From Fri 6 Dec
This is a feature-length documentary exploring the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” A.k.a. the black Liberace! Mixing talent and tragedy in pretty much equal parts, this is a speedball of a musical ride. The film was first shown as part of the London Jazz Festival, and is now repeated after a sold out earlier screening.
“Smart, witty entertainment. Job done. Spit spot.”
The Telegraph Saving Mr. Banks is the extraordinary story of how Disney’s classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen – and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it. Travers is increasingly protective of her fiction, especially when exposed to what Hollywood might have in store for it (like music!), but just when she’s about to return home, canny old Walt recognises that something in both of their childhoods might win her around.
If Tom Hank’s Walt Disney is the spoonful of sugar, then Emma Thompson as author P L Travers is the tart medicine that keeps the film from being pure placebo. With these two delivering performances at the top of their games, this is a classy treat about a classic! Catch the real deal – Mary Poppins itself – on 21st and 23rd Dec!
A gentle, fuzzy version of the Dickens classic. The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. Michael Caine plays it straight as Scrooge, while Muppet-esque wit and humour are provided by Kermit as Bob Cratchit and Gonzo as Charles Dickens himself, narrating the story. This is a lovely introduction to this Christmas story, fun for all ages.