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 11th November||Bait (15)||One of the word-of-mouth successes of the year, Bait is an extraordinary independent British film. At one level it is a straightforward story about the conflict between Londoners moving to a Cornish village and a local fisherman whose way of life is threatened. What makes Mark Jenkin’s film remarkable is his use of black-and-white techniques that remind us of films from the silent era. ‘A breathtaking and glorious endeavour.’|
|Monday 18th November||Varda by Agnès (PG)||Agnes Varda was a favourite filmmaker to many and her death aged 90, earlier this year, was saddening even if unsurprising. Her final film is a review of her life and work and includes clips from her work as well as conversations with some that worked with her. Varda was a filmmaker like no other and her compassion and concern for ‘ordinary’ people makes her work ever more important. See this and you will want to search out more of her films.|
|Monday 25th November||Pain and Glory (15)||Pedro Almodovar’s films are never less than watchable and Pain and Glory sees him at his best. There are many apparent autobiographical parallels here which make this all the more intriguing. Antonio Banderas plays a filmmaker who is struggling and apparently in decline. He renews contact with an actor he fell out with decades ago and this triggers memories of episodes in his childhood. But can these recollections be therapeutic? Almodóvar regular Penélope Cruz also stars.|
|Monday 2nd December||Animals (15)||Emma Jane Unsworth’s novel was a hit and her screen adaptation captures the excitement, the rush and the falls in the lives of two women living life to the full brilliantly. The novel was set in Manchester but the film finds us in Dublin. Holliday Grainger is Laura - trying to make a living as a writer and supplementing her income as a barista. Tyler (Alia Shawkat) is her American flatmate. Drinking is a large part of their lives but Laura falls in love with a teetotal pianist. Witty, sharp and captivating, Animals portrays self-destructive behaviour unflinchingly.|
|Monday 9th December||Sorry We Missed You (15)||With I, Daniel Blake Ken Loach told of the difficulties a group of people had trying to meet the demands of the unemployed benefits system while retaining any dignity. Sorry We Missed You is something of a companion piece. Also set in Newcastle, this time Loach and his writer Paul Laverty turn their attention to the scandal of zero hours contracts. People aspire to improve their lives - but is it always possible? This is Loach at his best, unashamedly political and with a simple but powerful message. Prepare to be angered and moved.|
|Monday 16th December||The Farewell (PG)||The Farewell was the Audience Award winner at this year’s Sundance London Film Festival - and it’s easy to see why. Bill - a Chinese-American writer - learns that his grandmother has just months to live. She is thousands of miles away in China and Bill wants to see her once before she dies. Director Lulu Wang draws on personal experiences to tell this poignant story which also examines some of the cultural tensions between East and West.|