From director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club), Gone Girl is a dark and twisting thriller, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as a seemingly perfect married couple, until Nick’s wife disappears on the morning of their fifth anniversary and he finds himself singled out as the prime suspect. Robert Downie Jr stars in The Judge as a hotshot young lawyer who returns to his hometown to find his father, a hitherto respected local judge, facing a murder charge. Action fim ’71 follows a young British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit on the streets of Belfast in 1971 after a riot, as he attempts to survive the night alone in a disorientating and deadly landscape, with screenplay by Gregory Burke who wrote the hit war play Black Watch. Outkast’s Andre Benjamin stars in Jimi: All Is By My Side, a biopic focussing on the early career of guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix in the ‘60s.

There will also be a second chance to see some of the most popular recent films, with repeat screenings of foodie romance, The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren, smash-hit British comedy Pride, taut thriller Before I Go To Sleep with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, and 20,000 Days On Earth, a fictional 24 hours in the life of Nick Cave.

Tickets are also already on sale for two exciting major releases coming to the Errol Flynn Filmhouse in December, charming comedy drama My Old Lady starring Maggie Smith and historical thriller The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing.

Live screenings for November include two productions from Met Opera Live, Bizet’s steamy melodrama Carmen and Rossini’s classic comedy The Barber Of Seville, both broadcast live from New York. Other special events include Hockney: Live From LA, a gala screening of the highly anticipated new feature Hockney, followed by an indepth conversation with artist David Hockney from his Los Angeles studio. Exhibition On Screen: Rembrandt will offer exclusive access to the major Rembrandt exhibitions at London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.