Next year, film maltings will once again be showing a wide range of new releases and blockbuster classics in their seasonal film programme. From Colin Farrell’s performance in the eccentric film The Lobster to Eddie Redmayne’s stunning performance in The Danish Girl, film maltings features the films tipped for success in the awards season.
Also new for this season, we introduce Cine Club, our new programme of films and documentaries which explore a particular theme which changes every season. For our first season, we link up with the BFI’s nationwide project, THE TIME IS NOW to explore and celebrate the role women have played in affecting change over the last century.
Wed 20: Suffragette (PG)
Director: Sarah Gavron. Stars: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter.
Showings: 11am, 3pm & 8pm. 104 min.
Our main feature to begin the New Year will be Suffragette. The film shows the rise in the fight for women’s rights in the early twentieth century. With the blend of both fictional and real-life characters and plot, this film got the world talking when it was released in October 2015. With Mulligan’s character being the heart of the story, it portrays how much was sacrificed by these women for the greater good and also how much parts of the world have still got to catch up today.
Fri 15: Cine Club – He Named Me Malala (PG)
Showing: 8:30pm. 7:45pm – pre-show talk from Action Aid. 87 min.
In 2016, Farnham Maltings are launching a new monthly Cine Club, THE TIME IS NOW, to discuss the role women play in affecting change from the variety of films shown throughout the season. To begin, on Friday 15 January, there will be a screening of He Named Me Malala and before the film; there will be a pre-show talk from Action Aid about their new campaign around women’s rights, ‘Fearless’. Now a major figurehead in the realm of women’s rights on a global scale, 18 year old Malala Yousafzai’s incredible story is one not to be missed. The documentary looks at how her campaign for girls education at a young age, resulted in her brutal attack from the Taliban.
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Also in January, we will be showing Bill, from the makers of Horrible Histories, which tells the story of how William Shakespeare came to be the world-renowned playwright. We will also be playing the hugely popular latest James Bond film Spectre, as a number of classic characters join Daniel Craig. Our final screening in January will be The Lobster, a dystopian, black-humoured story about how single people must find a partner in 45 days or be turned into the titular character.
Wed 24: The Danish Girl
Director: Tom Hooper. Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard.
Showings: 11am, 3pm & 8pm. 120 min.
February’s main feature will be a screening of The Danish Girl, a film already rumoured for award season success. The film documents the tale of real-life painter Einar Wegener as the first person to receive gender realignment surgery in the 1930s to become Lili Elbe. Coming at a period of time where transgender issues are being widely discussed through the modern media, the films shows how gender realignment was dealt with at a time of already great social uncertainty. Redmayne’s performance has already been tipped for award season success and his fellow cast members have also received nominations, including Alicia Vikander for her portrayal as his wife Gerda.
Fri 12: Cine Club – Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film (PG)
Showing: 8:30pm. 75 min.
Coinciding with the release of the major motion picture Suffragette, the BFI National Archive have put together a selection of silent films showing how the suffragettes were portrayed in film in the early twentieth century, while their battles were still being waged on the streets outside.
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February proves to be a busy month of film screenings at Farnham Maltings. At the beginning of the month, we will be screening Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan as Eilis, a young woman who emigrated to Brooklyn for better educational prospects, leaving behind her family in a small town in Ireland. Also showing this month will be the biopic Steve Jobs about the Apple founder’s both personal and professional life. The hugely successful franchise The Hunger Games comes to the Maltings this month also, with a screening of the epic finale ‘Mockingjay Part 2’, in which the ongoing battle of Panem comes to a climatic end. February will also show the perfect family comedy The Lady In The Van, starring Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd, a woman who occupied her van in playwright Alan Bennett’s driveway for 15 years. The final screening of the month will be ‘Future Shorts’, a curated feature-length showcase of the best short films from around the globe. Details for this will be available for this in the New Year.
Wed 16: The Revenant
Director: Alejandro González. Stars: Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Showings: 11am, 3pm & 8pm. 151 min.
The main feature of the month of March will be a screening of The Revenant. Starring Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays central character Hugh Glass, a man mauled by a bear whilst on an expedition in the early 1800s. He is then left for dead by his companions but survives and vows to take revenge. Rumoured for DiCaprio’s long-awaited Oscar glory, the film has attracted wide critical acclaim for its dark and brutal portrayal of survival. Reviews state that the film has a feeling of complete, terrifying immersion in which the viewer feels in excruciating detail the sheer horror of Glass’ experience. Not one for the faint hearted, but if being thrilled and shocked is your cup of tea, then this is one for you.
Tue 08: Cine Club – Vessel
Showing: 8:30pm. 90 min.
March’s Cine Club screening includes a showing of Director Diana Whitten’s Vessel. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the consequences of anti-abortion laws around the world, takes to the seas in order to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters. Gompert’s project ‘Women on Waves’ founded in 2000 was initially faced with huge backlash from governmental and religious organisations. However, her setbacks only propelled her forward into finding more refined solutions, including training women to give themselves safe abortions through the use of WHO-sanctioned protocols with pills. A truly inspiring story.
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Further showings this month include Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks as US lawyer, James Donovan, who is hired to defend a Soviet spy, and then help the CIA to form an exchange between the spy and a Soviet-captured US pilot. Also showing is Spotlight, a true story about an investigation by journalists into a Catholic priest, accused of molesting more than 80 boys in Boston. Our final screening this month will be Room, starring Brie Larson and William H. Macy, adapted from the bestselling book by Emma Donoghue, it tells the story of Joy, a woman abducted and raped seven years prior, now imprisoned in a garden shack with her five year old son who has never lived a normal life.
Wed 06: Dad’s Army (PG)
Director: Oliver Parker. Stars: Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta- Jones, Michael Gambon.
Showings: 11am, 3pm & 8pm. TBC min.
To round off the Spring Film season, April’s main feature is the highly anticipated Dad’s Army. A remake of the classic 1970s television series, it features an all-star cast including Toby Jones as beloved character, Captain Mainwaring, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as war journalist, Rose Winters. Set in 1944, after the events of the television series, the war is slowing coming to an end and the Home Guard in Walmington-on-Sea are suffering from low morale, until Jones’s glamorous journalist arrives to conduct a report on the Guard’s activities as well as trying to find an alleged German spy in their camp. Satisfying both long-time fans of the series, as well as newcomers to the men’s escapades, this is one not to be missed.
Wed 20: Cine Club – Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer (18)
Showing: 8:30pm. 188 min.
From directors, Mike Lemer and Maxim Pozdorovkin, comes the story of 3 young women who face 7 years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. As members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, their performance of a 40 second punk prayer led to their arrest on charges of religious hatred and culminated in a trial that went viral around the globe and transformed the face of Russian society forever.
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Also in April, we will be screening Pixar film The Good Dinosaur, telling an alternate reality of when dinosaurs never became extinct and shows the friendship between a small boy and a giant Apatosaurus. Also showing will be Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, about two women dreaming of a more fulfilling life, who fall in love with each other in 1950s New York. Reuniting Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper on the big screen, our final showing in April will be Joy, a story of a family across four generations and the woman who becomes the matriarch of the dynasty.