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 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)A lone yachtswoman on a trip from Gibraltar to Ascension Island is faced with the dilemma of our times when she comes across a boatload of refugees in a precarious vessel. Does she heed the instructions of the authorities to move on or should she lend a helping hand, and if so, what can she do? This intelligent, tense and well-judged film brilliantly shot on location has earned high praise from critics and film-goers alike.
Monday 2nd SeptemberMarianne and Leonard: Words of Love (12A)In 1960 a young Canadian poet visited the Greek island of Hydra and fell hopelessly in love with Marianne Ihlen. Hydra at that time was a haven for the bohemian counterculture that had emerged in Europe and the US. Although this isn’t a new story, Nick Broomfield had a personal interest here – he too had known and loved Marianne. This is a documentary about Marianne but more about Leonard Cohen and those heady days in the 60s It is also a story about a love that endured. Bring your hankies….
Monday 9th SeptemberBirds of Passage (15)Buxton Film screened the superb black and white exploration of tribal Amazonia Embrace of the Serpent in 2016. Director Ciro Guerra returns with Cristina Gallego and a new story that starts in 1960s northern Columbia, home to the Wayúu people and their rich and colourful culture. Some American hippies find their way there and a drug trade is established. Over the next 20 years there are riches to be won but much is lost…
Monday 16th SeptemberSometimes Always Never (12A)Bill Nighy plays Alan, a retired tailor in this very engaging film. Cleverly scripted by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Scrabble-obsessed Alan is troubled by the notion that his long lost son left after an argument about whether ‘zo’ was an allowable word under the rules of the game. How does Alan negotiate relationships with his other children, his wife and Scrabble? Witty, entertaining and well acted.
Monday 23rd SeptemberA Season in France (12)Solid and likeable Abbas is doing his best for his family after escaping the war-torn Central African Republic to France. He’s troubled by many things but he keeps his head down, works hard and meets Carole – a kind and loving woman. Abbas craves a stable life but his asylum application is pending and the spectre of expulsion does nothing to dispel his sense of impotence against the bureaucracy he faces. A strong and compassionate film.
Monday 30th SeptemberOnly You (15)Laia Costa starred in the thrilling Victoria and Josh O’Connor in God’s Own Country both screened by Buxton Film. Here they play Elena and Jake who meet by accident and fall passionately and magically in love. But Elena’s little white lie gnaws away …. Not a complicated story but this is a gentle, sexy and intelligent film that gained great reviews when it was released in July – you will not be disappointed.
Monday 7th OctoberThe Chambermaid (15)There isn’t much of a plot to this film but it is completely gripping. Eve is a chambermaid working in a posh hotel in Mexico City. We watch her painstaking, meticulous and tedious work, making sure everything is perfect for the guests who barely know she exists. Yet she is witness to their intimate and personal lives. The contradictions, emblematic of the society she inhabits are not lost but there is nothing loud or in-your-face here. Unmissable.
Monday 14th OcotberNeither Wolf nor Dog (12A)Neither Wolf Nor Dog Synopsis A white author is summoned by a Lakota Elder who asks him to write a book about his perspective. After a blundering false start, he is all but kidnapped and sucked into a road trip through the heart of the contemporary Native American landscape.
Monday 21st OcotberYuli (15)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.
Monday 28th OcotberPhotograph (15)Following on from his lovely and hugely successful The Lunchbox, director Ritesh Batra is back with another gentle love story infused with cultural mores and familial expectations. Set in present-day Mumbai, street photographer Rafi uses a photo of a random girl, Miloni, to fool his grandmother that he is on the way to being married. Miloni, bored with life studying for her accountancy exams, colludes in the ruse and Rafi becomes increasingly enamoured with her…