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 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.
Monday 11th FebruaryDisobedience (15)Based on Naomi Alderman’s novel, Disobedience is another tale of forbidden love from Oscar-winning director Sebastian Leilo (A Fantastic Woman – which we screened recently). Rachel Wiesz plays Ronit, a New York based photographer who receives news that her rabbi father has died. Her return to north London’s Orthodox Jewish community stirs up more than just emotions when she meets a childhood friend (Rachel McAdams) now the wife of a respected young rabbi.
Monday 18th FebruaryThree Identical Strangers (12A)It was 1980 in New York when, by accident, three young men discovered that they were identical triplets who had been secretly separated at birth. Their mutual joy in finding one another unfortunately didn’t last. This gripping film documents the unfolding of this extraordinary story and how pursuit of the truth about what happened led to some unpleasant and unanswered questions.
Monday 25th FebruaryTehran Taboo (15)Animation was the only realistic medium for the German-based Iranian director’s frank look at the seedy and troubled underbelly of Iran’s capital city. He aims his beautifully executed film at sexual hypocrisy in particular– typified by the shocking opening scene involving Pari, a prostitute, her client and her son who sits quietly in the back of the car they are travelling in. Although the film has been criticised for depicting an Iran of 20 years ago it is nevertheless a nuanced and gripping watch.
Monday 4th MarchThe Heiresses (12A)Ana Brun won Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival for her superb portrayal of Chela, a woman who has lost her place in Paraguay’s deeply class-ridden society. When her partner is imprisoned for fraud she is driven out of her gloomy house and finds herself some work among new acquaintances. One in particular stirs her energy…
(In Spanish with subtitles)