The summer film season is the one that aims to entertain the whole family. With the long summer break approaching and holiday days to fill, Farnham Maltings is offering a whole host of cinematic entertainment that is bound to impress even the most restless of viewers. We have a fantastic selection of mind-blowing blockbusters, family-friendly kids screenings and some of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year. Whether you want to experience Mars with Matt Damon, go exploring in the jungle with Mowgli and Baloo or sip champagne with Patsy & Eddie, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Read on for a full list of when all the box office favourites are coming here. film maltings screenings take place every Wednesday, three times a day at 11am, 3pm & 8pm (unless otherwise stated). Tickets cost £7 (£6 conc. £5 under 15s) or only £4 for all maltings members.
If you love edge-of-your-seat type of entertainment, then we have blockbusters galore to thrill you. The Golden Globe winning sci-fic epic The Martian is coming here to whisk you away on a manned mission to Mars. If the world of high finance interests you, then the multi-award winning The Big Short takes on the greed and lack of foresight of the major banks.
To get you into the summer mood, we have the hotly anticipated Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie, which sees Edina and Patsy blamed for a major incident at an uber-fashionable launch party. Florence Foster Jenkins and her questionable singing voice will be appearing, with Meryl Streep playing the titular character. If you are a fan of George Clooney, then fear not as we have his latest film Hail Caesar! The Coen Brothers-directed epic shows the single day in the life of a studio fixer in the golden age of Hollywood.
Or perhaps you fancy something more action-packed. Eye in the Sky tells the tale of Col. Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) who finds herself in the middle of an international dispute over modern warfare. Alternatively, the sci-fi thriller High Rise is bound to keep you on the edge of your seats, seeing The Night Manager’s Tom Hiddleston as a man dealing with rising tensions and class warfare.
Whilst it is often an overlooked category of film, particularly when it comes to the mainstream media, foreign language films continue with their reputation for producing honest and often heart-breaking stories. Winner of the 2016 Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Son of Saul dominated the award season and has had continued critical success. The debut feature of Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, tells a courageous and powerful re-imagining of the Holocaust.
There will also be screenings of Mustang, a gripping Turkish drama about five sisters who, after playing innocently with boys, see their lives turned upside down with sinister consequences. Their family home becomes a centre of control and suppression, and they must strive to fight back against the limits posed against them.
critics favourites & dramas
The genre of drama, as a whole, has connotations of tragedy, high suspense and a reflection about life. The favourites of this season include many of those themes, but also inspire hope, make us laugh and ask us to understand a person’s life from a different perspective. Chronic tells the story of a nurse David (Tim Roth) who works with terminally ill patients. Outside of his work, David is dealing with his own guilt and remorse and must confront his past in order to move on.
In May, we will be screening Theeb, a compelling story which won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut for a British Writer, Director or Producer. It follows the adventure of a young Bedouin boy who comes-of-age as he guides a British officer across the perilous desert to a secret destination. Also screening will be Truth, a fascinating insight into veteran CBS News Producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) and the events that led to her career downfall. If docu-dramas are your thing, then also check out Trumbo, a gripping story behind the man who won two Academy Awards and exposed the absurdity of the infamous blacklist.
Reflections on the past and an air of nostalgia; what’s a drama without these concepts. Youth will be here in May, starring Michael Caine as a retired orchestra conductor who spends a holiday looking back on his life with his film director best friend (Harvey Keitel). We also have A Bigger Splash, starring Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, which sees old music industry flames reunite with dramatic consequences. Finally, in a tale of blossoming friendship, Patricia Clarkson takes driving lessons from Ben Kingsley’s Sikh instructor in the heart-warming drama Learning to Drive.
If your children want to go on an adventure this summer, then we have plenty of films to take them away into a variety of magical worlds. The live-action version of the family classic The Jungle Book will reignite the friendship between Mowgli and Baloo in a epic fantasy blockbuster. If animal films are your child’s favourite, then we also have screenings of Kung Fu Panda 3, with Po (Jack Black) having to train a group of clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters, and Zootropolis, a place where various animals live and thrive.
If you’re looking for something that the whole family can enjoy, then hit the slopes with a tenacious daredevil as he trains for the 1988 Winter olympics in the feelgood story of Eddie the Eagle. Or perhaps stepping back into the whimsical world of Wonderland may be more exciting for you. Tim Burton’s highly-anticipated sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, sees Alice (Mia Wasikowska) travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).
For the Anime and Manga fans, When Marnie Was There is a thrilling story about a girl who becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and a ghostly figure. Miss Hokusai will also be shown, telling the tale of the famous Japanese painter, Katsushika Hokusai’s daughter, who changes with the seasons. Please visit our website for more details on the other kids screenings this summer.
arts & elders: Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy
Mon 06 Jun, 2pm
£1.50 including refreshments
During Carer’s Week, Driving Miss Daisy, the companion driving service in Farnham, is celebrating its first year in business. To celebrate, we are screening the classic film Driving Miss Daisy, starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy; the inspiration behind the concept and ethos of the company. Come along and celebrate their first birthday in the business.
Please contact us on 07525 873050 to discuss any transport needs.
The popular Cine Club returns this summer season, with a new programme of films and documentaries which explore a particular theme. For our second season, we examine the theme Survival: Against All Odds and we have some fantastic screenings in relation to this including; The Survivalist (with a post-show talk from director Stephen Fingleton), The Martian, 127 Hours, Touching the Void & Lifeboat.
All Cine Club screenings start at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £7 (£6 conc. £5 under 15s) and only £4 for all maltings members. Further details are on our website.