May at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse brings the best of the new releases in the shape of stylish thrillerThe Two Faces Of January, charming Indian romance The Lunchbox and delightful rites-of-passage movie We Are The Best, among many others. Vintage classics include Rebel Without A Cause and Rossellini’s extraordinary Rome, Open City.
The Under The Radar strand continues to bring the cream of world and independent cinema to the big screen in Northampton, while special events include the live screening of the RSC’s Henry IV Part I and a chance to celebrate all things Eurovision by watching the song contest final live from Copenhagen as part of a hosted evening of themed fun and games.
Among the pick of the latest releases, The Two Faces Of January is a classy adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s (The Talented Mr Ripley) thriller, with Oscar Isaacs as a young tour guide in 1960s Athens who finds himself out of his depth after trying to scam a wealthy American couple, played by Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
Set largely on the sunny Cotes d’Azur, The Love Punch is a middle-aged and very British caper which sees a divorced couple (Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson)
teaming up for revenge, with friends Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall, after a French swindler steals their nest egg. In Zero Theorem, Terry Gilliam revisits the familiar dystopian fantasy theme of Brazil and 12 Monkeys with Christoph Waltz as an eccentric computer hacker, while darkly comic Kafkaesque thriller The Double sees Jesse Eisenberg playing the roles of meek office drone Simon and his new colleague James, his exact physical double.
Irish comedy The Stag is a heart-warming and hilarious journey of friendship, fear and male bonding, where a sober walking trip in the wilds, organised by best man Andrew Scott (Sherlock’s Moriarty), is gatecrashed by the bride’s psychopathic brother.
Acclaimed film-maker Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) returns with a thrilling and immersive feature, Locke, starring Tom Hardy in an unforgettable performance as businessman deserting his family and job, shot almost entirely inside his car as he drives through the night, after an unexpected phone call changes his life. Based on an award-winning novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun follows four people whose lifestyles are threatened by the onset of the Nigerian Civil war, with a cast led by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
There are also further chances to see Wes Anderson’s latest adventure, The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes as an enigmatic hotel concierge.
For family audiences, 3D animated sequel Rio 2 sees Blu and Jewel (Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway) head to the Amazon jungle, while the Muppets Most Wanted finds the gang embroiled in an international crime conspiracy, featuring Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey alongside a host of celebrity cameos.
The Under The Radar selection of brilliant new independent features includes some fine world cinema this month. Set in Mumbai, The Lunchbox is a charming and delicately performed romance in which a mistaken lunchtime delivery leads to a tantalising correspondence between lonely office worker Irffan Khan (Life Of Pi) and an unhappy housewife, while Swedish film We Are The Best is a riotous comedy-drama from Lukas Moodysson about two tomboy outcasts who decide to start a punk band despite their lack of musical ability and instruments.
Winner of the Cannes d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, exquisitely acted drama Ilo Ilo follows a Singapore family during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Adapted from the Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, The Sea is a haunting and poetic meditation on the human condition, featuring Ciaran Hinds as the widower who returns to the sleepy seaside resort where he spent his summers.
Based on a true life story, Tracks stars Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson, a young Australian who set out on an extraordinary nine month journey across the outback in 1977, with just four camels and her dog.
The gentle comedy drama In Love With Alma Cogan stars Roger Lloyd Pack in his last film. The actor, who started his career on the Royal stage with the Northampton Repertory Company, plays a pier theatre manager in a run-down seaside resort who decides to help his long-suffering assistant to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer.
May’s Q-Film screening is the hilarious 1999 satirical comedy But I’m A Cheerleader about an all-American high school girl packed off to a bizarre rehab camp under suspicion that she’s a lesbian.
Errol Flynn Filmhouse continues to bring film-goers the chance to enjoy some classic revivals with this month’s highlight being Nicholas Ray’s 1955 juvenile-delinquent film Rebel Without A Cause which made James Dean into a icon of rebellion with a timelessly poignant tale of a young loner always in
trouble with the law.
From 1945, Rome, Open City is a landmark of Italian neo-realism by legendary film-maker Roberto Rosselini, shot immediately after the liberation of the city and often cited as one of the greatest films ever made, remarkable for its sheer immediacy, tension and power. As May’s Cult Film Club screening, shown in association with the University of Northampton, there is a chance to see quirky horror-mystery The Beast Must Die, featuring Peter Cushing and Michael Gambon at a dinner party with a difference where the characters, and viewers, are invited to work out which of the guests is a werewolf.
Another wide-ranging selection of special events and live screenings are on offer for May, with the jewel in the crown being the cinema’s special Eurovision evening. Presented in association with NN Contemporary Art and hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s Helen Blaby, the event gives the opportunity to join in with fun and games and fancy dress, and enjoy sing-a-longs and themed food and drink, before watching the song contest final streamed live from Copenhagen.
The fan-funded documentary, Rock And Roll’s Greatest Failure – John Otway The Movie, will be followed by a Q&A with cult legend John Otway, in person, in the cinema. A Trip To Italy reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in another foodie road trip, with the screening followed by a live Q&A with the two comedians via
A recording of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy, is accompanied by a satellite Q&A with its star Angela Lansbury live from the BFI Southbank. Continuing the popular programme of live screenings of theatre productions, the RSC’s Henry IV Part I will be broadcast live from Stratford.
A live screening of NT Live: King Lear is already sold out but there is a second chance to see it in an encore screening. Screenings of National Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night are also very nearly sold out.
Further live screenings already on sale for the coming months include the momentous last night of Monty Python’s reunion show at London’s O2 on 20 July, reputed to be the last time the legendary comic troupe will perform together. From the Glyndebourne summer season 2014 there will be the chance to see performances of the operas Der Rosenkavalier and La Traviata broadcast live, along with a recording of the 2010 production of Don Giovanni.
There are also RSC Live screenings of Henry IV Part II and The Two Gentlemen Of Verona to look forward to, along with NT Live screenings of Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business and a new version of Euripides’ tragedy Medea.
Tickets for standard film screenings are 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 also 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, for non-live premium screenings are £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.