Summer 2017 diary

Another great programme for the summer season.


Monday 31st July, 7.30pmIt’s Only the End of the World (15)trailerThis French-Canadian film has a stellar cast and begins with Louis – a 34-year-old playwright - visiting his family that he has not seen for 12 years. He brings bad news but finds it difficult to share. What might have been a reunion becomes an encounter full of anguish, uncertainty and pain.
Monday 7th August, 7.30pmLoving (12A)trailerIt is 1958 in Virginia. A black woman is pregnant; her boyfriend is white. They marry – but this is against the law. A long, legal battle follows and the attention that Mildred and Richard Loving have to endure is unsettling as they try to build a safe home for their family.
Monday 14th August, 7.30pmDancer (12A)trailerThis documentary is about Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin who began his career in Kiev before moving to the Royal Ballet School in London. His family make sacrifices to support Sergei – at financial and emotional cost – and his personal life becomes chaotic. The charismatic Polunin makes a compelling subject.
Monday 21st August, 7.30pm20th Century Women (15)trailerSet in California in 1979 this is “a refreshingly rich and intelligent female-led drama. It’s also a poignant character study that draws first-rate performances from its cast… a story about the lives of women, the challenges of parenthood, the value of art and a recent past that now seems unreachable.”
Tuesday 29th August, 7.30pmViceroy’s House (12A)trailerHugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson star as Lord and Lady Mountbatten in Gurinder Chada’s telling of the Partition of India in 1947. A complex story and the gulf between the lifestyles of the British colonialists and millions of Muslims and Hindus is painful – as is the arbitrary nature of the political solution imposed.
Thursday 31st August, 11.30amMon Oncle (U)trailerMr and Mrs Arpel live a very modern, ordered life. Their neighbourhood is bland and clean; everything is controlled without room for play or humour. Their son, Gérard, is bored. Then his uncle, Monsieur Hulot, eccentric and whimsical becomes an unlikely role model for Gérard. Timeless Jacques Tati.
Friday 1st September, 11.30amThe Ladykillers (U)trailerClassic British comedy. Mrs Wilberforce is an elderly widow who lives with her parrots in a house in Kings Cross. An amateur ‘string quintet’ asks if it can rent her upstairs room for rehearsals. In reality the ‘musicians’ are planning a robbery. You may never want to hear Boccherini’s Minuet again!
Friday 1st September, 2.30pmFunny Bones (15)trailerWith a cast including Jerry Lewis, Lee Evans, Leslie Caron and Oliver Reed quality is assured here. Tommy Fawkes is a comedian working in Las Vegas; his show bombs with his father in the audience. He goes to Blackpool – where he spent childhood summers – in a bid to reinvent himself.