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Film stillSUN 1 Apr • Matinees


(UK/US 2012) dirs. Peter Lord & Jeff Newitt 88m. Digital.
Voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Lenny Henry, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, David Tennant, Ashley Jensen, Imelda Staunton, Russell Tovey.

From the creators of Wallace and Gromit comes an equally very funny, very silly and very original animated adaptation of the first two books in Gideon Defoe's much loved cult series of 'Pirates' tales. The Pirate Captain is a somewhat less-than-successful terror of the High Seas famed rather than feared for his boundless enthusiasm and ridiculous schemes even when impossible odds are stacked against him. His one great ambition is to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It's a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. And it's adventure all the way as the Pirate Captain and his rag-tag crew encounter a pirate-hating Queen Victoria and young scientist Charles Darwin. But there's enough one liners, cliche debunking and touches of irony to keep fans of Monty Python and Douglas Adams more than happy. In other words, it's that ironic cliche of a one-liner, Fun for All the Family! Arrrrrrhhhhh...


£9.50/£7.50 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's


Film stillSUN 8 Apr • Matinees


(UK/US 2012) dirs. Peter Lord & Jeff Newitt 88m. Digital.
Voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Lenny Henry, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, David Tennant, Ashley Jensen, Imelda Staunton, Russell Tovey.


£9.50/£7.50 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's(*)

Film stillSUN 15 Apr • Fringe! Gay Film Fest

Gays On TV: A Double Bill Of Documentary-Gems From 1970's & 80's

WORLD IN ACTION (Coming Out In Newport Pagnell) (U) 1.30

Film stillA programme from ITV's flagship weekly documentary series unseen since 1975. When DJ Jimmy Saville came to Newport Pagnell to do a radio show on the problems of being openly queer, World in Action followed the story of a local gay rights group, their bizarre brush with Saville and the fall out from their frank and honest contribution. The film's star is Veronica Pickles, an outspoken midwife who is fearless about being out whether in small town Buckinghamshire or on national TV, but faces unexpected consequences when the show is broadcast.

+ Q&A with Veronica

Film still+ FRAMED YOUTH (The Revenge Of The Teenage Perverts) (PG)

A maverick treat from the early days of Channel 4 and one of the great gay films of the 1980's. At a time when queers were moving away from trusting the likes of Jimmy Saville to tell their stories, FRAMED YOUTH was pioneering and revolutionary television. It's a frank exploration of the lives and loves of gay teenagers who film and edit themselves with mischief, honesty and no pretensions. Featuring Jimi Somerville, Richard Coles, Isaac Julien and a healthy dose of 1980's nostalgia. FRAMED YOUTH was the 1983 BAFTA Grierson Award winner for best documentary.

+ Richard Coles, formerly of the Communards and now the BBC's 'the go-to gay' will be joining us for a post screening Q&A


Film stillCo-curate and Fringe! present
NQC @ 20: Investigating New Queer Cinema Then And Now

SWOON (18) 4.00

(US 1992) dir. Tom Kalin 94m.
Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester, Ron Vawter, Michael Kirby, Michael Stumm, Valda Z. Drabla.

It's 20 years since B Ruby Rich coined the phrase New Queer Cinema and the drive behind a whole generation of politically conscious, aesthetically radical filmmakers was outed. Two decades on, it's time to celebrate this pioneering work born of reaction to 80's conservatism and the tide of homophobia generated by the AIDS crisis. SWOON, a key movie of the 90's, centres on the infamous 1924 Leopold and Loeb case when two gay Jewish 18 year old Chicago college students turned their academic brilliance to committing the perfect crime and murdered a 13-year old boy just for the 'thrill' of it. Dark, sexy and beautiful to look at, Tom Kalin's film uses stylised images to cast a dispassionate eye over the power play between the troubling lovers, and how they were treated in a society that linked homosexuality with criminal tendencies.

Introduced by Tim Highsted who was the first to screen SWOON in London in 1992, and is currently Senior Editor of Feature Films at Channel Four.



Film stillSUN 22 Apr • Family Affairs Double Bill

CARNAGE (15) 12.45

(Fr/Ger/Pol/Sp 2011) dir. Roman Polanski 80m. Digital.
Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly, Eliot Berger, Elvis Polanski.

A dark and hilarious comedy of manners as New York power couple Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz meet liberal writer Jodie Foster and her journeyman husband John C. Reilly for a civilised discussion following a playground scuffle between their 11-year old offspring. Civilisation soon flies out the window as friendly chat turns into razor-sharp invective with all four revealing their laughable contradictions and grotesque prejudices. None of them will escape the unpredictable 'carnage' that follows as four great performances and Polanski's masterly direction expose the hypocrisy that lurks beneath the façade.


+ Film stillWE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (15) 2.25

(UK/USA 2011) dir. Lynne Ramsay 112m. Digital.
Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Siobhan Fallon, Lauren Fox, Ursula Parker, Leslie Lyles, Lauren Fox, Kimberley Drummond, Jasper Newell, Rocky Duer.

A superb performance by Tilda Swinton is at the heart of this adaptation of Lionel Shriver's bestselling novel. She plays Eva, once ambitious and career-driven but now a mother trying to cope with small town American life after a tragedy in which her son was the unrepentant aggressor. Condemned to relive the past in a hellish present of insults and assaults, she recalls the moments that led to a cataclysmic day. It all adds up to nightmarish and chilling vision of marriage, family life and an incisive questioning of the sentimental ideal of motherhood.


£9.50/£7.50 Concs


Film stillSUN 29 Apr • Beneath the Surface Double Bill

DESPAIR (15) 12.30

(West Germany/France 1978) dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder 115m. Digital.
Dirk Bogarde, Andréa Ferréol, Klaus Löwitsch, Volker Spengler, Bernhard Wicki.

As directed by the great Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Tom Stoppard's adaptation of a Vladimir Nabokov novel is a brilliantly surreal piece of film noir set in the 1930s against the background of rising Nazi power. Life has been good to businessman Hermann but an increasing feeling of alienation, heightened especially during sex, results in an extraordinary plan to change his life. Dirk Bogarde is superbly ironic as someone who believes he has found a way to free himself of all worries and nightmares but cannot see the insanity of trying to do so.

+ Film stillMICHAEL (18) 2.45

(Austria 2011) dir. Markus Schleinzer 96m. Subtitles. Digital.
Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger.

A cool, often chilling, treatment of a dark and difficult subject that is far removed from sensationalist headlines. Markus Schleinzer's debut feature, with its compelling mix of ordinary detail and unexpected narrative twists is an insightful portrait of a life made up of the perverse and the mundane. Michael is an office worker in line for promotion, has a spotless suburban home, drinks with male pals, appears attractive to women and keeps a 10-year-old boy locked up in his cellar. The performances of Michael Fuith and David Rauchenberger as predator and victim are as outstanding as they are convincing in a film that is as questioning as it is revealing.


£9.50/£7.50 Concs


SUN 6 May • Questions of Identity Double Bill

Film stillYOUNG ADULT (15) 2.15

(US 2011) dir. Jason Reitman 94m. Digital.
Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser.

Original, quirky, funny and heartfelt comedy with a star performance from Charlize Theron as a 37-year-old former prom queen, and current writer of young adult novels, who returns home to relive her glory days and maybe even reclaim her old high school flame. But sometimes the past is indeed another country and things and people may be now be very different... Jason Reitman's deft direction and Diablo Cody's clever nuanced screenplay result in a satisfying movie that is truthful, thoughtful and memorable.


Film still+ MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE (15) 4.15

(US 2011) dir. Sean Durkin 102m. Digital.
Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Brandy Corbet.

Martha, Marcy May and Marlene are one and the same person in writer-director Sean Durkin's tense and suspenseful psychological thriller. She's Martha to her sister but Marcy May to the charismatic Manson-like religious guru under whose spell she has fallen. And Marlene...? Identity and ambiguity are at the core of this spellbinding portrait of a shattered mind and there's an appropriately stunning performance from Elizabeth Olsen as the disorientated young woman trying to put her nightmares to rest.


£9.50/£7.50 Concs

Film stillSUN 13 May • Talking to the World Double Bill


(Iran 2011) dirs. Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb Subtitles. Digital.
Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb.
Very few films can have arrived at the Cannes Film Festival on a USB drive reputedly hidden in a cake, but THIS IS NOT A FILM is in every respect an exceptional film, or not a film (it was shot with a small digital camera and a cellphone). Its subject is internationally acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi who is under house arrest, awaiting the verdict on a possible six-year jail sentence and a 20-year ban from making further films for criticising the Iranian regime. Visited by fellow film maker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Panahi responds to his situation by vividly bringing to life an unmade script, but of course this is not a film... but it is a great director's defiant response to attempts to silence him.

+ Film stillA SEPARATION (PG) 3.05

(Iran 2011) dir. Asghar Farhadi 123m. Subtitles. Digital.
Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi, Merila Zare'i.

The 2012 Oscar winner is the story of Nader and Simin an Iranian couple who separate after 15 years of marriage and the drama which erupts when the husband decides to to hire a poor, deeply religious and pregnant woman to act as carer for his elderly father. A deceptively simple narrative hides more morally, psychologically and socially complex issues as it brings into focus both Iranian society and a more recognisable universal everyday world. With its fast-moving and tense narrative, including a climactic courtroom sequence, A SEPARATION is an engrossing triumph.

£9.50/£7.50 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's

SUN 20 May • The Power of Cinema Double Bill


(Soviet Union 1925) dir. Sergei Eisenstein 72m. Digital.
Aleksandr Antonov, Grigori Aleksandrov, Vladimir Barsky, Mikhail Gomorov.

Eisenstein's 1925 masterpiece remains probably the most influential silent film of all time, and the Odessa Steps sequence one of the most quoted and parodied. Based on actual events of 1905 and revolutionary in every respect, it portrays the deplorable conditions on board the armoured cruiser Potemkin which leads the crew to mutiny and a confrontation with the Cossacks of the Czar. Censored and re-cut many times over the decades, it has now been fully restored, its unforgettable power undiluted once more.


Film still+ LA GRANDE ILLUSION (U) 3.20

(France 1937) dir. Jean Renoir 112m. Subtitles.
Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich Von Stroheim, Julien Carette, Georges Peclet, Werner Florian, Jean Daste, Sylvain Itkine, Gaston Modot, Jacques Becker, Marcel Dalio, Claude Sainval, Michel Salina.

Newly restored and one of world cinema's great classics, LA GRANDE ILLUSION is as vibrant, exciting, suspenseful and relevant as it was in 1937. Set during World War I, it focuses on two very different French prisoners, Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay, and their attempts to escape from a German prison camp commanded by the unforgettable Erich von Stroheim. The relationship between these three, with all its issues of class and nationality, is at the heart of Renoir's humanist masterpiece.


£9.50/£7.50 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's

Film stillSUN 27 May • Carl Dreyer Masterpieces Double Bill


(Denmark 1943) dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer 97m. Subtitles.
Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam, Preben Lerdorff Rye.

Carl Dreyer's 17th century set tale of double standards and peerless hypocrisy filmed during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. When she falls in love with her stepson, Anna, the young second wife of a much older clergyman, steps outside the bounds of a village's harsh moral code. Exquisitely photographed and passionately acted, DAY OF WRATH remains an intense, unforgettable portrait of individual helplessness in the face of growing social repression and paranoia. It is the work of a great original film artist.

+ Film stillORDET (The Word) (12A) 4.00

(Denmark 1955) dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer 125m. Subtitles. Digital.
Birgitte Federspiel, Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye.

Before Lars von Trier, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Andrei Tarkovsky it was Carl Dreyer who explored cinema's power to both record everyday reality and transcend it. In just a handful of films, he established the extremes and essence of movie making and no more so than in ORDET in which a family is torn apart, ironically enough, by faith, sanctity and love. It's a challenging multi-layered tale of belief and rebellion that quietly builds to a shattering, miraculous climax. Quite simply a masterpiece.

£9.50/£7.50 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's


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