Screening Diary

Buxton Opera House are kindly including our programme in their Cinema leaftlet so we have stopped printing our own.

Here is our diary – we update it as soon as new films are confirmed. You won’t find a more varied and interesting programme anywhere!

Monday 29th JulyDiego Maradona (12A)Whether you follow football or not, most of us have heard of Diego Maradona whose ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 World Cup eventually led to Argentina winning it. This gripping documentary from Asif Kapadia (he made the much-lauded Amy Winehouse documentary in 2015) charts the life of the tragic genius from boyhood to his lacklustre seasons at Barcelona and then his triumphant but then agonising time at Napoli.
Monday 5th AugustHappy as Lazzaro (12A)As you begin watching this film it’s hard to decide when it is set. There are contradictions, and something is obviously wrong but you are swept along, intrigued, fascinated and amused. A strange thing happens and the heart-breaking story is revealed. This moving and beautifully constructed film from Alice Rohrwacher will stay with you for a long time.
Monday 12th AugustApollo 11 (U)Locally based film archivist Stephen Slater managed to get hold of cans of unprocessed 70mm film originally shot, but never used, for a documentary of the first NASA mission to the moon. His work on this previously unseen footage culminated in an extraordinary account of the Apollo 11 expedition, released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the mission and first shown at the Sheffield Documentary Festival in June. It’s a documentary like no other and the quality of the images is astonishing.
Monday 19th AugustRafiki (12A)To us, this film is an uncontroversial and modest love story between two young women whose fathers are standing against each other for a place in the country’s governing assembly. But same-sex relationships in Kenya are illegal (a British colonial legacy) and its screening was banned in Kenya. As such it provides a new context for a familiar story, a small window to another place and one of a scarce number of films from Africa to get distribution in the West.
Tuesday 27th AugustStyx (12A)Iranian Jafar Panahi was banned by his government from making films. This is his fourth film since the ban was announced! By definition each film is a subversive act of defiance ,scrutinising some aspect of Iranian life and culture. The starting point for 3 Faces is a short bit of video that appears to show the death of a young woman. Panahi stars alongside Behnaz Jafari, a popular Iranian actress, as they set out to unravel the truth behind the images on the mobile phone.