Two very different but equally engaging films at the David Lean Cinema this week.
Tuesday’s film at 19:30 is Pin Cushion. We’re delighted to announce a Q&A after the film with lead Joanna Scanlan, playing Lyn. You may remember her from The Thick of It and The Invisible Woman.
The film is the directorial debut of Deborah Haywood. Speaking to the BFI, Haywood says the film is a deeply personal story. She used her own experiences for Iona, Lyn’s teenage daughter, who struggles to fit into life as a teenage girl in a new high school. It can, at times, make uncomfortable viewing but offers an insightful and thoughtful look into the effect of bullying.
Haywood believes that, “Iona is the protagonist but I think it’s Lyn’s story”. As the viewer, we find Iona trying to make sense of this new world. However, it’s mother Lyn, that truly finds the hardest time, making a connection to anyone in their new town. Read more………….
Director Paul Wright’s contrasted visions of Britain are depicted in Arcadia, our first film of the week on Tuesday at 19:30.
From the earliest days of film-making to the present day, we’re shown the changing relationship the British have with their land – and it’s a fascinating look into that world.
100 years of BFI rare and unseen archive material have been made available to create a surreal, sometimes quirky, piece of cinema showing the beauty of the countryside. We see mountain scenery: pleasant pastures, cows pottering through villages, nudists frolicking in rivers… But there’s another side to this rural idyll, and Wright combines the gentle country delights with a harsher side of life – strange, sometimes violent traditions along with the scars of industrialization and urbanism.
The thrilling, eerie score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) gives an edge to the film, whilst, at the same time encapsulating many emotions. Arcadia is unique, uncompromising and thought-provoking in turns. But it gives us a picture of how Britain has become what it is today, and according to Uncut, ‘There is magic in this film’…
A few tickets remain for the showing.
The Happy Prince on Thursday is written and directed by Rupert Everett who also stars as Oscar Wilde. Read more………