As the awards season gets underway, Northampton’s newest cinema, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, has another exciting and eclectic selection of films lined up for the weeks ahead, with a full programme confirmed up until the end of February.
The cinema will be showing the best of the current mainstream releases, including the Coen brothers’ black comedy about the 1960s folk scene Inside Llewyn Davis, intense historic drama 12 Years A Slave and the entertaining American Hustle, as well as giving movie-goers a second chance to see some of the most successful titles of past months such as Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Gravity.
The cinema’s Under The Radar series continues to present brilliant new independent films including gripping British drama Traveller and survival feature All Is Lost.
A special highlight will be a preview showing of Nymphomaniac Volume I and II, from controversial director Lars von Trier, while classics to enjoy include the musical Singin’ In The Rain and a Valentine’s Day screening of the romantic comedy Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
One of the highlights of the new releases coming up in February is the Coen brothers’ latest offering, Inside Llewyn Davis, which charts a week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Brimming with music, this black comedy is infused with the transportative sound of another time and place.
Another must-see is Steve McQueen’s gripping historical drama set in pre-Civil War America, 12 Years A Slave, an incredible true story of free black man Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), abducted and sold into slavery, and his struggle to regain his freedom. The film is nominated for nine Oscars and ten BAFTAs, and has already scooped the Golden Globe for Best Picture.
Adapted by Tracy Letts from her own Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play, August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, brought back together by a family crisis to the Midwest house in which they grew up, and features a star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Another much nominated film and winner of three Golden Globes, American Hustle is a dark comedy following a brilliant con man and his partner, forced to work for a wild FBI agent, in a world of powerbrokers and mafia that is as dangerous as it is enchanting.
Based on the story of a real-life rogue trader and his decadent lifestyle, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio in a Golden Globe-winning performance, with five Oscar nominations also chalked up. Other films to look forward to include the hilarious sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Returns and for family audiences the charming Disney animation, Frozen, with its sparkling reworking of The Snow Queen story.
Continuing the Errol Flynn Filmhouse’s Under The Radar season of great independent features that maynot be so widely available, the cinema will be screening the fascinating drama Traveller on Friday January 31. Directed by Benjamin Johns (a lecturer at the University of Northampton) the film follows a year in the life of a young half gypsy (Billy Cook) as he tries to adjust to 21st century life and leave his rootsbehind. Cook’s real-life father, David Essex, appears in the film as well as providing the soundtrack.
This season also includes the tense drama adventure All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford as a man fighting for survival after being lost at sea, and fascinating Formula One documentary 1: Life On The Limit, charting the history of this most glamorous of sports, featuring narration by Michael Fassbender.
A real highlight to look out will be a preview showing of Lars van Trier’s epic two part film, Nymphomaniac Volume I and II, telling the wild and poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to 50 as told by self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg. The cast also includes Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe and Uma Thurman. Showing for just one night this special screening includes a live introduction and live interview with selected members of the all star-cast via satellite.
Continuing the cinema’s popular series of live screenings, in February film-goers can enjoy a performance by the Bolshoi Ballet of Lost Illusions, a stylised adaptation of Balzac’s novel of thwarted love, ambition and disillusionment, set against a backdrop of 19th century Paris. There will also be a chance to see the English National Opera production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, perhaps the most significant British opera of the last two centuries.
The live screening of the National Theatre’s War Horse and most of the subsequent encore screenings are already sold out, but there will also be a second chance to see the Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s searing tragedy Coriolanus.
In association with the University of Northampton though open to everyone, the cinema’s Cult Film Club continues with a showing of Rob Reiner’s classic 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, following a hapless heavy metal band on their disastrous US comeback tour.
Other classics for February include the legendary 1952 musical Singin’ In The Rain, starring Gene Kelly, and for Valentine’s Day, the romantic comedy Breakfast At Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn as carefree New York socialite Holly Golightly.
Twenty years after the passing of visionary British film-maker, artist and gay activist Derek Jarman, the cinema marks this anniversary, and celebrates LGBT month, with a screening of Caravaggio, his powerful portrait of the life and loves of the 17th century painter, starring Dexter Fletcher and Tilda Swinton.
During the coming weeks there will also be a second chance to see some of the most successful recent films, brought back by popular demand, including Saving Mr Banks, about the making of Disney movie Mary Poppins, the heartfelt drama Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, the visually stunning space drama Gravity 3D, with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and the acclaimed biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
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.