With the second screen now open at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, a great selection of films is on sale for June and July, and into early August. 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 World War II drama Dunkirk and the life-affirming tale Hampstead. Brilliant new independent films include emotional family drama Gifted and quirky Irish comedy A Date for Mad Mary, plus the cream of films from around the world such as French animation My Life as a Courgette and the award-winning Japanese drama Harmonium. The classic programme features a celebration of American Counter Culture, including the The Graduate and Bonnie and Clyde, while documentaries include Whitney: Can I Be Me, the poignant life story of Whitney Houston. Special events include more live and encore screenings from the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, plus a spectacular selection of opera performances.
One of the highlights of the cinema’s selection of top independent movies is the beautiful drama Gifted, which sees Chris Evans (Captain America) play a single man fighting to maintain custody of his seven year old niece after her special mathematical abilities come to light. Shown in association with Q-Film, Irish comedy drama A Date for Mad Mary follows a young woman whose search for a ‘plus one’ for her best friend’s wedding is complicated by her surly attitude and recent six-month stint in prison. Chubby Funny is a beautifully acted, warm-hearted British comedy about two struggling actors trying to balance their careers and love lives with their friendship. Woody Harrelson stars in Wilson, as a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope, who gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter. Shane Meadows’ 2008 film Somers Town sees him reunited with the young star of his acclaimed This is England, Thomas Turgoose, who plays Tommo, a troubled boy who has run away to London where he is befriended by a shy Polish teenager. This film is screened in partnership with NN Contemporary Art’s Celebration Factory exhibition. Acclaimed documentarian Mark Cousins moves into fiction with his intriguing musical film Stockholm My Love, a ‘city symphony’ following the footsteps of a Swedish architect, played by Neneh Cherry, who is fascinated with the way buildings influence lives.
Other great independent films from around world include the award-winning French and Swiss stop-motion animation My Life as a Courgette, which was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar and follows a police officer trying to help a young boy adapt to life at a children’s home. Among further French films being shown, Heal the Living is a powerful but delicately crafted ensemble drama about the fragility of life, following the intersecting lives of a group of teens on a surfing trip, a woman with a weak heart and two teams of doctors and medical experts. Set at the end of World War II, From the Land of the Moon stars Marion Cotillard as a free-spirited French woman in a loveless marriage who falls in love with another man when she is sent to the Alps for medical treatment. The comedy Slack Bay is set in 1910 and follows an eccentric family, including Juliette Binoche, whose summer is interrupted by two bumbling inspectors investigating a string of missing tourists. Catherine Deneuve stars in the charming comedy The Midwife, about a gifted midwife who forms an unlikely friendship her late father’s free-spirited mistress.
Winning the Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival, the dark Japanese drama Harmonium follows a workshop owner whose dull life is disrupted when he hires the mysterious Mr Yasaka, an old acquaintance just released from prison. After the Storm, the latest film from award-winning Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son), is a family drama about an author struggling to find a place in the life of his estranged young son until a stormy night offers them the chance to bond again. Hand-drawn Japanese animation In This Corner of the World tells the inspirational tale of a young woman who, in 1944, moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family only to have her life thrown into chaos when the town is bombed.
Scandinavian choices for this season are the Swedish drama A Man Called Ove, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars and follows a quintessential angry old man whose life is changed when a boisterous young family move in next door, and, in Finnish and English, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, which tells the true story of the famous Finnish boxer whose small town life is transformed when he has a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.
The latest big releases coming up at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse include Christopher Nolan’s thriller Dunkirk, telling the true story of the evacuation of the Allied troops from the Normandy beaches. The all-star cast includes Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy. Set in 1940 Berlin and based on the real life tale of Otto and Anna Quangel, played by Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson, the drama Alone in Berlin sees the couple risk execution by dropping anti-Hitler postcards all over the city, following the death of their son in France. Sofia Coppola won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Festival for her seductive drama, The Beguiled, set during the American Civil War at a Southern girls’ boarding school, where the sheltered young women encounter an injured enemy soldier. The cast includes Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson star in the charming, funny and life-affirming British drama Hampstead, which sees an American widow find unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home. In comedy drama The Last Word, Shirley MacLaine plays a once successful business woman who wants to control every aspect of her life, including her obituary. When her commissioned life story does not meet her high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered. Action-packed sci-fi sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 sees the Guardians fight to keep their new found family together. In the school holidays, families can take advantage of a special Summer Family Ticket Offer of one adult and one child ticket for just £12 for screenings of animated adventure Despicable Me 3.
Dementia-Friendly screenings for the coming months include the well-loved classic musicals On The Town, directed by and starring Gene Kelly, and Calamity Jane starring Doris Day.
The cinema’s American Counter-Culture Season celebrates 50 years since the counter-culture movement of 1960s America began, showing iconic classic films exploring themes of morality, youth, politics and freedom of expression, and showcasing some of the era’s most memorable music. Causing major controversy on its release by redefining violence in cinema and casting its criminal protagonists as sympathetic anti-heroes, the 1967 crime thriller Bonnie and Clyde is loosely based on the true exploits of the infamous Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) in the 1930s. An Oscar-winning hit, The Graduate also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The comedy drama stars Dustin Hoffman as a recent graduate who is seduced by a bored older housewife Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft) before falling in love with her daughter. Other films in the season include the Academy Award-winning 1969 movie Midnight Cowboy featuring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight as a con man and a Texas hustler trying to survive on the tough streets of New York. From the same year, landmark road movie Easy Rider chronicles the search for freedom by two motorcycle-riding drifters, played Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, with Jack Nicholson as the alcoholic lawyer they befriend on their journey. The 1971 dark romantic comedy Harold and Maude follows an unlikely friendship between an attention seeking 20 year old obsessed with death and a like-minded 79-year old woman. George Lucas’ comedy American Graffiti, from 1973, stars Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard, telling of the coming of age of four teenagers in the early ‘60s. The concert film Monterey Pop is a landmark audio-visual record of the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, perfectly capturing the energy of proceedings and the excitement of seeing artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Janis Joplin at their first major American performances.
Documentaries coming up include Whitney: Can I Be Me, a moving new film from the acclaimed director Nick Broomfield about one of the greatest singers of all time, made largely with never-before-seen footage and exclusive live recordings. The award-winning film The Fog of Srebrenica, about the events leading up the mass murder of 8,372 Bosnian men at the 1995 siege of Srebenica, will be screened in partnership with Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council. The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Samir Mehanovic in the Filmhouse. Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985, Britain on Film: Black Britain is a fascinating selection of short films exploring the vital history of black British life. An intimate portrait of one of cinema’s most enigmatic and revered directors, David Lynch: The Art Life looks at events that helped shape his life, narrated by the man himself. The enlightening documentary Kedi profiles the hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats that freely roam the metropolis of Istanbul.
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.
Over the summer months the Errol Flynn Filmhouse is excited to present some spectacular opera on the big screen, for all ages to enjoy, including La Bohème Live From Taormina and Sofia Coppola’s La Traviata recorded during a sell-out run in Rome last year. There will also be the chance to see operas from Glyndebourne including Hamlet and La Clemenza di Tito. Looking ahead, details of the Royal Opera House’s 2017/18 season of opera and ballet can now be found on the cinema’s website. Other music events include two live screenings of Andre Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht Concert and repeat screenings of Take That Wonderland Live from the O2.
NT Live continues to bring a wide range of screenings, including further chances to see Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Imelda Staunton, at the Harold Pinter Theatre and Angels in America: Part 1 and 2, from the National Theatre stage. The final production in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season, Titus Andronicus, will be screened live from Stratford-upon-Avon.
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.