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NT Live: Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, mutiny and money is brought vividly to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery in the National Theatre’s annual Christmas ‘cracker’.

It’s a dark stormy night.  The stars are out.  Jim, the inn-keepers grand daughter [sic] opens the door to a terrifying stranger.  At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea chest, full of secrets.  Jim invites him in, and her dangerous adventure begins…

 

Still the Enemy Within plus Q&A

“A documentary as gripping as any thriller” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian; and “Heartfelt and stirring” Mark Kermode, The Observer.

With director Owen Gower and DOP Malcolm Hadley for the Q&A afterwards.

The 1984/5 Miners’ Strike was an event which divided the nation. Which side were you on?  First-time director Owen Gower’s remarkable work, which won this year’s Sheffield Documentary Festival Audience Award, packs a powerful punch and applauds the determination of the people who endured Britain’s longest strike in the face of near starvation and police brutality.   This is their chance to recount the experience of living through those dark days and, with the benefit of hindsight, to analyse the legacy of their action.

 


 

Greene Sundays: Gone Girl

Greene Sundays:  a chance to see the best films for only £2.50, courtesy of local estate agents Greene & Co. See below for choice of where to buy these tickets.

“Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel has become a feverish thriller that has all the emotional subtlety of a Punch and Judy show – but is all the better for it” Guardian

David Fincher (The Social Network) tackles the best-selling book  of 2012 and makes a great job of it!  It’s hard to live up to the hype on a project such as this, but Gillian Flynn herself has done the script, and Fincher has already earned his chops on teeth-gnashingly nasty thrillers with the likes of Se7en and The Fight Club.

When feckless Nick Dunne finds evidence of a struggle at home and his wife missing, assuming the worst isn’t half bad enough!  Before long press and public have him fitted up for the murder of his adored public figure of a wife, but that would seem a bit premature when there is no sign of a body…

This one has more twists and turns than a triple corkscrew roller coaster – and is just as edge of your seat!  Casting is always important but in this case it’s crucial, and Ben Affleck’s smug machismo is well offset against Rosamund Pike as his Dresden china-pretty wife.   This gleefully tilts at The War of the Roses, Hitchcock’s Suspicion and Fatal Attraction even as it explores Sartre’s Existential maxim:  Hell is others.  Indeed!

Sponsored by estate agents Greene & Co, tickets for this screening can be purchased here or in person from Greene & Co’s office, 72-74 Chamberlayne Rd NW10 3JJ

Escape from Planet Earth 2D

Kids Club, £5

In this family-friendly animated adventure, two endearing alien brothers have to break out of captivity on the most dangerous planet in the galaxy. Ours.  ”Its secret weapon is a satirically inclined script, reworked by Stephen Fry among others, that disrupts the general factory-line vibe with regular funny lines.” (Guardian)  With actors like Ricky Gervais involved, we can well imagine!  Fun for both ages…

Gone Too Far! plus live Q&A

“Low-key, low-budget, high-intelligence, this is precisely the kind of film London ought to be producing.” Time Out

A worthy nomination at 2013’s London Film Festival, this charming first feature from shorts director Destiny Ekaragha is a compellingly realistic romp around a Peckham housing estate, focusing on hip urban teenager Yemi (Malachi Kirby, EastEnders’ Wayne Ladlow) and his awkward attempts to bond with his hopelessly uncool older brother Iku (O C Ukeje, Half of a Yellow Sun) who’s just arrived from Nigeria.  When tensions flare on the estate, they must decide where their loyalties lie and find common cause.

We are delighted that Laurence Olivier Award-winning writer of the film, Bola Agbaje, and director Destiny Ekaragha will be with us afterwards to talk about the film. Ekaragha says of her film:  “The film does deal with some social issues, but essentially it’s a comedy.  Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing was a huge reference for me. I love its colour palette: black people in the sunshine. That’s how I remember growing up on an estate, it was bright and colourful to me. I don’t remember this grey, gritty, urban London.” This side of estate life is rarely shown on screen. Ekaragha puts this down to a risk-averse film industry: “In the UK nobody wants to come first, everyone wants to come second. They want to watch somebody take that risk, and then do it.”  Come along to discuss!

Virunga plus Q&A

Producer Joanna Natasegara will be joining us afterwards for a Q&A.

Virunga is Congo’s lush, tourism-dependent, 3,000-square-mile national park, the last remaining natural habitat of the mountain gorilla.  It also lies above massive oil reserves, which a British company has the rights to exploit.

Orlando von Einsiedel’s remarkable, beautifully photographed documentary examines the conflicting interests at work here, focusing principally on the people who are trying to save the gorillas (and also the dwindling numbers of elephants) from poachers while a bitter civil war rages all around them.

By showing the human faces of those concerned –from heavily armed rangers charged with protecting the endangered animals to the oil company men who bribe them to abandon their duties – Einsiedel illustrates how the stark realities of third-world impoverishment clash with a resource-hungry advanced society.  However, ultimately Virunga’s message is one of muted hope.

Carers & babies: Gone Girl

“Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel has become a feverish thriller that has all the emotional subtlety of a Punch and Judy show – but is all the better for it” Guardian

David Fincher (The Social Network) tackles the best-selling book  of 2012 and makes a great job of it!  It’s hard to live up to the hype on a project such as this, but Gillian Flynn herself has done the script, and Fincher has already earned his chops on teeth-gnashingly nasty thrillers with the likes of Se7en and The Fight Club.

When feckless Nick Dunne finds evidence of a struggle at home and his wife missing, assuming the worst isn’t half bad enough!  Before long press and public have him fitted up for the murder of his adored public figure of a wife, but that would seem a bit premature when there is no sign of a body…

This one has more twists and turns than a triple corkscrew roller coaster – and is just as edge of your seat!  Casting is always important but in this case it’s crucial, and Ben Affleck’s smug machismo is well offset against Rosamund Pike as his Dresden china-pretty wife.   This gleefully tilts at The War of the Roses, Hitchcock’s Suspicion and Fatal Attraction even as it explores Sartre’s Existential maxim:  Hell is others.  Indeed!

Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the multi-award-winning polymath, comedian, actor, presenter, writer and raconteur on stage in a one-man comic tour de force. This sneak preview of the third volume of autobiography, More Fool Me, is a heady tale of the late Eighties and early Nineties in which Stephen – driven to create, perform and entertain – burned bright, partied hard, and damned the consequences.   To celebrate the book launch the eloquent host will be broadcast live into cinemas from the Royal Festival Hall, reading extracts of his book and pleasing the audience with witty anecdotes, and insightful observations.  And you will hear it all before Fry’s 6 million Twitter followers!

 

 

 

Pride – Fundraiser preview screening plus Q & A

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.

 

Tarzan 2D

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.