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We are delighted to be hosting this preview, with Kensal Rise resident Gethin Roberts. Gethin was one of the real life LGSM fundraisers, and is played by Andrew Scott in the film! This is a fundraiser preview with the proceeds going, at Gethin’s request, to the survivors of last year’s mining disaster in Soma.
“It is warm and witty, with terrific performances; Stephen Beresford’s script is fast and funny and there’s a rousing musical score from Chris Nightingale.” Guardian
It’s 1984 and the Miners’ Strike is causing great hardship, especially in one remote Welsh pit village. Despite some misgivings, a group of young gay activists led by bolshy Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) decide to raise money for the community, but when they travel down to deliver the funds they’re unprepared for the homophobia that greets them.
In only his second film, noted theatre director Matthew Warchus (Matilda the Musical) expertly finesses knowing humour, indignation and sexual politics, while the performances are uniformly pitch-perfect.
Kids Club, £5
The latest in the more than 80 screen adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ timeless tale of a boy raised by apes benefits hugely from the hand of celebrated German animator Reinhard Klooss (Animals United). Updated with a backstory of eco-disaster and the death of his parents in a helicopter crash, the young John Greystoke’s early years are fast-forwarded to his first meeting with feisty ecologist Jane Porter (Locke). She has been duped by the sinister CEO of Greystoke Corp into exploiting a mysterious energy source deep in his jungle home.
Kids Club, £5
Tim Minchin’s marvellous musical of Matilda is a perfect reason to revisit Danny de Vito’s sparkling film version.
Mara Wilson stars as the bookish girl whose dreams are thwarted by her selfish parents (DeVito and real life wife Rhea Pearlman) until she is sent to Crunchem Hall school, where she discovers a talent for magic. Starring Pam Ferris as the terrifying Miss Trunchbull, this is a deliciously dark adaptation that author Roald Dahl would have loved.
“Helen McCrory excels in this modern-dress take on Euripides that is alive with complexity and psychological astuteness.” ****Michael Billington, Guardian
Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, and with music by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace.
It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
NOTE: Medea is 90 minutes, with no interval. With the usual NT Live ‘extras’, the total length of the show will be 2 hours.
We reopen the Lexi with a rare showcasing of the work of this most enigmatic, and occasionally tyrannical, film maker. No detail was too small, no close up too large… What survives is an exceptional body of work, and we are delighted to offer this mini season at a mini ticket price – £2.50. We reopen our doors on Fri 29 Aug with THE SHINING; Sat 30 Aug is A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, with our own Milkbar; and we wrap with EYES WIDE SHUT on Sun 31 Aug.
“The batsqueak of hysteria and absurdity is essential to this fable of erotic paranoia and erotic discontent within the bourgeois marriage.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
Kubrick died shortly after finishing this mesmerising odyssey which is part thriller, part exploration of the boundaries of fidelity. Incensed by his wife’s (Nicole Kidman) fleeting lust for another man, William Harford (Tom Cruise) bolts the family home and embarks on a 48 hour erotic journey. Mythic, surreal and vaguely comic, this journey takes the form of a number of heightened encounters in which everyone he meets entices him sexually while he holds himself aloof. Kubrick delights in confusing and bemusing the viewer throughout, only reconciling the various vignettes at the very end.
Enjoy the film for its titillating perversity, or read more from ever-excellent Peter Bradshaw here for the in-depth back story…
The Telegraph said of the live broadcast: ”Such uncomplicated jollity was in contrast to the actual show, which was at moments deeply poignant. Comedy functions best pushing hard against sentimentality yet it was impossible not to experience a tingle of sadness knowing Python would never again tread the boards together (there was also the fact they are all in their 70s and visibly weighed down by the decades). Surprises were at a minimum and the big reveals were in the form of cameos: Eddie Izzard as an auxiliary Australian philosopher, Mike ‘Austin Powers’ Myers (cringefully earnest) popping up on a fake quiz segment, astrophysicists Brian Cox and Stephen Hawking in a funny pre-recorded piece.” Nudge nudge wink wink!
All together now: Always look on the bright side of life!
Kids Club, £5
Quite possibly the most endearing Children’s Film Foundation entry, this low-budget award-winning charmer sees an alien left behind on a very 1970s Planet Earth, with only two young boys for company. While this alien comes in the very pocketable form of a little silver ball, it will eat through anything — which is why local thief Filthy wants to get his grubby hands on it! Cynics have suggested this may have inspired Scorcese’s ET!
Fundraiser screening + Q&A, tickets £12
Legends of the Knight weaves together the uplifting true stories of individuals who were inspired to overcome some huge personal obstacles by their childhood love of Batman. Through the deeply personal tales of Batman fans, writers, and filmmakers, this feature-length documentary explores the power of heroic stories and encourages viewers to find their own unique path to heroism. Put on your capes, and be inspired!
This lovely documentary was brought to us as a fundraiser for two charities: Action Duchenne and Refuge. Batman authority Dr Will Brooker, who is in the film, will join us to do a Q&A. He is the author of two volumes on Batman, Batman Unmasked and Hunting The Dark Knight, and will be available for book signing. And we will hear from Dr Paul Harrison about the challenges – and triumphs – of muscular dystrophy sufferers, who are among those featured in the film.
Kubrick Fest, tickets £2.50
“A masterpiece” Time Out
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…” No danger of that as Kubrick puts his very own stamp on the Stephen King-sourced story of a descent into madness. With wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and psychic son Danny (Danny Lloyd) in tow, frustrated writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace…
Kubrick sets the scene for the horror to come with meticulous care, while Nicholson gives free rein to an OTT performance which was to haunt him professionally for a good many years after. Strange, creepy and deeply disturbing – we love it!