Thursday 17th October – 7.30pm

A Sunday in Hell (PG)

1977, France, Dir. Jorgen Leth, 111 minutes

The first film in a series of iconic sports films we’re screening in the Buxton Working Men’s Club.

The documentary charts the highs and lows of the gruelling Paris – Roubaix cycle race in 1976. Hell is the cobblestone roads in Northern France. The big names of the time are there: Eddie Merckx, Roger de Vlaeminck and Freddy Maertens. Ultimately it is just the rider, his 1970’s bike and the awful road – a compelling spectacle.

Tickets £4 – available on the door

Doors and bar open 7pm.

Monday 21st October – 7.30pm

Yuli (15)

2018, Spain/Cuba/UK/Ger, Dir. Iciar Bollain, 115 minutes

The story of Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta who rose to become a ballet superstar and the Royal Ballet’s first black Romeo. Unlike Billy Elliot, Carlos had to be dragged kicking and screaming to dance classes in Havana to get him off the streets. With a script by Paul Laverty, this is an emotionally insightful film which doesn’t pull any punches. Electrifying appearances by Acosta as himself now completes this compelling biopic.

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Film notes (paper copies available at the screening)

Tickets (£5 adults, £3 children) available on the door, but it may be busy so you are advised to book in advance with the Buxton Opera House box office

Coming soon…

We’ve selected some excellent films for the next few weeks – Next week, we’re showing the drama documentary Yuli – the stroy of Carlos Acosta from his childhood in Havana to principal at the Royal Ballet. On the 28th October we have Photograph another gentle love story form the maker of The Lunchbox. You can find our full programme on the diary page.

Sports film mini-fest

We’ve selected 4 sports and tracked down a great film for each to be screened on consecutive Thursdays from 17th October in the Working Men’s Club on Lighwood Road. It’s a great venue for our mobile cinema kit and has an inexpensive bar as a bonus.

Cycling: A Sunday in Hell (1977) – the gruelling Paris – Roubaix race that includes sections of excruciating cobbled roads

Tennis: The Battle of the Sexes (2013) – the original documentary about the build-up to and the match between Billy Jean King and Robby Riggs

Football: The Keeper (2018) – the extraordinary story of Bert Trautmann who was Man City’s goalie between 1949 and 1964 and who played on after breaking his neck in a Wembley Cup final.

Motor-racing: Grand Prix (1966) – the spectacular film about the heady days of F1 in the 1960s. No advertising and no seat belts or harnesses!