film maltings autumn 2017
With the Met Office warning that Britain is heading for ‘unprecedented’ levels of rainfall, outdoor activities becoming less appealing, the Maltings can offer you and hour or two of escapism watching one of our autumn films . We have a great line-up for you this season that showcases the variety that cinema has to offer, from blockbusters that really need to be seen on the big screen to smaller independent productions you may never have found yourself.
Come and relax after a long day at our 8pm showings. You can even pre-order a homemade pizza for just £8.50 at the Riverside Café so you don’t have to worry about cooking.
We want to make sure that as many people as possible can come and enjoy our films so we are now subtitling selected screenings. To find out more and to book any of our films click here.
Film can be a great way of illuminating stories that would have otherwise not come to light. Goodbye Christopher Robin explores the life of the man behind the much-loved children’s classic. Reeling from the impact of WWI Milne, who was injured at the Somme, becomes caught up in the world of his son’s imagination and begins to write about a young boy and his curious honey-loving bear. The international success of these stories proves a strain of the family and especially on the little boy whose name everybody knows, Christopher Robin.
The Southern Gothic The Beguiled delves into the repercussions of a wounded Union soldier when he is taken in at a girl’s school in Virginia and soon becomes a source of sexual tension and bitter rivalry. Based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan, director Sofia Coppola was determined to reboot the 1971 Clint Eastwood drama so that it presented the story from the point of view of the women. Coppola was rewarded for her efforts with a Best Director Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, making her only the second woman to have received this honour.
Finally, a the little known but extraordinary friendship between Queen Victoria in the later years of her reign and Abdul Karim, an Indian clerk, is brought to life in Victoria and Abdul. Starring the renowned queen of stage and film Judi Dench and Bollywood star Ali Fazal, it is one not to be missed!
big screen epics
Some films need to be seen on the big screen. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, currently being lauded as one of the greatest war films ever made, is one such film. An all-star British cast tells the story of the hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers trapped in the seaside town of Dunkirk waiting to be evacuated while German forces slowly close in. The narrative consists of overlapping perspectives from the Mole (the pier), the sea and the air and with its stunning soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is an engaging and emotional epic.
Following another major historical event, Churchill covers the 96 hours before the WWII invasion of Normandy with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggling with his reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort. Brian Cox, in the titular role, has been widely praised for his performance as Churchill with the telegraph calling it a ‘restlessly smart interrogation of the statesman’s image’.
‘As long as I’ve got a brush in front of me, I’m alright.’ Maud Lewis
Maudie tells the extraordinary story of the Canadian painter Maud Lewis a woman who despite being crippled by rheumatoid arthritis and living in severe poverty in a tiny hut in Nova Scotia, brightens up her world with her vibrant and optimistic paintings. Her work ends up attracting the attention of not only those within her community but also Vice President, Richard Nixon. This amazing biopic won, amongst many other accolades, the People’s Choice Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.
Brendon Gleeson plays another, albeit grumpier, person on a mission in Hampstead, a film based on the true story of of Harry Hallowes, a reclusive man who claimed squatters rights to a patch of land in Hampstead Heath and was determined to see off property developers trying to get rid of him.
Given the recent popularity of Nordic-Noir crime thrillers it may come as a surprise that Sweden’s latest box-office hit, which was nominated for an academy award for Best Foreign Language Film, A Man Called Ove, is actually a comedy!…well a black comedy. The eponymous Ove (played by the original Wallander, Rolf Lassgård) is a Swedish mechanic whose attempts to kill himself, much to his annoyance, keep getting interrupted. This film shows a man grudgingly overcoming his cantankerous ways when faced with the good nature of his neighbours.
stories that will grip you
After a series of murders a community is thrown into panic, they fear that a Golem stalks the shadowed streets of Victorian London. Inspector John Kildare (Bill Nighy) is put in charge of the investigation into The Limehouse Golem. A similarly sinister mystery unravels in My Cousin Rachel, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, in which a young englishman plots revenge against the woman he think is responsible for his guardian’s death.
Another film that will have you on the edge of your seat, and possibly falling off it laughing, is the greatly anticipated sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle. We see our band of suave British spies forced to work with their lasso-wielding American counterparts, it’s a very special relationship. Starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.
Hidden within your messaging app is Textopolist, a bustling city where all your favourite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. Gene, an unusual multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become conventional. The Emoji Movie boasts an all-star cast with Patrick Stuart, Anna Faris and T.J. Miller and James Corden lending their voices to some of our favourite emojis.
sound and silence
The Maltings also presents Resonance, our short series of films running alongside the main programme exploring different uses of sound and silence.
We kick this series off with Red Turtle winner of Best Animated Feature at San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2016 about a man shipwrecked on a deserted island. Then we travel to a gigantic textiles factory in Gujarat India in Machines to learn about the rhythm of life and work there. Finally, we have Sunrise the classic 1927 silent film about a man fighting different sides of his personality.