With the second screen now open at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, a great selection of films is on sale for May and June. With the increased flexibility of having another screen, extra film screenings will be added to this schedule to meet demand. The cinema continues to present the best new releases, including the moving war-time story of The Zookeeper’s Wife, the suspenseful thriller Get Out and the British comedy Mindhorn. Brilliant new independent films include tragic period drama Lady Macbeth, plus the cream of films from around the world such as the award-winning Finnish comedy The Other Side of Hope. The classic programme features a celebration of French film-making, including the acclaimed Three Colours trilogy, while documentaries include McLaren, the story of a motor-racing icon. Special events include more live and encore screenings of performances from the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, plus the chance to see Take That performing live from the O2 arena.
One of the highlights of the cinema’s selection of top independent movies is Lady Macbeth, about a woman in a loveless marriage who embarks on a passionate affair. Set in 1865, it is a tragic portrait of a beautiful, determined and merciless young woman seizing her independence in a world dominated by men. The biographical film Mad to be Normal stars David Tennant as psychiatrist R.D. Laing who pioneers controversial treatments for mental health issues. War drama Another Mother’s Son features John Hannah and Ronan Keating in the true story of a Jersey shop-keeper who bravely shelters an escaped Russian POW during the Nazi occupation. British drama The Levelling follows a trainee vet who returns to the family farm following the death of her brother and the devastation of recent flooding.
Other great independent films from around world include the Finnish comedy drama The Other Side of Hope, which won Aki Kaurismaki the Best Director Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Festival and tells the story of a travelling salesman and a Syrian refugee whose paths cross. The gripping Romanian drama Graduation, winner of the Best Director prize at the 2016 Cannes Festival for Cristian Mungiu, follows a doctor faced with difficult decisions when his daughter’s academic future is jeopardised. Critically acclaimed French coming-of-age film Raw blends horror with humour, as a vegetarian student vet develops a taste for raw flesh when she eats meat as part of a hazing ritual. French period drama Cézanne et Moi charts the long friendship and eventual fall out between impressionist artist Paul Cézanne and the novelist Emile Zola. Japanese animated adventure Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry is based on a popular manga series and sees a wizard and his friends fighting to save the world from destruction. Co-produced with Studio Ghibli, The Red Turtle is a beautiful animated film, with no dialogue, following the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds.
The latest big releases coming up at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse include The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain in the real-life story of a woman who became a hero in World War II, during the invasion of Poland, when she and her husband put plans into action to save hundreds of people and animals. Brian Cox plays the title role in the thriller Churchill, set in the 48 hours before D Day, as the pivotal leader made preparations for a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army. The romance My Cousin Rachel, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, follows a young Englishman (Sam Claflin) who plots revenge against his mysterious cousin (Rachel Weisz) believing that she murdered his guardian, before falling for her charms. In an adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s award-winning novel The Secret Scripture, Vanessa Redgrave plays an elderly woman who has been in a psychiatric hospital for fifty years, when a psychiatrist’s interest in her diary triggers flashbacks of her turbulent youth. Get Out is a disturbing thriller following a young man who is invited by his girlfriend for a weekend away to meet her parents, only to make unnerving discoveries. The playful comedy Mindhorn stars The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt as a washed up actor whose career peaked playing an Isle of Man detective, Mindhorn, in the ‘80s, and who now finds himself called upon to negotiate with a deranged criminal who believes the detective to be real.
Adapted from Stephen Fry’s best-selling novel, The Hippopotamus follows a disgraced poet (Roger Allam) who is summoned to his friends’ country manor to investigate a series of miracle healings. The screening on Sunday 28 May includes a live satellite Q&A with Fry, the cast and filmmakers. Warren Beatty directs and stars in Rules Don’t Apply, a romantic comedy set in 1958 Hollywood, about a young actress who embarks on a forbidden relationship with her driver. Eddie Izzard and Gregor Fisher star in the remake of Whisky Galore!, the 1949 comic drama based on real events on a Scottish island during World War II. The Journey stars Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney as two political enemies – Democratic Unionist leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness – who formed an unlikely friendship and changed the course of history. There is also the chance to see the next chapter in the Alien sci-fi franchise, Alien: Covenant.
Documentaries coming up include the inspirational film McLaren, which reveals the untold story of motor racing icon Bruce McLaren, one of New Zealand’s most treasured sons and the father of Britain’s most cherished motor racing empire. Letters From Baghdad, voiced by Tilda Swinton, tells the extraordinary story of Gertrude Bell, who shaped the destiny of Iraq after the First World War in ways that reverberate today. Commemorating the release of The Beatles’ ground-breaking studio album on 1 June 1967, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today – The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper and Beyond examines a crucial twelve months in the band’s career. The invigorating documentary Bunch of Kunst follows punk duo Sleaford Mods on their two-year journey from bedroom recording sessions to chart success. Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? tells the story of Saar Maoz who came to the UK after being kicked out of his religious Kibbutz and discovered an alternative family with the London Gay Men’s Chorus, before beginning a reconciliation process with his biological family in Israel.
The programme of classics includes the Vive La France! mini-season. As France considers its future direction in the Presidential election, the cinema presents five classic features that have defined France to the outside world over the last 60 years. The season includes Francois Truffaut’s debut feature film from 1959, The 400 Blows, which is widely considered to be one of the best French films in the history of cinema. The autobiographical tale follows an adolescent from one difficult situation to another. From 2001, Audrey Tatou stars in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s beloved romantic comedy Amélie, playing a shy waitress who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better. Krzysztof Kieslowski’s multi-award-winning Three Colours trilogy. Blue, White and Red, is a landmark of world cinema, exploring the French Revolutionary ideals of freedom, equality and brotherhood.
Other classics include Roberto Rossellini’s influential 1954 drama Journey to Italy, starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders as an unhappy English couple who travel to Naples after inheriting a villa. From 2005, The University of Northampton’s Cult Film Club presents Serenity, Joss Whedon’s big screen continuation of his sci-fi TV series Firefly. May’s Dementia-Friendly screening is the musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. The 1938 Hollywood classic The Adventures of Robin Hood stars the eternally charming Errol Flynn alongside Olivia de Havilland and is being shown in celebration of the cinema’s 4th birthday.
The Errol Flynn Filmhouse’s programme of event cinema allows audiences to see the best of theatre, opera, dance and music performances from around the world on the big screen in Northampton. Live broadcasts are very popular and are usually programmed further in advance than normal film releases. Cinema-goers can find the most up-to-date details of future live and encore screenings on the website, and advance booking is recommended.
Live screenings over the coming months include the Met Opera Live production of Der Rosenkavalier, broadcast direct from New York, and La Traviata from Glyndebourne. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season continues with Antony and Cleopatra in May. NT Live continues to bring a wide range of screenings, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Imelda Staunton, broadcast from the Harold Pinter Theatre and Salomé, live from the National Theatre stage. The NT Live programme also offers encore screenings (repeat screenings of performances recorded live) with forthcoming options including Peter Pan. Other event cinema includes the Errol Flynn Filmhouse’s annual celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest, with a night of singalongs, fancy dress and Eurovision-themed drinks and snacks before watching the final on the big screen. Tickets are also now on sale for Take That Wonderland Live from the O2, a chance to see the UK’s most successful music act in an incredible live concert. The Exhibition On Screen series also brings British Museum Presents: Hokusai and Michaelangelo: Love and Death.
Tickets for standard film screenings are competitively priced at £8.50 (concessions £7.50) with peak screenings (Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm) costing £9.50 full price (concessions £8.50). Children’s tickets are just £6 at standard screenings and £7 at peak screenings. At Silver Screen matinees, tickets for more mature customers are priced at £6. There are special, exclusive Parent and Baby screenings, where tickets are £7.50 (baby under one goes free). Tickets for premium screenings of live productions are £15 full price, £13 for concessions and £11 for children, and for most non-live premium screenings, £13, £11 and £9. All tickets can be booked in advance by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at www.errolflynnfilmhouse.com, where full details can be found of the forthcoming programme with dates and times of all screenings. Audio Description is available on many titles. Details of which films offer this facility can be found on the cinema’s website under access information, updated weekly. Audience members wanting to make use of this service should ask a member of staff for a headset or induction loop.
The Errol Flynn membership scheme offers great benefits, including three free tickets per member, ticket discounts and great savings on food and drink purchased at Errol Flynn Filmhouse. With a single membership costing £25, and a joint membership available at £40, Errol Flynn Filmhouse membership would make an ideal gift for any film lover.
For a full schedule of film screenings, visit www.errolflynnfilmhouse.com.