Buxton Opera House are kindly including our programme in their Cinema leaftlet so we don’t always print 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 8th August||Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War (PG)||This is the first major feature film about the much loved but hugely underestimated British Official War Artist artist, killed in a plane crash over Iceland in 1942. Featuring contributions from many artists and writers, the film recounts a life as compelling and enigmatic as his art, set against the dramatic wartime locations that inspired him. The story is told in Ravilious's own words through a wealth of material drawn from a treasure trove of private correspondence and previously unseen archive.|
|Monday 15th August||The Big City [Mahanagar] (PG)||2021 was the centenary year of the legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray (1921-1992). In celebration of this master of his craft, the BFI re-released Mahanagar, hailed as one of his greatest films. Set in mid-50s Calcutta, a society still adjusting to Independence and gripped by social and financial crisis, this powerful, progressive and absorbing cinema classic sees a middle-class housewife excitingly defy expectations and find herself becoming a successful businesswoman. Subrata, a young bank clerk struggling to support his entire extended family on a meagre salary, firmly believes that ‘a woman’s place is with her cooking pots’. Unsurprisingly, he experiences conflicting emotions when his wife Arati helps out by taking a job as a door-to-door saleswoman selling knitting machines. Although made almost 60 years ago, the themes of film, with an emphasis on conflicting social values and on the role of women, make it feel surprisingly contemporary and as fresh and relevant as ever.|
|Monday 22nd August||The Good Boss (15)||It isn’t easy to find good comedies among the sea of less than uplifting film titles in the independent sector. This one has been a huge success in Spain. The charismatic Javier Bardem plays Blanco, the owner of a successful factory making weighing scales. Blanco models himself as a fatherly and good boss but is in fact blandly and complacently sexist and racist who is in the habit of seducing attractive female interns. He gets his comeuppance when José whom he has just made redundant with a derisory payoff, sets up a protest camp just outside the factory as industry award judges are about to arrive. Good fun!|
|Monday 5th September||Blind Ambition (12A)||Having escaped starvation and tyranny in their homeland of Zimbabwe, four friends have conquered the odds to become South Africa’s top sommeliers. Driven by relentless optimism, a passion for their craft and an ingrained sense of national pride, they form Zimbabwe’s first national wine tasting team and set their sights on the coveted title of ‘World Wine Tasting Champions’. When this team of mavericks finally arrives in France to compete, they successfully turn an establishment of privilege and tradition on its head. A heart-warming documentary that will show you just how unshakable the human spirit can be.|
|Monday 12th September||Fadia's Tree (U)||While millions of birds migrate freely in the skies, Fadia, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, yearns for the ancestral homeland she is denied. She challenges Sarah, the director, to find an ancient mulberry tree that stands as witness to her family’s existence – with only inherited memories, a blind man and a two-headed dragon as her guides. Along the way, Sarah meets with ornithologists whose observations on the homing instincts of the birds inadvertently reveal the unresolved problems of the region.
Spanning fifteen years, this story of a friendship that stays connected across a divided land and a fragmented people adopts a birds’ eye perspective to reflect on freedom of movement, exile and the hope of return.