A great selection of films is now on sale for January and February at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, and with the increased flexibility of having a second screen, extra film screenings will be added to this schedule to meet demand. The cinema continues to present the best big new releases, including Phantom Thread starring Daniel Day-Lewis, historical drama about Winston Churchill, Darkest Hour, Ridley Scott’s latest thriller All the Money in the World and Steven Spielberg’s The Post. Brilliant new independent films include the screen adaptation of R.C. Sherriff’s First World War play Journey’s End and award-winning Russian film Loveless. The classics selection is supplemented by seasons of films by Paul Thomas Anderson and Guillermo Del Toro. Documentaries include a look at the Obama administration in The Final Year, and the programme of event cinema features screenings of top class drama, ballet and opera.
The latest big releases coming up at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse include Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, with Daniel Day-Lewis giving a Golden Globe-nominated performance, in his final film role. He stars as renowned dressmaker Reynold Woodcock, who is at the centre of British fashion in 1950s London, dressing royalty, film stars and heiresses, when he finds his fastidious life disrupted by a strong-willed woman who becomes his muse and lover. Gary Oldman stars in Darkest Hour, the thrilling and inspiring true story set in the early days of World War II, when Winston Churchill faced one of his most turbulent and defining trials – to negotiate with Hitler or rally the nation to fight on against incredible odds. Nominated for three Golden Globes, Ridley Scott’s latest thriller All the Money in the World follows the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his mother, played by Michelle Williams, to get his grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in the thrilling ‘70s drama The Post about the partnership between The Washington Post’s publisher and editor as they race to expose a massive cover up of government secrets. The film has been nominated for six Golden Globes. Based on a true story, Molly’s Game stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who for a decade ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game, whose players eventually included the Russian mob, unbeknownst to her. Her only ally, defense lawyer Charlie (Idris Elba), learned there was much more to Molly than the papers led people to believe. The Mercy tells the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (played by Colin Firth), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in a disastrous attempt to become the first person to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping and subsequently tried to cover up his failure. In sci-fi comedy Downsizing, after scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to move to a new, downsized community – a choice that triggers life-changing adventures. Heart-warming animation Ferdinand follows a bull, captured and torn from his home, who rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.
Highlights of the cinema’s selection of top independent movies include the British adaptation of R.C. Sherriff’s play Journey’s End, released 100 years after the events it depicts. Set in the trenches of Aisne in 1918, the film follows a group of British officers awaiting their fate as the German army prepares an offensive. The cast includes Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones and Tom Sturridge. The thoughtful and moving road movie Last Flag Flying comes from Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater (Boyhood), and follows former Navy Corps medic Richard ‘Doc’ Shepherd (Steve Carell) as he re-unites with his old friends (Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) and they travel up the East Coast to bury Doc’s son, a young marine killed in the Iraq War. Bittersweet comedy Brad’s Status stars Ben Stiller as Brad, a man with a satisfying career and comfortable life. After accompanying his college-bound son to the East Coast, the visit triggers a crisis of confidence as he starts to compare his own life with that of his four college friends.
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse is screening the moving 2008 drama The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, adapted from John Boyne’s novel which sees the Second World War though the eyes of an eight-year-old boy, Bruno (Asa Butterfield), the son of a Nazi commandant, who forms an unlikely friendship with Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. Marking the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, there is also another chance to see the 2015 period drama Suffragette, featuring Carey Mulligan as a young laundress in 1912 who is driven to join the Suffrage movement. The star-studded cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep.
Great new films from around the world include the Russian drama Loveless, from acclaimed director Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan), about an estranged couple going through a vicious divorce, when their 12-year-old son disappears after witnessing one of their fights. The film won the Jury Prize at Cannes and is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the Golden Globes. Award-winning French period drama A Woman’s Life is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. Another French film, Lover for a Day, follows 23-year-old Jeanne who, after a devastating break up, returns to Paris to stay in with her father in his small flat, only to discover he is living with a new girlfriend her own age. The witty and ingeniously crafted film Glory is a snapshot of contemporary Bulgaria, plagued with injustice and corruption, following a hermit-like railroad lineman thrust into a bureaucratic nightmare after informing the authorities of a pile of money scattered on the tracks. Screened in association with Q-Film, the acclaimed 1999 Spanish film All About My Mother is Pedro Almodóvar’s poignant tale of love, loss and compassion, telling how a birthday treat turns into a heart-rending tragedy for a single mother when her teenage son is killed in a car accident.
A great selection of documentaries for the coming months includes Walk With Me, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, taking viewers deep inside the world-famous monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, where the community has given up all their worldly possessions to practice the art of mindfulness. The Final Year is a unique insiders’ account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team as they prepare to leave power after eight years. The Ballad of Shirley Collins is an affecting portrait of one of the 20th century’s most important singers of English traditional song, who was at the epicentre of the 1960s and ‘70s folk revival until a vocal disorder forced her into early retirement. The screening includes a Q&A in the Filmhouse with producer Paul Williams.
To celebrate the release of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Phantom Thread, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse is screening other highlights of his illustrious career, starting with the 1999 film Magnolia, for which he received an Oscar nomination. This bold psychological drama and character study follows seemingly unrelated people on a single day and includes Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Alfred Molina in its ensemble cast. From 2012, The Master sees Hoffman star alongside Joaquin Phoenix, who plays a struggling World War II veteran who meets the charismatic leader of a religious movement known as ‘The Cause’. Named ‘Best Film of the 21st Century So Far’ by the New York Times recently, Anderson’s 2007 film There Will Be Blood was nominated for eight Academy Awards, with Daniel Day-Lewis winning the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar for his performance as an oil pioneer on a ruthless quest for wealth in early 20th century California.
In anticipation of Guillermo Del Toro’s new film The Shape of Water being shown in the Filmhouse’s next season, there will be screenings in February of two of the Mexican director’s popular titles. The atmospheric drama The Devil’s Backbone, from 2001, is set during the last days of the Spanish Civil War, and sees a young boy arrive at an imposing orphanage where he begins to uncover dark secrets, including the youthful ghost of a murdered student that wanders the grounds. From 2006, the dark fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth won the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language film. Set in 1944 Spain, a young girl exploring an ancient maze encounters the faun Pan, who tells her that she is a legendary lost princess and must complete three dangerous tasks.
As The University of Northampton’s Cult Film Club’s season of Extreme Horror classics from around the world comes to a close, the unnerving Japanese horror The Audition, from 1999, sees a widowed TV producer auditioning prospective wives. In his search, one candidate stands out – an ex-ballerina dressed all in white – but she might not quite be the woman of his dreams. In Hellraiser, the 1987 directorial debut from British horror novelist Clive Barker, a man is given more than he bargained for when he solves a Chinese puzzle box only to discover that its solution opens a portal to Hell.
Other classics coming up include a Valentine’s Day screening of Noel Coward’s quintessential British romance Brief Encounter, with Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson as strangers who meet at a train station and find their friendship turning to forbidden attraction. The hugely successful 1968 musical movie Oliver! enjoys two outings including a special Dementia-Friendly screening on 30 January. All will be welcome to the screening of the 1984 classic Footloose on Tuesday 13 February, but an extra warm welcome will be extended to those living with early onset dementia and their families. The film stars Kevin Bacon as a newcomer from Chicago who finds that the small Midwestern town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal and faces an uphill battle to change things.
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.
Forthcoming highlights include live screenings of the Young Vic’s production of Tennessee Williams drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof from NT Live and Twelfth Night from RSC Live. The Met Opera Live programme includes Puccini’s Tosca, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore and Franco Zeffirelli’s legendary production of La Bohème. There will also be the chance to see the ballet The Winter’s Tale from the Royal Opera House. Other event cinema includes Exhibition on Screen’s Cezanne – Portraits of a Life.
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 the over 60s 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 (currently only available in Screen 1) 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.