This week is very much of films about families. To start, on Tuesday we have a repeat screening of Tully, the story of how a night nanny changes life for fraught mother-to-be Marlo, played by Charlize Theron, who already has two boisterous kids and a useless husband. This is our BabesInArms screening and starts at 11.00.
We follow on with a Spanish duo of films, both based on true-life family memories.
Tuesday evening’s film, Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle, is a documentary about Julita Salmerón, who fulfilled her dreams as outlined in the film’s title, only to have the economic downturn in the 2008 put all this in jeopardy. Based on 400 hours of footage in various formats, Julita’s actor son Gustavo creates an eclectic portrait of his larger-than-life mother and her family, which won the 2018 Goya Award for Best Documentary (Spain’s Oscars). Click here to book tickets – the film starts at 19.30. Read more……….
Firstly, a reminder that we have announced our August films, and that tickets are now on sale. A somewhat truncated programme due to the seat refurbishment work that will close the cinema at the start of the month, but we hope you will enjoy titles such as the 1952 RAF film Angels One Five, screened in partnership with the Kenley Revival Project, Leave No Trace, director Debra Granik’s follow up to Winter’s Bone, which brought Jennifer Lawrence to everyone’s attention, and McKellen: Playing the Part, a perceptive documentary about one of the country’s most popular actors.
Three films this week. There are two opportunities to see Funny Cow after it sold out last month. It is our Babes in Arms title on Tuesday at 11:00 and we also have a screening on Wednesday at 19:00. Maxine Peake stars as the victim of marital abuse, who uses her experiences as the basis for her stand-up routine. Playing this to audiences in Northern working men’s clubs is no cake-walk. Remember – we are now serving hot and cold drinks and other refresh-ments from 10:15 before the Babes in Arms screening.
Tuesday evening brings Tully, a second film from director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron after 2011’s Young Adult. Reitman and Cody were also responsible for Juno. Whereas that film was about a teenager agonising about an unplanned pregnancy, Theron’s Marlo is failing to deal with two young children and a newly arrived baby. Will Tully, the night nanny provided by her rich brother, solve her problems? The mother of two herself, Cody has said of parenting, “We’re told that we should feel completely blissed out after we have a baby, and that’s not always how women feel. It comes down to this idea that mothers are supposed to be completely selfless and if you’re indulging feelings of sadness or depression, that could be perceived by other people as selfish.” This screening is part of the Croydon Comedy Festival.
Strongly recommended is Thursday’s The Breadwinner. Read More………..