We need to talk about Kevin
Director Lynne Ramsay, Great Britain United States. 2010/112 minutes
Cast includes: Tilda Swinton, John C Reilly, Ezra Miller, Siobhan Fallon
Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s best-selling novel was the talk of Cannes Film Festival 2011 and her assured direction and tightly controlled pacing make for a thrilling and emotionally compelling film. Eva Katchadourian, played by the ever-talented and magnificent Tilda Swinton, is left picking up the pieces of her life after it changes beyond all recognition when her son Kevin’s teenage rebellion has tragic consequences. Featuring an exquisite score composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
Director Gerardo Naranjo/Mexico 2011/113 minutes/Spanish with English Subtitles (certificate 15)
Cast includes Stephanie Sigman, Noe Hernandez, James Russo, Jose Yenque
23-year-old Laura’s dreams of competing in a beauty contest are shattered in this gripping thriller from the director of 2008’s I’m Gonna Explode. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Laura is an innocent witness to a crime and becomes caught up in the terrifying world of Mexican gang violence. Used by the gang leaders as a pawn in their battles, Laura struggles to break free.
The Ides of March
Director George Clooney/United States 2011/
Cast includes: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman
George Clooney returns to the director’s chair and to the murky world of US politics for his highly anticipated feature The Ides of March. Set in the not-too-distant future, Ryan Gosling stars as an ambitious young press secretary whose work with a prominent Ohio governor in the run up to the presidential elections sees him unwittingly embroiled in governmental corruption.
From Fri 4 Nov: Weekend
Director Andrew Haigh/Great Britain 2011/97 minutes (certificate tbc)
Cast includes: Chris New, Tom Cullen
After a drunken house party, Russell heads off into the night to go clubbing. Finding himself alone and looking for company, he hooks up with Glen and has a drunken one-night stand that comes to mean much more to both men. With excellent performances from the two leads, Andrew Haigh (Greek Pete) presents a sensitive and realistic portrayal of two young men caught up in their ordinary, everyday lives and suddenly confronting the possibility of an enthralling and romanctic love that is as unexpected as it is thrilling.
From Fri 11 Nov: The Future
Director Miranda July/United States 2010/91 minutes (certificate tbc)
Cast includes: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky, Isabella Acres
Performance artist and indie filmmaking favourite Miranda July (You and Me and Everyone We Know) returns to the big screen with this quirky tale of love, freedom and an ailing cat. Sophie and Jason are stuck in a rut, both bored with their jobs and seeking something new. When they adopt Paw Paw, a sick cat, the flighty couple are struck by the enormity of the responsibility and count down their remaining 30 days of pet-free life.
From Fri 11 Nov: Wuthering Heights
Director Andrea Arnold/Great Britain 2011/Running time and certificate tbc
Cast includes: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Nichola Burley
For her highly anticipated third feature, Academy Award-winning writer-director Andrea Arnold turns her attentions to Emily Bronte’s classic gothic novel. Set on the hostile and windswept Yorkshire moors Wuthering Heights is a dark, passionate story of lost love, jealousy and obsession. Arnold’s 2011 adaptation makes excellent use of the landscapes and the young cast of newcomers give excellent
performances as the ill-fated Cathy and Heathcliff.
From Fri 25 Nov: The Deep Blue Sea
Director Terence Davies/Great Britain 2011/
Cast includes: Rachel Weisz, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston
Following his poetic screen homage to Liverpool, Of Time and the City, iconic British director Terence Davies returns to fiction filmmaking with a visually impressive adaptation of Rattigan’s 1952 play. The enthralling story follows dazzling socialite Hester who abandons her privileged life as the wife of a high court judge to embark on a passionate love affair with her secret lover, a dashing young pilot, and in the process gives up an unhappy life of comfort and convention.
Date tbc: Snowtown
Director Justin Kurzel / Austria 2010 / 115minutes (certificate tbc)
Cast includes Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris
Based on true events, Snowtown recounts in brutal, graphic detail the story of Australia’s most notorious mass murderer: John Bunting. Jamie is a vulnerable youngster living with his mother and brothers in the downbeat suburbs of Adelaide. When potential father-figure John enters his life, 16-year old Jamie quickly becomes influenced by this strangely charismatic, yet dangerous, character.
Thu 24 Nov, 20:30
Screening: The Rebel
(£7.50 full/£5.50 concessions)
Director Robert Day/Great Britain 1961/101 minutes (U). Cast includes: Tony Hancock, George Sanders, John Le Mesurier, Irene Handl
Screening during Art Night, this vintage Tony Hancock comedy remains a cutting spoof of contemporary art practice. Hancock plays a wage-slave London clerk with a landlady (Handl’s Cockney harridan) who doesn’t appreciate his chipping away at a monstrous sculpture, Aphrodite at the Waterhole (“Fancy knocking around with women like that! I wonder what your kids will look like!”). Absconding to Paris to make it as an artist, his ridiculous methods and inflated ego will tickle a chord with anyone puzzled by the grandiose claims of art superstars.
Wed 30 Nov, 18:10: A Taste of Honey (certificate 12A)
Director Tony Richardson/Great Britain 1961/ 99 minutes (certificate 12A)
Cast includes: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Murray Melvin
To celebrate the 50th anniversary, we’re pleased to present a special one-off screening of this awardwinning and iconic film. Written in 1958 by Salford schoolgirl, Shelagh Delaney, A Taste of Honey was in the vanguard of British social-realist movies and director Tony Richardson made maximum use of the harsh urban landscape to create a gritty, uncompromising film about inter- racial sex, teenage pregnancy and homosexuality.
Sun 6 Nov, 16:30: Drifters
(£7.50 full/£5.50 concessions)
Director John Grierson/Great Briatin. 1929/60 minutes
Human beat boxer, vocal sculptor and sound artist Jason Singh, will perform a live vocal score to the 1929 silent film Drifters, by John Grierson. Using techniques of pre-recorded vocal sequences, live vocal processing and sampling, Singh will create a sonic backdrop of ambient textures, experimental atmospheres and rhythms created solely by the use of the voice to accompany the epic journey of a film that explores the tensions between tradition and modernity.
Tue 22 Nov, 18:20: Junkhearts
Director Tinge Krishnan/Great Britain, 2011
Cast includes: Eddie Marsan, Romola Garai, Tom Sturridge, Shaun Dooley
Our regular showcase of new British talent returns with a tense psychological thriller from BAFTA awardwinner Tinge Krishnan. Set in inner-city London, Junkhearts tells the emotional story of a former soldier whose post-traumatic stress disorder leaves him vulnerable to exploitation. Event: We are pleased to welcome members of the filmmaking team for a post-screening Q&A. For more
information on the New British Cinema Quarterly programme, visit www.nbcq.co.uk