Screening Diary

Buxton Opera House are kindly including our programme in their Cinema leaftlet so we have stopped printing our own. You can download (and print if you wish) the current list of full details here: Buxton Film August-Sept 2018

Monday 3rd DecemberWajib (15)Set in Nazareth just before Christmas but whilst the town is decorated this drama is not about the festival. This is a family drama primarily about a father and son. Both are middle class professionals but the father has remained in his homeland, the son works in Italy. They are at odds over matters of politics and lifestyle and they have a family wedding to get through peaceably. A subtle examination there is an integrity about the film that is richly satisfying.
Monday 10th DecemberShoplifters (15) tbcWe’re very pleased to be able to bring you this year’s Palme d’Or winner at the Cannes film festival. We’ve screened a number of Koreeda’s films over the years and they never disappoint. This one, his best, is about a family of petty thieves who live together in a cramped apartment rented from a dodgy landlord. One day they find an apparently abandoned little girl and take her in – soon she is being trained to join in their money-making schemes but was she really abandoned?
Monday 17th DecemberOur Last Tango (12A)We thought this would be a nice film to see out or programme for 2018. This is the story of Argentina's famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years. In the film young dancers re-create their romantic and artistic history interspersed with real footage and interviews with the couple. Leave the cold December evening outside – come in and enjoy some hot tango moves and tunes!
Monday 7th JanuaryPeterloo (12A)St Peter’s Square, Manchester which in 1819 was St Peter’s Field and the site of a generally overlooked but critical historical event. On 16th August, what we would now call a pro-democracy demonstration was brutally broken up when cavalry charged, sabres drawn, into the crowd killing 15 protesters and injuring hundreds. Mike Leigh brings the event to life with dramatic big crowd scenes while Maxine Peake brings her talents as Nellie – the tough worker and mother of soldier Joseph. “A richly intelligent and passionate film”
Monday 14th JanuaryWlakabout (15)Director Nicolas Roeg died recently and we felt that a tribute to him was in order. Don’t Look Now is well known but we’ve selected his stunning solo directorial debut to commemorate him. A shocking event leads to a proper English teenager and her 7-year-old brother (Jenny Agutter and Lucien Roeg) finding themselves lost in the Australian desert. They come across a young Aboriginal boy who is on ‘walkabout’. A unique study of cultural clash and awakening sexuality beautifully filmed in Roeg’s enigmatic style. Affecting and memorable.
Monday 21st JanuaryBlackkklansman (15)Spike Lee returns to his very best in this thrilling but funny satire set in the 1970s. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the only non-white cop in the Colorado Springs police force. He replies to a KKK newspaper ad posing as a white sympathiser. His Jewish colleague Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) stands in for face-to-face meetings as they infiltrate the movement. Clever twists keep you hooked into this entertaining Cannes film festival Grand Prix winner. Hilarious.
Monday 28th JanuaryThe Wild Pear Tree (15)We’ve screened a number of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s exquisite unhurried films over the years. In this, his best to date, young graduate Sinan, jobless, returns to his rural village. His idealised childhood memory of home contrasts with the daily irritations he now finds. Are the lives of the people he left behind as hopeless as he feels or simply a projection of his own perceived lack of success? There are some truly memorable scenes in this deeply satisfying, intelligent film.
Monday 4th February Nae Pasaran! (12)In 1973 General Pinochet violently took power in Chile. British made Hawker Hunters were used in the bombing of government buildings. In 1974 the engines arrived for repair at the Rolls Royce factory in East Kilbride but the workers, in an act of solidarity with the people of Chile, decided not to touch them. Forty years later a young director explores this extraordinary stand in an emotional and powerful documentary combining archive footage, animation and an original soundtrack by Patrick Neil O’Doyle. Brilliant.